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5 Not-So-Normal Facts About The Cebu Normal University

Every school has a story.

Others just have seemingly ~more interesting~ ones to tell, and Cebu Normal University (CNU) has a fair share of it. Have you been to CNU?

If you’re from Cebu and looking for a school to call your home in college (or you just want to learn about these topnotcher-producing schools in town, that’s okay too), then here’s a quick rundown of fun, informative facts about CNU that can help you reach a sound decision. Lakaw na ‘ta!


1. It started in an old rented building.

Formerly called Cebu Normal School during its early years, CNU served as one of the branches of Philippine Normal School. (Apparently, there are others too in provinces like in Ilocos Sur up north to Cagayan de Oro down in Mindanao!) As a state university, the Cebu provincial government funded the place- eventually finding its first home at Colegio Logarta building on Colon street with a Php 200 monthly rent. Can you imagine?

P.S. Fast forward today, that building is where Gaisano Main shopping mall stands now. Talk about nostalgic!


2. It’s a haven for aspiring Cebuano teachers and nurses.

Are you an aspiring nurse or teacher? If yes, then you might want to include CNU in your list of prospect schools! Not only does the university prides itself with Level IV accreditations from the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP), a first among the AACCUP members to do so, it has also consistently produce top-notchers in the licensure exams.

If that weren’t enough to convince you, CNU’s College of Nursing and College of Teacher Education are also recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as a Center of Excellence and Center of Development, respectively. Awesome!


3. It was Marcelo Fernan’s alma mater.

Does the name ring a bell? (If not, ask your parents.) Fernan was a prominent political figure in the 1990s. Having studied from premier universities such as CNU, University of the Philippines, and Harvard University, he was well-equipped for public service from his days in provincial courts to years in the Senate court.

As of this writing, he is recognized as the first and only Filipino to have served as both Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Senate President. #goals

P.S. Did you know he’s also the granduncle of actor and athlete Matteo Guidicelli? Yup!


4. It houses five research institutes.

What’s a research university without a research institute, right? Well, CNU’s pretty serious on research they decided to launch five in one go!

In line with the Philippine Development Plan for 2017-2022 and CHED’s 2014 Strategic Plan and Public Higher Education Reform Agenda, the institutes aim to serve as the bridge between CNU’s research expertise and public access on topics in science, health, culture and heritage, and local governance.

Here are CNU’s research institutes:

  • Institute for Research in Innovative Instructional Delivery (IRIID)
  • Research Institute for Ageing and Health (RIAH)
  • Research Institute in Computational Mathematics and Physics (RICMP)
  • Research Institute for Public Governance (RIPG)
  • Research Institute for Tropical Biology and Pharmacological Biotechnology (RITBPB)


5. It celebrated its centennial year after nine years.

Yes, you read that right! (We suppose we’re not only the ones confused with the times.) In 2011, the university had its centennial celebration on their 109th year. Almost a decade after!

While the delay was caused by insufficient evidence on the school’s actual founding date, the National Historical Commission confirmed later on that CNU was, indeed, a school to be reckoned with since 1902. Guess it’s never too late to celebrate!


Don’t wait another nine years to confirm whether CNU is the school for you! Learn more about the university, its courses, and weigh your options. Whatever course and school you choose, make sure it comes from no less than informed mind. Mahimo nimo!

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