Alumni brods from all over the world gathered at the Prior's Stag, attesting to the brotherhood of the PHI.

Raging through the night, the perpetual flame of brotherhood roared once more as Brods from all over answered the call of the Brother Prior to gather for the hallowed celebration that is the Prior's Stag.

On the 18th of July 2013, loyal sons came together once more at the Molly Malone's Irish Pub impress upon the gentlemen of UPCM Class 2018 the qualities and virtues characteristic of every PHI.


At around eight in the evening, things got underway with hosts Jose Nicolo Domingo Antonio Φ2012 and Angelo Maria Mendoza Salonga Φ2012 at the helm. Brods took to the stage the whole night over, recounting the past as a means to inspire the Fraternity’s future. As Brods and guests were finishing up the hearty dinner buffet prepared by the establishment, Brod Ronnie Enriquez Baticulon Φ2003 kicked things off by narrating his journey from a humble medical student to a world-renowned blogger and neurosurgery resident, a tale brought to life by his unerring pursuit of Excellence inspired by the PHI. He was soon followed by Brod Jose Castillo Gonzales Φ1969, the current Director of the Philippine General Hospital. A giant himself of Philippine Medicine, Dr. Gonzales regaled those assembled with a rather thorough account of Brods at the forefront of their medical expertise, each a vital impetus through the various leadership positions resting on their shoulders. The various activities undertaken by the Fraternity in the name of service were then discussed by the previous Vice Superior Exemplar, Brod John Faustine Danan Gutierrez Φ2008B. The night then came to a close with Brod Martin Donato Bautista Φ1984B leading a Fraternity Song sung with fervor quite unmatched, effectively rounding out the 4th Pillar of the Fraternity, Brotherhood.

After going through the experience that was the Prior's Stag, an impression was left on the hearts and minds of the guests, each looking forward to a possible future with the Most Venerable Fold. Truly, it was a night worth remembering!


Once again, the Fraternity would like to acknowledge the following Brods who were able to attend the Prior's Stag:

Romeo Pilotin Ariniego Φ 1967, Jose Castillo Gonzales Φ 1969A, Venancio Petate Garduce, Jr. Φ 1976, Abdel Jeffri Abubakar Abdulla Φ 1977, Pio Renato Figer Villacorta Φ 1977, Vicente Ylanan Belizario Φ 1981, Aris Luke Igguico Dungo Φ 1983, Ernesto Serrano Rivera Φ 1983, Gerardo Dizon Legaspi Φ 1983, Martin Donato Bautista Φ 1984B, Dennis Pestaño Serrano Φ 1984B, Jose Jonas Diño Del Rosario Φ 1986, Orville Cortez Ocampo Φ 1987, Dennis Pontejos Dimaculangan Φ 1989A, SE 92-93, Karlos Noel Rojas Aleta Φ 1991, Constantino Tocong Castillo III Φ 1991, SE 95-96, Donald Daniel Samson De Padua Φ 1991, SE 96-97, Harold Louie Esguerra Trinidad Φ 1995B, Eduard Malaca Alfanta Φ 1998, Crisostomo Rodrigo Baliog, Jr. Φ 2000, SE 03-04, Alduz Inri Surio Cabaza Φ 2000, Dennis Roland Solis Lopez Φ 2000, Lawrence Frederick Aquino Tumaneng Φ 2000, Ronnie Enriquez Baticulon Φ 2003, Cesar Vincent Lopez Villafuerte III Φ 2003, Eric Baldivino Yasay Φ 2003, Jason Rafael Aspuria Maddumba Φ 2004B, John Paul Emerson Serrato Mariñas Φ 2004B, Ted Russel Caronongan Ureta Φ 2004B, Gerald Marion Maramag Abesamis Φ 2005, Alvin Christopher Sy Chu Φ 2005, Bayani Soriño Pasco, Jr. Φ 2005, SE 09-10, Alvin Anthony Patricio Anastacio Φ 2006, Dax Carlo Go Pascasio Φ 2006, John Michael Paraiso Baking Φ 2007, Mario Emmanuel Lim Lopez de Leon Φ 2007, Antonio Miguel Padilla dela Paz Φ 2008B, SE 12-13, Rodolfo Uy Fernandez III Φ 2008B, John Faustine Danan Gutierrez Φ 2008B, Ardynne Martin Corcelles Mallari Φ 2008B, Jayson Rosario Paragas Φ 2008B, Jon Paolo Sandico Pineda Φ 2008B, Leonil Ferdinand Arizobal Sembrano Φ 2008B, and Joshua Anton Ostoy Yabut Φ 2008B.

