Dr. Daniel Ariaso Sr. Leads CNU in Recognizing New Hires and Promotions at Flag Ceremony

The Cebu Normal University (CNU) community extended a warm welcome to all newly hired staff members as well as those who received promotions on December 4, 2023, during the flag ceremony.

The administration of Dr. Daniel Ariaso Sr, SUC President III, necessitates that every new employee and those who have been promoted be recognized before they can begin their new responsibilities at the university.
On December 1, the university welcomed Atty. Christiana Jude D. Bien as University Board Secretary V; Atty. Robin R. Reyes as Legal Assistant III for the Legal Unit and Mark Francis G. Onde as Librarian 1. Atty. Roche E. Ocampo is the new Supervising Administrative Officer-Finance; Mary Jhoanne T. Dela Cruz was promoted from College Librarian to Records Officer III; Rocelyn D. Cabarubias is Cashier III; Michelle B. Monteza is Budget Officer I; Elma A. Polinar is Administrative Aides VI; and Russel T. Cortes is Administrative Aides VI.
Additionally, CNU extends a warm welcome to Drs. Lance Aldwin S. Adlaon, Jemer Grace S. Arellano, Mary Ruth F. Barandino; Ruby C. Facturan; Veronica Marina C. Floro; Jan Michael T. Lao; Christie Luz D. Rosal; Al Anthony A. Sacris, Dr. Alissah S. Sigaya, and Dr. Matthew Kendrick Kyle C. Tiu, the new faculty members for the College of Medicine. Their academic rank is Associate Professor IV.
Moreover, Roesher Melle Tampus was accepted to become an Instructor 1.

CNU’s 2023 Nursing Grads Nail 100% Pass Rate with 6 Topnotchers

Cebu Normal University’s Nursing graduates from the class of 2023 have reached another milestone, having a 100% passing rate in the Philippine Nurse Licensure Examination.

This remarkable achievement is matched by the remarkable distinction of producing six topnotchers in the board exams, with Christel Jirah Dajao Codilla ranking sixth, Katrina Marie Sumicad Arbon and Rhainne Baring Pejante ranking eighth, Alyssa Joyce Pelotenia Sandueta and Patrice Danielle Lim ranking ninth, and Julia Elloise Cassandra Cabonada Borbajo ranking tenth.

Cebu Normal University has long been known for its commitment to academic achievement and continuous support for students seeking instruction and expertise in the field of nursing. This latest achievement demonstrates the university’s dedication to establishing a culture of academic excellence and holistic growth among its students.

It is no small effort to achieve a 100 percent passing record and produce topnotchers in the Philippine Nurse Licensure Examination (PNLE). It is the result of years of hard work, tenacity, and unshakable dedication on the part of both students and faculty members who guided and supported them throughout their academic careers. CNU College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences got a 100 percent passing percentage in the PNLE for the past 12 years, from 2010 to 2020 and 2022-2023, with senior high school graduates.

The graduates’ success in the board exams indicates not only the students’ academic competencies, but also the quality of Cebu Normal University’s nursing curriculum. The program’s extensive curriculum, hands-on training, cutting-edge facilities, and faculty comprised of industry experts all played important roles in developing these graduates into competent and highly qualified individuals eager to make a significant influence in the field of healthcare.

The Nursing graduates of Batch 2023 are an inspiration not only to future nursing students, but also to the academic community. It emphasizes the significance of endurance, devotion, and the pursuit of excellence in reaching extraordinary milestones.

As these alumni start on their professional travels, they bring with them not just the information and skills provided by their alma mater, but also the values of compassion, integrity, and a commitment to providing quality in healthcare to their communities.

CNU Empowers Change through Violence Against Women Campaign

In a powerful and poignant morning right after the flag ceremony, Cebu Normal University (CNU) took a stand against the pervasive issue of violence against women. Spearheaded by Dr. Marino A. Garcia, the Gender and Development Director, the Violence Against Women Campaign (VAW-C) kicked off on November 28, 2023, at 8:00 AM. Dr. Garcia set the tone for the day with a stirring welcome message, rallying the community to join hands in eradicating the scourge of violence that plagues women.

“Let us stand together, unwavering in our commitment to end violence against women. In our collective strength, we find hope and determination to build a future where love triumphs over fear, and every woman and child can live free from the shackles of violence,” declared Dr. Garcia, setting the stage for a day dedicated to advocacy and empowerment.

Dr. Diane Lawrence Ramos from the Medellin campus emerged as the champion, showcasing exceptional dedication to the cause. The first runner-up position was secured by Rongie Abella from the College of Teacher Education department, while Nelson Sombilon from the Administration Non-Teaching Staff claimed the second runner-up title.

