of the Divine Word College of Urdaneta
following excerpts are from the STUDENT'S MANUAL 1971-1972 of
the Divine Word College, Urdaneta, Pangasinan. The Manual was
given to each student and at that time the then School
Director, Fr. Panfilo Gianan, insisted that its contents be remembered
by heart. Indeed, this Manual contains details on about
everything, from school uniform, colors, academic stuffs like
dropping a subject, scholarships, grading system, to
maintenance of discipline, etc. Does anyone remember the
DWCU Hymn that was composed by Fr. Gianan and Mr. Manuel
Ridao, the former Principal? I
plan to include the whole manual here, but I will do so in
several stages as my typing skills allow me.
Dody Bautista (Mississauga, Canada)
Divine Word College of Urdaneta is the youngest of the
Universities and Colleges owned and managed by the Society of
Divine Word, popularly known as the Divine Word Missionaries.
in 1963, the Society of the Divine Word decided to open a
seminary of its own in Urdaneta.
Later the idea
of adding to it a high school and college was approved also.
Father Augustine Herbers was put in charge of the big
project. A lot
consisting of since and one half hectares was bought from the
Sison family in 1964. To
find funds for the building, Father Herbers went to Germany
and sought the help of his generous friends.
On March 20, 1966 the Most Reverend Archbishop Mariano
Madriaga, D.D, blessed the cornerstone of the building with
great solemnity. By
the school year 1967-68 the modernistic three-story building
was ready to open its doors to the first students. According
to the records there were 8 seminarians, 165 high school and
72 college students who enrolled.
Father Herbers was the first seminary Rector and Father
George Harwardt, the first college Director.
At the end of that same school year the first
secretarial students graduated and the first high school
graduation took place in 1970. From the very first year of its
existence the Divine Word College offered High School,
Secretarial, Commerce, Liberal Arts and Education degrees.
Harwardt was transferred to Manila in 1970 and Father Herbers
became Director with Father Francis Cuylen and Father Cecil
Floresca as his assistants.
Due to the very urgent need of a new building to
accommodate the growing student population, Father Herbers was
forced again to go to Germany to seek funds for a new
construction. He left at the beginning of the school year
1972-73. In his
absence, Father Panfilo Gianan, a Filipino, became Director
with Father Gregorio Fabia, also a Filipino, as Prefect of the
seminarians and treasurer of the College.
Divine Word College of Urdaneta is under the Society of the
Divine Word. The
SVD (Latin for Societas Verbi Divini) is an international
organization of Religious Priests and Brothers founded in 1875
by a saintly German priest, Venerable Arnold Janssen.
Its members over 6,000 strong are working in 35
different countries as missionaries and educators.
In the Philippines, the Central House of the Divine
Word Missionaries is the Divine Word Seminary in E Rodriguez
Boulevard, Quezon City. In
Urdaneta, a minor seminary is attached to the Divine Word
College where your aspirants to the Society are studying
together with the high school boys and girls.
More than 60 institutions of learning in the
Philippines are owned or directed by the Divine Word
main objective of the Divine Word College is the Formation of
the Whole Man, the true and perfect Christian and the
patriotic and democratic Filipino, by harmoniously developing
the physical, intellectual, and moral capacities of its
objective embodies the educational aim of the Catholic Church,
namely, "To prepare a man for what he must be, and for
what he must do here below, in order to obtain the sublime end
for which he was created and that of the Philippine
Constitution to develop moral character, personal discipline,
civic conscience and vocational efficiency, and to teach the
duties of citizenship".
SCHOOL SEAL, MOTTO AND COLORS
seal is the school emblem used for authentication, decoration
and identification. In
our seal, the fortress or castle stands for the town of
Urdaneta where our college is located.
According to history, Fray Andres Urdaneta, after whom
this town is named, had a fortress in his coat-of-arms or
seal. The orb
surmounted by a cross represents the society of the Divine
Word, a missionary organization, whose members run the
cross is also used to symbolize the Divine Word College itself
because, being a Catholic institution of learning, it
contributes to the spiritual and moral uplift of the
appears as rays emanating from the cross are actually the four
letter Vs of the college motto: "Verbo Veritatis, Verbo
Vitae - To the Word of Truth, to the Word of Life.
This is a dedication of the school to Christ who calls
Himself the Truth and the Life.
The motto is also an avowal of the aims of the school,
namely, to bring the truth and the Christian way of life to
its students. The
black and white which are official colors of the school stand
for the Dominican Order of which St. Albert the Great was a
member. St Albert
is the patron saint and model of our school.
school uniform is intended for economy, identity, discipline,
equality and esprit de corps among the students and
members of the faculty.
All students and teachers from High School to College
are obliged to wear daily their respective
are those in mourning dress, pregnant women, and those who
have already another uniform by reason of their job or
not wearing the school uniform, our girls are expected to use
dresses becoming of students of a Catholic school.
The male students are not allowed to sport girlish
from the daily school uniform there are prescribed uniforms
for ROTC, PMT and PE to be worn on definite dates.
The wearing of shoes, rubber or leather, is compulsory
except on rainy days or for any good reason such as wounds in
the feet, etc.
of the high school and college departments are required to
secure from the Registrar's Office an Identification Card (ID)
which will entitle them to enter the campus and library to
borrow athletic equipment and other things except books.
It may also be used for claiming mail and for cashing
money orders and checks at the Cashier's Office.
They must have with them their ID's at all times while
inside the campus. Upon
graduation or transfer, the ID must be surrendered to the
School; otherwise records shall not be released.