Semper PHI!

“It is the burden of the UPMASA to help the Nation compete in the world, yet not be oblivious to the needs of our people. It is about discovering new medicine, yet not forgetting that Filipinos cannot die because they do not have a doctor.”

These were the words of Dr. Silverio “Billy” Buenafe Cabellon, Jr., Φ1967, SE ’71-’72 as he was formally inaugurated as the new President of the UP Medical Alumni Society in America (UPMASA) last July 6, 2013 at the UPMASA Annual Grand Convention 2013 at Honolulu, Hawaii.

Billy Cabellon

Brod Billy Cabellon '67 speaks to the audience of Empowerment Through Mobility about the Fraternity.

Up to this day, I owe to the Brods the honor, prestige, and opportunity to serve.

No man is an island. Brod Billy displayed signs of leadership and selflessness early on as he confesses having the subliminal need to belong to a group that he will be proud of and which will give him the opportunities to contribute as needed – hence the decision to join Phi Kappa Mu. There are no regrets.

 “Being a PHI was an exhilarating experience in the UP College of Medicine”, he recalls. He would be invited to join the upperclassmen brods to get-togethers before going home every Friday. Service was already given high appraisal as brods would already be sponsors of many blood drives and organizers of community activities such as that in Sapang Palay. The Fraternity helped develop the leader in the young Brod Billy as he became part of the University Student Council during his senior year. Brod Billy was then elected as the Fraternity’s Superior Exemplar in 1971. “Up to this day, I owe it to the Brods the honor, prestige, and opportunity to serve.”

After finishing medical school at the College of Medicine, he was commissioned as a Captain of the US Army Medical Corps right away and began an Internship at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington. He took up a General Surgery residency program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington and later a Vascular Surgery fellowship at the same institution. He would then hold top administrative posts in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery in various institutions. He would attribute this success to his first few appendectomies and epidermal inclusion cyst excisions under the supervision of brods back in his medical school days.

Upon retirement from the US Army, Brod Billy was awarded its highest honor for service, the Legion of Merit.

Brod Billy started becoming active in UPMASA after his 25th year of Graduation from the College of Medicine. He served first as Chapter President of the UPMASA Baltimore Chapter and was then appointed as Chair of the Constitutional and By Laws Committee. He then ran for Chair of the Board of Governors and competed for the position of President-Elect in 2011.

At his side were the PHI brods and sisses who themselves were regular attendees of the gatherings of the Society. The PHIs of UPMASA would regularly hold mini-reunions and stags days prior or after every UPMASA gathering, all of which he will look forward to.

As present President of the Society, Dr. Cabellon succeeds sis Dr. Zenda Garcia-Lat Φ 1969 (Founder of Phi Lambda Delta) and will eventually hand over the responsibilities to current President-Elect William Honorato “Bill” Eclar Romero Φ 1977 (Founder of PagKalMa, the service arm of the Fraternity).

Congratulations, Brod! Very much well-deserved! All for PHI!

Dr. Augusto D. Litonjua Dr. Teodoro J. Herbosa

Brods Tito Litonjua '51 and Ted Herbosa '79 are among this year's UP Alumni Association awardees

At its centennial year celebration UP General Alumni Faculty Homecoming and Reunion held last June 22, 2013, among those awarded by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association were two PHIs. The UPAA presented Dr. Augusto D. Litonjua Φ’53 and Dr. Teodoro J. Herbosa Φ’79 with the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Service Award, respectively.

