Malayan Colleges Laguna

MCL co-organizes international research conference, signs virtual MOU with RSU

Last April 30, 2021, Malayan Colleges Laguna, A Mapúa School (MCL) took part in co-organizing the 6th Rangsit University (RSU) International Research Conference on Social Science and Humanity, Education, Management, and Arts.

The conference was a platform for academics, professionals, researchers, and other participants from around the world to discuss and share their experiences, knowledge, expertise, and best practices on Educational Research, Research for Liberal Arts, Business, Economic, Tourism and Aviation, Communication Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Law, Criminal Justice, Political, Diplomacy, Arts and Designs, Performance Arts, Music, Architecture and Chinese Study.

The event aimed to provide opportunities for participants to gain new knowledge, share educational experiences, and create a professional network among colleagues in the same area.

During the conference, two papers written by Dr. Ellenita R. Red, faculty member from the College of Computer and Information Science (CCIS) and her B.S. Information System students were presented: “Resiliency through Financial Management Information System Innovations in the Impact of the CoViD-19 Pandemic” by Daniel Jonborgh Oliva Diaz and Dr. Red; and “Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic to a Financial Management Information System and Crisis Management” by Gene Joseph Villalobos Garcia and Dr. Red.

MCL’s ties with RSU began in 2018, when Dr. Red presented her paper in the conference, where she met the RSU Research Director. In 2019, she was invited to be one of the reviewers for the same conference, and in 2020, RSU extended an invitation to MCL to become a co-organizer for the conference for 2021.

“By being part of the organizing team for this conference, we gained experience in conducting similar activity in the future,” said Dean Khristian G. Kikuchi of MCL CCIS. “Aside from this, this is an opportunity for MCL to be introduced globally as an institution with capability of engaging in research activities. Lastly, being a co-organizer allows our faculty members and students to join and submit their research output to this conference free of charge.”  

On July 13, 2021, MCL held a virtual Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing with Rangsit University, signaling the start of a new partnership with the university located in Pathum Thani, Thailand, with the aim to develop academic cooperation and promote mutual understanding between the two institutions.

In attendance from MCL were Engr. Anthony Hilmer S. Medrano, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; Engr. Maribel G. Songsong, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Prof. James Ronald O. Mesina, Director of the Office for Strategic Partnerships and Global Engagement; and Dean Khristian G. Kikuchi and Dr. Ellenita R. Red from CCIS.

Representatives from RSU were also present, including Asst. Prof. Dr. Nares Pantaratorn, Vice President for Research; Asst. Prof. Dr. Patamaporn Sukplang, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chetneti Srisa-an, Vice President for Technology and Dean of College of Digital Innovation Technology; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chatchai Trakulrangsi, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Malivan Praditteera Suryadhep, Acting Dean, Suryadhep Teachers College; Mr. Thee Nabhindhakara, Director of International Office; and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kanda Wongwailikhit, Director of Research Institute.

According to Engr. Medrano, who delivered the opening remarks during the MOU signing, this partnership between MCL and RSU is a timely response to the challenges that lie ahead, especially with the ongoing pandemic.

“Rangsit University, through the effort of Dean Ian Kikuchi has been collaborating with us in several activities, and this MOU commits us to work together more closely for a common goal. Our pursuit for a meaningful research and faculty exchange, will not only help our students but the society as well,” said Engr. Medrano. “I believe that this MOU will enhance the exchange of ideas between the Filipinos and the people of Thailand, creating synergy and sparking new ideas and innovation that are essential for today’s challenges.”

“Both institutions join hands to push for a meaningful collaboration for research and technology transfer. In the advent of Industry 4.0, international cooperation is a key to innovation and successful mobility of persons, knowledge, skills, and cultural interaction,” added Prof. Mesina about the partnership.

MCL CCIS relaunches online COVID-19 Tracker for Laguna and Davao

With the recent spike in Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) cases, the emergence of the Delta variant, and the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Laguna, Malayan Colleges Laguna, A Mapúa School’s (MCL) College of Computer and Information Science (CCIS) recently relaunched its COVID-19 Case Tracker for the province.

