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Eighteen BEEd and BSEd students and 11 third year Mass Communication students had all the reasons to be jubilant. First, they had gone for a joint educational tour to the Queen City of the South — Cebu City and its nearby cities; Mandaue and Lapu-lapu and, second, just right after the tour they were able to experience this year’s three-day HNU Diamond Jubilee celebration. The fast-paced activities happened the whole day of February 8, 2008 with a very hectic schedule that started as early as 5:30 a.m. and ended at 10:00 p.m.

The 29 students were accompanied by their professor, Dr. Doris Barreda-Patindol for English 75: Preparation and Evaluation of Instructional Materials for Language Teaching and Development Communication 1: Fundamentals of Development Communication classes.

Indeed, it was realizing a dream for the students to see for themselves the various historical, cultural, and beautiful tourist spots that Cebuanos are proud of. At 5:30 a.m., students captured the mystical pictures of the Magellan Cross and the Sto. Niño image. Then, students went to ABS CBN, one of the leading television networks in the country. The group was just on time to join the “Maayong Buntag Kapamilya”, a live broadcast and was able to observe the technical aspect, news casting and discussion in a talk show. One of the network staff also toured and gave them comprehensive lecture about its different facilities, both for the television and radio.

The half-an-hour interaction with the high school students of Science and Technology Educational Center in Lapu-lapu provided a real surprise and an overwhelming experience. According to the education students, "We are challenged seeing lower level students handling higher level class with so much confidence and gusto."

The very enriching visit was further added with more information when the group was in the Sun Star Daily Publishing Office. This time they were shown the various works of a media practitioner in the print media from gathering news in the field, news writing, editorial cartooning, and layouting. It was a tiring morning, yet the students were overwhelmed by the sumptuous lunch at eat-all-you-can Royal Concourse restaurant.

The afternoon was more of realizations. Learning from the different musical and instructional materials exhibited at Cebu Normal University and religious relics, unearthed items and collections of fauna at the University of San Carlos Museums; that tell much of our Filipino heritage! Students had also the opportunity to appreciate the varied school facilities from instructional materials, classrooms and buildings of the three prestigious schools in Cebu: University of San Carlos, University of San jose-Recoletos and Cebu Normal University.

Before the afternoon ends, students had communed with nature and culture when they visited the Taoist Temple. The visit to Waterfront Hotel, Ayala Mall and SM Mall ended the exhausting yet very meaningful day of learning and fun.

As the old adage goes "Home sweet home!" ... even with lots of fun, students still looked forward to be home.

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