International Conference of Nurses (ICONs) 12

It’s ICONS Season once again!

Through the years, the International Conference of Nurses (ICONS) has been established as a momentous face- to-face platform to successfully convene brilliant minds across regions and countries to share expertise and best practices in the conduct of nursing research towards evidence-based quality nursing education and nursing practice.

The 12th International Conference of Nurses (ICONS 12) will be conducted through a face- to-face platform highlighting symposium and plenary sessions, experiential sharing, and digital exhibits of exemplary practices & innovations in nursing research, academe, and practice in the “new normal” era. With the theme: “Advancing Healthcare for Older Persons: Current Trends and Future Directions”, ICONS 12 will be conducted on November 24-25, 2023 in Cebu City by the College of Nursing in collaboration with the Research Institute for Ageing & Health (RIAH) and Nightingale Student Council (NSC) and co-hosted by select higher education institutions in the country.

CNU opens World Teachers’ Day

Normalites paid tribute to Cebu Normal University’s (CNU) educators and faculty staff as part of the World Teachers’ Day opening this morning, October 2, held at the university grounds.
After the flag ceremony proper, the program kick-started with a spoken poetry rendition by Lian Fel Rollan (Bachelor of Arts in Communication major in Broadcast Journalism I) with his piece “Sa Bawat Kalyo ng Aking Kamay.”
John Santerva (Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education IV) then serenaded the crowd with the song “You” by Basil Valdez, while Michael Jeff Mamigo (Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Math IV) sang George Benson’s “In Your Eyes.”
During the song presentations, the CNU-Supreme Student Council (SSC) Officers, Organizational Mayors, and Bloc Chairpersons led the rose-giving for teachers and faculty staff.
The second-year Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Social Studies students then took charge of the zumba performance.
Moreover, CNU-SSC Senator Hon. Noel Quijano Jr. announced the activities intended for the Teachers’ Day celebration this month, including “Pamper Day” on October 16, where facilitators will provide free make-ups and manicures/pedicures for teachers.
CNU-Council of Liberal Arts and Sciences Students (CLASS) adviser Dr. Trina Marie Catipay concluded the program with her words of gratitude to the university’s educators and notified further university announcements.
“We are not only teachers, we are fathers, mothers, guidance counselors, nurses, massage therapists…tayo ay mga guro…by that, happy happy teachers’ day to our dear teachers,” she expressed.
World Teachers’ Day is celebrated annually every fifth of October with this year’s theme, “The teachers we need for the education we want: The global imperative to reverse the teacher shortage.” §
Words by Donna Rose Egos
Photos by Darylle Dinaguit

CNU signs partnership with Bow Valley College

Cebu Normal University (CNU) expanded its partnership internationally with Canada-based Bow Valley College through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing at the Administration Building 101 today, September 28, 2023.
Bow Valley College President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Misheck Mwaba, Associate Director of Communication and Chief of Staff Ms. Vicky Chio, and Manager of Global Engagement Ms. Claudia Bognar attended the MOU signing.
CNU’s faculty staff and administrators also took part in discussing the primary intent of collaboration led by 6th University President Dr. Daniel A. Ariaso Sr.
Additionally, College of Nursing (CN) faculty Mr. Esperidion Corvera Jr. motioned for clarification of the two-year concept: two years studying in the Philippines and two years in Canada, given that both colleges have different curricula.
He asked if it was possible to “have the kind of curriculum from your university [Bow Valley College]” and include them in CNU; Bognar immediately responded that it was possible.
Moreover, Ariaso conveyed that there is a governing regulation by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) where credit transfer and recognition exist.
“We want to make sure that whatever the subject, it must have a corresponding credit recognition and transcript. In the same manner, we will also have the transfer of credits,” he said.
Bow Valley College invests in three applied research pillars including educational technology, social innovation, and health, and it offers academic programs which also cover university transfer courses.
The meeting concluded with the signing of the MOU and a photo session. §
Words by Donna Rose Egos
Photos from CNU – Public Information Office (PIO)