The COVID-19 Tracker is a web-based dashboard that tracks the number of COVID-19 cases and provides important data at a glance. Initially developed for use in Laguna last year, the team from CCIS recently modified a version of the Tracker for Malayan Colleges Mindanao, A Mapúa School, with data from the Davao region.

Spearheaded by CCIS Dean Khristian G. Kikuchi, the team is composed of Prof. Dennis A. Martillano; alumni John Noel J. Corpuz, Mark Anthony V. Hernandez, and John Disonglo; incoming 4th year students Donmarc Bryan C. Salcedo and Janrey C. Valenzuela; and incoming 3rd year student Job J. Lipat.

“This CoViD-19 Case Tracker for the Province of Laguna is our way of contributing valuable information to our fellow Lagunense as we continue to face the challenges of this pandemic,” said Dean Khristian G. Kikuchi of CCIS, who first thought of developing the dashboard after experiencing frustration while monitoring daily figures of new cases around the start of the pandemic in 2020.

Through this COVID-19 Case Tracker, the CCIS team provides relevant information on the ongoing COVID-19 cases in the province down to the level of cities and municipalities. By highlighting the number of recovered cases and remaining active cases, they aim to continue giving hope to everyone living through the pandemic.

“I am proud of our students, alumni, and faculty members in coming up with this timely and useful application, an authentic OBE at work,” added Dean Kikuchi.

The relaunch of the tracker in Laguna goes hand-in-hand with MCL’s preparations for its Flexible Learning Options, as a Blended Learning Option with limited face-to-face classes for laboratory courses will be offered once approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Education (DepEd), and Local Government Units (LGUs).

The COVID-19 Case Tracker powered by MCL CCIS is now available through the home page of the MCL website and directly on the CCIS Tracker Site.

MCL’s CE, EE, and IE programs receive PTC-ACBET accreditation

From Engr. Ezrha C. Godilano, MCL’s B.S. Industrial Engineering program chair: “On behalf of the B.S. Industrial Engineering program, we would like to express our sincerest gratitude to PTC-ACBET and to MCL, for helping us, for the support, and the guidance in reaching this prestigious milestone. This will greatly help to contribute in helping us deliver quality education among our students.”

Malayan Colleges Laguna, A Mapua School’s (MCL) B.S. Civil Engineering (CE), B.S. Electrical Engineering (EE), and B.S. Industrial Engineering (IE) programs under the Mapua Institute of Technology at Laguna (MITL) have been accredited by the Philippine Technological Council Accreditation and Certification Board for Engineering and Technology (PTC-ACBET) for A.Y. 2019-2020 to A.Y. 2020-2021.

With this, all of MCL’s engineering programs are now recognized by PTC-ACBET in accordance with the quality standards of the Washington Accord System.

To achieve this accreditation, MCL’s CE, EE, and IE programs underwent assessment and evaluation by ACBET’s Engineering Accreditation Commission. To formally acknowledge this achievement, a ceremony was held last July 8, 2021, via Zoom, with the recipients of the awards, Engr. Orlando G. Perez, MITL Dean, Engr. Hermie G. Del Pilar, CE Program Chair, Engr. Maria Criselda B. Loyola, EE Program Chair, and Engr. Ezrha C. Godilano, IE Program Chair, in attendance.

“I sincerely congratulate each one of you for an outstanding performance to have us reach this steeple of excellence,” said Engr. Perez. “I am truly proud of your dedication in unleashing the extraordinary smartness and persistence to get you through the challenging phases of accreditation – a noteworthy moment which marked another MCL milestone to be justly honored and remembered. Great job. Continue to persevere and strive for excellence.”

Administrators from both MCL and PTC-ACBET were also present, including Dr. Lydia G. Tansinsin, PTC Founding President and ACBET Chairperson, and Engr. Federico A. Monsada, PTC President and ACBET Co-Chair, both of whom delivered their messages for the community alongside MCL’s top management.

From Engr. Hermie M. Del Pilar, MCL B.S. Civil Engineering program chair: “In behalf of the MCL Civil Engineering students and faculty, I would like to thank the PTC-ACBET and the MCL administrators for giving us the opportunity to engage in this worthwhile academic practice. Indeed, this practice will greatly contribute to the objective of MCL, which is to become a global steeple of excellence and virtue.”

