Malayan Colleges Laguna

MCL CCIS professor wins multiple awards

Last January 2021, Prof. Dennis Martillano from Malayan Colleges Laguna, A Mapúa School’s College of Computer and Information Science (CCIS) kicked off his project entitled “MI-AMOR: Mapping and Integration App for MOROS Overseas” in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) National Data Challenge.  

The BARMM Data Challenge lasted for five (5) months starting with over 200 presenters and going down to only twenty-one (21) prototypes selected for the final judging. With the remaining participants, four (4) major awards were given: Best Use of Bangsamoro Data Award, Best Use of Data Science Award, Most Relevant to BARMM Award, and Most Practical Solution.  

The BARMM National Data Challenge, in partnership with Data Ethics PH, CirroLytix Research Services, and the BARMM government, with funding support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), invites data scientists and analysts, application developers, engineers, students, and faculty members to generate ideas for good governance and development through data and technology for application in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). The Data Challenge has two (2) rounds. During the first round, all 200 of the participants submitted an abstract of their project. Among them, thirty-three (33) passed the initial evaluation and were able to make it through the second round or the development and pitching stage, during which all of them presented a three-minute video about their idea. After being subjected to a blind peer-review by an independent panel, twenty-one (21) prototypes were selected for the final judging. 

During the BARMM Virtual Data Challenge 2020 Recognition Ceremony with the twenty-one (21) remaining finalists last April 7, 2021, Prof. Martillano won the Most Practical Solution Award which means that his project represented an easily implementable solution, most plausible concept, and simple yet impactful design. Due to the limitations of the COVID-19 last year, he only received his plaque last January 2022. The four (4) major winners were awarded cash prizes along with special recognition from USAID, Asia Foundation, and the BARMM. All of them were also given the opportunity to incubate their solution and present their work directly to the relevant BARMM agencies and Local Government Units for implementation and possible funding. 

BARMM Data Challenge E-Certificate for Prof. Dennis Martillano for winning the Most Practical Solution Award for his project entitled “MI-AMOR: Mapping and Integration App for MOROS Overseas”

According to Prof. Martillano, Mi-AMOR is a project that aims to provide a mobile and web application that integrates facility to mark abuses/statuses on a dedicated map, and continuously build data that translate into a Visual Welfare Radar for BARMM and can be integrated in current government programs for OFW. He says, This project would also like to take advantage of using previously recorded data to visually understand and analyze the welfare of our OFW in Bangsamoro Region. I believe that there is an apparent need in providing means to visually mark abuses and problems that will not only make real-time and immediate monitoring, but to encapsulate our situation, our position, and our condition with respect to this issue.” 

BARMM Data Challenge Plaque to Prof. Dennis Martillano last January 2022 for winning the Most Practical Solution Award for his project entitled “MI-AMOR: Mapping and Integration App for MOROS Overseas”

Prof. Martillano shared that he is honored to be one of the peace advocates and selfless data scientists in the country. He says, “I dedicate the award to our BARMM Community, especially to the women and children who are the most vulnerable and need attention and help. We need to continuously use our research skills, technology, and of course our data, to devise possible solutions and identify opportunities to help our community.” 

In addition to the National Data Challenge Award Prof. Martillano received last November 2021, he also won Best Paper and Best Presentation in the 2021 3rd International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Education. The workshop was sponsored by Xidian University from China and was hosted by their School of Telecommunications Engineering. The annual workshop invites researchers who wish to discuss and publish advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Education. 

Prof. Martillano presented a total of three topics during the workshop: Structural Equation Modeling for Catching SCOTINOPHARA COARCTATA, Wearable Tool for Breathing Pattern Recognition, and Simulated Portable Mesh Network. All papers topped the presentation category with Structural Equation Modelling selected as the Best Paper in the session. 

With Prof. Martillano’s awards and advocacy as a data scientist, he proved that both excellence and virtue are embedded in his DNA. MCL will continue to support all contributions in generating new generations of knowledge and remain on its goal to be the global steeple of excellence in professional education and research.  

