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
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 Missionaries.
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
college. 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
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
uniforms. Exempted are those in mourning dress, pregnant
women, and those who have already another uniform by reason of
their job or position. When 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 hairdos. Aside 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
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