Two years after its slumber, the English Fellows (EF) Organization comprising of English Language and Literature major students from College of Teacher Education (CTE) and College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) awakened through celebrating the English Studies and Other Languages (ESOL) Month last February 26-27, 2020.

The organization was founded almost four decades ago, joining all English majors of Cebu Normal University (CNU) as one. The bond played a stronger role through the test of times on giving birth to high performing professionals.

In its revival, ESOL bore the theme, “Responsible Information and Cultural Exchange in a Multilingual Society” in which Dr. Corazon Prejoles, keynote speaker of the opening program enunciated relevance with tips on how to evaluate news.

The first day of the celebration created a boom challenging students’ wide vocabulary to flow out upon overcoming the test of Lexicon Competition and giving way for aspiring songwriters from the organization to sing their heart out for the grandest songwriting competition in the university.

In the university, the battle of intelligence was always prevalent driving EF officers to conduct a quiz bowl on its second day tied also with beauty as Mr. and Ms. EF dazzled the stage with their culturally diversed portrayal of countries such as Korea, Spain, New Zealand, Singapore and the Philippines.

These countries were also the corresponding theme for the booths that were well-crafted by the students. The booths rendered substantial inputs on the viewers pertaining to how language works in each country featured.

Upon the success of the celebration, Dr. Jeson Bustamante, adviser of EF Organization, together with his fellow faculty members under ESOL, did not fail to seek opportunity to express sincere gratitude to those who helped reviving the organization.

“The department is very supportive, the faculty of the Department of Languages and Literature and also the College of Teacher Education together with all the very hardworking officers,” he said.

Amidst a rainy end of the celebration, students jam-packed and wore 90’s inspired outfits to extend the party ’til the sun slept and the moon woke. With heavy bass and beats, the scenic Samuel MacClintock Hall was clothed with new experiences and memories for the English majors to share on the comeback of ESOL Month.

Everyone made sure that reviving the organization would mark a sentimental moment that could be remembered in the next generation to come.

Winners of the contests are as follows:

Lexicon Contest
1st- BSEd English 2A
2nd- BSEd English 1A
3rd- BSEd English 1C
4th- BA Literature 1A
5th- BSEd English 2B

Quiz Bowl
1st-BSEd English 2C
2nd- BA Language 2
3rd- BA Literature 2

Song Writing
1st place – Hangyo
Composer: Brigie Gerzon
Interpreter: Brigie Gerzon

2nd place – Usa Ka Libong Higayon
Composer: Jessa Briones
Interpreter: Precious Rose Seares

3rd place – Siya Ra Ang Makita
Composer: Recka Olasimon
Interpreter: Mark Kenley Oray

1st- New Zealand
2nd- Spain
4th- Philippines
5th- Korea

Mr. & Ms. EF 2020

Minor Awards

Best in Costume
Female: Singapore
Male: New Zealand

Best in Talent: New Zealand

Best in Casual Wear
Female: Singapore
Male: New Zealand

Major Awards

Ms. & Mr. EF: Danielle Camocamo (Singapore) BSEd English II and Ryle Romanillos (New Zealand) BSEd English I

1st runner-up: Cloie Vidal (PH) BSEd English II and Kristian Jay Montejo (Philippines) BA Language I

2nd runner-up Queenie Castro (New Zealand) BA Literature II and Francis Miguel Makiling (Spain) BA Literature I

3rd runner-up: Johanna Agrabio (Spain) BA Literature I and Armando Dela Cruz (Korea) BA Language II

4th runner-up: Vanissa Ybone Generalao (Korea) BSEd English II

Words by Jhonazel Kiskis and Mikaela Jane Dagani
Photos by Lou Paghasian and James Walson Pacaldo