Learning about Cebu’s Local History and Culture

Talk on Local History and Culture in Cebu

In line with the National History Month, the Social Sciences Department (SSD) of Cebu Normal University (CNU) hosted a whole day forum entitled “A Talk on Local History and Culture in Cebu” on August 23, 2019 at the Samuel McClintock (SM) Hall.

This is the second forum conducted this year as part of the CNU Social Sciences Forum Series which started last April. The forum, themed “Kasaysayan: Bahagi ng Ating Nakaraan, Gabay sa Kinabukasan” featured research outputs from the SSD faculty including Mr. Ian Christian Cosido, Dr. Alex Tiempo, and Mr. Romualdo Generalao.

Prof. Cosido shared about his thesis on the history of Mandaue City, while Dr. Tiempo discussed his contributions on a history book about the Municipality of Ronda. Mr. Generalao spoke on the History of Cebu Province as a whole. The event was attended by freshmen students, those taking Philippine History, and those who major in Social Studies.

According to Nice Ricaña, a BSEd 1 student, the forum is very educational. She said that students like her who have attended the forum learned how the names of the different places in Cebu originated. She mentioned that although the students came from a certain municipality, each has recognized other towns and what the other municipalities have to offer. She also said that events like such should be continued so that teenagers may appreciate their roots and the history’s impact on what the youth has become today.

Francis Mark Domatican, a BSEd English 1 student said that the forum is informative. He added that it helps feed the students’ minds of what every municipality has and helps Cebuanos love their place more.

A student is asking his question during the open forum while the other students are listening to him. / Photo by John Paul Fajardo

Prof. Tiempo mentioned that when it comes to history, people mostly think of World or Philippine history. He added that people “never care to read about our own local history like the history of Cebu, even the history of barangay or towns which is seldom discussed in classrooms,” so he encouraged students to read local history and for teachers to include local history in their teaching.

According to Prof. Generalao, “actual exposure is the best teacher”, “you can easily recall the activities, people, and landmarks of the places you have visited” adding that he enjoys an educational trip with his students during weekends so that the students may see the economic movement of different places.

He also calls on history lovers to help preserve the heritage of their individual locality by encouraging his family members or neighbors to preserve an antique or old house where a meeting of the Katipunan was held or where the first mayor was born, so that the next generation will remember and learn something from what the people in the past have done to their town.

“You cannot move forward if you don’t know the past because you’ll learn the mistakes,” he added.

Last April, the theme was “CNU Social Sciences 2019: An Enlightened Citizenry for a Better Philippines” in time for the upcoming May local elections.

According to Mr. Mervin Reyes, SSD Academic Chair, the SSD is planning to conduct the forum monthly depending on the celebration per month. (JDF)

CNU Medellin Inaugurates its New Covered Court

A new covered court in the CNU-Medellin campus was inaugurated and turned over to the Cebu Normal University Administration on August 16, 2019.

The said covered court was constructed through the efforts of the former congressman, Hon. Benhur Salimbangon, as a realization of a promise he made when he once chanced to pay the campus a visit.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by the administrative officials of Cebu Normal University led by the university president Dr. Filomena Dayagbil, the entire CNU-Medellin community headed by its campus director Dr. Grace Malaga, Local Government officials, and other stakeholders. Congresswoman Janice Salimbangon of the 4th district of Cebu, the better half of the former congressman, attended the ceremony in his stead.

The ceremony started with a benediction led by Medellin parish priest Rev. Fr. Camilo Agustin Villamor and was followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony done by both President Dayagbil and Congresswoman Salimbangon.

Congresswoman Janice Salimbangon of the 4th District of Cebu and CNU President Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil cut the ribbon during the inauguration of the new covered court. / Photo by Kim Francis Rodriguez

The honorable congresswoman expressed her happiness of finally being able to turn over the said covered court as a gesture of good faith to the diligent CNU students of Medellin.

CNU President Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil hands in the Certificate of Appreciation to Congresswoman Janice Salimbangon. Also in the photo (first from the left) is the campus director of CNU-Medellin, Dr. Grace N. Malaga. / Photo by Kim Francis Rodriguez

Dr. Dayagbil in her acceptance speech expressed her gratitude to the Medellin LGU especially to the former congressman and the incumbent congresswoman for their support in the delivery of higher education in the Municipality of Medellin. She further lauded the highly efficient job of the project contractor headed by Engineer Greg Cataquez Jr. for the speedy construction of the said covered court and the CNU-Medellin workforce for their cooperation and unity that led to the success of the ceremony.

CNU-Medellin faculty and students perform a flash mob to close the inauguration ceremony of the new CNU-Medellin covered court. / Photo by Kim Francis Rodriguez

The ceremony ended with a song number and a flash mob presentation from the entire CNU-Medellin family. (KRR)

TEStCon – Teacher Education Students Conference




Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century Education


The 21st century presents a variety of challenges in teacher education. Research plays a pivotal role in meeting these challenges in enhancing the overall quality of teachers, promoting better understanding of the impact of change and cultural exchange and in facing the emerging needs of the country.

This Conference will gather teacher education students and researchers of other regions to share their research findings and experiences.