The competition was a platform for contestants from diverse backgrounds, including the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Nursing, Integrated Laboratory School, Balamban Campus, and the Students’ Sector, to voice their commitment to being advocates for change. Each participant delivered a compelling speech outlining their strategies and goals to contribute to the VAW-C Free initiative.

This event marks the commencement of an 18-day campaign against violence towards women. On November 30, 2023, participants will engage in activities such as short film presentations, group poster displays, and singing competitions. The same dedicated contestants will showcase their talents and creativity in these events, contributing to the multifaceted approach of the campaign.

CNU President receives recognition from CESB

Dr. Daniel Ariaso, Sr. was honored by the Career Executive Service Board (CESB) for his valuable contribution, remarkable commitment, and active involvement in supporting the CESB’s On-the-Job Performance Validation process as certified CES Validator during the CESB’s 50th Anniversary held on November 28, 2023 in Fiesta Pavilion, The Manila Hotel, Manila.
The award is a testament to Dr. Ariaso’s unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation, and it represents a significant milestone in his illustrious career. His contributions go beyond his professional endeavors. He is well-known for his mentorship and commitment to developing the next generation of executives.
His willingness to share knowledge and provide guidance has left an indelible impression on those who have had the good fortune to cross paths with him. He joined the CESB in 2011 and has already been recognized as an outstanding CES validator twice in the years 2021 and 2022.
Looking ahead, as president of Cebu Normal University, Dr. Ariaso include driving innovation, fostering collaboration, and making significant contributions to his field. His dedication to pushing the limits of what is possible inspires all aspiring executives, reinforcing the belief that perseverance and dedication are required for success.

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CNU shines at ASEAN Commemorative Contest 2023

Cebu Normal University (CNU) demonstrated its artistic prowess during the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Regional Office (RO) 7’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Commemorative Contest 2023, aired via Zoom and Facebook live last November 24.

Themed “ASEAN Matters: Epicenter of Growth,” the 56th Founding Anniversary of ASEAN and the month-long celebration culminated with a Regional Awarding and Closing Ceremony.

Higher education institutions (HEIs) from the region competed in the Song Writing, Spoken Word Poetry, On-the-Spot Digital Poster Making, and Video Production Exhibition.
In the Spoken Word Poetry category, CNU’s Dr. Janet Mananay, Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd) and Diploma in Professional Education (DPE) Chair, clinched first place with the piece ‘ASEAN: Diamonds in the Southeast.’
The winning piece, co-authored by fourth-year BSEd major in English students Jia Palange and Alexandria Montemar, with technical video direction by Fe Obial and Chevy Jairi, and subsequent editing by Mark Costanilla, drew inspiration from their numerous drafts of poems.
Moreover, Palange told Ang Suga how they reviewed the ASEAN history, objectives, and adversities that made it develop into a central organization.
“Just like how diamonds are discovered and formed, that is how ASEAN made it to be, that is ASEAN right now – [a] diamond,” she furthered.
Meanwhile, BSEd English II duo Franckeinstein Alolor and co-writer Karylle Laborte secured third place in the same category with their piece ‘ASEAN Symphony: Nurturing Growth, Celebrating Diversity.’
Laborte disclosed that she adapted her style to convey camaraderie incorporated into symbolisms, while Alolor synchronized the music with the piece’s mood.
Harmony in achievement
The CNU Chorale bagged second place in the Song Writing Competition with their piece “In the Heart of Asia: A Song of Unity.”
The production was guided by CNU Chorale Coach Mrs. Darlane Yap and led by members and songwriters Sean Andrex Martinez (Bachelor of Arts in Literature III), Kirsten Jed Therese Orbeta (Bachelor of Arts in English Language III), and Anjaylou Monisit (BSEd English II).
The lineup of performers featured Rozenda Mariae Leonil Festejo (Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education [BCAEd] II), Shiela Mae Delos Arcos (Bachelor of Physical Education III), and Martinez, along with other CNU-Chorale members, while Joel Japheth Guion (BCAEd IV) served as the musical composer, arranger, and director.
In an interview with Ang Suga, Orbeta explained that the creation of the song was a testament to the team’s dedication to diversity and collaboration.
“It not only stood as a proud representation of the CNU Chorale but also showcased the resilience and creativity inherent in the university’s artistic endeavors,” she emphasized.
Despite limited resources, Orbeta admitted that they meticulously prepared for the contest and delved into extensive lyric exploration and consultations with their coach and musical director to ensure adherence to guidelines.
Subsequently, their song also featured special participation from Joe Sean Tamayo (BCAEd IV) and Nerl Nathanielle Cutara (BCAEd IV).
The winners from the different HEIs in the region received a plaque of recognition, certificates, and cash prizes. §
The following are the set of awards and awardees:
1st place – CNU
2nd place – Holy Name University
3rd place – CNU
People’s Choice Award – Cebu Technological University (CTU)
1st place – CTU
2nd place – CNU
3rd place – Buenavista Community College
People’s Choice Award – CTU
1st place – St. Cecilia’s College – Cebu, Inc.
2nd place – Information & Communications Technology Academy, Inc
3rd place – Buenavista Community College
People’s Choice Award – Cordova Public College
1st place – Holy Name University
2nd place – University of Cebu (UC) – Main Campus
Words and Screenshots by Alea Marie Bareng

