In the evening of August 24, 2013, banters and cheers filled the penthouse of the MediCard Lifestyle Center in the heart of Makati as doctors from all over the world, of different generations and of various backgrounds gathered for what figured out to be a night of merrymaking. Neither incessant rains nor the consequent flooding could dissuade them from giving in to the call of brotherhood. It was only proper, as the Phi Kappa Mu is celebrating 80 strong years as the Most Venerable Fraternity of the UP College of Medicine!

At around 6 pm, the resident brods started welcoming alumni, young and old, to the event. The host, MediCard Philippines president Brod Nicanor Cesar Bruno Syquia Montoya Φ1987, was with them in making sure that everything was in order. Early birds included the pioneer of neuroradiology, CT scanning and MRI in the Philippines, Brod Benjamin Dimaano Adapon Φ1953, and the very first neuro-ophthalmologist in the country in Brod Timoteo Baltazar Jimenez Φ1946. Brod Jose Santiago Eustaquio Φ1937 also graced the brods with his presence as he continues to prove to be an expected presence in the gatherings of the recent past.

 

Trays of appetizing food and bottles of exquisite spirits brought by the brods were lined up at the balcony for everyone to share. The program began when Brods Angelo Maria Mendoza Salonga Φ2012, Jose Nicolo Domingo Antonio Φ2012, and Jose Joaquin Herrera Arroyo Φ2012 called the room to order, as Brods were finishing up their meals and wrapping up for the meantime their individual conversations.

 

Brod Jose Castillo Gonzales Φ1969A then presented an update regarding the status of the Phi Residence Hall. Immediately after addressing the crowd, even Brod JoeGon was surprised to find himself approached by brods who readily pledged their assistance for such a purposeful undertaking, and by those who volunteered to help out more.

 

The selection of a new Board of Directors for the Phi Kappa Mu Alumni Association was included in the night’s agenda. Arriving at the end of his tenure, outgoing Phi Kappa Mu Alumni Association President Jose Jonas Dino Del Rosario Φ1986 oversaw the election of his successors. Chosen were Brods Gil Martinez Vicente Φ1977, Bernardo Dimacali Dimacali Φ1978, Jubert Pasion Benedicto Φ1987, Nicanor Cesar Bruno Syquia Montoya Φ1987, and Christopher Mallore Enriquez Calaquian Φ1991. The newly elected officers then decided among themselves who was to take on Brod Jonas’ mantle as alumni president. Deservedly, Brod Gil Martinez Vicente Φ1976 emerged victorious, and was proclaimed president with immediate effect.


Brods Maloy Calaquian '91, Nicky Montoya '87, Gil Vicente '76 and Bernie Dimacali '78 were chosen to head the Alumni Association.

Just as the excitement stemming from the recently concluded elections was dying down, brods were then regaled by video presentations prepared by Brod Ryle Siegfrid Ong Li Φ2012 describing what has been and what is yet to come in celebration of the Fraternity’s 80th year.

As the program came to a close, Brod Orville Cortez Ocampo Φ1987 took the liberty of acknowledging the presence of brothers coming from other countries. Brods Arsenio Gonzales Buendia Φ 1964 SE 1968-1969 (Oklahoma City, OK), Henry Caoili Echiverri (Warrenville, IL) and Ernesto Serrano Rivera Φ 1984 (Roseville, CA) represented the many brods in the US in this night’s celebration.

PHI International. Brods Bong Rivera '83, Henry Echiverri '77A and Archie Buendia '64 SE '68-'69 live and practice in the USA.

Brod Orville then called forth every PHI in attendance to sing the hallowed Fraternity Song. Led by Brod Jose Santiago Eustaquio, Jr. Φ1937 and Brod Arsenio Gonzales Buendia Φ1964 SE 1968-1969, the gathering hall shook as voices representing the various eras of the Fraternity throughout its existence rang as one. It was a sight to behold; it was a memory worth cherishing. Truly, the brotherhood that is the Phi Kappa Mu is very much alive within every PHI.


The night ended in the warm fellowship of the Fraternity as one would recall only the laughs, cheers and songs when thinking of what has passed. With the overwhelming success of this event, every PHI went home looking forward to the Anniversary Ball on the 17th of December 2013.

 

 

 

The 80th Anniversary Dinner would not have been as memorable were it not for the generosity of our gracious host, brod Nicanor Cesar Bruno Syquia Montoya Φ1987 and the dedication of Venerable Preceptors Kenneth Roy Perez Mendoza Φ 2010 and Kim Paolo Lugtu Lorenzo Φ2010, and brod John Harvey Monzon Beza Φ2012.


