DWCU leads National Bible Week Kick off in Urdaneta

DWCU leads National Bible Week

Kick off in Urdaneta

dsc_0900The celebration of the National Bible Week is again hitting the calendar pursuant to President Duterte’s Proclamation No. 124. The declaration was made in recognition of the religious impacts towards achieving a just and humane society. It also upholds January of every year as the National Bible Month. In line with this, the DWCU spearheaded the celebration in Urdaneta City through a Bible Enthronement activity and a walk through along Brgy. Bayaoas.

 It started on the 23rd day of January at 7:30 in the morning as the students were gathered at the Quadrangle. The DWCU President, Rev. Fr. Gil T. Manalo, SVD led the paraliturgy at7:40 and left promising messages to the members of the community saying, “In God’sdsc_1069 presence and mercy, this is a chance for us to proclaim the Lord in our life. This will bring us forward in delivering the goodness of Christ. This celebration is a union meaning all Christians and non-Christians were gathered together to praise Lord through the guidance of the Bible. It is good to realize this progress because the community’s progress or the country’s progress and even the world’s progress is still on the context of God’s gift which is not purely material but rather more divine and in human blending. We should also realize that the priority of God is persons and everything is moving towards progress because of human intervention and human action. With that, we become instruments of God’s love, service and compassion to one another.” He also blessed the students with their Bibles and rosaries for the parade which followed right after the said ceremony. In the afternoon, the Bible Quiz Bee Final Round for the Grade School Level 4 – 6 Division started. The competition lasted for two hours which was held at the Conference Room.

In anticipation of the celebration’s success, the Bible Mural (Wall Painting) Competition will take place on the 25th day of January at 8:00 in the morning and is expected to last at 3:00 in the afternoon. The participants from the high school department (Grades 9 – 11) and the college department will be guided accordingly by the DWCU faculty members and the student council. The students will be featuring chef d’oeuvre through their skills and talents on the historic walls of DWCU. Their masterpieces will also focus and in relevance to DWCU’s golden jubilee theme, “DWCU @ 50, Empowered by the Word of Truth, Proclaiming the Word of Life and Alive in Mission.”

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DWCU Hits 2017 With A 4 in 1 Treat

DWCU Hits 2017 With A 4 in 1 Treat

img_20170120_093139-2Time and again, we are celebrating the goodness of life. The Divinian community is not yet an inch to its golden jubilee celebration but rigorous preparations have been made and done. January is a usual entry point for every year among us but for the Divinians, an unusual productive one. With the advent of peace, camaraderie, discipline and unity, we are hitting so many birds with one stone in our community: the National Bible Week Celebration, the Feast Day of Saints Arnold Janssen and Joseph Freinademetz, the 61st birthday of Fr. Gil T. Manalo, SVD and the upcoming most beautiful day in the universe.

One of the most important things that we must always remember as we go through life is to live and abide by the holy scriptures of God. This serves as a blueprint of our destiny and judgment. As a long-lived tradition, the DWCU community will be holding a weeklong celebration to participate and support the National Bible Week together with the commemoration of Saints who were called to be an instrument of God’s kindness, goodness, mercy and compassion – Saint Arnold Janssen and Saint Joseph Freinademetz. The event started with a Eucharistic celebration earlier this day and with the theme, “The Word was made Flesh.” It was immediately followed by the special presentations of the students from the different departments. Their performance became a proof of God’s gift of openness, willingness and conviction in working and acting freely on their dreams. It is also upon showcasing their talents and skills to Rev. Fr. Gil T. Manalo as he celebrates his 61st birthday that will be happening on the 22nd of January 2017. Rev. Fr. Gil T. Manalo, the DWCU President also delivered a deep sense of gratitude to all those who are in one way or another in helping the community to achieve and provide a more comfortable gymnasium and event center. In behalf of the DWCU community, he left a heartwarming message especially to the Parents-Teachers Association Members and Officers, DWCU Alumni, DWCU Faculty and Personnel, and more importantly to the students. He proudly presented to the DWCU members the newly installed big ceiling fan at St. Michael’s Gymnasium. He also reiterated something about the future of DWCU in anticipating a widely

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The newly installed big ceiling fan, a project of the Parents-Teachers Association of DWCU

and lasting success towards its golden years of proclaiming the word and empowering lives saying, “Through the collaborative efforts and collective responsibility of our members as a Divinian community, we respond to the needs of spreading the good news to the world. Through the spirit of togetherness, we build a communion of humanity which is full of respect, understanding, compassion and love with our common faith.”

