Most Rev. Jacinto A. Jose, DD

Urdaneta City. The Divine Word College of Urdaneta is blessed with bishops as the main celebrants and homilists on this school year’s commencement exercises. Last March 26, the Pre-School and Elementary Departments were blessed with the presence of the Most Rev. Jacinto “Jack” A. Jose, DD – the bishop of the Diocese of Urdaneta as the main celebrant and homilist. During the celebration the good bishop proudly shared to the parents and the whole congregation his Divinian formation when he was still a student of the Divine Word College of Laoag years back. The DWCU as an institution and a community occupies a special place in the heart of the bishop. The whole academic community of the DWCU is grateful to the Bishop for his inspiration and full support to the vision-mission-goal of this noble institution. Thank you very much dear Bishop Jack for journeying with us in our life and mission as Divinians and as Witness to the Word. The DWCU is committed to her mission to support the local church as a Catholic College. We assure you of our full support to the implementation of the revised Diocesan Integrated Pastoral Plan (DIPP) as we celebrate with you the Silver Jubilee of the Diocese of Urdaneta.

Bishop Pol Jaucian, DD

On the other hand, the High School Department share the same intensity of blessings with Most Rev. Leopoldo C. Jaucian, SVD, DD as their main celebrant and homilist during their Thanksgiving Mass and Guest Speaker as well during the Graduation Rites. Bishop Jaucian is the first outstanding student ever produced by the DWCU who rose to the ranks of the Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. His Excellency is the first Divinian ever to become a bishop. The DWCU produced already a number of priests and brothers through the years as this institution was primarily established for the formation of future SVD Missionaries.

Bishop Jaucian as an alumnus inspired parents and students during his Key Note Address when he recounted his challenging experiences within the confines of the Campus of the DWCU  as a student and his continuous struggle to advance his studies as a working student at Christ the King Seminary in Quezon City until he decided to enter the formation towards priesthood. Indeed, to be financially challenged is not a hindrance for success as evidenced by his Excellency Pol Jaucian.  He is now the Bishop of the Diocese of Bangued, the whole province of Abra in the Cordilleras.

James Patrick S. Pico

Augmenting the inspiring message of our guest speaker was the valedictory address of James Patrick S. Pico. Avowed as valedictorian of the High School Department for this school year 2009-2010, James Patrick delivered his speech in flawless fashion challenging and inspiring all his listeners to value education above all and to enthrone the quest for wisdom with the highest priority. The board of trustees then with the Administrators, Faculty, non-Academic personnel, students and parents of the Divine Word College of Urdaneta congratulate all our graduates specially to our honor students for this school year. We salute you!

Congratulations to all

our Divinian Graduates…..



Tony Augustin, Cindy Angel and Divina Sevilla Proclaimed Bronze Medalists in Taekwondo

Lingayen, Pangasinan. The DWCU tertiary level athletes attended and actively participated recently on the 20th regional athletic meet of Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) of Region 1 – Northern Luzon held last November 27-30 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) in Lingayen the Capital Town of the Province of Pangasinan. An estimate of more or less a thousand athletes, players, coaches and officials participated the sports events. Seven tertiary school divisions  around region 1 known as PRISAA chapters took part of the regional competition. The sports event opened with a street parade from the provincial capitol plaza towards the NRSCC where the opening ceremony was meaningfully held.

The Divine Word College of Urdaneta academic community proudly congratulates our Taekwondo Players: Tony Augustin (BSE-2) on Pin Weight Division, Cindy Angel (BEED 1) on Bantam Weight Division and Divina Sevilla (BSC-1) on Pin Weight Division – for bringing home the bronze medals with their taekwondo expert coach Mrs. Corazon O. Bustria.

Among the featured sports were baseball, football sepak takraw, basketball, beach volleyball, softball, volleyball, athletics, badminton, boxing, chess, dance sports, karatedo, lawn tennis, swimming, table tennis and taekwondo.

The winners in the different sporting events will move on to compete in the games among the State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) as well as the Local Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (LCUAA) in January next year. Meanwhile the Regional Association of Higher Education Institution (RAHEI) of Region 1 prepares the contests on different Academic and Cultural events scheduled also on the same month of the coming new year 2010.



Young Journalists Shine in Division Press Con

Three “The Vine” staffers bagged 1st place in this years’ Division Schools’ Press Conference held at Urdaneta I Central School last November 9 – 10, 2009.  Five other journalists also secured awards to qualify themselves for the upcoming Regional Schools Press Conference.

Kimvirly Zayat, Redentor Immanuel Ridao and Nina Charisse Evangelista gained themselves gold medals in Editorial Writing, Editorial Cartooning English and  “Pagsulat ng Pangulong Tudling” respectively.

Zayat, Ridao, Evangelista and five others have qualified themselves for the RSPC.

Divine Word College of Urdaneta ranked 2nd runner-up in the said conference which was participated by both private and public schools.

