CNU holds Seminar on Legal Mandates for SUC Employees

Cebu Normal University continues to invest in the personal and professional development of its employees which includes a reorientation of important legislations in the service to the government, especially in the context of a state university. With this premise, the Office of the President through the Legal Unit and the Planning and Development Office, and in coordination with the Learning and Development Office facilitated the conduct of a reorientation on pertinent laws governing public service in higher education institutions.

The Seminar on Legal Mandates for SUC Employees: A Reorientation on Relevant Laws and Provisions for Government Employees was held last April 11-12, 2023 at the CNU Tandang Sora Hall and EMMA Center respectively with the Administrative Council, regular teaching personnel, unit heads and officers of the faculty and staff associations in attendance. The resource persons from the Office of the Solicitor General included Atty. Carlos Vincent C. Trinidad (State Solicitor II), Atty. Ruben S. Ayson, Jr. (Senior State Councilor), and Justice James Lee Cundangan (Assistant Solicitor General). The seminar included the discussion of the Republic Act No. 8292 (The Higher Education Modernization Act of 1997), Republic Act No. 7722 (The Higher Education Act of 1994), CSC Res. No. 2100064, s. 2021 (The Revised Administrative Disciplinary, Rules on Sexual Harassment Cases), Republic Act No. 11313 (The Safe Spaces Act), Republic Act No. 11053 (The Anti-Hazing Act of 2018), and 2017 Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service (2017 RACCS).

Three-peat victory for CNU communicators in 2023 PUP radio festival

For three years in a row, the truth-telling voices of students from Cebu Normal University’s Department of Communication and Media Studies remain unbothered after sealing various acknowledgements in the recent edition of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) Radio Festival 2023.

Eyeing to denounce information-trickery affecting communities, this year’s theme is “MANIOBRA: Unveiling the Illusion Behind Public Deception” which is lionized across Philippine regions.

Composed of three categories: 5-minute Radio News Production, Radio Podcasting, and Radio-Jingle Making, it is designed to harness the student’s potency in observing equilibrium when it comes to truth-bias. Relatively, it caters to both the secondary and
collegiate divisions.

Announced as the most-participated year, 223 entries were recorded overall, but only a few were able to rise amidst the heat of the competition.

As the only qualifier from Central Visayas, the representatives from CNU under the banner of CNU – Junior Broadcasters’ Alliance’s Sibya Production persisted in bearing honor to the institution.

“Radyo Tatak Totoo” was hailed as the 2nd Best News Production, earning a three-peat victory of the department in the said category. It was anchored by Mary Ann Rose Malaya and Carl John Griño along with Hoehnferdz Gonzaga, Krystal Joy Pepito, Khim Raices Khan Rusiana, Yeza Karyl Mayol, and Charwen Mayor.

The team’s script writer, Mayor, expressed the secret behind achieving the winning streak of the production in the said category for consecutive years.

“I believe the team still won because we are composed of individuals who do well in our respective roles…most of us have proven so much in this field, everyone was still receptive to constructive criticism.”

Radyo Tatak Totoo also bagged minor recognitions, with Malaya being awarded as the Best Female Anchor, Gonzaga as the Best Male News Presenter, and Mayor as Best Editor.

Moreover, Sibya Production’s “Aling, Mari, Chong!” performed by graduating communicators Lourenze Pareja, Armandave Ochia, John Mark Getes, and Kristian Jacob Logarta placed 5th in the Radio-Jingle Making category, conquering more than 40 entries from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Pareja, one of the composers, revealed what he felt after winning a national competition.

“The thought that we made it to the final cut, it’s just a dream come true, for first-timers like us…[We are] beyond thankful to the Great Author of our talents, and that is God.”

The student musicians also received the DZMC – Young Communicators Guild Choice award from the PUP.

Meanwhile, the department’s entry for the Radio Podcasting competition, entitled “T’yak, Comm-i Yan!” comprised of the fairly-caliber communicators Denielle Anne Abatayo, Angelica Lumongsud, Angelie Silabay, Louie Jay Vildosola, and Kent Grant Ylanan were called one of the qualifiers—an indication of the production’s fruitful finish.

