As they say, Christmas is a season of giving. Many of us spend this time preparing for the usual parties and celebrations with our friends and family. However, many of our countrymen are unable to enjoy the season in their homes and in the company of their families and friends.

In keeping with the season’s spirit of fun and generosity, the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity and Phi Lambda Delta Sorority of the UP College of Medicine carried on the traditional event annually held at the Philippine General Hospital Atrium to bring Christmas cheer to the patients and their relatives who will be spending their holidays in the wards of PGH.


This year’s event, Only the Phinest: Sangkaterbang Sorpresa, Sangkaterbang Ligaya was started off with a bang. Hosts Van Euldem Diaz Battad Φ2013, John Vincent Usita Magalong Φ2013, Sis Giselle Cerrillo Φ2013, and Sis Gellie Maglasang Φ2013 entered the stage with a dance spiel that brought smiles and laughter to the patients and their watchers in attendance. After a brief introduction, they immediately raffled off the first few prizes to lucky members of the audience.

At the beginning of the program, the hosts asked for volunteers from the audience to showcase their talents in exchange for the chance to win any of various prizes. Several of the most energetic people in the crowd took up the challenge and engaged in a dance-off to the song Gimme Gimme. The raffle prizes ranged from food items and Noche Buena packages to handy stand fans.


Still settling down from the previous segment, the audience surprisingly welcomed the first of the show’s guest stars, Kapamilya Star Cherry Pie Picache, arrived. This year’s event featured well-loved personalities such as Ramon Bautista, Grechen Ho, Bettina Carlos, and Thomas Torres. Each of them was featured in games and activities which allowed them to showcase their hosting skills and interact with the crowd, much to the watchers’ liking. Some of the most memorable moments were Cherry Pie Picache poking fun at the listed choices in the Pera o Bayong game, Ramon Bautista using cheesy pick-up lines on his co-hosts, and the cameo appearances of last year’s hosts Jose Nicolo Domingo Antonio Φ2012 and Angelo Maria Mendoza Salonga Φ2012.


As the program neared its end, the Neurosurgery band headed by Brod Gerardo Dizon  Legaspi Φ1983 and also featuring Brod John David Blanco Mata Φ2004B made an appearance, playing hits such as “Sunday Morning” and proving once again that the doctors of PGH are also multi-talented individuals. This was preceded by a brief description of Only The Phinest’s history and how it has successfully lightened the load of the patients of the hospital.


To cap off a fun and entertaining night, gift packages were distributed to all the members of the audience, fulfilling an earlier statement made by one the hosts. True enough, “Walang uuwing talo. Lahat panalo!” In the years to come, the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity and the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority will continue holding this event in order to ensure that only the finest is given to the patients of PGH during the most awaited season of Christmas.

 

On the evening of November 18, 2013, a large crowd gathered at the Bellagio Square in Ermita, Manila as the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity and the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority proudly introduced their newest members to the UP Manila community in a night also featuring the musical talents of the Itchyworms, Taken By Cars, the Phi Band, the A-Band, the Epimers, Autosave, and the Phi brods and sisses themselves. “One Big Phi 2013: Yield! Give in to the Beat” was truly one night for the books.

Livening up the evening were the witty commentary and timely jokes of Brods Julian Que Arguilla Φ2013 and Van Euldem Diaz Battad Φ2013 and Sisses Natasha Abela Φ2013 and Vea Santos Φ2013.

The A-Band of UPCM Class 2018 opened the evening with A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton. The Epimers of UPCM Class 2016 soon followed, taking everyone on a musical trip with songs such as Overdrive by the Eraserheads. Autosave, a band composed of members of the UP Musician’s Organization, then treated people to an original composition. Happy Hector, a band featuring brod Ryan Julius Angeles Bañez Φ2002 on bass, swept the crowd off its feet with songs like Mariposa.

 

Not to be outdone, the resident body of both the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity and the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority took to the floor to present breathtaking performances, with the LU4 brods and sisses, who affectionately call themselves Starex, taking the lead with the first dance. Next up were ICC brods and sisses, led by Kevin Ivan Penaverde Chan Φ2011 entertained everyone present; electrifying the audience with their moves. The PHIs from the Clerks’ class came soon after, captivating everyone present.  The PHI Interns present then took to the floor proving that aside from excellence in their hospital duties, they also can dance and have fun.

