Today, after several years of chasing the coveted PGH Director’s Cup, our very own Phi basketball team has succeeded valiantly in attaining the much-deserved title. The championship game was held on the 15th of February, 2016 at the PGH court, against the formidable Surgery team, which has held a record for being one of the top teams to beat each year. The exciting match was overall a very close game, with the final score being 74-71. The Phi Team fought hard all throughout where every single point mattered, and in the end, they emerged victorious.

Read more: PHI Team Wins PGH Director's Cup 2016

The first event of the year, PHISiklaban, brought the brods of the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity and the sisses of the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority together for an afternoon of team-building activities filled with games, laughter, and even a few scratches for some. The day-long event was held on the 16th of January 2016 at the residence of Sisses Beverly Jean Rosario Aquino dela Cruz-Rosas Φ1984 and Francesca Ysabel dela Cruz Rosas Φ2016 in Ayala Southvale Primera, Muntinlupa City. It was led and hosted by Brod Manuel Sabalo Vidal, Jr. Φ2014 and Sis Jade Arianne Amacan Chuahiong Φ2015. The participants were randomly assigned to four teams: Blue, Green, Yellow, and Purple.

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On the evening of June 6, the halls of New World Hotel were brought to life by the merriment of brothers banding together once again in joyous celebration. Often it is said, "There is a destiny that makes us brothers”, and indeed, this was a night destined to be a testament to the brotherhood of the Phi Kappa Mu. Aptly named “The Feast”, the gathering of these men could have easily been mistaken for the revelry one would find in legends of Valhalla or Olympus. The brothers of the Phi are mortal men, but through their spirit and the bonds that they have forged, they are immortalized.

True to its name, the night began with a “Noche Buena”, a sumptuous dinner that would do justice to the celebration that was to follow. As the guests partook of the last course of the evening, the program commenced with the opening remarks of outgoing Superior Exemplar Mark Terence Pua Mujer ф2010, whose words on the culmination of his years as a fratman were followed by cheers from the audience. With the air of pride and fanaticism thick in the room, hosts Miguel Enrico Santos Acuin ф2014 and Manuel Sabalo Vidal Jr. ф2014 welcomed to the stage the first set of awardees.

A decade before the turn of the millennium, a total of 24 enterprising young men joined the ranks of the Phi Kappa Mu. Batch 1989A “Sweet Sixteen”, represented by brod Aldwin Alfonso Yaneza ф1989A, and Batch 1989B “Eight is Enough”, represented by Rex Marco Miguel Mojica Poblete ф1989B SE 1994-1995 and John David Vargas Zamora ф1989B, received congratulatory plaques marking their 25th year of dedication to the fraternity. As a special treat to both the celebrating batches and the audience, videos showcasing the fond memories that Phi 1989A and 1989B shared over the years were played.

Also honored were this year’s Golden Jubilarians, men who in their 50 years within the fold have risen as luminaries of the pillars of Phi excellence, leadership, service, and brotherhood. Phi Batch 1964, a band of brothers straight from the prosperous 60’s era of the Philippines, was presented with a plaque commemorating a generation of both their achievements and unwavering loyalty to the brotherhood.

The Phi brods of Class 2015 were also recognized in the program. With a mixture of pride, happiness, and nostalgia, ten members of Batch 2010 “Zodiacs” concluded their chapter in medical school as well as their years as Phi resident brods. With medals made of gold adorning their suits, the ten new Phi graduates of the UP College of Medicine proudly marched onstage as loyal sons of the Phi Kappa Mu. There they stood, knowing that though they are at the helm of their careers as physicians, the brotherhood of Phi will be ever present in whatever lands they may meet, wherever the future may take them. As tribute to these ten outstanding men of Phi, a video was presented showcasing the journeys they had taken together. Shortly afterward, the batch leader of the Zodiacs, Dennis Raymond Leoncio Sacdalan ф2010, took to the spotlight and delivered a heartfelt speech of gratitude, a speech which later on drew the attention of all those present as brod Dennis acknowledged their dear departed batchmate, brod Kenneth Roy Perez Mendoza ф2010. A video consisting of old pictures and documentation, prepared by brod Kurt Roland Alfonso Asperas ф2010, was played in honor of brod Kenneth, showcasing the countless memories he shared with his batchmates and the fraternity. Never one to miss out on a frat event, brod Antonio Miguel Padilla Dela Paz Phi ф2008B SE 2012-2013 and Brother Prior of Phi Class 2015 also prepared a video to congratulate them and to express his regards in having the privilege of guiding them during their years in the fraternity.

