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


DWCU Employees

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