GRASSO holds National Training Workshop on Research Instrumentation

To widen the opportunity for professional and academic growth, the Graduate School Students Organization (GRASSO) conducted the National Training Workshop on Research Instrumentation (NTWRI) last February 22 and 23, 2020 at the Tandang Sora Hall.

Mr. Angelito B. Cabanilla Jr., president of GRASSO, expressed his happiness to offer “free seminar”, and extended his gratitude to the CNU Administrators, headed by Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil, for the utmost support in the activity.

In an interview, Cabanilla told Ang Suga that, “Being the president of the Graduate School Student Organization is really difficult for me kay aside sa akong work ug sa akong studies kay naka-come up gihapon mig activities para sa graduate school students, and I am also very thankful sa mga GRASSO officers and to the NTWRI coordinators.”

Serving as keynote speakers were Dr. Roderick Misa from College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and Dr. Ray Ferdinand Gagani from College of Teacher Education (CTE), who both shared the concepts of Item Response Theory and the Rasch Model to be utilized in test development.

The workshop aimed to enchance the Graduate Students’ competence on choosing the right statistical test for research.

“About Rasch Model, it tries to detect a person’s ability and item difficulty separately, so it means that the difficulty level of the item does not depend on the test taker,” Gagani explained.

Misa also expressed the importance of good instruments in research for it to be accurate in its data gathering.

“Because graduate studies are into research, you will be using instruments and if you know that the instrument is not good, you will be gathering erroneous data, therefore the conclusion is not good,” Misa explained.

NTWRI Coordinator Dan Nacion expressed the importance of getting acquainted with the correct and exact research instruments.

“It is also very useful and vital activity for the students across this university, since the university is known to be a multidisciplinary research university,” he concluded.

Words by Orly Joromat

CNU students join Nat’l Toothbrush Day 2020

Cebu Braille Center and Cebu Normal University (CNU) Integrated Laboratory School (ILS) elementary students took part in the first National Toothbrush Day celebration as they joined the simultaneous nationwide brushing of teeth activity of the Philippine Dental Association (PDA).

Dentists from PDA-Cebu Chapter, Inc. in collaboration with the Department of Health-Central Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH-CVCHD), Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC), and CNU Health Services Office jointly reminded students from Cebu Braille Center and Grades 1 to 3 of CNU-ILS about oral hygiene last Monday, February 3 at the ILS Centennial Stage.

The dentists imparted ways on proper oral health including the right fluoride content to be used in toothpaste and the right amount to be applied. They also demonstrated the proper way of brushing through a dental model.

They said that eating of sweets and drinking of soft drinks, and other artificial drinks can cause tooth decay. The dentists then suggested students should drink plenty of water and eat nutritious foods.

The dentists also advised to have at least two dental visit-checkups per year.

DOH-CVCHD has provided cups, hand towels, and toothbrushes for the actual “Sabayang Pagsisipilyo” or simultaneous nationwide tooth brushing drill which took place at 9:30 a.m.

The simultaneous tooth brushing or Mega brushing is part of the month-long activity of PDA in celebration of the 16th National Dental Health Month with the theme, Unite for Mouth Health.

The Mega brushing is set to be done every 1st Monday of February which aims to promote oral health to every Filipino and to create awareness on the importance of maintaining good oral health in different ages and sectors in society through collaboration of agencies or groups. (JDF)        

Doctors prepare for CNU-VSMMC med school

Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) partnered with Cebu Normal University (CNU) in holding a Workshop on Teaching Strategies and Formulation of Instructional Design/Facilitation Plan in preparation for the Doctor of Medicine degree program.

The training was attended by medical doctors that are soon to become educators in the proposed CNU-VSMMC College of Medicine.

Four modules on Passion for Teaching, Teaching-Learning in Large Groups, Teaching-Learning in Small Groups, and Facilitation Plan Making were imparted by Dr. Lourdes Tolod and Dr. Edralin Manla as resource speakers during the three-day workshop that was held from January 29 to 31 at the CNU Eva Macapagal Memorial Arts (EMMA) Center.

CNU Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Dr. Daisy Palompon said despite the fact that the start of CNU-VSMMC College of Medicine has not been officially announced, trainings are continuously done since last year to prepare for the instructional development and the embedding of Outcomes-Based Education (OBE) culture in the instructional level of the Doctor of Medicine program.

