CEAP 2017 backdropMore than one thousand (1,000) delegates from different provinces of Region 1 attended the CEAP Regional Convention held at Divine Word College of Urdaneta last July 22, 2017. The said activity started with a mass at 8:30 AM presided by Rev. Fr. Numeriano A. Gabot, Jr., Vicar-General of the Diocese of Urdaneta. At 9:00 AM, Fr. Crisanto Draculan, the Superintendent of the Diocesan Schools of Urdaneta gave his sincere welcome to the participants. Msgr. Manuel S. Bravo, Trustee-President, CEAP Regional 1 presented the overview of the assembly. Dr. Everlita N. Quinto, Trustee-Secretary of CEAP Region 1 was tasked to present the Diocesan delegates and religious schools to the assembly.

Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ, CEAP President

The CEAP President Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ, was also present, inspiring and motivating the different CEAP Schools of Region 1 to continue pursuing excellence as a school and as a Catholic Institution. “As a Catholic school immersed and rooted in the society, with its challenges, it has the mission to make an impact in the society,” highlighted by Fr. Tabora.


Most Rev. Socrates B. Villegas, DD., Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan

Most Rev. Socrates B. Villegas, DD, Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan was the keynote speaker of the convention. His message revolved around the theme “Communio: Building and Sustaining Communities for Life.” Archbishop Villegas emphasized that “Communion is first and foremost a communion with Christ and Church. Communion is citizenship, communion is compassion, courtesy and communion is for life.”

Moreover, the Executive Director of FAPE, Ms. Rhodora Angela A. Ferrer, updated the delegates on PEAC & FAPE achievements and plans. In the afternoon, Fr. Elmer G. Dizon, Vice President of CEAP gave an input on Phil Catholic Schools Standard (PCCS) to the members of the convention. Atty. Joseph Noel Estrada, the CEAP legal counsel talked about the legal cases confronting the Catholic Schools. The closing remarks was given by Fr. Cirilo Ortega, SVD, Vice Trustee, Region 1 and closing prayer and blessings was given by Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, President of DWCU. The convention ended at 5:00 PM. It was indeed a concrete experience of communion among the catholic schools in Region 1.




The election occurred last Friday, July 7, 2017. A day before such election, the different candidates from the two parties namely Socialized and Unified Leaders of New Generation (SULONG) and Peers Offering and Wellness in Education and Responsibilities (POWER) had the Meeting de Avance at the St. Michael Gymnasium from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM. The candidates introduced themselves and expressed their dream to serve the school inviting their fellow students to cast their votes to fulfill such commitment.

Last Monday, July 10, 2017, after the flag ceremony, Ms. Marilyn A. Abenes, the SSG Adviser, announced the elected officers before the students, teachers, and Administrators. At that moment, Bill Henry Hernaez, Grade 12 student, the elected SSG President expressed his sincere gratitude for the trust and confidence he received and likewise his commitment to serve the school as a leader.

Ms. Marilyn Abenes extended her congratulations to the new set of officers motivating them to give their best in serving their fellow students. She encouraged them to work together so that they could easily realized the task entrusted to them for the benefit of the whole educational community.

Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, the DWCU President also ventilated his gratitude and congratulations to the newly elected SSG Officers. Likewise, he offered a prayer & blessing to them. Fr. Ibay asserted that their position and authority are not meant for their personal upliftment but they are gifts given to them by God to be used and shared for the good of DWCU Community.


The newly elected SSG Officers – SY 2017 – 2018 with Mrs. Marlyn Laroco, High School Principal, Ms. Marilyn Abenes, SSG Adviser and Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, DWCU School President

SSG 2017




SY 2017 – 2018

The DWCU-PTA General Assembly was held last July 8, 2017 at the DWCU St. Michael Gymnasium. The assembly started at 8:40 in the morning. Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, gave the welcome address thanking the Parents & Teachers for their active involvement in delivering quality education for the learners.  He also highlighted the role of the Parents as the first educators for their children.  In his message, he pointed out that DWCU continues to be an excellent school, a Catholic School, and an SVD School. He said that this objective is attained when Parents, Teachers, Students and Administration of DWCU work as a TEAM.

Mrs. Rosemarie Drapiza, the out-going PTA President reported their achievements during their term. She also took such opportunity to thank the Parents & Teachers for their unselfish support to their projects as an association. “I have felt your help and this motivated me to serve our institution for the benefit of our children,” said the out-going PTA President.

The said assembly ended with an Oath Taking of the PTA newly elected officers for SY 2017 – 2018 together with the Parents-Teachers Classroom Officers. The administering officer was Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, DWCU President. Mr. Neil Tablada, the current PTA President said that, “There is a joy in serving DWCU for it is my Alma Mater and the school of our children!”

