DSWD and CNU-CTE in talks about “Tara,BASA!” Tutoring Initiative collaboration

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), particularly through the Social Technology Bureau (STB), continually develops programs to address rising societal concerns. One of the STB’s most recent efforts is “Tara, BASA!” This tutoring program attempts to help struggling and non-readers by building stronger family and community networks. It also supports college students in furthering their education while contributing to national development projects.

After being tested and proven beneficial in the National Capital Region, “Tara, BASA!” is extending to Cebu City. The DSWD-STD focal persons worked with Cebu Normal University-College of Teacher Education students to deploy learning facilitators, and youth development workers for the program. They addressed the application process for the kids who will be enrolled in June 2024 and finalized the necessary details for the program’s success.

The MOA will be signed on March 8, at 10 a.m., at Cebu City Hall. Meanwhile, training for student tutors and youth development workers will commence soon.

CNU Student Leaders attend OGPinas 2024 for Impactful Civic Engagement

Cebu Normal University’s student leaders, together with their SSC adviser, Dr. Janet Mananay, had the opportunity of attending the OGPinas event on February 21, 2024, at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City. OGPinas is a national advocacy initiative that promotes public participation and improves engagement between the government and non-government sectors through collaborations and partnerships.

Members of civil society organizations, state universities and colleges, local governments, and other community representatives attended the event. During the ceremony, the PH-OGP presented its 6th National Action Plan, which was met with enthusiasm.

Furthermore, an open forum was held in which attendees may ask for clarification, express their concerns, and engage in an open discourse about the community’s most important issues. It provided a wonderful opportunity for guests to network and interact with government authorities.

The Department of Budget and Management Secretary, Amenah F. Pangandaman, attended the ceremony and shared warm words of perseverance and inspiration with the participants. Overall, the CNU student leaders and Dr. Janet Mananay gained vital knowledge, participated in significant debates, and exchanged ideas with members of the community.

Words by: Gray An Arao Depositario

BPI-DOST Innovation Award recognizes outstanding students

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

 

“2023 BPI-DOST INNOVATION BEST PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD”
Project Title: Microplastic Analyzer Kit (M.A.K.)

COLLEGE OF TEACHER EDUCATION, 4 TH YEAR BSED SCIENCE:

1. LLOYD VINCENT ANTHONY A. BARTOLATA
2. RAYMUND D. BATILLER
3. GLORY MAE U. CANENCIA

COACH: DR. JENNIFER D. PAÑO

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.

Lecture Series on Language Documentation in a Multilingual Society

CNU English Language Majors gathered on October 26, 2023 at the Tandang Sora Hall to listen and learn from an informative lecture series organized by Dr. Janet Mananay and the English Fellows Organization about the realities and complexities of the English language in globalization. The lecture started with a thought provoking question by Dr. Reynaldo Inocian in his Welcome Remarks which said, “Who owns the English language?” This question is a great way to open the talk as it unlocked the curiosity of the audience. Dr. Inocian concluded his message explaining that no one owns the English language exclusively because of the different varieties of English. Following the Welcome Remarks is the Inspirational Message from CTE Dean, Dr. Amelia Bonotan who emphasized how the Internet revolutionized our lives by creating a global society with a dynamic language. She said that in this era, we have to embrace the effects of globalization and part of it is to be open to the changes of language.

The first speaker is Dr. Aurelio Vilbar who talked about Intercultural Communicative Competence for Multilingual Filipino English Speakers. He presented the different realities of a multilingual society like the Philippines. Firstly, he pointed out that the language learned at home is not really used and taught in school. He connected this with his study about the Mother Tongue Based-Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) where he found out that teachers have difficulties in teaching certain subjects with the formal and deep register of MTB. Teachers said that despite teaching in Mother-Tongue for the students, they still go back in using the English language to make learning easy and understandable. Another reality presented is the sustainability of teaching the Muslim students in public schools. Muslims use different language so they need a teacher who knows their language as well as culture. This difference plays a role on the sustainability of education for the students because the less teachers there are to teach them, the lesser education would be given for the students. Last reality presented is the fact of having World Englishes which are the varieties of English being used and spoken by different people around the world. These Englishes made the language global, dynamic, and unique. With this reality, Dr. Vilbar finished his talk with this message, “It is more on the sensitivity to one’s culture to be communicably competent in an intercultural society.” It is based on one’s preferences on what variety of language to use as long as it is understandable for him or her and to the person being communicated.

