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MCL@10: Celebrating a Decade of Excellence and Virtue

From humble beginnings in 2007, Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL) has gained recognition as a frontrunner in tertiary education in CALABARZON. On its 10th year, after many lengthy steps and strides, MCL could not be more proud of its achievements, and could not be more excited for what lies ahead.

Expansion to Senior High School in 2016, Preparation for the new College Curriculum in 2018

One thing that has set MCL afire with anticipation for 2016 is its offering of Senior High School. With the Philippines’ full implementation of the K-12 educational system, there is no denying the need to contribute to the growing demand for higher quality education. In June 2016, MCL will open its gates to its first batch of Senior High School students.
With the constantly changing face of education in the 21st century, MCL expects a sudden shift in the students’ dynamic of learning. In response to this, MCL continues to beef up its up-and-coming curriculum, in full confidence that come 2018, it will be ready to face the coming first wave of Grade 12 graduates – bright-eyed and optimistic for the world-class college education MCL is known for.

Continued legacy of academic excellence

MCL has been known for its excellent passing rates in various licensure and certification examinations for the past years. Four of its programs – Marine Engineering, Marine Transportation, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering – all achieved a 100% passing rate in their respective licensure and certification exams within 2015. One Marine Transportation graduate, meanwhile, attained a perfect score in the licensure examinations administered by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) in April.

In the same year, the Civil Engineering program achieved a 71% passing rate in the November board exams as against the 42% national passing rate. The Chemical Engineering program obtained a 75% passing rate in May as against the 59% national passing rate. The Accountancy program achieved an 86% passing rate in the Certified Public Accountant Licensure Exam in October as against the 41% national passing rate. MCL also made its mark by rating 90% in the Electronics Technician Licensure Exam in April and 92% in October.

MCL’s overall licensure examinations passing rate for 2015 is 76% as against the national passing rate of 49%. Its exemplary performances in these examinations has brought MCL to a leading position among private higher education institutions in the region.

MCL students making their own marks

Through the past ten years, MCL students have successfully gained recognition from different competitions in the Philippines and abroad, bringing to different places the same culture of excellence, creativity, and innovation, which honed them within the halls of MCL.

In January, Industrial Engineering (IE) students Richmond John B. Alib, Sharlene Aylee B. Boongaling, and Patricia Relyn R. Olan earned the Championship Award at the Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers 5th Regional Congress Feasibility Competition with their study entitled Feasibility Study on Having Vendocine: Medicine to go at LRT Line 2, Katipunan Quezon City Station. Another group of IE students consisting of Lady Lyn Alvarez, Generson C. Deapera, Patricia J. Romero, Aubrey Justine D. Vargas, and Kristian Roi F. Velayo won 2nd place in the Inter-University Quiz Show in the same Congress.

In February, a group of engineering students won as champion of AutoMATHic 2015, a national level mathematics quiz contest. The team, coached by Prof. Velimor Almonte and consisted of Christian Miguel Pama, Nikko San Quimio, and Edrian Roque, bested 30 colleges and universities, which fielded 51 teams consisting of 124 participants.

Five students from the College of Computer and Information Science (CCIS) bagged awards at the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators’ (PSITE) IV-A 10th Regional Annual I.T. Competition in the same month. Gerbert M. Lucas won 1st Place in the JAVA Programming Competition; Raphael B. Baligod placed 2nd in the C++ Programming Competition; and the team of Carlo C. Tamayo, Ida Julienne M. Peñaflor, and Adana Jenica G. Reyes won 3rd place in the I.T. Quiz Competition.

Still in February, Accountancy students from Malayan Colleges Laguna placed high in the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Laguna Accounting Quiz Bowl. John Carlo Oreste won 1st Place in Level 1, Kimberly Ann Tividad won 3rd Place in Level 1, and Russel Christian Torres won 1st Place in Level 2.

In March, a group of E.T. Yuchengco College of Business (ETYCB) students bagged the Overall Champion in Culinary Competitions award during the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Educators of the Philippines (COHREP) Region IV Skills Competition after winning various individual awards.

In June, the Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc. (PTC) recognized two of MCL’s Mapua-PTC College for Maritime Education and Training (CMET) graduates at the PTC Seafarer Awards 2015. Honored with the PTC Global Maritime Professional of the Year Award for Professional Development was OIC-NW Arnulfo S. Neptuno. Recognized also as one of the nominees for the PTC Mariner Envoys for Ambassadorship Award was OIC-NW Jean F. Pontila.

A month later, B.S. Tourism Management student Ms. Alexandra Mae Rosales brought pride to MCL after being crowned as “Miss Southeast Asia Tourism Ambassadress 2015” during the Ms. Tourism Philippines 2015 pageant held at the Solaire Resort and Casino in July.

On November 12, B.S. Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) students Ashley Sarza and Angelique Palma were featured in the Food and Leisure section of the Philippine Star after winning the campus elimination for Gardenia’s Next Big Sandwich Hit competition with their recipe for Gardenia Blueberry Turnovers.

Ending the year with yet another milestone are the MCL representatives in the Southern Luzon Colleges & Universities Athletic Association (SLCUAA) Cultural Showdown held in December. Jamela Rolaine Dabuet, Philip Alfred Nery, Zena Marie Taclas, and the Malayan Dance Crew all won as champions in the Original Oratory, Impromptu Speech, Dramatic Monologue, and Group Dancing categories, respectively; while Elijah Enciso bagged the 1st Runner-Up Award for the Solo Singing Category, all bringing home pride to MCL.

Mastering 21st Century Learning

On its 10th founding anniversary, Malayan Colleges Laguna puts much emphasis in mastering 21st Century Learning, which MCL Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Engr. Dodjie Maestrecampo refers to as “a tool for the students to succeed in their studies, work, and in life.”

"We define student success through our students' competent outcomes. Our target is for them to be equipped to successfully compete locally and globally. As for employability, they should be the ones most preferred by industries. And those who opt not to work should be successful in their own businesses. These are our metrics for measuring student success,” says Engr. Maestrecampo.

With the full and strengthened implementation of Outcomes-Based Education (OBE), and a focus on laying the foundations for 21st Century Learning, MCL assures the success of its students and graduates, both from its course offerings and its Senior High School program.

Read the special supplement on Mapúa’s 91st Foundation Week released on The Philippine Star on January 25, 2016.

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