Unlocking Sustainable Development through Research and Collaboration: Insights from the ICMAR 2023

The pursuit of sustainable development stands as an urgent imperative in today’s world grappling with multifaceted challenges like climate change, environmental degradation, and dwindling natural resources. Recognizing the crucial need to address these issues, the International Conference on Methodological Advances in Research (ICMAR) held last November 21 – 23, 2023 at Marco Polo Hotel, emerged as an important platform to discuss pressing issues and problems around the world. With the theme, “Development, Prosperity People and the Planet: Achieving Sustainable Development Goals Through Methodological Advances in Research”, participants and presenters were able to share their studies and insights on how to improve the lives of every human being in the planet and how to live in a more sustainable world in the future.  As the world approaches the midway point of the United Nations Agenda 2030, the conference aimed to delve into methodological innovations and collaborative efforts to advance Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

2023 marked a significant milestone, with the United Nations set to launch the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report against the backdrop of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This global health crisis disrupted progress towards achieving SDGs, impacting not only health systems but also education, prosperity, planetary health, and food security indirectly. Yet, the adversity presented by the pandemic also unveiled opportunities for research and development to accelerate the achievement of SDG targets.

The conference, with a focus on sustainable development, brought together a diverse cohort of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners. It provided a fertile ground for exchanging ideas, solutions, and methodologies essential to comprehending the intricate and interconnected facets of sustainable development.

The strands of the conference highlighted various critical research areas essential for advancing the SDGs. These included participatory research methods for community engagement, integrating indigenous and traditional knowledge, measuring progress towards SDGs, multidisciplinary research approaches, data science utilization, qualitative research methods, and ethical considerations in sustainable development research.

Distinguished plenary speakers like Mr. Alamgir Hossain from the United Nations Kyrgyzstan, Dr. Ben S. Malayang III from Silliman University, and Dr. Aurelio P. Vilbar from the University of the Philippines – Cebu, among others, shared insights on education, role of higher education institutions (HEIs), food security, and social innovation. Breakout sessions allowed for more nuanced discussions and idea exchanges among the participants.

The conference culminated with an acknowledgment of exemplary research efforts contributing to sustainable development across various strands. Notable studies included research on e-waste disposal behavior, sustainable agricultural practices of indigenous tribes, innovative traffic management systems, advanced data-driven approaches in agriculture, and qualitative insights into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on specific industries.

Dr. Daniel A. Ariaso Sr., President III of Cebu Normal University, highlighted the significance of research as a catalyst for change, emphasizing its role in sparking innovation, guiding policy-making, and transforming societies. He urged participants to bridge the gap between theory and practice and to ensure research translates into real-world impact, resonating not only within the Philippines but on a global scale.

The conference closed with a message of gratitude from Dr. Rufina C. Rosaroso, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches in driving sustainable development.

Looking ahead, ICMAR announced its expansion into an international conference, with Surigao State College of Technology set to host ICMAR 2024. As the conference evolves, its mission remains steadfast: to foster collaboration, innovation, and actionable research contributing to a more sustainable and equitable world.

Strengthening Linguistic Ties through Regional Seminar on Official Correspondence – Region VII

A resounding success marked the recently concluded Regional Assembly for Official Correspondence in the province of Bohol on November 22-23, 2024. Spearheaded by Dr. Lita A. Bacalla, Director of the Sentro ng Wika at Kultura (Center for Language and Culture) at Cebu Normal University, the event brought together educators Elvin Ruiz and Carreon Joy Derasin in collaboration with the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (Commission on the Filipino Language). Notable figures such as Dr. Sheilee Vega, G. Jomar Caňega, Rene Roy Cagalingan, and G. Sir John Torralba imparted invaluable knowledge and information during the seminar. This initiative received support from Bohol Governor Erico Aristotle Aumentado and garnered endorsement from the Chairman of the Commission on the Filipino Language, Dr. Arthur P. Casanova.

