Championing Research Excellence: A Leader’s Vision for a Strong Research Ecosystem

(An inspirational anecdote from CNU President Daniel Ariaso’s message during the Visayas-Mindanao Consortium for Journal Publication on February 21-22, 2024)

In the crowded conference hall, one figure stood out, his passion obvious in every word he spoke. He lived by a creed that included research and development, publication, commercialization, and the protection of intellectual property rights. 

Dr. Daniel Ariaso, leading the charge, ensured that his university sent the largest delegation to the consortium, emphasizing the significance of publication. His goals were lofty: 500 research papers per year, 400 of which would be published in prestigious Scopus-indexed journals. “We mean business,” he said, his tone leaving no question.

Driven by a vision of accessibility, he saw a future in which dissertations and theses might be translated into local dialects, guaranteeing that intellectual goods were accessible to all even the lowest in the society. “If it cannot be understood by the lowest level,” he said, “it is nothing.” 

Drawing inspiration from his travels, he proposed to the consortium of a legislative bill of a mandatory appropriation for research and development, publication and commercialization in every SUC’s respective line – item budgets, similar to that of Taiwan and Singapore, where research is mandated as a proportion of GDP. “There must be a compelling reason,” he said, “for the national government to find the funds needed for our researchers.”

In a bold move at pursuing academic excellence, he underscored that faculty members, especially those holding Professor 1 to College or University Professor positions must continually engage in and maintain a rigorous research and publication outputs emphasizing the imperative nature of this mandate and highlighting the alignment of faculty evaluation processes even after they were granted such academic rank. The IPCR of faculty members shall be harmonized with the pertinent provisions of DBM-CHED JC No. 3, s. 2022 wherein the higher the academic rank the more research outputs or publications in Scopus or juried journals or commercialization of research outputs, the concerned faculty member must produce and be evaluated. By doing so, the performance of faculty members in instruction, research, extension, and production shall be directly linked to the performance management system, and accountabilities and obligations thereof shall be in accordance with applicable civil service laws and regulations.

In his opinion, failure to meet the core functions may result to unsatisfactory or poor performance ratings, which will be submitted to Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS), which he saw as a necessary consequence for advancement. “Innovate or evaporate,” he declared, mirroring the attitude of his institution, Cebu Normal University.

He rallied his audience at the end of his speech, rather than just inspiring them. He emphasized the value of togetherness and encouraged healthy discussions. “Together, stronger,” he said, exemplifying the collaborative spirit he hoped to foster within the consortium. 

Groundbreaking Ceremony Ushers in a New Era at CNU’s Medellin Campus

Today, the Cebu Normal University-Medellin Campus hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for two significant structures: a 45M four-story administration building and a 40M four-story academic building facility. The event, performed on this auspicious Friday, signaled the beginning of a revolutionary chapter for the school.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place in front of an audience of distinguished guests, faculty members, students, and dignitaries, creating a palpable sense of expectation and enthusiasm. The event demonstrated the university’s commitment to academic excellence and innovation.

The administration building, which will serve as the nerve center of school operations, is expected to streamline administrative processes and improve efficiency in handling the various aspects of campus life. From admissions to student services, the building is intended to meet the changing demands of the school community.

Equally important is the academic facility, which represents a commitment to academic achievement and scientific advancement. With cutting-edge classrooms, laboratories, and collaborative spaces, the facility is designed to provide a dynamic learning environment that promotes academic advancement and innovation.

In his speech at the occasion, Cebu Normal University President, Dr. Daniel Ariaso Sr.  emphasized his great enthusiasm for the new developments. He stressed the importance of these structures in determining the future of education at the Medellin Campus, which offers students unmatched chances for study and growth.

“We are embarking on a journey to redefine the landscape of education at our Medellin Campus,” President Ariaso stated. “These new facilities will not only facilitate the smooth functioning of administrative processes but also elevate the academic experience for our students, empowering them to excel in their chosen fields.”

The groundbreaking event marks an important milestone in the university’s expansion plans, demonstrating the university’s commitment to delivering world-class education and facilities for its students. With construction expected to begin soon, excitement is building for the completion of these historic facilities, which will serve as iconic symbols of academic success and innovation.

As the sun sets on this historic day, the Medellin Campus is on the verge of a new chapter, full with hope and opportunity. The groundbreaking event is a powerful reminder of the university’s unwavering commitment to changing the future of education and inspiring future generations.

