CNU lauds awardees through virtual recognition activity

Amidst the pandemic, Cebu Normal University (CNU) launched the recognition ceremony online to honor exemplary performances of students for the academic year 2019-2020 through Facebook live and Zoom platform this afternoon.

The event formally started with welcoming words from Dr. Daisy R. Palompon, Vice President for Academic Affairs, stating that the power of small wins makes people move ahead and develop better drives for success.

She added that, “When you take action and celebrate small victories,… you basically reward yourself for each stepping stone that you make in your way to reach your ultimate goals.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil, SUC President III, expressed that the pandemic may lead to the creation of new realities in institutional practices, but it can’t take away the passion to continue and move forward.

“Our virtual recognition may lack the warmth of the face-to-face smiles, congratulatory handshakes, food shared after the awarding; however, we do believe that this activity will serve as inspiration for you to become good models to your co-students, not only intellectually but also models of character,” she furthered.

The certificate of each academic and non-academic awardee was flashed on screen as their respective names were called on throughout the recognition proper.

For the response, Mary Peth Capilitan (BA Communication III) shared that, “Getting through the semester and passing all the subjects is one thing, but getting an award for that is a whole another level.”

“Let the university’s four institutional outcomes be our guide as we go about in our daily lives. We should be students that are design thinkers, facilitators of learning, knowledge and mission-driven thinkers with everything going around today with our mother nature,” she concluded.

For this academic year, 1539 academic awardees for College of Teacher Education, 937 for College of Arts and Sciences, and 55 from College of Nursing were recognized, doubling the number of awardees from the previous year.

Words by Mark Aleson Sanico

CNU Medellin opens a foreign language classroom

Cebu Normal University (CNU) Medellin Campus opens a new Foreign Language Classroom for a conducive learning space for its students.  

The Foreign Language Classroom is located in the 2nd floor of the CNU Medellin Campus main building. It used to be Room 7 which was renovated through the help of Dr. Kong Hwan Kim. 

Kim is a Professor Emeritus at Ajou University, South Korea who stayed at the CNU Main and Medellin Campuses from January to February 2020 as a volunteer professor to teach Korean Language and to conduct a lecture on Emerging Trends in Food Processing. 

Read related article: [Passion for teaching ignites volunteer Professor]

According to CNU Medellin Campus Director Dr. Grace Malaga, the Foreign Language Classroom used to be an ordinary classroom that underwent a total make-over. She said that the classroom used to have broken jalousie blades, no tiles, and got flooded when it rained hard due to a damaged ceiling.
Now, the floors are tiled and the classroom is installed with an air-conditioning unit, whiteboard, and projector screen. The windows and ceiling are also repaired and the whole room is repainted.
A sound-proof mini office was also constructed at the back of the room with office chairs, table, cabinet, air conditioning unit, and a lounging sofa. 

Malaga said that Kim was the one who financed the total renovation of the Foreign Language Classroom including all the pieces of furniture and fixtures therein. She said that the renovation was Kim’s way of helping the students to have a better learning experience.

She said that the renovation was conceptualized after Kim’s one-week visit to the CNU Medellin Campus where he got the chance to teach Korean language to the graduating Bachelor of Tourism Management (BTM) students.

CNU Medellin Campus Faculty and Extension Chair Maricel Rivera said that the Foreign Language Classroom was prepared to be used during the start of classes last August but the pandemic lasted way past it. 

Rivera shared that it was also the goal of Kim to push through with the renovation project to provide the campus a model classroom. 

She admitted that the classrooms in Medellin Campus have existing problems such as the ceiling. She shared that before the pandemic, she used to conduct her Korean classes in a makeshift classroom outside the campus without electricity just to accommodate the growing number of students.

There are six classrooms in the CNU Medellin Campus main building and six additional makeshift classrooms. The Foreign Language Classroom is one of the six classrooms in the main building.

Rivera said that Kim also helped in improving the service drop wire and internet cable wiring of the campus. Further, Kim has donated Korean language books in the library to aid with the teaching of Korean language which is part of the curriculum of BTM students. 