“I would like to congratulate all of you for being accredited substantially equivalent to the Washington Accord System. This system is placed to make sure the graduates of engineering are ready to practice their engineering knowledge with mathematics and other sciences. And this Washington Accord has nine attributes which I think your college has more or less attained the minimum or maximum benefits with the practices that you have made,” said Dr. Tansinsin.

Like with previous accreditations received from PTC-ACBET, Dr. Dodjie S. Maestrecampo, MCL President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) welcomed the recognition with gratitude and enthusiasm, stating that it pushes MCL further to the advancement of the school’s mission and vision.

“The PTC-ACBET Quality Assurance System establishes our sense of accountability,” said Dr. Maestrecampo. “In addition, it clarifies our roles and responsibilities as providers of higher education as partner of the community and the industry by ensuring that our programs of study and their related support infrastructures are of the highest standards.”

To Engr. Maribel G. Songsong, MCL Vice President for Academic Affairs, achieving recognition for three more of MCL’s engineering programs was not an easy feat, especially with the challenges presented by the pandemic.

“The way we all responded to this crisis is commendable. It showed us that in these extraordinary times, we possess the necessary qualities to keep us thriving despite the odds. These qualities include resiliency, adaptability, flexibility, and innovativeness,” said Engr. Songsong. “We strived to keep our promise to uphold our standards of providing quality education, allowing our students to still engage

and experience quality learning facilitated by our passionate and dedicated faculty.“

From Engr. Maria Criselda B. Loyola, MCL B.S. Electrical Engineering program chair: “This accreditation would not have been possible without the full cooperation and support of our dean, faculty, and students. We owe this achievement to our faculty, who from the start partook in the data collection, assessment, and evaluation. And to our students, especially those who actively participated in the interviews, most of them are graduates now, your honest answers contributed to the accreditation as a whole. I know you have been waiting for this, as some of you keep on asking me about the results since then. I hope this will help you in any way. To the support units of MCL, let me thank you for your cooperation. Without you, the whole process will not be complete.”

During his closing remarks, Engr. Anthony Hilmer S. Medrano, MCL Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), stated that this achievement is a testament to the institution’s commitment to its vision: to become a global steeple of excellence in delivering professional education.

With its Outcomes-Based Education system in place for years, MCL’s accreditations for its engineering programs are proof that students are given opportunities to think, be creative, and be innovative, ensuring that after graduation they will be able to practice their profession independently, a feat that not all engineering graduates are able to accomplish.

According to Engr. Monsada, because of the graduate attributes they have achieved, MCL’s engineering graduates are qualified to undergo further experience and training on the job, and eventually have the professional competence that will enable them to register with the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) or with PTC as chartered engineers or as certified engineers, among others.

“This is something that we are very proud of, because PTC now says that when you have the graduate attributes, at some point in time, we are expecting them to achieve the ability to provide or undertake independent practice. And that independent practice is defined very well in international registers with which we are also authorized,” said Engr. Monsada.

This means that the PTC-ACBET accreditations are assurance that graduates from MCL’s engineering programs are enabled to eventually register as APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Engineers, ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Engineers, ACP (ASEAN Chartered Professional)

Engineers, or International Professional Engineers, all of which are viable options for graduates to mobilize their engineering profession in an international capacity.

“MCL will strive for excellence and prepare other programs as well to undergo similar endeavors,” added Engr. Medrano. “As President Dodjie said, we may not return to the old normal, but we will be ready for the next normal, as One Malayan. Pandemic or not, MCL will continue to strive for Excellence and Virtue.”

iPeople Schools encourage youth to register and vote through “E-Leksyon” campaign

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is expecting around 60 million voters this coming 2022 national elections. While the COMELEC already exceeded the target of newly registered voters at about 5.3 million, the real challenge is having the same number of people go to precincts on May 9, 2022, to vote.

With only a 75% voter turnout during the 2019 mid-term elections, and 84% in 2016 presidential elections, plus the immobilizing effects of the pandemic, it has been increasingly important for the public and the government to work together to encourage the entire voting population to go to the polls come election day.

