Cebu Normal University (CNU) is the only Philippine university with its own exhibit in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Higher Education Summit: Asia Pacific 2022 held on 8-10 November 2022 in Intercontinental Jakarta, Pondok Pinang, Jakarta, Indonesia. Other than the exhibits, the summit featured workshops and interactive panels by experts in the academe for innovation with the theme, “The Next Big Thing: Addressing new opportunities and existing challenges in APAC higher education”.
The QS Higher Education Summit exhibits provided an avenue for CNU to showcase the offerings of its colleges primarily in the areas of instruction and research. The delegation was led by Director Naila Y. Beltran of the External Affairs and International Linkages Office with Dr. Michelle Mae J. Olvido (Presidential Assistant for Planning and Development) and Dr. Laurence L. Garcia (Board and University Secretary and Director for the Research Institute for Ageing and Health). With 237 universities from 39 countries participating in the summit, CNU was able to enter into preliminary discussions for possible partnerships with 34 higher education institutions to add to the university’s efforts toward internationalization.
At present, CNU is undergoing assessment using the QS stars rating system to better understand its competitiveness using international rating and benchmarking which was made possible with the support of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) through the Fostering World Class Philippine Universities Project Grant in the amount of Php 2.5M. § MMO
Bringing together 350 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Clubs and aspiring clubs in the country, the UNESCO Clubs Philippines held the 2022 International Assembly of Youth for UNESCO (Y4U) awarding in Bayview Park Hotel, Ermita Manila, Philippines last December 9-11, 2022. Cebu Normal University (CNU) – Educators’ Council (EC) took home first place in the Y4U music video competition, led by aspiring Normalite composers, singers, and musicians. Participants include the singer-composer Eva Mae C. Daguplo; along with singers Aleah Jane M. Atendido, Keziah Marie S. Tagpuno, Tessie Marie P. Paragoso, John Romar A. Santerva, Joel Japheth A. Guion, Kharen M. Brua, Tristan P. Soqueño, and Melanie Grace I. Obedencio; and instrumentalists Joel Japheth A. Guion, Nerl Nathanielle A. Cutara, Joe Sean M. Tamayo, and John William C. Pastor. When asked about her feelings upon knowing the results, Daguplo told Ang Suga that she was surprised and thrilled at the same time because it was her first time participating in such a significant competition. “I’m very thankful to EC and my team since I realized that teamwork is one of the best ingredients to win. I hope that the song would be a great reminder or inspiration for the youth,” she shared. Meanwhile, out of the 12 ambassadors competing from various schools, CNU’s Kim Mathew Abapo (Bachelor of Arts in Political Science IV) clinched the Mr. UNESCO Ambassador Philippines – 1st Runner Up title, along with the Most Photogenic and Best in Talent awards. The crowned Normalite shared that meeting and interacting with individuals from various provinces during the 3-day event was “no less than empowering.” “All throughout the 3-day international conference, I always see to it that I bring my Cebuano culture to other delegates. Every time we converse with one another, magnifying the Cebuano diversity was a primacy. It really humbles me to introduce Cebu to the delegates and share to [with] them what we can offer,” Abapo added. On the other hand, CNU’s Elodie Manubag (Bachelor of Science in Education major in English II) triumphed as Ms. UNESCO Ambassadress – 3rd Runner Up. Manubag shared that the people behind her eye-catching recycled outfit were from the Genlites organization, naming Harry Kenth Resuco, John Anthony Villaruel, Sofia Cortes, Althea, Louise Sabas, Lhianne Khylle Alesna and Mary Cielo Kate Ricablanca. Furthermore, Casey Divine Donayre (Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education major in General Education IV) won 2nd Runner-Up for the Open Mic Spoken Word Poetry Y4U in College Category. The international conference provides a platform for youth mentoring, conversation, and peer collaborations within the framework of UNESCO’s mandate and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). § The following is the list of Normalites and their awards: Music Video Competition – ChampionComposer:1. Eva Mae C. Daguplo (Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education III) Singers:1. Eva Mae C. Daguplo (Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education III)2. Aleah Jane M. Atendido (Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education III)3. Keziah Marie S. Tagpuno (Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education III)4. Tessie Marie P. Paragoso (Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education III)5. John Romar A. Santerva (Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education III)6. Joel Japheth A. Guion (Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education III)7. Kharen M. Brua (Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education III)8. Tristan P. Soqueño (Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education III)9. Melanie Grace I. Obedencio (Bachelor of Science in Education major in English III) Instrumentalists:1. Joel Japheth A. Guion (Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education III)2. Nerl Nathanielle A. Cutara (Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education III)3. Joe Sean M. Tamayo (Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education III)4. John William C. Pastor (Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education III) Productions:1. CNU-EC UNESCO Ambassador – 1st Runner Up1. Kim Matthew Abapo (Bachelor of Arts in Political Science IV) UNESCO Ambassadress – 3rd Runner Up1. Elodie Manubag (Bachelor of Science in Education major in English III) Open Mic Spoken Word Poetry Y4U College Category – 2nd Runner Up1. Casey Divine Donayre (Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education major in General Education IV) Words by April Escalicas and Bea Sweet RosalPhotos grabbed from UNESCO Club Philippines, CNU-EC, and Polikratos Facebook page
To apprize crimson and gold educators and staff, the Cebu Normal University (CNU) – Supreme Student Council (SSC) kicked off the culmination of the annual World Teachers’ Day (WTD) celebration last October 21, 2022, at the Samuel MacClintock (SM) Hall.
