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

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

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

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

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


 Podium Presentation

Stream 1: Gerontology

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

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

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

Stream 2: New Normal

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

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

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

Stream 3: Nursing Education

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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



Podium Presentation

Stream 1: Older Adults’ Issues during the Pandemic

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

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

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

Stream 2: Qualitative Exploration of relevant aging issues

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

CNU Research Institutes bag 4.9M NEDA Innovation Grant 2023

The National Innovation Council – Executive Technical Board (NIC-ETB) of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has approved a ground-breaking initiative sponsored by Cebu Normal University (CNU) to transform the cinnamon sector in Cebu, Philippines on August 11, 2023. The NIC-ETB determined that Cebu Normal Univrsity’s proposal showcased innovative solutions that can significantly unlock new opportunities towards national development and sustainable economic growth.

The project attempts to capitalize on the economic and community development potential of Philippine cinnamon. It was chosen among 287 proposals because of its inclusive approach for social innovation. The primary goal is to set up an innovative cinnamon processing plant in order to increase product quality and match worldwide requirements. Local farmers will be trained to maintain quality and safety using successful foreign models. In addition, the project intends to provide training programs, workshops, festivals, and a regulatory framework to encourage innovation, community engagement, and sustainability.

As the project moves forward, Cebu Normal University, NEDA Regional Office 7 – Central Visayas, and a diverse team of experts from various fields are set to collaborate closely to realize the project’s ambitious goals. The individuals behind this monumental effort include: Dr. Jay P. Picardal, Director of the Research Institute of Tropical Biology & Pharmacological Biotechnology (RITBPB), Dr. Roberto B. Corcino of the Research Institute for Computational Mathematics and Physics (RICMP), Dr. Genara B. Pacaña of the Institute for Research in Innovative Instructional Delivery (IRIID), Dr. Roselle A. Jardin, former Director of the Research Institute for Public Administration and Governance (RIPG) and two faculty members from the College of Teacher Education Dr. Lelani C. Dapat and Dr. Marchee T. Picardal.

This project was recommended for approval by former VP – REP, Dr. Angeline M. Pogoy and endorsed to NEDA Innovation Council by then OIC to the Office of the President, Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil. During the project’s implementation, the new management under the leadership of our university President, Dr. Daniel A. Ariaso, Sr. and with the supervision of the newly-designated VP REP, Dr. Rufina C. Rosaroso.

The approval of the “From Farm to Market: Co-creating the Cinnamon Industry in Cebu, Philippines” project serves as a testament to the power of innovation and collaboration in propelling economic growth and fostering community empowerment. As Cebu, Philippines prepares to embark on this transformative journey, the nation watches with eager anticipation as the aromatic potential of cinnamon is unlocked, paving the way for a brighter and more sustainable future.

Coordination Meeting at CNU for the approved NEDA Innovation Grant Project August 18, 2023 (From left: Neil Andrew Menjares – Supervising Economic Development Specialist, NEDA Regional Office 7 Dolores J. Molintas – Assistant Regional Director, NEDA Regional Office 7 Dr. Daniel Ariaso, Sr. – CNU President Dr. Jay P. Picardal – RITBPB Director)

Words by: Marie Therese Pacaña, BA COMM – JOURNALISM III

Strengthening Community linkages through Extension Project In-House Review

Cebu Normal University endeavors and commits to improving the social well-being of its
partnered community through a program called E-HELP (Education, Health, Livelihood, and
Peace). The University knows no boundaries in extending its support to the community even
though it has driven a global shift in meetings and events, switching from face-to-face gatherings
to a more virtual approach.
Priming towards sustainable results, the 2-day program started with the presentation of the
Barangay Development Plan of the Barangay Captains of Gaas, Sunog, and Nangka Balamban,
Caputatan Norte, Medellin, and Pulpugan, Consolacion.
With a strong initiative to strengthen the impact of the partnered community, the program was
graced by the presence of the significant evaluators, to wit. The Education Supervisor Program
Specialist of CHED Region VII, Dr. Josefino Ronquillo. The Director of Extension Services of
Cebu Technological University, Dr. Jorelyn Concepcion. The Director of Extension Division of
the University of Southern Philippines, Dr. Mervin G. Gascon. And Dr. Elias G. Tecson, a
Project Development Officer.
The pilot session focused on the salient objective of providing for the needs of the community
through participatory planning and creating a development plan.

The fruitful collaboration continues on the 2nd day of the program as the CNU Balamban and Medellin Campus, College of Nursing and Medicine, School of Arts, School of Sciences, and College of Teacher Education presented their Extension Projects and were deliberately reviewed.

The program ended propitiously to transform society through relevant initiatives of the Research and Extension Services in coordination with the esteemed practitioners, partnered community, and in-line agencies. 

