Bible Parade Culminates DWCU Bible Week 2011 Celebration


Fr. Jess del Rosario, SVD

Bayaoas, Urdaneta City. The early morning sun on January 28, 2011, was comfortably warm, when the entire DWCU Community of Priests, Faculty Members, School Employees and the whole student body from the College Department to the Elementary, started the scheduled parade.  Beaming with excitement and joy, they carried tarpaulins and cartolinas bearing the different books of the Bible as well as selected verses taken from the Old and the New Testament.

The DWCU Parade was led by a colorful float – a flat vehicle carrying a big replica of the Bible with Biblical characters portrayed by selected elementary pupils dressed in Biblical costumes.

Not far behind, another float followed, bearing Biblical Characters – Joseph and Mary portrayed by two selected College Students, standing before a painted picture of Christ.

The school parade proceeded along J.P. Rizal Street then turning to Las Vegas and Marcelo H. del Pilar Streets, finally winding down towards the end of J.P. Rizal Street, then back to Divine Word College Campus.  It was a short but meaningful display of DWCU’s participation in the celebration of the National Bible Week.  Once again, DWCU has done its part in promoting the importance and value of Bible reading in everyday Christian living.  With this public show of solidarity with the Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate (ECBA-CBCP) and the Philippine Bible Society (PBS), DWCU has once again, given its share in spreading the love for the Word of God in the Bible, thus, “Becoming ONE as a Nation in the Stewardship of Creation!”


by: Fr. Jess del Rosario, SVD

God Speaks to Every Divinian Today Through Reading the Bible





Urdaneta City.

Exactly it was one year ago (Jan.27) when the GMA-7 covered a live interview with the President of the Divine Word College of Urdaneta broadcasting the success of the “i-proclaim” bible reading activity that landed into the 5:30 pm Balitang Amianan.

The event was replicated today when the whole academic community again gathered together at the soccer field of the DWCU  with the huge image of the bible at the center of a cross inside a figure of the world formed by all Divinians sitting in the meadow reading together the Holy Bible. Indeed, one can say that God speaks to His children when they read the Sacred Scripture and when everybody (students, teachers, parents, alumni, non-academic personnel, WCW sister, SVDs, security guards, janitors and guests) read together in a community named after the Divine Word …God speaks to the whole community.

The Silent Reading of the Holy Bible

The sacred reading exercise lasted only for an hour but the extent and its effect could last for an eternity as one could not calculate and imagine the power of the Word that nourishes the soul that hungers and thirsts for His Word.

The Flow of the Event:

At exactly 7:30 in the morning the Divinians assembled at the St. Michael’s Gymnasium where the preliminaries were observed. Every teacher with the principal and Dean of the College supervised the assembly.  The opening prayer, Philippine National Anthem, Panunumpa sa Watawat, Divine Word Hymn were observed as being done daily. The rationale, Aim-Objectives and Expected outcome of the “I-Proclaim” Divinian Way were explained to wit:


DWCU’s Highlight for this year’s Celebration of the National Bible Week together with the whole nation: Proclamation No. 44 and No. 1067

  1. DWCU way of celebrating NBW
  2. As Witness to the Word, we need to read the bible
  3. Ignorance of the Bible is ignorance of Christ
  4. i-Proclaim – DWCU version

 Aim – Objectives:

To inspire the whole DWCU academic community to read the Bible; To place God’s Word as the center of our community life – God’s Word is our life and mission; To encounter and experience personally and as a community the Word of God; To read, reflect, meditate, pray, live and share the Word of God; To read the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation together as one community in one setting

Expected Outcome:

1). Proclamation: Public Reading of the Sacred Scripture 2). Modeling: Lead others in reading the Bible 3). Moral Recovery through the Word of God 4). Realization of the Theme: May They Be One: MTBO 5). We become: Witness to the Word – a community nourished by the Word of God.

THE READERS FROM THE EASTERN SIDEThe whole community then proceeded to the open soccer field in procession with the bibles in their hands. When they reached their designated place with all the books of the bible printed in tarpaulins the Big Bell announced the beginning of the bible journey with the seminarians singing the opening song. Everybody then opened their bible as the whole campus was filled with God’s presence as the story of salvation unfolded from Genesis to Revelation carefully assigned to each participant in order for the whole community to cover the whole Holy Bible in one setting.