Palompon said that CNU-VSMMC College of Medicine consortium is currently working on the papers for the College of Medicine to be recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and shared her high hopes that it will start this August as targeted.

A maximum of 50 students only will be accepted per year level of the five-year Doctor of Medicine degree program with Masters in Public Health Governance.

“We’ll be focusing more on the quality of our graduates… The mission of the College of Medicine is… to graduate doctors who have the passion to govern and to provide services to grassroots level,” Palompon said sharing the goals of VSMMC Medical Chief Dr. Gerardo Aquino Jr. and CNU President Dr. Filomena Dayagbil.

Palompon also gladly shared that the proposed College of Medicine program is aligned with the new Policy Standards and Guidelines (PSG) set by CHED.

The College of Medicine will be located at VSMMC where the operations will be done, while CNU is considered to be the degree granting body to govern the academic operations, Palompon said. (JDF)

CNU receives Lockton Legacy award

On its first ever launch, researchers from Cebu Normal University (CNU) secured the second place in the nationwide action research contest and got formally awarded with the Lockton Legacy Award at the Center for Teacher Excellence (CEFTEX) last January 7, 2020.

The university was presented with certificates of recognition and a cheque of Php 50,000; meanwhile the team’s faculty adviser was given Php 25,000, while the students were awarded with Php 75,000.

The winning team consisted of BSEd – Science 2B students Deann Martin T. Durano, Renz John Espinosa, and Tyra Lee L. Ibale, along with their adviser, Dr. Jennifer D. Paño, with their entry “Women Empowerment, Waste Management, and Livelihood Building Capacity of the Community through Vermicomposting”.

Their research proposal was situated in Tuyan, a coastal barangay in Naga City, where the team promoted solid waste management, livelihood, and empowerment of the women through vermicomposting.

According to Dr. Paño, vermicomposting is a way that they can achieve those three things, especially women empowerment, wherein employment rates were low for them in that area.

Vermicomposting has provided residents a means of income, satisfying and improving the livelihood capacity for the people, while providing an efficient waste management system which helped the environment.

The researchers also expressed their feelings upon hearing the news of the success of their research.

“As a student, it is overwhelming, and maka-flatter nga maka-contribute sa environment through research, especially now that our school is launching environmental advocacy iGreen CNU,” Espinosa said in an interview with Ang Suga.

Durano, on the other hand, cited balancing their time between academics and making the research paper as a challenge that they’ve encountered; while Ibale’s concern was the willingness of the respondents.

In the closing remarks, SUC President III Dr. Filomena Dayagbil expressed her gratitude towards Lockton Philippines and its CEO, Mr. Victorio Valledor, for attending the awarding ceremony to celebrate the researchers’ success in their work.

The Lockton Legacy Awards was launched for the first time last September 18, 2019 by Lockton Philippines on their 25th anniversary to recognize research initiatives that aim to safeguard the environment.

Words by Phebe Soronio and Orly Joromat
Photos by Kim Lysha Parawan

Phil. Ambassador to Portugal visits CNU, discusses partnerships

Philippine Ambassador to the Portuguese Republic visited Cebu Normal University (CNU) for an exploratory talk for future partnerships.

Her Excellency Celia Anna Feria with her Education Attaché Dr. Angel Espiritu Jr. was welcomed last Tuesday, January 7 and discussed matters with the CNU Administrative Council at the Nursing Conference room.

The discussions involved how to better commemorate the 500th year anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the world which was led by Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese who died in the Philippines and was continued by Juan Sebastian de Elcano.

Feria shared her aims of promoting Magellan’s legacy to the Philippines and to propagate Philippine historians’ take on Magellan. She said that the goal is not only to honor Magellan but to put into narrative who Magellan was in Philippine history relative to Rajah Humabon, Lapu-Lapu, and the Sinulog.

Feria said that they have been creating ways to promote Magellan’s work across the globe including: Network of Magellan Cities – fostering relations to cities where Magellan and his comrades have visited during the expedition that includes Cebu; Magellan Network of Universities; and Agreement on Tourism Promotions.

CNU Director for External Affairs and International Linkages (EAIL) Naila Beltran shared the hopes of having opportunities for faculty exchange, staff exchange, increase of visiting scholars and lecturers, short courses, and research conferences among others after presenting CNU’s partnerships with other countries.

