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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.



by: Mrs. Mae Liza C. Cabrilles
Fr. Gil T. Manalo, SVD pic

Fr. Gil T. Manalo, SVD

He was born on January 22, 1956 in Manila, he entered the Divine Word Seminary located in Tagaytay as early as his High School Life, and hence he really knows what he wants in his life. He followed his calling as soon as he graduated high school; he took up Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and graduated in 1983, finished his Bachelor of Arts in Theology on October 1988. In addition to the roster of his achievements, he finished his Master of Arts in Education Major in School Leadership at De La Salle University, and currently enrolled in Doctor of Philosophy Major in Developmental Studies at Pangasinan State University.

Fr. Gil T. Manalo or Fr. Gil became the President of Divine Word College of Vigan before he becomes the President of Divine Word College of Urdaneta. Fr. Gil is at his prime of his life, is living the way he wanted to. He is well known for being precise and diligent. He really knows what he wants to do; he is well equipped with plans.

I’ve known Fr. Gil for quite a short time, he interviewed me as I applied for a job here in DWCU, at first I was a bit aghast, I don’t know him personally, but his baritone voice was filling the four corner of his office. As he talked and asked about my family, what I do in life, I became a little relaxed, he might be some kind of intimidating but then I knew he is a priest that’s why I removed all my inhibitions and talked to him casually. As months passed by, I envisioned myself to work in this institution as long as I can and of course as long as this institution thinks that I can be of help especially for the students.

As he turned 60 this January 22, 2016 Fr. Gil is still very energetic, he is very hands-on to whatever plans it will take. He never loses judgment but weighs things accordingly. He helped every individual and challenges his people beyond their means. He pushes them (not literally though) to take actions and never doubted. He may interfere but listen to commendations and balance what is preferable from not.

We may not regularly speak but he sees to it that when I make an appointment to him and talk to me, he listens to my ideas, give me advices, “veto” sometimes but nevertheless I have to understand that he has his own reason. I have a huge respect on him, and I am thankful for he is one of the people who believed in me, and gave me a chance to pursue my dream (become a teacher).

On your birthday Fr. Gil I would like to say Thank You from the bottom of heart, I wish you more life (so you can still share your blessings, talents and wisdom), more happiness and contentment in life. Thank you for the guidance and wisdom you bestow on me and to everyone who I know want to greet you on your special day.
Happy Birthday Fr. Gil! God Bless and More Power!

Mrs. Mae Liza C. Cabrilles
English Intructor, DWCU College Dept.
Columnist, Pangasinan News Local Newspaper





“Together We Run, Together We Make Fun” is this year’s theme for the Family Day held last January 16, 2016 at Divine Word College of Urdaneta.

Fr. Gil T. Manalo, SVD joined the families and school staffs as they waited the gun time of this meaningful event. The purpose of this year’s event- Fun Run is to bring families and unite as one as they make fun out of their casual or ordinary day; the gun time was heard at 5:45 in the morning. The participants followed the designated route: from Divine Word College of Urdaneta, passed along Calle Sison, Badipa, Camarquezan, and back to DWCU.

IMG_20160115_150817The Fun Run lasted for an hour, exhausted it may seem but everyone who attended wore the excitement on their face, not only the students had the chance to run with their parents, but everyone can say they will really cherish the moment.

After the Fun Run, everyone was expected to join the parlor games held at St. Michael’s Gymnasium. It was an exuberant day, after the parlor games the winners of the marathon were announced, and certificates were given, among these are the placers in every department, and the family who has a complete member until the very end of the game.

Random Pictures during the DWCU Family Day








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Team Building Activity for Student Medical Team and Intramurals First Aid Station

Team Building Activity for Student Medical Team and Intramurals First Aid Station

First aid is an immediate care given to a person who has been injured or suddenly taken ill. First aid must alleviate suffering, prevent further injury or danger, and prolong life. To be a good first aider he/she must have those characteristics which includes being gentle, resourceful, observant, tactful, emphathetic, and respectful.

Selected students from Grade 10,specifically those who are CAT officers, Representatives from the College Department, and  volunteer students from Grade 9 who really want to be a part of the Student Medical Team undergo lectures and return demonstrations as First Aiders for the coming Intramurals on September 16-18, 2015. Some of them are aspiring Doctors, Nurses, and other Medical Professionals someday.

Being a part the student medical team, they should move as one team to render effective first aid care, so before the Intramurals, we have a simple team building activity to strengthen the team. Lectures and return demonstrations were done during their free time in the afternoon.

Team Building Activity (September 11, 2015)

In our Team Building Activity, we only select 3 fun, exciting, and useful kind of games that will help them build their determination, cooperation, and unity to give help/care for their patients which includes their friends, classmates, and schoolmates.


The first game, “Find the egg”. The team will look for the eggs with a sad face and a note of injury. One will act as the injured egg and others will be the first aider.


The second game is “Water transport” game. As a team they will transfer a glass full of water into the next area trying not to spill the water. The water is considered as their patient or the injured one.


The third game is “Pass the Tray” game. Moving it carefully, they use their hands and minds to pass the tray with a glass of full of water to the next member while they were laying on the ground and trying to be careful not to spill the water. This was the most exciting game for the First Aid Medical Team for they enjoyed it a lot.