Strengthening Partnerships with Stakeholders: One of MCL-CSCE’s Pillars in Community Engagement

Dr. Garylen Amoroso (middle) alongside the teachers and Staffs of Dapdap Elementary School and the CSCE Team

Extension work and community engagement are two of the primary functions of the Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement (CSCE).  External linkages and partnerships with different stakeholders strengthen CSCE’s vision to promote the spirit of volunteerism and strong commitment to service and development.

This year, CSCE is more committed to strengthening partnerships with multi-stakeholders (i.e., schools/academe, Local Government Units, Non-Government Organizations, among others) especially as the effects of the current global health crisis continue to affect every social institution. The CSCE team offers its full support to its partner schools within Laguna as Malayan Colleges Laguna, A Mapúa School (MCL) prepares for the resumption of face-to-face (F2F) classes this coming academic year.

On June 8, 2022, the CSCE team visited Dapdap Elementary School (Dapdap ES) in Tagaytay City, Cavite; Calauan Central Elementary School (CCES) in Calauan, Laguna; and Gagalot-Taytay Elementary School Annex in Majayjay, Laguna. The identified public elementary schools also have an existing Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the CSCE, which was one of the key purposes of the visit.  It also enabled the CSCE Team to identify some possible student-learning interventions, in response to the challenges faced by the students as they gradually shift to F2F classes. The team also distributed school supplies, used books, usable clothing, umbrellas, and water tumblers to the partner schools.

Ms. Jocelyn T. Bellin (Director of CSCE) as she greeted and observed the students of Dapdap Elementary School. (Photo by Reinhold Gabriel Catangay, MCL CSCE)


Aside from handing out donations, Ms. Bellin (CSCE Director) and Ms. Garylen Amoroso (Dapdap ES Principal) also signed the Certificate of Donation.

The visits helped the CSCE team identify pressing concerns of grade-school students as they shift from modular learning at home and back to their ‘actual’ classrooms. Most critical of these concerns is the state of their mental health where public school students do not have access to opportunities where they can learn these things from. The CSCE discussed a few possible interventions and projects with school authorities to meet these needs through student-learning and community engagement initiatives, and with the help of the MCL community.

The CSCE team (led by Ms. Bellin) and the faculty of Calauan Central Elementary School (CCES) led by Ms. Mylene
Gutierrez (CCES Principal). (Photo by Reinhold Gabriel Catangay, MCL CSCE)

The series of visits proved beneficial to both partner schools and the CSCE with the forging of   stronger support and commitment as they face the challenges of a post-Covid pandemic scenario. With this, the CSCE team wishes to continue to foster these relationships with different communities in the hope of providing strategic interventions.

MCL CSCE holds first post-lockdown CE activity in Porac, Pampanga

The CSCE (led by Ms. Jocelyn T. Bellin) and OSPGE teams (led by Prof. James Ronald O. Mesina and Ms. Pearl Stephanie DL. Ulep) with the teachers and students from Camias Resettlement Elementary School in Porac, Pampanga. (Photo: Edward Andrew A. Guese | MCL CSCE)

After two years of COVID-19 lockdowns, Malayan Colleges Laguna, A Mapúa School (MCL), through the Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement (CSCE) and the Office for Strategic Partnerships and Global Engagement (OSPGE), held its Community Engagement (CE) activity in Porac, Pampanga on May 17, 2022. This initiative is for the benefit of the Aeta community from Camias Resettlement Elementary School (CRES). It was CSCE’s first in-person community engagement activity prior to the series of lockdowns due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

CSCE Director Ms. Jocelyn T. Bellin and OSPGE Director Prof. James Ronald O. Mesina shared a chat with Ms. Mylene Santos, Head Teacher of Camias Resettlement Elementary School in Porac, Pampanga. (Photo: Edward Andrew A. Guese | MCL CSCE)

Prof. James Ronald O. Mesina, Assistant Vice President for Academic Services and Director of OSPGE, initiated the engagement with the teachers and students from CRES. Ms. Jocelyn T. Bellin, Director of CSCE, welcomed the selected families who participated in the brief program. The families were also the beneficiaries of food packs, toys and school supplies. An estimate of 100 families benefitted from the gift-giving spearheaded by the CSCE.