The hallmark event of the night was quick to approach. Angelo Mario Mendoza Salonga ф2012, “father” and proud Brother Prior of Phi 2014 Noche Buena, introduced the newest batch of Phi brods to the audience. The crowd was alive with laughter and cheers as they were entertained by Noche Buena’s batch video. With the conclusion of the video, the time had come for the formal rites of the occasion.

Time seemed to stand still as the lightness of the evening was replaced by the sombre of ceremony. December is a month reserved for jubilations, yet it was during this month of 2014 that eleven young men of the UP College of Medicine, united only by their desire and perseverance, undertook the journey to be worthy of the name Phi. Forged in fire and tested in adversity, eleven men prevailed, standing tall among the ranks of the venerable fold.

With Phi 2014 attached forevermore to their name, these men took the collective title “Noche Buena”, because they believe, along with the rest of the Fold, that brotherhood is a feast. The Fraternity thus formally inducted Miguel Enrico Santos Acuin ф2014, Edmond Rodiel Bries ф2014, Federico Cristobal Carcellar De Jesus II ф2014, Francisco Jose Amante Garcia ф2014, Jose Gabriel Trono Go ф2014, Arobe Sheik Goling II ф2014, John Albert Amante Gonzales ф2014, Jose Antonio Esteban Habana ф2014, Benjamin Francis Pablo Rodriguez Jr. ф2014, Manuel Sabalo Vidal Jr. ф2014, and Hans Edison Esmere Yap ф2014. Francisco Jose Amante Garcia, the batch leader of Noche Buena, then addressed the brods and guests with a message of heartfelt appreciation.

Members of the outgoing executive council were then invited onstage to receive medals for their distinguished service in leading the fraternity. In the one short year that each executive council has for their term, the course of the Phi Kappa Mu progresses further towards her destiny. To continue their legacy and pave the road before them forward, the incoming executive council was called to receive the mantle of leadership from their predecessors. In a symbolic gesture of passing on the trust and confidence of the fraternity, it was recognized that the future that lay ahead was commended to the capable hands of the new executive council.

Led by Jojiemar Salonga De Pano ф2011 SE 2015-2016, Vice Superior Exemplar Timothy Carl Francisco Uy ф2012, Brother Prior Kevin Romeo Sangel Lucas ф2013, Standard Bearer John Vincent Usita Magalong ф2013, Venerable Preceptor Angelo Maria Mendoza Salonga ф2012, Brother Custodian Ryle Siegfrid Ong Li ф2012, Brother Scribe Ryuichi Peralta Nakamura ф2013, Senior Guardian of the Temple Gabriel Liberon Pulido Jazon ф2013, Brother Recorder Benjamin Francis Pablo Rodriguez Jr. ф2014, and Junior Guardian of the Temple Hans Edison Esmere Yap ф2014, the new Executive Council took their oath of office and were inducted as the new officers of the Phi Kappa Mu.

To conclude the festivities and thanksgiving of the event, Superior Exemplar Jojiemar Salonga De Pano gave the closing remarks in honor of the brotherhood that is forever strong. With this, a fraternity toast was called and as the glasses were emptied, the brods gathered together for the fraternity song, led by the youngest brod, Hans Edison Esmere Yap ф2014.

