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.

QUAKE OF VICTORY

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.

ICONS 12 Unveils the Future of Healthcare for Older Persons through Global Collaboration and Innovation

On November 24-25, 2023, Cebu Normal University – College of Nursing, in collaboration with the Research Institute for Ageing & Health (RIAH), Nightingale Student Council (NSC) and select higher education institutions in the country marked the 12th International Conference of Nurses (ICONS 12) under the theme, “Advancing Healthcare for Older Persons: Current Trends and Future Directions” at The Golden Peak Hotel and Suites in Cebu City, Philippines. The event aimed to unite accomplished professionals in nursing, fostering the exchange of knowledge and research to advance nursing practice and education. With more than 200 attendees from the Philippines and various global regions, the two-day conference provided a platform for the convergence of insights and expertise in the dynamic field of nursing.

The event addressed the challenge of ensuring that older individuals can equally access and benefit from the advancements in the field of medical technology and gerontology. Within the event, research from various institutions within the Philippines, such as Siliman State College, Iloilo Doctors’ College, Cebu Doctors’ University and our very own Cebu Normal University, together with featured presenters from Indonesia, Singapore, and Taiwan were presented. The presenters showcased their works as well-spoken podium presentations and  infographics throughout the event.

Innovations in the field of gerontology and health were the main focal point of the event. With research all encompassing elderly cognition, psychological well-being, vitality, sensory functions, and locomotion, forming a crucial aspect in achieving longevity and promoting healthy aging. The impact of information and communication technology (ICT) on the well-being of older people and recognizing the benefits it brings to overall living and health were the focal points of the event.

On the 2nd day of ICONS 12, the awarding for both the student and professional category of the presentations came through. Here are the winners:

STUDENT CATEGORY

 Podium Presentation

Stream 1: Gerontology

1st place: Iloilo Doctors’ College; Socioeconomic Profile and Healthcare Seeking Behaviors of Senior Citizens After the Pandemic

2nd place: Cebu Doctors’ University; The Lived Experiences of Working Senior Citizens With Chronic Illness in Mandaue City: A Basis for Community Empowerment Program

3rd place: Cebu Institute of Technology University; Prevalence Of Upper Respiratory Tract Infection Among Geriatric Residents Living Near Cement Factory at Barangay Tina-An, City of Naga Cebu

Stream 2: New Normal

1st place: Silliman University; Experiences of Burnout Among Student Nurses in Dumaguete City During Covid-19 Pandemic

2nd place: Cebu Normal University; Assessment of an Urbanized Barangay’s Mental Health Program: From Planning to Implementation

3rd Place: Iloilo Doctors’ College; Readiness for Clinical Exposure Among Student  Post-Pandemic

Stream 3: Nursing Education

1st place: Cebu Doctors’ University; Clinical Belongingness as Predictor to Self-Esteem Among Level IV Nursing Students in Metro Cebu

2nd place: Cebu Normal University; Correlates of Career Pathways of Graduating Nursing Students in an Urbanized City

3rd place: West Visayas State University; Career Plans of Graduating Nursing Students in a State University

Infographics

1st place: West Visayas State University; Knowledge about Cholera and its Prevention among Household Heads in a Highly Urbanized City: A Cross-Sectional Study

2nd place: Cebu Institute of Technology University; Food Safety Knowledge and Practices Among Street Food Vendors in Carbon Market

3rd place: Cebu Institute of Technology University; Factors Contributing to Covid-19 Vaccine Acceptance Among Selected Individuals with Co-Morbidity In Talisay, Cebu.

Inferentials

1st place: Cebu Doctors’ University; The Lived Experience of Older Adults in Lapu-lapu City in the Aftermath of Typhoon Odette (RAI): Basis of Information Dissemination.

2nd place: University of San Jose-Recoletos; Attitudes and Practices in Josenian School of Allied Medical Sciences Students Towards Pneumococcal Vaccine.

3rd place: University of San Jose-Recoletos; the Implementation of Disaster Risk Reduction Management at USJ-R Main Campus for 2022-2023.

