CNU goes international for YMAC 2019

The University, which has been known for being a powerhouse of talents, has been all over the Philippines for academic and extra-curricular activities alike. But this time, it has exceeded expectations and broken barriers – it brought the prestige on a worldwide scale.

The Youth Models Asian Conference (YMAC) is a tertiary conference that emulates an ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit which is participated by China and four ASEAN countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines – with Singapore Polytechnic as this year’s host from September 30 to October 2.

Over the three days, the participants were expected to take on the role of ASEAN delegates to discuss economic, security, social, and cultural issues that affect their respective countries and the world as a whole.

Phoebe Godinez, a second year BA Communication major in Film Media student from Cebu Normal University (CNU), was one of the representatives of the Philippines and she said to have looked forward to the event as early as her coronation for Miss Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) in 2018.

“It was already announced that the winners of Mr. and Ms. PASUC 2018 would get a chance to participate in YMAC prior to the national competition and I was definitely excited for all the opportunities given to me especially the conference since it would be my first time out of the country”, she explained.

During her experience, she recalled that her team, Captain Planet and His Crew, was assigned to expound more on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12 which was Responsible Consumption and Production.

SDGs are 17 global goals designed to answer pressing problems and create a sustainable future for the world.

Godinez said that their SDG mainly focuses on resource and energy efficiency, to which they pitched the solution of creating a Plastic for Food centers where people can come exchange their plastic wastes for food and their group planned to turn over their collected plastics to waste management facilities and recycling plants.

 She said she didn’t mind being the only Filipino in her group who were full of Singaporeans and Indonesians.

“I love seeing my new international friends and learning about their cultures knowing that I am also growing as a person”, Godinez said.

Towards the end of the conference, she said that all the participants, including her group, presented their projects in an exhibit and they had a mock ASEAN Summit then a closing ceremony.

“The most important thing that I learned from the conference is cultural intelligence – that learning and adapting to differences in tradition and culture enrich communication and action towards world problems”, Godinez stated as her overall impression of the event.

YMAC was a huge step for the university to get out and be in the international spotlight and this opens up another gateway of opportunities for students which can hone their capabilities and raise their awareness on various issues facing the world today and what are the possible sustainable solutions for these. (Rhina Tabada, BA Communication Film Media 2)

Excellence is normal in CNU

Graduates of the three colleges of Cebu Normal University secured highest places in their respective board exams this year.

CNU’s three colleges – College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), College of Teacher Education (CTE), and College of Nursing (CN) – have constantly proven their ability to hone undergraduate students well as they continue to yield top achievers in various licensure examinations for a good number of years now.

CAS groomed Shelter Anne Hernando (4th placer) and Jamaika Lyze Lumacang (9th Placer) during the October 2019 Psychometrician Licensure Examination. CTE tutored Rebekah Louise Rosito (5th Placer) during the September 2019 Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET) on the Elementary level. Finally, CN prepared Jasmin Claire Tamang (4th Placer) and Jorel Franco Antone Tangpuz (5th Placer) during the recent November 2019 Nursing Licensure Exam (NLE).

“I am very, very happy that the tradition of excellence continues,” CNU President Filomena Dayagbil said.

“The name of CNU is actually tantamount to quality and excellence and we have proven it through the years through the efforts of our faculty, our students, administrators, and all the stakeholders,” she said.

CAS Dean Dr. Milagros Greif said that the CAS faculty and department chairs have looked into strategies to increase the percentage of board exam passers. An increase of 14.7 percent was recorded this year as compared to 2018’s passing percentage. She also said that they have tapped CNU Faculty Association Incorporated (FAI) to conduct reviews for graduating students which is cheaper than other review centers. Lectures have also been done where topnotchers from previous board exams are invited as speakers to share their experiences and insights. CNU CAS has produced five topnotchers in the Psychometrician Licensure Exam since it started in 2014.

CTE Dean Dr. Ethel Abao said that students can top the board exam since the culture of excellence has been established in CNU for a long time. She said that the practice of tests used in board exams help students to be accustomed to it. CTE educators from the college department and Integrated Laboratory School (ILS) also take turns in giving free review enhancement programs to students through their special project called Concerted Action to Raise Excellence (CARE). She admits that CARE still needs to be strengthened to achieve the 100 percent passing target. The three CNU campuses – Main, Balamban, and Medellin – should also work together in order to attain a higher percentage of LET passers, she said. CTE has produced 31 topnotchers in the last 10 years.

