Parents and Teachers Congregate in General Assembly

In a somewhat unanimous vote by fellow parents, Mr. Julio F. Parayno III kept his position as the president of the Parents-Teachers Association of Divine Word College of Urdaneta. The election which happened last June 30 at the St. Michael Gymnasium also served as the General Assembly of the PTA and was attended by the parents from students in Pre-School, Elementary, and High School Department.

Aside from Parayno, other parents have also been elected to complete the set of Executive PTA Officers for the School Year 2012-2013. It included: Mrs. Aurora S. Manzano, Vice President-Pre-School & Elementary; Dr. Fred Enrile, Vice President-High School; Mr. Reynald T. Mamasig, Secretary; Mrs. Marivic Manzano, Treasurer; Mrs. Aimee B. Ridao, Auditor-Elementary; Mrs. Louela Ramos, Auditor-High School; Mr. Neil G. Tablada, P.R.O.-Elementary; and Dr. Agnes Leored Rioflorido.

With regard to the flow of the meeting, it started with the prelude of “Welcome to the Family” and Opening Prayer that was led by Fr. Tanysun C. Sunico, SVD, DWCU Campus Minister. It was followed by the Introduction of Non-Teaching and Teaching Staff of the school which was presented by the heads of the different departments. In other matters, concerns regarding Campus Pastoral had been laid out by Fr. Tany and Mrs. Mylene dela Paz presented the Financial Report of the PTA from the previous year. To break the monotony of the event, the new teachers from the High School Department put on an unforgettable performance with their intermission number. Fr. Gil T. Manalo, SVD, the school president, had also given his piece about the general concerns that needs to be undertaken for this year. He said that “Collabaration and Coordination” is the key to reach out the goals that have to be attained especially with the K to 12 Curriculum being fully implemented. He also added that with the proper process of growing up, not only by the students but also of the DWCU community, K to 12 will result to a transformation that we have to go along in time. Fr. Gil had also aired out concerns regarding the security inside the campus and that with the implementation of the ID system for fetchers, car stickers for the service transportation, and lunch pass system, the students will somehow be more safeguarded while they are inside the premises of the campus.

During the meeting, Mr. Parayno had also given his thanks and appreciation for the efforts of PTA last school year which are evident in the improvements and helps rendered for the school. The school also showed their gratitude for all the hard work that Mr. Parayno exerted in fulfilling his duty by giving him an extraordinary plaque of appreciation with pictures of the different year levels in high school carrying a banner saying “Thank You Sir Rammy”. It just proved that words are not enough to show appreciation for Mr. Parayano’s deeds.

The assembly ended with the parents meeting up with the advisers of their children for the election of PTA Homeroom officers as well as discussing some concerns with regard to the welfare of their kids.

‘AVENGERS’ campaign glares to victory

‘AVENGERS’ campaign glares to victory

Ablan wins as SSG President

by Ma. Katrina Camille M. Bernabe

The election of the newly elected officers of the Supreme Student Government (SSG) of the high school department was held last June 29, 2012. There are 14 seats that are needed to fill and two students were aspiring for each position from the two different parties – The Avengers Party and the Party Party. In the end, the tandem of Ablan – Academia won over Moreno – Mortela partnership.

During their room-to-room campaign, the aspiring candidates ran on their platforms of change and reform in their department as well as in the whole institution – The Divine Word College of Urdaneta.

 Lesley Anne Ablan, a little girl who touches lives, defeated Ruby Rose Faith Moreno, the smart beauty queen of St. Arnold for the presidency. Ablan received 315 votes, and Moreno 200. Mary Joyce Academia got the love and support from the juniors and seniors for helping her win the vice-president position over Sarah Madine Mortela who got the love and support of the freshmen and sophomores. Academia received 258 votes, and Mortela 253. This year’s secretary is Raphaela Marice C. Alcisto who received 267 votes and defeated Nicole Angela B. Bristol who only got 235 votes from the student body. For the position of SSG Treasurer, the student body chose Crisma Faye Mina by giving her 354 votes while Megumi Miyae only got 154 votes. Jaselle U. Mabry, who is the newly elected auditor, received 258 votes while Erika Omanito got 212 votes. Jesser Yron C. Bigornia, “The Hulk of the Avengers”, won after receiving 372 votes against Denzel Lagmay’s 130 for the position of Peace and Order Officer.

Meanwhile, the battle of Coordinators was dominated by the candidates of The Avengers Party. Princess M. Labonete won the Literary Coordinator position after receiving 337 votes against Patricia R. Nollido who got 171 votes. Kim Vincent G. Manipon, the new Sports Coordinator, won after receiving landslide votes of 374 against Rudslly A. Tabin who only received 136 which shocked some of his loyal supporters. Penelope Ann B. Medrano is now holding the position of Music Coordinator after receiving 349 votes leaving Baby Jane Nidoy behind with only 169 votes. For the Religion Coordinator position, Jennifer Nicole D. De Leon received 302 votes and won over Kimvirly P. Zayat who received 214 votes.

 The positions for representatives of Grade 7 until third year were also taken by Avengers candidates while the position of fourth year representative is entrusted to the candidate from Party. Angel Leila L. Marron, a refined student from St. Matthew, defeated Carole Kaye C. Lomboy after receiving 69 votes while her opponent received 53. Niña Charisse G. Evangelista won the hearts of the sophomores and received a total vote of 79 while Roaine E. Jardin got 47 votes. Huan Nicolaz G. Sumera, who is considered a campus heartthrob, got the support of the juniors after electing him as the Third Year Representative while his opponent Chloe Del Rosario received 57 votes. The seniors gave their trust to Crista Angelica Estrada by giving her 99 votes and leaving Jaybee Dela Cruz with only 32 votes.

