DLSAU, GRASSO conduct 1st service-learning webinar

Are you ready to take on the next century’s work?
To address the futuristic needs of society, the De La Salle Araneta University (DLSAU) in collaboration with Cebu Normal University (CNU) Graduate School Students Organization (CNU-GRASSO) hosted their first Service-Learning Webinar last September 18, 2021, via Zoom and Facebook live.
With the theme “Research and Technology for Sustainable Development,” the event tackled the importance of institutionalizing technological learning and improving educational strategy through game-based learning.
De La Salle Santiago Zobel School’s (DLSZ) Institutional Robotics Coordinator Dr. Genevieve Pillar addressed the question “Why Teach Robotics in School?” as the first keynote speaker and emphasized how robotics can train the students of today for the changes and challenges in life.
“Robotics is a learning environment that provides engagement through the use of authentic technology tools. So, the students should be given varied opportunities to build and program robots that can perform specific tasks and solve real and relevant problems,” she shared.
The second keynote speaker from CNU’s College of Teacher Education (CTE), Dr. Joje Mar Sanchez, presented a new and innovative strategy in education through gamification.
In his presentation entitled “Gamification: A Way Forward”, he defined gamification as the application of “game design elements” to “instructional settings”.
“In other words, gamification is very important to the socialization of our students as well as the mobility of our students not only physically and emotionally but also intellectually,” he said.
The purpose of gamification is, among others, to “introduce objectives that give learning a purpose” which can optimize learning.
Words by Arcale John Deraco
Screenshots by Aubrey Belle Ynot

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

GRASSO Day transpires online

Graduate School Students’ Organization (GRASSO) of Cebu Normal University (CNU) initiated its first virtual GRASSO Day in the new normal last December 5, 2020 via Facebook live.

With the theme, “GRASSO Day 2020: An Introspection of Phyical and Mental Awareness in the New Normal”, GRASSO aimed to continue the yearly-celebrated event, despite the tolls caused by the pandemic.

In his welcoming remarks, Hon. Angelito Cabanilla, GRASSO President, shared that this year’s event focused more on graduate students’ mental health, whereas the past year was centered on physical activities.

“The Graduate School Students’ Organization believes that this is the right time for us to conduct the activity that could raise mental awareness to students who are having immense stresses,” said Cabanilla.

Several administrative officials also gave encouraging words to students; among them were CNU President Dr. Filomena Dayagbil; Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Daisy Palompon; Vice President for Research, Extension, and Publication Dr. Angeline Pogoy; Vice President for Administration Dr. Floriza Laplap; Dean of Office of Student Affairs Dr. Gwendelina Villarante; Dean of College of Teacher Education Dr. Ethel Abao; Dean of College of Nursing Dr. Emiliano Ian Suson II; and, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences Dr. Milagros Greif.

The lecture proper kicked off with Ms. Marianne Taladua MA, RPSY, providing a detailed discussion about mental health.

Taladua explained the significance of mental health as it is associated to someone’s capacity of being productive in work, in relationships, and in contributions to the society.

Contest proper

To still liven the event, GRASSO hosted three contests participated by graduate students prior the event day.

For the first contest, graduate students showed their prowess in hammering words through essay writing contest.

Ms. Marjorey Cabigas (DA Literature and Communication) placed first with her piece “A Quarantine’s Soliloquy”; while Ms. Pythia Monique del Mar’s (MaEd English Language Teaching) “Once Upon a Quarantine” and Ms. Rensel Mae Barbado’s (MaEd Mathematics) “Self-Scrutiny in the New Normal” finished as second and third placers, respectively.

For techy students, a TikTok contest also took place where creativity through the use of music and videos were recorded.

Ms. Ethel Chrisia Cejano (MaEd Mathematics) earned the first spot with her “Simple Steps on How To Prevent COVID-19”; meanwhile Ms. Christy Canales (MaEd Mathematics) ended as second with her simulation of the “New Normal House-to-House Module Distribution”.

On the other hand, Spoken Poetry Contest hailed Ms. Christy Canales (MaEd Mathematics) as the winner, exuding her feelings and emotions virtually.

During the closing portion, GRASSO Adviser Dr. Catalina Canasa thanked the administration, officers, and all students who took part of the activity.

In addition, Canasa claimed with positivity that, “Lahat ng simula ay may wakas dahil walang forever. Kaya si COVID[-19] na ito, talagang walang forever ‘to. Darating ang araw, darating ang panahon na tayo ay mapupunta rin sa kung anuman ang mga pagbabagong nangyari sa ating buhay, patungo ito sa kaniyang kabutihan.”