Words by: Florelie Mae Datulayta, EIAL Staff

4th International Conference for the Arts and Sciences

The Cebu Normal University College of Arts and Sciences will conduct a Free Online Research Conference at the 4th International Conference for the Arts and Sciences (4th ICAS) with the theme: “Strengthening the Innovative Culture of the Arts and Sciences.”
This conference aims to provide opportunities for the researchers to upgrade their capabilities by sharing best practices and to meet with other international advocates on research for the possibility of forging linkages and partnerships. This will be held on September 21 & 22, 2022, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and will be hosted by Cebu Normal University Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines 6000 via Zoom.
The following are the details of the conference:
-Language, Literature & Communication
-Physical Education, Sports and Exercise Science
-Natural Sciences & Mathematics
-Psychology and Social Sciences
-Public Governance and Tourism
-Philosophy and Religion
The conference is open to all primary and secondary education faculty, researchers, research directors, and graduate students worldwide. Abstracts of no more than 250 words must be emailed to cnuicassecretariat@gmail.com with “abstract for I-CAS” in the subject line.
The deadline for abstract submission is on the 15th of September 2022. This free webinar can only accommodate 300 participants and presenters. If their papers are accepted, presenters are given priority for a slot at the conference.
For questions and concerns please contact Ms. Arreza at 09224075707

HEdConnect 7 imparts knowledge on food technology and physical education

Educators imparted knowledge on the innovations in food preservation, safety, and technology as well as on the challenges in teaching and learning physical education and sports pedagogy during the 7th session of Higher Education Connect (HEdConnect).

The two-part series of HEdConnect 7 organized by Cebu Normal University-College of Teacher Education (CNU-CTE) faculty members took place last November 6 and 13, 2020 respectively via the Zoom platform. 

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The first part talked about Adapting Food Technology and Innovation in the New Normal and the second part was about Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy in the New Normal. 

CNU-CTE Dean Dr. Ethel Abao said that the webinar ushers all towards becoming healthy and productive civil servants that contribute to nation-building considering that a healthy citizenry makes a progressive society.

Read related article: [HEdConnect Session 2 reflects on pandemic and society]

CNU Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Dr. Daisy Palompon said that it is also the intent of HEdConnect 7 to present varied strategies, tools, and knowledge in sports and physical education needed to adjust to the new normal.  

The webinar was participated in by different educational institutions all over the Philippines with combined speakers from Cebu Normal University (CNU), Cebu Technological University (CTU), and Magna Anima Teachers College in Laguna.  

Read related article: [Language and literature propel HEdConnect 3 & 4]

The speakers of the first series of HEdConnect 7 included Charess Goles and Jannet Bondad, CTE faculty members who discussed Food Preservation-Guide to Food Safety and Food Waste Reduction respectively; and Dr. Renissa Sario-Quiñones, CTU faculty who talked about Food Innovation and Technology Transfer. 

The resource persons of the second part of the series included Marlon Bojos, CNU-CTE faculty who shared about Creating a Positive Online PE Classroom Environment; Jem Cloyd Tanucan, CNU Integrated Laboratory School (ILS) Sports and Wellness Coordinator who talked on Physical Education as a Family Event; Dr. Wilson Ibañez, CNU BPED, BCAED, and BTLED Chair who discussed on Quaranteaching in PE and Sports; and Sebastian Ripoll, Magna Anima Sports and Physical Education Development Head who facilitated on Integrating Sports Clubs and PE for Greater Sports Participation.

Read related article: [HEdConnect 5 discuss ways for engaging virtual learning and reading]

HEdConnect is a webinar series intended to gather educators from different institutions for knowledge transfer and gain insights from each other’s experiences. 

Read related article: [HEdConnect 6 highlights the importance of science & math in the new normal]

The HEdConnect also aims to expand educators’ perspectives, broaden their expertise, and enhance the passion to teach in a greater global academic community. (JDF)   

CNU opens its online student portal

Cebu Normal University (CNU) undergraduate and graduate students can now view their grades online through the CNU Student Portal.

The CNU Student Portal can be accessed by the undergraduate and graduate school students.

It can also be found under the Registrar tab of the CNU website

“I’m so happy that CNU finally got its own online student portal. It’s now convenient to view my grades and the list of subjects I’ve taken. This is very helpful especially when the enrollment season approaches,” Lorraine Mitzi Ambrad, CNU MA Communication student said.

“Before, we had to queue up for about half an hour just to use the kiosk at the TAC building. Now, I can do it quickly on my mobile phone. Kudos, CNU! In the future, I hope to see added features like being able to view my outstanding balance,” she added.

According to Mr. Omar Roma, CNU Data Protection Officer, the CNU Student Portal was conceptualized before the pandemic.

He said that the student portal was fully functional last September this year but still sought the approval of the University Administrative Council to make it online. 

Undergraduate and graduate students who were able to enroll in the first or current semester of SY 2020-2021 can sign-in to the CNU Student Portal.

Students who have are enrolled this semester may still sign-in as long as they have already registered in the Student Kiosk before the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) health crisis.    

Roma said that the student portal is still similar to the student kiosk but can be accessed online. 

The student portal only features online viewing of grades.

He said that the online enrollment is still in the works and hopefully will be incorporated in the student portal next year. 

The faculty evaluation will also be included in the system soon which will be made compulsory before the students can view their grades online.

Roma said that the student portal is easy to use and students can reset their pin code easily. The new pin code will be emailed to their personal or CNU email account. (JDF)

CNU educators show care through psychosocial support webinar

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)