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 places 43rd in EduRank nationwide

Among the 229 universities nationwide, Cebu Normal University (CNU) ranked 43rd among the top 100 best universities in the Philippines based on the recent EduRank 2023 rankings.
CNU also landed 4th among the 10 universities in Cebu, 2,814th out of 5,830 universities in Asia, and 7,259th out of 14,131 universities worldwide.
Further, CNU got 23rd place out of 26 based on its research performance in Liberal Arts and Social Science.
Dr. Daisy Palompon, Director of the Center for Research and Development, shared in an interview with Ang Suga that the achievement is a great honor for crimson and gold.
“It’s an affirmation of the excellent performance of our university through the research accomplishments of our faculty members for the past years,” she said.
Palompon further stated that EduRank increased CNU’s visibility both inside and outside the university, implying that the previous years’ efforts in research and research-related activities have already garnered recognition.
“This is actually an honor and an accomplishment of the entire university, including our students who are part of the university for the past years until now, and also our faculty and staff who worked together for the improvement of our research culture in the university,” she expressed.
The participating Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) were evaluated in three areas, such as research performance (45%), non-academic prominence (45%), and alumna score (10%).
As indicated on EduRank’s website, “the rankings are determined by analyzing 373k citations received by 30.4k academic publications made by 229 universities around the Philippines, the popularity of 889 recognized alumni, and the largest reference database available.”
Founded in 2022, EduRank is an independent metric-based ranking of 14,131 universities from 183 countries. §
Words by Sweety Mae Berandez
Photo grabbed from CNU Facebook page

CNU acquires three-star rating in QS Stars

Cebu Normal University (CNU) moves forward with its vision as it was officially acclaimed as a Three (3) Stars Institution by the Quacquarelli Symond (QS) Stars Rating System on March 13, 2023.
The leading multidisciplinary research university of education’s three (3) out of five (5) stars rating means that CNU is a “well-recognized [institution] nationally and may have also begun to attract international recognition.”
They utilize three (3) criteria which consist of several categories when rating universities fairly: (1) the core criteria categories focus on the components of a university; (2) the advanced criteria categories look at a university with a solid foundation; and (3) specialist criteria categories look intently at an institution’s areas of specialization.
In an interview with Ang Suga, the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Board and University Secretary Dr. Laurence L. Garcia shared that the institution only achieved that overall rating due to a one-star rating in the internalization category in the core criteria.
He added that the university is not yet prepared to host international students because of inadequate space and the restrictions of the Philippine government.
“…Strict man god kaayo ang Philippine government to that…Bisan pa ang atong curriculum kay nindot na ug kanang prepared which is ato ng strength kanang academic development. Pero ang atoang…environment is not [yet] supporting international students kay gamay kaayo tag space,” Garcia explained.
Meanwhile, Ms. Naila Y. Beltran, Director for External Affairs & International Linkages (EAIL), expressed that the other universities in the Philippines that were also evaluated by the QS only received a three-star rating due to this issue in internalization.
“In the Philippines, nobody was able to get four stars because of that one [which is] internalization,” she said.
However, CNU excelled in the inclusiveness category part of the advanced criteria and has shown great remarks in the academic development and teaching category in the core criteria.
The assessment was made possible through the Fostering World Class Philippine Universities Project Grant for PHP 2.5 million under the support of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
QS Stars is a British company that is one of the “world’s leading providers of services, analytics, and insight to the global higher education institutions (HEIs).”
Recognition overseas
In a phone interview with Ang Suga, Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil, OIC of the Office of the University President, shared that even before she became the university president, it was already part of her agenda to create a competitive advantage by getting recognition abroad.
The QS three-star rating is one of the educational institution’s successes in being recognized internationally, opening up opportunities to attract international students and expose Filipino students globally.
To cope with the weakness in internalization scope, Dayagbil shared that they have already applied for distance learning and are now at the CHED for consideration.
“Nagpaabot ta [sa CHED] sa ilahang mga suggestions to comply with all the [requirements]…Naa na tay curriculum…naa na tay module,” she said.
Furthermore, the university will track its progress using the QS World University Rankings. The institution will reapply if a second evaluation is required to obtain the five-star rating.
Dayagbil emphasized that they planned to apply for another assessment and quality assurance system known as Times Higher Education (THE).
“For the next three years, e-monitor nato ang tanan nga mga parameters sa QS, and then we will really reapply…At the same time, mo-expand gyod ta into Times Higher Education which is actually giving us proof that we can be very good in areas of research and quality instruction,” she explained. §
Words by Renee Ross Villariasa
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Excelsior: Dayagbil and Her ‘Ever Upward’ Direction

Under the leading lights of the outgoing university president, Cebu Normal University (CNU) had achieved a good number of recognitions and awards which catapulted the university’s name to top excellence. Crimson and gold glimmered during Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil’s four-year term as a product of purposeful collaboration between the administration and stakeholders.


