dThe Pre-School Department of DWCU celebrated the Bible Week on January 27, 2017, with the theme, “The Bible: The Hope for the Community’s Progress”. The program started with an opening prayer by Monique Lizardo, a pupil from Kinder 2. Followed by the picture taking of each class with the very proud parents. The charming pupils from Nursery, Kinder 1 and Kinder 2 with Br. Emmanuel L. Ines, SVD, displayed their beautiful costumes as they roam around the campus. The students from the Elementary, High School and College Departments, as the audience, were indeed star-strucked by the little disciples of Jesus. The kids sang a bible jingle with their little baskets. They were given treats by the faculty and other staffs with Fr. Gil T. Manalo, SVD.

After the parade, the pupils had a short film viewing and other activities like singing and dancing. The pupils also had some parlor games like basag palayok (hit the earthen pot) and jump and grab the candies. A potluck party was done after.

The celebration certainly went very successful. The kids got tired but were very happy that you could see them smile from ear to ear. They learned many things like having self-confidence, how to socialize, and share. And most of all, they learned about the importance of the Bible and how it’ll give hope for the community’s progress.

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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


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

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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