 

The PHI Band also showed its mettle as its numerous members rotated every few songs, ensuring a widened diversity of styles. This year’s line-up of the PHI Band introduced four new brods and two new sisses to the group in Lorenzo Abednego Bobadilla Adre Φ2013, Van Euldem Diaz Battad Φ2013 on guitar, John Vincent Usita Magalong Φ2013,  Dominic Leandro Fernandez Milla Φ2013 on guitar, Ryuichi Peralta Nakamura Φ2013 on drums, Jasper Paolo Ramos Viloria Φ2013 on vocals, along with sisses Mica Pimentel Φ2013 on vocals and Vea Santos Φ2013 on guitar. They mesmerized the crowd with hits such as The Ordertaker, First of Summer, Lucky, Idlip,and Mr. Brightside.

The main events of the night began with the presentations of the newest batch of sisses, AmpliPHI, as their party-themed audiovisual presentation displayed the fun-loving side of the batch, and their dance number endeared them to all who were present. Not long after, the newest batch of brods, the Eightieths played its introductory video, which elicited laughs from the audience. They then lit up the night with a medley of dances which made them leave the stage to a standing ovation from the crowd.

As the program neared its end, the crowd was treated to live performances of the popular local bands Itchyworms and Taken By Cars which made almost everyone rush towards the Bellagio Square stage to better enjoy the show.

In light of the recent devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda in Central Visayas, the Fraternity and the Sorority allotted part of the proceeds of this event to the PHI Relief Operations. They were able to prepare 400 bags filled with relief goods which were then immediately sent to the typhoon-stricken areas.

This night would not have happened without Timothy Carl Francisco Uy Φ2012, and Vincent Elvin Tabamo Garduce Φ2012 as event heads. Truly, this was an event that will live long in the memory of all brods and sisses, and showed the world just how big PHI is – and how much more it can be.


 

The Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity of the UP College of Medicine proudly welcomes thirteen new brothers to its Most Venerable Fold – Phi Batch 2013 Eightieths! 

Eightieths

Phi Batch 2013 Eightieths. (From L-R) Lorenzo Abednego Bobadilla Adre, Julian Que Arguilla, Van Euldem Diaz Battad, Jonathan Saputil Elevazo, Gabriel Liberon Polido Jazon, Kevin Romeo Sangel Lucas, John Vincent Usita Magalong, Mark Jason Dela Cruz Milan, Dominic Leandro Fernandez Milla, Al Joseph Rodriguez Molina, Ryuichi Peralta Nakamura, Jon Bryan Santiago Tiosin, and Jasper Paolo Ramos Viloria.

 

Lorenzo Abednego Bobadilla Adre

Enzo, a direct entrant to the INTARMED program of the College of Medicine, is a prolific public speaker and debater. He also enjoys listening to music and surfing the internet.

Julian Que Arguilla

A marketing student deep inside, Jules enjoys promoting and entrepreneurship equipped with his BS Psychology background. He also is a dead-eye at marksmanship and competitive shooting.

Van Euldem Diaz Battad

Van, a BS Psychology major in his undergraduate studies, makes himself busy with creating and composing music through his guitar or personal computer. Aside from this, he also loves working out and various sports.

Jonathan Saputil Elevazo

Jan graduated with a BS Biology degree from UP Diliman. He spends most of his free time tinkering with computer software and tirelessly improving his automotive.

Gabriel Liberon Pulido Jazon

Gab, a BS Nursing graduate from Siliman University, is a marked risk-taker as he enjoys adventures. Among his various interests include running, playing basketball and singing.

Kevin Romeo Sangel Lucas

Kevin is a born leader, being awarded the Gerry Roxas Leadership Awardee in high school. He graduated with a BS Biology degree from UP Diliman, and also loves music and sports, most notably basketball.

John Vincent Usita Magalong

JV graduate from the UP College of Nursing, and ranked third in his batch’s Nursing Licensure Examinations. He continues his excellent academic performance while at the same time working on his vocal talents, training with the UP Medicine Choir.

Mark Jason Dela Cruz Milan

Mark graduated with a degree in BS Nursing in the UP Manila. He is fondly known for his accurate impersonations and admirable singing.

Dominic Leandro Fernandez Milla

Andro also entered the College of Medicine through the INTARMED program. Among his interests are football, music, and watching various TV series. He is known for his very vocal form of leadership, effectively motivating others in their endeavors.

Al Joseph Rodriguez Molina

Aljo, the oldest of the Eightieths, is a BS Nursing graduate from Catanduanes State University. A passionate and driven student, he has worked as a fellow for the Department of Health, and is currently finishing his master’s degree in Epidemiology at UP.

Ryuichi Peralta Nakamura

Ichi, also an INTARMED student, is half Filipino and half Japanese. He loves playing football, but is best known for his ability to excellently play the drums.