CNU-MEDELLIN hosts a student recognition ceremony.

Two (2) Board of Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers (BLEPT) Topnotchers and 211 students of Cebu Normal University-Medellin Campus were recognized for their outstanding academic performance in the Annual Student Recognition Ceremony organized by Dr. Concepcion Payao, Student Affairs Development Office Coordinator on February 16, 2024, CNU Medellin Grounds, Sitio Pio Veloso, Antipolo, Medellin Campus.

BLEPT Topnotchers Cherry Lambojon (Bachelor of Elementary Education, 7th Placer) and Angel Mae Cahayagan (BEED, 8th Placer) together with the 107 first year students, 75 from the second- year level and 29 from the third year received their well-deserved certificates for their academic achievements.

“I hope that you continue your excellence…up to the extent of your employment because you are the face and mouthpiece of CNU and you represent CNU wherever and whenever you go,” University President, Dr. Daniel Ariaso Sr. was quoted as saying.

Furthermore, Dr. Donna Grace I. Cotejo, CNU-M Campus Director, stressed in her Statement of Purpose that CNU students should preserve their academic reputation as clever individuals. “This is only a semester; don’t get complacent… We shall keep our academic reputation as intellectual kids who are bright and “naning” (diligent),” she stated.

Meanwhile, Congresswoman Janice Z. Salimbangon gave the outstanding pupils financial incentives worth Php. 500.00.

The activity was a monument to the devotion and achievements of Cebu Normal University – Medellin’s finest.

By: Christine Dungog, CNU Medellin

𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀. 𝗔𝗿𝗶𝗮𝘀𝗼 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗱𝘀 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗖𝗡𝗨 𝗖𝗮𝘁𝗺𝗼𝗻 𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗽𝘂𝘀 𝗙𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆

Dr. Daniel Ariaso headed up his team to the province of Catmon for an important meeting with Municipality of Catmon on February 15, 2024. Their goal was to undertake a need assessment for the possible creation of a new CNU (Catmon) campus in the municipality. The team held in-depth discussions with local officials to better understand the educational landscape, demographic trends, and infrastructure requirements for the proposed school. With an emphasis on promoting accessible higher education possibilities, the delegation looked into collaboration potential and resource allocation strategies to guarantee the planned campus meets the needs and aspirations of the Catmon community.
The meeting was a critical milestone in the feasibility assessment process, as Dr. Ariaso and his team gained useful feedback from key parties. Through collaborative efforts and community engagement, they hope to design the new CNU campus to solve specific educational deficiencies while also contributing to Catmon’s socioeconomic development. As conversations advance, stakeholders believe that this project will not only improve educational accessibility but also accelerate positive developments within the town, paving the way for a brighter future for its citizens.

BPI-DOST Innovation Award recognizes outstanding students

The 3 outstanding students received the prestigious 2023 BPI-DOST Innovation Award for their groundbreaking project.
These exceptional students not only impressed the judges with their innovative project, but also demonstrated exceptional creativity, problem-solving skills, and dedication to making a positive impact on the world.
The BPI-DOST Innovation Award recognizes outstanding students who are passionate about using science and technology to solve real-world problems. This year’s winners are a true inspiration to aspiring innovators everywhere.


Project Title: Microplastic Analyzer Kit (M.A.K.)




CNU President elevates leadership profile

Individuals who strive for excellence in a variety of fields play an important role in shaping the future in a world fueled by innovation and dynamic leadership.

One such individual is Dr. Daniel Ariaso Sr., SUC President III of Cebu Normal University, who was recently honored for his commitment to professional development in the areas of Leadership, Innovation, Communication, and Knowledge Management.

Dr. Ariaso, a dedicated professional seeking to broaden his expertise, has received a Certificate of Participation for successfully completing the Certificate Course on Leadership, Innovation, Communication, and Knowledge Management Batch 4.

This intensive and insightful course was conducted by the esteemed Graduate School of Public and Development Management at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) from July 12, 2023 to December 9, 2023 through Online platform.

His receipt of the certificate stands as a confirmation to his dedication, perseverance, and eagerness to excel in his professional journey. His commitment to lifelong learning is an inspiration and a reminder of the transformative power of education and skill development in shaping a successful and impactful career.

