Under the leading lights of the outgoing university president, Cebu Normal University (CNU) had achieved a good number of recognitions and awards which catapulted the university’s name to top excellence. Crimson and gold glimmered during Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil’s four-year term as a product of purposeful collaboration between the administration and stakeholders.
To formalize the conclusion of her term, an event held at the CNU grounds kicked off last April 29, 2021 and was physically attended by the CNU administrative council officials and members. Distant Normalites, on the other hand, had their eyes on screen as the event was broadcasted simultaneously on the university’s Facebook page.
Dr. Laurence Garcia, Chairman of the End-of-Report Portfolio, noted in his welcome remarks that this was “a day to be grateful to the administration that nurtured us even amid the trying times”.
While the event purposed to highlight Dayagbil’s report on her stay as the State University and College (SUC) President III of CNU, she desired to honor and recognize first those who have contributed to the achievement of the university’s strategic directions; thus, awarding plaques of appreciation to partner organizations, agencies, and individuals who helped in shaping the glory of CNU.
On her portfolio report and message, Dayagbil shared that she was reminded of the ending part of her investiture speech four years ago. “
As your president, it is my pleasure to partner with you and work with you on something that is bigger than any of us, an ongoing vision to chart the course for CNU to excel in innovative teaching and learning, cutting edge research, and relevant partnerships,” she repeated.
Dayagbil continued, “Fast forward today, as my presidency ends, I could proudly say that with your partnerships, we successfully accomplished what we have promised, achieving one milestone after another, in leaps and bounds.”
Representing her end-of-term report as “excelsior”, a Latin word and a catchphrase used by famous comic book writer Stan Lee, this described the entire CNU community’s collective efforts through the years, attaining noteworthy achievements to its five strategic directions: (1) sustaining quality and relevance; (2) enhancing research, development, and innovation; (3) expanding community engagement and linkages; (4) digitization and automation of operations; and (5) maximizing resource generation and utilization.
As she ended her speech, the outgoing president remarked, “Excelsior! Onward, Cebu Normal University!”
Words by Mark Aleson Sanico
Screenshots by Retlyn Ereca Ceballos
Who would have thought that cartoon characters could come to life?
Yes, it happened in such an adorable way as students from Cebu Normal University-Integrated Laboratory School (CNU-ILS) portrayed their favorite book and movie characters during the culmination of the English Month 2020: A Book Month Celebration.
Fun-filled activities conducted by the CNU-ILS for the entire Book Month Celebration with the theme Read to Reel were compiled and streamed online last December 3, 2020, via the University’s official Youtube channel.
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Mr. Renan Elcullada, CNU-ILS Supervisor, said that with the digital shift forced upon the people by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, “careful reading and comprehension are now more essential” and reading can be a means of traveling for the time being.
He said that reading is what we need now. “It is our vaccine for ignorance and a doorway for a better tomorrow”, he said, adding to the benefits reading brings including improved memory, expanded knowledge, and lower stress among others.
Students from different levels then exhibited their creativity through different competitions including character portrayal or impersonation, bookmark decorating, storytelling, book poster making, essay writing, digital storytelling, book trailer making, and three-minute newscasting.
