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Miriam College
Kolehiyo ng Miriam (Filipino)
School Seal
Former names
  • Malabon Normal School (1926–1936)
  • Maryknoll Normal College (1936–1953)
  • Maryknoll College (1953–1989)
MottoVeritas (Latin)
Motto in English
TypePrivate exclusive all-girls Basic and Higher education institution
Established1926; 98 years ago (1926)
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic
Academic affiliations
ChairpersonJosefina Tan
PresidentLaura Quiambao-del Rosario
Vice-presidentJasmin Nario-Galace
(Academic Affairs)
Maria Concepcion Lupisan
  • Nancy Roman
    (High School)
  • Maria Louella Tampinco
    (Middle School)
  • Nancy de los Reyes
    (Lower School)
  • Amabelle Cariño
    Child Study Center)
  • Noel Racho
    (Human Resources)
  • Agustin Alvarez, Jr.
    (Administrative Services)
  • Maria Louella Tampinco
    (Basic Education)
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
, ,
14°38′34″N 121°04′40″E / 14.64278°N 121.07778°E / 14.64278; 121.07778
Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Nuvali, Canlubang, Calamba, Laguna
ColorsBlue   and   Gold
MascotMaría Katipunera
Miriam College is located in Metro Manila
Miriam College
Location in Metro Manila
Miriam College is located in Luzon
Miriam College
Location in Luzon
Miriam College is located in Philippines
Miriam College
Location in the Philippines

Miriam College (Filipino: Dalubhasaang Miriam) is a non-stock, non-profit Filipino Catholic educational institution[1] for girls and young women in Quezon City, Philippines.

It offers academic programs from pre-elementary to post-graduate and adult education levels that develop the learning and caring competencies of students and are enriched by a wide range of national, regional, and international linkages. Although primarily a women’s school, its pre-elementary, graduate, adult education, and deaf education programs accept male students.


The history of Miriam College dates back to 1926 when Archbishop of Manila Michael J. O'Doherty requested the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic of Ossning, New York to initiate a teacher-training program for women in the Philippines. In an old remodeled Augustinian convent in Malabon, the Malabon Normal School was established. The school moved several times until 1953, when was officially renamed to Maryknoll College, and permanently settled on the eastern edge of Diliman (now Loyola Heights) in Quezon City.

After the Second Vatican Council, the Maryknoll congregation began to evaluate its work in the light of their original apostolate as a missionary order. In the 1960s, the Maryknoll congregation saw the readiness of the Filipino laity to continue the education mission they had started.

During the Marcos dictatorship, the Maryknoll community was known for being one of the Catholic educational institutions most active in protesting the abuses and excesses of the regime.[2] A prominent leader was Sr Helen Graham, who became a founding member of Task Force Detainees of the Philippines after one of her students was picked up as a political detainee. Another Maryknoll figure of the resistance of the dictatorship was High School alumnus Suellen Escribano, who gave up her life of comfort in order to serve the women and farmers living in the border area of Quezon and Bicol provinces, helping them resist the efforts of landgrabbers.[3] The significance Escribano's work would later be recognized by the Philippines' Bantayog ng mga Bayani, which honors the martyrs and heroes that fought to restore democracy during the regime. The Maryknoll sisters were prominent in the crowd that formed the People Power revolution of 1986, which led to the ouster of the Marcos family,[2] and Sr. Helen Graham's diary entries were later published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer as a day by day breakdown of the events as they happened.[4]

In 1977, the ownership and management of the school was turned over to lay administrators. In accordance with the agreement, the name Maryknoll was to be changed to pave the way for the promotion of the school’s unique identity, distinct although not disconnected from the identity of the Maryknoll sisters. In 1989, after a series of consultations, Maryknoll College was renamed Miriam College.[5]

Miriam College stopped accepting male students at the collegiate level in 1999. The last batch of male students, who had entered the college in 1998, graduated in 2002, thereby making Miriam College an exclusive all-women's college. However, the preschool, adult education, graduate school, and deaf-mute education departments remain as co-educational and are still open to males.


The first lay president and first female president of a Catholic college in the Philippines was Dr. Paz V. Adriano, who had been a student of the Maryknoll nuns. The second president was Dr. Lourdes Quisumbing, who later became the Secretary of Education under Corazon Aquino, the 11th president of the Philippines. The third was Dr. Loreta Castro; the fourth was Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, who is currently the chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education. Dr. Rosario Oreta Lapus later served as president from 2010 to 2019.[6] The current president is Ambassador Laura Quiambao-del Rosario, former Department of Foreign Affairs undersecretary and diplomat.[7]

Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center

Campus facilities

Main Building of the Quezon City campus

Campus facilities include a modern, four-story LEAD Residence Hall for college students and guests, the Gallery of Women's Art featuring donated works from women artists, the Marian Auditorium for institutional events, the Little Theater for smaller events, the Mini-Forest Park, a chapel, Stations of the Cross, Library Media Center, and the Child Development and Day Care Center.[8]

Miriam College Nuvali

Miriam College's satellite Nuvali campus was opened in 2014. A coeducational campus, it is located along Diversity Avenue corner Evoliving Parkway, Nuvali, Calamba, Laguna.[9]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ Alliance of Christian Women’s Colleges and Universities in Asia
  2. ^ Association of Southeast Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities


  1. ^ "Miriam College | British Council". Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Orante, Bea (March 30, 2016). "Martial law not an 'era of discipline' - Miriam College community". Retrieved January 12, 2024.
  3. ^ "Martyrs & Heroes: Suellen Escribano". Bantayog ng mga Bayani. June 1, 2023. Retrieved January 12, 2024.
  4. ^ "Sister Helen Graham". Maryknoll Sisters. Archived from the original on October 4, 2023. Retrieved January 12, 2024.
  5. ^ "Miriam College" (PDF). Commission on Higher Education. 2017. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  6. ^ "Hot Stuff: Knollers Welcome New President at Miriam College!". ABS-CBN Lifestyle. January 24, 2020. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  7. ^ San Juan, Alexandria Dennise (January 29, 2020). "Quiambao-Del Rosario is new Miriam College president". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  8. ^ "Miriam College Website > Campus Life". Archived from the original on May 10, 2012.
  9. ^ "MC Nuvali celebrates 5th year with a High Five". The Manila Times. November 29, 2019. Retrieved June 29, 2020.