The DWCU academic community with Administrators, Faculty, Staff, PTA, Alumni and Students congratulate our young winners. We are proud of you!

Congratulations too to “The Vine” Adviser Ms. Charisma O. Ursua and to the Elementary Principal Mrs. Marina Elizabeth M. Domingo!






Oratio Imperata





Today the whole community of the Divine Word College of Urdaneta celebrates in a Solemn Mass the birthday of Mama Mary and the 134th foundation anniversary of the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) founded by St. Arnold Janssen in Steyl, Holland on September 8, 1875. The holy mass also ushered the SVD Mission Month of September and the World Mission Month of October. As a Mission School, the DWCU community actively promotes the mission awareness and mission animation.

The institutional mass this time was sponsored by the College Department headed by the Dean Mrs. Leonida D. Javillo together will all the faculty and students of the said department. Rev. Fr. Noel Ferrer, SVD the finance officer  was the main celebrant with the whole SVD community as co-celebrants: Rev. Fr. Bernard  Teneza, SVD the rector, Rev. Fr. Jesus del Rosario, SVD the Spiritual Director, Rev. Fr. Servasius Tethun Wagiman, SVD the Prefect of Discipline and Rev. Fr. Dominador O. Ramos, SVD the president of the College. The highlight of the mass was focused on the loving expression of the daughters and sons towards the Mother  of the Divine Word, Mama Mary as each one beginning from the youngest offered most selected flowers to her image singing sincerely a Happy Birthday song lifting up the intentions of each Divinian!


The President expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the whole community in behalf of the more than 6,000 Divine Word Missionaries spread all over the world in more than 70 countries for the continuous missionary support of the academic community as well as their loving greetings and prayers for the SVDs  on this foundation day. He admonished as well as inspired the whole community to pray to our Mother Mary that she will continue to faithfully shower her love to every Divinian and place each one under the mantle of her maternal protection.

Happy Birthday Mama Mary…. Happy 134th Foundation Anniversary to the SVDs!

flowers for Mother Mary

flowers for Mother Mary

Prayer to the Holy Virgin Mother of God

O dear Mother,

who reaches out to all

and brings the devotion to God in this world,

with exceeding gladness

accept these flowers

as a sign of our love

and reverent recognition of the dignity of  your being

the holy Virgin Mother of God.

Our hearts are filled with joy

as we celebrate your nativity.

For you are born to become a witness

of God’s love in this world by giving birth to His Son.

In our hearts you are always remembered.

As a young woman,

you coped well with the

extraordinary situation

(the annunciation).

You willingly listen to God

and delighted in his every message.

With an undivided heart

you willingly accept the mysterious design of his will

by saying:

“I am the handmaid of the Lord;

let it be done to me according

to your words.

As a betrothed woman, who at considerable personal risk,

courageously give free and responsible consent

to the call of God

–and did so on your own initiative.

As traveling woman

who left home in haste

to seek the companionship

of your cousin Elizabeth

who   was also amazingly filled with a new life.

As a pregnant woman inspired by the

spirit of God

to burst into prophecy

about the greatness of God

who liberated the poor.

As a mature woman

who was not defined simply by child bearing,

more profoundly by the way in which,

as a disciple, you heard the Word of God

and acted upon it.

As a courageous woman, who bore the

grief of the violent, destructive death

of your son,

not letting death

destroy you.

As a prayerful woman, again away from home

as a part of the community

of disciples of women and men, patiently wait

for the gift of the Spirit of the risen Lord.




official100logo[1]The delegation of the Divine Word College of Urdaneta – SVD community, seminarians, administrators, faculty, non-academic personnel and students attended the 3-day Grand Culmination of the SVD Centennial Celebration that started with a “PANGILI” a welcome ceremony at St. Therese of the Child of Jesus Parish in Penarubia, Abra last August 21, Friday.

Thanksgiving Mass at St. James the Elder Cathedral in Bangued

Thanksgiving Mass at St. James the Elder Cathedral in Bangued

On the second day, August 22, Saturday the Solemn Thanksgiving Mass was celebrated at the St. James the Elder Cathedral in Bangued. The holy mass was officiated by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines His Excellency Archbishop Joseph Adams, D.D. with Father Superior General Antonio M. Pernia concelebrated by twenty other Archbishops and bishops and about 250 SVDs and Diocesan Clergy.

President Arroyo attended the mass after inaugurating the   Abra Ugnayan Center at the Provincial Capitol. She was joined in the mass by Abra Representative Cecilia Seares-Luna, Governor Eustaquio Bersamin and Bangued Mayor Dominic Valera.

Thanksgiving MassAn estimated crowd of 3,000 attended the mass composed of priests, nuns, parishioners from 21 parishes of the Diocese of Abra, guests from Taiwan and other faithful from nearby provinces.

The two-hour mass was marked by the blowing of carabao horns to remember the grace-filled history of the SVD in the Philippines. An ethnic dance was also performed during the mass as part of the cultural history of SVD in Abra.

