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


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.