Below is the new set of Executive Officers of DWCU-PTA for SY 2017 – 2018:


The DWCU – PTA Executive Officers – SY 2017-2018

PTA Officers 2017




Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD New DWCU President

The DWCU Community gathered on June 22, 2017 to celebrate a very significant event – the Installation of the New President, Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD which was incorporated in a Eucharistic Celebration with the theme “Witness to the Word: Forming Communion of Communities with Social Responsibility.” The Eucharistic Celebration also commemorates the official opening of School Year 2017-2018. It is also to give thanks to God for all the graces received for the past school year. Before the mass started, Fr. Leonardo P. Hiquiana, SVD, House Praeses, gave a short introduction as he welcomed everyone for the celebration. He also introduced Fr. Venerando J. Yator, SVD as the new Campus Minister of DWCU, the SVD and Diocesan Priests who came to celebrate with the new DWCU President and Fr. Edwin Fernandez, SVD, the representative of Fr. Provincial and Chairman of the DWCU Board of Trustees, as the Mass Presider and Homilist.


Fr. Edwin Fernadez, SVD and Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, holding the DWCU Mace and flag

During the Rite of Installation, Fr. Edwin Fernandez, SVD entrusted to Fr. Robert the great responsibility of being the President of the Divine Word College of Urdaneta. Fr. Robert was also handed symbolic items that will guide him in his leadership – the Bible, which will be the source of inspiration and spiritual nourishment for him personally and for the school Community; the toga, hood and robe, as symbols of academic excellence and authority; the DWCU Mace depicting the School Motto – Verbo Veritatis, Verbo Vitae – Word of Truth, Word of Life and the DWCU flag with its colors of golden yellow and blue.

Fr. Robert J. Ibay, SVD in his response, filled with gratitude, thanked Fr. Vice Provincial for his trust and confidence in him. He said that the Rite of Installation done within the mass affirms and reminds that a leader is a shepherd, a steward and a servant. As a shepherd, he journeys consistently with the people he serves; as a steward, a leader has the authority and power to uplift others and not himself and as a servant leader, the joy and fulfillment lie in doing good for others – the good of DWCU! Fr. Robert also mentioned his sincere gratitude to the Society of the Divine Word, the DWCU Board of Trustees, for entrusting him the responsibility as the first Alumnus President of DWCU – his Alma Mater. He also expressed his gratitude to the DWCU Community, Alumni and his Batchmates, his former Basketball Coach and former Educators in DWCU for they have inspired and prepared him to become a Shepherd, Steward and a Servant Leader! Congratulations Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD! Goodluck and Godspeed!





Welcome back to school Divinians!

June 13, 2017 marks the opening of the Academic Year 2017-2018 for the Divine Word College of Urdaneta with the Theme: Witness to the Word: Forming Communion of Communities with Social Responsibility. Everyone gathered at the St. Michael’s gymnasium  as the old and new students were welcomed.

An opening prayer was given by Fr. Venerando Yator, SVD, the DWCU Campus Minister. Mr. Jay-R D. Soriano, a High School Faculty led the singing of the National Anthem, followed immediately by the singing of the Urdaneta Hymn and DWCU Hymn.

Fr. Leonardo P. Hiquiana, SVD, House Praeses and Acting Finance Officer introduced the SVD Priests and Administrators; the faculty from Pre-school & Elementary, High School and College Departments were introduced by the Department Heads namely Ms. Carolina T. Sayapen,  Mrs. Marlyn R. Laroco and Mrs. Joelita M. Bernabe respectively. The non-teaching staff were also introduced by Mrs. Marissa T. Sanchez, the HR Coordinator and Guidance Counselor.

Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, the DWCU President, invited everyone this school year to learn with a MISSION – first; to learn with a mission to excel; second, to learn with a mission to love the value of integrity; third, to learn with a mission to live with social responsibility; and finally, to learn with a mission to evangelize. 

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The DWCU SVD Priests (l-r) Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD – President, Fr. Yohanes Bala, SVD – Finance Officer, Fr. Venerando Yator, SVD – Campus Minister , & Fr. Leonardo P. Hiquiana, SVD – House Praeses

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The DWCU Administrative Council Members (l-r) Fr. Venerando Yator, SVD, Fr. Roberto Ibay, SVD, Mrs. Joelita Bernabe, Ms. Carolina Sayapen, Mr. Louise Lorian, Mrs. Marissa Sanchez, Mrs. Marlyn Laroco, Fr. Yohanes Bala, SVD, Fr. Leonardo Hiquiana, SVD

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The Pre-school & Elementary Faculty

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The Junior & Senior High Faculty

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Members of the College Faculty

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The Non-teaching Staff





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!