Wednesday, December 16, 2015

R.I.P. Fr. Nonilon "Noni" Tibayan, 57 (1958-2015)

DWST mourns the death of Fr. Noni Tibayan of the Diocese of Imus. He passed away yesterday, Dec. 15, 2015, due to severe pneumonia.

Fr Noni, 57, was born in Amadeo in Cavite on Oct 20, 1958. H was a TMP alumnus of DWST (1985); and the parish priest of the  Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish, Queensrow, Bacoor, Cavite at the time of his death.

Requiescat in pace.

Friday, December 11, 2015


The deadline for the submission of the FIRST DRAFT of the Term Paper (T1 and T2) is TODAY December 11, before 5:00 PM.

PRINT ONLY ONE COPY for the moderator. If the moderator is not around, submit it to the Dean's Office.

Between today till Clearance Week (March 14-18) is the reading and correcting time for the moderator; revising period for the student-writer.

The date for the submission of the FINAL DRAFT with the signature of the moderator will be on the Clearance Week. Only the electronic copy of the  FINAL DRAFT (converted to PDF) and duly signed by the moderator is to be submitted.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

DWST Greets Fr. Fred Saniel, SVD on the Silver Jubilee of his Priestly Ordination

Fr. Fred Saniel, SVD (4th from right) with Cardinal Tagle, John L. Allen, Jr. and
Fr. Tony Pernia, SVD during the semicentennial  celebration of
the Divine Word Seminary March 12, 2015. Photo credit:
DWST Greets Fr. Wilfred "Fred" Saniel, SVD on the 25th year of his ordination to the priesthood. Fr. Fred became a priest on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Concepcion on December 8, 1990 at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit of the Divine Word Seminary here in Tagaytay City. Together with SVD Frs. Richard Aguinaldo (missionary in Chile), the late Ramon Velasco (RIP), and Peru Dayag (now at the USC in Cebu), they were ordained by Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, then the bishop of the Archdiocese of Cebu.

Fr. Saniel is past Rector of DWST, the current Director of the CTS, and professor of Spiritual Theology at the DWST. Ad multos annos!

Monday, December 07, 2015

December 8 - DWSTSA activies

The Divine Word School of Theology Students' Association (DWSTSA) will gather on December 8 at DWST for:
1. The Advent Recollection
2. The Opening of the Jubilee Year
3. The Mass of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Concepcion.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

DWST greets the newly ordained priests of the SVD

DWST greets the newly ordained priests of the Society of the Divine Word. The rites were held last Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the Holy Spirit Chapel with the Most Rev. Reynaldo Evangelista of the Diocese of Imus (Cavite) as ordaining prelate. Those who concelebrated included  Bishop A. Cabahug of Surigao del Norte being a relative of one of the ordinandi; and the three SVD Provincials: Fr. Nielo Cantilado (Central); Fr. Jingjong Rocha (South); and Fr. Emil Pati (North).

The eight neo-presbyters who are all T4 students finishing their theological studies at the DWST:

Fr. Lawrence Llona, SVD (Filipino, assigned to Sudan);
Roberto Solis, SVD (Filipino, assigned to Japan);
Ryan Dino, SVD (Filipino, assigned to Argentina);
June Lee Sarenas, SVD (Filipino, assigned to Ghana);
Lindsey Francis Taeza, SVD (Filipino, assigned to Togo);
Gregorius Robinus Dosom, SVD (Indonesian, assigned to the Philippines, North)
Fransiskus Subandi, SVD (Indonesian, assigned to the Philippines, Central);
Diderick Andrinjatovo, SVD (Madagascar, assigned to the Philippines, South).

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

DWST greets Fr. Vicente Chavez Castro, SVD on his 75th birthday

DWST greets Fr. Vicente Chavez Castro, SVD on his 75th birthday (Nov. 25, 2015). Fr. Castro is Catechetics professor for this second semester.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Fr. Guillermo "Willy" Villegas, SVD (1947-2015)

DWST community mourns the passing of Fr. Willy Villegas, SVD. After almost a year of suffering from colon cancer, he passed away yesterday morning (11/15/15). Funeral mass is scheduled on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 3:00 PM  at the chapel of Christ the King Seminary, E. Rodriguez, Sr. Ave., Quezon City.