Jon Bryan Santiago Tiosin

Graduating from Philippine Science High School with High Honors, Jon continues his excellence in academics in the College of Medicine as an INTARMED student. He is known among his classmates for his academic excellence and his vocal personality.

Jasper Paolo Ramos Viloria

Jasper finished his undergraduate studies in UP Diliman with a degree in BS Biology. He spends most of his free time playing the guitar and singing punk rock songs.

 

Congratulations and welcome to the Fraternity, Brods! All for PHI!

Dr. Dino Fontanilla

Last October 1, 2013, the San Beda College of Medicine formally recognized Dr. Fernandino Jose Ang Fontanilla Φ1986 as the College’s new Dean.

Dr. Fontanilla obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1991 from the University of the Philippines – College of Medicine. He pursued further training in Ophthalmology at the Philippine General Hospital and University of Illinois for residency and fellowship, respectively.

Brod Dino Fontanilla Φ1986 (right) with immediate past dean Brod Francis Cid Φ1977 (left)

What started out as a noble idea of Brod Johnny Yee Fong Φ1966 soon became reality as the new College of Medicine of San Beda College began operations in April 2002. Serving as its previous deans were Mariano Vinluan Dela Cruz, Jr. Φ1949, Noel Giron Guison Φ1977 and Ferdinand Francis Maria De Leon Cid Φ1977.

Congratulations, Brod Dino! All for PHI!

Phi Class 2013

 

It’s official.

Last September 14, 2013 at the Plenary Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), fourteen Loyal Sons of the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity were among those who recited their Hippocratic Oaths to be part of the country’s newest batch of physicians.

The afternoon started with the board passers taking the seats at the front of the hall, while their proud parents sat at the back. The topnotchers of the recent board examinations, which includes Brod Abdelsimar “Buddy” Tan Omar II Φ2008B, were asked to occupy the table situated at the front of the stage.

The program began at around half past one o’ clock in the afternoon with a processional and an invocation, which was immediately followed by the singing of the Philippine national anthem and the PRC Hymn. After the opening remarks, the soon-to-be officially licensed physicians took the Oath of Professionals and Oath of Hippocrates with uncontainable pride and excitement.

The program proceeded with the awarding of Plaques of Recognition to the 8 top performing schools, starting from number 8 to number 1. The University of the Philippines – College of Medicine, being one of four schools bagging a 100% passing rate (149 passers out of 149 examiners), was awarded last. When the name of Dean Agnes Mejia was called to receive the award, loud cheering and a standing ovation welcomed her, soon followed by Brod John Faustine Danan Gutierrez Φ2008B, Class President of UPCM Class 2013, leading the class cheer with his familiar, resonating voice:

“Dos Mil Trese! Lahat Posible! What’s your bet? All in! 2013!”

The master of ceremonies next recognized the examinees who registered grades that were among the top 10 in this batch of board passers. The UP College of Medicine produced 5 topnotchers in the Top 10, headlined by the class valedictorian Dr. Daniel Guevara and Dr. Buddy Omar Φ2008B, both with a score of 88.75%, earning them the 2nd place among all examiners. Brod Buddy Omar went up the stage accompanied by his mother, Dr. Farrah Tan Omar, who herself is a PHI. They were met with the warm congratulations of Dr. Mejia as they descended the platform.

With a message by board first placer Dr. Ang and the closing remarks of Dr. De Ocampo, the program ended with the Philippines having 1,834 new licensed physicians.

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The Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity congratulates the newest PHI doctors:

 

Jeff Novero

Dr. Jon Jefferson Calinao Novero, MD Φ2007

Jeff is a person known to enjoy the best of life, having various interests in music, food, among many others. Despite his happy outlook in life, he upholds the PHI quality of dependability, able to deliver when he is counted on the most. He is the son of Brod Virgilio “Joy” Mison Novero, Jr. Φ1982A, a renowned fertility expert, and plans to also take up further training in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

 

Tomi dela Paz

Dr. Antonio Miguel Padilla Dela Paz, MD Φ2008B SE 2012-2013

Tomi was the one chosen to be the PHI’s Superior Exemplar in his batch due to his excellent demonstration of the Fraternity’s pillars and virtues. Probably attributing to his well-roundedness, Tomi was the go-to-guy of the UPCM Men’s Basketball Varsity Team. He led the team as its previous Team Captain. He plans to train further in General Surgery.

 

Kevin Fernandez

Dr. Rodolfo Uy Fernandez III, MD Φ2008B

Kevin is a talented individual, known for his superb video editing, dancing, writing and basketball skills, talents that you rarely find in a medical student. He served as the Fraternity’s Brother Scribe in 2010-2011 and recently graduated as an Outstanding Intern in Ophthalmology and Psychiatry. He plans to specialize in Otorhinolaryngology.

