Championing Research Excellence: A Leader’s Vision for a Strong Research Ecosystem

(An inspirational anecdote from CNU President Daniel Ariaso’s message during the Visayas-Mindanao Consortium for Journal Publication on February 21-22, 2024)

In the crowded conference hall, one figure stood out, his passion obvious in every word he spoke. He lived by a creed that included research and development, publication, commercialization, and the protection of intellectual property rights. 

Dr. Daniel Ariaso, leading the charge, ensured that his university sent the largest delegation to the consortium, emphasizing the significance of publication. His goals were lofty: 500 research papers per year, 400 of which would be published in prestigious Scopus-indexed journals. “We mean business,” he said, his tone leaving no question.

Driven by a vision of accessibility, he saw a future in which dissertations and theses might be translated into local dialects, guaranteeing that intellectual goods were accessible to all even the lowest in the society. “If it cannot be understood by the lowest level,” he said, “it is nothing.” 

Drawing inspiration from his travels, he proposed to the consortium of a legislative bill of a mandatory appropriation for research and development, publication and commercialization in every SUC’s respective line – item budgets, similar to that of Taiwan and Singapore, where research is mandated as a proportion of GDP. “There must be a compelling reason,” he said, “for the national government to find the funds needed for our researchers.”

In a bold move at pursuing academic excellence, he underscored that faculty members, especially those holding Professor 1 to College or University Professor positions must continually engage in and maintain a rigorous research and publication outputs emphasizing the imperative nature of this mandate and highlighting the alignment of faculty evaluation processes even after they were granted such academic rank. The IPCR of faculty members shall be harmonized with the pertinent provisions of DBM-CHED JC No. 3, s. 2022 wherein the higher the academic rank the more research outputs or publications in Scopus or juried journals or commercialization of research outputs, the concerned faculty member must produce and be evaluated. By doing so, the performance of faculty members in instruction, research, extension, and production shall be directly linked to the performance management system, and accountabilities and obligations thereof shall be in accordance with applicable civil service laws and regulations.

In his opinion, failure to meet the core functions may result to unsatisfactory or poor performance ratings, which will be submitted to Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS), which he saw as a necessary consequence for advancement. “Innovate or evaporate,” he declared, mirroring the attitude of his institution, Cebu Normal University.

He rallied his audience at the end of his speech, rather than just inspiring them. He emphasized the value of togetherness and encouraged healthy discussions. “Together, stronger,” he said, exemplifying the collaborative spirit he hoped to foster within the consortium. 

Groundbreaking Ceremony Ushers in a New Era at CNU’s Medellin Campus

Today, the Cebu Normal University-Medellin Campus hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for two significant structures: a 45M four-story administration building and a 40M four-story academic building facility. The event, performed on this auspicious Friday, signaled the beginning of a revolutionary chapter for the school.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place in front of an audience of distinguished guests, faculty members, students, and dignitaries, creating a palpable sense of expectation and enthusiasm. The event demonstrated the university’s commitment to academic excellence and innovation.

The administration building, which will serve as the nerve center of school operations, is expected to streamline administrative processes and improve efficiency in handling the various aspects of campus life. From admissions to student services, the building is intended to meet the changing demands of the school community.

Equally important is the academic facility, which represents a commitment to academic achievement and scientific advancement. With cutting-edge classrooms, laboratories, and collaborative spaces, the facility is designed to provide a dynamic learning environment that promotes academic advancement and innovation.

In his speech at the occasion, Cebu Normal University President, Dr. Daniel Ariaso Sr.  emphasized his great enthusiasm for the new developments. He stressed the importance of these structures in determining the future of education at the Medellin Campus, which offers students unmatched chances for study and growth.

“We are embarking on a journey to redefine the landscape of education at our Medellin Campus,” President Ariaso stated. “These new facilities will not only facilitate the smooth functioning of administrative processes but also elevate the academic experience for our students, empowering them to excel in their chosen fields.”

The groundbreaking event marks an important milestone in the university’s expansion plans, demonstrating the university’s commitment to delivering world-class education and facilities for its students. With construction expected to begin soon, excitement is building for the completion of these historic facilities, which will serve as iconic symbols of academic success and innovation.

As the sun sets on this historic day, the Medellin Campus is on the verge of a new chapter, full with hope and opportunity. The groundbreaking event is a powerful reminder of the university’s unwavering commitment to changing the future of education and inspiring future generations.

