On the morning of July 18, 2014, immediately after Typhoon Glenda ravaged large swathes of the Philippines, the brothers of the Phi Kappa Mu once again offered themselves in the service of the Filipino people. Led by Senior Guardian of the Temple Jose Jaime Lorenzo Claudio de Rivera Φ12, the Fraternity volunteered its aid to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Pasay City, contributing to the national disaster relief efforts by packing no less than 450 family food packs to be distributed to our countrymen most devastated by the recent calamity.

This is but a start, as the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity pledges to uphold its pillar of Service by responding, through relief efforts, to those which may be affected by future natural disasters, as well as through its Public Health Initiative Program, which at the moment focuses on providing relevant foreknowledge on relevant topics this rainy season.

In attendance at the relief efforts last July 18, 2014 were Senior Guardian of the Temple Jose Jaime Lorenzo Claudio de Rivera Φ12, Ryuichi Peralta Nakamura Φ13, Kevin Romeo Sangel Lucas Φ13, Jon Bryan Santiago Tiosin Φ13, and Jasper Paolo Ramos Viloria Φ13. 

The Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity and the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority of the UP College of Medicine are NOW ACCEPTING DONATIONS for the victims of Typhoon Glenda!

Disaster and devastation lay in the wake of Typhoon Maring, causing damages and leaving several areas of Luzon under a state of calamity. Of these, probably none felt the wrath of the storm more than the people of Barangay Bagong Silangan in Quezon City.

Aling Marie Lou, a store owner and resident of Bagong Silangan, gave an account of her experience. “Noong kasagsagan, biglang umapaw ‘yong ilog at nagiba ‘yong dingding sa likod ng tindahan”,  she recalls.

A Loyal Son of the Fraternity, Brod Andro Jesus Hipolito Fernandez Φ1991 always makes sure to extend help especially during the months of July to October, when typhoons and calamities abound. Brod Andro, who has been giving aid to our countrymen in need since the Typhoon Ondoy incident, volunteers his time and effort for the people Bagong Silangan, reiterating that the place is among the worst hit places when the rainy season rolls in. Being one of the most impoverished areas in the Philippines, typhoons easily cause the Tumana river in Marikina to overflow easily, leading to massive flooding.  And he taps the whole Fraternity, especially the younger brods, to join his honorable cause.

Barangay public service officers Fortunato Rosales and Ronnie Villoria, as well as the entire community of Bagong Silangan, are grateful for the presence and assistance of the Fraternity especially in times of calamity. With the help of several brods, including Jesus Urbi Socrates Φ1969B and Eugenio Acevedo Picazo Φ1957, the Fraternity was able to build 57 quality houses for several families of the community.

Brod Andro, a former participant of the Doctors to the Barrios program of the government, stressed the importance of developing a heightened sense of social consciousness. “Iba ang gustong tumulong sa talagang tumutulong. Hindi ka dapat mabagal. You have to be swift. At siguraduhin mong nakakatulong ka nga sa mga ginagawa mo.”

Because of the adverse living conditions and number of residents, Barangay Bagong Silangan, has become a political arena for numerous personalities and organizations for various reasons. With no other interest other than that of reaching out, Brod Andro doesn’t do it for the recognition. “The fact na tumutulong ka at hindi ikaw ‘yong may kailangan ng tulong says a lot.” 

 

Good weather and a warm atmosphere greeted the people of San Antonio de Padua Parish in San Francisco Del Monte, Quezon City as the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity and Phi Lambda Delta Sorority, together with District II councilor and former Superior Sister Exemplar of the Phi Lambda Delta, Dr. Dorothy "Doray" Delarmente, conducted one of its community medical missions last Saturday, 24 August 2013. The medical mission could not have been done at a better time, with the people still reeling from the devastation brought by the rains of typhoon Maring just days before.

 


Around 150 residents and non-residents alike were present for the free check-up done by the brods and sisses. Along with the medical consultation, medicines and multivitamins were also distributed to several families. Aling Pasita, a resident of one of he neighboring barangays in the area, said that she had been waiting as early as 7 a.m. to make sure she got a chance to see a doctor for her nagging joint pains. "Inagahan ko talaga ang gising ko para siguradong makakapag check-up ako. Sana ay marami pang ganitong klaseng programa lalo na sa mga kagaya naming matatanda".

 

Phi Kappa Mu and Phi Lambda Delta would also like to thank the team of Dr. Delarmente as well as the hard working men and women of San Antonio de Padua parish.

All for PHI!


Selfless service is a calling that few truly answer. It is the voluntary effort given to aid the less fortunate regardless of the situation, the time or the circumstance. It is in these troubled times, of natural disasters and unavoidable calamities that the brotherhood of the Phi Kappa Mu reaffirms its motto of Service that seeks no glory.

The Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity is proud to team up with the relief operations conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Continuing our years of voluntary service to the typhoon relief efforts held in the National Resource Operations Center in Pasay, brods from the different batches of the brotherhood selflessly gave up their time in order to package the basic goods to be sent out to the victims of typhoon Maring last August 22, 2013. More than 500 bags of rice, canned goods and noodles were prepared by the brods as they joined the hundreds of volunteers in the preparation of these urgently needed commodities.

 

Brods also attended the different relief operations conducted in the UP Manila compound, aiding in the efforts of the UP College of Medicine Student Council as well as the relief operations of the UP Manila College of Arts and Sciences. We shall continue to persevere in these worthwhile endeavors and would like to encourage those who hear the calling of Service to join such relief operations or donate to the relief goods drive hosted by the Phi Kappa Mu.


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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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