The scriptural readings were also read in Ilokano, Ayug Tingguian, Tagalog and English.

Adams said that one hundred years after the SVD arrived in the Philippines, they came back to Abra to celebrate the beginnings of their roots in the country.

At night was a CULTURAL CENTENNIAL PRESENTATION Cultural Dancewhere our participants from the DWCU went on stage with other Divine Word Colleges here in the Northern Philippines. The presentation was simply entitled THE PHOTOGRAPH which narrates the glorious history of the SVDs for a hundred years of mission in songs, dances, speech choirs and drama presentations.

DWCU Performers

Fr. Antonio Pernia, SVD - Superior General

Fr. Antonio Pernia, SVD - Superior General

The third day started with a long and colorful motorcade from the SVD District House in Ubbog to San Isidro (Cagutongan) the cradle of the Philippine SVD.  A prayer service on the tomb of Fr. Juan Scheirmann, SVD was held before entering the town. The CENTENNIAL MASS then was held presided by no other than the SUPERIOR GENERAL ANTONIO M. PERNIA, SVD at the Our Lady of the Pillar Parish Church in San Isidro together with the three provincials: Fr. Jerome Adriatico, SVD (PHN), Fr. Nielo Cantilado, SVD (PHC) and Vice Provincial Fr. Eduardo Rocha, SVD (PHS) with more than a hundred SVDs from all over the world. The celebration ended with an AGAPE where everybody shared the food prepared for the occassion.

The DWCU delegation brought with them the intentions of the whole academic community in two Grand Thanksgiving Masses and a Pilgrimage to San Isidro – the cradle of the Philippine SVD. The Lord the Divine Word showered His Blessings making the grand celebration a great success as we remember the way we were, we rejoice the present blessings and we renew our MISSION.


The DWCU Delegation

The DWCU Delegation

DWCU Staff w/ Fr. Pernia

Some DWCU Staff with Superior General Fr. Antonio Pernia, SVD



"Wastong Nutrisyon Kailangan, Lifestyles Diseases Iwasan"

"Wastong Nutrisyon Kailangan, Lifestyles Diseases Iwasan"

The Divine Word College of Urdaneta joined the whole nation in observing the 35th year of Nutrition Month (NM). This year’s celebration was guided by the theme, “Wastong nutrisyon kailangan, lifestyle diseases iwasan!” to highlight the important role of proper nutrition in the prevention and control of diet-related lifestyle diseases.

Last July 28,  Tuesday – all departments of this Catholic institution led by their respective principals and the college dean organized and successfully celebrated the simultaneous culmination program. The Pre-School and Elementary Department took the Janssen Hall as the venue of their festivities. The High School Department having the biggest population in the campus made the St. Michael Gymnasium into a haven of food, music, dances and competitions while the College Department occupied the whole third floor of the main building with their commendable improvized stage and cooking laboratory.




DWCU Experienced an Increase in Enrollment this School Year 2009-2010

The DWCU College Council in its regular monthly meeting yesterday afternoon officially declared an increase in enrollment of a total of 62 students.  The most number of increase being in the Pre-School and the Elementary Department with a total of 44 pupils.

In behalf of the administration therefore we express our heartfelt gratitude to those in one way or the other helped in bringing back more students to the Divine Word College of Urdaneta.  We share to you then the comparative graph of our enrollment summary for the past five years  (see graph).  We look forward to continue the upward trend next school year which started only this year after a 3-year slide that hit the bottom last school year.  Despite of the world economic crisis the Lord has blessed us through our prayers and hard work.





The Office of the President spearheaded a new Family Network courtesy of “”.  The objective of this new site is to gather all the DWCU family members specially our alumni to keep in touch with their Alma Mater, their classmates, batchmates, teachers, professors, mentors and administrators of the Divine Word College of Urdaneta. As this is a Family Network, it is exclusive in nature, confined only to the members of our clan. Those who can log on and visit this site are only the members of this clan and those who receive the invitation.

Meet your DWCU family members then. Be a member to the DIVINIAN – THE DWCU FAMILY NETWORK. See them in their pictures, videos and listen to their favorite music that will help you reminisce the wonderful past within the confines of the Campus of your Alma Mater. Meet your friends now celebrating their success stories all over the world.

The administrators will be grateful to you if you encode your official and proper names and data and upload your good picture. Remember, this site is exclusive to our academic community. We envisioned it to be more professional and formal. The environment is Catholic as we are a catholic institution. This site then is not only for socialization but also for spiritual growth, inspiration and moral upliftment. Every member who signs in will be prayed for by the whole community. Whatever your intentions specially for our daily masses then let us know and we will help you lift up your prayers and petitions.

For you to become a member of this Family Network kindly observe the following:

  1. Send your e-mail to:
  2. We will invite you
  3. Encode properly your personal data
  4. Upload your recent picture
  5. Welcome to the Family

God bless you all!

Fr. Doms,svd