 

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY

Podium Presentation

Stream 1: Older Adults’ Issues during the Pandemic

1st place: West Visayas State University; Relationship of Coping Strategies and Quality of Life: Parallel and Serial Mediating Role of Resilience and Social Participation Among Older Adults in Western Philippines

2nd place: Cebu Normal University; Lived Experiences of Older Adults While Working in the Academe Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Philippine Context

3rd place: Cebu Institute of Technology University; Perspectives of Childless Couples During their Golden Years: A Phenomenological Study

Stream 2: Qualitative Exploration of relevant aging issues

1st place: Cebu Normal University; Exploring the Spiritual Compliance in Achieving Wellness among Older Adults: A Qualitative Multi-case Approach

2nd place: Cebu Normal University; “Flourishing Beyond the Hands of Time”: A Kaleidoscopic Perspective from the Lenses of Creative Older Adults: A Phenomenological Inquiry

3rd place: Cebu Normal University; An Axiomatic Approach in the Development of the Theory of Creative Aging

Stream 3: Gerontology care in the context of the new normal

1st place: Cebu Doctors’ University; Acquired Care Culture of Older Adults from the Refugees of the Bolshevik Russian Revolution in Tubabao Island, Eastern Samar: The Inculturation Theory of Care 2nd place: University of San Agustin; The Intergenerational Care Received by Older Adult Men Religious in a Religious Community

3rd place: University of the Visayas; Quality of Discharge Teaching Among Intergenerational Discharged Patients in a Medical-Surgical Ward of a Government Hospital

Infographics

1st place: Cebu Normal University; Living Alone and Using Social Media Technologies: The Experience of Filipino Older Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic

2nd place: Cebu Normal University; Lived Experiences of Older Adults While Working in the Academe Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Philippine Context

3rd place: Cebu Normal University; Push – Pull Theory: Older Adults Use of Traditional Health Practices

Infographics

1st place: Cebu Institute of Technology University; Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy on Bipolar Patient: An Idiographic Analysis

2nd place: Cebu Institute of Technology University; The Phases of Adaptation for Children with OFW Parents: A Straussian Grounded Theory Approach

3rd place: Cebu Institute of Technology University; The Novice Special Education Teachers in the Philippines: The Post-Pandemic Perspectives

ICONS 12 envisions a future of continued research and collaborative efforts towards paving the way for innovative solutions and a brighter future for the elderly and humanity at large.

Strengthening Civic Responsibility: Cebu Normal University and 7th Regional Community Defense Group Forge ROTC Partnership

In a significant move towards fostering civic duty and national defense, the 7th Regional Community Defense Group (7th RCDG), Army Reserve Command, and Cebu Normal University have inked a historic Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). The signing ceremony was organized by Mr. Romualdo Generalao, Coordinator, NSTP – Military Training Service/ROTC, held last November 20, 2023 at the IKC Hall in the presence of Dr. Daniel A. Ariaso Sr., the esteemed president of Cebu Normal University together with the other administrative officials and deans, marked a pivotal moment for both institutions.

It was represented by the Army Reserve Command was Col. Edgar G. Mangabay. The agreement serves as the cornerstone for the establishment and operation of the ROTC program within the university, aiming to instill discipline, leadership, and patriotism among its students.

The ROTC program’s activation within Cebu Normal University represents an avenue for students to develop essential skills, such as teamwork, resilience, and a strong sense of responsibility. Under the guidance and mentorship of the 7th RCDG, the university’s ROTC Unit will provide a platform for students to engage in practical training, leadership development, and community service.

This collaboration not only underscores the dedication of Cebu Normal University to holistic education but also highlights the invaluable role played by the military in shaping future leaders with a deep-rooted commitment to nation-building.

As the partnership between the 7th RCDG and Cebu Normal University takes flight, it heralds a promising future where empowered and responsible individuals will contribute actively to the progress and security of the nation.

CNU waves flag at PASUC 7

All hail crimson and gold!
 
Cebu Normal University (CNU) proudly bagged numerous championship titles on the second day of the 2023 Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) – Culture and the Arts Festival of Region 7 held at Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) yesterday, November 13.
 