Highlighting the theme “The transformation of education begins with teachers”, the CNU-SSC, Educators’ Council (EC), Council of Liberal Arts and Sciences Students (CLASS), Nightingale Student Council (NSC), and the organizational officers gathered to physically celebrate with the educators.
In an interview with Ang Suga, CNU-SSC’s Vice President Hon. Christian Giango expressed his gratitude for the event’s success, noting that the in-person occasion allowed both the students and the teachers to relive the excitement of the celebration that involved physical interaction.
“We, [the] SSC, EC, CLASS, NSC, organizational officers, and Normalites, worked together to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of the CNU teachers, for we believe they all deserve to be acknowledged for their commitment and dedication to both teaching and other responsibilities that they [have] offered to us students,” Giango stated.
The council then gave the chairpersons authority to create two plans – physical and online – and they were delighted when the physical celebration was approved after careful deliberation.
Thereafter, they launched three competitions: Students’ Lister Awards, Song Dedication Contest, and Teacher-Look-Alike Contest, wherein submission of entries of the activities were initially made through google forms.
“We’ve opened the possibility of doing [the celebration in-person] this year since more teachers are now reporting to school and we’ve already held some of our [in-person] events there,” Giango added. §
The winners of the three competitions in the different categories are as follows:
STUDENTS’ LISTER AWARDS
Lakas – Makainfluencer Award:
Dr. Alvin G. Cuñado – College of Teacher Education (CTE)
Ms. Clareziel D. Ladringan – College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
Dr. Jose Mari Louis Alforque – College of Nursing (CN)
Teacher Masinabtanon Award:
Dr. Jewish A. Merin – CTE
Dr. Ma. Fe. Y. Gocotano – CAS
Dr. Jose Mari Louis Alforque – CN
Dr. Jewish A. Merin – CTE
Ms. Clareziel D. Ladringan – CAS
Dr. Jose Mari Louis Alforque – CN
Famous Yarn Award
Dr. Alvin G. Cuñado – CTE
Mr. Romualdo B. Generalao – CAS
Dr. Jose Mari Louis Alforque – CN
Friendly and Ferson Award:
Dr. Jewish A. Merin – CTE
Mr. James Louies B. Un – CAS
Dr. Jose Mari Louis Alforque – CN
SONG DEDICATION CONTEST
1st Place: Mc Ryan Cabaluna (Genlites)
2nd Place: Soscimonies (SoSciety)
3rd Place: Beyond the Normal (Polikratos)
1st Place: Jeissevelle Jeane G. Ranay (Biological Society)
2nd Place: Khilly Shaye P. Yanson (COSPED)
Christine Joy A. Gadiana (AVE)
3rd Place: Lyster V. Arbutante (SoSciety)
Darling of the Crowd: Paul Vincent L. Olasiman (English Fellows)
In line with the 55th Founding Anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Regional Office (RO) VII initiated a series of competitions joined by participants from higher education sectors in Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor.
With the theme “Unity Amidst Diversity as One Academic Community”, the month-long festivities wrapped up with a Regional Awarding and Culminating Ceremonies held last September 21, 2022, via Zoom and Facebook Live.
Officer-in-Charge of the Deputy Executive Director Office IV and Director of the International Affairs Staff (IAS) Atty. Lily Freida C. Macabangun-Milla, CESO IV graced the activity as the resource speaker.
“I would like to extend my gratitude in appreciation for all the efforts of CHED RO VII that they have poured into the events… I am confident that CHED RO VII will do great work of bringing ASEAN closer to more and more stakeholders and provide venues to foster fruitful partnerships among our higher educational institutions,” Milla said.