The winners of the Book Month Celebration are as follows:
Character Portrayal (Nursery 1 and Toddler)
1st Place: Marga Nicolette Torres (Little Red Riding Hood)
2nd Place: Jarvi Reinbert Lujen Vergara (Pinocchio)
3rd Place: Aleister Grey Amper (Tarzan)
Nursery 1 Faith
1st Place: Ardea Zafyr Mendoza (Cinderella)
2nd Place: Wynchestin Laput (Shrek)
3rd Place: Gideon Franco Osorio (Sheriff Woody)
Nursery 1 Hope
1st Place: Kenzo Amadeus Tablada (Puss and Boots)
2nd Place: Felicity Quinn Lapining (Pocahontas)
3rd Place: Danielle Jezley Chang (Rapunzel)
Best in Costume Winners (Nursery 1 and Toddler)
1st Place: Elisha Skyler Batobalonos, N1 Hope (Belle)
2nd Place: Ysabella Tana Quilantang, N1 Hope (Mulan)
3rd Place: Danica Aiah Yu, N1 Hope (Thumbelina)
Bookcraft Winners (Nursery 1 and Toddler)
Most Creative Bookmark: Aleister Grey Amper, Toddler Peace
Nursery 1 Faith
1st Place: Paul Gavin Sanchez
2nd Place: Wynchestin Laput
3rd Place: Jose Emmanuel Vicente
Nursery 1 Hope
1st Place: Danica Aiah Yu
2nd Place: Kendra Nenahzel Villaflores
3rd Place: Danielle Jezley Chang
Most Creative Gingerbread Craft (Nursery 1 and Toddler)
Jarvi Reinbert Lujen Vergara, Toddler Peace
Paul Gavin Sanchez, N1 Faith
Danica Aiah Yu, N1 Hope
Bookworm Award (Nursery 1 and Toddler)
Marga Nicolette Torres, Toddler Peace
Aloife Ellyane Paqueo, N1 Faith
Kate Ayah Elarcosa, N1 Hope
Character Impersonation Competition (Gr. 1-3 and Multigrade)
1st Place: Avery Sky Deiparine (Ursula)
2nd Place: Noelle Alexis Rose Alison (Little Red Riding Hood)
3rd Place: Kiara Niqa Cordova (Hermione)
Book Poster Competition (Gr. 4-6)
1st Place: Louise Philippe Tecson
2nd Place: Illyza Aubrey Maceda
3rd Place: Daryn Elisabeth Dolatre
Essay Writing Winners (Elementary Category)
Theme: The New Paradigm in the Educational Landscape, A Story of Hope amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
Grade 4 Winner: Ioan Iñigo Batucan
Grade 5 Winner: Akissha Norene Aspirin
Grade 6 Winner: Erika France Sibunghanoy
Digital Storytelling Competition
1st Place: Krystal Mae Anadia, Izabella Alexa Maceda, Althea Jaia Amante
2nd Place: Andrie Kaye Gabutan, Akimah Ross Avendanio, Jewel Alexie Paler
3rd Place: Natalie Grace Roma, John Lewin Bacalla, and Karylle Mae Dinauanao
Book Trailer Competition
1st Place: Shahrazad Faye Navarroza. Chloe Jude Gandionco, Stephen Alphonsos Villarante
2nd Place: Neihl John Pancit, Maxwell Rose Laguda, Angel Love Sabay
3rd Place: Franchela Glenyse T. Gonzaga, Trinity Mae R. Avila, Jewvienne Wyneth Merin
Newscasting (3-minute News Reporting)
1st Place: Shana Bacolod, Kasandra Mae Butantan, Gian Christian Keith Palompon
2nd Place: Heleighna Rev Arizobal, Leanne Dela Cerna, Andrew Benneth Moninio
3rd Place: Arian Cortes Aliganga, Caeley Angelique Colao, Nayomi Gail Caruana
1st Weekly Trivia Competition Winners
Jahzara Maria Bacalla
Janly Grace Demol
2nd Weekly Trivia Competition Winners
Jahzara Maria Bacalla
Euan Marcus Astrologo
Chryslan James Arriba
3rd Weekly Trivia Competition Winners
Kaylee Theone Batiquin
Phoebe Claire Chan
Kaelanih Gabrielle Manongas
Jahnelle Marie Bacalla
4th Weekly Trivia Competition Winners
Lierich Gomez Cania
Aliyah Mary Sarraga
Andre Carl Abella
Keith Henry Dabatian
5th Weekly Trivia Competition Winners
Jahnelle Marie Bacalla
Akissha Norene Aspirin
Jahnelle Marie Bacalla
Dr. Monique Cordova, CNU-ILS Center for Teaching Innovations Chair thanked all the supportive family members of each child which contributed to the success of the celebration.
“We know that each of [our] learners’ triumph is a family who gave their support from the child’s costume to the rehearsals, to the recordings, and the editing. To each one of you, we offer our sincerest gratitude,” she said.
Along with the English month celebration held every November are: the National Book Week on November 24 to 30 organized by the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) aimed to encourage reading and literacy and to promote public libraries in the Philippines; the National Reading Month which started in November 2011 by former Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Armin Luistro; and the proclamation for November 25 to be the “Araw ng Pagbasa”. These celebrations made CNU-ILS call this year’s English month a Book Month Celebration. (JDF)
Cebu Normal University-Integrated Laboratory School (CNU-ILS) culminated the United Nations (UN) Month highlighting the significance of collaboration amidst diversity and care for plants in line with the 2020 International Year of Plant Health.
The Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) teams were also relaunched as part of the UN Month Culminating Activity which was streamed through the CNU Facebook page last Thursday, October 29, 2020, with the theme, “Our Planet, Our Future”.
A compilation of the CNU-ILS UN month activities which includes the Parade of National Costumes, Poster Making, and Hand Painting was showcased, and the awarding of the #IAMPLANTIAMLIFE Vlogging Competition and Quiz Bowl was done in the culmination activity.
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Mr. Renan Elcullada, CNU-ILS Supervisor said that the UN month celebration is a way of CNU-ILS’ recognizing the importance of cultural diversity in the world.
Students from the preschool and elementary grades made national flags and exhibited their DIY or improvised national costumes, while the high school students also displayed the national costumes with the corresponding continents assigned to which ESD teams they belong.
The ESD teams are school clubs in CNU-ILS that are based on different subject areas. The assignment of continents are as follows:
-Excellent Communicators of English Language (ExCEL)/English – Asia
-Filipino Investors/ Filipino and Math – North America
-Engaged Environmentalist/Science – South America
-Wellness Guild/MAPEH – Africa
-ARMY/Araling Panlipunan – Europe
-Innopreneurs/TLE – Oceania and Australia
Representatives of the different ESD teams took part in the #IAMPLANTIAMLIFE Vlogging Competition where they shared plant facts, health benefits of plants, the importance of plants, and ways on how to take care of plants. A Classroom-Based Quiz Bowl Contest also took place.
The winners of the competitions are as follows:
#IAMPLANTIAMLIFE Vlogging Competition
First Place: Filipino Investors Club
Second Place: ExCEL Club
Third Place: ARMY Club
Classroom-Based Quiz Bowl Contest
First Place: Athena Krystle Cordova
Second Place: Miea Angela Paez
Third Place: Trinity Mae Avila
First Place: Kyle Angelo Malinao
Second Place: Marian Angelyn Labrador
Third Place: Adrian Laurence Pesirla
First Place: Sofia Ysabel Atillo
Second Place: Lea Victoria Pogoy
Third Place: Gianna Aleiza Timbang
First Place: Mark Laurence Cabuguas
Second Place: Shahrazad Faye Navarozza
Third Place: Kasandra Mae Butantan
Ms. Rosita Lacea, ESD Team’s Day Coordinator closed the UN Month Culminating Activity imparting the strength in unity and challenged the students with the TEAMS acronym: Together, Everyone, Act, Move, and Soar. (JDF)
Photo grabbed from Sebastiano Piazzi
Cebu Normal University (CNU) educators were given tips on how to create work-life balance through a webinar to help them cope with the challenging situation brought by the pandemic.
The webinar entitled Creating Work-Life Balance was conducted last Friday, October 23, 2020, via the Zoom platform that was attended by CNU College of Teacher Education (CTE) and Integrated Laboratory School (ILS) teachers.
The webinar was organized by CNU-CTE and spearheaded by Dr. Janet Mananay, Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd) Program Chair.
“In this time of pandemic, as our academic tasks are suddenly shifted remotely, our focus has been stirred as well…personal needs are somehow overlooked in favor of serving others,” Dr. Ethel Abao, CNU-CTE Dean said to her fellow academicians.
She said that there is a need to capture or recapture certain coping mechanisms for teachers, parents, spouses, children, and community leaders to still become proactive in life and work with the challenges brought by the health crisis.
Dr. Daisy Palompon, CNU Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) said that the webinar is designed to be an avenue for teachers to gain insights and acceptance on the current realities with the demands of work and home responsibilities that are pushing and pulling them in different directions.
Mr. Rhoderick John Abellanosa, Director of Human Resource at Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu was invited as the guest speaker where he provided techniques and coping mechanisms to create a balance between work and personal life.
He shared strategies on how to cope with the work from home setup and guided the participants on how to develop their work-life balance plan.
Abellanosa shared and discussed the two variables of work-life balance – time and the social environment.
He said that it is difficult to accomplish work-life balance individually but should be planned and managed collectively as departments, as colleges, and as a University.
“If we want to create a space where people feel more life in where they are, the space should also be a nurturing space,” he said.
Abellanosa said that space does not only entail physical space but also relationships. He added that space should allow employees to grow in their fullness as persons.