With the mission to provide quality education to all segments and to help solve problems of industry and society, the iPeople schools have been producing civic-minded industry leaders with passion for nation-building as one of their goals. This has inspired the educational group to create the necessary awareness among the youth and to launch its voter education campaign “E-Leksyon: Boto Ko, Bukas Ko.”

This non-partisan advocacy was launched simultaneously on social media by Mapúa University, Malayan Colleges Laguna, Malayan Colleges Mindanao, Malayan High School of Science, University of Nueva Caceres, National Teachers College, and the APEC Schools.

Done in partnership with COMELEC, the iPeople Schools’ nationwide campaign aims to educate students and their respective communities on the importance of voter registration, responsible voting, and more importantly, the exercise of their right of suffrage.

“Elections are a very important, if not the most important, element of a democracy. It is the duty of every Filipino and every member of our organization to participate in the electoral process. The act of voting itself, the safeguarding of the sanctity of votes, and the higher percentage of Filipinos who exercise their right to vote will lead to a more representative and confident government,” said Mapúa University and iPeople president and chief executive officer Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea.

“The greater the credibility of the process, the more legitimate and stable becomes the incoming administration. We all win,” he added.

COMELEC Commissioner Socorro B. Inting seconded this and put due emphasis on the act of voting itself.

“Voter registration is the first step toward realizing our collective goal of lasting change and genuine reform. Only by complying with it are we allowed to vote for the next leaders who will govern our nation. I wish to emphasize that your responsibility as new registrants must not end with registration. You also have to show up on election day and vote,” said Commissioner Inting.

To encourage iPeople’s 60,000-strong student body, the student leaders from various organizations and administration representatives released a Manifesto signifying their intent to become responsible voters during the campaign’s online launch. This was followed by video messages from youth student ambassadors from each school.

The eight-month-long “E-Leksyon: Boto Ko, Bukas Ko” voter registration and awareness drive will host an online forum each month leading to the 2022 elections. It will also roll out a voter education module, voter education video, social media campaign, and a series of contests to engage the youth. 

“This is a massively important project. This is a way of making sure that every single Filipino, every single youth in your schools is aware of what it exactly means to be a registered voter. Remember, the elections are something that we are all responsible for,” said COMELEC Director of Education and Information Department James Jimenez.

To learn more about the iPeople Schools’ “E-Leksyon: Boto Ko, Bukas Ko” advocacy, visit

B.S. Entrepreneurship student tops international business plan competition

Hailing from Malayan Colleges Laguna’s (MCL) E.T. Yuchengco College of Business (ETYCB), B.S. Entrepreneurship student Christelle Eve F. Taclas, together with her groupmates from Group 26, Patricia Ella F. Gubatan from Mapua University and Melanie Zandra Mondejar Olazo from Malayan Colleges Mindanao, bagged First Place in the International Business Sustainability Initiative – International Student Mobility (IBSI-ISM) Business Plan Competition 2021.

International Student Mobility 2021 is a collaborative event hosted by the Faculty of Business and Economics of Universitas Islam Indonesia and co-hosted by Mapua University. The program aims to introduce the International Business Sustainability Initiative wherein activities revolve around general concern for the environmental, social, and governance (ESG).

The business plan competition focused on the theme “Gaining Profit with Considering ESG Aspects.” With the aim to develop and explore the entrepreneurial spirit and creativity of students, the business plan competition challenged students to craft original business ideas that can help create job opportunities while understanding the importance of building a friendly business with the environment.

A total of 84 participants were grouped randomly into 28 teams with three members each. Rifqi Muhammad, SC., SH., M.Sc., PhD., SAS., the Secretary of Accounting Study of Faculty of Business and Economics in Universitas Islam Indonesia, and Evangeline A. Balboa, CPA, MBA, Associate Dean of the E.T. Yuchengco School of Business in Mapua University, served as the judges of the competition.

Of the 28 teams, Christelle’s team emerged victorious with their business plan titled “Ani-Hatid-Hain Mobile Market.”

“I was honored when Sir Donn Moreno trusted me to be part of the ISM Business Plan Competition. However, I was also nervous since it was my first time competing outside the college campus, let alone participating in an international event,” shared Christelle. “It was a challenging journey for all of us. Fortunately, our hard work and sleepless nights were rewarded when we won first place in the business plan competition.”

