HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAMA MARY!
A JOYFUL FOUNDATION DAY SVD!
One hundred forty-one years ago, on this very day – the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Arnold Janssen founded the Society of the Divine Word – an international religious missionary congregation of priests and brothers. God gave him a vision and mission to proclaim the Word to all people through the Divine Word Missionaries. The SVD arrived in the Philippines in the year 1909, They engaged in varied missionary apostolates, one of which is the administration of schools. For them the college is a place of evangelization, thus a place of mission.
As we thank the Lord for giving us the Blessed Virgin Mary as our Mother, let us also thank him for the SVDs, especially the many SVD missionaries who have gone back ahead of us. They helped us mature in our faith. May this faith move us to action and make God’s love alive in our home, school and community.
SAINT TERESA OF CALCUTTA
“It is not how much we do,
but how much love we put in the doing.
It is not how much we give,
but how much love we put in the giving.”
– Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa was born, 1910, in Skopje, capital of the Republic of Macedonia. Little is known about her early life, but at a young age she felt a calling to be a nun and serve through helping the poor. At the age of 18 she was given permission to join a group of nuns in Ireland. After a few months of training, with the Sisters of Loreto, she was then given permission to travel to India. She took her formal religious vows in 1931, and chose to be named after St Therese of Lisieux – the patron saint of missionaries.
On her arrival in India, she began by working as a teacher, however the widespread poverty of Calcutta made a deep impression on her; and this led to her starting a new order called “The Missionaries of Charity”. The primary objective of this mission was to look after people, who nobody else was prepared to look after. Mother Teresa felt that serving others was a key principle of the teachings of Jesus Christ. She often mentioned the saying of Jesus,
“Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me.”
As Mother Teresa said herself:
“Love cannot remain by itself — it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service .” – Mother Teresa
DWCU Opened its First Day of School!
Divine Word College of Urdaneta marked its School Year 2016-2017 opening last June 13, 2016 with its very first Senior High School students. Rev. Fr. Gil T. Manalo, SVD DWCU’s School President had his welcome message welcoming back the old students from Pre-Elementary, Elementary, High School, and College students and also received the new students who came from different schools.
It was the day where the students looked forward to seeing their friends again after a two long months of vacation, not to mention the first timers in Senior High School who are currently enrolled as grade 11 under the Three Strands STEM (Science and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) HUMSS (Humanities, Social Service) ABM (Accountancy, Business, Management) the school offered.
DWCU’s Administrators, Faculty and Staffs were all joined force in welcoming the students as everyone proceeded at the St. Michael’s Gymnasium for the meet and greet.
Fr. Gil proudly said that the school has its new laboratory buildings (Biology and Physics) alongside with the old Chemistry and Speech Laboratories. The classrooms were newly painted by the class advisers; the College Department has its new ceiling fans. But aside from his announcement, he was enthusiast to tell everyone that this year DWCU will be celebrating its 50th Golden Anniversary tagging as one of the most memorable and a great highlight in DWCU’s history. In return everyone applauded and were all looking forward on this grandiose event which will happen on February 2017.
After the short welcome program, everyone went to their respective classrooms for the Homeroom Orientation. The next event that everyone will be expecting is the anticipated First Friday Mass on June 24 which will happen at St. Michael’s Gymnasium.
Below are some of the pictures taken at the school gymnasium during the opening of the School Year 2016 – 2017.
In Service Training for DWCU Administrators, Faculty and Staffs for School Year 2016 – 2017
The Divine Word College of Urdaneta Administrators, Faculty and Staffs in collaboration of the PhilHealth and National Conciliation and Mediation Board held its In Service Training at the DWCU Conference Room last June 7, 2016. The purpose of the said seminar was to explain further the benefits of each of the employee with regards to PhilHealth’s claim, how and when can we use the benefits. The first resource speaker was Ms. Sheryle Domingo of PhilHealth stated the brackets or equivalent amount of benefits in a certain diagnosis and explained the process of filing, who is the beneficiaries and everyone, was enlightened.
After the first resource speaker, Mr. Lester Panem a representative of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (under Department of Labor and Employment) followed
and discussed how the relationship of “employee-employer” works hand in hand towards a better workplace. He also tackled about Work Ethics and Values Re-Engineering and how important does the Value Formation in affecting the kind of job we have. Lastly, he emphasized the Four Doctrines of Work which are 1.) Necessity 2.) Equity 3.) Disposition and 4.) Motivation. These are all factors that really affects our work behavior in a working environment, what we are towards a job depends on our attitude and how does everyone treat each other.
The seminar resumed at 1:30 in the afternoon, the resource speaker then was Engr. Ficer Doctredo MIT, and a President of Research Team in Urdaneta City University (UCU). Engr. Dofredo discussed about the Importance of Research and how Research is made easy through the “Mendeley” application that can be downloaded in the computer.