The month of January also gives us a glimpse of what will surely happen for the National Bible Week especially as the students will be gathered to carry their Bibles and a tarpaulin with a printed verse from the holy book. They will be having a walk through among selected routes in Brgy. Bayaoas, Urdaneta City. After the Bible parade, various simultaneous activities will happen within the walls of the DWCU community. These activities will be spearheaded by the students as they share their thoughts, participation and creativity about a character from the holy book and spread the goodness of God with their fruitful experiences. The National Bible Week will hit the calendar from January 23 – 27, 2017. The celebration will have the theme, “The Bible: The Hope for the Community’s Progress.” We encourage you to join us and be a part of our holistic journey as a tool to empower and enrich lives with interconnectedness and interdependency representing Jesus Christ as a mirror of hope, freedom and goodness.

I ♥ DWCU SIGNAGE

I  DWCU SIGNAGE BLESSING

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I ♥ DWCU Signage

January 19, 2017 marks the blessing of the signage I  DWCU situated at the threshold going to St. Michael Gymnasium. It was built through the initiative of the Class Magnificat ‘95, represented by Mrs. Alma Ganigan, Mrs. Anna Loraine Viray, Mrs. Mary Aphrodite Directo and Mrs. Teodily Ceniza, in coordination with Mrs. Karina Padua-Espino (a former Divinian Batch ‘95 and the wife of Gov. Amado I. “Pogi” Espino, III of Pangasinan).

The ribbon cuttiimg_20170119_075706ng started with a prayer with Fr. Gil T. Manalo, SVD DWCU President, Fr. Leonardo Hiquiana, SVD, Finance Officer, Bro. Emmanuel Ines, SVD Campus Minister, with the DWCU Administrators, Staffs, Faculty, Students and DWCU Alumni.

Fr. Gil stated that the signage “becomes the awareness of the blessings of God, as a reminder of the blessings received, the current student and the people working here in Divine Word College of Urdaneta must take care and love it as the previous Alumni continually love DWCU, continuing the Vision and Mission of the founder Fr. Agustine Herbers, SVD.” He continued “always be grateful for the blessings BUT also be responsible and thankful, continue to put into our lives the Divine Word (Jesus Christ) and secondly take care of what is given to us- the privilege to study, because not all are given the chance to study. Let it be a reminder that this day is not only a blessing of the signage but also a blessing of everyone.”

img_0089The cutting of ribbon were done by Mrs. Ganigan, Mrs. Viray and Mrs. Directo as witnessed by the DWCU Community. After the ribbon cutting, each class from Elementary, High school and College students had the chance to take a picture at the signage.

The signage will become one of the trademarks of the Divine Word College of Urdaneta, that will attest through time, that the DWCU Alumni and the people who became part of the success of the DWCU will be a history that will be passed to the future Administrators and Students who will continue to take care and love the institution.

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DWCU’s Mission Awareness Welcomes

the “Ber-Months”

          The month of September is a well-known marker for the Christmas celebration around the globe. And as we begin to contemplate on moving ahead of time, we, as members of a common faith are bound to recognize and support our role as human beings. We are not just given a life worthy of living for but we are given a lot of chances to renew ourselves that is worth celebrating. In our very existence, as men and women, not unlike you and me, a mission is being upheld for us to learn something about the essence of life – sharing the greatness of Christ, fulfilling a lifelong mission of goodness, compassion and mercy. The DWCU as a Christian community and entity recognizes the movement of spirit and the acknowledgment of faith’s generosity and benevolence. As an indispensable institution of Christian faith and hope, the DWCU welcomed the fulfillment of “Mission Awareness Month” last September 8, 2016 in accordance to Blessed Virgin Mary’s birthday with a thanksgiving mass held at the St. Michael’s Gymnasium having the SVD priests as the presiders. The College Department sponsored the mass as partakers of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s blessing and as one of the keepers of SVD’s mission. The month-long celebration focuses on the theme, “Rooted in the Word, Committed to Christ’s Mission. The Divinians consider the event as a tool to empower and enrich lives with interconnectedness and interdependency representing Christ as a mirror of hope, freedom and goodness.