Brod Augusto “Tito” Litonjua is widely respected and recognized as the “Father of Philippine Endocrinology” for his immeasurable contributions to the said field, especially in the management and treatment of diabetes. Long before this, Brod Tito had shown much potential in medical school, joining the Venerable Fraternity in 1953 and becoming its Superior Exemplar in 1956. His sons Nonoy Litonjua Φ’82 SE ‘85-’86 and Patrick Litonjua Φ’86 are also proud members of the Phi Kappa Mu.

Brod Teodoro "Ted" Herbosa joined the Fraternity in 1979 and graduated from the College of Medicine in 1983. He then attended the International Postgraduate Course in Surgery at Tel Aviv University in Israel in 1991 and trained in trauma surgery at the Cook County Hospital of Illinois in 1994. He also trained for Emergency and Crisis Management at the University of Geneva, Switzerland in 1996. He was the founding Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine of the Philippine General Hospital in 1994-2005. He is also a board member of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency and the Malaysian Conjoin Board of Emergency Medicine. Currently, he is best known for his post as an Undersecretary of the Department of Health.

Congratulations brods! You make the Fraternity proud! All for PHI!

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!


he months of April and May have always been highly anticipated by the brothers of the Phi Kappa Mu. To them, this is a time to learn and reach out to different communities through various activities, highlighted by the annual summer medical and surgical missions.

Upbearing the Fraternity’s tradition of Service, the Phi Kappa Mu partnered with the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority in conducting various free medical and surgical missions to various municipalities, which include Antipolo, Cavite, Oriental Mindoro and Aklan among others. Through the leadership of the Fraternity’s Senior Guardian of the Temple Mikhail Gopez Amante Φ 2011 and the Sorority’s Sister Caritas Maria Angela M. Villa Φ 2011, the PHI missions were able to cater to over 2,000 patients during the months of April and May.


Brods and sisses at the "Araw ni Inang" medical mission at Antipolo, c/o Brod JP Mariñas '04B

“Araw ni Inang”, a medical, dental, and surgical mission offered to residents of Antipolo and nearby towns by the Mariñas family in honor of Mrs. Cristina Mariñas, is an annual engagement of both the Fraternity and Sorority. Held last April 13, 2013, the mission succeeded to provide 400 medical and 400 ophthalmologic consultations, almost 300 minor operations, 100 tooth extractions, 70 free pap smear screening and almost 300 vitamin B supplementation. Three cheers to our gracious host Brod John Paul Emerson Serrato Mariñas Φ ‘04B for the successful event!

Surgical missions held in Boracay and Puerto Galera coupled service and learning with rest and recreation for the brods and sisses. The Boracay surgical mission, held this year last May 10-14, 2013, has been graciously hosted by sis Dr. Cristina Alindogan Teotico-Ching Φ ’92 for fifteen years straight since the late 1990s. Surgical missions were held in Barangays Yapak, Manocmanoc and Motag in partnership with Metropolitan Doctors Medical Clinic and Centro Escolar University Dental Alumni Association for three days. Close to 500 patients were served by the surgical and dental missions. Attending to patients tirelessly during the day, the night presents perfect opportunities for the brods and sisses to unwind and enjoy the island.

Brod Francis Emil Batnag Daytec Φ ’94, SE ’99-’00 hosted this year’s medical mission in Puerto Galera held last May 27-28, 2013. This annual engagement of the Fraternity and Sorority extends medical and surgical assistance to the more distant areas of Luzon.


 PHI in Boracay. Brods and sisses at an annual medical caravan in Boracay sponsored by Sis Girlie Teotico-Ching '92

Medical and surgical missions were also held in Cavite (c/o Brod Joselito Amormio Centeno Jamir Φ ‘69A and the Municipality of Kawit), Quezon City (c/o Brod Jose Jonas Diño Del Rosario Φ ’86), Caloocan (c/o Brod Rommel Fernando Fernando Φ ‘95B), Pateros (c/o Sis Mary Joyce Flores-Medina Φ ’90) and Pasay (c/o The Association of Biology Majors – UP Diliman).

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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