The participation extended beyond the academic realm, as representatives from LGUs including Sugbo Minglanilla, Naga, and Bohol’s local governments from Valencia, Anda, Tagbilaran, Getafe, alongside personnel from the Bohol Provincial Capitol actively engaged in the proceedings. Dr. Hope Yu, Commissioner for the Cebuano Language, and Dr. Daniel Ariaso Sr., the esteemed leader of Cebu Normal University, also conveyed their messages of support and encouragement.

The collaborative efforts showcased the commitment to enhancing linguistic correspondence and fostering a deeper understanding of language intricacies crucial in official communication. With the invaluable insights shared by experts in the field, participants gained a comprehensive understanding of effective linguistic practices within official contexts. The seminar served as a platform to exchange innovative ideas, strategies, and best practices in language use for official communication, aiming to elevate standards across administrative domains.

The involvement of various stakeholders, including educational institutions, government bodies, and language authorities, emphasized the collective determination to uphold linguistic excellence and effective correspondence. Furthermore, the support and endorsement from esteemed leaders signify the significance of such initiatives in advancing linguistic harmony and efficiency in official communications.

This collaborative effort symbolizes a pivotal step towards harmonizing linguistic practices, paving the way for more effective and culturally sensitive official correspondences. As the participants depart, armed with newfound knowledge and enriched perspectives, the ripple effect of this regional seminar is anticipated to resonate positively in the realms of administrative communication, fostering enhanced linguistic connections and proficiency.

Cebu Normal University Expands Horizons: CNU-Catmon Campus Negotiations Underway

In a groundbreaking move poised to revolutionize educational access in Catmon, Cebu, negotiations between Dr. Ariaso, representing Cebu Normal University (CNU), and Mayor Avis Monleon of Catmon have commenced for the establishment of a CNU campus in the municipality. The initiation of formal negotiations marks a significant milestone after Dr. Ariaso received authority from the Board of Regents (BOR) to engage in talks regarding this important venture.

The negotiation process commenced last Saturday November 18, 2023, symbolizing a momentous step forward. Catmon Mayor Avis Monleon, accompanied by Vice Mayor Armil Poro, Councilor Atty. Rowel Juban, and Executive Assistant Dr. Joel Molit, visited Dr. Ariaso at the CNU Main Campus. Their expressed interest in establishing a CNU campus in Catmon, Cebu laid the groundwork for substantive discussions. During this meeting, Dr. Ariaso was joined by Vice President for the Administration – Dr. Joseph Elvir C. Tubilan and Legal Unit Head & OIC Dean of the College of Law, Public Governance, and Safety – Atty. Lury Ed Marie V. Yray, collectively striving to finalize the signing of the deed of donation for the prospective lot.

The impending signing of the deed of donation heralds an era of collaboration between CNU and the Catmon Local Government Unit (LGU). This crucial document, once signed, will pave the way for a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between CNU and the Catmon LGU. The official signing is anticipated to take place during Dr. Ariaso’s investiture ceremony.

The establishment of a CNU campus in Catmon holds immense promise for both the educational landscape and the local community. It signifies a commitment to extending quality education beyond urban centers, catering to aspiring students in Catmon and its neighboring areas. This initiative aligns with CNU’s vision of fostering academic excellence and contributing to the holistic development of communities.

The collaboration between CNU and the Catmon LGU underscores a shared dedication to education, recognizing its pivotal role in empowering individuals and driving progress. The envisioned campus aims to not only impart knowledge but also to serve as a catalyst for socio-economic growth within the municipality.

As negotiations progress and the groundwork is laid for the CNU Catmon Campus, anticipation and enthusiasm abound, echoing the collective commitment to making quality education accessible to all. This collaboration stands as a testament to the power of partnerships in shaping a brighter future for generations to come.

The journey towards establishing the Cebu Normal University – Catmon Campus exemplifies a concerted effort towards educational inclusivity, serving as an inspiring model for fostering academic expansion and community development across regions.

Strengthening Civic Responsibility: Cebu Normal University and 7th Regional Community Defense Group Forge ROTC Partnership

In a significant move towards fostering civic duty and national defense, the 7th Regional Community Defense Group (7th RCDG), Army Reserve Command, and Cebu Normal University have inked a historic Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). The signing ceremony was organized by Mr. Romualdo Generalao, Coordinator, NSTP – Military Training Service/ROTC, held last November 20, 2023 at the IKC Hall in the presence of Dr. Daniel A. Ariaso Sr., the esteemed president of Cebu Normal University together with the other administrative officials and deans, marked a pivotal moment for both institutions.