MediCard. Brod Nicky Montoya '87 is the gracious host of the Fraternity's 80th Anniversary Dinner.

The Fraternity would also like to thank the following alumni for gracing us with their presence:

Jose Santiago Eustaquio, Jr. Φ1937, Timoteo Baltazar Jimenez Φ 1946, Benjamin Dimaano Adapon Φ1953, Arsenio Gonzales Buendia Φ1964 SE 1968-1969, Gonzalo Carino Robles, Jr. Φ1965, Jose Castillo Gonzales Φ1969A, Benjamin Diestro Pajaro Φ1971, David Mequi Cabatan, Jr. Φ1976, Venancio Petate Garduce Φ1976, Ramon Salva Guerra Φ1976, Gil Martinez Vicente Φ1976, Abdel Jeffri Abubakar Abdulla Φ1977A, Henry Caoili Echiverri Φ1977A, Pio Renato Figer Villacorta Φ1977A, Bernardo Dimacali Dimacali Φ1978, Carlos Nicolai Imperial Lasa Φ1978, Jack Domingo Gonzales Arroyo, Jr. Φ1979, Noel De Jesus Atienza Φ1980, Eric Dennis Cu Legaspi Φ1982A, Virgilio Mison Novero, Jr. Φ1982A, Rolando Asuncion Padre Φ1982A, Francisco Tupasi Valenzuela, Jr. Φ1982A, Aris Luke Iguico Dungo Φ1983, Gerardo Dizon Legaspi Φ1983, Ernesto Serrano Rivera Φ1983, Ernesto Antonio Jamias Valdez, Jr. 1983, Alfredo Caasi Calado Φ1984A, Jose Ma. Dionisio Pascual Bautista Φ1984B, Dennis Pestano Serrano Φ1984B, Leonid Viktor Ronquillo Nemenzo Φ1985, Stephen Tanchuan Sowy Φ1985, Felixberto Siy Lukban Φ1985, Jose Jonas Dino Del Rosario Φ1986, Winston Valentin Lopez Villar Φ1986, Jubert Pasion Benedicto Φ1987, Jesse Noel Vargas Conjares Φ1987, Jose Joven Valenzuela Cruz Φ1987, Nicanor Bruno Syquia Montoya Φ1987, Orville Cortez Ocampo Φ1987, Aldwin Alfonso Yaneza Φ1989A, Karlos Noel Rojas Aleta Φ1991, Christopher Mallore Enriquez Calaquian 1991, Constantino Tocong Castillo III Φ1991 SE 1995-1996, Andro Jesus Hipolito Fernandez Φ1991, Harold Louis Esguerra Trinidad 1995B, Emmanuel Silva Prudente Φ1997, Christopher Quiambao Victorio 1997 SE 2001-2002, Eduard Malaca Alfanta Φ 1998, David Vincent Jimenez Antonio Φ 2000 SE 2004-2005, Alduz Inri Surio Cabasa Φ 2000, Alison Eugenio Gocotano Φ2003, John Paul Emerson Serrato Marinas Φ2004B, Alvin Christopher Sy Chu Φ2005, Bayani Sorino Pasco, Jr. Φ 2005 SE 2009-2010, Alvin Anthony Patricio Anastacio Φ 2006, Michael Chua Mo Φ2007, Jon Jefferson Calinao Novero Φ2007, Antonio Miguel Padilla dela Paz Φ2008B SE 2012-2013, Rodolfo Uy Fernandez III Φ2008B, Adynne Martin Corcelles Mallari Φ2008B, Abdelsimar Tan Omar II Φ2008B, Jon Paolo Sandico Pineda Φ2008B, and Joshua Anton Ostoy Yabut Φ2008B

Semper PHI!

Loyal Sons of the Phi Kappa Mu, both resident brods and alumni alike, have joined the social media-initiated nationwide rally entitled Million People March last August 26, 2013 to call for the abolition of PDAF and higher fund appropriation for healthcare, particularly for the UP - Philippine General Hospital.

The student brods marched with the Philippine General Hospital representatives, led by PGH Director Brod Jose Castillo Gonzales Φ'69A. The delegation was also joined by numerous students, faculty and staff of the UP College of Medicine and residents, consultants and employees of the Philippine General Hospital. The group condemns the corrupted pork barrel system and calls for a higher fund allocation for PGH.