            It was September 14, 2016 when the college department showed its utmost support to the celebration. The schedule of activities was consecutively met during their participation. The students were gathered at the typing room (rm. 306) of the 3rd floor building. The first part of the event was the quiz bee competition with four major different divisions. The students were divided into two major teams – Family 1 and Family 2. Each member of the families was distributed into teams to showcase the aptitude of the students. The elimination round started at 9:00 am with 15 questions to be answered, three teams were eliminated at the beginning of the first round. The remaining teams from each family proceeded immediately to the three major rounds of the competition: the easy, average and difficult rounds. Family 1 dominated the quiz bee competition with a 10-15-42 score against the 9-14-36 score of Family 2.

            After the quiz bee competition, it was immediately followed by the prayer making contest in two different categories, one written in Filipino and the other in English having two-hours to accumulate. In the said competition, students will be making individual outputs written in both languages but they will be carrying the banner of the families from which they belong. In the afternoon of the same day at exactly 2:00 pm, the participants from the different departments had their poster making contest. The successive activities done by the college department aims to showcase the wholehearted participation of both teachers and students especially in supporting the dispersal of the good news, word of truth and the holy gospel of Christ.

            It was September 19, 2016 when the culmination of the mission awareness’ participation of the college department happened at the conference room (rm. 306). The event started at 10:00 am with an opening prayer led by Alyssa Edricka Lopez which was immediately followed by the awarding of certificates for the winners of the Quiz Bee Competition, Prayer Making Contest – Filipino and English, and the Poster Making Contest. The winner for the quiz bee competition is the Family 1 and the Family 2 as the 2nd placer. Sunshine Bustillos was awarded 3rd place for the prayer making contest in Filipino, Irish Loma as the 2nd place and tying up for the 1st place were Flordeliza Muleta and Cherry Campanero. Irish Loma was also conferred the award of 3rd place in the prayer making contest in English, Cherry Campanero as the 2nd place and Flordeliza Muleta as the 1st place respectively. For the poster making contest, Annabelle Ventura received the 4th place, Tonnie Rose Junco as the 3rd place, Dann Dave Rodneill Guillermo as the 2nd place and Hope Coniega bragged home the 1st place respectively. The awarding ceremony ended with some important reminders and a warm congratulatory message to all the students from Mrs. Joelita M. Bernabe, College Dean. Fr. Venerando Yator, SVD also concluded the event with a closing prayer.

Welcoming Intercultural Understanding, Shedding Signs of Hope and Unity

Welcoming Intercultural Understanding, Shedding Signs of Hope and Unity

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Grand welcome given by the DWCU Community to Br. Guy Mazola  Mido, SVD headed by Fr. Gil To Manalo, SVD

We live in a world of multiculturalism and diversity where we are always being challenged of seeking the truth on the mystery of the triune God. The best of times keeps on reminding us about the goodness of living a new experience and reliving relationships in spite of our similarities and our differences. A big part of this fulfilled experience is the strengthening of our faith, unity and harmony through the important role played by the Christian communities that we belong. It is already a reality for us to focus on the very reflections of our existence to take care of one another, share our uniqueness and be stewards of God’s mission.

The DWCU community had an overwhelming acquaintance program for the coming of Br. Guy Mazola Mido, SVD and Visitator General to the Philippine Northern Province last November 18, 2016. As part of the aims toward achieving shared intercultural life, Fr. Gil T. Manalo, SVD delivered a heartwarming welcome address for the guest, attendees and students which was immediately followed by the introduction of the guest through Fr. Gerardo Gudmalin, SVD as he enlightened the crowd stating, “General Visitations are an occasion for the visitator to come into personal contact with the individual confreres. It has the task of strengthening the confreres’ conviction that the Society cares for each and everyone of them.”