Now a day he reiterated that it is best to have/conduct research to broaden up knowledge in order to dig deeper regarding studies and ideals. This is a big factor especially for faculty members who wanted to learn more about a specific study. He also cited some websites where in everyone can browse and download published research and no need to go to the libraries which is time consuming and financially stressful. These websites may serve as a research material for research studies.
It was indeed a productive day, everyone were all enlightened and learned a lot from the resource speakers. We also commend Mrs. Marissa Sanchez, HR Coordinator and Guidance Counselor for coming up with a sensible seminar.
Divine Word College of Urdaneta is the youngest of the universities and colleges owned and managed by the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), popularly known as the Divine Word Missionaries.
Early in 1963, The Society of the Divine Word decided to open a seminary of its own in Urdaneta. Later, the idea of adding to it a high school and college was approved. Father Augustine Herbers, SVD was put in charge of this big project. A lot consisting six and a half hectares was bought in 1964. On March 20 1966, the Most Reverend Madriano Madriaga D.D. blessed the cornerstone with great solemnity. By the school year 1967-1968, the modernistic three – story building was ready to open its doors to the first year students. There were 8 seminarians, 165 high school and 72 college students. Father George Hardwart SVD was the First College Director and Father Augustine Herbers, SVD was the First Seminary Rector. At the end of the same school year the first batch of Secretarial students graduated and the First High School graduation took place I 1970. From its very first existence, the Divine Word College offered High School, Secretarial, Commerce, Liberal Arts and Education courses.
In the school year 2003-2004 the institution welcomed the Preschool pupils’ using the first floor of the seminary building. That same year started the construction of the elementary building to be ready for the incoming Grade 1-6 for the next school year. (DWCU Journal)
Today DWCU is among the private schools to offer Grades 11 and 12 with strong emphasis on the skills and techniques offering a high class quality of education from well-trained instructors.
A year of celebratory events to mark the 49th Anniversary began on the 26th of February with an anticipated mass. The mass presider Fr. Romeo Fajardo (a former DWCU Regent in 1983) alongside with the SVD Community; DWCU staffs students’, alumni’s and guests. Before the closing prayer Mr. Julio Parayno III who was a PTCA President and Alumni President was given a Certificate of Appreciation for having been made a significant contribution towards the school’s development and growth, facilitated improvement of school, or assisted in strengthening the school’s reputation. Fr. Romeo Fajardo, SVD ended his heartfelt message with “DWCU Going Alive in a Golden Mission!”
Fr. Gil T. Manalo, SVD DWCU’s President was so optimistic prior to the Foundation Anniversary, he led each and every faculty and staffs for the preparation of the said event, reminding each and every one of their tasks and contributions.
After the official ceremonies the celebration continued with the much awaited motorcade which started 10:30 a.m. in DWCU and headed to Asingan, Sta Maria, Carmen, Villasis and back to Urdaneta. Upon coming back to the school everyone were invited to witness the blessing of the Science Laboratory which will be used by the incoming Grades 11 and 12 (Junior and Senior High students). The event gathered guests mostly the school alumni who showed their undying support and admiration to their beloved alma mater.
In the afternoon the alumni’s, teaching and non-teaching staffs showed their dancing prowess as they danced to the beat of Zumba and shed their sweats off, such an ideal inspiration to the students who dances with them.
On the second day February 27, the students from Elementary, High School and College Departments were gathered at St. Michael’s Gymnasium, and competed in the Cultural Dance Competition; this enables the students to show off their talents as they portray a specific culture from different places here in our country manifesting each regions culture and richness boasting with embellished décors and props. The students showed their cooperation and unity as they participated in the competition and bested each other.
The students did not disappoint the guests as everyone wowed in their performances matching the colorful and unique costumes made for them, truly a remarkable event the students must remember in their lifetime as they stay and study in DWCU.
The Anniversary ended the event with boomerang as the candidates for Mr. and Ms. Students Fest ramped their way on the stage revealing the students best of the best. This was taken in the afternoon at St. Michael’s Gymnasium.
From the eye catching Creative Costume show casing the incredible talent of designing and creating an extra ordinary costumes proudly fitted for them, down to the very elegant Formal Wear, clear-cut the pride and glamour one possesses.
The candidates feel their moment and ponder their personalities, making everyone enthralled in ecstasy as the candidates put their best foot forward and enjoyed what they were doing. The parents who were there proudly smiling and giving inspirations and cheers to their son/daughter are a tear jerking scene.
The event wouldn’t be possible without the extended help and support of the sponsors, alumni’s, PTCA officers, Ms. Carol Sayapen (Pre-Elementary and Elementary Principal) Mrs. Marlyn Laroco (High School Principal) Mrs. Joelita Bernabe (College Dean), students, parents, and guests.
DWCU is looking forward to celebrating its 50th Golden Anniversary next school year and everyone are all very excited as to what the school will flaunt. But nevertheless, with the help of everyone who made this year’s anniversary possible, there is no doubt that the Golden Anniversary is worth waiting.