DWCU 51st Foundation Day

DWCU 51st Founding Anniversary

A Two-Day Fun

motorcade tarp 2018

February 23-24, 2018 marks a successful year journeyed by Divine Word College of Urdaneta. With good leadership, subordination, cooperation, and communication, hardships and failures that are undeniably challenging were surpassed; choosing to rise above the situation and to prove the blood of a true Divinian. For such excellent work they reunited to celebrate the 51st Founding Anniversary of Divine Word College of Urdaneta with the theme “Witness to the Word: Forming Communities with Social Responsibility”. As another year will come, they stand with pride and confidence that DWCU is aiming for a quality and global education and heads held high with honor, because 51 years in counting and DWCU is still standing.

dsc_0087.jpgThe two-day Founding Anniversary started with a Holy Mass held at St. Michael Gymnasium at Divine Word College of Urdaneta to seek the guidance and thank the Lord for being the center of the institution. It was followed by a Motorcade that tracked routes around Urdaneta City. As the Motorcade is ongoing, selected Basketball Athletes and Students joined the Basketball Exhibition Game that was held at the Quadrangle. The game was a breakout activity for students, parents, and guests watched the whole spectacular game.

dsc_0674.jpgIn the afternoon, the most awaited activity of the Foundation Day-The Dance Retro Competition. Every student of the grade levels was a participant that is why the expectation is higher. The performances rocked the gymnasium as the audience danced along with the performers. It was mesmerizing that the top grossing and hit dance songs in 1990s, 1980s, and 1970s are not yet forgotten. The Dance Retro Competition entertained the audience up to their delight.

DSC_0870February 24, 2018, is the second day of the 51st Founding Anniversary of DWCU, to energize the students a Fun Run and a Zumba were held to prepare them for the DWCU Got Talent that showcased extraordinary talents of the students. Afterwards, The Spoken Poetry Contest captured the hearts of the listeners with their masterpiece as they narrate the history of Divine Word College of Urdaneta. On the other hand, the Medical Mission and Blood Donation were conducted with the goal to help people in need of health assistance.

It was a successful yet a memorable event. As years will come to pass by, Divine Word College of Urdaneta promises to uphold and promote Integrity, Social Responsibility, Evangelization, and Excellence as its guiding core values. It will be an avenue of holistic learning and development of students.

Verbo Veritatis Verbo Vitae!

Below are the pictures during the 2-day DWCU 51st Foundation Day Celebration.

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 img090This was manifested as the Grade 1 – St. Raymond, Grade 3 – St. Thomas Aquinas and Grade 5 – St. Albert the Great classes from the Elementary Department celebrated together their Annual Class Feast Day last January 31, 2018, not only with a mass at 8:00 AM presided by Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, the DWCU President, but also by inviting the  children of Barangay Bayaoas to join the Class Feast Day Celebration.

In collaboration with the Barangay Bayaoas Council represented by Mrs. Kimberly B. Gozon, the Barangay Bayaoas Secretary, and Ms. Claire Tabilin, Teacher-In Charge of Bayaoas Daycare, more than thirty (30) children with their parents came to DWCU at around 9:30 AM. A program was held at the St. Michael Gymnasium by the celebrating classes for these children. The program started with a Doxology by selected Grade 3 and Grade 5 pupils, followed by welcome remarks given by Ms. Carolina T. Sayapen, the Pre-school and Elementary Principal. Different presentations were carried out by the Grade 1, Grade 3 and Grade 5 pupils; exciting children games were also played and joyously participated by the children of Barangay Bayaoas and DWCU pupils. Snacks and gifts were also given to the recipients. To conclude the program, Fr. Venerando J. Yator, SVD, the DWCU Campus Minister, gave his blessings and closing remarks, and Mrs. Mheia Joy B. Gabaldon, the Grade 1-St. Raymond Class Adviser gave the closing prayer.