CNU President Dr. Filomena Dayagbil also shared the possibility of including the Portuguese language in the Tourism curriculum as an elective along with the existing Spanish and Korean, and to incorporate the relevance of Magellan in the Philippines’ history through art appreciation as suggested by Feria.

Feria said that she dreams to bring Sinulog to Lisbon, Portugal in 2021. (JDF)

CNU wins ABS-CBN Bayan Mo, I-patrol Mo’s Digitales

First-year film media students from Cebu Normal University (CNU) brought home the victory as they won 2nd place of Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo (BMPM) Digitales: A Mobile Documentary Contest on October 25, 2019, at ABS-CBN Broadcast Center’s Dolphy Theater in Diliman, Quezon City. 

Among the 50 entries from the different universities all over the Philippines, their mobile documentary entitled “Kamatuoran Na Sab Ang Dungga” made it to the top finalists, and the only entry coming from Visayas and Mindanao. With the tagline of “Tuklasin, Alamin, Mamulat at Maging Alerto!”, these film students wanted to deliver the truth that will serve as a light for others and combat the disinformation that is timely and relevant to our modern society. 

“This mobile documentary contest is part of ABS-CBN’s effort to promote news literacy. It is Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo’s contribution to the war against disinformation. The truth is being attacked especially on social media that is why we must protect it,” Rowena Paraan, Head of Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo said.

Digitales is a mobile documentary contest that aims to combat disinformation online which was created by ABS-CBN’s Integrated News and Current Affairs and in partnership with UNESCO and the Asian Institute of Journalism. 

With the theme “Gusto Ko Tama: Fighting Disinformation in Social Media,” the competition aimed to showcase the skills of college students and other universities nationwide in producing a 5-minute documentary with the use of mobile phones only from the pre-production up to the editing. 

The produced documentaries would be used for BMPM’s campaign to fight the spread of fakes news and disinformation and promote media literacy among Filipinos. (Lyngil Olivar, BA Comm Film Media 1

CNU reaps awards at Clean Air Month Culmination

Cebu Normal University (CNU) bagged the top awards in the Spoken Word Poetry (English and Bisaya) and Short Film categories during the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Clean Air Month Culmination at SM City Cebu’s Activity Center.

Trisha Heart Sumalinog (BEEd I) and Syver Talingting (BSEd Science II) were hailed as champions in both English and Bisaya category of Spoken Word Poetry.

Trisha Heart Sumalinog (BEEd I)

Sumalinog’s “Who is the Real Villain?” spoke of humanity’s blaming game instead of taking action to combat global warming; while “Akong Pagtaghoy, Akong Dangoyngoy” by Talingting made a remarkable impact related to the environment.

In an interview, Sumalinog said that she used the perspective of global warming to send out a message that people are the one at fault and should stop pointing fingers.

Syver Talingting (BSEd Science II)

Talingting, on the other hand, shared the struggles of preparation due to the short time frame given to finalize her piece.

Meanwhile, BSEd Science II students Zainon Yaun, Windelyn De Lima, James Edward De Real, Abigail Jonafhe Maque, Karine Grace Martinez, and Maria Eloiza Tomaquin, were victors in the Short Film Making Contest, which aimed to provide solutions in combating air pollution.

For the Digital Poster Making Contest, Jenny Rhea Villaver and Anthony James Yaun, both from BSEd Science II, won first prize.

Anthony Yaun (BSEd Science II)

Villaver and Yaun’s digital posters included the harmful activities of humans which contribute to air pollution, as well as the ways in which the effects of such doings can be reversed to achieve sustainability.

Additionally, CNU was awarded the second place in the National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools.

Clean Air Awareness

Forester Eduardo M. Inting, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7, said that, “It is important not only to celebrate Clean Air Month during the month of November, but it would be much better if we put [it] in our hearts and celebrate it every day of the year.”

Besides, Chairman of Metro Cebu Airshed Governing Board, Engr. Oscar S. Ma, also said that since air is an essential for life, we need to regulate, preserve, and protect the air that we breathe.

The annual event might be mandated to be celebrated by the officials, but its significance can make realizations for the environment.