Celebrating New Beginnings: Induction Ceremony of Faculty Members at Cebu Normal University Balamban Campus

On February 16, 2024, Cebu Normal University (CNU) Balamban Campus, celebrated the addition of four new faculty members to its esteemed community. The oath-taking ceremony marked the official induction of Ms. Mary Grace Cosicol, Ms. Donnabel Moscoso, Mr. Juram Tablate, and Ms. Jean C. Toleba as faculty members (Instructor I) in CNU Balamban.

This momentous occasion was graced by the distinguished presence of key university officials, including the University President of CNU, Dr. Daniel A. Ariaso Sr., the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Human Resource Department, Dr. Carlou John S. Letigio, the OIC-Campus Director of CNU Balamban Campus, Dr. Roberto B. Corcino, and the Dean of CNU Balamban Campus, Dr. Venus M. Cortes.

The ceremony was held in the presence of CNU Balamban Campus community, including faculty, staff, and students, who gathered to celebrate this significant milestone in the institution’s growth and development. The event served as a testament to the university’s commitment to providing quality education and fostering a nurturing academic environment.

The newly inducted faculty members bring with them diverse experiences and expertise, which will undoubtedly contribute to the ongoing success and growth of the CNU Balamban Campus. As they take on their new roles, they are expected to uphold the institution’s core values of excellence, integrity, and service.

In conclusion, the oath-taking ceremony of the four new faculty members at Cebu Normal University Balamban Campus on February 16, 2024, marked a remarkable day in the history of the institution. With the unwavering support of the university administration and the entire CNU Balamban Campus community, these new faculty members are positioned to create a meaningful influence on the lives of their students and contribute significantly to the institution’s overall development.

CNU-MEDELLIN hosts a student recognition ceremony.

Two (2) Board of Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers (BLEPT) Topnotchers and 211 students of Cebu Normal University-Medellin Campus were recognized for their outstanding academic performance in the Annual Student Recognition Ceremony organized by Dr. Concepcion Payao, Student Affairs Development Office Coordinator on February 16, 2024, CNU Medellin Grounds, Sitio Pio Veloso, Antipolo, Medellin Campus.

BLEPT Topnotchers Cherry Lambojon (Bachelor of Elementary Education, 7th Placer) and Angel Mae Cahayagan (BEED, 8th Placer) together with the 107 first year students, 75 from the second- year level and 29 from the third year received their well-deserved certificates for their academic achievements.

“I hope that you continue your excellence…up to the extent of your employment because you are the face and mouthpiece of CNU and you represent CNU wherever and whenever you go,” University President, Dr. Daniel Ariaso Sr. was quoted as saying.

Furthermore, Dr. Donna Grace I. Cotejo, CNU-M Campus Director, stressed in her Statement of Purpose that CNU students should preserve their academic reputation as clever individuals. “This is only a semester; don’t get complacent… We shall keep our academic reputation as intellectual kids who are bright and “naning” (diligent),” she stated.

Meanwhile, Congresswoman Janice Z. Salimbangon gave the outstanding pupils financial incentives worth Php. 500.00.

The activity was a monument to the devotion and achievements of Cebu Normal University – Medellin’s finest.

By: Christine Dungog, CNU Medellin

𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀. 𝗔𝗿𝗶𝗮𝘀𝗼 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗱𝘀 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗖𝗡𝗨 𝗖𝗮𝘁𝗺𝗼𝗻 𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗽𝘂𝘀 𝗙𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆

Dr. Daniel Ariaso headed up his team to the province of Catmon for an important meeting with Municipality of Catmon on February 15, 2024. Their goal was to undertake a need assessment for the possible creation of a new CNU (Catmon) campus in the municipality. The team held in-depth discussions with local officials to better understand the educational landscape, demographic trends, and infrastructure requirements for the proposed school. With an emphasis on promoting accessible higher education possibilities, the delegation looked into collaboration potential and resource allocation strategies to guarantee the planned campus meets the needs and aspirations of the Catmon community.
The meeting was a critical milestone in the feasibility assessment process, as Dr. Ariaso and his team gained useful feedback from key parties. Through collaborative efforts and community engagement, they hope to design the new CNU campus to solve specific educational deficiencies while also contributing to Catmon’s socioeconomic development. As conversations advance, stakeholders believe that this project will not only improve educational accessibility but also accelerate positive developments within the town, paving the way for a brighter future for its citizens.