A “salo-salo” was shared by everyone after the program. It was indeed a joyful celebration for the Grade 1-St. Raymond, Grade 3-St. Thomas Aquinas and Grade 5-St. Albert the Great pupils celebrating their Class Feast Day together with the children of Brgy. Bayaoas with the theme ““God doesn’t ask us to do great things. He asks us to do small things with great love.”. Ms. Paulette Jane T. Pablico, Grade 3 Adviser, acted as the Emcee of the program.




A parade of the DWCU Student, Faculty, and Staff around Brgy. Bayaoas with biblical passages and costumes of different biblical characters commenced the DWCU Bible Week Celebration last January 20, 2018. After the parade, different competitions such as Poster Making, Slogan Making, Essay Writing, Bible Quiz and Teach & Treat were realized.  All these Biblical activities were in line with the theme dubbed as The Bible is the Foundation of Righteous Leadership and Living”. The Biblical Parade has culminated with the Biblical Enthronement in every classroom.

The Biblical week ended with a Spoken Poetry Contest on January 26, 2018 AT 8:00 o’clock AM at St. Michael Gymnasium.  Fr. Venerando J. Yator, SVD, the Campus Minister made an Opening Remarks.  Ms. Khally Patalud, High School Teacher, was tasked as Master of Ceremony and likewise introduced the three judges namely Mr. Rolando Majarucon, College and Senior High Teacher and an IT Expert, Mrs. Joelita M. Bernabe, DWCU College Dean and Mrs. Marissa T. Sanchez, the DWCU Guidance Counselor and Human Resource Coordinator. Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, the DWCU President, was called to give an inspirational message.  He emphasized three points on how to make the Bible as the foundation or root of Righteous Leadership and Righteous Living; He highlighted the need to READ, LISTEN and PRAY WITH the Bible.  Doing these assist us to become a righteous leader and to have a better life and an excellent community.

On January 26, 2018, at 6:00 o’clock P.M., the DWCU Knights of the Altar, DWCU Campus Ministry Staff headed by Fr. Venerando J. Yator, SVD, attended the Diocesan Bible Festival Stage Play held at the Diocesan Gymnasium beside the Cathedral.

All in all, the Biblical Week Celebration was very enriching and the activities realized helped the learners and educators to appreciate more the Word of God in their life and faith.






Significant Dates

November 5, 1837 Arnold Janssen was born in Goch
1848-1855 Primary school in Goch and minor seminary Gaesdonck
July 11, 1855 School leaving examination, Muenster
1855-1859 Studies in mathematics, natural sciences, and philosophy in Muenster and Bonn
1859-1861 Theology studies in Bonn and Muenster
June 16, 1859 High school teaching qualification
August 15, 1861 Ordained priest in Muenster cathedral
1861-1873 Teacher at Bocholt public school
1866 Member of Apostleship of Prayer. Start of intensive promotion, traveling and publishing in German speaking areas of Europe
1873-1875 Chaplain to the Ursulines in Kempen
1874 Mission magazine Little Messenger of the Sacred Heart
December 3, 1874 Permission to found a mission house in Roermond diocese (Netherlands)
September 8, 1875 Inauguration of St. Michael’s Mission House in Steyl
January 27, 1876 Inauguration of the Steyl Mission Press
1878 Periodical Die heilige Stadt Gottes
1878 Acceptance of the first lay brother postulants
March 2, 1878 First missionaries sent to China: Joseph Freinademetz and John B. Anzer
1884-1886 First General Chapter and establishment of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) Arnold Janssen Superior General for life Successive acceptance of mission territories on all continents
December 8, 1889 Foundation of the Missionary Sisters
December 8, 1896 Foundation of the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration
January 15, 1909 Death of Arnold Janssen in Steyl
October 19, 1975 Beatification of Arnold Janssen and Joseph Freinademetz by Pope Paul VI
October 5, 2003 Canonization of A. Janssen and J. Freinademetz by John Paul II



Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year! Through songs, dances, drama presentations, christmas programs, christmas decorations and Simbang Gabi, are means to articulate these two phrases to convey our greetings these days.  We will or we had already received lots of material gifts but such need not stop but a point of departure to learn how to give more to the less fortunate in our communities and families. For Christmas is not just receiving but it is learning how to give more to the people who cannot repay us due to their unfavorable situation.