“Through this event, we are spreading awareness [and] the importance of having clean air; not only to LGUs, but sa mga students, so ma-educate na sa ilang mga hunahuna [and be aware of] the importance of the environment,” Mr. Arthur Nino Calupig, Environmental Management Specialist II, said in an interview with Ang Suga.

The celebration brought together representatives from different schools to compete and participate in the educational and engaging activities.

The following is the list of winners from the activities and special awards during the culmination:

Spoken Word Poetry (English)
Champion: Trisha Heart Sumalinog, Cebu Normal University
First runner-up: Kyla Marie Asibuque, University of Cebu – Banilad
Second runner-up: Casey Divine Donayre, Cebu Normal University

Spoken Word Poetry (Bisaya)
Champion: Syver Talingting, Cebu Normal University
First runner-up: Larabel Iway, Cebu Normal University
Second runner-up: Charles Christian Tunacao, University of Cebu – Lapu Lapu Mandaue

Short Film Making
Champion: Cebu Normal University

Digital Poster Making
Champion: Andre Guinita, University of Cebu – Lapu Lapu Mandaue
First runner-up: Jenny Rhea Villaver & Anthony James Yaun, Cebu Normal University
Second runner-up: Henry Madrona, University of San Carlos Talamban Campus

Words by Phebe Soronio, Orly Joromat, and Lorille Mata
Photos by Bruce Borja

Chinese studs visit CNU; engage in English session

A group of Chinese students experienced English-associated activities to develop their language skills yesterday in Teaching Arts Centrum Auditorium of Cebu Normal University (CNU).

The group was consisted of a few faculty members and a block of sophomore students majoring in English from Jiangsu Maritime Institute (JMI) in China.

According to Liu Zhulin, faculty member and in-charge of the English majors in JMI, the students had not yet taken courses related to their major last year and were anxious in speaking the language.

“As our activities went on, [the students] began to speak eventually. I think after this period of studying, they will improve a great deal, especially their courage to speak English,” she furthered.

During the English Learning Session, the students willingly participated and interacted with the student teachers who facilitated the event.

For starters, the students played Pick and Speak where each of them should pick a number with an unknown corresponding question and answer using English language.

To put their skills into practice, student teachers encouraged them as they continued with the activities Word Relay, Find and Speak, and Running Sentences.

The session was spearheaded by Dr. Vinchita Quinto, Aletheia University interns adviser, and was supported by the group of student interns who flew to Taiwan last summer to teach English.

Susie Wang, one of the students, shared that the activities were helpful for her and for the other students in learning English language.

Words by Mikaela Jane Dagani
Photos by Lou Adrian Paghasian

Extension Business Week: Empowering communities

Cebu Normal University (CNU) through its External Affairs and International Linkages (EAIL) office held its Extension Business Week to converge the academe, industry, and its community partners.

The two day event took place last October 25 and 26, 2019 at the CNU Teaching Arts Centrum (TAC) building.

The first day was attended by community partners of the University from different barangays and undergraduate students, while the second day was participated in by graduate students.

Virgilio Espeleta, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) President speaks about Industry 4.0: The Academe and Industry Connectivity as a keynote speaker. / Photo by John Paul Fajardo

Virgilio Espeleta, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) President, graced the event as a keynote speaker and talked about Industry 4.0: The Academe and Industry Connectivity. 

He shared that company-based learning is the key to address the challenging needs of the 4th industrial revolution in line with the idea of German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) Inc.

Learning should be continuous and should not stop after formal education, he said. Further, it is crucial for owners and employees in the industry to upscale themselves, he added. He also emphasized the strengthening of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in schools.

Hon. Ma. Teresa Chan (center), former Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) President and CNU Board of Regents member is looking over a livelihood project exhibit. / Photo by John Paul Fajardo

Exhibits from different community extension and livelihood projects done by CNU faculty extensionists also took place where community partners were able to share and sell their products on display.

Project Mentoring occurred afterwards where mentors in the persons of Hon. Ma. Teresa Chan, Donato Michael Busa, Prudencio Gesta, and Benedict Que assessed the different community partners’ project outcomes and deliverables.