The second speaker is Prof. Dr. Peter Siemund whose talk revolved around his research on Global English in its Local Multilingual Ecologies. He started his talk with a simple thought, “To make the world a better place, you must learn to understand.” He presented his research on the place of English language in local languages used in certain places like Singapore and Dubai. He pointed out that as time goes by, a language shift is happening where English language is now widely used among other languages. This brings risk to the extinction and dying of other languages when they will not be used anymore by its speakers. Dr. Siemund’s thoughts on this reality is focused on the fact that English is permanent. It will always be there to stay and flourish. However, to use English does not mean that one would have to give up on using other languages. English may be universal now but people should not forget their other language which also shapes their own culture.

Overall, the two talks given by Dr. Vilbar and Dr. Siemund share an emphasis of understanding the varieties of English and the call for awareness on the language shift of English happening today. Both believe that with the widespread use of English, people did not realize that they have slowly turned back on other languages and forget it. Lastly, they are open to the usage of the different varieties of English as long as it is understandable. One does not have to be strict or be standard-based in using the correct form of the English language because it is a dynamic and evolving language. Each place has its different form of it. There is no correct or standard form of English, even the American-English and British-English are just part of these varieties of English.

The lecture series ended with Dr. Janet Mananay’s noteworthy hashtag about the event which is #EnglishForLOVE. She gave meaning to each letter of the word LOVE which are the following: L=Language, O=Openness, V=Vigor, E=Endless. This acronym concluded the lecture series with a thought that language is dynamic. Thus, openness is important to understand each other and make the world a better place. Moreover, emerging issues and concerns revolving around language are crucial. Thus, the lecture series ignited the vigor in the hearts of the English major students who are there to become fighters on advocating awareness on the great power of language to society. Lastly, there are endless possibilities that could happen with the English language as well as to the other languages. Hence, people shall also be ready and open for these possibilities to understand each other and continue making the world a better place to live.

 

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

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING ASSISTANT IN SPAIN

We’re Hiring!
 
ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING ASSISTANT IN SPAIN
 
Are you passionate about teaching English and eager to make a positive impact on students’ language skills?
 
In partnership with Cebu Normal University, the Spanish Ministry of Education is looking for qualified applicants who will get to teach in Spain and obtain professional development experience as an international teacher while immersing themselves in the Spanish culture.
 
If you have a love for language, a desire to inspire, and a commitment to fostering a vibrant learning environment, we encourage you to apply!
 
Education:
 
  • Must be a graduate of Cebu Normal University with a degree in BA English Language or Literature, BSED English, or BA Communication, and graduates of other courses equipped with proficiencies in English and Spanish language
  • With a General Weighted Average (GWA) of at least 1.70
  • Additional certifications in DELE/SIELE, IELTS, TESOL, TEFL, CELTA, or similar qualifications will be advantageous.
  • A PRC license or Diploma of Professional Education is an advantage.
Language proficiency:
 
  • Proficient in English with excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Spanish fluency with at least an A1 level 108-hour Spanish language course, two-semester Spanish classes, or 126-hour Spanish language training from Instituto Cervantes * Graduates from CNU with no Spanish should join the Instituto Cervantes as students of A1.
Teaching Experience:
 
  • Teaching experience is a must
  • Teaching experience with international students is a plus.
Requirements:
 
To apply for the position of English Language Teaching Assistant, please provide details and submit the following documents (all in one PDF
1. Latest Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2. Reference Letters (two reference letters from CNU faculty members that can attest to your abilities and character)
3. Copy of the Transcript of Records
4. Copy of relevant trainings
Orientation Schedule: 1st week of October
(meeting details to be announced)
 
Application Deadline: September 30, 2023
 
Be empowered and explore new horizons!
 
The orientation for the English Language Teaching Assistant Program in Spain will take place on October 3, 2023, at 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM. This event is open to all CNU Graduates.
 
This orientation is the next step to the selection process. Learn about the essentials of the program for your journey to obtain professional development experiences as an international teacher.
 
Join us via Zoom!
 
To register, please complete our form here:
 
For inquiries about the program, please email:
Dr. Jollibee A. Aharul
Chair, TWG for LAP in Spain
aharulj@cnu.edu.ph
Please use your personal email for any inquiries.
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