Fr. Willy taught Scripture and theological courses at DWST for 26 years (1985-2011).

Requiescat in pace.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

M.A. Thesis Defense: Toward an Indigenous Missionary Pneumatology

Divine Word Seminary, ­Graduate School of Theology, ­Tagaytay City, Philippines

 Thesis Defense Announcement
In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of
Master of Arts in Theology
Major in Missiology

Fr. Norman P. Labutan, SVD

 Will defend his thesis

 Toward an Indigenous Missionary Pneumatology:
The Case of the Maeng Tinguians of Luba, Abra, Philippines
 Date: Friday, November 13, 2015
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Place: T1 Classroom

Faculty, students, and the general public are invited.
 Adviser: Fr. Edgar Javier, SVD, SThD
Board of Examiners:
Fr. Andrew Recepcion, SThD  - Second Reader and Chairperson
Fr. Leonardo Mercado, SVD, PhD – Member

Dr. Cresencia Gabihan, PhD – Member (External Examiner)

Thursday, November 05, 2015

DWST Dogmatic Theology Comprehensive Exams 2015

New Date: November 25, 2015 (Wednesday)
to download a copy, click here.

Board of Examiners:
Fr. Michael Layugan, STD/PhD - Chairperson for STB
Fr. Randolf Flores, STD/PhD - Chairperon for EC
Fr. Felix Ferrer, STD - Member
Fr. Emmanuel Marfori, STD - Member

Written Examination:
Venue: T4 Class Room
Time: 7:00 AM - 12:00 NN (5 hours)
Proctors: Fr. Randolf C. Flores, SVD, STD/PhD
and Fr. Felix Ferrer, SVD, STD

Oral Examination (Come 10 minutes before your turn):
No. STUDENT Formation House Course Time
1 Alvarez, Knoriel A.  TMP STB/EC 1:10 -1:20
2 Alveyra, Amadeo Jr. D. San Pablo STB/EC 1:20 -1:30
3 Andrinjatovo Diderick Macaire SVD STB/EC 1:30 -1:40
4 Cacayorin, Rommel R. San Pablo STB/EC 1:40 -1:50
5 Villalva, Apolinario D. SASMA STB/EC 1:50 -2:00
6 Capuno, Francis Elly O. OSJ STB/EC 2:00 -2:10
7 Diño, Ryan B. SVD STB/EC 2:10 -2:20
8 Dosom Greogorius Robinus Darman SVD STB/EC 2:20 -2:30
9 Fernandis Roni MSFS STB/EC 2:30 -2:40
10 Larracas, Robert T. OSJ STB/EC 2:40 -2:50
11 Mullon, Ryan M. OSJ STB/EC 2:50 -3:00
12 Omega, Gun real L. SASMA STB/EC 3:00 - 3:10
13 Onceno Iric John M. OSJ STB/EC 3:10 - 3:20
14 Ricafort, Juan Paolo II B. TMP STB/EC 3:20 - 3:30
15 Solis, Roberto T. SVD STB/EC 3:30 - 3:40
16 Subandi Fransiskus SVD STB/EC 3:40 - 3:50
17 Taeza, Lindsey Francis B. SVD STB/EC 3:50 - 4:00
18 Canilla, Clifford Joseph A. TMP EC 4:00 - 4:10
19 Gajol, Leo Fredeo A. SASMA EC 4:10 - 4:20
20 Godito, Rene M. SP EC 4:20 - 4:30
21 Laude, Michael D. San Pablo EC 4:30 - 4:40
22 Tatoy, Noel S. MSFS EC 4:40 - 4:50
23 Magdoza, Marlon A. OFMCap EC 4:50 - 5:00
24 Maragañas, Stephen M. TC EC 5:00 - 5:10
25 Montealto, Ryan O. SASMA EC 5:10- 5:20
26 Antong, Helbert TC EC 5:20 - 5:30
27 Opulencia, Fidel M. San Pablo EC 5:30 - 5:40
28 Presco, Alvin M. TMP EC 5:40 - 5:50
29 Priete, Dexter A. MSP EC 5:50 - 6:00
30 Agbunag, Bernardo Jr. F. TMP EC 6:00 - 6:10
31 Baslao, Joseph MSP EC 6:10- 6:20
32 Vinzon, Isidro H. SASMA EC 6:20 - 6:30
33 Bomediano, Jhon Mark G. SASMA EC 6:30 - 6:40
34 Rakotondramasy Nicolas D. SVD EC 6:40 -6:50
35 Sarenas, June Lee C. SVD EC 6:50 - 7:00
36 Llona, Lawrence G. SVD EC 7:00 - 7:10