 The DWCU family expresses our heartfelt gratitude to the GMA-7’s crew, Mr. & Mrs. Ricky & Gina de Guzman of the Philippine Bible Society. Fr. Oscar Alunday, SVD the Executive Secretary of ECBA-CBCP, PANELCO, our guests, friends and benefactors, the committees: Biblical Apostolate, Mission Animation, Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation and Communications Committee. To all who made this event successful, meaningful and memorable … a million thanks! May God bless you all the more!









Urdaneta City. The Divinians gathered together today as one academic community to celebrate the ENTRHONEMENT OF THE BIBLE as a kick-off activity for the National Bible Week with the Campus Minister Fr. Servasius Tethun, SVD as the presider assisted by all the Religious Coordinators of all sections in all departments together with all the administrators, non-academic personnel, faculty and members of the Campus Pastoral Council. The enthronement focused on this year’s theme: “Becoming One As A Nation in the Stewardship of Creation.” The Prologue of John was proclaimed … everything was made through the Word which was with God in the beginning and the Word was God! The DWCU community is united in the Word and with the Word true to our calling as sons and daugthers of St. Arnold in the Divine Word.

Every Divinian is a Witness to the Word, Bearer of the Word and Lover of the Word. We read, reflect, pray, live and share the bible in our own little way hoping together that We May Be One as we pray and strive towards becoming one as a nation in the stewardship of creation. The Campus Minister blessed all the bibles of the Divinians starting from the youngest to the eldest with their bibles raised high as one could reach. After the blessing of the bibles the administrators, the principals and the dean of the college assisted Fr. President in releasing the baloons towards the sky bearing the theme of this year’s National Bible Week. The activity culminated when the Religious Coordinators with the Bibles raised led their classmates in a procession going to their respective classrooms where they enthroned the bible supervised by their class advisers. Now the Bibles have their proper places in the whole Campus – in all offices and classrooms. Everytime a Divinian sees the enthroned bible she/he is reminded of God’s presence.


The solemn Bible Enthronement signaled the opening of the weeklong celebrations of the DWCU prepared by the Campus Pastoral Council together with the Four Dimensions Committees (Committee on JPIC, on Communications, Biblical Apostolate and Mission Animation). We look forward to the success of all our activities this week with the following schedule:

  • Jan. 24 Monday: Bible Enthronement, in community, offices and classrooms
  • Jan.25 Tuesday: Bible Reading and Sharing – Lectio Divina in all offices and classrooms
  • Jan.26 Wednesday: The Bible in Motion – Stage presentations, Choral Reading of the Bible, Bible Rap Competition and Bible Dance Drama
  • Jan.27 Thursday: I-Proclaim – Reading the Whole Bible as one community
  • Jan.28 Friday: Bible Parade


            CAN YOU IMAGINE

            (The Word of God to every Home)

            How wonderful it is!

            How good and how pleasant

            When all of us live as one!

            Can you imagine all as neighbors reaching out to love?

            Can you imagine all like children humble yet brave enough

            To believe and act God’s Word that will bring a change in our world?

            We can step to begin now! Can you imagine?

            Let us bring the Word of God to every home!

            To every heart of each one of us.

            Let us share and live God’s Word and be transformed!

            We will build our nation, our institution Divine Word College of Urdaneta

            on the good ground.

            We will see a brand new morn!

            Let us bring the Word of God to every home!

            To every heart of Divinians

            We will fulfill Jesus’ prayer: “May they be one!”

            Becoming one as a nation in the stewardship of creation.

            We will see how peace will flow throughout our land!

            Now is the time to take a step.

            We believe, now love is born!

            Let us bring the Word of God to every home of heart. Amen.





          The Right to Lead

          The Right to Lead

          by John Maxwell


          It certainly isn’t gained by election or appointment. Having position, title, rank, or degrees doesn’t qualify anyone to lead other people. And the ability doesn’t come automatically from age or experience, either. No, it would be accurate to say that no one can be given the right to lead. The right to lead can only be earned. And that takes time.