The selected families from the Aeta community generously lent their ears as they await the handing out of donations. (Photo: Jocelyn T. Bellin | MCL CSCE)


CSCE Director, Ms. Jocelyn T. Bellin, warmly welcomed and opened the program with the selected beneficiaries of the Aeta Community. (Photo: Vanessa Velasco | MCL CSCE)

The Head Teacher of CRES, Ms. Mylene Santos, also made it possible for the community engagement activity to happen. Ms. Santos thanked the MCL contingents for the visit, one of the few in-person activities of the school.

A mini program was held consisting of games for the children of the Aeta community. (Photo: Edward Andrew A. Guese | MCL CSCE)

With this initiative, CSCE continues to instill its commitment to excellence and virtue in community service, even during the global pandemic.

MCL officially a member of the Philippine Association of College and Universities (PACU)

Last August 2021, Malayan Colleges Laguna, A Mapúa School (MCL) applied to be a member of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU).

Malayan Colleges Laguna, A Mapúa School (MCL) receives the Plaque of Membership from the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU) Oath Taking Ceremony held via Zoom. Image from PACU.

PACU is a private education association and the oldest member of the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations of the Philippines (COCOPEA). PACU is open for membership for private higher educational institutions (HEIs) with programs aligned with PACU’s mission and vision. Its mission is to strengthen its members’ capabilities, strive for international recognition, and advocate relevant and effective advocacy education policies. Its vision is to envisage nation-building through transformative private education.

Being a member of PACU gives the opportunity to the different HEIs to collaborate with one another and share their best practices on teaching and learning for the betterment of each educational institution under the association.

MCL officials pose for a photo opportunity with fellow PACU Members. Image from PACU.

Last January 17, 2022, MCL officially became a PACU member. Engr. Anthony Hilmer S. Medrano, the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of MCL, took the oath of membership and accepted the certificate from PACU’s President, Mr. Anthony Jose Moran Tamayo, on behalf of Dr. Dodjie S. Maestrecampo, MCL’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

MCL Executive Vice President and COO, Engr. Anthony Hilmer S. Medrano takes the oath of membership on behalf of Dr. Dodjie S. Maestrecampo, MCL President and CEO. Image from PACU.

Dr. Maestrecampo said in his given statement, “As a new member of PACU, MCL looks forward to making significant contributions to the association and fostering meaningful collaboration with its member institutions. As MCL strives towards excellence in building professionals through learner-centered outcomes-based education and innovative digital learning, I urge the MCL community to advance PACU’s commitment to uplifting Philippine education. Together, let us continue to set higher standards and be prime movers in education.”

With its commitment to be a global steeple of excellence, MCL ensures that it will be a valuable member of PACU. The institution will live up to PACU’s mission and vision by continuously nurturing students from Senior High School (SHS) to college and transforming them into globally competitive professionals.


List of PACU Member Schools – Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities. (2021).

PACU – Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities. (2018).

Vision – Mission – Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities. (2021).


Malayan Colleges Laguna offers ‘flux’ courses

CABUYAO CITY — This month, Malayan Colleges Laguna, A Mapúa School launches the Flexible Learning Ubiquitous Experience, or “MCL FLUX,” courses that allow students to choose whether to attend classes face-to-face or online synchronously or asynchronously.

The MCL FLUX course format is an instructional approach that combines face-to-face and online learning. Each class session and learning activity is offered in-person, synchronously online and asynchronously online. Students can decide for each class or learning module how to participate.

On-site classes can be threatened by climate change, natural disasters (including tropical depression, floods, and earthquakes), health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and other disruptions.

When campus reopens, students still face a range of uncertainties surrounding health and safety, financial concerns, and travel issues, among others.

The MCL FLUX model will maintain educational and research activities as the circumstances of a given disruption or personal concerns unfold. It also allows students to choose different learning modalities that work better depending on proximity to campus, work and family commitments, and other factors.