BPI-DOST Innovation Award recognizes outstanding students

The 3 outstanding students received the prestigious 2023 BPI-DOST Innovation Award for their groundbreaking project.
These exceptional students not only impressed the judges with their innovative project, but also demonstrated exceptional creativity, problem-solving skills, and dedication to making a positive impact on the world.
The BPI-DOST Innovation Award recognizes outstanding students who are passionate about using science and technology to solve real-world problems. This year’s winners are a true inspiration to aspiring innovators everywhere.


Project Title: Microplastic Analyzer Kit (M.A.K.)




CNU, Alegria partnership: Bridging
Education and Prosperity in Southern Cebu

From the north to the south of Cebu, the collaboration between Cebu Normal University (CNU) and the Municipality of Alegria is laying the groundwork for an important educational project which is the founding of CNU-Alegria.

Mayor Gilberto F. Magallon, Vice Mayor Verna V. Magallon, and members of the Sangguniang Bayan met with CNU President Daniel A. Ariaso, Sr., and Vice President for Administration, Finance and External Affairs Joseph Elvir C. Tubilan to begin key negotiations. Their main objective is to establish the framework for CNU’s development into southern Cebu.

Magallon passionately conveyed the desire of Alegria’s residents to have CNU established within their municipality, emphasizing his commitment to realizing this aspiration for his community. In response, Ariaso expressed eagerness with specifications such as a designated location for the extension and a comprehensive feasibility study outlining potential academic programs. This pivotal step will pave the way for Alegriahanons to access and benefit from enhanced educational opportunities.

The significance of establishing CNU in Alegria transcends local boundaries. Beyond catering to the educational needs of Alegriahanons, the institution’s presence promises to draw students from neighboring towns and provinces. This influx of learners not only enriches the academic atmosphere but also ignites economic growth within the town.

The arrival of students creates an increase in demand for a variety of services, including accommodation, food, transportation, and more. As a result, this growth creates jobs and stimulates local businesses, thereby boosting Alegria’s economy.
The collaboration between CNU and the Municipality of Alegria is poised to reshape the educational and economic dynamics of the region symbolizing a promising future for Alegria and its populace.

CNU President elevates leadership profile

Individuals who strive for excellence in a variety of fields play an important role in shaping the future in a world fueled by innovation and dynamic leadership.

One such individual is Dr. Daniel Ariaso Sr., SUC President III of Cebu Normal University, who was recently honored for his commitment to professional development in the areas of Leadership, Innovation, Communication, and Knowledge Management.

Dr. Ariaso, a dedicated professional seeking to broaden his expertise, has received a Certificate of Participation for successfully completing the Certificate Course on Leadership, Innovation, Communication, and Knowledge Management Batch 4.

This intensive and insightful course was conducted by the esteemed Graduate School of Public and Development Management at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) from July 12, 2023 to December 9, 2023 through Online platform.

His receipt of the certificate stands as a confirmation to his dedication, perseverance, and eagerness to excel in his professional journey. His commitment to lifelong learning is an inspiration and a reminder of the transformative power of education and skill development in shaping a successful and impactful career.

CNU explores collaborative pathways with the Winning English Academy and Taiwanese principals
and school owners

Cebu Normal University (CNU) and Winning English Academy (WEA) — represented by Mr. Malcolm Liang and Ms. Hannah Silva — alongside Taiwanese principals and school owners held a productive meeting last 1 December 2023 to explore potential pathways for collaboration.

The discussions focused on a Sit-In Class Program in CNU for Taiwanese elementary students, a Teacher’s English Training in CNU for Taiwanese teachers, as well as an exchange program for CNU Faculty in Taiwan. These proposals were aimed to be conducted during summer or winter. The significance of a possible virtual student internship and demonstrations were also discussed. Both parties expressed excitement in this cooperation. CNU was represented by Dr. Rufina Rosaroso, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Internationalization, Dr. Nancy Cadosales, the Supervisor of the Integrated Laboratory School, and IZN Focal Persons, Dr. Jollibee Aharul and Dr. Jennifer Gonzales.

CNU strives in its cooperative efforts for strategic internationalization with international partners. The openness of the academic units, which allows the University to forge meaningful links across international borders, further supports this commitment.

