CNU shines at ASEAN Commemorative Contest 2023

Cebu Normal University (CNU) demonstrated its artistic prowess during the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Regional Office (RO) 7’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Commemorative Contest 2023, aired via Zoom and Facebook live last November 24.

Themed “ASEAN Matters: Epicenter of Growth,” the 56th Founding Anniversary of ASEAN and the month-long celebration culminated with a Regional Awarding and Closing Ceremony.

Higher education institutions (HEIs) from the region competed in the Song Writing, Spoken Word Poetry, On-the-Spot Digital Poster Making, and Video Production Exhibition.
 
In the Spoken Word Poetry category, CNU’s Dr. Janet Mananay, Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd) and Diploma in Professional Education (DPE) Chair, clinched first place with the piece ‘ASEAN: Diamonds in the Southeast.’
 
The winning piece, co-authored by fourth-year BSEd major in English students Jia Palange and Alexandria Montemar, with technical video direction by Fe Obial and Chevy Jairi, and subsequent editing by Mark Costanilla, drew inspiration from their numerous drafts of poems.
 
Moreover, Palange told Ang Suga how they reviewed the ASEAN history, objectives, and adversities that made it develop into a central organization.
 
“Just like how diamonds are discovered and formed, that is how ASEAN made it to be, that is ASEAN right now – [a] diamond,” she furthered.
 
Meanwhile, BSEd English II duo Franckeinstein Alolor and co-writer Karylle Laborte secured third place in the same category with their piece ‘ASEAN Symphony: Nurturing Growth, Celebrating Diversity.’
 
Laborte disclosed that she adapted her style to convey camaraderie incorporated into symbolisms, while Alolor synchronized the music with the piece’s mood.
 
Harmony in achievement
 
The CNU Chorale bagged second place in the Song Writing Competition with their piece “In the Heart of Asia: A Song of Unity.”
 
The production was guided by CNU Chorale Coach Mrs. Darlane Yap and led by members and songwriters Sean Andrex Martinez (Bachelor of Arts in Literature III), Kirsten Jed Therese Orbeta (Bachelor of Arts in English Language III), and Anjaylou Monisit (BSEd English II).
 
The lineup of performers featured Rozenda Mariae Leonil Festejo (Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education [BCAEd] II), Shiela Mae Delos Arcos (Bachelor of Physical Education III), and Martinez, along with other CNU-Chorale members, while Joel Japheth Guion (BCAEd IV) served as the musical composer, arranger, and director.
 
In an interview with Ang Suga, Orbeta explained that the creation of the song was a testament to the team’s dedication to diversity and collaboration.
 
“It not only stood as a proud representation of the CNU Chorale but also showcased the resilience and creativity inherent in the university’s artistic endeavors,” she emphasized.
 
Despite limited resources, Orbeta admitted that they meticulously prepared for the contest and delved into extensive lyric exploration and consultations with their coach and musical director to ensure adherence to guidelines.
 
Subsequently, their song also featured special participation from Joe Sean Tamayo (BCAEd IV) and Nerl Nathanielle Cutara (BCAEd IV).
The winners from the different HEIs in the region received a plaque of recognition, certificates, and cash prizes. Β§
 
The following are the set of awards and awardees:
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1st place – CNU
2nd place – Holy Name University
3rd place – CNU
People’s Choice Award – Cebu Technological University (CTU)
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1st place – CTU
2nd place – CNU
3rd place – Buenavista Community College
People’s Choice Award – CTU
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1st place – St. Cecilia’s College – Cebu, Inc.
2nd place – Information & Communications Technology Academy, Inc
3rd place – Buenavista Community College
People’s Choice Award – Cordova Public College
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1st place – Holy Name University
2nd place – University of Cebu (UC) – Main Campus
Words and Screenshots by Alea Marie Bareng
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