CN, on the other hand, has consistently been part of the top passers of NLE in the past 10 years and has been considered as one of the top-performing schools in the Philippines with a 100 percent passing rate. 48 CNU CN students have made it to the top 10 list in the last 10 years.

CN Dean Dr. Noemi Yntig said that the support of students’ family is a big factor to success along with the teachers’ constant follow-up on the students’ school performance. She said that success is achieved through collaboration. She also accredits the screening and elimination process during enrollment that selects the best students.

“Excellence is always a way of life for all of us here and it is manifested by our outcomes,” Dayagbil said. (JDF)


CAS Dean wins national biotechnology award

Dr. Milagros Greif, College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Dean was awarded as one of the outstanding Filipinos in the field of biotechnology.

She was recognized together with nine other awardees during the 4th Filipino Faces of Biotechnology Awards Night on November 26, 2019 in Quezon City. It was given by the Department of Agriculture-Biotechnology Program Office (DA-BPO).

Greif said that she is very happy to receive such a prestigious award on the national level. She said she is thankful to Dr. Daisy Palompon, Vice President for Academic Affairs who nominated her and for Dr. Filipina Sotto, her mentor, and Dr. Laurence Garcia, Center for Research and Development Director who assisted her with the requirements. She is the only Cebuana to receive the award this year.


Greif has been awarded specifically as an outstanding researcher on urban pest control through biotechnology.

Greif said that she has studied mosquitoes for more than 15 years. She finished her masters in Biology specializing the study of insects. She also had her doctorate studies in Germany as a scholar in the field of Biology with a dissertation on biochemical, molecular, and microscopic studies in mosquitoes. After which, she worked in biological control, the use of certain bacteria to kill mosquitoes without the use of chemicals that disrupt biodiversity. She then replicated here in the Philippines what she learned in Germany, and modified it to adapt in tropical weather conditions.

She said that the biological pest control was applied initially in Balamban as part of her extension project.

“We tested it already but we are not yet on the process of selling,” Greif said.  

“I think mosquitoes are very interesting insects because they’re very small but the negative impact that they will bring to humankind is very huge,” Greif said narrating how her interest started after choosing it as a thesis topic when she took her master’s degree.

She said that a child dies of malaria every second and stressed that this is the reason why mosquitoes should be studied.

“It’s killing the lives of the people,” she said.

“Children are dying because of dengue and I really have to look into it, to study deeper and then find ways on how we can contribute in addressing this problem because it involves lives,” Greif said.

The Filipino Faces of Biotechnology Award was conducted by DA-BPO in time for the National Biotechnology Week held annually in the last week of November. It is given to Filipino individuals who have contributed to the advancement of biotechnology in the Philippines. (JDF)

CNU transpires 1st congress in dengue awareness

To raise awareness of dengue intervention, Cebu Normal University (CNU) with the participation of Cebu City Government and City Health Office launched its first assembly on dengue awareness and mosquito control held at Teaching Arts Centrum Auditorium last Friday, with the theme, “Dengue Awareness and Mosquito Control: Enabling Innovations for Sustainable Development”.

The event started with a welcoming remark by University President Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil, stating that the university is honored to be chosen as a host of the said congress.

“As a state university funded by the government, it is our responsiblity to make sure to partner with the agencies in the government and make the government’s projects and activities successful as they cascade down to our stake holders and collegues,” Dayagbil explained.

Hon. Michael Rama, the Vice Mayor of Cebu City and Chairman Committee on Health Hospital Services and Sanitation, served as the keynote speaker, saying that each individual in the government, health sector, and barangay, needs to be vigilant in maintaining cleanliness and responsibility to eradicate the causes of dengue in the community that they belong.

He added emphhasis on enhancing the 4S (search and destroy, see early consultation, self protection measures, and say yes to fogging only during outbreaks) strategy measures to guide the people on what they should do in protecting themselves against the virus.

