By: Claro Monsanto, IV-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


Kulminasyon ng Buwan ng Wika sa DWCU

Kulminasyon ng Buwan ng Wika sa DWCU

DSC_0063Ang mga mag-aaral, guro, mga relihiyoso at mga magulang ng DWCU ay nagbuklod sa loob ng St. Michael Gymnasium noong Agosto 31, 2017 sa ganap na 8:15 ng umaga para bigyan ng kulminasyon ang lahat ng actividades na ginanap sa Buwan ng Wika. Ang programa ay sinimulan ng panalangin ni Marjorie Gonzales, ang SSG Religion Coordinator.  Sumunod ang pagpugay sa bandila ng Pilipinas na isinagawa ng mga opisyales ng C.A.T.  Ang Pambansang Awit ay naisagawa sa pamumuno ng Saint Arnold Class – Grade 10.  Ang Punong Guro ng Elementary na si Bb. Carolina T. Sayapen ay nagbigay ng Pambungad na Salita.  Binigyan diin nya na ang DWCU ay binibigyan ng kahalagahan ang Pambansang Wika at ito ay ipinapakita sa ibat-ibang pamamaraan gaya ng pagsayaw, tula, awit, dula-dulaan, masining na pagkukwento, sabayang pagbigkas, patimpalak sa pagsayaw at awit kundiman. Sinabi rin nya na “sa pamamagitan ng programa sa Buwan ng Wika, bilang isang komunidad, ipinapakita natin ang pagmamahal natin sa Filipino bilang Pambansang Wika.”  Si Padre Roberto Ibay, SVD, ang pinuno ng DWCU ay tinawag din para magbigay ng kanyang mensahe.  Sinabi nya na ang Wika ay  ugat ng pagbabago kapag ginagamit natin ng wasto, kapag ang wika at gawa o buhay ay may pagkakaisa at maaabot ang pagbabago kapag tinatangkilik ang wikang Filipino.

Pagkatapos ng iba’t-ibang patimpalak, si Bb. Marilyn E. Abenes ay tinawag para ipaalamat ipakilala ang mga nagwagi sa Sekondarya. Si Gng. Mae Liza Cabrilles ay ang nagbigay ng pagkilala sa mga nagwagi na estudyante sa Departamento ng Kolehiyo at si Bb. Chiara B. Baltazar ang nagpakilala sa mga nagwagi sa Elementarya.

Ang paligsahan ay nagtapos sa isang panalangin na pinamunuan ni Mariel Ysabel Cando, Kalihim ng Legion of Mary. Ang mga tagapagkilala ng programa na si Maria Cassandra Pre at Rhonald Vandrin Lugo ay nagpasalamat sa lahat ng nakilahok sa programa dahil sa kanilang aktibong kooperasyon nakamit ang adhikain ng Programa ng Buwan ng Wika ngayong taon 2017.  Sinabi nila na tunay nga, na ang Wikang Filipino ay Wikang Mapagbago.

Pinning of Ranks of DWCU CAT Officers



The 2017 DWCU C.A.T. Officers

The DWCU Citizenship Advancement Training (CAT) Officers for school year 2017 – 2108 had the Pinning of Ranks together with their Parents last August 25, 2017 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning. The said activity had the theme “DWCU CAT Officers: Duty Before Honor, Honor Before Power.” It was started with a prayer led by Hanna Beanca V. Corpuz, S3 Intelligence Officer and a welcome remarks given by Jansen Carl O. Bautista, the Corps Executive Officer.

After the pinning of ranks, Maria Adelaida T. Gerola, the Corps Commander addressed the students, teachers and parents and her fellow officers. She said that, “To be an officer connotes discipline, responsibility and service. We assure you to help the school to spread discipline and to work for the welfare of the community.”

Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, also gave his message, congratulating and thanking the C.A.T. Officers. He said, “Rank is not just power and authority. It is about service, duty and honor. The more you serve, the more you protect the common good, the more you earn authority and credibility.”

The program continued with a presentation prepared by the CAT Officers and it was ended by a prayer and blessing.





Mr. Jay-R Soriano, Grade 9-Leviticus Class Adviser who spearheaded the Feeding Program sponsored by the Grade 9 Students

Feast day has been an annual celebration of every class in Divine Word College of Urdaneta. This is the day the students have been waiting for; to have a break with their academic stuff, to prepare foods and games, and to have a good time with their classmates.

This is not just a day of having fun, but also a day students, together with their adviser, shared their blessings with the children of Brgy. Bayaoas, Urdaneta City, Pangasinan.