With the theme, “United amidst Diversities; Strong in the thick of Adversities,” six participating State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), namely CNU, NORSU, University of the Philippines (UP) – Cebu, Cebu Technological University (CTU), Bohol Island State University (BISU), and Siquijor State College (SSC), showcased their talents.
In the morning, the Visual Art competitions such as the on-the-spot poster-making contest, painting, pencil drawing, and charcoal painting kicked off.
 
Simultaneously, the Music Competitions unfolded, featuring instrumental solo (Piano), violin, classical guitar, and banduria in Division A, and vocal solo (Kundiman), vocal duet, pop solo, chorale contest, and show choir in Division B.
 
At best, CNU secured one bronze medal in the Visual Arts contests through painting and ruled the Musical Competitions with eight championship titles and a silver medal finish.
 
Classical guitar champion Johnn William Pastor (Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education IV) shared with Ang Suga that he could not believe he bested his equally talented competitors across the region.
 
“I think [it] is my expression. I was performing the song like I was singing, just like Coach Naila Beltran and Trainer Joel Oporto told me to. And I think I was the cleanest to perform the song,” Pastor conveyed as his winning edge in the contest.
 
Likewise, the 21-year-old guitarist shared his victory with the CNU community and expressed that Normalites should hone their talents more and “be faithful to the Lord and to be thankful also.”
 
Sparking creativity anew
 
Culture and arts festivities resumed as performing arts presentations took center stage in the afternoon.
 
Participating universities showcased stimulating 10-minute playlets in the Short and Sweet Play in both the Dialogue and Musical category, and the Radio Drama.
 
CNU excelled, ranking second and fourth runner-ups in the Short and Sweet Play Dialogue and Musical, respectively.
 
Meanwhile, CNU’s Radio Drama team brought home the championship title.
 
In an interview with Ang Suga, Radio Drama champion Jingky Requinto (Bachelor of Arts in Communication specializing in Broadcast Journalism III) remarked how their team faced struggles before the competition.
 
“Each of us faced unfavorable circumstances that hampered us in our final rehearsals. All these battles made us able to slay the giant – which is the regional contest,” she furthered.
 
In Division C’s Music Competition, the live band contestants shook the NORSU grounds with musical artistry through renditions of Original Pilipino Music (OPM) songs, while CNU secured the position of 5th runner-up.
 
The regional gathering makes its last stretch today, November 14, with the dance competitions, PASUC Festival King and Queen Cultural and Coronation Night, and overall awarding ceremony. §
 