Sunday, September 27, 2015

DWST Special Courses updated (11/5/15)

Special Courses Offered at the DWST
Second Semester S.Y. 2015-2016
1. Biblical Hebrew (3 units) - FLORES
            Day and Time:  Wed 2:00 pm -5: 00 pm
2. Biblical Apostolate (2 units) - ALEJANDRINO
            Day and Time: Thu 2:00 pm  - 4:00 pm

3. Biblical Apostolate (2 Units) - FLORES
            Day and Time: Thu 2:00 pm  - 4:00 pm

4. Hermeneuctics (3 units) - FLORES  - TBA

5. SVD Spirituality (3 units) – SANIEL - TBA

6. Integrating Faith and Life: Practical Theology for Ministry (2 units) - LUBI
            Day and Time: Thu 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
            Start date: Nov 19, 2015
            *Required for the elective courses in M.A. Mission Studies (non-thesis) and M.A. in         Pastoral Ministry (non-thesis)

Fr. Andy Peter LUBI, DMin, DWST alumnus 1995, belongs to the Vicariate of Calapan and the new rector of SASMA. He obtained recently (2015) his Doctorate in Ministry from the Catholic Theological Union (Chicago) on “Forming Community of Disciples Around The Banquet of Faith and Life: The Praxis of Table Fellowship In The Philippine Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan.”  Fr. Andy is also the author of Earthern Vessels: Reflections on Diocesan Priestly Formation (Makati: St. Pauls, 2015).

7.. Other courses are offered at the DWIMS.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Enrollment Schedule

Enrollment Period for the Second Semester: Sept 28 - Oct 2, 2015 (Mon - Fri)

Mon Sept 28 (1:30 pm  - 5:00 pm) -  T3
Tues Sept 29(1:30 pm  - 5:00 pm)   - T4
Wed Sept 30 (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)  - Extraordinary Students
Thu  Oct 1    (1:30 pm - 5:00 pm) -  T2
Fri   Oct 2     (1:30 pm - 5:00 pm) -   T1

Individual Slots
T3 Monday Sept 28

T4 Tuesday Sept 29

T2 Thursday Oct 1

T1 Friday Oct 2

Final Examination Schedule (First Semester)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Sept 25 Friday, Feast of Eid’l Adha, Schola Vacat

Citing RA no. 9849, the President has proclaimed Sept 25, Eid'l Adha, a regular holiday (schola vacat). The Muslim celebrates this Feast of Sacrifice to honor the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Laudato Si', Mercy and Biblical Theology by T1 Eleuterio Class

Schedule of Classes for the Second Semester SY 2015-2016 and new professors

Attention: Enrollment Period: Sept 28-Oct 2
Start of Second Semester: Nov 3, Tue.

Second Semester SY 2015-2016
Click here to download the schedule of classes.

DWST welcomes new professor, Fr. Den Mark Malabuyoc, OSJ, SSL (DWST alumnus 2010) who just finished his Licentiate in Sacred Scripture (SSL) at the Pontifical Biblical Institute (Biblicum, Rome). He will teach Synoptics II (Luke-Acts).