Dr. Joseph Elvir C. Tubilan, also the CNU-DCMS Chairman, upheld his service as the representative’s ever-dynamic mentor.

Based on the upshot, CNU – Junior Broadcasters’ Alliance, a student-run organization that provides avenues to practice free press, continues to prove its might in the field of broadcasting and leadership both inside and outside the university’s gates.

These recognitions are a testimony that the potential and ability of the communication students transcend various disciplines in bringing meaningful contributions to the university as a transformed Normalite. / Hoehnferdz Z. Gonzaga and Bryan G.
Fernandez II, BA Communication Broadcast Journalism

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
May be an image of one or more people and text that says 'SS Congralulations!!! CEBU NORMAL UNIVERSITY GOOD for being rated a THREE STARS INSTITUTION by the Quacquarelli Symonds Stars Rating System QS'
 

Beaming with Love: EF wraps up ESOL Month

After the showcase of Literature and English major’s abilities and talents, the Cebu Normal University (CNU) – English Fellows (EF) Organization ended the English Studies and Other Languages (ESOL) Month 2023 today, February 21, 2023, at Samuel MacClintock (SM) Hall.
 
The students gathered to their respective assemblages namely Assemblage Book, Assemblage Quill, Assemblage Owl, and Assemblage Lotus.
 
EF Organization Mayor Hon. Ela Lois Tuhoy emphasized that even when the program ends, they will continue to serve the ‘EFersons’ with pride and sincerity.
 
“As our celebration comes to a close, do expect that we will only go uphill from here on and out…because that is what the English Fellow deserves,” she said.
 
Afterward, the stage lightened up as the Assemblages Book and Quill showcased their speech choir with the piece “The Resiliency of a Filipino” by William Bacani.
 
In an interview with Ang Suga, Georgie A. Saga (Bachelor of Secondary Education major in English III), one of the members who championed the speech choir, expressed her thoughts and feelings while preparing for the contest.
 
“Every naa mi break, wala ray one week among preparation ato, kay magtapok gyod mi dayon [ug] mag-brainstorm. [Amoang technique] kay gi-chop-chop-chop ang mga lines para dali ra masag-o…and actually overwhelmed kaayo ko kay first ever ESOL na [gi-held] face-to-face and nadaog [mi],” she shared.
 
Furthermore, the anticipated 15-minute audio dramas performed yesterday by Assemblages Lotus and Quill and a special guest from the 3rd Year Block D students of Bachelor of Secondary Education major in English were presented.
 
Cheers filled the hall as the winners of the various competitions held for the two-day event were announced.
 
The morning session concluded with the closing remarks of Hon. Noel Quijano, followed by the photo opportunity of faculty, organization officers, and Assemblage members. §
 
The winners of the contest are as follows:
 
Overall Winner
Champion – Assemblage Quill
1st Runner Up – Assemblage Owl
2nd Runner Up – Assemblage Book
3rd Runner Up – Assemblage Lotus
 
Spelling Bee
1st Place – Charles Vincent P. Manubag (Guest) and Beatrice Rae Datiles (Guest)
2nd Place – Phebe Soronio (Assemblage Owl) and Charlotte A. Pagwagan (Assemblage Book)
3rd Place – Piolo Lester J. Berame (Assemblage Book) and Divine Grace O. Cordeta (Assemblage Book)
 
Declamation
1st Place – Hyra Faith Enclunar (Assemblage Lotus)
2nd Place – Krestine M. Velos (Assemblage Book)
3rd Place – Rheisa J. Camiguel (Assemblage Quill)
 
Spoken Word (English Category)
1st Place – Junezze Marie Mangubat (Assemblage Owl)
2nd Place – Eduardo Compra III (Assemblage Quill)
3rd Place – Maileen Fei Blanco (Assemblage Lotus)
 
Spoken Word (Filipino Category)
1st Place – Jee Cañete (Assemblage Quill)
2nd Place – Weyden Veloria (Assemblage Book)
3rd Place – Lyndel Mae Gingoyon (Assemblage Lotus)
 
Spoken Word (Cebuano Category)
1st Place – Dexter Berganio (Assemblage Quill)
2nd Place – Leizel Kate Tejana Mandiadi (Assemblage Owl)
 