Here is the list of winners:
𝗜. 𝗩𝗜𝗦𝗨𝗔𝗟 𝗔𝗥𝗧𝗦
𝗢𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗽𝗼𝘁 𝗣𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗠𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁
Champion: NORSU
1st runner-up: UP-C
2nd runner-up: BISU
3rd runner-up: CTU
4th runner-up: CNU
5th runner-up: SSC
𝗣𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴
Champion: BISU
1st runner-up: UP-C
2nd runner-up: CNU
3rd runner-up: NORSU
4th runner-up: SSC
𝗣𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗹 𝗗𝗿𝗮𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴
Champion: UP-C
1st runner-up: NORSU
2nd runner-up: SSC
3rd runner-up: CNU
4th runner-up: BISU
5th runner-up: CTU
𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗼𝗮𝗹 𝗥𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴
Champion: NORSU
1st runner-up: UP-C
2nd runner-up: SSC
3rd runner-up: CTU
4th runner-up: CNU
5th runner-up: BISU
𝗜𝗜. 𝗠𝗨𝗦𝗜𝗖 𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗣𝗘𝗧𝗜𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 (𝗗𝗜𝗩𝗜𝗦𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗔)
𝗜𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗼𝗹𝗼 (𝗣𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗼)
Champion: CNU
1st runner-up: NORSU
2nd runner-up: UP-C
3rd runner-up: SSC
4th runner-up: BISU
𝗩𝗶𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗻
Champion: CNU
1st runner-up: UP-C
2nd runner-up: CTU
3rd runner-up: NORSU
4th runner-up: BISU
𝗖𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗚𝘂𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗿
Champion: CNU
1st runner-up: NORSU
2nd runner-up: UP-C
3rd runner-up: BISU
4th runner-up: CTU
5th runner-up: SSC
𝗕𝗮𝗻𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗮
Champion: CNU
1st runner-up: CTU
2nd runner-up: NORSU
3rd runner-up: UP-C
4th runner-up: BISU
𝗜𝗜𝗜. 𝗠𝗨𝗦𝗜𝗖 𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗣𝗘𝗧𝗜𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 (𝗗𝗜𝗩𝗜𝗦𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗕)
𝗩𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗼𝗹𝗼 (𝗞𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗻)
Champion: CNU
1st runner-up: BISU
2nd runner-up: UP-C
3rd runner-up: NORSU
4th runner-up: CTU
𝗩𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗗𝘂𝗲𝘁
Champion: CNU
1st runner-up: NORSU
2nd runner-up: SSC
3rd runner-up: BISU
4th runner-up: CTU
5th runner-up: UP-C
𝗣𝗼𝗽 𝗦𝗼𝗹𝗼
Champion: CNU
1st runner-up: CTU
2nd runner-up: SSC
3rd runner-up: NORSU
4th runner-up: BISU
5th runner-up: UP-C
𝗖𝗵𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁
Champion: CNU
1st runner-up: UP-C
2nd runner-up: BISU
3rd runner-up: CTU
4th runner-up: NORSU
𝗦𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗖𝗵𝗼𝗶𝗿
Champion: BISU
1st runner-up: CNU
2nd runner-up: CTU
3rd runner-up: NORSU
4th runner-up: UP-C
5th runner-up: SSC
𝗜𝗩. 𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗠𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗔𝗥𝗧𝗦
𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝘄𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆𝘀 (𝗗𝗶𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘂𝗲)
Champion: UP-C
1st runner-up: NORSU
2nd runner-up: CNU
3rd runner-up: CTU
4th runner-up: BISU
5th runner-up: SSC
𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝘄𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆𝘀 (𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹)
Champion: UP-C
1st runner-up: NORSU
2nd runner-up: BISU
3rd runner-up: CTU
4th runner-up: CNU
5th runner-up: SSC
𝗥𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗼 𝗗𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗮
Champion: CNU
1st runner-up: NORSU
2nd runner-up: BISU
3rd runner-up: UP-C
4th runner-up: CTU
5th runner-up: SSC
𝗩. 𝗠𝗨𝗦𝗜𝗖 𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗣𝗘𝗧𝗜𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 (𝗗𝗜𝗩𝗜𝗦𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗖)
𝗟𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗕𝗮𝗻𝗱
Champion: NORSU
1st runner-up: BISU
2nd runner-up: SSC
3rd runner-up: CTU
4th runner-up: UP-C
5th runner-up: CNU
Words by Julyzsa Recimiento and Sharmaine Regalado
Photos grabbed from PASUC 2023 – Culture and the Arts Festival (Region 7) and The NORSUnian Facebook page
PASUC 7: CNU rises to 1st runner-up; Mr. CNU claims 2nd in Festival King
 
With crimson and gold spirit, Cebu Normal University (CNU) emerged as the overall first placer in the 2023 Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) – Culture and the Arts Festival Region 7 held at the Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) from November 12 to 14.
 
CNU earned a total of 142 points while NORSU bagged the overall champion title with 155 points, as announced during the Awarding Ceremony yesterday.
 
Normalite delegates showcased exceptional talents in the Visual Arts, Music Competitions (Divisions A, B, and C), Performing Arts, Live Band and Dance Competitions, where they secured the championship title nine times, two 1st and 3rd places, four 2nd places, three 4th places, and one 5th place.
 
In an interview with Ang Suga, Mixed Choir Champion and CNU Chorale member Kharl Abapo (Bachelor of Physical Education III) shared that he did not expect to leave this kind of legacy.
 
“…we are gathered because of music. Ang music jod ang nakapa-gather sa amoa to bring harmony and to also bring honor sa bisan asa nga lugar,” he added.
 
Moreover, before the 2023 PASUC 7 Festival King and Queen Coronation Night, the fight to become the overall champion was close as NORSU led with an unofficial score of 138 points while CNU trailed behind at 137 points.
 