To formalize the conclusion of her term, an event held at the CNU grounds kicked off last April 29, 2021 and was physically attended by the CNU administrative council officials and members. Distant Normalites, on the other hand, had their eyes on screen as the event was broadcasted simultaneously on the university’s Facebook page.


Dr. Laurence Garcia, Chairman of the End-of-Report Portfolio, noted in his welcome remarks that this was “a day to be grateful to the administration that nurtured us even amid the trying times”.


While the event purposed to highlight Dayagbil’s report on her stay as the State University and College (SUC) President III of CNU, she desired to honor and recognize first those who have contributed to the achievement of the university’s strategic directions; thus, awarding plaques of appreciation to partner organizations, agencies, and individuals who helped in shaping the glory of CNU.


On her portfolio report and message, Dayagbil shared that she was reminded of the ending part of her investiture speech four years ago. “


As your president, it is my pleasure to partner with you and work with you on something that is bigger than any of us, an ongoing vision to chart the course for CNU to excel in innovative teaching and learning, cutting edge research, and relevant partnerships,” she repeated.


Dayagbil continued, “Fast forward today, as my presidency ends, I could proudly say that with your partnerships, we successfully accomplished what we have promised, achieving one milestone after another, in leaps and bounds.”


Representing her end-of-term report as “excelsior”, a Latin word and a catchphrase used by famous comic book writer Stan Lee, this described the entire CNU community’s collective efforts through the years, attaining noteworthy achievements to its five strategic directions: (1) sustaining quality and relevance; (2) enhancing research, development, and innovation; (3) expanding community engagement and linkages; (4) digitization and automation of operations; and (5) maximizing resource generation and utilization.


As she ended her speech, the outgoing president remarked, “Excelsior! Onward, Cebu Normal University!”


Words by Mark Aleson Sanico

Screenshots by Retlyn Ereca Ceballos

CNU flexible learning to get boost, thanks to CHED grants

Cebu Normal University is set to receive P7 million worth of grants from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) that would enable the university to implement three projects.

Two of these projects focus on improving flexible learning — the Flexible Learning Modality Training for Teacher Educators (FLMTTEd) with an allocation of over P2.5 million and the Flexible Instructional Materials Development for Teacher Educators (FIMDTEd) which has been earmarked P1.8 million.

The third project, Developing Global Filipino Teachers (DGFT), has been allocated a budget of P2.6 million. It aims to equip teachers with the needed pedagogical and socio-cultural competencies as global educators.

Flexible learning

Amid the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, CNU has been actively pursuing projects meant to help convert threats and challenges to opportunities.

In a survey conducted by the university, educators expressed the need to reshape their lessons to include provisions for flexible learning modalities to meet the changing educational landscape brought about by COVID-19.

Thus, FLMTTEd aims to train faculty members of teacher education institutions on effective implementation of flexible learning modalities in the teaching learning processes in the new normal. 

To achieve this, CNU has forged partnerships with Cebu Technological University-Tuburan Campus and Leyte Normal University.

On the other hand, FIMDTEd aims to develop research-based flexible instructional materials such as modules for the professional education courses in teacher education.

These will be utilized by educators, specifically those who are teaching in local colleges within Central Visayas.

The flexible instructional package for a professional education course includes lectures, readings, worktext, problem-based activities, and other resources that can be used in both face-to-face and online classrooms.

Going global

Meanwhile, the DGFT program of the CNU College of Teacher Education seeks to help Filipino educators in Cambodia increase their cultural awareness to address global change. This, as schools have increasingly become more culturally diverse.

It also aims to help the educators develop their teaching skills to create a learning setting wherein students respect each other, value diversity, and collaborate effectively.

The program is set to conduct intensive review classes, hands-on trainings on varied learning modalities and practice exercises to be done in Cambodia and in the Philippines.