Words by Mark Aleson Sanico

CNU adopts flexible teaching and learning delivery

Cebu Normal University (CNU) has decided to adopt the Flexible Teaching and Learning Delivery as its instructional delivery mode for the upcoming academic year which starts this September.

The announcement was made last Tuesday, July 21, through a post on the CNU official Facebook page.

The Flexible Teaching and Learning Delivery makes use of online distance learning with the practice of synchronous and asynchronous types of learning.

Synchronous learning makes use of software platforms or video-communication services such as Zoom and Google Meet to conduct ‘real-time’ virtual classes, while asynchronous learning makes use of web services like Google classroom and emails to provide modules and assignments to students and the classes are not real-time.

The CNU faculty members have equipped themselves with these types of learning as the challenge of the new normal in education has arisen.

Read related article: [CNU holds its first webinar series in preparation for the ‘new normal’]

CNU Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Dr. Daisy Palompon confirmed that students would not have to report physically in school during the start of the upcoming academic year as the threat of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues.

The Integrated Laboratory School (ILS) will conduct online distance learning utilizing both synchronous and asynchronous means. Work-text books will still be used so that learning would not be purely conducted online. Parents and guardians are advised to supervise the students to ensure learning.    

The undergraduate students are given two options – online and offline distance learning.

The online distance learning is intended for those students who have stable internet connection to practice synchronous and asynchronous learning, and virtual classes will only be conducted if necessary.

Offline distance learning is an option for students with unstable or no internet connection. Students can communicate with their teachers through messenger and text and submit their tasks/assignments through email.

Self-learning modules will be provided for those students who would go for offline distance learning. A system on the delivery of modules and submission of outputs is still being finalized and will be announced later on.

The Graduate School will purely practice online distance learning which can be synchronous, asynchronous, or both.

Palompon said that the online mode for graduate studies was implemented starting last March 2020 when classes were suspended due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). She said that online distance learning shall be continued as part of the University’s long-term plan for graduate students. (JDF)

Graduate students and educators learn new trends in food processing

Current food processing techniques were learned by Cebu Normal University (CNU) graduate school students and faculty members through a lecture conducted by a volunteer professor from South Korea.

Lecture on Emerging Trends in Food Processing was held last February 15, 2020 at the Tandang Sora Nursing Hall. It was attended by graduate students who major in Science-related fields and faculty members from the Science Department.  

Dr. Kong Hwan Kim, a retired Professor from Ajou University, Suwon, Korea who is a PhD-holder in Food Engineering was invited as a resource speaker.

He discussed the emerging trends in food processing such as novel thermal and novel non-thermal technologies. He also discussed varied food processing techniques that extend shelf life of products without changing their taste and damaging their nutrient contents.

Samples of novel thermal technologies include microwaves, radiofrequency, and ohmic heating. Applications of novel non-thermal technologies on the other hand include high pressure, pulsed electric fields, ultrasound, induction heating ultraviolet, light pulses, ozone, cold plasma, irradiation, and dense phase carbon dioxide.  

Prof. Kim said that the emerging technology is environmentally friendly through the use of less energy to process food. He said that it definitely has no negative effect on society at all.

The event was organized by the External Affairs and International Linkages (EAIL) Office in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), College of Teacher Education (CTE), and the Graduate School Students Organization (GRASSO).

Prof. Kim is a volunteer Professor in CNU who has stayed for more than a month teaching Korean language and his expertise in food engineering.

He has been a Professor for 35 years before retiring five years ago.

Prof. Kim has been to different countries such as Nepal, Laos, Vietnam, Mongolia, Thailand, and Cambodia doing his volunteer service in teaching. (JDF)

GRASSO holds National Training Workshop on Research Instrumentation

To widen the opportunity for professional and academic growth, the Graduate School Students Organization (GRASSO) conducted the National Training Workshop on Research Instrumentation (NTWRI) last February 22 and 23, 2020 at the Tandang Sora Hall.

Mr. Angelito B. Cabanilla Jr., president of GRASSO, expressed his happiness to offer “free seminar”, and extended his gratitude to the CNU Administrators, headed by Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil, for the utmost support in the activity.

In an interview, Cabanilla told Ang Suga that, “Being the president of the Graduate School Student Organization is really difficult for me kay aside sa akong work ug sa akong studies kay naka-come up gihapon mig activities para sa graduate school students, and I am also very thankful sa mga GRASSO officers and to the NTWRI coordinators.”

Serving as keynote speakers were Dr. Roderick Misa from College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and Dr. Ray Ferdinand Gagani from College of Teacher Education (CTE), who both shared the concepts of Item Response Theory and the Rasch Model to be utilized in test development.

The workshop aimed to enchance the Graduate Students’ competence on choosing the right statistical test for research.

