At the 80th Anniversary Ball of the Fraternity held at the Manila Polo Club last December 17, 2013, the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine formally introduced the Outstanding Phi Award, a brainchild of the present Executive Council and the Phi Kappa Mu Alumni Association, headed by Brod Gil Martinez Vicente Φ1976.

As a medical fraternity envisioned to be a bastion of excellence in diverse fields, the Phi Kappa Mu introduced this award to recognize the brods who have both lived the Fraternity’s virtues and became more than exemplars in their careers in terms of Excellence, Leadership, Service and Brotherhood.  The five brods, who were among the firsts to receive the award, are the following:

OUSTANDING PHI AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

Ramon Fabella Abarquez, Jr.  Φ1948 & Augusto D. Litonjua Φ1952

 

Brod Monching Abarquez, a prominent doctor-researcher, has authored and co-authored 215 papers in cardiology throughout his career. His groundbreaking contributions to the field of medicine include proving the utility of Digitalis in treating persistent hypertension-related heart failure, the “Abarquez Hypothesis” for distinguishing normal from medication-related normalized blood pressure, and countless other innovations that have been saving lives since then. He also founded the Philippine Society of Hypertension in 1999. In addition to this, he has received the honor of being an Academician at the National Academy of Science and Technology in 1993, along with the cultural heritage award by the Philippine government. At 84, he continues to uphold excellence today by being Professor Emeritus at the UP College of Medicine, as well as by maintaining positions in various groups and consultancy at the PGH Department of Medicine.

 

Augusto Litonjua is a name that continues to resound in the history of Philippine Medicine. This is because Brod Tito, as fondly called by his Fraternity brothers, is none other than the “Father of Philippine Endocrinology”. His contributions are invaluable and immeasurable, especially in managing and treating diabetes. He has authored and co-authored over 165 scientific papers and is credited for the founding of the Philippine Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism. For these, he has already received the International Clinician Award from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. At present, he keeps the flame alive as a Professor Emeritus at the UP College of Medicine, and continues his practice of endocrinology. Present to receive his award was his son, Brod Augusto Maria Ampil Litonjua Φ1982A SE 1985-1986.

 

OUTSTANDING PHI AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP

Felipe Aquino Estrella, Jr. Φ1950 & Manuel Bautista Agulto Φ1969A

 

Brod Ipe Estrella graduated from the UP College of Medicine in 1955 and specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Serving as a faculty member in the said institution, Dr. Estrella was called to become Vice Chancellor for Administration of UP Manila, then as Director of the Philippine General Hospital, a position he successfully held for 8 years. Under his term, PGH has been cited as one of the “33 Centers of Excellence in Government Service”. He served as the Department of Health Secretary under then President Joseph Estrada.


As a young doctor, Brod Manny Agulto already took initiatives that led to the establishment of an Eye Department and an Ophthalmology Residency Program in the Regional Hospital in Pampanga. This feat, along with spearheading the PGH Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences as its chairperson, makes him no stranger to leadership. As a matter of fact, it was under his stewardship that the Sentro Oftalmologico Jose Rizal of the Philippine General Hospital was built. Due to these achievements and his leadership potential, in 2011 he was aptly named as UP Manila’s newest Chancellor, following brods Florentino Basa Herrera, Jr. Φ1936 and Alfredo Ticson Ramirez Φ 1956 as the 3rd PHI brod to hold the position. 

 

OUTSTANDING PHI AWARD FOR SERVICE

Enrique Tangonan Ona, Jr. Φ1957


Brod Ike Ona presently holds office as the Department of Health Secretary of the Philippines. Under his administration, Brod Ike has facilitated the passing of two landmark health reforms in the Tobacco and Alcohol Excise Tax Reform Act of 2012 and the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012. But even before holding office, Brod Ike has already been recognized as one of the top surgeons in the country specializing in Vascular and Transplant Surgery. He was part of the team spearheading the first multi-organ transplants in Southeast Asia at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute. Under his term as Executive Director, NKTI has been acknowledged as a world class kidney transplant center. For his contributions to the betterment of life in the Philippines, he has already received the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) award in 1979, the Most Outstanding Alumnus of the UP College of Medicine and the Honorary Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons. The present DOH Undersecretary, Brod Teodoro Javier Herbosa Φ1979 received the award for Brod Ike.