“I am very grateful to Patricia and Melanie for the bond we had, from exchanging ideas to relating our personal stories. I am thankful to Sir Donn Enrique Moreno and Dean Rhoda Austria for their unwavering support and guidance,” she added. “This overwhelming experience will be truly cherished.”

Besides Christelle, two other B.S. Entrepreneurship students, Charles Angelo B. Posmasdero and Celine Grace M. Elepaño, together with Marc Luigi A. Sy of Mapua University, also made it to the Top 5 of the business plan competition with “Pots & Co.: Innovating Plant Pots,” the project they conceptualized as part of Group 27.

Online or face-to-face classes? Make your choice at Malayan Colleges Laguna.

Limited face-to-face classes will open upon IATF approval.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of education, especially with the many limitations placed on the various sectors of society. With education being one of those hit the hardest, students and teachers all over the world were forced to find remote solutions so that learning and teaching can continue, even online.

Thanks to its Innovative Learning System having been in place for blended learning even before the pandemic, Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL) was able to smoothly transition to fully online learning for its students. Still, despite the convenience of learning at home, the fact remains that there are those who would like the choice to continue with face-to-face classes, at least once deemed safe by the government to resume.

With more than a year having passed since the outbreak of the pandemic, and with both the government and education institutions working to address the many issues it brought about, the day that students can once again meet with their professors and classmates in person may be fast approaching.

As the number one private school in CALABARZON, Malayan Colleges Laguna is prepared to cater to the varying needs of students with its two Flexible Learning Options for its students:

Blended Learning Option
Blended Online and On-Campus Learning

Once allowed by the government, students may opt for limited face-to-face classes on campus combined with online learning through the MCL Online portal. The Blended Learning Option is for those who would prefer to meet with their professors and classmates, especially for classes that may require hands-on use of equipment, such as for laboratory courses.

Malayan Colleges Laguna will follow the 4-10 cyclical shifting model, where students may attend on-campus classes for four (4) consecutive days before reverting to fully remote learning for ten (10) straight days.

A maximum of 20 students per class will be allowed for on-campus courses. With the enforcement of strict health and safety protocols against COVID-19, students and parents are assured of everyone’s safety on the campus.

Remote Learning Option
Fully Online Learning

Malayan Colleges Laguna understands that there are students and parents who may not be comfortable with leaving the safety of home at this time. For this, the Remote Learning Option will still be offered for students who prefer not to go campus for limited face-to-face classes. With this option, students may continue with fully online learning through the MCL Online portal.

This option requires students to have a home internet connection and learning devices such as laptops, desktop computers, or tablets to be able to participate in synchronous and asynchronous classes, as well as submit assessments and other requirements.

Fully Online Degrees are also available for busy students who need more flexibility as they pursue their college education. With the fully asynchronous classes for Fully Online Degree students, learners can study at their own pace, anywhere and anytime.

Interested in having access to these Flexible Learning Options? Choose the option that works best for you, Right Here. Whichever your choice, Malayan Colleges Laguna is dedicated to bringing you the same quality education that will enable you to launch your career of choice and become a globally competitive professional.

Malayan Colleges Laguna’s Senior High School and College programs are open for enrollment for A.Y. 2021-2022. Start your learning journey with us today.

FAQs: MCL’s Flexible Learning Options

When will students be allowed to attend face-to-face classes?
Limited face-to-face classes for Senior High School and College students with selected laboratory courses will be held as soon as approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Education (DepEd), and Local Government Units (LGUs). This will be part of the Blended Learning Option.

Can I choose to continue with fully online even when the government allows students to go back to the campus?
Yes, MCL students will be allowed to continue with the Remote Learning Option, through which fully online learning and easy access to resources and assessments are available via the MCL Online portal. With the MCL Innovative Learning System, students are assured to receive the same quality education regardless of the learning option selected.

Will all students be allowed to attend limited face-to-face classes?
Students who have courses that require hands-on exercises, such as laboratory courses, will be allowed to attend face-to-face classes in the campus.

Can I now register for limited face-to-face classes?
Not yet. The availability of limited face-to-face classes will depend on the IATF’s approval.

