Meet Miriam College's First Deaf Amazing Awardee
Choose Philippines | Oct 11, 2018
Miriam College, through the Maryknoll/Miriam College Alumni Association (MMCAA), has named its first deaf Amazing Alumni Achiever Awardee, Dianne Salazar.
Having graduated valedictorian at MC-Southeast Institute for the deaf in 2003 and at the Miriam Adult Education in 2017 where she is Gawad Pangkahusayan Awardee, Salazar is one of the inspiring graduates who have opened the gates for students who are deaf at the Miriam Adult Education.
“Graduating as high school valedictorian, obtaining a scholarship …and putting up an online business while working full time and tending to her hearing-impaired husband and two hearing kids, Diane clearly lives a full life with a high standard of excellence,” says MMCAA Chair Elaine Gavino-Urbano. “For many of us, hearing-impaired or not, we would get tired just looking at the list of all that she does and has done, let alone imagining ourselves in her shoes She is an inspiration to all,” she adds.
Joining Salazar are 12 other awardees who were all honored at the recent Grand Alumni Homecoming dubbed GalingMC. The awardees come from diverse fields that include environmental advocacy, psychology, education, and business. Like the school’s “Trailblazers in Habit”—the Maryknoll nuns from New York —these year’s set of awardees have blazed trails so that others around them—especially Filipinos—may benefit.
The Amazing Alumni Achiever Awards (also called Triple As) is an annual event initiated by the MMCAA. Among its distinguished past awardees are broadcast journalist Ces Drilon, fashion designers Beatriz “Patis” Pamintuan-Tesoro and Josefina Cruz-Natori, peacemaker and women empowerment advocate Teresita Quintos-Deles, journalist Rina Jimenez-David, Ambassador Laura Quiambao-Del Rosario, green architect Liza Morales-Crespo, beauty queen and CCP board chair Margarita Moran-Floirendo, former Commission on Higher Education Chair Patricia B. Licuanan, and current Miriam College President Rosario Oreta-Lapus.
The school changed its name from Maryknoll to Miriam College in 1989.
Photos courtesy of Miriam College.