1. Teacher Education Curriculum and Standards

2. Teachers’ Qualification and Professional Development

3. ICT and Subject Teaching Innovation

4. Cultural Exchange

5. Lifelong Learning and 21st Century Skills


Send your research abstract to : testcon2013@yahoo.com.ph

Deadline for Abstract Submission: January 29, 2013

Registration Fee: P700.00





TEStCon – Teacher Education Students Conference




1.  Every presenter is given a maximum of ten (10) minutes to present his/her research paper.

2. The presenter can only present a maximum of 10 slides in bullet forms. Please refrain from reading everything written on your slides presentation. (A guideline on how to  present a research paper has been disseminated to every concerned presenter.)

3. The time keeper, in the person of            _______________________________________

(Name of assigned person)

will inform the presenter by raising the “signboard” for the last three (3) minutes of the presentation. Mr. /Ms.               ____________________________________ will ring the bell when the presentation allotted time ends.

4. Each presenters is requested to strictly follow the time allocation.

5. All oral paper presentations will be judged and the first rank will be awarded as the best oral paper presenter in each of the faculty and student categories.






Slide                                      Suggested Content (bullet statement format)


1                                              Research Project Title & Research Proponents

2                                              Rationale

3                                              Theoretical & Conceptual Framework

4-5                                          Statement of the Problem

                                                    Main problem statement

                                                    Specific problem statement

6                                              Research Methodology

7-9                                          Salient Findings of the Study

10                                           Conclusion and Recommendations

Taiwan Visit (October 17-22, 2012)

The Philippine delegation to the Fifth Taiwan-Philippines Academic Conference: Digital Humanities and Cultural Studies was headed by CNU President Dr. Marcelo T. Lopez. The said delegation was composed of nine faculty from the Cebu Normal University and ten faculty and staff from University of San Carlos with Dean Challoner A. Matero in the front line.


The five-day experience exposed the delegation to genuine Oriental culture that only Taiwan can provide. The hospitality was incomparable.


The day of the conference, October 20 was a great success.  CNU President Dr. Marcelo T. Lopez was the keynote speaker of the Fifth Taiwan – Philippines Academic Conference: Digital Humanities and Cultural Studies. Dr. Lopez talked on Cebu Normal University’s Spatial Relations in the Governance Structure of Cultural Affairs in the Philippines. The  President’s speech anchored on the role of higher education in preserving and cultivating Filipino culture. 

The CNU delegation did an awesome job as the group presented different studies in the field of education, health and public policy and governance. The following are the studies presented in the above-mentioned conference with the corresponding faculty presenter:


College of Arts and Sciences:


The Spratly Islands Conflict: Implications to China and the Philippines – Ferdinand T. Abocejo

An Analysis on the Trends in Philippine Political Behavior from 1980-2010 in the Lens of Existing Governmental Policies of the Time – Atty. Cyril Bryan Dosdos Cuizon

Local Color in Edilberto K. Tiempo’s Selected Short Stories – Lito L. Diones

Abnormal Political Order Extraordinary Financial Returns: A Case on the Philippines – Ana Leah Llanto Dungog-Cuizon


 College of Nursing:


Readiness and Retirement: A Theory Development Approach – Laurence L. Garcia

Virtual Simulation Learning among Student Nurses in the Post Anaesthesia Care Unit – Domino B. Puson


College of Teacher Education:


 The Socio-Cultural Dimensions of Cordova Dinagat Festival – Dr. Rufina C. Rosaroso

The Impact of Apprentice Teachers’ Culture on Their Behavior and Performance: A Case Study – Dr. Angeline M. Pogoy

Exploring the Governance Agenda: Dimensions and Dynamics of Public Sector Reform


Philippine Society for Public Administration (PSPA)


National Conference

Exploring the Governance Agenda:  Dimensions and Dynamics of Public Sector Reform


Cebu Normal University, Cebu City

 4-5 October 2012

Background  and Purpose


The Philippine Society for Public Administration (PSPA) will hold a national conference on 4 and 5 October 2012 at Cebu Normal University, Cebu City. The Conference will be co-sponsored with the Association of Schools of Public Administration of the Philippines, Inc. (ASPAP), the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC), Cebu Normal University, and other academic institutions, participating agencies of government and the private sector, as well as civil society organizations.

The conference will be an occasion to showcase the distinctiveness and comparative advantage of public administration and governance education: its “inter-disciplinarity” and appliedness.  As such, the conference will highlight the role of public administration in addressing critical development constraints, which vary from one country to country and at the national and sub-national government levels.  It will put value on addressing specific governance sectoral areas inter and intra governmental dimensions with institutional and evidence-based analysis that bring together disciplines serving as a platform for “fusion” of social sciences and applied research approaches, i.e., public administration.

These may cover, but not limited to, the following:

1) Public Administration and Environment;

 2) Public Administration, Governance and Culture;

3) Public Administration and Disaster Risk Reduction;

4) Public Administration, Public finance and Democracy;

5) Public Administration and Human Capital Development; and

6) Public Administration and Development Economics.


Lecture Series on Diabetic Health Management: An Indonesian Practice



Diabetes is a worldwide phenomenon and has been identified commonly among Filipinos and Indonesians alike. As a disease process, this has been attributed mostly to the food intake, genetics and stress among others. Through this lecture series which will be provided by a Diabetic Management trained nurse from Indonesia, it would be interesting to note how cultural practices influence the development of diabetes and how this illness is managed across culture. This lecture series will enable the students and faculty to learn transcultural nursing care practices in the perspectives of a nurse in the land of Muslims. This is the college’s way of celebrating NUTRITION MONTH as this event ends with HALAL FOOD FAIR.