Phi Batch 2014 Noche Buena would like to acknowledge and thank the alumni brods, the living embodiment of brotherhood that spans the seas of time and space: Romeo Pilotin Ariniego Φ1967, Abdel Jeffri Abubakar Abdulla Φ1977, Bernardo Dimacali Dimacali Φ1978, Teodoro Javier Herbosa Φ1979, Renato Trota Jose Φ1980, Francisco Catibayan Manalo Φ1981, Aris Luke Iguico Dungo Φ1983, Ernesto Antonio Jamias Valdez Jr. Φ1983, Enrico Gil Cruz Oblepias Φ1984, Jose Ma. Pascual Dionisio Bautista Φ1984B, Dennis Pestano Serrano Φ1984B, Devino Rivera Garcia Φ1986, Orville Cortez Ocampo Φ1987, Aldwin Alfonso Yaneza Φ1989A, Rex Marco Miguel Mojica Poblete Φ1989B SE 1994-1995, John David Vargas Zamora Φ1989B, Constantino Tocong Castillo III Φ1991 SE 1995-1996, Eduard Malaca Alfanta Φ1998, Richmond Go Ocao Chang Φ2000, Oliver Bryan Sy Oliva Φ2003, Jonathan Dela Cruz Galingan Φ2005, and Dax Carlo Go Pascasio Φ2006.

The clear blue sky, the soft white sand, the radiant sun overhead, and the freedom that only comes around once a year; for most people, summer is a time to cut loose and bond with family and friends. However, for Brod JP Mariñas, the idea of cutting loose and bonding means more than just relaxing at the beach. For him, it means serving his community with his loved ones through a series of medical and surgical missions, because to him, there is nothing more worth doing than giving back and living a life of service to others.

Dr. John Paul Emerson Serrato Mariñas, Φ2004B, performing an excision at "Araw ni Inang"

Dr. John Paul Emerson Serrato Mariñas, Φ2004B, performing an excision

Brod John Paul Emerson Serrato Mariñas, Φ2004B, or “JP” as he is fondly called by younger brods, has always had a special place in his heart for the tuli/surgical missions of the Phi Kappa Mu even before residency. These missions include the annual missions of Brod Che Jamir in Cavite, Sis Girlie Teotico’s Boracay Mission, and the Puerto Galera Mission of Brod Cis Daytec. Ever a man of service, Brod JP took to these missions instantly with keen enthusiasm. Little did he know then that it was only a preview into the life of service that he would soon live; in fact, Brod JP shares, it was his exposure to these service missions that inspired him on to specializing in Surgery-Urology in the UP-Philippine General Hospital.

But one can only do so much for his or her own community while training in the country’s foremost tertiary hospital. With the call of service beyond the wards came Brod JP’s answer in the form of a medical mission, one held by his own family for their local community in Antipolo City. Hence, “Araw ni Inang”, the Mariñas family medical mission, came to be.

“Araw ni Inang” was conceived in one of Brod JP’s family gatherings shortly after he had started taking up surgery. Among those present in the gathering were his eldest sister, Doc Trina, an OB-Gyne ultrasound specialist, and his Aunty Cely, a self-made chef and entrepreneur. The medical mission was named “Araw ni Inang” as a tribute to their grandmother, Cristina “Inang Tinay” Mariñas, a truly influential figure in the community, whose memory they wanted to honor by doing charity work and also by having a venue in which to bond with the family.

The concept started out as a family activity during the time of May. Banking on the support of Phi, Brod JP took advantage of the busy summer schedule to render medical services that catered to the needs of the community. Summer time used to be “family time”, where the Mariñas family would campaign for their grandfather, Felix Mariñas, a former Mayor of Antipolo. Holding the missions bonded his family and, in addition, gave Phi an opportunity to serve and give back to the community. The Mariñas family believes that many are willing to volunteer given the proper venue, so they wanted to create a program in which a lot of people can help. Hence, what started out as a small mission in their house in Antipolo ended up becoming a mission that had to be conducted in the village basketball court with the help of the local barangay due to the sheer number of patients, with 270 circumcisions performed at the most recent "Araw ni Inang" held last April 25, 2015.