Plenary speakers who tackled related topics were Dr. Milagros Grief, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, who shared about the life cycle of mosquito and about mosquito control; Dr. Ronald Jarvik Buscato, Regional Program Manager of National Aedes-Born Viral Diseases Prevention and Control Program, who discussed about current dengue situation in the Philippines; and Dr. Daisy Villa, Cebu City Health officer, who added insights about Cebu City’s current dengue situation.

The event was attended by faculty members of CNU, Barangay Health Workers, and Barangay Representatives from the different barangays around the city.

Meanwhile, Vilma Cuyos, a barangay health worker in Barangay Punta Princesa, gave tips on how to regulate the mosquitoes.

“Ang pagpanglimpyo sa panimalay, ang pag-agni sa mga tupad nimo nga balay nga manglimpyo, dili lang sa kana kon dili sa sulod sad sa panimalay ug i-suggest sa barangay ang ‘4 o’clock Habit’ nga manglimpyo gyod matag alas-kwatro sa hapon kay sa dihang mga orasa kay mangguwa ang mga lamok nga magdalag dengue,” Cuyos said.

An open forum followed, serving as the congress’ end; a lunch buffet accommodated the guests, while being serenaded by CNU Chorale.

Words and Photos by Leonel Quillo

CNU conducts Mental Health Week 2019

The Department of Psychology under the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) held a mental health awareness campaign that took place last November 5 to 8, 2019.

Dr. Eva Marie Gacasan (left), Chair of the Department of Psychology and Mr. Reynaldo Inocian (right), Research Institute Director-Innovative Instructional Delivery cuts the ribbon to officially open the interactive gallery exhibit on mental health awareness and suicide prevention assisted by John Ronnel Priolo (center), Psychology student. / Photo by Mechelle Canoy

This event targeted students of the University at different levels. The celebration consisted of several activities beginning with a short program at the Eva Macapagal Memorial Arts (EMMA) Center and ribbon cutting of an interactive gallery exhibit on mental health awareness and suicide prevention, prepared by Psychology major students, at the Integrated Laboratory School (ILS) Centennial Stage.

A seminar participated in by college students immediately followed at the EMMA Center in which some of the information imparted by Mr. Kevin Remedio, a University of San Carlos (USC) Psychology professor were about facts and myths about mental health.

Integrated Laboratory School (ILS) students play educational games as part of the ILS wellness program facilitated by the Psychology students. / Photo by John Paul Fajardo

The succeeding days saw various activities including the ILS wellness program designed for elementary and junior high school students that included educational games and activities about dealing with school stress. Similarly, a college stress management training was conducted by Mr. Martin Sentina, a Psychology faculty member of the University.

A number of the Psychology students who participated in the Wacky Day wearing their costumes. / Photo by John Paul Fajardo

There was also a Zumba session and a Wacky Day in which Psychology students wore costumes that depict how it is to be different. Separate seminars were also organized by Ms. Chery Bercede for students in the College of Teacher Education (CTE), and College of Nursing (CN).

In 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that globally, more than 300 million people across ages suffer from depression. Every year, around 800,000 people die of suicide, making it the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds.

Dr. Eva Marie Gacasan, Chair of the Department of Psychology, delivers her Welcome Remarks reminding Psychology students to take care of themselves first before helping others who are experiencing mental health problems. / Photo by Mechelle Canoy

Dr. Eva Marie Gacasan, Chair of the Department of Psychology, said that the event aims to promote mental health awareness to students, in particular to develop resilience among students and to create a more nurturing and caring environment in the University.

“The reality is we are all vulnerable to life’s stresses and at several points in our lives, our mental health and psychological being may be affected, therefore the only thing that we can ever do is to develop resilience particularly among children and youth – to equip them with the right tools so that they can effectively cope,” she said as a message to the students.

“Mental health is everyone’s business. It is our business and if we can reach out to others, we might just be able to help save lives,” she said encouraging those experiencing mental health problems to be open in seeking help and approach teachers, guidance counselors, and friends in times of need.    

She also said that psychology majors, being in the helping profession, are expected to help those who are experiencing mental health problems, but reminded the students about self-care first before they can even care or help others.

