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

CNU exhibits at QS Higher Ed Summit: Asia Pacific 2022

Cebu Normal University (CNU) is the only Philippine university with its own exhibit in the Quacquarelli Symonds  (QS) Higher Education Summit: Asia Pacific 2022 held on 8-10 November 2022 in Intercontinental Jakarta, Pondok Pinang, Jakarta, Indonesia. Other than the exhibits, the summit featured workshops and interactive panels by experts in the academe for innovation with the theme, “The Next Big Thing: Addressing new opportunities and existing challenges in APAC higher education”.

The QS Higher Education Summit exhibits provided an avenue for CNU to showcase the offerings of its colleges primarily in the areas of instruction and research. The delegation was led by Director Naila Y. Beltran of the External Affairs and International Linkages Office with Dr. Michelle Mae J. Olvido (Presidential Assistant for Planning and Development) and Dr. Laurence L. Garcia (Board and University Secretary and Director for the Research Institute for Ageing and Health). With 237 universities from 39 countries participating in the summit, CNU was able to enter into preliminary discussions for possible partnerships with 34 higher education institutions to add to the university’s efforts toward internationalization.

At present, CNU is undergoing assessment using the QS stars rating system to better understand its competitiveness using international rating and benchmarking which was made possible with the support of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) through the Fostering World Class Philippine Universities Project Grant in the amount of Php 2.5M. § MMO

Normalites honor educators for WTD

To apprize crimson and gold educators and staff, the Cebu Normal University (CNU) – Supreme Student Council (SSC) kicked off the culmination of the annual World Teachers’ Day (WTD) celebration last October 21, 2022, at the Samuel MacClintock (SM) Hall.
Highlighting the theme “The transformation of education begins with teachers”, the CNU-SSC, Educators’ Council (EC), Council of Liberal Arts and Sciences Students (CLASS), Nightingale Student Council (NSC), and the organizational officers gathered to physically celebrate with the educators.
In an interview with Ang Suga, CNU-SSC’s Vice President Hon. Christian Giango expressed his gratitude for the event’s success, noting that the in-person occasion allowed both the students and the teachers to relive the excitement of the celebration that involved physical interaction.
“We, [the] SSC, EC, CLASS, NSC, organizational officers, and Normalites, worked together to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of the CNU teachers, for we believe they all deserve to be acknowledged for their commitment and dedication to both teaching and other responsibilities that they [have] offered to us students,” Giango stated.
The council then gave the chairpersons authority to create two plans – physical and online – and they were delighted when the physical celebration was approved after careful deliberation.
Thereafter, they launched three competitions: Students’ Lister Awards, Song Dedication Contest, and Teacher-Look-Alike Contest, wherein submission of entries of the activities were initially made through google forms.
“We’ve opened the possibility of doing [the celebration in-person] this year since more teachers are now reporting to school and we’ve already held some of our [in-person] events there,” Giango added. §
The winners of the three competitions in the different categories are as follows:
Lakas – Makainfluencer Award:
Dr. Alvin G. Cuñado – College of Teacher Education (CTE)
Ms. Clareziel D. Ladringan – College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
Dr. Jose Mari Louis Alforque – College of Nursing (CN)
Teacher Masinabtanon Award:
Dr. Jewish A. Merin – CTE
Dr. Ma. Fe. Y. Gocotano – CAS
Dr. Jose Mari Louis Alforque – CN
Inspirationavility Award
Dr. Jewish A. Merin – CTE
Ms. Clareziel D. Ladringan – CAS
Dr. Jose Mari Louis Alforque – CN
Famous Yarn Award
Dr. Alvin G. Cuñado – CTE
Mr. Romualdo B. Generalao – CAS
Dr. Jose Mari Louis Alforque – CN
Friendly and Ferson Award:
Dr. Jewish A. Merin – CTE
Mr. James Louies B. Un – CAS
Dr. Jose Mari Louis Alforque – CN
1st Place: Mc Ryan Cabaluna (Genlites)
2nd Place: Soscimonies (SoSciety)
3rd Place: Beyond the Normal (Polikratos)
1st Place: Jeissevelle Jeane G. Ranay (Biological Society)
2nd Place: Khilly Shaye P. Yanson (COSPED)
Christine Joy A. Gadiana (AVE)
3rd Place: Lyster V. Arbutante (SoSciety)
Darling of the Crowd: Paul Vincent L. Olasiman (English Fellows)
Words by Kharmel Bascon and John Louie Abendan
Photos grabbed from CNU-SSC Facebook page

CNU concludes Mental Health Week

To kick off the successful Mental Health Week celebration, Cebu Normal University’s (CNU) I-Mind Psychology Society, Guidance Counseling Services, and the Psychology Department worked hand-in-hand through a series of activities that culminated via Zoom and Facebook Live last October 20, 2022.
Bearing the theme “Make Mental Health and Well-Being for All a Global Priority”, the event was officially initiated last October 17 which came with various engaging events aimed at raising “awareness on the importance of mental health and to ensure that students will be provided a safe space.”
Psyched up for the announcement of winners, the virtual audience first lent their ears to the opening remarks of the I-Mind Psychology Society vice mayor Kayla Gail Selma (Bachelor of Science in Psychology IV).
She urged everyone to check in with themselves, take a pause and breathe, and always be reminded that “every day is a Mental Health Day.”
Consequently, the Zoom participants then attempted to play a familiarity game called “Guess the Logo”. Later in the program, a game using the same mechanics was played in which each logo that had to be identified had parts missing to heighten the challenge.
Meanwhile, in the highly anticipated announcement of winners, the first to third placers of the humor-evoking “Meme-tal Health Challenge” were Rhena Arquio (Bachelor of Science in Psychology II), Alexa Alvarez (Bachelor of Science in Psychology III), and Aretha Resujento (Bachelor of Arts in English Language II), respectively.
Joy Carmel Logroño (Bachelor of Science in Psychology II) was hailed as the winner of the Spoken Poetry Competition after sharing her perspective on mental health in a lingering piece titled “Torrents on a Sunny Day”.
Additionally, Joyce Villacarlos (Bachelor of Science in Psychology I), Michelle Carmel Kabristante (Bachelor of Science in Psychology II), and Susyl Marie Quijano (Bachelor of Science in Psychology IV) respectively won first, second, and third place in the competition to depict emotions through digital art.
Moreover, in his message of appreciation, Mel Torrence Senerpida (Bachelor of Science in Psychology IV), I-Mind Psychology Society mayor, acknowledged everyone who made the event a huge success.
He then reminded everyone about the purpose of the celebration by sharing his favorite quote, “Rest if you must but don’t quit.”
Locking the program, Mr. Genesis Dejan, Psychology Department Chair, highlighted in his speech the joys of celebrating humanity and shared that “we should be sending a message to every person that mental health is a very important aspect of our lives.” §
Words by Rena Mae Avila and Jessa Sestoso
Screenshots by Jessa Sestoso