We’re Hiring!
Are you passionate about teaching English and eager to make a positive impact on students’ language skills?
In partnership with Cebu Normal University, the Spanish Ministry of Education is looking for qualified applicants who will get to teach in Spain and obtain professional development experience as an international teacher while immersing themselves in the Spanish culture.
If you have a love for language, a desire to inspire, and a commitment to fostering a vibrant learning environment, we encourage you to apply!
  • Must be a graduate of Cebu Normal University with a degree in BA English Language or Literature, BSED English, or BA Communication, and graduates of other courses equipped with proficiencies in English and Spanish language
  • With a General Weighted Average (GWA) of at least 1.70
  • Additional certifications in DELE/SIELE, IELTS, TESOL, TEFL, CELTA, or similar qualifications will be advantageous.
  • A PRC license or Diploma of Professional Education is an advantage.
Language proficiency:
  • Proficient in English with excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Spanish fluency with at least an A1 level 108-hour Spanish language course, two-semester Spanish classes, or 126-hour Spanish language training from Instituto Cervantes * Graduates from CNU with no Spanish should join the Instituto Cervantes as students of A1.
Teaching Experience:
  • Teaching experience is a must
  • Teaching experience with international students is a plus.
To apply for the position of English Language Teaching Assistant, please provide details and submit the following documents (all in one PDF
1. Latest Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2. Reference Letters (two reference letters from CNU faculty members that can attest to your abilities and character)
3. Copy of the Transcript of Records
4. Copy of relevant trainings
Orientation Schedule: 1st week of October
(meeting details to be announced)
Application Deadline: September 30, 2023
Be empowered and explore new horizons!
The orientation for the English Language Teaching Assistant Program in Spain will take place on October 3, 2023, at 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM. This event is open to all CNU Graduates.
This orientation is the next step to the selection process. Learn about the essentials of the program for your journey to obtain professional development experiences as an international teacher.
Join us via Zoom!
To register, please complete our form here:
For inquiries about the program, please email:
Dr. Jollibee A. Aharul
Chair, TWG for LAP in Spain
Please use your personal email for any inquiries.

Opening Ceremony 123rd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA)

Faculty members, teaching staff, and students of Cebu Normal University (CNU) gathered to open the month-long celebration of the Civil Service Month today, September 4, as part of the 123rd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA).
The 10-year theme, “Transforming Public Service in the Next Decade: Honing Agile and Future Ready-Servant Heroes,” is helmed with its sub-theme “dynamism” to emphasize the importance of digital transformation, innovation, and excellence and continuity in public service.
In his speech, 6th CNU State Universities and Colleges (SUC) President III, Dr. Daniel A. Ariaso Sr., discussed the university’s P176.6 million budget cut in the year 2024 based on the proposed national budget submitted by the Marcos Jr. administration.
He conveyed that the situation requires much effort to retake and the university will regulate and rationalize travels to earn savings and must engage more in research.
Ariaso ended his speech with the quote by Jack Ma, “Don’t give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.”
The celebration is under the late President Fidel V. Ramos’ Presidential Proclamation No. 1050, series of 1997, which designated September as Civil Service Month.
Furthermore, various activities intended for the month-long celebration are now ready to set off. §
Words and Photos by Donna Rose Egos

CNU students immerse in Indonesian language and culture through CULTURA 2023

Cebu Normal University participated in The 2nd Course of Language and Culture of Indonesia (CULTURA) 2023 which was held from July 3rd to August 16th via Zoom. CULTURA 2023 was a six-week virtual summer course program hosted by the Sultan Agung Islamic University (UNISSULA).

Students from different universities from different countries such as the Philippines, Vietnam, China, Chile, India, Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the U.S.A. huddled virtually to learn about the Indonesian language and culture.

Cebu Normal University was represented by the following students: Noel Junior Quijano and Krestine Velos from the College of Teacher Education; Lendejhar Pescador and Lera Jane Camangyan from the College of Arts and Sciences; Shenna Montero from the Balamban Campus; and Delight Rosales from the Medellin Campus. These students were endorsed by the College IZN Focal Persons.

The opening ceremony and first session had the students introduced themselves coinciding the first lesson about “Salam” or the basic Indonesian courtesy. Hon. Rio Pribadi, Head of the Office of International Affairs (UNISSULA), briefed the students everything about the program.

Over the next sixteen meetings, the students engaged in different learning activities and cultural exchanges, on the “Alfabet”, on the “nama-nama hari” which translates to “names of the days” and “nama-nama bulan” or “names of the months”, on “angka dalam Bahasa Indonesia” or “the numbers in Indonesian”, on “Perkenalan” or “Introducing Oneself”, and even the “kata ganti orang” or “pronouns”. The students also carried out homework and tests, as well as presentations of their “keluarga” or “family”.

