People say that we are only young once; which is why for the adolescents of the Phi Kappa Mu Gawad Kalinga Village in Tandang Sora, Quezon City, it is but everyone’s right to have an enjoyable and fulfilling teenhood. 

January 25, 2014 was a special day for the young residents of Gawad Kalinga Village - Tabora in Tandang Sora, Quezon City for it was that day when they all together jaunted with the brothers of the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity in a day dedicated to youth mentoring and healthy lifestyle development. After the turnover of 26 new houses to Phi Kappa Mu Gawad Kalinga Village (as it is now formally recognized) last June, the group has since followed through with regular visits in its goal of helping develop the community into one that is self-sustaining and productive.

At around 10 in the morning, participants were already prepping up in their sportswear while others were choosing their most comfortable casual getup. When everybody was done packing their things, they assembled outside the GK Village for the headcount. The transport service arrived at 10:30 am on the way to the Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC). 

Meanwhile, at the QMC covered court, the brods were already doing warm ups. The participants arrived at the venue at 11 am. With the Senior Guardian of the Temple Mikhail Gopez Amante Φ 2011 at the helm, the games commenced. Junior Guardian of the Temple Jose Nicolo Domingo Antonio Φ 2012 called for a three-on-three game with the members of the youth group. Eventually, Brother Prior Jojiemar Salonga De Pano Φ 2011 and brods Javier Miguel Dela Cruz Cabatan Φ 2012, Van Euldem Diaz Battad Φ 2013, Gabriel Liberon Pulido Jazon Φ 2013, and Kevin Romeo Sangel Lucas Φ 2013 joined the Phi team to complete the five-versus-five game. Later on, Standard Bearer Clemens Lee Mocorro Sabitsana Φ 2011 and Jasper Paolo Ramos Viloria Φ2013 also played with the team.

The spirited GK youth men’s basketball team gave the brods an exigent game with their quick offenses. Not to be outdone, Phi brods showcased their own skills with the hopes of imparting to their competitors the discipline of sports. The game ended with a warm handshake amongst the competing teams. No scoring was done as it was but a friendly game.

Brods John Vincent Usita Magalong Φ 2013 and Al Joseph Rodriguez Molina Φ 2013 led the volleyball game with a small group of boys and girls in the adjacent court. Brods Gerardo Juan Luis Baroa Manzo Φ 2011 and Timothy Carl Francisco Uy Φ 2012, both members of the UP College of Medicine varsity team FC Medisina, on the other hand, imparted a few of their skills in football as they coached a group of interested teens. Other members of the youth group who did not join in the games clustered and cheered for their Village’s team instead.

  

As the games neared to an end, brods in the different groups thanked the youth for their participation. Brod Miko Amante closed the games and invited everyone to a meal. The brods mingled with the youth, shared their stories, and explored the participants’ feelings about the event. The teens gladly shared their insights to the brods. To them, it was one of the happiest recreational activities they have attended.

 

To the spectators, the event might have seemed like a mini-sports fest. But for the brods and the participating youths, it was more of a moment the strengthened the connection between Phi and the GK Village. Moreover, the Phi Kappa Mu believes that taking part in sports not only improves physical health but also gives a positive impact on the well-being and personality development of the future leaders of our society.



Service to humanity, most especially to our countrymen, is ever at the forefront of a PHI’s goals and aspirations. In keeping with one of the Fraternity’s pillars, the Fraternity seeks to advocate and render service that is both appropriate and empowering. Last November 24, 2013, the Fraternity did just that as the first of many visits was conducted by the student brods to the Phi Kappa Mu Gawad Kalinga Village in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.

Comprehensive yet concise discussions on common injuries such as sprains and burns were given. The resident brods engaged the attention of the community with jokes, return demonstrations, and food prizes. The goal of the activity was to spread awareness about the handling of common injuries. 

 

A public health lecture on common injuries was delivered in the Fraternity's first of many visits to the Phi Kappa Mu GK Village.

The activity was the beginning of the implementation of a larger vision of present Vice Superior Exemplar Mark Terence Pua Mujer Φ2010 and Senior Guardian of the Temple Mikhail Gopez Amante Φ2011.  After the construction and turnover of houses, the GK village will be turned into a model community that is able to express and address its own health needs.

Instead of merely providing material or financial aid for the maintenance of the health of the village residents, the Fraternity will provide the Phi Kappa Mu Gawad Kalinga Village residents with the necessary tools and knowledge to be able to take the initiative in maintaining the good health of their community. The end result will be a community that is healthy and self-reliant.

The 26 houses of the Phi Kappa Mu Gawad Kalinga Village was donated by the Fraternity in celebration of its 80th Founding Anniversary. None of this would have been possible without the ever-present support of the alumni in whom the Fraternity’s pillars of Brotherhood and Service are continuously evident. All for PHI!


 

A brainchild of Dr. Sonny Picazo '57, the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity was able to present 26 houses to Gawad Kalinga.

The Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity was founded and has since lived by four core pillars: Excellence, Leadership, Service and Brotherhood. As the humble sparks of the Phi Kappa Mu from 1933 grew into the flames of its current state, so too were the foundations of these four pillars fortified as the years went on.  This 2013, as a testament to the Fraternity’s commitment to excellence and service, the Phi Kappa Mu Gawad Kalinga Village in Tandang Sora, Quezon City was finally completed after years of inspired labor.