Joining the PGH contingents was neurosurgery resident and famed storyteller Brod Ronnie Enriquez Baticulon Φ'03, who earlier this month wrote a column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer about the pork barrel issue. He decries how the gross injustice ultimately affects the Filipino patient. "It's a shame," he writes, "If that amount, or even just a small part of it, had instead been used for the improvement of facilities and purchase of surgical equipment in regional hospitals, or to expand the health coverage of the marginalized... How many families would have been spared the unnecessary loss of a breadwinner, homemaker, son, or daughter?" (Read more: It's a shame)

Present with the PGH delegation were alumni brods Jose Castillo Gonzales Φ'69A, Ronnie Enriquez Baticulon Φ'03, John Paul Emerson Serrato Mariñas Φ'04B, Gerald Marion Maramag Abesamis Φ'05, Alvin Anthony Patricio Anastacio Φ'06, and John Faustine Danan Gutierrez Φ'08B.

 

Brods from all over the country also joined the cause with their respective groups and families, including Department of Health Undersecretary Teodoro Javier Herbosa Φ'79A, Benigno Amor Agbayani, Jr. Φ'86, Jose Jonas Dino Del Rosario Φ'86, Gary John Vergel De Dios Mercado Φ'86, Winston Valentine Lopez Villar Φ'86, Alfredo Dela Torre Calendacion, Jr. Φ'91, Fabian Arnel Angeles De Jesus Φ'92, Rommel Fernando Fernando Φ'95B, Brian Michael Icasas Cabral Φ'96B SE '00-'01, and Nestor Don Nepomuceno Santiago Φ'02. Brod Ronaldo Aspillaga Paraan Φ'73 and Jaifred Christian Fellicilda Lopez Φ'06 joined the march in Baguio.

 

 

Phi Kappa Mu Official Statement on PDAF

The Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), also known as the “pork barrel”, is a discretionary fund made available to members of Congress for the purpose of financing priority development programs and projects identified by its members. The responsibility and power to budget, allocate and eventually use these funds built largely on the money of the Filipino people are thus vested on a chosen few. Recently, we have learned how the potential for corruption can be realized as public officials have been implicated in probably one of the largest political scandals to date.

The Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity of the University of the Philippines – College of Medicine since its founding in 1933 has stood up for integrity and excellence in the practice of medicine and delivery of healthcare in the country. As medical students and physicians affiliated with the Philippine General Hospital, we see every day how many Filipinos suffer and die from their illnesses due largely to their inability to afford medical services. We do all that we can and make the most of all that we have for the welfare and recovery of our patients but, more often than not, the budget for the Philippine General Hospital is barely sufficient to provide even the most basic of their medical and surgical needs, as is the case in most government healthcare institutions.

We strongly condemn the misallocation and downright plunder of the Philippines’ public treasury. We are calling for the complete dissolution of the PDAF and the entire pork barrel system, the lawful and thorough investigation and conviction of all those implicated, a comprehensive probe for similar incidences of corruption yet to be elucidated, and the recovery of funds lost. The public treasury should be instead used to provide basic social services to every Filipino. We are lobbying for a greater appropriation of funds to the healthcare system of the country and to all government hospitals, especially to the Philippine General Hospital, the national university hospital and referral center of the Philippines.


Since its founding in the middle semester of 1933, the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity has successfully nurtured and developed countless professionals who were very successful in their fields of interest, embodying the PHI pillars in their daily affairs. It was only proper that in the annual celebration of the Fraternity, due gratitude and respect is given to the Provider.

On August 22, 2013, the Fraternity offered a celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the PGH Chapel as part of its 80th anniversary festivities. The safety and immediate recuperation of victims of Typhoon Maring, the successful test results of the recent medical board exam takers from UP College of Medicine Class 2013 and the speedy and uneventful recovery of our brod, Kenneth Mendoza ’10, were included as special intentions in the prayers of all the brods and churchgoers.  Of course, the brods thanked the Almighty for the Fraternity’s 80 years of meaningful and selfless existence while also praying for the blessing of the years of excellence, leadership, service and brotherhood to come.

  

Those who went out of their way to pray with the student brods were our alumni, which include brods Luis Manzo Mabilangan Φ1947, Ricardo Mendoza Salonga Φ1969A, Benjamin Diestro Pajaro Φ1971, Nestor Don Nepomuceno Santiago Φ2002, Bayani Soriño Pasco, Jr. Φ2005 SE 2009-2010, Gerald Marion Maramag Abesamis Φ2005, Alvin Christopher Sy Chu Φ2005, Ardynne Martin Corcelles Mallari Φ2008B, Joshua Anton Ostoy Yabut Φ2008B and Christopher Salamaed Constantino Φ2009.

Semper PHI!


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!

 

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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