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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Fr. Gil T. Manalo, SVD – DWCU President SY : 2011 – 2016

          School year 2016-2017 had been a winding up period for my six-year term as President of Divine Word College of Urdaneta. Those years were filled with challenges and responsibilities brought about by the educational reforms of DepEd and CHED – the K to 12 Curriculum.

        The path that we took had prepared and engaged the Administration, Faculty, Personnel, Students, Parents and Alumni into this enormous change in the academic thrust of the school related to the government educational program. We initially worked out the government permits and certifications needed for the operation of the Elementary, High School and College Departments. In the process, we were able to comply with the DepEd and CHED requirements, and we brought about most improvements in the physical plant, instruction, educational programs, production and outreach service of the school.

           The ending of my term was highlighted by the 50th Founding Anniversary of DWCU. It was then that the vision of Fr. August Herbers, SVD was revisited, celebrated and renewed through the theme of the event which is “DWCU @50: Proclaiming the Word of Truth, Living the Word Of Life and Alive in Mission.” That very occasion manifested the dedication and commitment of the school people of the past as well as the incumbent. It became the avenue for the Alumni to bond together in reminiscing their high school days; likewise, an occasion that bolstered their support to the institution financially and physically, and their collaboration through their commitment in continually sending their children to study at DWCU. The PTA members dedicatedly worked with the Administration and Faculty for the preparation of the Jubilee in all aspects. The students likewise gave their best shots in helping out for the preparation and in giving life to the progress of activities through sharing their talents and expressing their dreams.

          I would like to thank the Board of Trustees and my superiors for the trust and unending support that they have accorded me during my term. My gratitude also goes to my fellow SVDs, Administrators, Faculty and Personnel in the school for giving themselves and their full dedication to the ideals of the institution. My sincerest appreciations to the PTA Members and Alumni, SVD Friends and supporters for journeying with us in the institution as we went through the hurdles of making a wholesome environment and designing a better future for our students.

              Above all, I praise and thank God who serves as a beacon of hope and the guiding light to all of us in DWCU. I am very much aware that for all we have accomplished, He, himself had been the power behind us and the hope that inspired us.

              To God be the glory for He allowed us to share in His mission!




DSC_2078This month of February’s jubilations were further highlighted by the joyful celebration of  DWCU’s 50th Foundation Day, which was started by the sacrifice of the Holy Eucharist with the Theme: DWCU @50 Empowered by Word of Truth, Proclaiming the Word of Life and Alive in Mission. Each day is highlighted by a celebration of the Holy Eucharist. The first day is a tribute to the SVD who owns and manage the School, in whose missionary spirit draws the life of the school. The celebration was presided by Rev. Fr Emil Pati, SVD and attended by 30 SVD concelebrating priest and 4


SVD Priests with Rev. Fr. Emil B. Pati, SVD

SVD Religious Brothers The second day was a tribute to the Local Diocese of Urdaneta, who is a strong partner in Evangelization and where the school was planted. The Holy Mass was presided by His Excellency Bishop Jacinto Jose, DD. Bishop of Urdaneta and attended by more than 30 priest of the local Diocese and SVD concelebrating priests. The third day is a celebration of the Holy Eucharist, a tribute for the successful alumni of the school. It was presided by His Excellency Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian, DD. An alumni of the school. There are more than fifteen priest, graduates of DWCU and former administrators of DWCU concelebrating the Mass. Two Masses were held in that day.

The Foundation Day’s programs include among others, the Medical Mission as well as legal assistance were conducted for the residents of Brgy. Bayaoas. A good number of medical and dental volunteers as well as lawyers took part in this endeavor as a result of the active and tireless efforts of the School Administration’s teaching and non-teaching personnel in the solicitation of medicines as well as cash donations for this purpose. It is good to note that the  donors and volunteers are alumni and alumnae of Divine Word College of Urdaneta.

To further add flame to the jubilation of the DWCU Students, teaching and non-teaching staff as well as the PTA and Alumni associations, a fun-run was conducted which as well participated by all concerned. It was a very successful activity that must have left an indelible mark in the hearts of the Divinians.