In MCL FLUX courses, students can choose from one of three participation paths:

  1. Participate in face-to-face class sessions in-person (in a classroom).
  2. Participate in face-to-face class sessions via video conference (Zoom and MS Teams).
  3. Participate fully asynchronously via MCL Learning Management System (LMS) powered by Blackboard Learn (BBL).

The system will make available to students all class meetings and materials online or in-person, during or after class sessions. Regardless of the path taken, all students will achieve the same learning objectives.

Malayan Colleges Laguna has outfitted its classrooms with video cameras and distributed microphones to create hybrid learning environments, or the MCL FLUX Classrooms.

Video conference software such as Zoom, and MS Teams connect in-person and remote students to the synchronous learning sessions. All video conference sessions are recorded and uploaded to the MCL’s LMS powered by BBL.

“Our goal in offering MCL FLUX classes is to reduce learning barriers by providing equitable access and meaningful learning opportunities for all our students,” Dr. Dodjie Maestrecampo, president of Malayan Colleges Laguna, said.

“Our MCL FLUX classes reconceptualize the learning experience and rethink how students engage with their teachers, learning content, and peers,” he added.

Selected MCL FLUX courses will start in the third term of A.Y. 2021-2022 (March 2022) during the implementation of limited face-to-face classes. All relevant courses will utilize the MCL FLUX approach starting A.Y. 2022-2023 (August 2022).

MCL holds 2022 Faculty Research Colloquium

Last January 27, 2022, Malayan Colleges Laguna, A Mapúa School (MCL) held the 2022 Faculty Research Colloquium via Zoom. With the theme “All Hands on Deck: Building Professionals Through Research Collaboration,” the event started with the opening remarks from MCL’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Engr. Anthony Hilmer S. Medrano.

Dean Khristian G. Kikuchi of the College of Computer and Information Science (CCIS) introduced the resource speaker for the plenary session, Dr. Nares Pantaratorn, Vice President for Research at Rangsit University in Thailand. Dr. Pantaratorn discussed the importance of faculty research. He shared that a lot of people are too intimidated to conduct their studies, and with this, he said, “People always think [that] research is such a big thing and too tough to accomplish [but] I really would like to encourage you to think about research positively.”  Dr. Pantaratorn also reminded everyone that research doesn’t have to be a big or new knowledge but rather, it could start even in the smallest problems that people encounter in their everyday routine. 

The Faculty Research Colloquium Plenary Speaker, Dr. Pantaratorn shared his presentation with the topic of Research: mission and goals for the future. Image from Dr. Pantaratorn’s Presentation.

During the question-and-answer session, Dr. Pantaratorn was joined by his colleagues from Rangsit University, Dr. Kanda Wongwailikhit and Dr. Chatchai Trakulrungsi. They invited MCL to their next international forum and they said that they are open and looking forward to future research collaboration with MCL and its faculty members. After the Q&A session, the awarding ceremony for the event’s plenary speaker was led by MCL’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Engr. Maribel G. Songsong.

Dr. Pantaratorn was joined by Dr. Kanda and Dr. Chatchai during the Question-and-answer session with the participants. Image screen captured by the event organizers.
Engr. Maribel G. Songsong presented the award for the plenary speaker, Dr. Pantaratorn. Image screen captured by the event organizers.

Faculty members from the College of Arts and Science (CAS), College of Computer and Information Science (CCIS), Enrique T. Yuchengco College of Business (ETYCB), and Mapúa Institute of Technology at Laguna (MITL) presented their papers for the Research Colloquium.