Likewise, DWST welcomes new professor in Catechetics - Fr. Vicente Castro, SVD, STL. Fr. Castro studied abroad and was ordained priest in 1966. He was parish priest for many years in Surigao and in Mindoro before he served as editor for the Arnoldus Nota, an SVD publication of the SVD Generalate (Rome). At present, he resides at the Villa Cristo Rey in Christ the King Seminary, Quezon City.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

DWST greets OSJ and SASMA

DWST greets the OSJ on the occasion of the Congregation's 100 years in the Philippines. In August 26, 1915, the first five OSJ Missionaries arrived in the Philippines in the province of Batangas. They were Rev. Fr. Giueseppe Anfossi, OSJ, Rev. Fr. Ernesto Fornaco, OSJ, Rev. Fr. Eugenio Gherlone, OSJ, Br. Giuseppe Macagno, OSJ and Br. Giovanni Battista Camera, OSJ.

DWST also greets SASMA on its Feast Day (Aug 28, Feast of Saint Augustine) and its new Rector, Rev. Fr. Andy Lubi.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Events and Holidays in August and September 2015

Aug 3-7
Midterm Examinations Week
Aug 4
75 years of the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
Aug 19-20
Wed pm - Thu
Aug 21
Ninoy Aquino Day – schola vacat
Aug 26
100 years of OSJ in the Philippines
Aug 28
Aug 31
National Heroes’ Day – schola vacat
Sept 8
SVD Foundation Day  - schola vacat
Sept 15
Tertiary Capuchins’ (Amigonians) Feast Day
Sept 16
Laudato Si’ Symposium -  T1
Sep. 24
Sept. 24 (Thurs.) Submission of Project Paper Proposals (MA-PM T-3)
Sept. 28 – Oct 2       

Enrollment Period for Semester II    

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Midterm Exams Schedule (August 3-7, 2015)

Click here to download a copy (pdf).

DWST Midterm Examinations (August 3-7, 2015)
1. The schedule follows the usual schedule of classes.
2. Regular classes are held even during the Midterms Week.
3. Professors of Special Courses may set their own schedule.

Monday – Msgr. Santos (Morals)
Tuesday – Fr. Ferrer (Revelation and Faith); Fr. Saniel (SVD Spirituality)
Wednesday – Sr. Alejandrino (Intro to Sacred Scripture)
Thursday – Fr. Layugan (Research)
Friday – Fr. Flores (Synoptics)

Monday – Fr. Javier (Introduction  To Missiology); Fr. Uy (Ancient Church History)
Tuesday – Sr. Alejandrino (Pentateuchal Studies)
Wednesday – Fr. Crisostomo  (General  Introduction to Liturgy); Fr. Flores (Christology)
Thursday – Sr. Cabantog  (Book I: General Norms); Fr. Tiong (Bio- Ethics)
Friday – Fr. Nicasio  (Principle of Homiletics)

Monday – Fr. Mandin (Social, Political Ethics)
Tuesday – Sr. Dianzon (Paul); Sr. Dianzon (Greek)
Wednesday – Fr. Recepcion  (Mariology); Fr. Marfori  (Grace)
Thursday – Fr. Corcuera  (Sacraments)
Friday – Fr. Uy  (Modern Church History)
N.B. Fr. Biliran (Canon Law) - finished.

Tuesday – Fr. Heruela (Introduction to Pastoral Theology)
Wednesday – Fr. Marfori  (Dogma Synthesis)
Thursday – Fr. Tiong  (Pastorals of Confession); Fr. Saniel (Spiritual Theology)
Friday – Fr. Layugan  (Patrology)
N.B. Fr. Biliran (Canon Law) - finished.