Jona Mae Alfante, Bachelor of Science (BS) Psychology 2 student, said that she is happy that the Mental Health Week organized by the department for the University, for the first time.

The opening of the Mental Health Week 2019 coincidentally was the day when the results of October 2019 Psychometrician Licensure Exam (PLE) was released.

Daryl Abrinica, I-Mind Psychology Society President announced the CNU BS Psychology graduates who made it to the top ten of the recent PLE namely, Shelter Anne Hernando who landed in the 4th place, and Jamaika Lyze Lumacang who secured the 9th spot.

He motivated his co-majors to strive further to reach the 100 percent passing percentage.

“Let’s do our best, let’s aim for our dreams, let’s reach our goals,” he said.

Mrs. Bernadette Bigcas, Ms. Jennifer Jane Descallar, and Mr. James Louies Un were in the organizing committee.

Prizes were given to winners of best gallery exhibit with the financial assistance of Mr. Emmanuel Hernani. (EPG, JDF, & KRR)

CNU Alumni win Jury Prize at Nabifilmex 7

Cebu Normal University Bachelor of Arts in Communication graduates bagged the Jury Prize award for their film “Naro 626” in the Nabunturan Independent Film Exhibition 7 at Cinematheque Centre Nabunturan, Compostela Valley last September 29, 2019.

Nabifilmex is an annual film festival that is geared towards producing new and fresh cinematic works that will depict the culture of its local folks and uncover the talents of local filmmakers not only in Nabunturan but the whole Davao Region. This year, they extended its avenue to other filmmakers nationwide.

For over 200 submitted entries, only 29 films made it to the final cut. There were three chosen films from Cebu: “Usa Ka Libo” by Eli Razo (Santa Fe, Bantayan Island) won Best in Screenplay and Best in Music;“Kwerdas” by Chloe Anne Veloso (Cebu City) nominee of Best in Editing, Best in Production Design and Best Actress;“Naro 626” by Rena Mae Gocotano (Lapu-Lapu City) grabbed Jury Prize and also a nominee of Best in Screenplay.

“Naro 626” was first submitted in the Short Filmmaking Contest organized by Cebu City Office Substance Abuse Prevention (COSAP) as part of Drug Awareness Month in December 2018  that finished in second place. In February 2019, it was also screened during the Oroquieta Film Festival. The film won second place for Best Picture and Best in Screenplay while Trixie Galaura who played as Rona was hailed as Best Actress.

Gocotano’s team named 50k Productions who were behind the making of ‘Naro 626’ is Clark Jude Suhot (played as Nelson), Trixie Galaura (played as Rona), Lester Kyle Paes (Editor), Nova Leah Carbon (Cinematographer), Joyce Ann Gabutan (Cinematographer) Sheena Faith Muñez (Production Design), Carlo Cantago and Leonel Quillo (played Nelson’s friends). Galaura, Cantago, and Quillo are still enrolled as second year students in Cebu Normal University BA Communication program.

Grateful students pay tribute to their awesome teachers

(Photo by Ang Suga)

Cebu Normal University (CNU) students paid tribute to all Normalite educators as the World Teachers’ Day is celebrated.

All teachers from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), College of Teacher Education (CTE) and Integrated Laboratory School (ILS), and College of Nursing (CN) were gathered at the Samuel McClintock (SM) Hall on October 3 together with the Administrative Council and students. CNU Balamban and Medellin students also showed appreciation to their teachers as they celebrated Teachers’ Day at their respective campuses.

The event was spearheaded by CNU Supreme Student Council (SSC) with the other mandated student organizations, namely Council of Liberal Arts and Sciences Students (CLASS), Educators’ Council (EC), and Nightingale Student Council (NSC). Student representatives from different organizations performed songs and dances to delight all educators. A series of performances came from Pop Jazz Dance Company, NSC, ILS, CLASS and EC, and the CNU Chorale.

Dr. Filomina Dayagbil, SUC President III gives her message to all the teachers present in celebration for the World Teachers’ Day. / Photo by Mechelle Canoy

Dr. Filomena Dayagbil, CNU President, acknowledged the teachers and other stakeholders, and thanked the SSC and the rest of the student organizations who made the event possible with their love and affection. She shared that Teachers’ Day is one of her favorite celebrations in school because “it puts premium on the importance of educators and faculty members in the delivery of quality service in the University.”