The presenters were Dr. Ronald Allan S. delos Reyes from CAS, with his research titled, ‘Preparation of Calcium Citrate Malate Using Citric Acid and Malic Acid with Calcium Hydroxide Synthesized from Duck Eggshell’; Prof. Dennis A. Martillano from CCIS with his study titled, ‘Wearable Tool for Breathing Pattern Recognition and Exacerbation Monitoring for COPD Patients via a Device-to-Cloud Communication Model’; Prof. Donn Enrique L. Moreno, with his research, ‘Atmospheric Cues Roles: Customer’s Online Trust, Perceived Enjoyment, and Impulse Buying Behavior Published in the Open Journal of Business and Management’; Engr. Kristine R. Cervancia, et al. from MITL with their study, ‘Assessment, Monitoring, and Reduction Strategy Development for Non-Revenue Water (NRW) of Calamba Water District (CWD), Calamba City, Laguna, Philippines’; Engr. Neslyn L. Principio, et al. from MITL, with their study, ‘Mechanical Properties of Concrete with Recycled High-Density Polyethylene Macro Flat Fiber and Rice Hull Ash as Partial Replacement to Cement’; and Engr. Alexander Hamilton S. Atienza, et al. From MITL, with their study, ‘Development of a Farm Scale Agricultural Water Sprinkler for Crop Irrigation.’

An open forum was held after the research paper presentation from each college. Image screen captured by the event organizers.

An open forum was conducted after the presentation of the research papers where faculty members explained their research rationale and answered various questions from the participants. After the open forum, Engr. Songsong presented the International Publication Award to Dr. Ronald Allan S. delos Reyes, in recognition of his Scopus-indexed publication.

All participants and guests pose for a photo opportunity after the event. Image screen captured by the event organizers.

The fruitful and insightful event ended with Engr. Songsong’s closing remarks. She expressed her utmost appreciation to all the researchers and distinguished guests for sharing their expertise and research works. “I do hope that your presentations had inspired our faculty and boosted their creative minds to think of more ways to contribute to the body of knowledge,” said VPAA Songsong. She also urged everyone to start pursuing collaborative research with Rangsit University and with other local and international research partners of MCL.

Getting Ready for a Future Career, Take the Right Path for your Senior High School Year

By: Ranniah D. Naseef

Are you currently looking for a Senior High School strand that fits your skills, passions, and talents?   The thought of adding two years to your time in school is not that unpleasant, as you will discover and learn more about your passions and skills that can be enhanced during your Senior High School year. This opportunity will prepare you for the diverse field in your chosen industry and equip you to confidently take your career of choice. 

At Malayan Colleges Laguna, A Mapúa School, students are provided with world-class education to help them choose the right career path and enable them to become globally competitive professionals in their industry.

Senior High School at Malayan Colleges Laguna, A Mapúa School

Being a world-class Senior High School in the South, Malayan Colleges Laguna, A Mapúa School, can help and guide students in choosing the right track for themselves, fully equipping them with a high level of learning and the necessary experiences right from the start. With its HyFlex learning, highly qualified mentors, learner-centered curricula, and industry-preferred programs, MCL Senior High School can get you ready for your future.

Known for its HyFlex Learning, MCL Senior High School (MCL-SHS), incorporates smart classrooms which use various blended learning tools for delivering quality education, and with the different programs, students have technology-assisted learning to facilitate the materials they present.

With its Hyflex Learning, instructional modules provided by professors are available to access by students with the asynchronous, synchronous, and self-paced learning approach during the prescribed period. Students can easily explore the learning materials and earn certifications for the selected courses as additional credentials and acquired skills. It explains how effective interaction of students and professors with the use of synchronous professor-led sessions via live streaming can focus on thinking skills, such as analysis, evaluation, and creation. This elaborates and evaluates adaptive learning programs that are provided to the students.

The Learner-Centered Outcomes-Based Curricula helps students exercise their skills, giving them practical activities to develop their knowledge and abilities in their fields of expertise. Students are given research papers and work immersion to help them become globally competitive professionals, and faculty members, with their academic degrees and extensive industrial experience, provide high-quality instruction and learning opportunities. With its industry-preferred programs, MCL continues to develop industry collaborations that will provide you with the necessary real-world experience.

Considering the Right Career Choice 

Choosing the strand to take in Senior High School might not be the same as choosing what degree to pursue in college. But you still need to take time to think about the following: What field do you excel in? What are your interests? What skills and talents do you enjoy doing or are you good at? You must identify those features about yourself to make the process of choosing a strand in Senior High School easier.