Intramurals First Aid Station (September 16-18, 2015)

Application of what they have learn from the lectures, return demonstrations, and other activities. The intramurals will be their self evaluation if they are effective as first aider.


The student medic assisting the asthmatic player with the nebulizer.


The school nurse together with the student medic, dressing the sprained ankle with the elastic bandage.


The DWCU First-Aiders assisting the collapsed player.


A student medic taking care of the player with scratches and wounds.


The school nurse together with the student medic, dressing the sprained ankle with the elastic bandage.

The Team Building Activity was so much fun. The students gain more ideas and techniques as well as unity and cooperation that they which they are able top use during the Intramurals.

As for the Intramurals First Aid Station, first aid intervention was successfully implemented by the School Nurse together with the Student Medical Team.


by: Mrs. Diana Marie G. Valdez
    DWCU School Nurse




On September 8, 1875 Father Janssen founded his missionary community by opening his first mission house in Steyl, Holland. Since its beginning, therefore, the Society of the Divine Word has considered September 8th as its birthday.

It was no coincidence that the foundation day of the Society was also the feast of the Nativity of Mary. Saint Arnold Janssen in his personal devotion recognized Mary as the chosen one: filled with the Holy Spirit, she gave birth to the Divine Word. “She is our model of faithful attentiveness and ready response to God’s word; she will help us to bring the Divine Word to others” (Const. 406).


Welcome DWCU Students!

Welcome to SY 2015 – 2016!

Fr. Gil T. Manalo, SVD, DWCU President

Fr. Gil T. Manalo, SVD, DWCU President

The School Year 2015 – 2016 is about to commence and I take the honor and privilege to welcome you all. A warm welcome to each and every one of you!

The theme taken by DepEd for this school year is: “Makapag-aral ay Karapatan Mo, Magpalista. The theme emphasizes that education is a primordial concern of everybody and that it is a right and privilege of every Filipino. Since education is a right, it projects that there are commensurate responsibilities required in order that the goals of education may be achieved.

At DWCU, education is creative, innovative, and participative where students, parents, alumni, teachers, and administrations work hand in hand in order to make it a reality.

Education as expressed by a certain author, could be likened to a canvass which is full of opportunities where students and mentors throw and spill their paints of different talents and abilities giving their own individual and collective strokes and forming a Masterpiece of Art.

The key to the goal of education could be expressed in a four-letter word – HELP.         a) Help from parents in terms of their cooperation in preparing their children for school for we believe that education is nurtured at home and magnified in school.       b) Help coming from the teachers, administrators, and religious of this institution since education is a life-long learning. They need to enhance their professionalism, and dedication to teaching. c) Finally, help from you students who are the agents of learning. You need to take constant actions to further your education.

Try to be self-motivated and throw as much paint of talents and abilities to your canvass of opportunities in education. Then look forward to the day in the future when you may be in a position to respond to the request of people who may need your help.

Once again, welcome to Divine Word College of Urdaneta for School Year 2015 – 2016. This is the place where you can make your dreams come true and where education is a masterpiece of art! – Fr. Gil T. Manalo, SVD



DWCU Students on their way to St. Michael Gymnasium for the School Opening Short Program and Orientation





College Department Faculty


High School Department Faculty


Pre-school & Elementary Department Faculty

DWCU Employees 1st General Assembly for SY 2015-2016


FOR SY 2015-2016


IMG_8622The DWCU Administrators, Faculty and Staff had their First General Assembly on June 1, 2015 to prepare them for SY 2015-2016.  An Opening prayer was led by Fr. Juan C. Libangan Jr, SVD, the DWCU Campus Minister, followed by the Words of Welcome given by Fr. Leonardo P. Hiquiana, SVD, the DWCU Finance Officer. The SVD Community and Administrators were introduced by Fr. Gil T. Manalo, SVD. The College Faculty, High School Teachers, Pre-school & Elementary Teachers were introduced respectively by Mrs. Joelita Bernabe, the College Dean, Mrs. Marlyn R. Laroco, the High School Principal and Ms. Carolina T. Sayapen, the Pre-school & Elementary Principal while the Personnel Department or the Non-Teaching Staff were introduced by Fr. Leonardo P. Hiquiana, SVD. Mrs. Marissa T. Sanchez, the HR Director gave an orientation on School Policies and Mr. Louise Lorian, the School Registrar was IMG_8638tasked to give a talk about the important records of the students and employees. Basic Education updates was also tackled during the general assembly. Fr. Gil T. Manalo, SVD talked about the mission goals of Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines for 2012 – 2016. He also gave emphasis on the good characteristics of a school, student and teacher. Dr. Felicitas B. Dulay, the Program Head of Education, gave an in-service training about Classroom Management in the afternoon.  The assembly was facilitated by Mr. Norman Samera, Math teacher from the High School Department.

Dr. Felicitas Dulay, Program Head of Education giving her talk on Classroom Management

Dr. Felicitas Dulay, Program Head of Education giving her talk on Classroom Management


The DWCU Faculty and Staff

Time for an ice breaker to relax a bit

Time for an ice breaker to relax a bit


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