“About Rasch Model, it tries to detect a person’s ability and item difficulty separately, so it means that the difficulty level of the item does not depend on the test taker,” Gagani explained.

Misa also expressed the importance of good instruments in research for it to be accurate in its data gathering.

“Because graduate studies are into research, you will be using instruments and if you know that the instrument is not good, you will be gathering erroneous data, therefore the conclusion is not good,” Misa explained.

NTWRI Coordinator Dan Nacion expressed the importance of getting acquainted with the correct and exact research instruments.

“It is also very useful and vital activity for the students across this university, since the university is known to be a multidisciplinary research university,” he concluded.

Words by Orly Joromat

GRASSO Day resumes after 2-year halt

What was once an event geared towards re-experiencing graduate students’ avenue to escape hefty loads of paperwork has finally made a comeback.

To flourish friendship and foundation, the Graduate School Students Organization (GRASSO) of Cebu Normal University (CNU) brought back GRASSO Day 2019 in various spaces of the university such as Samuel MacClintock (SM) Hall, CNU Inner Court, and Integrated Laboratory School Stage, yesterday.

Despite their active academic priorities, postgraduate students managed to laud the event and fortify the theme “Adlaw sa Kalingawan, Panaghigalaay ug Panaghiusa”.

In an interview with Ang Suga, Hon. Angelito Cabanilla, GRASSO President, shared that the event had been discontinued last 2017 and 2018 due to busy schedules of the former officers.

“[Karon] timingan sad nga akong officers kay molihok sad sila. Actually, naglisod mi kay halos [kami tanan] bag-o, [pero] bisan og bag-o mi tanan, ako nga president, kay ari man ko nagtrabaho sa CNU, na-process ra dayon ang mga papeles. Ang treasurer namo ari pod nagtrabaho; ang internal process kay napaspas siya,” he explained.

After the short program in the morning, the participants played Larong Pinoy without associating themselves with their respective departments.

Cabanilla said, “Lisod man god itapok ang students, so among paagi na lang is amo na lang gihatagan og freedom ang BPED (Bachelor of Physical Education) students sa undergraduate nga silay magbuot, wala nay college, wala nay department. Bisag kinsa lay mangapil.”

Meanwhile, the amusement radiated during the afternoon session as board games such as scrabble and chess preceded in SM Hall.

Active sports like volleyball and badminton happened at CNU Inner Court and ILS Stage.

Students from the Bachelor of Physical Education, under their organization Physical Education Majors Organization (PEMO), facilitated all the games.

Hon. Murphy Japson, PEMO President said, “Sadya ra gyod kaayo kay dali ra kaayo mag-instruct kay mopatuo dayon [ang mga Graduate Studies students] kay kasabot ra unya kahibaw na sila unsay basic nga buhatonon [sa pagduwa].”

Awarding ceremony

Serving as the event’s culmination, winners from the different games and sports were awarded during the latter part.

The following is a list of winners for GRASSO Day 2019:

Sack Race
Jorjie Nepangue
Doniar Cinafranca
Judy Mae Brizo
Jason Dave Alfar
Psyche Mari Elivera

Mary Faith Barrio
Cathlien Sigarra
Ena Clavel Tabudlong
Mylene Arcenal
Carl Loven Adlawon

Tug of War
Jhonder Genobesa
Ronilyn Menoria
Eva Buot
Ellane Lazarte
Mary Faith Barrio
Cathlien Sigarra
Ena Clavel Tabudlong
Mylene Arcenal
Carl Loven Adlawon
Hepzhibah Pilapil
Azenith Mendaros
Jenely Anarez
Maria June Candia
Marie Duazo
Shara Mae Cabuenas
Jose April Alquizola
Luzvie Estrada
Jeriah Joy Donila
Nicell Balaba

Dragon’s Tail
Johnly Gamboa
Rizza Amaca
Adelle Judilla
Psyche Mari Elivera
Jason Alfar
Ma. Charrie Anana
Jorjie Nepangue
Domar Cimafranca
Jhonnder Genobesa
Angeline Bertulfo
Eva Queenilyn Buot
April Megan Gonzales
Ronilyn Menorias
Maria Jane Vailoces
Jeriah Joy Denila
Jane April

Sandy Amores
April Megan Gonzales
Psyche Mari Elivera
Mary Grace Flores
Ma. Charrie Anana
Darwin Belandres

Bryan Catubig

Badminton (Men’s Singles)
James Luresh Un

Badminton (Women’s Singles)
Reina Jane Casas

Badminto Doubles
Doniar Cimafranca
Alfar Jason

Words by Jhonazel Kiskis, Mikaela Jane Dagani, and Mark Aleson Sanico
Photos by Lou Adrian Paghasian