CNU joins SEPI’s online international multidisciplinary conference

With the theme “Christianity across Cultures and Disciplines”, Cebu Normal University (CNU) took part in the recent 2-day conference led by Societas Ethica Philosophica, Inc. (SEPI) held last November 19-20 via Zoom and Facebook Live.
SEPI President Fr. Francis Paul S. Escaño, RCJ, shared that SEPI believes that Christianity is not limited to religious expressions, but covers a wide dimension of life and its experiences.
“This online international multidisciplinary conference is our way of joining the Philippine Catholic Church in concluding the 500-year celebration [of Christianity in the Philippines]…,” he shared.
CNU alongside Davao City’s St. Alphonsus Theological and Mission Institute (SATMI) were the local institutions invited for the event. Three universities abroad namely The Education University of Hong Kong (TEU), Graduate School of Education University (GSEU) from Melbourne, and Spiritan University College (SUC) from Ejsu, Ghana, West Africa were also present.
Outstanding keynote speakers who shared new knowledge and perspectives about Christianity for the 2-day conference were the College of Arts and Sciences’ (CAS) Dr. Reynaldo Inocian, TEU’s Dr. Liz Jackson, GSEU’s Dr. Janette Poulton, SATMI’s Dr. Karl Gaspar, and SUC’s Dr. Bona Gubalze.
The conference was attended by paper presenters, professionals, and undergraduates from different prestigious universities in the Philippines. Four concurrent sessions were held within the two days where participants were assigned to one room and listened to more than three paper presenters discuss their research within 20 minutes and entertain questions from the audience.
Three out of 60 papers were awarded as Best Paper in the awarding ceremony, rated according to clarity, objectivity, originality, and connectedness to the theme.
Words by Ellaine Galorport and Jonaren Eran
Screenshots by Aubrey Belle Ynot

Sen. Villanueva visits, delivers academic dialogue at CNU

“TESDAMAN” and Senate Committee on Higher, Technical, and Vocational Education Chairman Senator Joel Villanueva came to Cebu Normal University (CNU) and conveyed a discourse within the spectrum of academic undertakings and approaches to higher education held in Tandang Sora Hall yesterday afternoon.
The approximately hour-long event thrived through an in-person forum with the selected CNU administration members; CNU-Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) College of Medicine (CM) faculty and students; board of regents; and was also attended virtually by various stakeholders via Zoom.
During his speech, Villanueva shared his enthusiasm for visiting CNU as he openly expressed that he always watched over its endeavors and commended the university for its actions in facing the challenges that surged during the pandemic.
“I’d like to congratulate the Cebu Normal University, headed by our President Dr. Filomena Dayagbil, of course ang ating mga deans and faculty and staff, ‘cause amid the COVID-19 pandemic, ‘yong learning continuity nangyari po,” he said.
Apart from recognizing CNU’s achievements, the academic dialogue also acknowledged the senator’s contributions to the institution of CM and for his part in promoting medical education in higher education.
Having “lobbied for the budget allocation to increase the carrying capacity” of the CM, the dean of CNU-VSMMC CM Dr. Maria Socorro Manaloto apprised Villanueva with the college’s background and developments.
She informed that the first state-funded college of medicine in Region 7 was able to accept students in less than two months.
“We have to produce competent physicians and at the same time focus on primary health care,” said Manaloto during her presentation of the Doctor of Medicine Education model.
Meanwhile, Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil, CESE Officer-in-Charge – Office of the University President expressed her gratitude to the senator who supported the institution of the CNU-VSMMC CM and authored the Doktor para sa Bayan Act; a law that allocates budget to increase the scholarship slots for aspiring doctors.
“It is seldom that we see Sen. Joel up close and personal, so we might as well really thank him for everything that he has done for the university, especially the establishment of the College of Medicine. … He has been actually supporting us ever since we started with this endeavor,” she stated.
Dayagbil also extended her appreciation of Villanueva’s presence in the academe as a part of his advocacy to “engage with [the] allies in higher education”.
Words by Mikaela Jane Dagani and Rena Mae Avila