It was represented by the Army Reserve Command was Col. Edgar G. Mangabay. The agreement serves as the cornerstone for the establishment and operation of the ROTC program within the university, aiming to instill discipline, leadership, and patriotism among its students.

The ROTC program’s activation within Cebu Normal University represents an avenue for students to develop essential skills, such as teamwork, resilience, and a strong sense of responsibility. Under the guidance and mentorship of the 7th RCDG, the university’s ROTC Unit will provide a platform for students to engage in practical training, leadership development, and community service.

This collaboration not only underscores the dedication of Cebu Normal University to holistic education but also highlights the invaluable role played by the military in shaping future leaders with a deep-rooted commitment to nation-building.

As the partnership between the 7th RCDG and Cebu Normal University takes flight, it heralds a promising future where empowered and responsible individuals will contribute actively to the progress and security of the nation.

CNU conducts orientation and roadmap development for ESD and GCED

Cebu Normal University (CNU) — spearheaded by the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Office — successfully conducted a three-day workshop entitled “Training and Developing Futures Thinking Research: Brainstorming CNU Writing Proposal Writeshop on ESD and GCEd.” This workshop is also supported by the Planning, Foresight, and Futures Thinking Unit and was participated by administrative officials, Department and College Chairs, and non-teaching staff representatives.

The workshop began last November 13 with ESD Fundamentals, Framework, and Implementation. This was facilitated by the Interim President of the Cagayan de Oro College — Dr. Jestoni Babia. During the workshop, Dr. Babia recalled on how CNU was given the opportunity to integrate ESD into existence in the country. He also introduced different ESD frameworks — including the Asia-Pacific ESD Teacher Competency Framework which he co-created with Dr. Ethel Abao, the former CNU CTE Dean — as well as different analyses on ESD. The facilitator encouraged the participants to determine the root problems and causes of poor quality education through the Problem Tree Analysis. Most of the participants agreed on different leadership priorities as well as poor strategic planning to be such issues. Furthermore, Dr. Babia emphasized the importance of institutionalizing ESD and recognizing CNU’s ESD stakeholders. At the end of the workshop, the participants described their ideals for ESD in CNU — to be a “High Impact Institution,” an “Internationally-recognized ESD and GCEd Center,” and to be an “ESD and GCEd Global Hub or Great Technology Hub.”

The second part of the workshop was conducted on the next day with the Introduction to GCEd and GCEd in the Philippine Context. Philippine Normal University professor and GCED Cooperation Centre (GCC) Philippines Deputy Director — Prof. Carl Dellomos — facilitated the workshop. Prof. Dellomos focused on orienting the participants about the importance of integrating GCEd into the educational framework and how its effective implementation must extend, not only to faculty and students, but to administrative offices and the non-teaching staff. The participants were tasked to conduct a GCEd SWOT analysis and the facilitator gave out pointers on how their respective offices can contribute to the GCEd integration in CNU. Dr. Janet Mananay, GCEd Region 7 focal person reiterated that these will be the spring board for GCED initiatives in the university.

Additionally on the 2nd day, Dr. Rebecca Rosario Bercasio — Director of the Bicol University’s Center for Teaching Excellence — inspired the participants by sharing Bicol University’s best practices in GCEd implementation. She joined virtually via Zoom and discussed about their Regional Training on GCED in Bicol — which aims to transform teachers and transform communities — as well as their Project MENTOR (Motivate, Engage, Nurture, Team-up, Organize, and Reflect). One of the highlights from her presentation includes Bicol University’s pursuit for GCEd during the pandemic. Dr. Bercasio also shared Bicol University’s lessons and ways forward with the GCEd agenda.

Through these engagements, the participants were able to present their GCEd SWOT analyses as well as take on a logic frame for possible GCEd activities on the third and final day on November 15.  

Each workshop had an open forum where the participants were given the opportunity to ask questions and engage with the facilitators. To end, the closing remarks were given by Dr. Jeson Bustamante, Director of the Planning, Foresight, and Futures Thinking Unit.

With the theme, “Empowering Tomorrow’s Global Citizens and Sustainability Leaders,” this two-part workshop becomes an avenue to map out existing Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCEd) practices of the university and aspires to ignite a collective commitment to fostering global citizens and sustainability leaders who will, in turn, guide CNU toward a more sustainable, just, and interconnected future.

As remarked by Prof. Rhoniel Ryan Ymbong, “As a student of Science, I believe in one ecological idea: The Gaia Hypothesis. It states that everything is interconnected with everything else, that the world is a super organism. When one part is nonfunctional, then the entire biosphere will face the consequences. So, let us take part and do the little ripples we can create for us to move forward.”