Real Work Begins for the Medellin Campus

As the second semester slowly approaches, the newly appointed Officer-in-Charge Campus Director, Dr. Donna Grace Cotejo, held a courtesy call with the different organizations of Cebu Normal University-Medellin (CNU-M) Campus on January 5, 2024, at the CNU-M Library.

During the meeting, Dr. Cotejo shared her general plan for improving the campus and addressed several concerns.

She envisions molding the campus’ leaders through various administrative tasks, assigning these organizations to work for the registrar’s office. She sees this opportunity as a training ground before students enter the professional world.

“I want to train all these student leaders by involving them in various paperworks on campus. This hands-on experience will prepare them for the real working world,” she said.

Present at the meeting were the Supreme Student Council, Education Department, Tourism Department, the Commissions of Election, and the Banwag Publication, where they reported their future plans and discussed each club’s concerns.

Text by Kristine Tumanot | BANWAG

Photos from Delight Rosales

CNU students showcase skills in Sinungkaway

The performance of Sinulog de Sungkaway of the second-year Mangangaway from the Tourism and Education Departments was held yesterday, January 17, 2024, at the campus’ covered court as their culminating activity in the subject, Physical Education 3.

Sinungkaway, a modern Filipino fighting system, is a combination of Sinulog dance and Arnis techniques using a weapon made of bamboo called “sungkaw.” It was originally created by Pamilya Eskripula along with Mr. Jude P. Gelig, the PE Coordinator of Cebu Normal University-Medellin Campus, not only to preserve, propagate, and promote the Filipino culture but also to teach them a different form of self-defense.

The event not only emphasized the relevance of appreciating Filipino Culture and the expression Christians’ faith, but also the significance of Martial art as a form of self-defense.

“Sinungkaway is not just about dancing and having a sound mind in a sound body but also is about our worship to our Lord Jesus Christ,” Dr. Donna Grace Cotejo, the new campus director of CNU-M shared in her inspirational address.

The winners for the different categories are as follow:

• Best in Streetdance – BSED 2B

• Best in Props and Costume – BSED 2B

• Reyna Sungkawera Champion – BSED 2B

• Reyna Sungkawera 1st Runner-up – BEED

• Reyna Sungkawera 2nd Runner-up – BSED 2A

• Sungkaway Grand Performance Champion – BEED 2B

• Sungkaway Grand Performance 1st •Runner-up – BSED 2A

•Sungkaway Grand Performance 2nd •Runner-up – BSED 2B

•Overall Champion – BSED 2B

Text by Lhea Gimenez | BANWAG

Photos by Franz Decina | BANWAG

CNU-M Students Take Strides for a Greener Tomorrow in ‘Go Run: Steps to Grow Green’ Program

Students of Cebu Normal University- Medellin Campus went aboard towards a greener community as they joined the “Go Run: Steps to Grow Green” program. The activity consisted of a fun run and a Mangrove tree planting today, January 31, 2024.

Supreme Student Council stood as the forefront of this initiative aimed to use this platform for students to advocate a greener Earth.

Moreover, to instill a sense of environmental awareness among the students and the broader community, the SSC, with the special participation of the guests: three members of the Tawagan Fishermen Folks Association, four Philippine National Police of Medellin, Cebu, two NSTP instructors, and a member of the Education for Sustainable Development Coordinator, and Dr. Donna Grace Cotejo, the CNU-M Campus Director, joined forces for the mangrove planting at the local site in Medellin, Cebu.

In addition, the speaker of the Philipine National Police of Medellin said that the PNP-M station was widely open and ready to help the CNU-M students on events like this.

James Espacio, the President of Tawagan Fishermen Folks, also shared their experiences on how they started planting mangroves on the Medellin shore.

He addressed that it was the aftermath of Yolanda when they started to plant mangroves aiming to replace the damaged ones.

CNU-M Campus Director, Dr. Donna Grace Cortejo highlighted the importance of helping the earth achieve a sustainable living.

