School Opening Mass 2019


DSC_0277The educational community of the Divine Word College of Urdaneta trooped to St. Michael Gymnasium on June 07,2019 to attend the first Friday mass, and officially commenced the School Year 2019-2020.

The main presider was Rev. Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, the DWCU President and accompanied by the SVD Priests, Rev.Fr. Yohanes Bala, SVD, the Finance Officer, Rev.Fr. Venerando Yator, the Campus Minister and Rev.Fr. Leonardo Hiquiana, the DWCU Canteen Manager. In the mass, the president reflected on the theme “Witness to the Word, Educating with Integrity.” He said that learning with integrity is achieved, “when we have the passion to learn new things, when we learn with a sense of mission, when we know how to listen, and when we aspire to become credible leaders.”  According to Fr. Ibay, “loving the Lord is not only manifested in words and good intentions, but it is learning with integrity.”

After the Eucharist, Fr. Ibay introduced to the whole community the College Administrative Council. The two Principals Mrs. Marlyn Laroco and Ms. Carolina Sayapen presented the educators in their respective departments. Fr. Yohanes Bala, SVD, the Finance Officer, introduced the Non-teaching Personnel. Fr. Leonardo Hiquiana, SVD, made known to the whole community the Canteen Staff. After the presentation of the faculty and the non-teaching staff, Fr. Roberto Ibay, SVD and the whole learners offered a prayer for them asking the Lord to bless them and to make the school year 2019-2020 more meaningful and a fruitful one.


SVD Characteristic Dimensions (CD) Youth Camp



“The Love of Christ’s Impels Us. – 2 Cor. 5:14” The theme song for this year’s 6-day SVD 4CD Camp held at Divine Word College Laoag, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte last May 26- June 1, 2019. It was the first time that the camp move after 7 years from the SVD Philippines Central Province to SVD Philippines Northern Province. The Divine Word College of Urdaneta was not isolated from this camp. Fr. Venerando Yator, SVD, the Campus Minister, Ms. Angela Marizze D. Rafanan, English High School Teacher, and Ms. Yra Maru Esperanza, St. Arnold- Gr. 10 Student attended and participated actively in the said camp.

#SVD4CDCamp8 was a fruitful event to all the campers who came from different provinces in Central and Northern Luzon, as well as provinces in the South. The national camp seeks to harness the Filipino youth’s passion in helping the society by stimulating in them the SVD Mission spirit through the SVD Characteristic Dimensions: Bible, Communication, Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) and Mission Animation.

The theme “Filipino Youth: Rooted in the Word, Committed in His Mission” is the main theme this year. The 6-day camp was divided into three agenda: Mind (Understanding the WORD,) Body and Spirit (Living the Word,) and Heart and Spirit (Doing the WORD.)

Day 1 focuses with the arrival of the participant from all over the country. The welcome program or the Sarabo Time started at 3:00 PM. Orientation was held as well as the Bible Enthronement. It was followed by the Pamulinawen Meal and the Ray-Aw Night or the Merry Making Night.

Day 2 and 3 embodies the SVD Characteristic Dimensions through talks and discussions by the SVD Priests. The opening mass was presided by Rev. Fr. Romeo S. Fajardo, SVD. It was followed by the Prophetic Dialogue started by Fr. Edwin Fernandez, SVD with the four characteristic Dimensions. Followed by Rev.Fr. Romeo Benitez, SVD with Bible Apostolate, Rev. Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD with Communication, Rev. Fr. Reynaldo B. Jimenez, SVD with JPIC and Rev. Fr. Oscar Alunday, SVD with Mission Animation.

In day 4, the campers went to Adams, Ilocos Norte for the Pannakipagnaed or staying in with their respective foster families. The mass was presided by Fr. Louie Cris Gregorio, SVD the resident SVD priest of Adams.

Day 5 and 6 were the most memorable and emotional as the campers countdown on going back to their respective places. The closing mass was presided by the DWCU President, Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD.

Truly a great experience spiritually, emotionally and socially to all the participants as Christ love’s impels us.


DWCU Participants with Fr. Edwin Fernandez, SVD, DWCL Campus Minister


DWCU delegates with the DWCU President, Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, and the DWCU Campus Minister, Fr. Venerando J. Yator, SVD


Arnoldus family at Adams, Ilocos Norte


DWCU President Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD as the mass presider for the closing mass of SVD 4CD Camp Year 8



The participants from Divine Word College of Urdaneta, Ms. Angela Marizze Rafanan, DWCU High School Teacher, Ms. Yra Maru Esperanza, Grade 10 St-Arnold Student, and Fr. Venerando J. Yator, SVD, DWCU Campus Minister


DWCU delegates with the delegates from Divine Word College of Legazpi


Group 2 – Communication

DWCU First Day of Classes 2019

First Day of Classes in DWCU for School Year 2019-2020

IMG_2249June 3, 2019  at 7:20 in the morning, administrators, educators, non-teaching personnel, learners and parents gathered together with joy and enthusiasm at the DWCU quadrangle for the flag ceremony and to start the new school year. Mr. Kyle Labrado was in charge of proclaiming the Word of God as a light of the Divinians in living and learning with the value of Integrity.  Miss Jennifer Dulay intoned the National Hymn, Urdaneta Hymn, and the DWCU Hymn. Fr. Roberto Ibay, SVD, the DWCU President, welcomed, congratulated and thanked the Divinians for considering DWCU as their school and home. Likewise, he congratulated them by putting their trust and confidence to DWCU educators to inspire them to develop their talents and potentials. Fr. Ibay, SVD, expressed in his message that integrity as a value in DWCU is possible when the learners have the passion and openness to learn, integrity is possible when learners know how to use and take care of the facilities, when learnersimg_2252.jpg come to the school on time and with proper uniform and one thing more, integrity is possible when learners know how to listen. After the words of Fr. Ibay, SVD, Mrs. Marlyn Laroco, the DWCU High School Principal, extended her warm and sincere welcome to the Divinians, to the educators and to the parents who were present. Then, she introduced to the community the qualified advisers and educators in the Junior and Senior High School department.

IMG_2255Another highlight of the opening of classes – year 2019-2020, was the blessing of the new comfort rooms donated by the DWCU Batch ’84. Fr. Ibay, SVD,  prayed and thanked the generous alumni for giving/sharing their time, resources and treasures to realize the renovation of the comfort rooms for male and female learners. He also urged the educational community, to take care of such facilities as an appreciation and respect to the unselfish Alumni Batch ’84. After these activities, the students went with joy to their respective classrooms with their own class advisers ready and willing to be formed in the light of the Divine WORD.

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