 

PLAQUE OF RECOGNITION

PHI Kappa Mu International, Inc.

 

Also conferred a plaque of recognition last anniversary ball was Phi Kappa Mu International, Inc., for their countless contributions to the Filipino people, as well as their support and guidance to the Fraternity. Present to receive the award was Brod Silverio Buenafe Cabellon, Jr., president of the UP Medical Alumni Society in America and former president of Phi International. Conceived in the mid-1990s, Phi International is a California-based, non-profit organization which aims to improve Philippine healthcare and to help the needy and disenfranchised. Since then, it has been living up to its guiding principles by supporting programs such as the Project OPERA (Operating Room Assistance program, which provides holistic surgical assistance to pediatric patients), ETM (Empowerment Through Mobility, the Fraternity’s wheelchair distribution project), and Project RICE (Rehabilitation, Improvement and Child Empowerment, supporting Bantay Bata 163’s Children’s Village).

 The hall thundered with applause and warm cheers from brods as the each of the awardees were called upstage and presented with certificates of recognition and a plaque bearing the Phi Seal. It was a merry gathering indeed, and celebrating the lives and endeavors of these five brods is a reminder that to be a Phi is to go above and beyond a life of excellence, leadership, service and lasting brotherhood. 

From this year's Golden Jubilarians to the most elder alumnus honored, and to this year's awardees, members of the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity were very much present at the University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Society's "Ugnayan at Pagkakaisa Homecoming Benefit Ball and UPMAS Alumni Awards Night 2013" held on December 20 at the Manila Hotel.

Four PHIs were awarded at the UPMAS Homecoming Ball 2013

 

To start the night, the crowd of doctors and guests were welcomed by speeches of University of the Philippines Manila Chancellor Manuel Bautista Agulto Φ1969A, Philippine General Hospital Director Jose Castillo Gonzales Φ 1969A and UP Medical Alumni Society in America President Silverio Buenafe Cabellon, Jr. Φ1967. Also gracing the occasion are Department of Health Secretary Enrique Tangonan Ona, Jr. Φ1957 and Undersecretary Teodoro Javier Herbosa Φ1979.

Brods Jose Jonas Diño Del Rosario Φ1986 and Jose Anthony Querubin Jocson Φ1986 once again livened up the event as hosts, a feat they have been invited to do since the time when they were still medical students. Their colorful and witty commentary accompanied the welcoming parade of this year's Golden Jubilarians UPCM Class of 1963 led by Class President and UPMAS Executive Director Florencio Morente Pineda Φ1959.

A roll call of alumni and jubilarians were made. The most senior of the graduates of the College of Medicine is one of the pioneers in the field of Otorhinolaryngology in the Philippines, Brod Tierry F. Garcia Φ 1937 of UPCM Class of 1942. Dr. Garcia received the prestigious UPMAS Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award in the Society’s Homecoming Ball in 2011.

Golden Jubilarian PHIs from Class 1963


Brod Florencio "Tos" Pineda Φ 1959 was then called up the stage to deliver a heartwarming speech of gratitude and salutation in behalf of his class, which was soon followed by a song presentation from the Golden Jubilarians. Brod Tos is a gastroenterologist who is recognized as the Founding President of Philippine GI Endoscopy. Other noted members present are Brods Clemente Morando Amante Φ 1958, Claro Limjap Pio Roda Φ 1958, and Calixto Ang Zaldivar, Jr. Φ 1958.

Brod Tos Pineda '59 Brod Tos Pineda '59

Then came the awarding ceremonies, where four of the awards were taken by PHIs. They are:


Ramon Fabella Abarquez, Jr. Φ 1948
Dr. Gloria T. Aragon Most Illustrious Faculty Awardee


This award is given to a senior faculty member who has shown exemplary leadership in upholding academic freedom, excellence and integrity and who has significantly contributed to the attainment of the mission, vision and goals of the UP College of Medicine.