“You can help reduce climate change from the problems of global warming; your duty today and your action today will reverberate the whole Medellin, is a form of advocacy in saving Mother Earth,” Dr. Cotejo said in her inspirational message.

Apart from the unified run, they also recognized the first ten to finish the route from the CNU-M covered court to the Sitio Tangke, Poblacion, Medellin.

The list of winners for the fun run are as follows:

1st placer : Jairine Moñino

2nd placer : Keith Andre Serafin

3rd placer : Rowegie Vidal

4th placer : Justin Zoilo

5th placer : Rob Montescarlos

6th placer : Gary Ypil

7th placer : Joseph Pradilla

8th placer : Marlon Alexes Panteleon

9th placer : Harvey Gulbe

10th placer : Joshua Tumacmol

Text by Diane Ypil and Kristine Tumanot | BANWAG

Photos by Lhea Gimenez, Christine Dungog and Rolando Sinining | BANWAG

Layout by Francis Jerson Olinares | BANWAG

CNU Medellin Gears Up for Uni-Wide Intrams 2024: Unleashing the Athletic Spirit

In anticipation of the upcoming university-wide intramurals in March 2024, the Cebu Normal University-Medellin Campus shortened classes. Student athletes initiated their tryouts on February 5, 2024. Additionally, screening took place in different sports as participants seized the opportunity.

As each hopeful student athlete emerges with their hearts ablaze, aspiring to be chosen as the CNU-M representative for the upcoming sports event, they demonstrate their abilities to the fullest. With relentless effort and unwavering drive, they showcase their potential as dedicated athletes, reflecting their passion and commitment in aspiration to bring pride and glory for the campus.

In an interview with Romel Barro, a student athlete of Cebu Normal University-Medellin Campus said, “As a CNU-M student athlete, I am motivated to bring pride to our school, fostering a sense of camaraderie. My goal is not only to excel personally but also to inspire fellow students to pursue their passions in athletics. With dedicated training for university-wide intramurals, I expect to improve my skills, value teamwork, and personal growth for a successful performance that reflects our collective efforts and makes our school proud”.

Text by Angel Chanlie Costramos | BANWAG

Photos by Jannah Capuno | BANWAG

Layout by Lara Condiman | BANWAG

News Update: CHEDRO VII SUC TWG for CNU’s LUDIP holds a conference at CNU-Medellin

The CHEDRO VII Technical Working Group (TWG) for State Universities and Colleges’ (SUCs) Land Use Development and Infrastructure Plan (LUDIP) visited the Cebu Normal University-Medellin Campus and held a conference on Friday afternoon, October 27, 2023, at the CNU-M’s Foreign Language room.

The LUDIP is based on Republic Act No. 11396, which mandates compliance with land use plans and practices in state universities and colleges (SUCs) to ensure coordination across geographical boundaries. The conference is about onsite monitoring and validation on campus and CNU’s LUDIP was successfully presented by Dr. Jeson Bustamante, OIC Director for Planning, Foresight and Futures Thinking.

The TWG composed of Ms. Zarah Leigh Ranile-DBM, Engr. Gerry V. Araneta-Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP), Dr. Sotera C. Cagang- CHEDRO VII, Ms. Jacqueline Pono- Te, the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) and Dr. Leonardo R. Tanael, Jr.-CHEDRO VII organized a post-validation conference after the ocular validation process to provide necessary feedback regarding the validation’s results. Moreover, the office will send an official report to the institution on the TWG findings days after the visit.

Meanwhile, the conference was attended by Dr. Grace N. Malaga, the Campus Director of CNU-Medellin, Archt. Jodl-Job Dabon, Planning Officer III, Engr. Cairns Ragasajo, Engineer II and Mr. Louwell Ponpon, CNU-Medellin’s LUDIP Representative.

Text by Norlyn S. Dela Cruz | BANWAG
Photos by Dr. Grace N. Malaga | CNU-Medellin, Campus Director

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
Photo grabbed from CNU Facebook page
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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