CNU finishes as finalist in 1st Gawad Edukampyon

Cebu Normal University (CNU) was recognized as one of the finalists under Category 2: Excellence in Flexible and Innovative Learning for the first Gawad Edukampyon Awards 2021 held via Zoom and Facebook Live this morning.
With the framework “Reframing Teaching and Learning (RTL) of Cebu Normal University in the New Normal”, CNU fluttered the colors crimson and gold as one of the four finalists for the Public Higher Education Institution (HEI).
“It tells a story of the university moving upward and onward to greater glory,” Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil, CESE Officer-in-Charge – Office of the University President said.
Executive Director of Philippines Business for Social Progress (PBSP) Mr. Elvin Ivan Uy stated that among 55 public and private HEIS, CNU soared with the 22 overall remaining finalists that aimed to share their “overcomed unimaginable obstacles”.
“We are here to affirm the human spirit and drive to adapt and thrive amidst adversity and challenges,” PBSP President Reynaldo Laguda said.
Gawad Edukampyon was founded in January 2021 by Rex Education and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in partnership with PBSP to honor exemplary adaptability and flexibility measures of HEI’s in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Words by Jonaren Eran and Kristine Mae Paquibot
Screenshot by Kristine Mae Paquibot

StatSoc spearheads webinar series for Nat’l Statistics Month

In celebration of the 32nd National Statistics Month, Cebu Normal University’s – Statistical Society (CNU- StatSoc) held their first webinar entitled ”Linear and Non-Linear Regression Analysis Using MS-Excel and Desmos” today via Zoom and Facebook Live.
With the theme “Statistics Application in Research and Making Statistics Easy using Statistical Software”, the webinar emphasized the significance of mastering different statistical software in knowledge-building.
CNU-StatSoc advisor and outstanding teacher awardee Dr. Ray Ferdinand Gagani warmly welcomed the virtual audience saying that through the webinar, “everyone will surely get many insights of how important Statistics is in life.“
The webinar’s distinguished resource speaker, Dr. Roderick O. Misa, Math faculty and YouTube content creator discussed the topic of Linear and Non-Linear Regression Analysis Using MS-Excel and Desmos. The discussion was made engaging when the participants were challenged to a hands-on experience by trying out the techniques in their devices’ MS-Excel and Desmos software.
During the Question and Answer session, Misa allowed video recording as long as it is for personal and learning use only and shared that he is willing to accommodate a consultation period whenever he has “vacant time”.
“Abstract thinkers and math majors should not let the new normal hold them back, instead, they should make the best out of it by having its virtual platform be the medium in their quest for knowledge and learning, ” StatSoc mayor Hon. Eirnlyn May P. Dancel remarked.
Just like the first webinar, the rest of the webinars may follow the ‘first come, first serve’ policy for the Zoom meeting can only cater to a maximum of 300 participants.
Words by Jamaica Ola-a and Ellaine Galorport
Screenshots from Cebu Normal University – Statistical Society

CNU pays homage to crimson and gold educators

The posing challenge of distance and confinement did not stop Normalites from honoring their educators’ commitment and dedication in a virtual celebration of World Teacher’s Day with the theme “World Teachers’ Day 2021: Teachers at the heart of education recovery” on October 14, 2021, via Zoom and Facebook Live.
In her welcome speech, Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil, CESE Officer-in-Charge – Office of the University President left behind points of inspiration for the educators.
“Let this be a reminder to all of us [teachers] to be teacher leaders; that our collective purpose of educating the young is much bigger than our individual interests; that we can do more and be more for others,” she remarked.
The school’s Main, Balamban, and Medellin campuses then presented tribute videos to show their appreciation and gratitude where a mix of humor and emotions was added when the videos’ invigorating words, meme edits, and virtual memories with the professors were shown.
To further express their gratitude, students were given the opportunity to declare a word of thanks to their favorite professors through the event’s Magtutudlo Shout-out segment where selected messages were read, moving the audience with their grateful words.
Cebu Normal University – Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (CNU-VSMMC) College of Medicine also participated in the celebration of honoring esteemed professors who truly delivered and exceeded what is required and expected of them in the department’s pilot year.
Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Daisy R. Palompon concluded the celebration by inspiring and thanking both students and professors alike by noting that the reason for the professors’ commitment and dedication is the “students’ desire to acquire higher education”.
E-certificates were given by the three campuses’ respective Supreme Student Council (SSC) to all teachers in recognition of their service. Special awards were also given in acknowledgment of the outstanding instructors who have gone the extra mile in their profession.
The recipients of the different awards from different campuses are as follows:
CNU Main Campus – College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
Male Category – Mr. Romualdo B. Generalao
Female Category – Ms. Clareziel Landringan
CNU Main Campus – College of Nursing (CN)
Male Category – Dr. Emiliano Ian B. Suson
Female Category – Ms. Joana Mariz Castillo
CNU Main Campus – College of Teacher Education (CTE)
Male Category – Mr. Alvin Cunado
Female Category – Ms. Jewish Merin
CNU Balamban Campus
Male Category – Dr. Kent G. Batulan
Female Category – Ms. Sarah Jane C. Trazo
CNU Medellin Campus
Male Category – Mr. Jude Gelig
Female Category -Ms. Leslie Monacillo
CNU Main Campus – CAS
Male Category – Mr. Romualdo B. Generalao
Female Category – Ms. Therese Marie Villarante
CNU Main Campus – CN
Male Category – Dr. Emiliano Ian B. Suson and Dr. Jose Mari Louis Alforque
Female Category – Dr. Daisy Palompon
CNU Main Campus – CTE
Male Category – Mr. Gino Sumalinog
Female Category – Ms. Jewish Merin
CNU Balamban Campus
Male Category – Mr. Kent Batulan
Female Category – Ms. Jean Carmelotes
CNU Medellin Campus
Male Category – Mr. Jude Gelig
Female Category – Ms. Leslie Monacillo
CNU Main Campus – CAS
Male Category – Mr. Romualdo B. Generalao
Female Category – Ms. Therese Marie Villarante
CNU Main Campus – CN
Male Category – Dr. Jose Mari Louis G. Alforque
Female Category – Ms. Joni Inocencia F. Gonzaga
CNU Main Campus – CTE
Male Category – Mr. Alvin Cunado
Female Category – Ms. Mary Nikka Richae Abangan
CNU Balamban Campus
Male Category – Mr. Marjohn C. Bucag and Mr. Christian Jay S. Caballes
Female Category – Ms. Sarah Jane C. Trazo
CNU Medellin Campus
Male Category – Mr. Jude Gelig
Female Category – Ms. Leslie Monacillo
Words and Screenshots by Junezze Mangubat and Kimberly Keith Gonzaga