With this program, teachers are expected to acquire the needed competencies as global educators, and pass the licensure examination at the same time. –/Chiel Martina Y. Condor/JMD

CNU Balamban constructs a 3-story building

Cebu Normal University (CNU) Balamban Campus started the construction of its three-story building to accommodate its students’ growing population.

The new building will be erected on the left side of the CNU Balamban main building near the school’s fence. 

The three-story building will have 12 classrooms with four classrooms in each floor. The 3rd floor will also house two laboratories. 

According to CNU Balamban Campus Director Dr. Levi Atibula, the new building was planned two years ago. He said that it answers the need for more classrooms with the growing population of students on the campus.
Atibula, in a Facebook post last September 3, 2020, showed sample photos or architectural perspectives of what the three-story building would look like.

He also thanked Deputy Speaker and Congressman of the 3rd District of Cebu Pablo John Garcia who sponsored its budget, and Architect Leo Edwin Mutia for the exterior design of the building.  
Garcia allocated a budget of P25 million for the three-story building. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the first CNU Balamban building allocating a budget of P10 million for its construction. 

He has also given educational assistance to students in the 3rd District of Cebu wherein some Normalite students in Balamban are beneficiaries.  
Garcia was recently invited as the Commencement Speaker during the 12th Commencement Rites of CNU Balamban on August 24, 2020, where he shared words of wisdom and encouragement to the graduates. 
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The construction of the CNU Balamban three-story building started last August 22, 2020.
Atibula said that a construction of a driveway with a covered pathway will be the next project of the campus which is expected to begin next year. (JDF) 

CNU Balamban slays first virtual graduation ceremony

“Your graduation while virtual is no less real and your achievement, no less monumental. In fact, it is a testament to your collective resilience and this institutions’ ability to quickly adapt to changing realities.”

This is what Deputy Speaker and Congressman Pablo John Garcia said when he gave his message on the 12th Commencement Rites of Cebu Normal University (CNU) Balamban Campus as the Commencement Speaker.

CNU Balamban Campus held its graduation ceremony virtually with the theme, Thriving, Leading, and Serving in the New Normal which was live-streamed last Monday, August 24 at the CNU Facebook page formally ending the AY 2019-2020. 

43 graduates comprised Batch 2020 of CNU Balamban wherein three finished Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in English and 40 finished Bachelor of Tourism Management.   

“The diploma that you receive from this institution is merely a measure of how far you have come. It should not limit how far you’re yet capable of going and what you’re capable of achieving,” Garcia said to the graduates.

He said that the past six months of quarantine brought by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cannot stop the people’s thirst, need, and the ability to gain knowledge. 

“Today almost everything you need is literally at the tip of your fingers. Use this advantage to navigate the new realities in the new normal, to help you along your chosen path or if that doesn’t work out as it sometimes won’t, to prepare you for a path you never thought you would but might need to take,” he said.  

“Seek knowledge, but know that knowledge is never enough for if there is a wisdom that this epidemic has shown us, it is this: that in order to survive in this world, we need each other and we cannot live without human relationships,” Garcia said. 

He said that it is ironic when social and physical distancing was imposed, people realized how closely interrelated and inexplicably linked all are. 

“Remember then that human relationships are what really matter – the people we meet and have an impact in our lives and in whose lives we should strive to make a positive impact,” he said.  

“The epidemic has taught us that no matter what we have reached and no matter what we have achieved life is meaningless unless it is offered for something bigger than ourselves and our interests,” Garcia added. 

He then challenged the graduates to use the knowledge they acquired to create a positive impact on society. 

“Doing the smallest things in the service of a bigger cause makes an impact in this word. The final challenge, therefore, is to dedicate the education you have received from this fine institution to making a positive impact in this world,” Garcia said. 

The pronouncement of graduation was made by the University and Board Secretary Dr. Michelle Mae Olvido. CNU Balamban Campus Director Dr. Levi Atibula presented the candidates for graduation and their degrees were conferred by CNU President Dr. Filomena Dayagbil.   

The University pledge was led by Human Resource Management Officer Mrs. Mary Margaret Cornejo and the Alumni oath was led by the Federation of Cebu Normal University Alumni Association, Inc. (FCNUAAI) President Dr. Ramir Uytico.

The virtual commencement rites ended with the singing of the CNU hymn and the recessional.

A full copy of the 12th CNU Balamban Commencement Rites can be viewed at the official YouTube channel of the University. (JDF)