The UP Manila’s first dormitory was launched at UPM grounds, October 21, 2014 at three in the afternoon. 

The soft launching of the dorm, officially named the Phi House Dormitory, was attended by UP Manila Chancellor Manuel B. Agulto, Ф1969A, Philippine General Hospital Director Jose C. Gonzales, Ф1969A, members of the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity and Phi Lambda Delta Sorority of the UP College of Medicine and several UPM and PGH officials.

During the ceremony, the Phi House Foundation, represented by Brod Dr. Christopher Malorre E. Calaquian Ф1991, donated the architectural and engineering plans of the dormitory to UP Manila, represented by Chancellor Agulto.

“The dormitory is the first of its kind and shall be the template for the succeeding dormitories to be built in UP Manila compound,” the Chancellor said.

The construction of the four-story dormitory will be completed on December 2014 and will be ready to accept over a hundred students and faculty members, both local and foreign.

The Phi House Dormitory is located between the College of Pharmacy and College of Allied Medical Professions buildings along Pedro Gil Street, Ermita, Manila.

Fr. Maximo G. Barbero of the UPM-PGH Chapel blessed the building. 

All for PHI!

Last August 2014, it came as no surprise as nine out of the nine medical board exam takers from the Phi Kappa Mu passed with flying colors, exemplifying the Fraternity’s Cardinal Virtue of Excellence. The fraternity would like to congratulate these Loyal sons, imbued with PHI values throughout their medical school life, as they formally took the Hippocratic Oath last October 4.

 

Dr. Mark Willis Lim Malaki, Φ2008B

Mark is a familiar cheerful face even in times of distress on a typical Emergency Room stint. He finished his undergrad, BS Psychology in UP Diliman. He is passionate about videogames. With a knack for business, he aspires to pursue entrepreneurship after medicine, as well as Medical Informatics.

 

Dr. Ace Robert Bańas Alfabeto, Φ2009

Ace is the musician of the batch, and has shown off his mad guitar skills in many events of the Fraternity. A BS Public Health graduate of UP West Visayas, he has held Executive Council positions in the Fraternity, as the Brother Recorder and Brother Scribe. He will pursue General Surgery.

 

Dr. Apolinario Estrellado Esquivel III, Φ2009

An avid partygoer, a fashion aficionado, Jay is best recognized for his funny antics and lively persona at every party he’s in.  Also the ladies’ man of the batch, he enjoys best drinking out with Phi. He finished BS Psychology in UP Diliman. Dr. Esquivel plans to pursue Surgery as his specialization.

 

Dr. Richmond Paul Enriquez Goce, Φ2009

A natural multitasker—that’s how Monchi is described best. He has shown his dedication to the fraternity when he served as the Fraternity’s Junior Guardian of the Temple as well as Standard Bearer. He excels in basketball as well, and has a knack for baking. A graduate of Molecular Biology from UP Diliman, he plans to pursue General Surgery.

 

Dr. Joseff Karl Uy Fernandez, Φ2009

The top shot of the batch, Karl excels in competitive shooting as well as basketball. With his excellent financial and communication skills, he has effectively served as the Fraternity's Brother Custodian and Venerable Preceptor. With his stellar academic performance, this UP Diliman biology graduate plans to become a neurosurgeon.

 

Dr. Mark Rosario Manzano, Φ2009

Don’t let Mark Manazo's silent demeanor fool you: he excels in basketball and has a deep passion for service as well. He graduated from UP Los banos with a BS Biology. He plans to pursue a career in Family Medicine.

 

Dr. Pocholo Ińigo Bleza Morales, Φ2009

A BS INTARMED graduate, Dr. Morales loves travelling and learning new languages. He spends his free time swimming, playing tennis and football.  He has appeared in quite a few indie movies as well. He will specialize in Orthopedics.

 

Dr. Jayson Cabalag Panganiban, Φ2009

THE performer of the batch. A graduate of BS biology from UP Manila, Dr. Panganiban has a passion for singing and dancing. Young and promising at 25, Dr. Panganiban will pursue plastic surgery.

 

Dr. Jose Antonio Tan Paulino, Φ2009

As the Superior Exemplar for 2013-2014, Dr. Paulino truly is a fanatical Phi. He has served both as the fraternity’s venerable preceptor as well as Vice Superior Exemplar. With a passion for photography, it is fitting that this BS Public Health graduate of UP Manila plans to enter ophthalmology residency this year.

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Congratulations, Brods! All for PHI!

Last September 4, 2014, the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity hosted a thanksgiving mass at the PGH Chapel in celebration of the Fraternity’s 81st Anniversary. Coincidentally held on the afternoon of the expected release of the results of the year’s Physician Licensure Examinations, the fraternity joined hands with the rest of the UP Manila community in praying for the success of the exam-takers.