The “Araw ni Inang” Mission has offered various medical services during the 6 years of its humble run - circumcisions, OB-Gyne consults/ultrasound & pap smears, ophthalmological consults, minor surgical operations, dental extractions, laboratory examinations, vitamin supplementation, and even a blood drive. Of course, these services were not present all at once. The blood drive started two years ago, with 50 donors present. The minor surgical “bukol” excision only started last year upon Brod JP’s initiative through the support of brods and sisses in the Department of Surgery. The mission also includes a feeding program or soup kitchen to the patients, as well as a drive for donating shoes, glasses, and clothes, extending the generosity their grandmother was known for. All of the services offered during “Araw ni Inang” were made possible by various benefactors with hearts of gold.

Brod JP performing another excision with fellow Phi student brods

Brod JP performing another excision with fellow Phi student brods

Brod JP also explains that the mission was never meant to prioritize medical consults; instead, what the mission sought to achieve initially was to bring surgical and dental services to the community. Circumcision, while optional, has benefits that definitely outweigh the risks: it decreases the probability of penile cancer and UTI and promotes the psychological growth of the child especially in the Filipino setting where it is a cultural and religious practice. The mission also provides the opportunity to examine possible Urology cases such as undescended testes and hypospadias in the young, and discourages the continuation of hazardous practices such as “pukpok circumcision”. Likewise, the surgical mission is not meant to prioritize actual excision procedures, but to provide proper screening and inspection of potentially malignant masses or “bukol” in patients, and to adequately advise them for referral to multi-specialty centers such as UP-PGH for further work-up or treatment.

These missions would not have been possible without the steadfast support of Brod JP’s family, Familia Mariñas, who provide the logistics, networking, organization and funding necessary for Araw ni Inang. Brod JP’s elder sister, Yasmin, shines in managerial work as the overall supervisor; his brother, Myk, heads the registration and logistics department. Other members of the family also help out and show support. They gather financial support from different NGOs, their relatives abroad and concerned members of the community. This proves the saying, “pag nag tulong-tulong, madaming magagawa”.

For Familia Mariñas, holding "Araw ni Inang" serves many purposes. They are one way for the family to share their blessings with others, a means to give back to the employees of their various businesses and their families. Moreover, the mission stands as a continuing legacy that ensures that the kindness and generosity of Brod JP’s grandmother lives on through the younger generations. Future plans include an “Araw ni Tatang” or “Araw ng Familia”, aimed towards visiting homes for the aged and orphanages respectively.

Much is achieved through the collective effort of Phi brods and sisses. To give back to the services of the brods and sisses, Brod JP treats them afterwards for a mini fellowship in their resort overlooking Manila, Cristina Villas Resort, also named after their grandmother. Good food, good company, and a night of sharing laughs and trading stories after a long day of hard work and service are what keep the brods and sisses coming back year after year.

Brod JP’s notion of service is straightforward – one can only give to others what one has, so in order for one to give more, one has to be more and train more. This does not only apply to material things, but to talents and skills as well. “If you have material blessings, share your blessings,” Brod JP says. “If you have talents and skills, hone them. To render true service, the other three pillars of the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity come in. To render true and dependable service, you have to show Excellence. You need Leadership if you are to provide the best service. In the provision of true service, the vision of one is not enough. You need Brotherhood, a vision that is carried by many. We do not claim a monopoly on service; it is free to those who wish to live a life for others.”