Song Translation
1st Place – Assemblage Lotus
Singers:
Maria Dolores Arong
Mayean Pacubat Ebo
Translators:
Jamaica Rascen Claro
Sunshine Mantalaba
Aliah Niña Bayno
Raven Alenton
2nd Place – Assemblage Owl
Singers:
Frances Mikaela Cacho
Ralph Michael Makiling
Translators:
Kristal Hope Laplana
Rocky Santander
Dhallyn Lapasaran
Jed Vincent Abadia
3rd Place – Assemblage Book
4th Place – Assemblage Quill
Singers:
Nicole Gabrielle Gica
Bridget Zoe Mozo
Translators:
Lera Jane Camangyan
Mary Angelie Aguipo
Cherylle Mondoñedo
Daisy Dimpas
 
Booth Exhibit
1st Place – Assemblage Owl
2nd Place – Assemblage Lotus
3rd Place – Assemblage Quill
 
Speech Choir
1st Place – Assemblage Quill
2nd Place – Assemblage Book
 
Radio Drama:
1st Place – Assemblage Book
2nd Place – Assemblage Lotus
3rd Place – Assemblage Owl
4th Place – Assemblage Quill
 
Words by Aldwin Villacrucis and Donna Rose Egos
Photos by Mardy May Amancio

Physics, Chem Dept pilots first lab coat donning, pinning ceremony

Amidst several delays, Cebu Normal University’s (CNU) 4th year Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (BS Chemistry) and 3rd Year Bachelor of Science in Physics (BS Physics) students finally gleamed in brilliant whites in their first-ever Laboratory Coat Donning and Pinning Ceremony today, February 8, 2023, at Tandang Sora Hall.
 
With the theme, “Click and Entanglement: Honoring Commitment to Ethics and Professionalism as Future Scientists of the 21st Century,” the event reminded the 12 BS Chemistry and four BS Physics student interns to uphold ethical responsibility and moral conduct as they enter the professional field.
 
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Dean Dr. Milagros M. Greif congratulated the students for being “very dedicated in [to] completing school requirements” despite their experiences at the peak of the pandemic in her opening speech.
 
Meanwhile, the first keynote speaker and Physics Department Faculty Mr. Allan Roy B. Elnar, MPhys emphasized in his talk that the students have the power to shape the world.
 
He furthered that from creating drugs and uncovering the mysteries of the universe, they are expected to create a more sustainable future.
 
“Embrace challenge and curiosity so you can drive science forward,” he encouraged.
 
Miss Luzviminda R. Bato, RCh, the second keynote speaker and Chemistry Department faculty, shared the history and symbolic significance of the lab gown.
 
She stressed that the color white’s practicality catches up with the fast-paced progress of the scientific field and should be worn with pride and honor as they start their journey as new scientists of the 21st century.
 
The ceremony climaxed with the lab coat donning and pinning of the modest roster of 16 students, which was facilitated by Mr. Seagal P. Asjali, RCh, MSc, Miss Erced E. Urbano, RCh, MChem, and Mr. Allan Roy B. Elnar, MPhys.
 
During the testimonial sharing portion of the ceremony, Kevin J. Bongabong (BS Physics III) reminisced how his freshman year class had gone from having numerous students in a block to only having four.
 
He thereby expressed his wish that the remaining should persevere and wish for nothing but the best.
 
Meanwhile, Ervin Claide O. Estelloso (BS Chemistry IV) stated that “We have different reasons explaining why we chose Chemistry, what makes us the same is that we are destined to be here.”
 
Fresh from receiving their pins and lab gowns, the student interns then took their oaths and pledge. §
 
Words by Jamaica Ola-a and Carlos Leopoldo Cabeza III
Photos by Mardy May Amancio

CNU lands 45th place in WRWU nationwide

Cebu Normal University (CNU) brimmed in crimson and gold as it ranked 45th out of 365 universities nationwide for the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities (WRWU) January 2023 edition.
 
CNU secured the 390th spot among 4,693 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in South East Asia; 2,701st among 16,627 universities in Asia; and 6,682nd among 11,993 universities worldwide.
WRWU or Ranking Web was initiated by Cybermetrics Lab, with the aim of harnessing support for Open Access initiatives, and electronic access to scientific publications and other academic materials.
 
