Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD New DWCU President

June 22, 2017- the DWCU Community gathered to celebrate the installation of Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD as the DWCU President, in a Eucharistic Celebration with the theme “Witness to the Word: Forming Communion of Communities with Social Responsibility.” The said mass also served as the opening mass for the School Year 2017-2018. Fr. Leonardo P. Hiquiana, SVD, House Praeses, gave a short introduction as he welcomed everyone to the celebration. He also introduced Fr. Venerando J. Yator, SVD as the new Campus Minister of DWCU. Few guests attended including the Diocesan and SVD Priests to celebrate with the new DWCU President. Fr. Edwin Fernandez, SVD, the representative of Fr. Provincial and Chairman of the DWCU Board of Trustees, was the Mass Presider and Homilist.

During the Rite of Installation, Fr. Edwin Fernandez, SVD entrusted the great responsibility of being the President of the Divine Word College of Urdaneta to Fr. Robert.

Symbolic items were handed to Fr. Robert that will guide him in his leadership – the Bible, which will be the source of inspiration and spiritual nourishment for him personally and for the school Community; the toga, hood and robe, as symbols of academic excellence and authority; the DWCU Mace depicting the School Motto – Verbo Veritatis, Verbo Vitae (Word of Truth, Word of Life) and the DWCU flag with its colors of golden yellow and blue.

Fr. Robert J. Ibay, SVD in his response, filled with gratitude, thanked Fr. Vice Provincial for his trust and confidence in him. He said that the Rite of Installation done within the mass affirms and reminds that a leader is a shepherd, a steward and a servant. As a shepherd, he journeys consistently with the people he serves; as a steward, a leader has the authority and power to uplift others and not himself and as a servant leader, the joy and fulfillment lie in doing well for others – the good of DWCU!

Fr. Robert also mentioned his sincere gratitude to the Society of the Divine Word, the DWCU Board of Trustees, for entrusting him the responsibility as the first Alumnus President of DWCU. He also expressed his gratitude to the DWCU Community, Alumni and his Batch mates, his former Basketball Coach and former Educators in DWCU for they have inspired and prepared him to become a Shepherd, a Steward and a Servant Leader.





Welcome back to school Divinians!

June 13, 2017 marks the opening of the Academic Year 2017-2018 for the Divine Word College of Urdaneta with the Theme: Witness to the Word: Forming Communion of Communities with Social Responsibility. Everyone gathered at the St. Michael’s gymnasium  as the old and new students were welcomed.

An opening prayer was given by Fr. Venerando Yator, SVD, the DWCU Campus Minister. Mr. Jay-R D. Soriano, a High School Faculty led the singing of the National Anthem, followed immediately by the singing of the Urdaneta Hymn and DWCU Hymn.

Fr. Leonardo P. Hiquiana, SVD, House Praeses and Acting Finance Officer introduced the SVD Priests and Administrators; the faculty from Pre-school & Elementary, High School and College Departments were introduced by the Department Heads namely Ms. Carolina T. Sayapen,  Mrs. Marlyn R. Laroco and Mrs. Joelita M. Bernabe respectively. The non-teaching staff were also introduced by Mrs. Marissa T. Sanchez, the HR Coordinator and Guidance Counselor.

Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, the DWCU President, invited everyone this school year to learn with a MISSION – first; to learn with a mission to excel; second, to learn with a mission to love the value of integrity; third, to learn with a mission to live with social responsibility; and finally, to learn with a mission to evangelize. 

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The DWCU SVD Priests (l-r) Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD – President, Fr. Yohanes Bala, SVD – Finance Officer, Fr. Venerando Yator, SVD – Campus Minister , & Fr. Leonardo P. Hiquiana, SVD – House Praeses

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The DWCU Administrative Council Members (l-r) Fr. Venerando Yator, SVD, Fr. Roberto Ibay, SVD, Mrs. Joelita Bernabe, Ms. Carolina Sayapen, Mr. Louise Lorian, Mrs. Marissa Sanchez, Mrs. Marlyn Laroco, Fr. Yohanes Bala, SVD, Fr. Leonardo Hiquiana, SVD

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The Pre-school & Elementary Faculty

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The Junior & Senior High Faculty

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Members of the College Faculty

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The Non-teaching Staff





Communication as a Key to Effective Education Through Professional Ethics and Personality Development


Mr. Philippe Jose S. Hernandez, the Resource Speaker

The Divine Word College of Urdaneta is now ready for the Academic Year 2017-2018 boosting its Teaching and Non-teaching staff with equipped standards that can be boasted from other private schools in the city. On June 8, 2017, the DWCU Community graced an In-service Training on Effective Communication and Personality Development with Professional Ethics in collaboration with Phoenix Book Company. Mr. Philippe Jose S. Hernandez was the resource speaker. Mr. Hernandez is an English language teacher, researcher, seminar facilitator, editor, and textbook author. He teaches at the University of Santo Tomas- Senior High School and serves as UST’s Assistant Director of the Social Media Bureau on top of his overwhelming achievements.

The seminar was a whole day activity wherein it compasses talks, activities, and real life scenario in a classroom set up. It was a fun filled experience because the speaker was energetic, full of bright ideas and he captured his crowd very well. All ears were on him as he spoke great values on education. He stated “Your freedom ends when your responsibility begins”, this is to clear out issues like the use of one of the most influential information-dissemination in today’s era – Social Media. The millennials as they were called today are the students/children who were born in the 21st century who were exposed and having been using gadgets as early as 2-3 years old. Using social media as a diversion of emotions and styles and fashions, an open diary and album of each individual, but he emphasized that “whatever you post make sure that you filtered and thought about it, remember click but think before you post.” Highlighting the seminar were the attitudes that are supposed to be innate in one educator in order for him/her to cope with the students and manage classroom as well. First on his bucket lists is Standards – what are the standards that a school (a Catholic school on that point) should be aiming, which should be followed by the teachers from all levels, Second is Punctuality, Third is Attire– the proper use of clothes in every occasion, Fourth is Behaviors– by following the cultures wherever an individual goes, Fifth is Public Image – how well an educator projects himself/herself in the public eye, Sixth is Teacher-Student Boundary – the wall between the teachers and students to avoid conflicts and favoritism and lastly the Teacher-Parent Boundary – to avoid unnecessary discrimination.

As the seminar ended Father President Roberto J. Ibay, SVD gave his final message saying “Effective Communication, Professional Ethics and Personality Development are important to deliver quality education in DWCU. Putting into practice all these themes inspire the students and the whole educational community to achieve their aspirations in life for themselves and for the good of others.”

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