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14th Nat’l. Science Quest

The National Science Quest is an annual event attended by the students and teachers of the different schools in both public and private all over the Philippines. It is a three-day affair organized by the Association of Science Educators of the Philippines (ASEP). It was held at Baguio City, Benguet. The said event was composed of different types of contests such as, Science and Techno Quiz


Baguio City Nat’l. High School 

(Individual and Team Competition), On-the-Spot painting, collage making, Sayawit contest, Rubik’s Cube challenge, Essay Writing in English and Filipino, sci-photo journalism, impromptu speaking etc. the venues of the different contests was held also in the vicinity of Baguio City National high School. The contest is categorized into Teachers’ category and students’ category. It’s not just only for students but teachers also showed up their skills.

The Divine Word College of Urdaneta has also its entry in the event. There were 5 students who participated in the competition naming, Rachel Christine Garcia – On-the-Spot Painting, Raphaell Ridao – JHS Essay Writing in English, Sophia Ridao – JHS Essay Writing in Filipino, Marvin Wyndel Cura – Rubik’s Cube Competition, and Louise Joy Urbano – Science Quiz Bee). They were able to present themselves in terms of academics, talents and skills. The students were accompanied by the Science Teachers, Ms. Vanessa Jane Agas, and Ms. Melanie Tabobo in the competition at different places in Baguio City. Even the parents gave their full support with their kids by accompanying them during the competition. The students enjoyed their company and also they met new friends in other schools. It was a wonderful event for the students because they won in some areas and they were very happy to receive their awards with medals and certificates


Rachel Christine S. Garcia,  3rd Place in On-the-Spot Painting


Angele Sophia B. Ridao,5th Place JHS Essay Writing (Filipino)


Raphaell B. Ridao 2nd Place JHS Essay Writing (English)


Marvin Wyndel Cura Rubik’s Cube Competition




dThe Pre-School Department of DWCU celebrated the Bible Week on January 27, 2017, with the theme, “The Bible: The Hope for the Community’s Progress”. The program started with an opening prayer by Monique Lizardo, a pupil from Kinder 2. Followed by the picture taking of each class with the very proud parents. The charming pupils from Nursery, Kinder 1 and Kinder 2 with Br. Emmanuel L. Ines, SVD, displayed their beautiful costumes as they roam around the campus. The students from the Elementary, High School and College Departments, as the audience, were indeed star-strucked by the little disciples of Jesus. The kids sang a bible jingle with their little baskets. They were given treats by the faculty and other staffs with Fr. Gil T. Manalo, SVD.

After the parade, the pupils had a short film viewing and other activities like singing and dancing. The pupils also had some parlor games like basag palayok (hit the earthen pot) and jump and grab the candies. A potluck party was done after.

The celebration certainly went very successful. The kids got tired but were very happy that you could see them smile from ear to ear. They learned many things like having self-confidence, how to socialize, and share. And most of all, they learned about the importance of the Bible and how it’ll give hope for the community’s progress.

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DWCU leads National Bible Week Kick off in Urdaneta

DWCU leads National Bible Week

Kick off in Urdaneta

dsc_0900The celebration of the National Bible Week is again hitting the calendar pursuant to President Duterte’s Proclamation No. 124. The declaration was made in recognition of the religious impacts towards achieving a just and humane society. It also upholds January of every year as the National Bible Month. In line with this, the DWCU spearheaded the celebration in Urdaneta City through a Bible Enthronement activity and a walk through along Brgy. Bayaoas.

 It started on the 23rd day of January at 7:30 in the morning as the students were gathered at the Quadrangle. The DWCU President, Rev. Fr. Gil T. Manalo, SVD led the paraliturgy at7:40 and left promising messages to the members of the community saying, “In God’sdsc_1069 presence and mercy, this is a chance for us to proclaim the Lord in our life. This will bring us forward in delivering the goodness of Christ. This celebration is a union meaning all Christians and non-Christians were gathered together to praise Lord through the guidance of the Bible. It is good to realize this progress because the community’s progress or the country’s progress and even the world’s progress is still on the context of God’s gift which is not purely material but rather more divine and in human blending. We should also realize that the priority of God is persons and everything is moving towards progress because of human intervention and human action. With that, we become instruments of God’s love, service and compassion to one another.” He also blessed the students with their Bibles and rosaries for the parade which followed right after the said ceremony. In the afternoon, the Bible Quiz Bee Final Round for the Grade School Level 4 – 6 Division started. The competition lasted for two hours which was held at the Conference Room.