Accordingly, they utilized web indicators to reflect the global performance, impact, relevance, and visibility of the HEIs that served as their bases for ranking.
 
Meanwhile, the University of the Philippines (UP) – Diliman preserved its top spot in the national rankings. Moreover, Harvard University, Stanford University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) stand in the top three spots worldwide, respectively. §
 
Words by Jessa Sestoso
Layout by Josi Mari Malazarte

Pol Sci, Public Ad students attend first DPG pinning ceremony

Cebu Normal University’s (CNU) fourth-year Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (BAPolSci) and Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA) students walked up the stage to claim their pins in the first-ever Department of Public Governance (DPG) Pinning Ceremony held this Saturday afternoon, January 28, 2023, at Samuel MacClintock (SM) Hall.
 
The ceremony kicked off with a holy mass, officiated by Rev. Fr. Roland Angel Anthony Torres followed by the processional march.
 
Abiding by the theme “KABISOG: Harnessing the Cavaliers of the Nation’s Future Statesmen,” this year’s batch stood proud in black and beige as Prof. Louiechi Von Rama, DPG Chairman, authorized the installation of pins, thereby accepting 23 students from BPA and 88 students from BAPolSci as student interns.
 
Meanwhile, the installation of pins was guided by Dr. Roselle A. Jardin, Director of the Research Institute of Public Governance (RIPG) and Practicum Preceptor; Prof. Erma Jane Cayas, RIPG Division Chair and Practicum Preceptor; and Prof. Erven M. Noval, DPG faculty.
 
Thereafter, the keynote speaker, Mr. Rufino Rego G. Sanchez, CPMA, CHRP, RPm, Officer-in-Charge of Visayas HR Division (VHRD), highlighted the importance of mental health and how the adjustments in the world of internship affect every aspect of it.
 
He also enumerated four protective factors that help student interns deal with their tasks more effectively, namely: (1) good social skills, (2) a strong social support system, (3) positive work climate, and (4) good physical health.
 
To end his talk, he gave a gratitude exercise to the 4th year students by letting them go to the seats of their respective parents and loved ones to offer them a hug.
 
“When we are grateful for the things we do, [and the people around us], it would help boost our mental health,” Sanchez concluded.
 
The event ended with the proclamation of The Intern’s Pledge, led by Hon. Carmelle Ramos, Mayor of Bachelor of Public Administration Student Organization (BAPASO); words of gratitude by Hon. Joshua Arreglo, Block Chair of PolSci 4A; and the singing of the batch song. §
 
Words by Reina Aureo and April Escalicas
Photos by Mardy May Amancio

Languages and Literature Dept commences first pinning ceremony

Cebu Normal University’s (CNU) fourth-year Bachelor of Arts in English Language (BAELANG), Bachelor of Arts in Literature (BALIT), and Batsilyer ng Sining sa Filipino (BSF) students marched for their first Pinning Ceremony held this Thursday afternoon, January 26, 2023, at Tandang Sora Hall.
 
With the theme “Teachers as Catalyst: Responding to 21st century education in the New Normal,” the pioneering batch of the department was welcomed by the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Dean Dr. Milagros M. Greif.
 
In her welcome address, she emphasized the significance of the students’ traditional pinning ceremony which symbolized the beginning of their journey as interns.
 
“You are a catalyst, which means that you can contribute for [to] the betterment of the society and to the whole world,” Greif stated.
 
The keynote speaker, Chairperson of the Department of Language and Literature Dr. Carmel Vip C. Derasin, shared some of her significant experiences as a teacher and amplified the very essence of an educator.
 
She stressed that the new tradition of this pinning ceremony is a “demarcation line as a student and as being a catalyst for change.”
“You rise above mediocrity,” Derasin added.
 
The most anticipated part of the event transpired as the BAELANG, BALIT, and BSF students walked up on stage to accept the symbol of their transition from being students to student interns.
 
Dr. Dulce Anlagan, Faculty of Languages and Literature Department, showed gratitude to everyone who graced the ceremony with their presence, as well as the newly pinned students as they embark on their new path as student interns. §
 
Words by Jonaren Eran and Jeorgiemerl Codaste
Photos by Gwen Steffani Alguno
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