Per the video contest’s theme “Best Practices of Flexible Learning in the New Normal”, the fourth entry jointly created by Normalite faculty and staff Dr. Rivika C. Alda, Dr. Kim Francis R. Rodriguez, Dr. Vincent Theodore M. Balo, and Mr. John Laurence B. Villafor secured the second place and the popularity award for the most number of Facebook reactions.
Meanwhile, the second entry prepared by Mr. Alvin G. Cuñado came in third place.
Made on the day of the competition, Cebu Normal University’s (CNU) Zebedea Kyla C. Sabinay (Bachelor of Science in Biology major in Environmental Biology IV) secured the third spot for the On-The-Spot Digital Poster Making Contest.
“I only had a short time to prepare for the contest… The piece I made clearly illustrates that these 10 countries gather together around the globe, implying development, camaraderie, and good relationship with each other,” shared Sabinay. §
Student researchers from Cebu Normal University (CNU) bagged the championship in the 3rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Energy Youth Awards 2022 at the ASEAN Energy Business Forum (AEBF) held in Cambodia on September 15 via Zoom and YouTube Live.
The virtual awarding ceremony was anchored on the theme “Accelerating Energy Transition: Sustainable Growth and Energy Security” where fourth-year Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd) major in Science students secured the top spot in the College Level Video Category.
Normalites Christine O. Panilag, Andrea Paula A. Malawi, Mark Ian Joseph A. Redelosa, Bianca A. Ricablanca, and Melmar B. Usman along with their adviser, Dr. Jennifer De Paño, took pride in their research entitled, “Measuring Science Education Students’ Carbon Footprint in an Online Learning Modality”.
Their research explored the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of science education students learning online by measuring their carbon footprint in two aspects: usage of online class essentials and online learning lifestyle.
To help mitigate the impacts of climate change, the researchers suggested a new possible online learning lifestyle that can reduce the carbon footprint of the students.
“We haven’t really thought about winning; we have only thought about the memories, the experiences, and the thought that at least we’ve tried our very best. But God has proven to us that we’re not only the best to receive the bacon, but someone who’s all worth it,” Redelosa stated in a Facebook post.
He further shared that the challenging journey was fulfilling as the group was able to submit a quality stop motion video incorporating their research.
The group received a monetary prize and certificates of participation and recognition for their win.
The ASEAN Energy Awards (AEA) is Southeast Asia’s highest recognition for energy excellence. It aims to promote awareness of best practices in energy efficiency and encourages private companies to develop cleaner energy resources and sustainable use of technology. §
Listed below are the other AEA awardees from the Philippines:
ASEAN Energy Efficiency and Conservation Best Practices Awards
● Green Building Category (Small and Medium) Winner – The Mind Museum of Ayala Property
● Energy Management for Building Category (Large Building) Winner – UP Ayala Land TechnoHub of Ayala Property
3rd ASEAN Energy Youth Awards High School Level
● Video Category Winner – Nabuslot National High School
● Video Category 2nd Runner Up – University of Batangas
● Poster Infographic Category Winner – University of Batangas
● Poster Infographic Category 1st Runner Up – University of the Immaculate Conception
● Poster Infographic Category 2nd Runner Up – Luis Palad Integrated High School
● Essay Category 2nd Runner Up – De La Salle University Integrated School
3rd ASEAN Energy Youth Awards College Level
● Video Category 1st Runner Up – University of San Jose-Recoletos
● Poster Infographic Category 1st Runner Up – Batangas State University Alangilan Campus
● Poster Infographic Category 2nd Runner Up – University of the Philippines
● Essay Category Winner – Cebu Technological University Camarines Norte State College
● Essay Category 1st Runner Up – Cebu Technological University
The fourth and former Cebu Normal University (CNU) State Universities and Colleges (SUC) President III, Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil, CESE, was awarded the Outstanding Professional of the Year Award (OPYA) in the field of Professional Teachers for the year 2022 by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) last June 21, 2022.
According to the PRC, the OPYA is the highest award bestowed by the Commission upon a professional who has satisfactorily performed professionalism of the fullest caliber and has undertaken oneself with authenticity in the exercise of their profession as recommended by the awardee’s peers.
Furthermore, extending the reputation for competence and excellence, Dayagbil was also recognized as one of 2022’s Most Inspiring Teachers (MITs) in the Philippines by the Saceda Youth Lead (SYL) School last June 26, 2022.
Dave Saceda, the chairperson and founder of SYL School, revealed on his Facebook page that hundreds of nominees were screened for almost six months and yet only 28 awardees were chosen.