          The Kind of Leader Others Want to Follow

          The key to becoming an effective leader is not to focus on making other people follow, but on making yourself the kind of person they want to follow. You must become someone others can trust to take them where they want to go. As you prepare yourself to become a better leader, use the following guidelines to help you grow:

          1. Let go of your ego.

          The truly great leaders are not in leadership for personal gain. They lead in order to serve other people. Perhaps that is why Lawrence D. Bell remarked, “Show me a man who cannot bother to do little things, and I’ll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things.”

          2. Become a good follower first.

          Rare is the effective leader who didn’t learn to become a good follower first. That is why a leadership institution such as the United States Military Academy teaches its officers to become effective followers first – and why West Point has produced more leaders than the Harvard Business School.

          3. Build positive relationships.

          Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less. That means it is by nature relational. Today’s generation of leaders seem particularly aware of this because title and position mean so little to them. They know intuitively that people go along with people they get along with.

          4. Work with excellence.

          No one respects and follows mediocrity. Leaders who earn the right to lead give their all to what they do. They bring into play not only their skills and talents, but also great passion and hard work. They perform on the highest level of which they are capable.

          5. Rely on discipline, not emotion.

          Leadership is often easy during the good times. It’s when everything seems to be against you – when you’re out of energy, and you don’t want to lead – that you earn your place as a leader. During every season of life, leaders face crucial moments when they must choose between gearing up or giving up. To make it through those times, rely on the rock of discipline, not the shifting sand of emotion.

          6. Make adding value your goal.

          When you look at the leaders whose names are revered long after they have finished leading, you find that they were men and women who helped people to live better lives and reach their potential. That is the highest calling of leadership – and its highest value.

          7. Give your power away.

          One of the ironies of leadership is that you become a better leader by sharing whatever power you have, not by saving it all for yourself. You’re meant to be a river, not a reservoir. If you use your power to empower others, your leadership will extend far beyond your grasp.

          In The Right to Lead, you will hear from and read about people who have done these same things and earned the right to lead others. Because of the courage they found and the character they displayed, other people recognized their admirable qualities and felt compelled to follow them.

          The followers who looked to these leaders learned from them, and so can we. As you explore their worlds and words, remember that it takes time to become worthy of followers. Leadership isn’t learned or earned in a moment.

          ~John Maxwell

          DWCU In Another Triple Celebration

          The Feast of

          St. Arnold Janssen (Jan.15)

          President’s Day (Jan.18)

          St. Josef Freinademetz (Jan.29)


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          St. Arnold & St. Josef

          The DWCU Family celebrated last January 18 the Feast of St. Arnold Janssen the Founder of the Society of the Divine Word, the Natal Day of the DWCU President and the Feast of St. Josef Freinademetz in a solemn mass at the St. Michael’s Gymnasium. The thanksgiving mass was prepared and sponsored by the College Department headed by Dean Leonida Javillo with the assistance of the Campus Minister Fr. Servasius Tethun, SVD.

          Fr. President gave emphasis on the Power of the Word that inspired St. Arnold to begin a worldwide mission by founding the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), the Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSpS) and the Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration (SSpSAP). The Word is Life-giving, creative, dynamic and powerful. The driving force of the whole creation as everything was created because of Him. The Word was made flesh, the Divine Word. The prologue of St. John, the favorite passage of St. Arnold was the moving force of the celebration. St. Josef is a faithful believer of the Word, a lover of the Word and herald of the Word as the first SVD Missionary to China. 

          We are privileged to be called Divinians…Witness to the Word. “May the darkness of sin and the night of unbelief vanish before the light of the Word and the spirit of grace, and may the heart of Jesus live in the hearts of all.   

          Mr. Rey Mamasig

          After the mass a tribute to Fr. President was rendered by the whole community. Mr. Reynald Mamasig moved by the spirit with the words DRIVING FORCE boldly printed in his shirt masterfully motivated the presentations from the Elementary Department with their dance rendition, a song from the nightingales of the High School Department, the intertaining ballroom dance of the Collegians, a mini concert of the Seminarians and the Hit-Back Medley of the members of the Campus Pastoral Council. Fr. President expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the whole community for the display of their thoughtfulness and expression of love inspiring him to reciprocate in many ways. He then officially declaired the day a “holiday” for the DWCU. A simple meal prepared by Fr. Finance Officer and shared by everyone made the day complete.