How safe are students during limited face-to-face classes?
Strict health and safety protocols against COVID-19 will be in place for everyone in the campus so that students, parents, and teachers can rest assured of their safety.

MCL Fully Online Degrees: Empowering students with flexibility and convenience

Life may sometimes get in the way of finishing one’s studies – whether it’s because of the need to work, concerns for safety in the time of a pandemic, or some other obligation that needs to be prioritized, making the choice to stop is never an easy one. But in an age when tools for learning are now available online, such circumstances need not be a hindrance anymore.

As it aims to be the leader in digital learning, and in order to cater to tertiary students whose learning needs are different from the norm, Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL) is now launching Fully Online Degree programs for Engineering and Information Technology. A Mapua School, it has Mapua University’s world-renowned educational heritage and expertise in these fields embedded in its DNA, making sure that learners are equipped to excel, lead, and innovate in a changing society.

“Even before the pandemic, MCL has been constantly looking into ways on how we can bring its offerings closer to individuals that are also aspiring to earn a degree and fulfill their life’s ambition,” shared Engr. Anthony Hilmer S. Medrano, Malayan Colleges Laguna’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We all know that MCL as a Mapua School lives with the legacy of Mapua University, and we can also see that in how MCL’s graduates are performing after they graduate.”

“We want to extend the same opportunity to individuals who, because of their situation, are somehow restricted in pursuing their career of choice. The Fully Online Degree programs of MCL presents the solution to these different scenarios and bring the offerings to those in need and aspire to improve their career,” he added.

With Malayan Colleges Laguna’s Fully Online Degree programs, you can now continue taking your college degree with flexibility – at your own pace, and wherever you may be.

Are you a student looking to enroll for a fully online degree? Here are some of the reasons why Malayan Colleges Laguna is the viable school choice:

· Self-Paced and Accessible Learning – Anytime, Anywhere

Malayan Colleges Laguna’s Fully Online Degree programs are powered by Blackboard Learn (BBL), a virtual learning environment and learning management system. Through BBL, online modules are available anytime and anywhere, allowing for convenient, self-paced learning that you can easily fit into your busy schedule, even if you’re employed or pursuing other passions. There will never be a need for you to go to the school campus, so you can enroll for your program of choice even if you live as far as Baguio City, Cebu City, or abroad. School fees for fully online degrees are also more affordable than for regular degrees, making them more accessible to everyone.

· Highly Qualified, Online-Ready Faculty

Malayan Colleges Laguna’s faculty members are not only highly qualified – they are also well-trained in the online delivery of learning, especially with tools being in place for over a decade. Mentors maximize the use of these tools, ensuring that the transition to a fully online educational experience is seamless for students.

· Easy Access to Online Resources and Tools

As you navigate your fully online degree, you may find that you sometimes need additional learning materials for research projects and assignments. Malayan Colleges Laguna’s library, the Center for Learning Information and Resources, offers a myriad of online services that allow you to request for scanned book chapters, e-copies of theses, e-journals, and more. Through its Innovative Learning System, E-learning tools such as Wiley Digital Solutions, Blackboard Collaborate, ScienceDirect, Britannica Academic, Labster, LinkedIn Learning and Coursera are also available.

· Strong Student Intervention Programs

Shifting to fully online learning may bring challenges with it, especially when it comes to juggling time. Malayan Colleges Laguna offers student intervention programs that allow you to connect with life coaches who can support and guide you to surpass these difficulties even as you pursue a professional work life.

· Online Admissions

For your safety and convenience, Malayan Colleges Laguna’s Admissions Office has prepared a fully online process for new student admission and application. Enrollment can be done remotely with a few clicks and the online submission of credentials and documents.

Ever dedicated to its mission and vision, Malayan Colleges Laguna has always had its focus on transforming its students into globally competitive professionals. Now, this learning environment has been made available online, allowing you, students who are different from the norm – students who need flexibility – to pursue the same quality of education and finish the degree of your choice without sacrificing anything else that life demands from you.

Malayan Colleges Laguna offers Fully Online Degrees for B.S. Electronics Engineering, B.S. Industrial Engineering, and B.S. Information Technology. Enrollment is now ongoing for A.Y. 2021-2022.