CNU Nursing Topnotchers in PNLE: ‘We owe it to them’

Illuminating Cebu Normal University’s (CNU) excellence, six Nightingales’ uncaged their uncertainties as they retained their feat in the Philippine Nursing Licensure Examination 2023 (PNLE) on Saturday, December 3.

Bouncing back from the COVID-19 pandemic, CNU Nightingales sealed a spot in the top 10 of PNLE 2023.

These include, Christel Jirah Dajao Codilla 6th placer with an average score of 90.00%, Katrina Marie Sumicad Arbon and Rhainne Baring Pejante both secured the 8th spot with an average score of 89.60%, while Patrice Danielle Lee Lim and Alyssa Joyce Pelotenia Sandueta score 89.40% placing 9th, and Julia Elloise Cassandra Cabonada Borbajo with an average score of 89.20% in the 10th place.

 “Personally, what I lost during the pandemic was motivation. But it came back during the review season, when we were attending review classes,” said Lim.

Lim added that her other classmates in the review center have motivated her in making CNU proud.

With a perfect passing percentage, the 68 NLE passers of batch Luscinia have proven their grit in maximizing resources in their four years at CNU amid the circumstances brought by the pandemic.

The six empowering female topnotchers have shared their quality-training as soon as they stepped foot into the university’s premises bringing its tradition to exemplary learning.

“Our Clinical Instructors told us that the college produces topnotchers, so everyone goes through programs that make topnotchers,” said Codilla.

The Ormocanon also added that the quizzes, application, and the standards are high that every nursing student in CNU should go through a needle’s hole.

Further, Sandueta said that CNU plays a huge role in what they have achieved as they were expected to become “achievers” in the university.

“I think it’s natural for us to aim as high as possible. I think this was the drive to do our best, for ourselves specifically in studying,” the top 9 from Cebu City said.

Meanwhile, Arbon from Talisay City asserted that their university professors sharpened their minds with “high-heeled questions” similar to the previous board examinations.

“Of course, we can never predict what comes out during the board exams but at least, in terms of difficulty we are equipped on how to answer items that were conducively taught to us in a span of four years, which were helpful,” said Arbon.

 Aside from academic preparations, the topnotchers also expressed their beliefs which helped them land a spot in the licensure exam.

 “In terms of rituals, what I did was the traditional beliefs when taking an examination like to wear something red and put a peso coin on the shoe. Also, when entering the examination room, stepping on the right foot first means good luck,” said the top 10 from Mandaue City.

Nightingale passers also underscored their faith in God and good sleep to have a well-rested mind before taking an extensive examination, enunciating that what they are going through is “a battle of the mind”.

“Truth be told, two to three weeks before the exams, you will realize that you will never learn everything all at once. So when I got into the realization, I entrusted the results to God and so prayer became the main instrument,” shared Arbon.


Following a quake that hit the province a magnitude of overwhelming emotions were also felt after the results of PNLE with almost 32,000 examinees.

In the lens of CNU board passers, they have anxiously waited for the results to come out but to a surprise has arrived unexpectedly.

“No one was expecting it (the results) since it was a rest day. Around 10:00 p.m, a notification from the official Facebook page of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) arrived. While I tried to access the link,  I suddenly felt the ground shake but everyone was beyond happy as they found out I topped the board exams,” said Sandueta.

The six topnotchers have also expressed their gratitude to their CIs and mentors of the College of Nursing, especially in pouring out their knowledge in their batch.

“From the preparation on how they escalate the exams to how homework is done, it was tough, but it prepared us to top the board exam. We owe this to you,” said Lim on behalf of the topnotchers.

Meanwhile, the topnotchers also congratulated the current nursing students who have gotten far studying in Cebu Normal University. They also reminded their fellow Nightingales that as much as everyone wants to focus on their studies, they said to not push themselves too hard, always take breaks, and never compromise well-being.

“If we did it, I’m sure that they would too and we are all rooting for you,” said Sandueta on their behalf.

 Meanwhile, Dr. Emiliano Ian B. Suson II, Dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, sees the result as “the best Christmas gift of the year” for them.

The CNU topnotchers have a shared predicament on taking National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) unto their next journey as medical practitioners.

Written by: Denise Mae Codis, Kristin de Dios, and Jonnavie Villa BA Communication IV – Journalism

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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