EXFO Fair 2021: CNU showcases accomplishments under E-HELP

With the theme “E-HELP Program: Tracing Roots, Harvesting the Fruits”, Cebu Normal University’s (CNU) – External Affairs and International Linkages Office, in collaboration with CNU-Medellin and Balamban Campuses, displayed the different extension activities accomplished under the Education, Health, Environment, Livelihood, and Peace (E-HELP) Program through infomercial presentation last September 29, 2021, via Zoom and Facebook Live.
The program rationale was to provide extension services from the academic community to the surrounding areas of the university described as “depressed, deprived, and underserved”.
The father of E-HELP and former CNU President, Dr. Marcelo Lopez, expressed his gratitude to the university for continuing what he has started in his keynote speech.
“On this occasion, a significant milestone for the university indeed. It is but prudent to praise the roots as we harvest the fruits of the E-HELP program,” he stated.
Lopez also recounted the main problem that they experienced during the starting phase of the program.
“Securing the needed budgetary resources became the major barrier in completing the total planning phase of the program as the national budget then for SUCs would only allocate a few thousand pesos for extension services. Faculty extension workers would even shell out from their personal pockets the cost of the needed materials for extension activities and even the cost of transportation to and from the extension site,” he added.
However, there was no infomercial presentation under the Health section of the E-HELP Program.
The different extension programs presented and awarded during the event are as follows:
-Educators for the Young Learners
–Innovative Teaching Strategy in Teaching Math
-Mentoring the Mentors in Action Research
–Mentoring Multigrade Teachers
-Project RISE
–The Use of ICT in Data Analytics: Capacitating Basic Education Teachers
-Excel: A Communication Skills Training Program
–Sugibalak -Handuraw sa kagahapon
-Nanay-Tatay, Teacher: Unang Magtutudlo
-Chika Ta! Come Help in Building Knowledge for a Greener Nation
–Eco-Kaptens (Eco-Knowledge, Attitude and Pedagogy in Teaching Environmental Science) –
Pa Ku Ka Mu (Paglimpyu Ku, Kahimsug Mu)
-Nangka-active Lifestyle and Emergency Response Training
-Ininglis sa Pulpogan: Pangandam, Kat-unan
–Kabuhian, Kalimpyo, Kalampusan Project
-Kwarta sa Tinapa
–Superwoman: Empowering Housewives in the Society
-Worm-A-Lot, Iwas kalat
–Pan Alang sa Negosyo (PAN)
-Alayun Uswag: Culture and Arts Revitalization
–Computer Literacy Training Using New Technologies for Good Governance
-Enhanced Written and Oral Dynamics of the Elected Barangay Officials
–Parenting Education Program
-Push it Tay, Hold it Nay: Strengthening Marital and Parenting Responsibilities of Couples
–Kabataan sa Caputatan, Asa ang Inyong Padulngan?
Words by Arcale John Deraco
Screenshot by James Walson Pacaldo

