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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines/08 February 2012–Thirteen Ateneans are in Davao City today till the 13th, for the 8th Mindanao International Studies Society (MISS) Convention at Grand Men Seng Hotel.
Heading the delegation of the Ateneo De Zamboanga University’s International Student Organization of Ateneo (ISOA) is its Secretary-General, Deorenzie Frances Ramos.
The Ateneo delegation is composed of Nica Angelie Alavar, Al-mahdi Jul-Ahmad, Barry Barraca, Kaye-Ann Fernandez, Jordanna Latip, Al-wahida Loong, Marianne Macapili, Trishia Marfil, Natasha Omar, Joanna May Louise Peñaranda, Gillian Kristel Vicente, and Abigail Wee. They are accompanied by the ISOA moderator, Ruth Tabuñar.
“We are manifesting our intent to bid that the next MISS Convention will be in Zamboanga City,” Ramos said. “We are hoping that our fellow International Studies students from five other universities in Mindanao will also realize that there is more to Zamboanga City than being known as just the dateline point for news on lawless elements or terror acts,” she added.
The sophomore student leader said, “Being International Studies students, it is important that we would appreciate more what we have, learn about the issues in our home land, before we head on for global issues and concerns.”
Hosted by the Ateneo De Zamboanga University through one of its academic clubs, Ateneo International Studies Students Organization (AISSO), the 8th MISS Convention begins today and formally closes on 12 February.
While Davao City is the seat of at least three consular offices in Mindanao, the annual MISS Convention is “the meeting place of our nation’s future diplomats,” stated Karmella Dawn Adle, AISSO president of the Ateneo De Davao University.
“Aside from the intense and fun training on the fields pertinent to the discipline of International Relations and Diplomacy, the participants also development amity and collaboration among themselves,” Adle said.
This year’s MISS Convention bears the theme, “Kalinaw: Deepening Awareness and Understanding on Mindanao and Global Peace.”
The MISS is an organization whose member-schools include ADDU, Xavier University, ADZU, Mindanao State University-Marawi City, and Liceo de Cagayan University.
“The MISS Convention is a learning experience for all of us participants. It also allows us to have a “sampler” of being part of a diplomatic corps in the future,” Ramos said. (Frencie Carreon, The PhilSouth Angle)
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