Dayagbil said that the learner is the center of education process, but the teacher makes the learner. She said, “The teacher builds or breaks the future of our learners.” She mentioned that it is her long term dream and aspiration to have a pool of faculty members who nurture learners and bring out the best in them. Dayagbil then gave emphasis on teachers’ character and competence to do it.

She then announced that the National Budget Circular (NBC) No. 461 has been approved and endorsed by the CNU Board of Regents. She said that approval of the board shows how supportive they are of the different ranks that the teachers have gained through perseverance, effort, and hard work. The documents will still be submitted to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Civil Service Commission (CSC) for evaluation.

“For me, that’s the best announcement and gift that I could give to all of us on Teachers’ Day as far as our efforts are concerned,” she said.

CNU Pop Jazz Dance Company is dancing through the theme of Mental Health Awareness. / Photo by Mechelle Canoy
Nightingale Student Council Officers are holding pictures of their professors as they sing “Glowing Inside”. / Photo by Ang Suga
Janly Grace Demol, ILS Student sings to the song “Rise Up” earnestly for the teachers. / Photo by Ang Suga
Mr. Jorjie Nepangue intently reads his messages from his students. / Photo by Ang Suga

Teachers enjoyed their day as they witnessed the performances of the different student organizations. Educators also actively joined the community dance led by the CLASS and EC.

CNU Balamban Campus celebrated the day through an impromptu pageant prepared by SSC which was joined by the teachers. After which, a tribute from the students was done. A volleyball exhibition game also followed between the faculty and students.

CNU Medellin Campus also celebrated theirs through a message relay game with a twist which was participated in by both faculty and students. Performances and messages from the students then followed with the giving of tokens to the teachers. (JDF)

CNU culminates Sci-Math month

Integrated Laboratory School (ILS) and college students culminated the Science and Math month promoting innovation, creativity, and disaster preparedness.

This year’s theme is anchored on the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) 2019 celebration of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) which is Science for the People: Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development.

ILS Grade 10 students group together for a picture taking after being announced as winner of the Eco Math Documentary. / Photo by John Paul Fajardo

ILS ended the celebration with a Math and Science culminating activity held at the ILS Centennial stage last September 25, 2019 with simultaneous events in the morning and competitions in the afternoon.

The morning event included poster making contest and quiz bowl participated in by elementary and high school students. An exhibit was also done showcasing Science Investigative Project presentations, strings design, and modulo artworks of high school students.

In the afternoon, elementary students competed for SciMath Jingle and Math Sayaw while high school students vied for the best Eco Math Documentary and Interpretative dance to the song “Paraiso”.

Kimberlyn Cababat, a BSED English Student Intern, said that culmination events such as Math and Science enable ILS students to earn good grades. They also provide entertainment by showcasing the students’ talent and skill. 

A Science and Math Day was also conducted by the 1st and 2nd year college students under College of Teacher Education (CTE) and College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) who major in Science and Math last September 27, 2019.

There were five student organizations who took part in the culmination activity, namely Outer Realm Infinite Observers and Navigators (ORION), Biological Society (BioSoc), Math Circle, Science Bond (SciBond), and Statistical Society (StatSoc).

Mr. Lloyd Vincent Derasin, BCERT-CNU Coordinator demonstrates how to use a fire extinguisher as part of the seminar workshop last September 27, 2019. / Photo by Lance Vincent Ponce

A seminar workshop on the Role of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) in Building Sustainable Communities and Earthquake Preparedness and Fire Protection was held with Joseph Inosante, Base Camp Emergency Response Team, Inc. (BCERT, Inc.) Founder and Lloyd Vincent Derasin, BCERT-CNU Coordinator as resource speakers respectively. 

A quiz bowl and Science and Math Olympics were also done accompanied by booths which generate income to provide for the projects of each student organization.

Jesryvince Compuesto, a BS Biology student, said that the seminar is helpful since he learned how to use the fire extinguisher. He also now appreciates fire exits. Further, he mentioned that, “sustainability is one of the key features to a healthier nation,” and DRRM is needed to know how to thrive and survive in conditions when human life is at risk. 