Showcase of myths, wits
 
Centered on the theme “PASUC VII: United amidst Diversities; Strong in the Thickness of Adversities,” six pairs from the six SUCs showcased their intricate Visayan Folklore Costumes to promote cultural diversity and give honor to the Filipino pre-colonial myths.
 
In the Question-and-Answer portion, Mr. CNU Norberto Salanap III (Bachelor of Science in Nursing II) expressed how PASUC acts as a catalyst for social change and how it can be an avenue to spread, promote, and emphasize advocacies.
 
“…I, as [an] ambassador of our school, [am] given a chance to spread my advocacies of promoting healthcare in our country because it is efficient and I am very much into [it] because I am [a] student nurse. This is our chance; PASUC is our chance, as an individual, as a community, to spread our message to the world through our arts and culture,” he conveyed.
 
Salanap was recognized as the 2nd runner-up, while the newly crowned 2023 PASUC 7 Festival King and Festival Queen hailed from Bohol Island State University (BISU) and NORSU, respectively.
 
Along with the Festival King and Queen announcements, the overall winners of the event were also revealed: NORSU triumphed as the overall champion, while CNU placed first, followed by the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu), BISU, Cebu Technological University (CTU), and Siquijor State College (SSC), respectively. §
 
Below is the list of PASUC 7 Festival King and Queen winners:
𝗙𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗤𝘂𝗲𝗲𝗻
𝗠𝗮𝗷𝗼𝗿 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀
PASUC 7 Festival King And Queen – Mr. BISU and Ms. NORSU
1st runner-up – Mr. NORSU and Ms. UP Cebu
2nd runner-up – Mr. CNU and Ms. BISU
𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗼𝗿 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀
Best Production Number – Mr. BISU and Ms. NORSU
Best in Visayan Folklore Costume – Mr. BISU and Ms. NORSU
Best in Barong Filipino – Mr. NORSU
Best in Philippine Terno – Ms. BISU
Best Speaker – Mr. BISU and Ms. UP Cebu
𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀
Mr. and Ms. Professionalism – Mr. and Ms. BISU
Mr. and Ms. Congeniality – Mr. CTU and Ms. BISU
Mr. and Ms. Photogenic – Mr. CNU and Ms. UP Cebu
Below is the list of awards of CNU:
𝗢𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗔𝗟𝗟 – 1st runner-up
𝗜. 𝗩𝗜𝗦𝗨𝗔𝗟 𝗔𝗥𝗧𝗦
𝗢𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗽𝗼𝘁 𝗣𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗠𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁 – 4th runner-up
𝗣𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 – 2nd runner-up
𝗣𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗹 𝗗𝗿𝗮𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 – 3rd runner-up
𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗼𝗮𝗹 𝗥𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 – 4th runner-up
𝗜𝗜. 𝗠𝗨𝗦𝗜𝗖 𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗣𝗘𝗧𝗜𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 (𝗗𝗜𝗩𝗜𝗦𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗔)
𝗜𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗼𝗹𝗼 (𝗣𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗼) – Champion
𝗩𝗶𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗻 – Champion
𝗖𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗚𝘂𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗿 – Champion
𝗕𝗮𝗻𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗮 – Champion
𝗜𝗜𝗜. 𝗠𝗨𝗦𝗜𝗖 𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗣𝗘𝗧𝗜𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 (𝗗𝗜𝗩𝗜𝗦𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗕)
𝗩𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗼𝗹𝗼 (𝗞𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗻) – Champion
𝗩𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗗𝘂𝗲𝘁 – Champion
𝗣𝗼𝗽 𝗦𝗼𝗹𝗼 – Champion
𝗖𝗵𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁 – Champion
𝗦𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗖𝗵𝗼𝗶𝗿 – 1st runner-up
𝗜𝗩. 𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗠𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗔𝗥𝗧𝗦
𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝘄𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆𝘀 (𝗗𝗶𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘂𝗲) – 2nd runner-up
𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝘄𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆𝘀 (𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹) – 4th runner-up
𝗥𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗼 𝗗𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗮 – Champion
𝗩. 𝗠𝗨𝗦𝗜𝗖 𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗣𝗘𝗧𝗜𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 (𝗗𝗜𝗩𝗜𝗦𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗖)
𝗟𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗕𝗮𝗻𝗱 – 5th runner-up
𝗩𝗜. 𝗗𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗲𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀
𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗗𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 – 2nd runner-up
𝗙𝗼𝗹𝗸 𝗗𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 – 1st runner-up
𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗗𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 – 2nd runner-up
𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗗𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 – 3rd runner-up
Words and Screenshots by Sweety Mae Berandez and Jemeli Babe Augusto
The Cebu Normal University (CNU) delegates shone bright in the spotlight yesterday as the administration, faculty, and staff recognized their achievements in the recently concluded Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) – Culture and the Arts Festival of Region 7.
 
