The 62nd Session of Model United Nations of the Far West recognizes Filipino Students

SAN FRANCISCO, California- Filipino students from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and Miriam College were awarded seven Slanczka Achievement delegation awards in the art and practice of diplomacy during the 62nd session of the Model United Nations of the Far West, held last April 20-24, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Burlingame, California. The Benildean delegation was spearheaded by Faculty Adviser Mr. Gary Ador Dionisio and Miguel Angelo de Castro as the Head Delegate.

The Model United Nations of the Far West (MUNFW) is a simulation of United Nations session by students, with the underpinning goal of developing an understanding of the principles and manner by which international relations and diplomacy are reinforced in a swiftly globalizing world. The MUNFW, which is held annually, is well known for its autonomy, the high quality of its delegates’ participation, and authenticity of its sessions. This year’s theme was “Cutting the Gordian Knot: Addressing the International Community’s Greatest Problems in the 21st Century”.

Standing: delegates from the College of Saint Benilde to the 62nd session of the MUNFW; sitting from left: Miguel Angelo De Castro, Gary Ador Dionisio, and Charleton Royce Yu
Standing: delegates from the College of Saint Benilde to the 62nd session of the MUNFW; sitting from left: Miguel Angelo De Castro, Gary Ador Dionisio, and Charleton Royce Yu

The students from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde represented three country delegations in the MUNFW namely: the Republic of Korea, headed by Miguel Angelo A. De Castro; Malaysia headed by Charleton Royce G. Yu; and the Republic of Singapore. The Benildean delegation represented their respective country delegations in various committees such as: the General Assembly (GA), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

from left: Monica Celine Caro, Clariz Mei Tanganco, and Joel Walker leads the IAEA in the 62nd MUNFW session
from left: Monica Celine Caro, Clariz Mei Tanganco, and Joel Walker leads the IAEA in the 62nd MUNFW session

For the 62nd MUNFW session, the College of Saint Benilde had the privilege to hold chairmanship positions in the IAEA Committee in the names of Ms. Monica Celine Caro and Ms. Clariz Mei Tanganco, alongside Mr. Joel Walker from Arizona State University. The 62nd session marks the second time that the College of Saint Benilde has taken up a chairmanship post in the MUNFW. The College has also won the bid for chairmanship of the United Nations Human Rights Council in the upcoming 63rd session.

Delegates from Miriam College
Delegates from Miriam College

Students from Miriam College also garnered Slanczka achievement delegation awards by representing the countries of Ecuador, Republic of Mauritius, United Republic of Tanzania, and the Republic of Finland delegates from Miriam College

Jae Fontanilla