You may now be asking: What are your choices when it comes to Senior High School Strands and Tracks?

HUMSS (Humanities and Social Sciences)
Understanding People in Real-Life Situations

This strand allows students to enhance their communication and creativity skills. With HUMMS, you can take the first step towards pursuing a career related to liberal arts, education, communication, and the social sciences

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
Bringing Innovative Ideas to the Real-World

Interested in the field of science and mathematics? Aspiring to take engineering, architecture, computer science, pre-med courses, allied math, and medical courses in college? Pursue your degree of choice by first taking STEM as your Senior High School Strand.

ABM (Accountancy, Business, and Management)
Building Competence in Business

Have you discovered your skills and passion for business? ABM is the strand that fits your expertise. Easily take up a college program and, eventually, a career path related to accounting, business management, marketing, or tourism.

ICT (Information and Communications Technology)
Stepping into the Future of Technology 

Gain hands-on technical skills for a college program or career related to computer programming, information technology, digital arts and design, multimedia arts, broadcasting, and communication with the ICT strand under the Technical-Vocational Livelihood track.

Join us as we build professionals with quality education, right here at Malayan Colleges Laguna, A Mapúa School. 

MCL is CALABARZON’s 1st ISO 21001:2018 – EOMS Certified School

Malayan Colleges Laguna, A Mapúa School, was commended for being the 1st ISO 21001:2018 – Educational Organizations Management System (EOMS) Certified School in CALABARZON last January 25, 2022. The accrediting body, Det Norske Veritas (DNV), conducted the audit from December 13 to 15, 2021 with acclaimed noteworthy efforts. 

Among the noteworthy efforts commended by DNV are the remarkable learning management system utilization strategies of MCL professors, specifically the College of Arts and Science (CAS) on their “Online Course Plan” that maximized various online delivery techniques such as supplementary video learning materials, interactive content, recorded demonstration, and interactive power point presentation for online learning.

Furthermore, MCL was applauded for its micro-credential partnershipwith LinkedIn Learning, Coursera, Cisco, Huawei, Amazon, etc., which enhances the skills of MCL students (learners) to be globally competent graduates and industry-ready professionals.

The regular test on Phishing for data security and protection that invariably helps employees in understanding and detecting possible cyber-attacks was lauded by DNV.

Amidst the pandemic, the Center for Learning and Information Resources (CLIR) through their Annual Statistical Report for AY 2020-2021 vouched for its effectiveness in their unceasing online services rendered for both Senior High School (SHS) and College learners and faculties.

Since 2012, the Mapúa Institute of Technology at Laguna (MITL) has consistently garnered high passing rates in licensure and board examinations.The passing rates on all MITL programs are consistently higher than the national passing rate.

And lastly, MCL was duly recognized for its international accolades as the 2021 Winner of the Blackboard Awards for Optimizing Student Experience in transforming the students’ e-campus life through various student online services led by the Learning Environments and Innovations Office (LEIO) along with the Student Affairs Office (SAO) and Center for Guidance and Counseling (CGC).

“We congratulate the whole institution for a job well done and for achieving another exemplary milestone,” Office of Quality Management (OQM) said. Moving forward, MCL commits to uphold the principles of ISO 21001:2018 to standardize the delivery of quality education and to stimulate excellence and innovation, along with embodying ethical and social responsibility.

With MCL’s commitment to excellence and virtue, the institution will continue in improving its services, not just for the learners, but also for the whole MCL community.

Mapúa Malayan Digital College: Built for Modern Students’ Needs, Now Closer to You.

Mapúa Malayan Digital College (MMDC) is set to plug itself into the Philippine Education system for the 2022-2023 School Year. As the newest college under Malayan Colleges Laguna, the college combines the legacy and credibility of the academic institutions with the future of higher learning. While being fully online, the college is a better option for  incoming freshmen students in Quezon City and Bacolod, as its pioneer learning hubs will be located in these areas.