The said winners of the SSG election will be officially inducted on July 6, 2012 along with the Homeroom and Club officers from the three departments – Elementary, High School, and College of DWCU.


SSG candidates take last stand to gain votes

SSG candidates take last stand to gain votes

Students show support for the right leaders

By: Jessica Bren S. Cezar

Electrifying energy filled the St. Michael Gymnasium when the Miting de Avance was held on June 29, 2012. Two parties were vying for the Supreme Student Government positions namely, the A.V.E.N.G.E.R.S. (Active Virtuous Enthusiasts with Noble Goals that Embody the Rights of the Students) Party and the P.A.R.T.Y. (Prime Alliance Rendering Towards Youth) Party.

The event was their last shot at campaign before the students cast their votes.

“We wouldn’t be standing in front of you if we didn’t believe that we could take the responsibilities,” said the candidates suppressing the doubts on their capabilities.

Some students showed their support on both parties by performing in their behalf and cheering for them.

Though there are two parties involved, they all have but one goal which is to unite and lead the whole student body for a better learning experience.

In the afternoon of the said day, the students exercised their right to vote for the right leaders that will do their duties as elected officials for the school year.


S.Y. 2012-2013


by Mary Joyce Academia

June 15, 2012, at St. Michael Gymnasium – As always done during the beginning of the school year, an Opening Mass was held as a way of welcoming the great days ahead for the DWCU community. Presided by Fr. Gil T. Manalo, SVD, the school president, the mass revolved around the theme: “K to 12 = Transformation”.

Before the start of the mass, the gym was filled with jubilant ambiance when Fr. Tanysun C. Sunico, SVD led in doing the choreography of the song “Welcome to the Family” as a rousing activity for those that attended the event. Divinians got to their feet and followed the lead of Fr. Tany, while imbibing among themselves the significance of oneness with the community – as a family.

As the mass went on, and during Fr. Gil’s homily, he gave a warm welcome for every student in the different departments of the institution. Also, he was appreciative for the parents’ efforts to send their children to be educated in DWCU and motivated the teachers’ to do their best for this school year as challenges that are coming will be filled with many changes – transformation that is inevitable.

One of those changes is the K to 12, the new curriculum being implemented by the Department of Education to strengthen the foundation of education of the Filipino youth. Fr. Gil likened the said curriculum to a ladder that leads to success, on which we climb to reach everything we aspire. He also pointed out that since the students’ trusted DWCU with their education, the Divine Word Community would take a huge part for the students’ to reach that peak. He hoped that the change being brought by the new program would be beneficial for the next generation. This new school year served to be symbolic for the metamorphosis it will bring about. The president is looking forward to this as a big chance for the students to strengthen their faith in achieving something good.

The mass ended with the assurance of the administrators that the changes will be faced with strong faith as the DWCU community unites for this wondrous transformation.

SCHOOL OPENING 2012 – 2013


by Ruby Rose Faith G. Moreno

Officially starting with an Orientation last June 6, 2012 at the St. Michael Gymnasium was a grand way of Divine Word College of Urdaneta in making a bold statement of starting the School Year 2012-2013 right.

Divine Word College of Urdaneta faces new challenges and great expectations as it opens its doors for returning students and new ones, especially those that will pioneer Grade 7 in high school. This is also the start of the formal launch of the K to 12 Program as being implemented at present by the Department of Education.

The program hosted by Mrs. Teresa R. Pontaoe, started at 8:00 with a short tableau rendition by the CAT officers that focused on the modern Filipino heroes. It was immediately followed by the entry of colors and the singing of the Philippine National Anthem.

Before the start of the opening prayer led by Fr. Tanysun C. Sunico, SVD, a doxology video clip was shown. After that, Mr. Reynald T. Mamasig, high school principal, officially welcomed the students and gave his message that focused on giving the students the chance to grasp all the opportunities that the institution will offer.

The orientation would not be complete without the introduction of the Years and Sections which was presented by Mr. Raymond C. Lopez, who literally invigorated the crowd as they cheered not only for their sections but also on the introduction of the Faculty and Staff as well.

Fr. Gil T. Manalo, SVD, the school president, had brought back the program’s solemnity as he gave his inspirational message for the students to ponder. He encouraged all who were present inside the gymnasium to change for the better.

Before the continuation to the other parts of the orientation program, the CAT officers conducted a dance energizer to pump up the students. It was then followed by Mr. Louise C. Lorian’s presentation of the DWCU Vision-Mission Statement and brief historical background of the institution; the Sports Program and Activities as introduced by Mr. John V. Ramos; and the Academic and Religious Organizations as acquainted by Ms. Carolina T. Sayapen.

Mrs. Marissa T. Sanchez had also given a lecture on the Code of Discipline of DWCU. It was a way to forewarn the students on the consequences they will encounter in case they committed any violations written on the student manual.

Intermissions during the program were also performed by some teachers and selected students to preserve the students’ intensity and excitement in beginning the school year.

As a way of culminating the program, a closing prayer in the form of a song was performed by Penelope Ann Medrano and Mr. Romer A. Majarucon.

 The students’ orientation resumed in their respective classrooms together with their advisers in the afternoon of the said day.