Start your fully online learning journey today! Click here to apply.

Why is Your Senior High School Choice Critical?

Ever since the implementation of K-12 in the Philippines in 2016, numerous questions have popped up from parents and students. Even if years have passed, students and parents still find themselves with more questions, and less answers, that can help them make the best possible decisions for their future.

If you’re an incoming Senior High School student yourself, you may find yourself asking this question:

What is Senior High School for?

Senior High School can be your springboard for a successful college life. It may appear to be two additional years of education, but these years will not be wasted if you make the right choices even before enrollment for college. Here are some of the things that incoming Senior High School students and their parents should consider before making any big decisions:

1. The Right Senior High School

The right Senior High School will allow you to take the next step: preparation for college. In Senior High School, you would be right in the middle of exiting high school and entering tertiary education. Before you know it, you will be graduating with a degree, and you’ll be seeking your first job. The idea may seem daunting, but the transition to the next phase in your life will be smoother if you come prepared – and the right Senior High School will help you with that.

You will need a school that meets the global K-12 standard; a school that will enable you to become globally competitive yourself, a school that is the leader in your preferred field, and a school that will allow for easy transition into a college that will enhance your value as a career person.

You will need a school that can help you map out your future, and a school that will help you develop wholistically, allowing you to embody the values you need to stand out among the rest.

Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL) is the school that will help you achieve all of these. Having been known to offer quality education since 2007, Malayan Colleges Laguna has long since established itself as an accomplished higher education institution with exceptional board passing rates, an outstanding reputation in local and national competitions, and industry connections that help students gain experience and enhance skills for employability. The school opened its doors to Senior High School students in 2016, offering the same quality of learning to the new generation of learners.

2. The Right Senior High School Track and Strand

Besides choosing the right SHS, you will also need to decide on the best track and strand for you.

You can think of the Senior High School “tracks” as areas of study, from which you can select more specific paths called “strands.” These strands will help narrow down your potential college and career options.

This is essential for you to focus your energy on your desired path that can extend not just to college, but beyond it as well.

At Malayan Colleges Laguna Senior High School (MCL-SHS), two tracks are offered: the Academic Track, and the Technical-Vocational-Livelihood Track. Under the Academic Track, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) strand, Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM) strand, and Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) strand are offered, while the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) strand is offered under the Technical-Vocational-Livelihood Track.

If it feels overwhelming to think about the available choices, it may help to think first about what you see yourself doing in the future. Think about the career you want to pursue, and the college degree you need to do so – and then you can find the Senior High School strand that is best aligned to it.

This strand will be your first step outside of general education – and through it, you will be able to both explore your interests further and test the waters of the path you’ve chosen for yourself.

3. The Right Preparation

There may still be some debate on whether Senior High School is necessary and worth the time, especially since the Philippines has only started implementing the K-12 system five years ago, but the fact remains that through K-12, transitioning to studies or a career abroad is now easier. And with the right preparation, you can make the most out of the two years you will be spending in Senior High School.

Through a good Senior High School education, you can prepare yourself for the real world by engaging in opportunities that allow you to grow and learn through serving, to innovate and explore your capabilities, and to challenge yourself by solving real-world problems.

Your Senior High School experience might not always be smooth sailing, but it’s also possible to find all the help you need if you choose the right school.

At Malayan Colleges Laguna, not only is there an abundance of extracurricular activities for your growth, but your wellbeing is also prioritized. Malayan Colleges Laguna advocates for the mental health of everyone, with webinars held regularly for students and employees alike. The institution has also deployed its Innovative Learning System to continuously address the needs of students despite the limitations that the pandemic has placed on schools. Social activities are also still held even online, allowing students to network, meet, and become leaders.

Senior High School may seem like a tough phase in a student’s life, but when you choose Malayan Colleges Laguna, it can be easier.

Find out more about Malayan Colleges Laguna and its Senior High School program. Enroll now and start your journey with us today.