Fr. Randy Flores, SVD
Dean of Studies

Monday, July 27, 2015

DWST greets Fr. Antolin Uy, SVD on his 80th Birthday (7/28/15)

  "As for the days of our years, in them are threescore years and ten; and if men should be in strength, fourscore years" (LXX of Psalm 90:10).
Fr. Tony Uy, SVD passing the fourscore mark on three legs.
Photo taken at the start of the Baccalaureate mass
for 50th commencement of DWST (March 21, 2015).

Commemorative bottled waters for the
Fr. Antolin Uy, SVD Scholarship Fund Inc.

Piece of cake for 80
Thoughts of Fr. Uy on DWST at 50 years

Thursday, July 16, 2015

DWSTA Oath-taking

DWSTA Officers 2015-2016
The new set of officers of the Divine Word Seminary Tagaytay Students' Association (DWSTSA) took the oath of office this morning (7/16/15) at the Aula Magna before student body.

President: John Bordon, MSP
Vice President: Carl Pua, San Pablo
Secretary: Pelagio Guamil, Jr (SASMA)
Treasurer: Roni Fernandis, MSFS

From left: John Bordon, Carl Pua, Jun Guamil and Rev. Roni Fernandis
Text of the Oath of Office

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Updated Guidelines on the M.A. in Theology Thesis Program

1. The DWST Masters Program (6/19/16)

2. General Guidelines, click here (in pdf) [7/16/15].

3. General Format Requirement for M.A. Thesis at DWST.

4. Criteria of the Evaluation of an M.A. Thesis in Theology.

5. Procedure for the Approval of the Oral Defense of the M.A. Thesis in Theology

Midterm Exams in Canon Law (Biliran)- T3 and T4

Your midterm exams will be on July 20 (Monday) instead of the August schedule:


T3 Canon Law midterms pointers (8:10 - 10:00 am, 20 July 2015).
1. Explain how the clerics' sanctifying function has become a pastoral dilemma due to the cultural practice of "low-paying Sacraments" vs "high-paying Sacramentals"; cite canon law and PCP II provisions (45 pts).

2. Table / diagram what constitutes VALIDITY and LICEITY of the ff sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Penance, Anointing of the Sick (45 pts).

T-4 Canon Law midterms pointers (11:10-12:40, 20 July 2015).
1.  Explain to ordinary Church goers why the Church possesses temporal goods (45 pts).

2. Diagram and enumerate the different forms of ACQUISITION and ADMINISTRATION of Church goods (45 pts).

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New Officers of DWSTSA (2015-2016)

The Divine Word Seminary Tagaytay Students' Association (DWSTSA) has elected this morning its new set of officers for the school year 2015-2016:

President: John Bordon, MSP
Vice President: Carl Pua, San Pablo
Secretary: Pelagio Guamil, Jr (SASMA)
Treasurer: Roni Fernandis, MSFS

* The Oath-taking of the newly elected officers is on Thu (7/16/15) during the long break in the morning.

We thank the class beadles who facilitated the association's election.

Friday, July 10, 2015

RIP Fr. Tadeo "Deo Angcao

DWST extends its condolences to the Diocese of Imus and to the family of the late Fr. Deo Angcao who passed away this morning. Oremus pro eo.

Fr. Deo Angcao was a DWST alumnus (1992, TMP) and a former SVD scholastics.

The wake is at the Casas Hall, Bishop's House, Imus, Cavite.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Schola Vacat July 17 - Fri has been declared a regular holiday (Eid'l Fitr)

July 17, 2015—a Friday—has been declared a regular holiday throughout the country. The observance seeks to encourage the Filipino nation to join our Muslim brothers and sisters in peace and harmony in the celebration of Eid’l Fitr, the Feast of Ramadhan.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Belated Greetings to SSP, FSP and CRSP

Belated greetings on the feast days of  SSP and FSP (June 30) and CRSP (Barnabites) (July 5)!

DWSTSA Election

Please take note of the following schedule for the DWSTSA Election:

1. July 10 Fri at 11:10 am at the Aula Magna
Presentation of Candidates (representatives from the 13 Houses of Formation).

