Brod Romy Ariniego '67 (third from left) is accompanied by cardiologist brods Egay Ortiz '72, Monching Abarquez '48 and Jonas Del Rosario '86

The Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity is proud of its Loyal Son, Dr. Romeo Pilotin Ariniego, MD, FPCP, FPCC, Φ’67 who was  accorded the Most Distinguished Teacher Award 2013 during the 44th Annual Convention of the Philippine Heart Association last May 29, 2013. This award is given to a member of the Philippine College of Cardiology who has significantly contributed to the field of cardiology through the teaching and mentoring of students at the undergraduate and post-doctoral levels. He joins the ranks of the big names in Philippine cardiology, which include brods Ramon Fabella Abarquez Φ’48 (1983), Conrado Singian Dayrit Φ’38 (1985), Jose M. Barcelona Φ’33 (1986), Luis Manzo Mabilangan Φ’47 (1991), and Gregorio B. Patacsil, Jr. Φ’54 (1998).

Brod Romy Ariniego (or ‘Doc RA’, as his students would fondly call him) entered the Fraternity in 1967 and graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine in 1972. He took up fellowship in Cardiology at the Sahlgrenska Hospital in Sweden and post-residency training at Lidcombe Hospital in Sydney, Australia. He served as a professor in De La Salle Health Sciences Campus, became the Chief of the Cardiovascular Division of the University Medical Center in 1987, and served as its Medical Director from 1993-1999. He was also a former Dean of the College of Medicine from 2005-2007 and former Vice President of DLS-HSC. Among the awards that he has previously received include the Distinguished Service Award from the Philippine Heart Association, National Lorenzo M. Tañada CHIMES Award from De La Salle Philippines, and the International Health Professional distinction.

A proud brother of the PHI, he is an expected presence in the Fraternity’s gatherings – in PHI riots to celebrate with the brods, or induction balls to welcome new PHIs into the same Fold he became part of almost 50 years ago. He would even occasionally open the doors to his home for the brods to share a bottle of Budweiser or two -- truly an exemplar of the PHI pillars of Excellence and Brotherhood!

Congratulations brod! All for PHI!


Established in August 1933 by the UP College of Medicine's best medical students, the PHI KAPPA MU (Fraternity of the College of Medicine) continues to uphold its tested tradition of Excellence, Leadership, Service and Brotherhood in the College, University and in our country.

Through the Fraternity's ideals and pillars, her Loyal Sons continue to lead, innovate and excel in the practice of medicine worldwide and in preserving the honor and integrity of the medical profession.

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