Benedict Que (most left), Golden Prince Hotel and Suites President shares inputs during the Project Mentoring session to one of the CNU community partners. / Photo by John Paul Fajardo

Hon. Raul Remulta, Barangay Captain of Brgy. Caputatan Norte, Medellin said it is good that the University has conducted the event as it has given them the chance to share the community extension project of the College of Nursing (CN) professors entitled, “Lagundi ko, Kaayuhan ko” – the utilization of lagundi leaves as alternative remedy to control respiratory illnesses among residents of their barangay – to Que as their mentor who evaluated and shared entrepreneurial ideas on the project.

“Daghan kaayo’ng nakuha namo nga idea mahitungod sa pagsugod og negosyo (We gained many ideas on how to start a business),” Remulta said.

Maricel Rivera, Instructor from CNU Medellin said it is her first time to be involved in a community extension project and it was not easy at first.

“The process is never easy from creating the proposal all the way to implementing and monitoring, and evaluating the project,” but “when you see the beneficiaries, they are happy and you can feel that they really appreciate what you do then it’s really rewarding,” she said.

Their community extension project is entitled “Germs Alis, Income Kay Bilis” that makes use of germicide in making detergent powder and dishwashing liquid that aims to alleviate poverty conditions in Barangay Antipolo, Medellin.

According to Rivera, it was the barangay who first expressed their intention to partner with the school before educators immersed themselves in the community.

A community needs assessment was also conducted before proponents came up with a proposal for the community extension project using the budget from EAIL Office.

Stanley Go, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) President shares about his personal and work experience about branding as a keynote speaker. / Photo by John Paul Fajardo

Stanley Go, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) President also graced the event on its second day and talked about his personal and work experience about branding.

He encouraged the attendees to focus on establishing company’s image – the quality of product and people, and the increase in sales and market share will just follow.

Afterwards, podium presentations of three extension projects from CN, College of Teacher Education (CTE), and CNU Balamban who have full-blown evaluation reports followed. Josephine Belotindos, Dr. Elias Tecson, and Dr. Gregorio Cyrus Elejorde, were invited as reactors who were also present even during the project conceptualization of faculty members.

Naila Beltran, Director for External Affairs and International Linkages said that the gathering is a convergence of the academe, the industry, and partner communities.

She said that the occasion is a way of presenting projects done for the welfare of the community and a creative way of monitoring them. It is also an opportunity for schools’ community partners to engage and be mentored by those in the business industry.

Beltran said that there are a total of 47 projects in the university at present which are implemented in deprived, depressed, and underserved communities.

Dr. Filomena Dayagbil, CNU President acknowledges the faculty and all those who participated the event during her Closing Remarks. / Photo by John Paul Fajardo

Dr. Filomena Dayagbil, CNU President thanked all the people behind the success of the event. She also acknowledged the faculty who exhibited how multifaceted they are as instructors, researchers, and extensionists.

She said that extension is one deliverable of the University that promotes inclusive growth for its adoptive communities. Dayagbil also said that the development of essential and soft skills like collaboration, communication, and problem-solving brought about the success of extension projects.

“The essence is that we build bridges and when they know how to build bridges, then we collapse and allow our stakeholders to build bridges of their own,” Dayagbil said pertaining to empowering the community partners.

 “Rest if you must, but don’t you quit,” Dayagbil added to encourage faculty members to do more in research, publication, extension, and instruction.

“Yes, ‘more pa gyud, more pa gyud’ but at the end also of the things that you are doing, try to relax, wallow in the thought that you have helped people, that you have lifted the lives of people,” she said. (JDF)

Regional Champion for Sustainability and Eco-Sensitivity

Cebu Normal University (CNU) won as Regional Champion in the 2019 Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools (Higher Education Category) awarded by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) 7 last August 14.

It is the first attempt of CNU to join the competition this year and it has bested two other universities in Central Visayas. The contest is on its sixth year now which examines the academic institutions’ way of responding to climate change and other environmental problems. It also aims for schools to strengthen their involvement in conservational matters by raising community awareness and active response to ecological concerns.

The search is organized by the EMB of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Nestle Philippines, and Land Bank of the Philippines.

Cebu Normal University officials receive the plaque from the organizers of the search. / Photo by Mechelle Canoy 

Cebu Normal University received a certificate of recognition, plaque, and a P15, 000.00 cash prize. CNU now qualifies for the national level competition and will be representing the whole Region 7. The winners will be announced during the awarding ceremony this November in celebration of the National Environmental Awareness Month. (JDF)