Brod Monching graduated from the College of Medicine in 1953 and has since been one of the mosted decorated and renowned cardiologists in the country, especially attributed to his many pioneering and award-winning papers on Cardiovascular Medicine and Hypertension that have been locally and internationally acclaimed. He remains an active consultant and Professor Emeritus of the Department of Medicine of the Philippine General Hospital, well-loved and respected by his students and colleagues, and is a recognized Academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology.

 


Silverio M. Santiago, Jr. Φ 1964 SE 1967-1968
UPMAS Outstanding Researcher 2013


This award is given to an alumnus/alumna who has devoted himself/herself largely to outstanding biomedical research and health social sciences.

Brod Berio graduated from the UP College of Medicine in 1968 as cum laude. He then started with his career at the Los Angeles VA Medical Center and the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, where he is a Full Professor - a title given only to those with an outstanding background. He has served as Chief of the Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the VAMC and is also Medical Director of the Sleep Disorders Center and The Respiratory Department. His 67 publications have been published in a very critical and selective acceptance rate such as the Annals of Internal Medicine and American Journal of Respiratory and Clinical Care Medicine, many of which he has contributed as either the first or senior author. He is also one of the pioneers in the use of the PET scan in the work up of lung cancer and most recently is a Co-Principal Investigator of a grant on Salivary Biomarker Development for Early Detection of Lung Cancer.

 


Jose Castillo Gonzales Φ 1969A
UPMAS Outstanding in Service Awardee


This award is given to an alumnus/alumna who has devoted himself/herself to community service with selfless dedication inside and outside the Philippines

Brod JoGon finished medicine at the University of the Philippines in 1972 and has established himself as one of the most sought-after Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons in the country. Attributing to his unquestioned administrative skills, he held positions in government hospitals Philippine Children's Medical Center and the Philippine General Hospital and now serves as the Director of the latter since 2010. His passion for service to the Filipinos may best be represented by the contributions he continuously makes through UPCM and PGH. He is one of the leaders of the committee on Return Service Obligation and the Regionalization Program which both aim to ensure the availability of competent and compassionate doctors to our countrymen everywhere in the Philippines. Determined to provide the best medical care to our countrymen, he has and continues to find ways to establish financial stability, upgrade hospital facilities and services, and pave novel healthcare models into the present healthcare delivery system of the hospital, such as the multidisciplinary approach to outpatient consults and Philhealth coverage.

 


Eric Sta. Maria Talens Φ 1981
UPMAS Outstanding in Community Service Awardee


This award is given to an alunus/alumna who has devoted himself/herself to community service with selfless dedication.

Brod Eric graduated from the College of Medicine in 1985, specialized in Trauma surgery, and became a faculty member of the PGH Department of Surgery since 1994. Internationally acclaimed and recognized, he is also well recognized in UP Manila as its face of service since embracing the responsibilty as Director of Ugnayan ng Pahinungod, the university's extension service program, since 2010. Dr. Eric Talens leads the university's delegation to select areas for medical and surgical missions and various outreach programs. In these he promotes holistic and comprehensive approach to healthcare and community development, promoting sustainable projects and a multi-faceted approach to extending service to underserved communities or victims of the many calamities afflicting our country yearly.

 

After individually being awarded and presented their trophies, the brods gathered just in front of the stage, knowing that they have the Fraternity in common. Warm greetings of congratulations from the brods present welcomed them, led by Phi Kappa Mu Alumni Association President Gil Martinez Vicente Φ1976.

As the program geared toward the end, all members recited their oaths as members of the society, preceded by the introduction of the UPMAS hymn "Awit ng UPMAS" which was composed by Renato Trota Jose Φ 1980.

Congratulations are in order to former UPMAS President Gerardo Dizon Legaspi Φ 1983, who is one of the co-chairpersons of the UPMAS Homecoming 2013 Committee along with UPMAS Immediate Past President Dr. Lilibeth S. Genuino and Present UPMAS President Dr. Eva Maria Cutiongco-De La Paz for the success of this year's ball!

 

 

 

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!

 

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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