He also shared that work-life balance has a relation to mental health and that time and space also relate to the behavioral dynamics of workers and must be taken into consideration.
He also emphasized that stress is part of life and is a necessary effect of change. He recommended that employees should have open communication in the workplace and that a clearer feedback mechanism should be in place.
“Anything that would make you feel tired would no longer make your life meaningful and at some point, it has to be stopped at least temporarily in order to regain balance,” Abellanosa said.
The webinar ended with Mananay encouraging her fellow teachers to remember to enjoy life and to be each other’s keeper. She imparted that management of time and self-care are both important. (JDF)
Photo grabbed from the Facebook post of Dr. Janet Mananay
The Cebu Normal University-Integrated Laboratory School (CNU-ILS) culminated the Science and Math (Sci-Math) Month highlighting the importance of Science and Math in combating the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) health crisis.
CNU-ILS exhibited the activities and outputs of its learners that were done during the entire month of September virtually for the first time this year.
The annual Sci-Math Culminating Activity was streamed via the CNU Facebook page last September 30, 2020, with the theme Reinventing the Future: Advancing Communities through Science, Technology, and Innovations.
Math Student Teaching Mentor, Mrs. Jo Ann Petancio, said that the Sci-Month is celebrated “to encourage the youth to step up and reinvent the future.”
She cited the achievements of two junior high school students who came up with innovations amidst the pandemic with the use of their knowledge and skills in Sci-Math. She associated the inventions in their young age as reasons to celebrate Sci-Math Month.
These two boys Petancio was referring to are Marcus Chu, a 16-year-old boy from Manila, Philippines who was able to produce more than 80 face shields (which were later donated to medical front-liners) with the use of a 3D printer, and Avi Schiffmann, a 17-year-old boy from Seattle, USA who made a website that updates the spread of COVID-19 every minute which has been visited by 12 million people since it was launched in December.
The Sci-Math Culminating Activity showcased the outputs of the CNU-ILS learners such as the: Milk Art Experiment, Paper Spiral Experiment, and Growing Togue of the pre-school to name a few; Sci-Math Jobs Vlogs Contest for Grades 1 to 3; Virtual Poster Making and Virtual Slogan Writing Contests for Grades 4 to 6; and Sci-Math Vid, Virtual Poster Making, and Virtual Slogan Writing Contests for Grades 7 to 10.
The contestants from the elementary and high school categories were then awarded e-certificates during the latter part of the program.
The winners of the different categories are as follows:
Sci-Math Jobs Vlog
1st Place: Vincent Prime Armecin, Grade 1
2nd Place: Merriamnemosyne Aharul, Grade 1
3rd Place: Avery Sky Deiparine, Grade 2
Virtual Slogan Making (Elementary Category)
1st Place: Stacie Louisse Ibones, Grade 4
2nd Place: Louiz Phillip Tecson, Grade 6
3rd Place: Rob Oswald Castillo, Grade 6
Virtual Poster Making (Elementary Category)
1st Place: Seth Johan Santino Misa, Grade 6
2nd Place: Deandre Chiz Lima, Grade 5
3rd Place: Maximus Rodriguez, Grade 4
Virtual Slogan Making (High School Category)
Champion: Mary Anne Gorrero, Grade 10
1st Runner-up: Akimah Ross Avendanio, Grade 10
2nd Runner-up: Ella Adrienne Bacalso, Grade 8
3rd Runner-up: Athena Krystle Cordova, Grade 7
Virtual Poster Making (High School Category)
Champion: Marian Angelyn Labrador, Grade 8
1st Runner-up: Azalea Gabrielle Mongaya, Grade 10
2nd Runner-up: Janna Tisha Revero, Grade 10
3rd Runner-up: Krystal Mae Anadia, Grade 7
Champion: Grade 9 Representatives
1st Runner-up: Grade 10 Representatives
2nd Runner-up: Grade 7 Representatives
3rd Runner-up: Grade 8 Representatives
Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEEd) Student Teaching Chair, Dr. Feleeh Enanoza, said that CNU-ILS is a creative community that will help reinvent the future by helping each of their students become the best they can be.
She then closed the program thanking all the students for their participation, the parents for their support to their children, and the mentors and student interns for constantly reminding the students to be at their best. (JDF)
Cebu Normal University (CNU) educators imparted ways to have an interactive virtual learning environment and to effectively teach reading online during the fifth session of Higher Education Connect (HEdConnect).
