IMG_2616Isang Banal na Misa ang ginanap ngayong Agosto 4, 2017 sa pagsisimula ng pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wika na may temang “Filipino: Wikang Mapagbago.” Ang Banal na Misa ay may temang “Si Hesus ang Salitang Nagkatawang Tao” na pinamunuan ni Padre Leonardo P. Hiquiana, SVD, House Praeses, at pinangunahan ng mga mag-aaral mula sa Elementarya. Si Padre Hiquiana rin ang nagbigay ng Homiliya kung saan isang dokumentaryo ang ipinalabas na may pamagat na “Sa Kambas ng Lipunan (Canvas of Society)” ni Joey Velasco kung saan ipinakita dito si Hesus na Salita na nagkatawang tao na patuloy na nakikita at nararamdaman sa buhay ng mga taong nahihirapan. Ipinahayag ni Padre Hiquiana na ang salita o wika ay mapagbago kung ito ay nagbibigay buhay at tumutulong sa mga taong hindi pinapansin ng lipunan.

IMG_2625Pagkatapos ng pagdiriwang ng banal misa, naganap ang pagtatalaga sa tungkulin ng mga nahalal na pinuno ng iba’t – ibang organisasyon gaya ng Supreme Pupil Government, mula sa Elementarya, Supreme Student Government mula sa Sekondarya at College Supreme Council mula naman sa Kolehiyo, gayundin ang mga nahalal na opisyal sa bawat klase at klub o samahan ng Divine Word College of Urdaneta. Ang Pagtatalaga sa tungkulin ng mga opisyal ay pinangunahan ni Padre Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, ang Presidente ng DWCU.

Ang mga bagong halal na opisyal sa bawat departamento ay ang mga sumusunod:

SPG 2017

SSG 2017

CSC 2017


DWCU Nutrition Month 2017

DWCU Nutrition Month 2017 


The celebration of the Eucharist with the theme “Jesus the bread of Life: Nourished by Him Gawing Habit for Life”, opened up the Nutrition Month activities for the year 2017 . The Nutrition Mass was held last July 7, 2017 at St. Michael Gymnasium at 8 AM. Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, the DWCU President emphasized that to be healthy, to be in good shape is to recognize Jesus as the Bread of Life. He also said that Health is wealth, wealth is health and Nutrition Month Celebration is a special time to go back to this basic affirmation of life.

The College Department was incharge of the liturgy during the said celebration. Within the mass, the birthday celebrants for the month of June to July were also introduced through a video presentation and the Mass Presider Fr. Ibay offered a prayer for them. After the mass, fruit carving and cooking contests were introduced and facilitated by the Class Advisers headed by the Mr. Jay-R Soriano.

DSC_0678Despite the continuous rain last July 28, 2017, the DWCU pushed through with the culmination of the Nutrition Month Celebration for this school year 2017 – 2018. This year’s Nutrition Month theme is “Healthy Diet, Gawing Habit for Life”. The students from High School and Elementary Departments gathered at the St. Michael Gymnasium for the said culmination event. Ms. Marjorie Gonzales, the SSG Religion Coordinator of the High School Department led the culmination with an opening prayer followed by the welcome address given by Ms. Carolina T. Sayapen, the Pre-school and Elementary Principal.

Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, the DWCU President stated on his message for the Nutrition Month that in order for us to practice or live the 2017 Nutrition Month’s theme “Healthy Diet, Gawing Habit for Life”, we need to BELIEVE, SUCCEED and ACHIEVE! Believe that health is wealth, believe that our wealth is having a sound body and a sound mind. Succeed is to commit ourselves with passion to be always in good shape, eating and promoting healthy food here in our school and in our families; and to ACHIEVE our theme is to work together as a family and as an educational community to have a healthy diet. He further stated that “when you believe you succeed, when you succeed you achieve!”

The theme “Healthy Diet, Gawing Habit for Life” were expressed through different competitions – Fruit Carving, Cooking, Nutrijingle and Zumba. Certificates of Appreciation and Recognition were awarded to the winners of the said contests. Mrs. Marlyn Laroco, the High School Principal gave the closing remarks and a prayer and blessings was given by Fr. Ibay to end the celebration.

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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