Birth of new tradition: Psychology Dept holds first-ever pinning ceremony

Fourth-year Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BS Psychology) students basked in the spectacle of a milestone as they became the pioneering batch of Cebu Normal University’s (CNU) 1st Psychology Pinning Ceremony held yesterday afternoon at Samuel MacClintock (SM) Hall.
With the theme “Psychology Forward: Resiliency and Passion in Light of Dynamic Transition in the Global Healthcare Crisis”, the event is a kick-off celebration before the participating students are deployed as interns.
The Pinning Ceremony started with the hues of white parading the red carpet in the Processional of senior Psychology students.
In his welcome address, Mr. Jose Rey M. Ocat, faculty of the Psychology Department, stressed that the event should be a remarkable memory because they managed to reach the ceremony despite the severe effect of the pandemic.
The first keynote speaker, Mr. John Villanueva, described his experiences as a former addict who became a pastor at the House of Hope, one of the oldest rehabilitation facilities in the South, in his discussion on “Clinical Psychology in the Workplace”.
“Rehabilitation centers are only existing because of one problem – addiction,” Villanueva emphasized.
The second keynote address was delivered by Mr. Semhre C. Quijano, a CNU alumnus, and a certified lean sigma yellow belt. He talked about the different problems that fall within the spectrum of industrial psychology, including in this time of the new normal: the sinking state of employee engagement and sense of belongingness at work.
During the open forum session, a student voiced concern regarding the Human Resources (HR) department. Quijano addressed the issue and emphasized that future HR practitioners should have the skills to implement “strong leadership program training where the people know how to choose a good leader.”
Pinning proper, CAS outlook
Accompanied by their proud families, the pinning proper transpired as the senior students individually walked up on stage to accept the symbol of their transition from being students to interns. This portion of the program was then succeeded by the Students’ Pledge led by Mel Torrence Senerpida (BS Psychology IV), I-Mind Psychology Society mayor.
Senerpida shared with Ang Suga that the first Pinning ceremony’s conceptualization started as early as June and was inspired by the conduct of other departments’ pinning ceremonies and face-to-face graduations.
“All we hope is that this first in the department becomes a tradition in the years ahead,” he added.
Meanwhile, when asked about how it felt to participate in the first pinning ceremony, Razsha Laurana Nakila (BS Psychology IV) shared that it was an honor for her to be a part of what would become a momentous chapter in the history of CNU Psychology and glad that the school acknowledged her degree program through this event.
Sealing the ceremony, Mr. Genesis Dejan, Department Chair, left an insightful message to the senior students that can be easily recalled through the acronym CAS; C for practicing competence, A for being adaptive, and S for service.
“I want to also challenge you guys to be with the tasks that you have in a more competent way […] We need to be adaptive with the different possible changes, possible conditions wherever we may be in the industry […] This profession wouldn’t actually be alive, wouldn’t be born without service,” Dejan said.
He went on to say that as aspiring mental health professionals, they must always be pouring service; doing and giving their extra mile in serving others because that is what the program is all about. §
Words by Rena Mae Avila and Jamaica Ola-a
Photos by Nicole Marie Dumayac




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New Normal Milestone: Liberals claim diploma in face-to-face grad ceremony

Back on the campus for the first time in more than two years—and it feels good!
After two years of virtual recognition programs, Cebu Normal University (CNU) finally opened its gates for the much-awaited 41st College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Commencement Rites, the first-ever mass gathering held in the university during the pandemic last June 6, 2022, at Samuel McClintock (SM) Hall.
With the theme, “Celebrating Success and Resilience Amid Aversities”, this year’s commencement exercises honored the pioneering batch of the K-12 Program as they set off to a new chapter of their lives.
Dr. Maura Consolacion D. Cristobal, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Region VII Regional Director, graced the event as the resource speaker. She imparted to the dreamers that “success doesn’t happen by accident. It involves a lot of hard work, determination, and patience.”
Cristobal commended the students for manifesting grit, creativity, resourcefulness, and strength of character as they ventured clueless into the new normal setup and overcame the adversities that came along with it.
Additionally, she said that the “Bayanihan” or volunteerism spirit is evident in the school setting as the teachers and administrators were able to respond to the uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity of the situation.
Quoting Martin Luther King Jr., Cristobal reminded the graduates, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
The day-long ceremony was divided into two parts to avoid overcrowding: morning for the Bachelor of Arts graduates and afternoon for the Bachelor of Science. §
Words by Reina Aureo
Photos grabbed from CNU – Council of Liberal Arts and Sciences Students (CLASS)