In anticipation of the celebration’s success, the Bible Mural (Wall Painting) Competition will take place on the 25th day of January at 8:00 in the morning and is expected to last at 3:00 in the afternoon. The participants from the high school department (Grades 9 – 11) and the college department will be guided accordingly by the DWCU faculty members and the student council. The students will be featuring chef d’oeuvre through their skills and talents on the historic walls of DWCU. Their masterpieces will also focus and in relevance to DWCU’s golden jubilee theme, “DWCU @ 50, Empowered by the Word of Truth, Proclaiming the Word of Life and Alive in Mission.”

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DWCU Hits 2017 With A 4 in 1 Treat

DWCU Hits 2017 With A 4 in 1 Treat

img_20170120_093139-2Time and again, we are celebrating the goodness of life. The Divinian community is not yet an inch to its golden jubilee celebration but rigorous preparations have been made and done. January is a usual entry point for every year among us but for the Divinians, an unusual productive one. With the advent of peace, camaraderie, discipline and unity, we are hitting so many birds with one stone in our community: the National Bible Week Celebration, the Feast Day of Saints Arnold Janssen and Joseph Freinademetz, the 61st birthday of Fr. Gil T. Manalo, SVD and the upcoming most beautiful day in the universe.

One of the most important things that we must always remember as we go through life is to live and abide by the holy scriptures of God. This serves as a blueprint of our destiny and judgment. As a long-lived tradition, the DWCU community will be holding a weeklong celebration to participate and support the National Bible Week together with the commemoration of Saints who were called to be an instrument of God’s kindness, goodness, mercy and compassion – Saint Arnold Janssen and Saint Joseph Freinademetz. The event started with a Eucharistic celebration earlier this day and with the theme, “The Word was made Flesh.” It was immediately followed by the special presentations of the students from the different departments. Their performance became a proof of God’s gift of openness, willingness and conviction in working and acting freely on their dreams. It is also upon showcasing their talents and skills to Rev. Fr. Gil T. Manalo as he celebrates his 61st birthday that will be happening on the 22nd of January 2017. Rev. Fr. Gil T. Manalo, the DWCU President also delivered a deep sense of gratitude to all those who are in one way or another in helping the community to achieve and provide a more comfortable gymnasium and event center. In behalf of the DWCU community, he left a heartwarming message especially to the Parents-Teachers Association Members and Officers, DWCU Alumni, DWCU Faculty and Personnel, and more importantly to the students. He proudly presented to the DWCU members the newly installed big ceiling fan at St. Michael’s Gymnasium. He also reiterated something about the future of DWCU in anticipating a widely


The newly installed big ceiling fan, a project of the Parents-Teachers Association of DWCU

and lasting success towards its golden years of proclaiming the word and empowering lives saying, “Through the collaborative efforts and collective responsibility of our members as a Divinian community, we respond to the needs of spreading the good news to the world. Through the spirit of togetherness, we build a communion of humanity which is full of respect, understanding, compassion and love with our common faith.”

The month of January also gives us a glimpse of what will surely happen for the National Bible Week especially as the students will be gathered to carry their Bibles and a tarpaulin with a printed verse from the holy book. They will be having a walk through among selected routes in Brgy. Bayaoas, Urdaneta City. After the Bible parade, various simultaneous activities will happen within the walls of the DWCU community. These activities will be spearheaded by the students as they share their thoughts, participation and creativity about a character from the holy book and spread the goodness of God with their fruitful experiences. The National Bible Week will hit the calendar from January 23 – 27, 2017. The celebration will have the theme, “The Bible: The Hope for the Community’s Progress.” We encourage you to join us and be a part of our holistic journey as a tool to empower and enrich lives with interconnectedness and interdependency representing Jesus Christ as a mirror of hope, freedom and goodness.