2. July 14 Tue DWSTSA Election

3. July 17 Fri at 11:10 am at the Aula Magna -DWSTSA Officers Oathtaking

The 13 Houses of Formation:

  1. Divine Word Seminary Scholasticate (SVD)
  2. Fil-Mission Seminary MSP)
  3. Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales (MSFS)
  4. Oblates of St. Joseph (OSJ)
  5. Religious Tertiary Capuchins of Our Lady of Sorrows (TC Amigonians)
  6. Saint Augustine Major Seminary (SASMA)
  7. Saint Lawrence of Brindisi House of Studies (OFM Capuchins)
  8. Saint Paul Seminary Foundation (SSP)
  9. Saint Paul Scholasticate (Barnabites)
  10. San Pablo Theological Formation House
  11. Servants of the Paraclete (sP)
  12. Somascan Major Seminary (Somascans)
  13. Tahanan ng Mabuting Pastol (TMP)

All enrolled students (including the lay) have voting rights.
All are invited to attend the Presentation of Candidates and the Officers Oathtaking.

We thank the following class seniors for facilitating as all of last year's DWSTSA officers are currently out of DWST:
T4  Knoriel Alvarez, TMP (Head)
T3 Jimboy Mayo, OFMCap
T2 Mandee Batac, CRS
T1 DJ Tercena, SVD

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Attention T1

1. For tomorrow, Friday, 6-26-15, Synoptics Class 1 will begin at 9:05 a.m. instead of 8:10 am. Classroom: Arnoldus Hall.

2. Orientation for New Students, Part 2. POSTPONED. PLS. WAIT FOR FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENT

Date: June 29, 2015 (Monday)
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Venue: Arnoldus Hall

Topics: Term Paper, Comprehensive Examinations, and The DWST Pastoral Ministry Program (for AB in Theology Students in T1).

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Introduction to Theology and Dogma

DWST students in  the Introduction to Theology and Dogma (T1)
with Fr. João Eleutério, Visiting Professor from the University of Saint
Joseph-Macau (China). Fr.  Eleutério was born in Lisbon, Portugal.
He has a STD from the Institut Catholique de Paris and a Doctorat
in Histoire des Religions from Sorbonne - Paris IV.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

DWST welcomes Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si'

The Divine Word School of Theology, Tagaytay City, Philippines welcomes Pope Francis' encyclical on environment and human ecology, Laudato Si'.You may download your copy here.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

June 12 - Schola Vacat

June 12 is National Independence Day in the Philippines. There will be no classes and offices are closed.

Friday, March 27, 2015

The DWST 50th Commencement

The DWST 50th Commencement
Theme:  The Year of the Poor
Download the program here.

Baccalaureate  Mass Presider:
Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales
Archbishop Emeritus of Manila
Founder: Pondong Batangan and Pondo ng Pinoy
Click here to download his homily.

Commencement Speaker: Fr. Benigno Beltran, SVD
Former Parish Priest: Risen Christ, Smokey Mountain (Balut, Tondo)
Multi-awarded writer and theologian
Award winning books: Christology of the Inarticulate (1987); Faith and Struggle on Smokey Mountain (2012).
DWST Alumnus 1974
Click here to download his commencement speech. Click here to download the introduction to the speaker by A. Alveyra
To order Fr. Ben's latest book, pls. write to

Valedicere: Fr. Mark Ramos, SVD (T4)
Speech, not available yet.

Baccalaureate Mass presided by H.E. Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales
Graduates of the Four-Year Ecclesiastical Course 

Graduates of A.B. in Theology

Graduates of the Certificate in Theological Studies
Fr. Ben Beltran delivering the commencement speech.

Fr. Scotti, rector of the Somascans places the hood
on graduate Bro. Hermie Juarez, CRS
here assisted by Fr. Danny Tiong, Master of Ceremonies

Graduate Philip Tan of the Diocese of Imus poses
with the statues of Saint Arnold Janssen and
Saint Joseph Freinademetz
The program's cover page