          Divinian Nicole Angela B. Bristol Excelled in STEP

          Nicole Angela B. Bristol

          First Place in Basic Encoding


          Nicole Angela B. Bristol

          Republic of the Philippines, Department of Education, Region I, Division of City Schools, Urdaneta City.

          Divinian Nicole Angela B. Bristol excelled during the 9th Student Technologist & Entrepreneurs of the Philippines: Division Skills Competition held last January 7-8, 2011 at the BADIPA Elementary School. The Divinian Nicole got First Place in Basic Encoding. She belongs to the only section of Grade VI in our Elementary Department and is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Michael and Angelita Bristol of Urdaneta City.

          The Board of Trustees, Administrators, Faculty, Staff, Parents and Students of the DWCU express our hearty Congratulations to Nicole Angela with her coach Ms. Manilyn Cayabyab.

          The whole DWCU academic community is proud of you!

          Divinian Katrina Mae Miranda Chosen as: Ms. STEP 2011

          Divinian Katrina Mae Miranda

          Declared Ms. STEP 2011

          Ms. Katrina Mae Miranda - "MS. STEP 2011"

          Urdaneta City. The Division of City Schools of Urdaneta City of the Department of Education in Region 1 recently held the 9th Student Technologist & Entrepreneurs of the Philippines (STEP) at the BADIPA Elementary School on January 7-8, 2011. The event was focused more on the Division Skills Competition with the theme: ” A STEP Higher: Upgrading Skills, Improving Lives” Hon. Amadeo G. E. Perez IV the City Mayor was the Guest Speaker during the occasion.

          Ms. STEP 2011 with Mr. Louise Lorian

          The competition culminated with the search for Mr. & Ms. STEP where our Divinian entry was judged to be the fairest of them all. Ms. Katrina Mae Miranda of IV-St. Arnold proclaimed as Best in Casual Wear and Best in Filipiniana Outfit and finally was crowned as MS. STEP ‘2011. With her title she then represent the City Division to the Regional Contest which will be scheduled soon.

          The board of trustees of the Divine Word College of Urdaneta together with all the administrators, faculty, students and parents congratulate Ms. Katrina Mae Miranda with her most able coach Mr. Louise Lorian. We are truly proud of you!


          MR. & MS STEP 2011

          DWCU Actively Participated in Pamaskong Handog ‘2010



          PAMASKONG HANDOG 2010



          Urdaneta City.


          Now becoming a yearly event the City of Urdaneta celebrated Christmas with “PAMASKONG HANDOG”  for the less fortunate last December 21, 2010 at the Urdaneta Cultural and Sports Center. Christmas Gifts were distributed to the residents of Brgy. Bayaoas and Dilan-Paurido. The said project/event was spearheaded by the District Councilor Hon. Blesildo Sumera assisted by the concerned Coordinators : Anita Fernandez, Bernadine Maminta.


          The Divinians in all levels: Pre-Elem/Elementary, High School & College  with NIA and District II-DepEd were the sponsoring groups and institutions in the implementation of the project/event.

           The DWCU delegation in the distribution of the gifts was headed by Dr. Trofima M. Pangonilo our Community Extension Service Coordinator to wit: Mrs. Estrella Padilla & Leovilyn Morales (Personnel) Nika Paula Paolo & Consuelo Clomera, (College Students) Michael Angelo Morales,  Ernesto “Star “ Padilla (HS) Dexter Quinones &  Rhizelle  Marie Bravo (HS)

           Impressions: The students said that they enjoyed the activity even if they were very tired and exhausted.  They actually saw the conditions of the recipients of the gifts they contributed.  Some said that next time they should give more having had a first hand encounter with their poor and less fortunate brothers and sisters.  The personnel also said that even if the activity was tiring they enjoyed it.  After all the gifts were distributed the group had a picture taking with the Mayor who congratulated them for joining in the Urdaneta City Pamaskong Handog 2010 project.

          Christmas is giving… it was made more meaningful, memorable and blissful through the PAMASKONG HANDOG. To those who were involved in this project … our hearty Congratulations! God bless you all the more!


          Happy New Year From the DWCU Family!

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          The DWCU Academic Community

          greets one and all

          a Blissful New Year 2011!


          A Blissful and A Happy New Year!!!

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