 

Migz Guillermo

Dr. Miguel Luiz Bahinting Guillermo, MD Φ2008B

Migz was the Fraternity’s Brother Recorder in 2009, into which he has put his skills and knowhow about the graphic arts and technology into good use. He plans to someday take up a residency program in Ophthalmology.

 

Clint Guitarte

Dr. Clint Patagnan Guitarte, MD Φ2008B

Clint is the leader of Phi Batch 2008B Payday and his interest include sports and the outdoors, joining marathons or climbing mountains in his free time. He was also the Most Outstanding Intern of the Department of Orthopedics and plans to take up residency in the same field.

 

JF Gutierrez

Dr. John Faustine Danan Gutierrez, MD Φ2008B

JF is a well-respected leader in the class, the Fraternity and the College. He is the Class President of UPCM Class 2013 since he entered the College as an INTARMED student and served previously as the Vice Superior Exemplar of the Fraternity and the Vice Chairperson for the Medicine Student Council. His fields of interest include Surgery and Otorhinolaryngology.

 

Ardynne Mallari

Dr. Ardynne Martin Corcelles Mallari, MD Φ2008B

Ardynne became part of UP College of Medicine Class 2013 as one of the direct entrants of the INTARMED program. His intelligence especially in mathematics is undeniable, always proving useful especially in dividing the restaurant or bar bills among brods. During his time in the College, Ardynne served as the Fraternity’s Venerable Preceptor and Senior Guardian of the Temple. He plans to specialize in a field close to his heart – Pediatric Cardiology.

 

JM Mendoza

Dr. John Michael Torricer Mendoza, MD Φ2008B

JM is best known in the College of Medicine as one of the UPCM Men’s Basketball Team’s superstars, leading the College to various wins in many tournaments. He is also known to sport and collect the best of watches. JM plans to specialize in Rehabilitation Medicine.

 

Buddy Omar

Dr. Abdelsimar Tan Omar II, MD Φ2008B

Buddy was the most studious of the batch and it shows whenever he answers the most difficult of questions, tops the end-of-the-year comprehensive examinations and amazes with his excellent endorsements of the patient’s cases. There is no wonder why he was elected as the Fraternity’s Standard Bearer in 2011, and placed at number 2 in the recent physician licensure examinations. Buddy plans to return to his hometown as a Neurosurgeon.

 

Jayson Paragas

Dr. Jayson Rosario Paragas, MD Φ2008B

Jayson (or Papi, as he is fondly called by the brods) is the Fraternity’s culinary expert, making pulutans taste like exquisite delicacies. His leadership is unquestionable, having led the Fraternity in its flagship project, Empowerment Through Mobility, in 2010. Papi plans to go back to Pangasinan as a General Surgeon, and vows to continue the annual PHI fellowship at Dagupan.

 

Paolo Pineda

Dr. Jon Paolo Sandico Pineda, MD Φ2008B

Paolo’s main thrust in the Fraternity was the recruitment of worthy, noble men into the Fold. He served as the Brother Prior who welcomed the talented and dedicated men of Phi Batch 2011. Aside from that, he is known to nail spot-up threes as part of the UPCM Men’s Basketball Team and hit high notes as the Phi Band’s front man. Paolo will take up further training in Orthopedic Surgery.

 

Nil Sembrano

Dr. Leonil Ferdinand Arizobal Sembrano, MD Φ2008B

Nil entered the College of Medicine through the INTARMED program in 2006 and has since then became one of the College’s most respected singers, being part of the multi-award winning UP Medicine Choir. Nil will spend the next two or so years in the rural communities in completion of the Doctors to the Barrios program; after which, he plans to specialize in Orthopedics.

 

Joshua Yabut

Dr. Joshua Anton Ostoy Yabut, MD Φ2008B

Josh was a fixture in the Phi Band ever since he became a member of the Fraternity in 2008, making use of his background in classical piano to master the keyboards. His musical skills and knowledge translated to the Phi Band placing among the best bands in multiple contests. With a passion for service, Josh also was the Fraternity’s Senior Guardian of the Temple in 2010. He plans to take up further training in Surgery, specifically in Urology.

 

 Topher Constantino

Dr. Christopher Salamaed Constantino, MD Φ2008B

Topher proudly finishes medical education in UP, having had academic stints in top schools Ateneo and De La Salle. He is an avid fan of comics and graphic novels, at times doing his own sketches with the best in the industry. He also is fond of hip-hop and has already composed a few rap songs. Topher plans to specialize in Vascular Surgery.

 

Congratulations brods! 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.

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