MCL hosts SECRA Philippine launch

The Philippine launching and local kickoff of the Strengthening University-Enterprise Collaboration for Resilient Communities in Asia (SECRA) was held on May 20, 2021 via Zoom, and broadcasted live via the Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL) official Facebook page. A collaboration between Ateneo de Manila University, Malayan Colleges Laguna, and the Philippine Normal University, the event aimed to promote SECRA in the Philippines and to provide an overview on what the project is about. With the event open to the public, a total of 122 people were in attendance (105 in Zoom and 17 in Facebook).

Dr. Roberto C. Yap, Engr. Dodjie S. Maestrecampo, and Dr. Bert J. Tuga, Presidents of the Philippine Partner Universities, welcomed the audience. During the event, attendees were provided with a snapshot of the goals of SECRA as a research consortium, the Philippine Partner Universities were introduced, and a commitment to the initiative was given by the Philippine Team and a representative of the Partner Enterprises.

Jörgen Sparf and Evangelia Petridou from the Mid-Sweden University (MIUN) supplied the audience with information about SECRA, clarified its scope, and emphasized its objectives. The keynote speaker was Richard Haigh, Professor of Disaster Resilience and Co-Director of the University of Huddersfield’s Global Disaster Resilience Center, who spoke about University-Enterprise Collaboration (UEC) experiences in the UK. Moreover, he emphasized on the role that initiatives like SECRA have in terms of nation-building and bridging gaps that would eventually lead to a better and more impactful collaboration for resilience.

“Overall, the SECRA initiative (co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union) is a very meaningful collaborative work for the involved Philippine Universities and their partner organizations, institutions, communities, and enterprises,” says the MCL Project Lead, Dean Maria Rhodora R. Austria of the E.T. Yuchengco College of Business. “Ateneo De Manila University, Malayan Colleges Laguna, and the Philippine Normal University are all very proud and honored to be a part of an opportunity to make an impact and contribute to more resilient Filipino communities in the context of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction.”

The event highlighted the importance of the SECRA initiative to the Philippines and to the UEC landscape in the country. Having been able to meet its objectives of introducing SECRA to more people and spreading more information about the project, allowing for more understanding of its purpose, the event was a resounding success.

MCL joins EU-funded Project for Resilience in Asia

Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL) has been named as one of the partners for SECRA, the Strengthening University-Enterprise Collaboration (UEC) for Resilient Communities in Asia project.

Led by the Mid Sweden University Risk and Crisis Research Center in Sweden, with the University of Central Lancashire in the United Kingdom as the co-lead, SECRA is a three-year project with 13 partners from six different countries.

Besides MCL, the Asian partners comprise of Ateneo de Manila University and Philippine Normal University in the Philippines; University of Ruhuna, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, and University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka; and Chiang Mai University, Naresuan University, and Mahasarakham University in Thailand. European partners also include the University of Huddersfield in Great Britain and Tallinn Technical University in Estonia.

With a focus on the consequences of climate change, SECRA aims to contribute to resilient communities in Asia by improving disaster risk reduction through stronger collaborations among universities, public authorities, non-government organizations (NGOs), and industries.

Having received funding from the European Union’s Erasmus+, a program managed by the European Commission along with other organizations to support education, training, youth, and sport in Europe, the project started in January 2021 and will run for three years.

For its first year, the efforts for SECRA will concentrate on mapping the structure for the collaboration for disaster risk reduction in the project’s partner countries in Asia.

As part of the Philippine team, MCL is expected to contribute to Work Package deliverables, ultimately coming up with a country report that would fulfill the overall objectives of the project. Along with the other representatives from the Philippines, MCL will be working on tasks such as conducting document studies and analyses, developing frameworks, online platforms, programs, and tools, preparing policy briefs, policy dialogue, and materials and running on-site training sessions, among others.

“It is both a privilege and big responsibility to be a part of this project, but I am hopeful that it will also create a meaningful impact for the communities we live in,” shared the MCL Project Lead, Dean Maria Rhodora R. Austria of the E.T. Yuchengco College of Business.

MCL became part of SECRA after applying for the grant funded by the EU Commission.

Watch the Philippine Launch of the Strengthening University-Enterprise Collaboration for Resilient Communities in Asia (SECRA) project on the Malayan Colleges Laguna Facebook page on May 19, 2021, 4:00 PM (Philippine Standard Time).