The Leviticus class celebrated their feast day, together with their adviser, Mr. Jay- R D. Soriano last August 24, 2017. The celebration commenced with a mass at 8:45 AM presided by Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, the President of Divine Word College of Urdaneta, to give them a blessing for the whole day activities for the feeding program. There were 30 children accompanied by their guardians from Brgy. Bayaoas and each received gifts from different sponsors. The program was hosted by Paulin Mae Manzano, a grade 9 student. The feeding program started with the prayer led by Nadine Lucero followed by a welcome remark by Mr. Louise Lorian. In that program, there were games prepared by the students. The kids were very happy with their experience though some did not win the game. After the games, the food was served by the students of Grade 9 – Exodus, Genesis and Levitus Class It was a happy snack with sandwich, spaghetti, juice, yoghurt, biscuits, and hotdog with marshmallows.

It was such a good feeling to see those children with a big smile on their faces. They appreciated the foods and simple gifts they received given by the students and other sponsors. Truly, feast day is a breakthrough; the students not only enjoyed but also learned from the experience.

Symposium on Anti-Bullying Act of 2013

Symposium on Anti-Bullying Act of 2013


Symposium on Anti-Bullying attended by DWCU Students

Bullying is one of the problems we face in this day and age specifically in educational institutions. Both schools and workplaces are much more aware of the potential for bullying, and usually have plans and policies in place to manage it. With this, the DWCU organized a Symposium on Anti-Bullying Act of 2013 with a theme: “The DWCU Community Advocates Peaceful Learning to Learners: No to Bullying”. It was facilitated by Mr. Marione A. Cayabyab. The said affair was held last August 14, 2017 at St. Michael Gymnasium. The symposium started with an opening remark given by the Principal of Elementary Department Ms. Carolina T. Sayapen. The symposium was divided into three sessions with one hour allotted time for each session. For the first session the participants were the Grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 St. Bernadette and St. Cecilia. While for the second session the participants were the Grade 8 St. Agnes, Grades 9 and 10 St. Francis and St. Joseph. And for the last session the participants were the Grade 10 St. Arnold, Grades 11 A and B, Grade 12 and the College students.


Mr. Marion A. Cayabyab, the Facilitator of the Anti-Bullying Symposium received his Certificate of Appreciation from Mrs. Joelita Bernabe, College Dean and Mrs. Marissa T. Sanchez, the Guidance Counselor

Mr. Marione A. Cayabyab starts the program with an activity that really captures the attention of everyone. He shared his ideas and knowledge about the Republic Act 10627 Sec.II or the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013. He encouraged every single learner to avoid bullying. As what he said on the said affair, “We are losing our identity, our relationship to God and to other people, and our dreams as well when we bully someone.” He gave emphasis on how do we manage bullying in any form of it. It is truly a remarkable day for the learners and educators as well since it is refreshment for them and to think that bullying is not good. At the end of the said affair, Mrs. Joelita M. Bernabe together with Mrs. Marissa Sanchez was tasked to give the certificate of appreciation to Mr. Marione Cayabyab.


Classroom Management Workshops for DWCU Educators

Classroom Management Workshops

for DWCU Educators

DSC_0076In the utmost desire of the educators of DWCU to deliver quality education to the learners, a classroom management workshop was organized for them. It was facilitated by Dr. Reynald Mamasig, a DWCU Alumnus Batch ‘85. The said academic activity was held last August 11, 2017 at the DWCU Conference Hall. The workshop started with an opening remark given by the school President Fr. Ibay, SVD. He said, “Classroom management styles of teachers can be depicted along two dimensions (Baumrind, 1971): type of control exercised over students, and degree of involvement of teachers with students. Furthermore, in his welcome address, Fr. Ibay mentioned about the authoritative, the authoritarian, the permissive, and the indulgent style of classroom management.

DSC_0108Dr. Reynald Mamasig shared about the importance of creating and establishing an engagement with the students to have an effective classroom management. He encouraged the educators to employ varied means/style of greeting the learners to establish a connection with them. He said that learning is fun when there is participation and contextualization of the different concepts and strategies employed. The speaker also reminded the educators that they have a mentoring role and not just imparting knowledge. With this word, He said that teaching is an unconditional concern, it exudes meaningful sacrifice, it is impactful and paradoxical. He also emphasized that teaching needs to have vision, inclusivity, community and emotion (V.I.C.E)

Fr. Venerando Yator, SVD the DWCU Campus Minister was tasked to give the certificate of appreciation to Dr. Mamasig.  Mrs. Marlyn Laroco, the High School Principal  thanked the facilitator. She reiterated the value of having a vision before entering into the classroom and likewise the relevance of transforming the classroom as a class home to easily facilitate classroom management and ultimately to achieve quality education for the learners.

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