She said that she considers Kim as an epitome of a passionate educator and said that CNU Medellin is grateful for the support he has given to the campus. She said that the enhancement of the facilities will provide better instruction for the students.  

A solemn mass and blessing of the Foreign Language Classroom and the newly-constructed covered court bleachers were held during the CNU Medellin 9th Commencement Exercises on August 27, 2020, wherein Kim was invited as the Commencement Speaker.  

Read related article: [CNU Medellin virtual commencement rites: A new beginning amid difficult times]

Malaga said that the construction of the new bleachers in the covered court is made through the efforts of Congresswoman Janice Salimbangon to complete the project which her husband former Congressman Benhur Salimbangon started.

Read related article: [CNU Medellin Inaugurates its New Covered Court]

The Foreign Language Classroom shall be used in the conduct of Korean, Spanish, and English language classes. The classroom may also be used for faculty meetings and other purposes upon prior reservation. (JDF)

CNU professor’s COVID19-inspired instructional design wins CHED competition

The health crisis brought by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may have weakened various sectors in the society, but it has also enabled people to be more creative in finding innovative solutions to cope with the challenges it brings.

Cebu Normal University (CNU) Professor Dr. Reynaldo Inocian recently joined the Teaching Model Competition on the Category: Best Innovative Instructional Design Concept (without the use of the Internet) organized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Regional Office VII in celebration of the 53rd Founding Anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Inocian hitched the 1st Prize with his paper design titled, “COVID-19 Instructional Design (CID): A Response to Flexible Learning”. 

“I just thought that why not make an instructional design that is named COVID,” he said about how he came up with his paper design.

The Teaching Model Competition targets student teachers and professional teachers in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to reinforce their dynamism, creativity, and commitment by creating flexible learning models that can be used in the new normal.

Inocian said that he thought about his outputs as the former Director of the Institute for Research in Innovative Instructional Delivery (IRIID) but realized the need to come up with something fitting to the call of the new normal in education and attributed his instructional design to COVID-19 itself. 

He reframed the meaning of COVID-19 to Conditioning, Organizing, Visualizing, Interacting, and Demonstrating with 19 teaching techniques which are clustered in the five steps of his model.

“Contextualizing COVID-19 to an instructional design is intentional, in order to eliminate fear of viral contamination; and accept it as a phenomenal aspect of our world history and culture,” Inocian said. 

“CID encourages educators, learners, parents, and other stakeholders to consider the challenges of the health crisis as opportunities to learn meaningfully and sustainably during school lockdowns and quarantines and embracing [sic] the paradigm of learning in education in the new normal,” he added.

Inocian was awarded last September 3, 2020, via the Zoom platform during the Awarding of Winners as a culminating activity of CHED’s 2020 ASEAN Month Celebration.

Inocian together with the other winners of the said competition will receive a plaque, cash prize, and will enter into an agreement with CHED RO VII to have their winning entry uploaded online as part of the PHL CHED Connect Project, an Open Educational Resources (OER) platform to promote flexible learning in the country. 

The other categories of the Teaching Model Competition also include Best Teaching Model Implementer (Synchronous Approach), Best Teaching Model Implementer (Asynchronous Approach), and Best Innovative Instructional Design Concept (through the use of the Internet).    

The CHED Regional Office VII also held an Essay Writing Competition, Digital Poster-Making Competition, and Digital Short Film Competition which were participated in by different HEI’s in Central Visayas as part of the 2020 ASEAN month celebration. (JDF) 

TO ALL INCOMING COLLEGE FRESHMEN SY 2020-2021 Pre-enrollment is on July 8 – 31, 2020


Step 1: Open the CNU website at

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Step 5: The CNU Clinic will send to your email the Clinic Endorsement Certificate. Give at least 1-2 days for the response.

Step 6: As soon as you get the Clinic Endorsement Certificate, go back to the CNU website at and from the displayed menu, click REGISTRAR’S OFFICE. Click Online Pre-Enrollment for New Students.
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• Complete all the required documents as requested in the system.
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