As the final assignment, the students were tasked to either cover a traditional Indonesian song or recite an Indonesian poem with corresponding awards up for grabs. For a remarkable triumph, all winners from the final assignment were from the Philippines and were recognized during the CULTURA 2023 closing ceremony. Our own Krestine M. Velos won the “Most Liked Performance” award. The winning students’ performance videos were presented as well. All students who completed the virtual summer course program were given a certificate as well as a letter of credit.

Successful Accreditation of CNU’s MS Math Program by DOST-SEI: A Milestone for Project STRAND


Cebu Normal University (CNU) has achieved a significant milestone in its academic journey as it was granted accreditation for its Master of Science in Mathematics (MS Math) program by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). The successful evaluation and ocular visit conducted by the DOST representatives, led by former DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña, together with DOST-SEI Deputy Director Engr. Albert Mariño, DOST-7 Regional Director Engr. Jesus Zamora, and other math experts, on July 11, 2023, at the EMMA Center in Cebu City marked an important step in CNU’s participation in the DOST-SEI STRAND Scholarship Program. The accreditation has positioned CNU as one of the delivering institutions for the MS Math program under Project STRAND.


The evaluation process and ocular visit were carried out meticulously to assess the suitability of CNU’s MS Math program for inclusion in the DOST-SEI STRAND Scholarship Program. The DOST representatives, comprised of experts in the field of mathematics and education, thoroughly examined various aspects of the program, including its curriculum, faculty qualifications, research facilities, and overall infrastructure.

The ocular visit began at 8:00 AM, with the DOST representatives being warmly welcomed by the CNU faculty and staff. The evaluation team had the opportunity to interact with the program coordinators, faculty members, and students of the MS Math program. They engaged in productive discussions, gaining insights into the program’s academic rigor, research initiatives, and overall learning environment.


Following a comprehensive assessment, the DOST representatives acknowledged the commendable efforts of CNU in offering a high-quality MS Math program. The successful accreditation serves as a testament to CNU’s commitment to excellence in education and research, as well as its alignment with the objectives of the DOST-SEI STRAND Scholarship Program.

By being granted accreditation, CNU joins the ranks of esteemed institutions contributing to the advancement of science and technology in the country. The MS Math program at CNU will provide aspiring mathematicians with a robust academic foundation, extensive research opportunities, and access to a supportive community of scholars.

The inclusion of CNU as a delivering institution for the DOST-SEI STRAND Scholarship Program expands opportunities for talented individuals pursuing advanced studies in mathematics. It opens doors for aspiring researchers and professionals, equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills to contribute to the development of the nation in various sectors, including education, industry, and research.


The successful accreditation of CNU’s MS Math program by the DOST through the evaluation and ocular visit conducted by the esteemed representatives led by former DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña signifies a significant achievement for the university. This accreditation under the DOST-SEI STRAND Scholarship Program reinforces CNU’s position as an institution of academic excellence and further elevates its stature in the field of mathematics education.

CNU’s commitment to providing a robust academic program, state-of-the-art facilities, and a nurturing learning environment sets the stage for the next generation of mathematicians to thrive and make valuable contributions to the field. The accreditation serves as a testament to the dedication and hard work of the university’s faculty, staff, and students in pursuing excellence in education and research.

With the accreditation, CNU is poised to make a significant impact on the advancement of mathematics in the country, contributing to the development of a highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce. The university’s participation in the DOST-SEI STRAND Scholarship Program signifies its commitment to national development through the promotion of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The successful conduct of the TWG evaluation and ocular visit is a milestone that marks the beginning of a new chapter for CNU’s MS Math program. It is a testament to the university’s dedication to providing quality education and research opportunities to students, further cementing its position as a leading institution in the field of mathematics education in the country.