The HEdConnect Session 5 was organized by CNU College of Teacher Education (CTE) with the theme
Meeting the Challenges of a Virtual Learning Environment. The webinar was held last August 29, 2020, through the Zoom platform.
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The webinar featured two faculty members from CTE who are experts in the field of Education. They were Dr. Noremay Perez, Integrated Laboratory School (ILS) Student Teaching Mentor and Dr. Janet Mananay, CTE Undergraduate Studies – Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd) and Diploma in Professional Education (DPE) Chair.
Perez talked about Creating Engaging Learning Experiences in a Virtual Classroom, while Mananay shared about Teaching Reading and Developing Critical Thinking in a Virtual Environment.
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“The virtual classroom is a new learning environment; hence, teachers are still figuring out the best way to deliver lessons and to engage students in learning,” Perez said.
She said that defining how to communicate with students, establishing virtual classroom rules and expectations, planning of virtual class, utilizing multimedia materials, making the class interactive with different online tools, asking for feedback on your online class, and taking time to relax are ways on how to create engaging learning experiences in the virtual classroom.
She then gave a tutorial on how to make use of online platforms such as Zoom and Google Meet to have an interactive online class.
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Mananay on the other hand discussed on virtual learning environment, reviewed some principles of teaching reading, and shared strategies that help develop critical thinking skills of students.
She formulated ways on how to effectively teach reading virtually by using the acronym READING and called it the ‘Magic 7’.
The Magic 7 includes: Receptiveness to Digital Tools, Engagement is an important key, Active involvement of parents, Distance is addressed through presence, Interactivity leads to quality online learning, Nurture the love for reading, and Give yourself and your students time to adjust.
The HEdConnect is an ongoing webinar series of the University which aims for educators to share experiences and discuss ways to overcome the challenges brought by Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). This is the pledge of the University – to serve in the new normal.
The first session of HEdConnect was held last June 30, 2020, as a post-Foundation Anniversary activity in celebration of the University’s 118 years of existence. (JDF)
Cebu Normal University (CNU) educators conducted a webinar series to promote psychosocial awareness and to alleviate the University stakeholders in light of the current health crisis brought by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
A webinar on Psychosocial Support Sessions for College Faculty was held on August 19, 2020. The same webinar was also given to CNU Integrated Laboratory School (ILS) mentors and parents on August 26, 2020.
The speakers of the webinar are the experts in the field of children, adolescent, and adult behavior from the CNU Psychology Department.
Psychological first aid, coping mechanism, therapeutic communication, and support resiliency were among the topics discussed in the webinar.
“The pandemic has had an effect on one’s well-being, so the Psychology Department is taking an initiative to give faculty, ILS mentors and parents a holistic psychosocial webinar,” CNU Psychology Department Faculty and CNU ILS/College of Nursing Guidance Counselor Bernadette Bigcas said.
She said that the purpose of the webinar was to educate the participants on the basic principles of psychosocial support and mental health concepts. She also said the webinar aims to reinforce participants’ well-being, dignity, and resiliency.
Dr. Chery Bercede, College of Teacher Education (CTE) Guidance Counselor and teaching faculty also said that the webinar aims to build support to CNU stakeholders to cope with adversity, promote well-being, prevent distress and suffering, and for the stakeholders to be able to function in this time called ‘new normal’.
The webinar was proposed by Dr. Emmanuel Hernani, CNU Psychology Department Faculty, and a Board Member of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP). He said that he has been invited to numerous speaking engagements in different schools and institutions and has thought of conducting the webinar in CNU as well.
Together with Bigcas, Bercede, and Hernani as speakers of the webinar are Dr. Gwendelina Villarante, Office of Student Affairs (OSA) Dean and Guidance and Counseling Chair; Dr. Eva Marie Gacasan, Psychology Department Chair; and Dr. Ma. Rosita Ampoyas-Hernani, Kinesthetics Department Chair, and Quality Assurance Officer.
Hernani said that the Psychosocial Support Session provided a holistic approach that included intervention and prevention for teachers, children, and adults.
He expressed how grateful the Normalite community should be to have experts and resources to share their knowledge.
He said that the same webinar is being planned for the administrative personnel under the Mental Health in the Workplace program of the University. An outreach program in the form of the said webinar is also planned for teachers and students outside the University to aid them during this health crisis. (JDF)