CNU Nursing Topnotchers in PNLE: ‘We owe it to them’

Illuminating Cebu Normal University’s (CNU) excellence, six Nightingales’ uncaged their uncertainties as they retained their feat in the Philippine Nursing Licensure Examination 2023 (PNLE) on Saturday, December 3.

Bouncing back from the COVID-19 pandemic, CNU Nightingales sealed a spot in the top 10 of PNLE 2023.

These include, Christel Jirah Dajao Codilla 6th placer with an average score of 90.00%, Katrina Marie Sumicad Arbon and Rhainne Baring Pejante both secured the 8th spot with an average score of 89.60%, while Patrice Danielle Lee Lim and Alyssa Joyce Pelotenia Sandueta score 89.40% placing 9th, and Julia Elloise Cassandra Cabonada Borbajo with an average score of 89.20% in the 10th place.

 “Personally, what I lost during the pandemic was motivation. But it came back during the review season, when we were attending review classes,” said Lim.

Lim added that her other classmates in the review center have motivated her in making CNU proud.

With a perfect passing percentage, the 68 NLE passers of batch Luscinia have proven their grit in maximizing resources in their four years at CNU amid the circumstances brought by the pandemic.

The six empowering female topnotchers have shared their quality-training as soon as they stepped foot into the university’s premises bringing its tradition to exemplary learning.

“Our Clinical Instructors told us that the college produces topnotchers, so everyone goes through programs that make topnotchers,” said Codilla.

The Ormocanon also added that the quizzes, application, and the standards are high that every nursing student in CNU should go through a needle’s hole.

Further, Sandueta said that CNU plays a huge role in what they have achieved as they were expected to become “achievers” in the university.

“I think it’s natural for us to aim as high as possible. I think this was the drive to do our best, for ourselves specifically in studying,” the top 9 from Cebu City said.

Meanwhile, Arbon from Talisay City asserted that their university professors sharpened their minds with “high-heeled questions” similar to the previous board examinations.

“Of course, we can never predict what comes out during the board exams but at least, in terms of difficulty we are equipped on how to answer items that were conducively taught to us in a span of four years, which were helpful,” said Arbon.

 Aside from academic preparations, the topnotchers also expressed their beliefs which helped them land a spot in the licensure exam.

 “In terms of rituals, what I did was the traditional beliefs when taking an examination like to wear something red and put a peso coin on the shoe. Also, when entering the examination room, stepping on the right foot first means good luck,” said the top 10 from Mandaue City.

Nightingale passers also underscored their faith in God and good sleep to have a well-rested mind before taking an extensive examination, enunciating that what they are going through is “a battle of the mind”.

“Truth be told, two to three weeks before the exams, you will realize that you will never learn everything all at once. So when I got into the realization, I entrusted the results to God and so prayer became the main instrument,” shared Arbon.


Following a quake that hit the province a magnitude of overwhelming emotions were also felt after the results of PNLE with almost 32,000 examinees.

In the lens of CNU board passers, they have anxiously waited for the results to come out but to a surprise has arrived unexpectedly.

“No one was expecting it (the results) since it was a rest day. Around 10:00 p.m, a notification from the official Facebook page of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) arrived. While I tried to access the link,  I suddenly felt the ground shake but everyone was beyond happy as they found out I topped the board exams,” said Sandueta.

The six topnotchers have also expressed their gratitude to their CIs and mentors of the College of Nursing, especially in pouring out their knowledge in their batch.

“From the preparation on how they escalate the exams to how homework is done, it was tough, but it prepared us to top the board exam. We owe this to you,” said Lim on behalf of the topnotchers.

Meanwhile, the topnotchers also congratulated the current nursing students who have gotten far studying in Cebu Normal University. They also reminded their fellow Nightingales that as much as everyone wants to focus on their studies, they said to not push themselves too hard, always take breaks, and never compromise well-being.

“If we did it, I’m sure that they would too and we are all rooting for you,” said Sandueta on their behalf.

 Meanwhile, Dr. Emiliano Ian B. Suson II, Dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, sees the result as “the best Christmas gift of the year” for them.

The CNU topnotchers have a shared predicament on taking National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) unto their next journey as medical practitioners.

Written by: Denise Mae Codis, Kristin de Dios, and Jonnavie Villa BA Communication IV – Journalism