Lauding of Laudes: CNU applauds CAS awardees

Cebu Normal University (CNU) commended 556 College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) academic awardees and 9 non-academic awardees today, May 31, 2023, at the Samuel MacClintock (SM) Hall.
The Latin honorees, along with their proud parents, created a ring of proud clamor as they marched to claim the fruits of their labor within their four years of stay at the university.
The theme, “Creating the Desired Future Today: Graduates as Prime Movers of Sustainable Development” served as the guiding light for CAS Dean Dr. Milagros Greif’s opening remarks.
“You have the power to transform industries, communities, and mindsets as you build the future we all aspire to see,” she emphasized.
Greif urged the graduates to be the prime movers of sustainable development as they go beyond the university’s walls.
Meanwhile, the personification of Normalite excellence Summa Cum Laude Lyngil T. Olivar (Bachelor of Arts in Communication major in Film Media IV) expressed her pride towards her batch during her response speech.
“You cannot tell an empty stomach to wait for the diploma. But no matter what your circumstances are, I’m proud of you, guys!” she said.
Non-academic awardees were also recognized and awarded for their exemplary performance and service during their time as Normalites. §
Words by Kimberly Keith Gonzaga
Photos by Mardy May Amancio and Kitana Marie Misa
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CNU recognizes CTE, CN Latin honorees

With the theme “Creating the Desired Future Today, Graduates as Prime Movers of Sustainable Development,” Cebu Normal University (CNU) recognized 706 College of Teacher Education (CTE) and 54 College of Nursing (CN) academic and non-academic awardees at Samuel MacClintock (SM) Hall today, May 30, 2023.
“You have proven [yourselves] to be exceptional scholars of the government. You are diligent learners, compassionate individual[s] who understand the importance of sustainable development,” CTE Dean Dr. Helen B. Boholano expressed in her welcoming remarks.
Boholano reminded the honorees to embrace innovation, challenge the status quo, and never lose sight of their vision for a better world.
In her response speech for the Educators’ side, Jayen T. Guasa (Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Science IV), one of CTE’s two Summa Cum Laudes, emphasized that relationships are pillars of strength during challenging times.
“Carry your torch of accomplishments with humility, knowing that true greatness is not measured by awards and medals but the impact you have on the lives of others,” she said.
Another CTE Summa Cum Laude, Zerah Charley I. Cabahug (Bachelor of Physical Education IV) recounted the fears and triumphs of their journey.
“[God] constantly reminds us that [in] everything [that] we do, we do it for our future and for our practice,” she stated.
Meanwhile, CN’s Magna Cum Laude, Patrice Danielle C. Lim (Bachelor of Science in Nursing IV) asked her fellow graduates that in the face of adverse paths, they “meet those challenges straight on with your head held high and your heart wide open.”
In the afternoon ceremony, special awards and citations for graduate school studies were recognized.
The CNU Chorale, led by Mr. Rithchie A. Asibal, serenaded the awardees, their parents, and the guests with the song “Give Me Wings.” §
Words by Andrea Ellaine Galorport and Jessa Sestoso
Photos by Argeline Albior and Darylle Dinaguit
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Normalite bags arnis SEA Games silver

Cebu Normal University’s (CNU) Ma. Crystal Jane Sapio (Bachelor of Physical Education IV) of the Philippine women’s arnis anyo team snatched the silver medal in the 32nd Southeast Asian (SEA) Games competition hosted at Phnom Penh, Cambodia, last May 16, 2023.
Sapio’s training journey began with courage and perseverance until she was recognized and granted the break to represent the Philippines for the women’s anyo non-traditional open weapon category, alongside Jeanette Agapito and Mary Allin Aldeguer.
During the competition, the team displayed an artistic demonstration of arnis anyo as their swift movements synchronized and displayed offensive and defensive techniques using a replica of a non-bladed weapon.
In her Facebook post, Sapio extended her gratitude to the people behind her achievement, including her family, the Philippine National Arnis Team (PNAT), the Lapu-Lapu Arnis De Abanico coaches, and even the CNU community.
“To my CNU FAMILY, thank you so much sa inyong lahat. To my mentor Miss Mary Flor Ilustrisimo Villaruel, ILS (Integrated Laboratory School) supervisor Dr. Bojos, and University President Ma’am Filomena T. Dayagbil. Thank you so much for the kind consideration and for allowing me to pursue my career in [the] national team while continuing my studies in your prestigious institution,” she wrote. “Thank you for your support! Pugay po!”
In an interview with Ang Suga, ILS supervisor Dr. Marlon Bojos conveyed his insight on Sapio’s silver medal victory to the CNU pride.
“It made an impact on the university because she [always] carries the name of CNU. Though CNU [only] imparted a little contribution to her physical arnis training, the university is in full support through adjusting her internship schedules. Her victory will boost further the name and morale of the university,” he said.
A student-athlete, Sapio is also a graduating student with Latin honors. §
Words by Jeorgiemerl Codaste
Photos grabbed from Ma. Crystal Jane Sapio and Philippine Sports Commission