CN to hold limited face-to-face classes

Cebu Normal University’s (CNU) College of Nursing (CN) is set to gradually conduct limited face-to-face classes as approved during the Joint Inspection by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) – 7, Department of Health (DOH) – 7, Emergency Operations Center – Inter-Agency Task Force (EOC-IATF), and Cebu City local government held today.
Based on the CHED-DOH Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2021-001 on the Guidelines on the Gradual Reopening of Campuses of Higher Education Institutions for Limited Face-to-Face Classes During the COVID-19 Pandemic, the inspection covered essential areas to ensure that health and safety measures will be strictly implemented.
The areas for assessment include Management and Oversight, Institutional Policies and Protocols, Controls, Learning Continuity Plans, and Retrofitting of Facilities which were duly complied by the College and thus recommended for approval.
Words by Juanne Claire Son
Photo grabbed from CNU PIO

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

Palompon to become first Fil AAN fellow

Cebu Normal University’s (CNU) Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Daisy R. Palompon will be inducted as the first-ever Filipino Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) representing the Philippines.
As a distinguished nurse leader, she will be instated and recognized for her significant contributions to health and health care at the AAN’s annual Health Policy Conference which will take place on October 7-9, 2021.
The AAN is a highly regarded fellowship and is known for selecting people who have made a significant impact on the nursing profession through a competitive application process.
Fellowship in the academy reflects the fellow’s contribution to education, management, practice, policy, and research; where their influence on the nursing profession and healthcare in general aids in the improvement of the public health and wellness.
Furthermore, the induction ceremony will be offered in a hybrid format, allowing attendees to participate in person or virtually, allowing family members, colleagues, and friends to participate.
Words by Juanne Claire Son
Photo grabbed from Cebu Normal University’s Facebook page


Cebu Normal University (CNU) bags numerous awards in the 6th Central Visayas Health Research and Innovations Conference (CVHRIC).

The conference, themed, New Normal to New Future: Research and Innovations towards Universal Health Care aimed to link together health researchers and institutions in the region as well as facilitate health research activities attuned to the regional health needs.

CVHRIC was participated in by delegates coming from the different member institutions in Region 7 along with some invited guests here and abroad.

During the conference, CNU delegates manifested their research prowess by snatching the following awards in the following competitions:


1st Place


2nd Place – The Untold Stories of Childhood to Parenthood by Ms. Joni Inocencia Gonzaga, Dr. Laurence L. Garcia and Ms. Ma. Mayla Imelda M. Lapa

3rd Place – Social Factors as Antecedents to Depression among Community Dwelling Older Persons by Mr. Endrex P. Nemenzo, Dr. Daisy R. Palompon and Ms. Jillian A. Bejoc


2nd Place – HEARTS MATTERS: The Moderation and Mediation Effects of Resilience, Experience of Abuse, and Technology Use in Older Persons by Dr. Daisy R. Palompon

3rd Place – Working Beyond 80: An Octogenarian in the Workforce by Ms. Ma. Mayla Imelda M. Lapa, Mr. Endrex P. Nemezo, and Dr. Laurence L. Garcia

ORAL RESEARCH COMPETITION (Non-Experimental Category)

2nd Place – HEARTS MATTERS: The Moderation and Mediation Effects of Resilience, Experience of Abuse, and Technology Use in Older Persons by Mr. Vincent Pananganan

ORAL RESEARCH COMPETITION (Qualitative Research Category)

2nd Place – Living Alone and Using Social Media Technologies: The Experience of Filipino Older Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic by Ms. Joana Mariz C. Castillo


1st Place – Forecasting Measles Spread through Bass Diffusion by Mrs. Jillian A. Bejoc

3rd Place – Social Factors as Antecedents of Depression among Community Dwelling Older Persons by Mr. Endrex P. Nemezo, Dr. Daisy R. Palompon, and Mrs. Jillian A. Bejoc

Among the different accolades, CNU garnered the most coveted Dir. Elena O. Diola Research Collaboration Award.

This special award is given to a member institution based on the following criteria: (1) established institutional linkages and collaboration; (2) value creation; (3) track record in building, leading, and mentoring organizations, and; (4) evidence of significant research collaboration and networking.

The 6th CVHRIC was held on July 14-16, 2021, via the Zoom platform hosted by the Central Visayas Consortium for Health Research and Development. J. Bejoc