Information Unit and FM Station Director Dr. Trina Marie Catipay acknowledged the triumph of CNU delegates who secured places in the Visual Arts, Music Competitions, Performing Arts, Dance Competitions, Festival King and Queen, and the overall 1st runner-up position.
 
Accompanied by their coaches, the delegates took the Idea and Knowledge Center (IKC) stage and proudly wore their gold, silver, and bronze medals along with their plaques.
 
In an interview, University President Dr. Daniel Ariaso Sr. expressed his joy on behalf of CNU and commended the exemplary performance of the students and coaches.
 
“I’m very happy [for] in behalf of Cebu Normal University that our students and coaches really made their excellent job representing the university in the recently concluded competition,” he said.
 
Ariaso further conveyed his determination to strive for championship in the coming year, “…next year, I will do everything na mag champion na ta…that’s my commitment to our students.”
 
Themed “United amidst Diversities; Strong in the thick of Adversities,” this year’s PASUC 7 took place at the Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) from November 12 to 14, 2023. §
 
Words by Renee Ross Villariasa

CNU welcomes distinguished professor from Indonesia

Professor Achmad Arifin, affiliated with the Biomedical Engineering Department at the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) of Indonesia, visited Cebu Normal University (CNU) last 06-07 November 2023 to meet with various offices to create a meaningful working partnership.

The collaboration between CNU and ITS began through the University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Course Development Program where Prof. Arifin partnered with Dr. Janet Mananay, the CTE IZN Focal Person. This launched the “Assistive Technology to Improve Learning Performance of Students with Language and Communication Disabilities,” which will also be led by Dr. Venus Cortes, Program Chair for BSNEd.

Prof. Arifin’s visit was an auspicious occasion to discuss and explore ways forward with our academic cooperation with ITS. He was received by Dr. Mananay and Dr. Cortes and was introduced to Dr. Genara Pacaña, the Director of the Center for Internationalization, ODL, and CELL. The professor also sat down with the University President and the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Internationalization for a series of exploratory meetings and partnership deliberations.

During his visit, Prof. Arifin was toured in the SPED Center, which will play a significant role in this partnership. The COIL Project with ITS is focused in the understanding and assessment of assistive technology to help the learning process of students with language and communication disabilities. The BSNEd students in CNU will be learning together with the Biomedical Engineering students in ITS. A coordination meeting together with Prof. Arifin, Dr. Cortes, Ms. Marites Serenado and Ms. Fanny Mae Mobida was conducted at the CTE Dean’s Office.

Prof. Arifin’s second day in CNU started with a lecture session at the ACAS Building with Mr. Rhoniel Ryan Ymbong’s Biotechnology class. During this interaction, he gave a discussion on biomedical engineering and assistive technology with Third Year BS Biology students. In here, there was an exchange of ideas regarding science, technology, and engineering. The professor also showed video clips of the innovative projects done in ITS. He remarked about the enthusiasm and curiosity of the students after the class.

The professor also stood as a special guest during the “Training Workshop on the Development and Validation of Needs Assessment Instrument for Community Extension Projects” hosted by the Extension Services Office at the Summit Galleria Cebu, where he met the Vice President for Research, Publication, Innovation, Commercialization, and Extension and the Dean of the College of Teacher Education. Prof. Arifin also sat down with other faculty members from different colleges who were keen for exploratory discussions for ITS collaborations.

Finally, in the spirit of Filipino hospitality, Prof. Arifin was taken on a tour around the historical landmarks in Cebu City.

A strong dedication to strategic internationalization is demonstrated by the recent cooperative efforts between the Center for Internationalization, ODL, and CELL and our international partners. The openness of the academic units, which allows the University to forge meaningful links across international borders, further supports this commitment.