In an interview with Ang Suga, Dayagbil shared that it takes unwavering commitment, passion, and love for the teaching profession to be recognized in such awards. Hence, it touched and humbled her heart knowing that she was recognized as an educator who inspires youngsters.
“When you love teaching, you love the end-all and the be-all of teaching—the ‘welfare of the students’, and you aspire to make them learn and inspire them to become better versions of themselves,” she said. She then left heartwarming advice for future educators and educators who have just started to inspire students to “love your work, love your students, and nurture the essence of the teaching profession which is service above personal gains.”
The bestowment of the 2022 OPYA will be held on July 29, 2022, via a “new normal” setup while this year’s MIT awardees will be formally proclaimed in a Formation Training and Formal Awarding Ceremony on August 4-6, 2022 in Dumaguete City. §
Words by Sweety Mae Berandez Photo grabbed from CNU’S Facebook page
Despite the challenges and limitations imposed by the pandemic which temporarily halted face-to-face classes and even graduation rites, Cebu Normal University (CNU) – College of Teacher Education (CTE) of the academic year 2021-2022 held their 93rd Commencement Rites last June 7, 2022 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.
Epitomizing the essence of the ceremony’s theme “Celebrating Success and Resilience Amid Adversities”, the proud products of crimson and gold degree holders from graduate and undergraduate programs gathered for the first time after two years of virtual recognition ceremonies.
In his inspirational message, CNU State Universities and Colleges (SUC) President III Dr. Joselito B. Gutierrez expressed his gratitude and happiness on this momentous day. He went on to encourage the graduates to explore their God-given calling while also reminding them of the uses and dangers of technology.
“Have enough confidence on yourself and grow spiritually. Be always thankful to everyone – especially to your parents and have a long and satisfied life. Last but not the least; do not forget to show love and gratefulness to CNU,” Gutierrez concluded.
The program started with an academic procession followed by the presentation of candidates and the imposition of hoods by the Graduate studies for the Masters and Doctorate Program. The awarding of diplomas from undergraduate studies was thereafter followed.
Commencement speaker, Dr. Maura Consolacion D. Cristbal, ED.D, CESO III – Director IV of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Region VII imparted to the graduates that this is a new start of a new chapter in their journey.
“In your life, difficulties may come along the way but consider them as challenges. Step up to these challenges and work hard to succeed,“ Cristbal said.
She also furthered that “No matter how things may appear, you must never give up. Always remember that failure is the backbone of successful people.”
The momentous ceremony ended with the graduates singing the University Hymn. §
“TESDAMAN” and Senate Committee on Higher, Technical, and Vocational Education Chairman Senator Joel Villanueva came to Cebu Normal University (CNU) and conveyed a discourse within the spectrum of academic undertakings and approaches to higher education held in Tandang Sora Hall yesterday afternoon.
The approximately hour-long event thrived through an in-person forum with the selected CNU administration members; CNU-Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) College of Medicine (CM) faculty and students; board of regents; and was also attended virtually by various stakeholders via Zoom.
During his speech, Villanueva shared his enthusiasm for visiting CNU as he openly expressed that he always watched over its endeavors and commended the university for its actions in facing the challenges that surged during the pandemic.
“I’d like to congratulate the Cebu Normal University, headed by our President Dr. Filomena Dayagbil, of course ang ating mga deans and faculty and staff, ‘cause amid the COVID-19 pandemic, ‘yong learning continuity nangyari po,” he said.
Apart from recognizing CNU’s achievements, the academic dialogue also acknowledged the senator’s contributions to the institution of CM and for his part in promoting medical education in higher education.
Having “lobbied for the budget allocation to increase the carrying capacity” of the CM, the dean of CNU-VSMMC CM Dr. Maria Socorro Manaloto apprised Villanueva with the college’s background and developments.
She informed that the first state-funded college of medicine in Region 7 was able to accept students in less than two months.
“We have to produce competent physicians and at the same time focus on primary health care,” said Manaloto during her presentation of the Doctor of Medicine Education model.
Meanwhile, Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil, CESE Officer-in-Charge – Office of the University President expressed her gratitude to the senator who supported the institution of the CNU-VSMMC CM and authored the Doktor para sa Bayan Act; a law that allocates budget to increase the scholarship slots for aspiring doctors.
“It is seldom that we see Sen. Joel up close and personal, so we might as well really thank him for everything that he has done for the university, especially the establishment of the College of Medicine. … He has been actually supporting us ever since we started with this endeavor,” she stated.
Dayagbil also extended her appreciation of Villanueva’s presence in the academe as a part of his advocacy to “engage with [the] allies in higher education”.
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