With lessons delivered digitally through its Experiential Learning System (XLS), MMDC helps students develop not just the technical skills, but also the soft skills (such as critical thinking, leadership, creativity, analysis, and collaboration) that employers and industries look for when hiring fresh graduates. 

MMDC does this through its Projects, Problems, and Cases (PPC) model that emphasizes learning by doing. Students will not take the traditional tests. Instead, they will be challenged by working on real-world workplace scenarios through case studies, and collaborative group work and projects.

Mapúa Malayan Digital College will focus on areas that are in-demand by both students and industry: Technology, and, eventually, Business. Learn more about the programs here.

These degrees are designed by instructional design professionals, who have experience in the academe, as well as in the workforce. 

While all classes with your professor will happen in our digital classroom, Mapúa Malayan Digital College offers its Learning Hubs: spaces located in malls in key cities, where students can do more focused work; collaborate on their group projects; meet for their clubs, and more. 

Each Learning Hub will offer high-speed internet access; comfortable workspaces; and private rooms for meetings. 

MMDC’s first two Learning Hubs will be located in Ayala Malls Cloverleaf in Quezon City, as well as Ayala Malls Capitol Central in Bacolod City.

Every student at Mapúa Malayan Digital College will get their own Chromebook and pocket wifi, as well as access to the digital library, Learning Hub and a Help Center that can assist them with their tech and connectivity needs.  

Aside from the collaborative nature of the curriculum, MMDC empowers students to pursue their passions by allowing them to start their own clubs with the support of the school. Whether their interests are in cooking, hiking, online gaming, art, or other hobbies, MMDC can connect students with like-minded peers so together, they can pursue their interests.

Furthermore, MMDC’s required class meeting times are significantly less than other universities, which allows students to balance their academics, their hobbies, their family life, and their social life.

All this, for PHP60,000.

MMDC offers cutting-edge, real-world learning; a complete technology package; and the opportunity to socialize and pursue passions, all for PHP60,000 for the entire trimester school year.  

To learn more about MMDC, visit the website at

Malayan Ako, Malayan Na’ko: Welcoming Malayans to A.Y. 2021-2022

by Therese Marie D. Macasaet, B.A. Communication student

Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL) welcomed their students for the Academic Year 2021-2022 through an online event spearheaded by MCL’s Supreme Student Council (MCL-SSC) last August 23 to 28, 2021. The student councils and student organizations came together to warmly greet the new and old students of the institution.

With the effect of the pandemic, MCL geared towards virtual learning, like other academic institutions. They stepped it up a notch by conducting virtual events to continuously connect with their constituents at the comfort of their own homes. As classes started last August 16, 2021, the MCL-SSC prepared the first week-long virtual welcome with the theme “Malayan Ako, Malayan Na’ko”.

The first day of the online event centered on promoting the college organizations and student councils that new students can partake in. Promotional videos were posted on the Facebook page of MCL-SSC and were also played during the live opening event. Consequently, the members of the different organizations displayed their talents in singing and dancing while the event was being streamed on Facebook and on Youtube.

Although welcoming the students was virtually done, the Director of the Student Affairs Office (SAO), Prof. Angelito D. Platino, assured the viewers that the institution has done what needs to be done for campus life to continue. Proof of this continuity were the assemblies that the college departments have prepared for the students.

The rest of the week consisted of morning virtual meetings between college departments – CAS (College of Art and Science), CCIS (College of Computer and Information Science), CMET (College of Maritime Education and Training), ETYCB (E.T. Yuchengco College of Business) and MITL (Mapua Institute of Technology at Laguna) – and their governing bodies. In the afternoon, the student organizations presented their respective organizations to the new wizards.

“…engage, widen up, meet new friends, and enjoy.” Said Engr. Anthony Hilmer S. Medrano, the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of MCL. Warmly welcoming the new and old students of MCL is one aim of the virtual event, but among other things, they are encouraged to connect with individuals who will be part of their academic journey that lies ahead.

Watch the recording of the Malayan Ako, Malayan Na’ko Welcoming Week livestream here.