Brod JP with the Phi brods, sisses, and volunteers of the recent Araw ni Inang, held last April 25, 2015

Brod JP with the Phi brods, sisses, and volunteers of the recent Araw ni Inang, held last April 25, 2015

Thankful to the Phi Kappa Mu for all the Fraternity’s support, Brod JP shares that the Fraternity is something he cannot take away from himself, his identity, his values, his aspirations and his goals in life. For the brods, he shares, the cardinal virtues are not there merely as a guide through a brod’s journey in the fraternity; they are there for the Phi to embody and live by in their lives, as Brod JP has selflessly and tirelessly done year after year.

Last February 28, 2015, the 9th installment of Camp Braveheart was held in the Eldar’s Tent, Enchanted Kingdom, Sta. Rosa, Laguna. With the theme “Nurturing Hearts with Compassion”, Camp Braveheart is the brainchild of the Council of Congenital Heart Disease of the Philippine Heart Association and the Philippine Society of Pediatric Cardiology, in partnership with the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity and the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority. 

It is the desire of Camp Braveheart to empower children who have had heart surgeries and to make them feel that their lives need not to be limited by any physical constraints, making them realize that what lies ahead is a life filled with joy and opportunities.

Almost a hundred children who are post-operative patients of congenital heart disease, along with their parents and guardians, graced the whole day event. Along with the brods and sisses of the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity and the Phi Lambda Sorority, members of the Philippine Heart Association and the Philippine Society for Pediatric Cardiology also attended the camp.

Welcome remarks from the Chair of the Council of Congenital Heart Diseases, Dr. Marinella Francisco – Mallari and the President of the Philippine Heart Association, Dr. Joel Abanilla formally started the event. Representatives from the UP College of Dentistry and Council of Congenital Heart Diseases talked about the Current State of Dental Health in the Philippines, the Importance of Dental health in Congenital Heart Disease Management, and How to keep our Hearts Healthy, which were aimed to help the parents and guardians in taking care of the children. Moreover, a free clinic was provided by the Philippine Heart Association to monitor the status of the children operated for their CHDs.

The Amazing Race, which was the main team-building event of the camp, aimed to develop camaraderie and critical thinking among participants, boost their self-esteem, and give happiness to the participants as they accomplish the tasks given to them. Divided to ten stations, the kids were made to solve a word puzzle by accomplishing the tasks assigned to them per station. Among the tasks were to make group cheers, construct paper hearts, solve jigsaw puzzles, and many others that were both physically and mentally challenging. The participants, along with their parents and guards, were also given the opportunity to roam around and experience the rides the theme park.

Late afternoon, the Camp was surprised by a performance by Ymmanuel, a magician-ventriloquist. His jaw-dropping tricks and performance left the kids, as well as everyone else in the tent, in awe that made the crowd ask for more.

TV Host Kim Atienza, more popularly known as “Kuya Kim”, made the crowd more excited as he brought his reptile pets inside the Eldar’s Tent. According to him, he is also a “braveheart” himself, being a patient of Dr. Jose Jonas Diño Del Rosario, Phi 1986, for a condition similar to that of the kids. Having different shapes and sizes, the pets of Kuya Kim perhaps sparked the interest of kids in animals and made the children realize how vast the world is, that is why they must continue to empower themselves and have a life free of inhibitions. Dr. Marinella Francisco – Mallari also gave her rendition of “Let It Go” from the hit movie “Frozen” of Disney that made the crowd sing to their delight.

The day ended with a surprise performance from the newest brods and sisses of the Phi Kappa Mu and the Phi Lambda Delta and a closing message from Dr. Jose Jonas Diño Del Rosario, Phi 1986. The children and volunteers were given certificates for their participation in this year’s event.


Camp Braveheart 9 would like to thank the following sponsors: Sanare Medical, Friso Four, Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park, Continental, NU Skin, Urban Concepts, Adarna House, the Generics Pharmacy, Jansport, McDonalds, Corebridge, and Unilever, as well as our Media Partner Wazzup Pilipinas.

Three Cheers to Brod Julian Que Arguilla, Phi 2013 for heading this year’s Camp Braveheart 9: Nurturing Hearts with Compassion. 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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