A brainchild of Brod Eugenio Acevedo Picazo Φ'57, the construction of houses for the Phi Kappa Mu GK Village began in 2010. Working hand in hand with Class 1962 of the UP College of Medicine and the multitude of GK volunteers and community mobilizers, the final 6 houses of the 26-house compound were finally ready to be turned over to their rather ecstatic owners on the 16th of June 2013.


For the members of the GK community, a momentous occasion such as this merited a celebration that would not soon be forgotten. At around 8 in the morning, the program was kicked off by the young locals presenting dance numbers that were both touching and entertaining at the same time. Community leaders and the grateful recipients of the newly constructed homes expressed their heartfelt gratitude to those who have made all that had happened possible. In response, Senior Guardian of the Temple Mikhail Gopez Amante Φ'11 and Brod Eugenio Acevedo Picazo Φ'57 addressed the audience with words that reflected the overwhelming sense of fulfillment felt by each and every brod in attendance and those who have conscientiously contributed to the success of this project. The Fraternity brothers sent out help in more ways than one. Serenaded by the official band of the local barangay, the residents then invited their guests to the feast that they have prepared. The day ended with everyone thankful for the realization of a dream that made all efforts and time devoted worthwhile.

 

With the completion of the Phi Kappa Mu Gawad Kalinga Village, the Fraternity can now look toward new horizons and to the limitless number of ways through which the Phi Kappa Mu can further act in service of the Filipinos. The door towards community building and development has been opened, and the PHI GK Village will be its first beneficiary. In the near future, medical missions and livelihood programs will be sponsored and conducted by the brods for the members of the community.

The new residents of the Phi Kappa Mu Gawad Kalinga Village were all smiles in receiving their new homes.

The Fraternity would once again like to acknowledge the presence of brods Eugenio Acevedo Picazo Φ'57, Eduard Malaca Alfanta Φ'98, and Leopoldo Josemaria Lopez Picazo Φ'99 at the GK Village turnover ceremony.

Brods Sonny Picazo '57, Jess Socrates '69B and Andro Fernandez '91 were instrumental in the conceptualization and completion of the project.

 All these would have not been possible if not for the leadership of Phi International, led by Silverio Buenafe Cabellon Φ'67, Emmanuel Alina Lat Φ'67, William Honorato Eclar Romero Φ'77 and Jesus Urbi Socrates Φ'69B, PHI brods of Class 1962, led by Enrique Tangonan Ona, Jr. Φ'57 and Eugenio Acevedo Picazo Φ'57, and the Phi Kappa Mu Alumni Association, headed by Jose Jonas Dino Del Rosario Φ'86, and the ever-spirited volunteerism of Andro Jesus Hipolito Fernandez Φ'91.  

Special thanks as well to the following brods for the completion of the Phi Kappa Mu Gawad Kalinga Village: Eugenio Acevedo Picazo Φ'57, Cesar Romero Estoye Φ'57, Roman L. Belmonte Φ'57, Diosdado Angeles Garcia Φ'57, Enrique Tangonan Ona, Jr. Φ'57, Reginaldo S. Picache Φ'57, Jose Fabricante Ravano, Jr. Φ'57, Oscar C. Tumacder Φ'58, Filoteo Asinas Alano, Jr. Φ'58, Victor Navarrete Nañagas, Jr. Φ'59, Juan Nunag Dizon Φ'60, Jaime Jose Roque Hilao Φ'60, Olegario Jacinto Ignacio, Jr. Φ'61, Gregorio Domingo Labio Φ'62, the PHIs of UPCM Class 1965, Brigido Caasi Calado Φ'64, Elmer Atienza Carasig Φ'64, Enrico Calibo Sobong Φ'67, Francis Javier Verde Φ'67, Jesus Urbi Socrates Φ'69B, PHI Batch 1971 led by Daniel Go Kaw Φ'71, Gil Flores Mendoza Φ'73, Constantino Valderama Gulmatico, Jr. Φ'73, Cesar Deocampo del Rosario Φ'76, William Honorato Eclar Romero Φ'77, Romeo Librea Isidro Φ'77, Ruben Sales Escuro Φ'77, Antonio Kim Francisco Φ'77, Crispin Estanislao Quinola Cabanilla Φ'77, Edgar Emmanuel Sanchez Manaois Φ'77, Teofilo Moses Verde Ramos, Jr. Φ'77, Vic Malabunga Malabonga Φ'77, Abdel Jeffri Abubakar Abdulla Φ'77, Febin Orlando Furuganan Baricar Φ'77, Carlo San Pedro Madamba Φ'81, the PHIs from UPCM Class 1986, Daniel Mendoza Senseng Φ'82, Damaso Soliman Bueno, Jr. Φ'87, Ronald Antonio Santos Reodica Φ'90B, Yuri Michael Abela Luntao Φ'90B, Jack Thomas Soliman Bueno Φ'90B, Rommel Uy Adajar Φ'90B, Richard Go To Φ'90B, Francis Gerald Madriñan Sanchez Φ'90B, Andro Jesus Hipolito Fernandez Φ'91, Constantino Tocong Castillo III Φ'91, Karlos Noel Rojas Aleta Φ'91, Mitchell Dupla Duterte Φ'91, Alejandro Stagg Saranglao, Jr. Φ'91, Marlon Obtial Lajo Φ'93, the PHIs from UPCM Class 1995 and the resident brods led by Mikhail Lew Perez Ver Φ'06 SE '10-'11, Leonard Christopher Tenorio Seña Φ'07 SE '11-'12, Antonio Miguel Padilla Dela Paz Φ'08B SE '12-'13 and Jose Antonio Tan Paulino Φ'09 SE '13-'14.

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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