International Conference of Nurses (ICONs) 12

It’s ICONS Season once again!

Through the years, the International Conference of Nurses (ICONS) has been established as a momentous face- to-face platform to successfully convene brilliant minds across regions and countries to share expertise and best practices in the conduct of nursing research towards evidence-based quality nursing education and nursing practice.

The 12th International Conference of Nurses (ICONS 12) will be conducted through a face- to-face platform highlighting symposium and plenary sessions, experiential sharing, and digital exhibits of exemplary practices & innovations in nursing research, academe, and practice in the “new normal” era. With the theme: “Advancing Healthcare for Older Persons: Current Trends and Future Directions”, ICONS 12 will be conducted on November 24-25, 2023 in Cebu City by the College of Nursing in collaboration with the Research Institute for Ageing & Health (RIAH) and Nightingale Student Council (NSC) and co-hosted by select higher education institutions in the country.

CNU opens World Teachers’ Day

Normalites paid tribute to Cebu Normal University’s (CNU) educators and faculty staff as part of the World Teachers’ Day opening this morning, October 2, held at the university grounds.
 
After the flag ceremony proper, the program kick-started with a spoken poetry rendition by Lian Fel Rollan (Bachelor of Arts in Communication major in Broadcast Journalism I) with his piece “Sa Bawat Kalyo ng Aking Kamay.”
 
John Santerva (Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education IV) then serenaded the crowd with the song “You” by Basil Valdez, while Michael Jeff Mamigo (Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Math IV) sang George Benson’s “In Your Eyes.”
 
During the song presentations, the CNU-Supreme Student Council (SSC) Officers, Organizational Mayors, and Bloc Chairpersons led the rose-giving for teachers and faculty staff.
 
The second-year Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Social Studies students then took charge of the zumba performance.
 
Moreover, CNU-SSC Senator Hon. Noel Quijano Jr. announced the activities intended for the Teachers’ Day celebration this month, including “Pamper Day” on October 16, where facilitators will provide free make-ups and manicures/pedicures for teachers.
 
CNU-Council of Liberal Arts and Sciences Students (CLASS) adviser Dr. Trina Marie Catipay concluded the program with her words of gratitude to the university’s educators and notified further university announcements.
 
“We are not only teachers, we are fathers, mothers, guidance counselors, nurses, massage therapists…tayo ay mga guro…by that, happy happy teachers’ day to our dear teachers,” she expressed.
 
World Teachers’ Day is celebrated annually every fifth of October with this year’s theme, “The teachers we need for the education we want: The global imperative to reverse the teacher shortage.” §
 
Words by Donna Rose Egos
Photos by Darylle Dinaguit

CNU signs partnership with Bow Valley College

Cebu Normal University (CNU) expanded its partnership internationally with Canada-based Bow Valley College through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing at the Administration Building 101 today, September 28, 2023.
 
Bow Valley College President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Misheck Mwaba, Associate Director of Communication and Chief of Staff Ms. Vicky Chio, and Manager of Global Engagement Ms. Claudia Bognar attended the MOU signing.
 
CNU’s faculty staff and administrators also took part in discussing the primary intent of collaboration led by 6th University President Dr. Daniel A. Ariaso Sr.
 
Additionally, College of Nursing (CN) faculty Mr. Esperidion Corvera Jr. motioned for clarification of the two-year concept: two years studying in the Philippines and two years in Canada, given that both colleges have different curricula.
 
He asked if it was possible to “have the kind of curriculum from your university [Bow Valley College]” and include them in CNU; Bognar immediately responded that it was possible.
 
Moreover, Ariaso conveyed that there is a governing regulation by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) where credit transfer and recognition exist.
 
“We want to make sure that whatever the subject, it must have a corresponding credit recognition and transcript. In the same manner, we will also have the transfer of credits,” he said.
 
Bow Valley College invests in three applied research pillars including educational technology, social innovation, and health, and it offers academic programs which also cover university transfer courses.
 
The meeting concluded with the signing of the MOU and a photo session. §
Words by Donna Rose Egos
Photos from CNU – Public Information Office (PIO)
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