According to Mel Theo Dela Cruz, BS Physics 2 student and Mayor of ORION, it was their initiative to conduct seminars on DRRM specifically on earthquake drill and fire prevention as part of the Emergency Response Team (ERT) of the university in preparation for the incoming earthquake drill in October and for students to help in its information dissemination, and to encourage others to join the schools’ ERT. (JDF)  

ICAS thrives on its first year

International Conference of the Arts and Sciences (ICAS) imparted new insights about creative works and innovation last September 18-19, 2019 at Teaching Arts Centrum Auditorium of Cebu Normal University (CNU).

The conference opened with the theme, “Arts and Sciences Converge: Mainstreaming Creative Works and Innovations of the 21st Century,” centralizing on the unification of both fields.

Dr. Daisy R. Palompon, Vice President for Academic Affairs, did the honor to give the welcoming speech in behalf of CNU President Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil, stating that the event was three years in the making.

Palompon furthered that the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) was challenged to come up with a multi-disciplinary research conference. This, in return, will create a broader perspective for the delegates.

Dr. Liza Perante-Calina, President of Philippine Society for Public Administration (PSPA) and Dean of Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) Graduate School.

The keynote speakers, Dr. Liza Perante-Calina, President of Philippine Society for Public Administration (PSPA) and Dean of Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) Graduate School; and health psychologist in California, USA, Dr. Raul Calderon shared about co-creation of knowledge and maximizing the outcome and potentials of the teachers, respectively.

BRAIN EXERCISE. Health psychologist, Dr. Raul Calderon elaborates the importance of meditation to achieve a healthy mind.

The discussion was then followed by parallel sessions in clusters.

Tackling about Language, Literature, and Communication, the first cluster held a symposium at Tandang Sora Hall, headed by Dr. Carmel Vip Conejos-Derasin, which mainly proposed researches related to studying Darna films, young adult literature, and contemporary Philippine media, which focuses on the areas requiring linguistic focus.

The second cluster, on the other hand, had a separate talk about Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Physical Education at the Eva Macapagal Memorial Arts Center featuring mechanized farming, effects of sugar consumption, and toxicity evaluation of white spike heads.

Meanwhile, the third cluster, lead by Mr. Alexis Deodato Itao, remained at the auditorium, for a discussion about Humanities, Philosophy, and Social Sciences. This featured topics regarding economics, capitalism, Cebuano music, and homosexuality.

During the second day, keynote speaker Dr. Abu Hassan Ahmad, an honorary professor at the School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, presented his study about mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases.

HOW TO. The research of Dr. Abu Hassan Ahmad on dengue mitigation ignites the interest of the researchers from the cluster of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Physical Education on the means and ways to control the rise of dengue cases.

In an interview with Ang Suga Publication, Ahmad said, “My research is beneficial to the study of mosquito aegis because [the] Philippines has [a] big problem with dengue… This small insect has killed more people than any other animal.”

Best Presenters

During the second day, awards were given to the most outstanding presenters for each cluster.

For Language, Literature, and Communication cluster, Ms. Reya Mari Veloso from the University of the Philippines – Los Baños, presented her study, “Unearthing Young Adult Literature: A Content Analysis of Zines from Philippine High School for the Arts.”

Ms. Ricah Amor Cabalhin of Eastern Visayas State University, with her study, “Nangangalas nga Nalilipay: A Lived Experience with Parenting LGBT Children,” was chosen for Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Physical Education.

PRESENT AND DEFEND. Researcher from the cluster of Humanities and Social Sciences contribute in the exchange of ideas in the 1st International Conference of the Arts and Sciences held at Cebu Normal University, TAC building.

On the cluster of Humanities, Philosophy, and Social Sciences, Cebu Normal University’s Ms. Elena Lozano, “Toxicity Studies of Pyrethroid and Carbamate Insecticides against Papaya Mealybug Reared in Cassava and Papaya” secured her win as best presenter.

According to Palompon, CAS plans to more conferences of ICAS in the future.

Words by Mikaela Jane Dagani, Mark Aleson Sanico, and Orly Jeanne Andrei Joromat

Photos by James Walson Pacaldo and Janelle Dane Mag-aso