Christmas is not just receiving material things but learning how to receive the Divine Word – the Emmanuel – God is with us – alive not only in our prayers & devotions and communities but also present in the needy people.

With this spirit of Christmas, DWCU extends its sincere greetings to all of you.  May the Divine Word who has “pitched” His tent on our families inspire us to reach our dreams and aspirations in life.  And may the Word Incarnate bless our families, relatives and friends and may He be visible in the way we relate, educate, learn and perform the tasks entrusted to us.

Happy Christmas and a Bountiful New Year!




By: Claro Monsanto, Grade 10 – St. Arnold

23432891_1955776811349773_1113762349_oThe Urdaneta City Private Schools Athletic Meet 2017 (UCPSAM 2017) was held at Divine Word College of Urdaneta, from November 9 to 11, 2017. The three-day sports event was participated by twenty one (21) private schools in the Urdaneta District.

An opening program commenced at the St. Michael Gymnasium. It began with a song of prayer entitled “I See You” by Aiza Seguerra followed by the singing of the Philippine National Anthem and the Urdaneta Hymn. A welcome address was delivered by Rev. Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, the school president of DWCU.


Lighting of the Torch and Urn by Brian Aviles, a student from the Lyceum Northern Luzon.

UCPSA secretary Dr. Danna Manding presented the participating schools in the said event. A dance performance was given by the pre-school pupils from the different participating schools and by the school heads and sports coordinators. The athlete’ oath of amateurism was recited by all the athletes led by Francheska Asuncion, a student from Mother Goose Special Science High School Inc. as a long-held tradition and symbol of the event, the lighting of the Torch and Urn was exercised by Brian Aviles, a student from the Lyceum Northern Luzon. After this, the UCPSA president, Mrs. Rhodelia M. Ulanday, officially declared the start of UCPSAM 2017.

After the opening celebration held at the St. Michael’s gymnasium of DWCU, all the players and coaches went to their designated sports assignments.

All the games started at 10 in the morning. Although there were conflicts in regards with the schedule, everything went smoothly thanks to the cooperation of everyone. While the games are ongoing, everyone- coaches, players, staff and even the heads of each school are participating for the success of the first day of the UCPSAM 2017.

There were times today that the weather was not participating, but the games must go on for the players. With this attitude, we can see and feel the passion they have for the games that they are playing as well as their dedication to win for their respective schools.



Withstood Cross


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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Blood shed; salvation becomes the gift for everyone.

Everything started as He withstood the cross, overcome the grave. We are loved. And this day we find ourselves running at the back of the cross where we are redeemed and upon the coming of the Holy Spirit from the heaven, our flesh rejoices for He, eternally, will be with us.


Mr. Julian A. Quinabo – Retreat Master

October 26-27, 2017, DWCU Retreat was successfully conducted at Divine Word Retreat House, Sunnyside, Baguio City. The High School Faculty, Elementary Faculty, College Faculty, and staffs of the Divine Word College of Urdaneta attended the annual retreat. An excellent speaker named Julian A. Quinabo facilitated the discussion and sharing of topics which correct human misinterpretations and malpractices in life. We are not human until we learn how to become one. Thru the speaker it was a rite of passage that the children of God are now human becoming. Anointed, he is the anointed. Sir Julian has the gift of tongues-a humble prophet of God. He speaks through the heart and soul of listeners which classifies him as an excellent speaker. It was teachers learning from a teacher of all walks in life, who exemplifies humor wiping moments of silence and boredom.

The attendees had been through a lot this last semester. Preoccupied, weary, scared, and tired but now renewed in the word of the Lord; guided by the overflowing Holy Spirit; rekindled by the love of God pouring down from the heaven. Their little crosses that pain them are destroyed- now withstood crosses. This Retreat was the time for the DWCU faculty and staff to get away, focus on the theme, build friendship, create memories, and welcome the new faculty and staffs of the institution.

Psychology tells us that taking breaks actually enhances the development of strength. Perfect timing that there is an annual retreat to help us all. Hearts are at peace.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” –Colossians 3:15