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Br. Guy Mazola Mido, SVD, Visitator General

One of the highlights of the event was the message of hope, determination and faith of Br. Guy Mazola Mido, SVD as the Visitator General to the Philippine Northern Province. He reminded everyone that we may be coming from different colors, races, ethnicities, gender and faith but we are born to fulfill and work toward a common goal. He also reiterated something about the future of every individual and how we must value education saying, “Institutions like this (DWCU) play a great role toward change. As you deliver education being one of the core components of the society’s development. The future of these people most especially on who they will become and what they will become in the near future depends greatly on how and what you teach to them.” The DWCU community also featured the diversified cultural performance of its productive members for the guest from having a heartfelt performance of the elementary pupils with the Pangasinan song “Malinak lay labi (Peaceful Night)” and the folk dancing performance of the high school students to the modern dance of the college students. The celebration ended with the strengthened appreciation and recognition of Br. Guy Mazola Mido, SVD most primarily toward embracing differences in harmony, togetherness, love and hope. His auspicious presence is already a remarkable sign as we continue to live a propitious and Christ-like life of being a progressive community.

Below are the pictures during the visitation of Br. Guy Mazola Mido, SVD

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Br. Guy giving us his smile

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The DWCU-DWFC Priests and Brother with Br. Guy Mazola Mido, SVD

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Br. Guy Mazola Mido, SVD and the DWCU & DWFC Priests and Brother with the DWCU Faculty and Staff

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The High School Dept. in their Cultural Presentation

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The Elementary Pupils rendering a Pangasinan Song “Malinak Lay Labi (Peaceful Night) 

Article written by: Mr. Wilbert Giuseppe L. De Guzman
Pictures by: Mrs. Mae Liza Cabrilles

Anti-Bullying Act (R.A. 10627) and Anti-Child Abuse Law (R.A. 7610)

DWCU Gearing towards Strengthened Awareness on R.A. 7610, welcoming R.A. 10627

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Fiscal Silvestre Redemptor A. Ridao , Resource Speaker on Anti-Bullying Act (R.A. 10627) and Anti-Child Abuse Law (R.A. 7610)

The 4th of November, 2016 was another remarkable event for DWCU to hold a seminar regarding the rights of children and the protection of students against any form of violence that may be inflicted by people who consider themselves superior especially to the younger ones. The seminar puts primacy on the very stems of a child’s well-being. It is also in accordance with the Deped’s measure to all public and private elementary and secondary educational institutions to instill and address a safer, healthier and conducive environment for learning among students where no one can be put to harm. The propitious discussion about the Anti-Bullying Act (R.A. 10627) and Anti-Child Abuse Law (R.A. 7610) became more advantageous to DWCU employees with the auspicious presence of Fiscal Silvestre Redemptor A. Ridao as the resource speaker; he is a City Prosecutor and a proud alumna/member of DWCU. The lecturer reminded the participants that the employees, most considerably the teachers are also an elemental focus of the Deped order. In line with this, the lecturer also reiterated that teachers who try to humiliate and even scold their students through punishment when it comes to misbehaving may be subjected to administrative and criminal sanctions.

Employers’ and Employees’ Welfare

through PAG-IBIG

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Ms. Kimberly C. Francisco , Housing Relationship Officer of the PAG-IBIG Fund

The DWCU employees were relieved as they have raised their concerns about being more secured with their future. The PAG-IBIG Fund Office enlightened the participants with regard to the new opportunities and future possibilities that they can have as they go through their journey of being a loyal and active lifetime members. The discussion became all-important with Ms. Kimberly C. Francisco as the resource speaker, a Housing Relationship Officer of the PAG-IBIG Fund. Before starting a fruitful discussion with Ms. Francisco, Mrs. Marissa T. Sanchez, the DWCU Guidance Counselor elucidated the leveling up of having an effective Performance Management System for the DWCU employees to strengthen and develop their standard duties and responsibilities which also seek for further monitoring and evaluation towards achieving an over-all significant goal for the community.

By: Mr. Wilbert Giuseppe L. De Guzman
    Faculty, College Dept.

October-the Holy Rosary Month

October – The Holy Rosary and

Mission Awareness Month

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On one occasion, Jesus’ disciples asked him to help them increase their faith on one another, they asked Him to teach them how to pray.  The Month of October is dedicated to the praying of the Holy Rosary and the Devotion to Mama Mary.  This gesture of prayer allows us to be united with Mama Mary as we participate in the Paschal Mystery of Jesus, His passion, death and resurrection.  This is our concrete action in opening ourselves for an “Increase of Faith.”