A few minutes before the start of the mass, the chapel was already full of members of class 2014, their well-wishers, and other mass-goers. Led by the UP Medchoir, the audience joined in on the mass hymns which sounded even more calming and uplifting given the occasion.  The priest’s homily as well as the gospel read also seemed to be directed primarily to those who were waiting for the results of the board examinations. In this particular passage, Jesus first met his future apostles and asked them to become ‘fishers of men’. The homily also revolved around this particular theme. The priest reminded the audience to always be open to God’s calling and to always ask for guidance and direction regarding major decisions in life. Afterwards, special intentions were read out for the board takers and the items for the offertory were brought to the altar by John Vincent Usita Magalong Φ 2013, Ryuichi Peralta Nakamura Φ 2013, and Jasper Paolo Ramos Villoria Φ 2013.

The priest was assisted throughout the mass by Julian Que Arguilla Φ 2013. Also present during the mass were Apolinario Estrellado Esquivel III, M.D. Φ2009, Joseff Karl Uy Fernandez, M.D. Φ2009, and Richmond Paul Enriquez Goce, M.D. Φ2009 who were awaiting the results at the time.

 

Last afternoon of August 12, 2014 marked yet another significant milestone as the new PAGKALMA Park in the University of the Philippines College of Medicine was inaugurated by members of the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity and the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority. Fr. Chester Yacub of the UP-Philippine General Hospital Chapel blessed the newly renovated establishment as brods and sisses, lighting their candles, solemnly participated in prayer.

Present were Brods Jose Castillo Gonzales Φ1969A, Abdul Jeffri Abubakar Abdulla Φ1977, Pio Renato Villacorta Φ1977, Ferdinand Lim Morabe Φ1977, Dennis Roland Solis Lopez Φ2000, Eric Baldivino Yasay Φ2003, Alvin Anthony Patricio Anastacio Φ2006, Ryan Siapno Torres Φ2006, Mario Emmanuel Lim Lopez de Leon Φ2007, Antonio Miguel Padilla Dela Paz Φ2008B SE 2012-2013, Jayson Rosario Paragas Φ2008B, Pocholo Inigo Bleza Morales Φ2009, and Jose Antonio Tan Paulino Φ2009 SE 2013-2014. A ribbon-cutting ceremony followed and dinner was served. Vice Superior Exemplar Mikhail Gopez Amante Φ2011, with sis Gellai Ursabia Φ2011, read the plaque dedication.

 

The new park boasts a modern theme and décor, an LCD television, 24-hour wifi connection and new sound system, among its amenities. First established in 1980 where the Alvior Hall stands today, and moved to its current location beside the Bobby Dela Paz Hall in 2005, the park is a monument to Pagkalinga sa Kalusugan ng Mamamayan, the service arm of the Phi Kappa Mu and the Phi Lambda Delta. Since then, it has been a haven for Brods and Sisses looking to visit and unwind, as well as a venue for important Fraternity and Sorority gatherings.

The renovation of the park was made possible by none other than Brod Bill Romero, phi ’77, UPCM class ’81, in memory of his best friend and batchmate Brod Felixberto “Jojy” Pelayo jr. Brod Jojy founded the original PAGKALMA Park. The Phi Lambda Delta’s Legacy Committee also contributed to the renovation.

All for PHI!

 

Brotherhood: a timeless bond, a link that goes beyond generations, a quality that sets apart a fraternity from other fellowships. It is in this connection among brethren of the Phi Kappa Mu that one goes back to after his journey as a medical student.

It is in this spirit that the Phi Kappa Mu has been holding its Fraternity Riots annually. This year, the fraternity held its South Riot, Slambang in Alabang at Manong’s, Alabang last June 27. With gracious hosts and Venerable Preceptor John Harvey Monzon Beza Φ2012, the night was met with high anticipation. A bountiful feast with abundant drinks, and boisterous laughter filled the room as brods gathered.

 

As the night went on, and conversations were exchanged, it was highlighted that being part of the fraternity meant something more than a title. It was in these gatherings that one could see how strong the connections between the Phis have grown as the years progressed and new members were welcomed into the fraternity. The senior brods guiding the younger brods even in endeavors beyond medical school and the younger brods sharing with the seniors even their silliest experiences with the fraternity—the brotherhood was truly felt. The night concluded with the fraternity singing in harmony its esteemed hymn.

 

That evening might have ended, but the tradition of preserving the flame of 1933 will forever burn brighter as new bonds are forged into the fold.

Alumni brods in attendance were: Romeo Pilotin Ariniego ϕ1967, Venancio Petate Garduce, Jr. ϕ1976, Pio Renato Figer Villacorta ϕ1977, Benjamin Avelino Medalla Abela, Jr. ϕ1979, SE 1983-1984, Renato Trota Jose ϕ1980, Antonio Roberto Marave Abaya ϕ1981, Francisco Catibayan Manalo ϕ1981, Virgilio Mison Novero, Jr. ϕ1982A, Francisco Tupasi Valenzuela, Jr. ϕ1982A, Ernesto Antonio Jamias Valdez, Jr. ϕ1983, Alfredo Caasi Calado III ϕ1984A, Enrico Gil Cruz Oblepias ϕ1984B, Adrian Peter Erfe Desquitado ϕ1989B, Christopher Malorre Enriquez Calaquian ϕ1991, Fabian Arnel Angeles De Jesus ϕ1992, Jonathan dela Cruz Galingan ϕ2005, Ardynne Martin Corcelles Mallari ϕ2008B, Jon Paolo Sandico Pineda ϕ2008B. 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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