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!




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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