Alpha Sigma Phi Philippines ICSOI
ALPHA SIGMA PHI PHILIPPINES ICSOI
CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS PART 1
Alpha Sigma Phi in the Philippines started in two different institution of learning, one in Central Mindanao University (then known as Mindanao Agricultural College) located in Musuan, Bukidnon. Tomas Gavarra organized the organization on September 29, 1959. Its formation was motivated by the spirit of belongingness and brotherhood of which Tomas Gavarra was exposed during his stay at the University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Laguna. Tomas Gavarra had invited and chosen Ramon del Carmen (Upsilon Sigma Phi-UP), then an instructor at Mindanao Agricultural College to be their fraternity advisor. Likewise, the fraternity counterpart, Sigma Mu Alpha Sorority evolved with Rebecca Quinones as its organizer. The organization at Mindanao Agricultural College had initiated various signs and symbols for their own use such as; handshake, identification card, etc. They have composed a local song, “All Hail Alpha Sigma Phi”(by: Terry Magadan). During the succeeding year in 1961, the “tatoo” was introduced for added distinction of members of the organization. In their formative years, the organization was only confined at Mindanao Agricultural College. But then, members who have transferred to other schools and graduated from the institution caused the formation of chapters like, University of Bohol (formerly Rafael Palma College) located at Tagbilaran City, Bohol in 1965. Freddie Graciosa organized this chapter.
The other institution, which Alpha Sigma Phi Philippines had evolved, was at Silliman University, Dumaguete City. The organization was organized by Manuel Momongan with the Pioneering group of students: Rodney Baquiran, Christopher Diaz, O’agapito Blanco, Norman Fagsao, Rudy Kaiban, Ruben Medina, Caesar Repollo, Arlindo Santos, Caesar Severino, Jonathan Sibala and Luvimin Sinco on February 6, 1965 (Manuel Momongan later on in the late 90’s organize another Fraternity the Alpha Tau Omega).They bonded together to form the organization with these three fundamental objectives: Service, Leadership, and Loyalty. These students had found out that Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity existed in the United States of America from a college encyclopedia that contained all college fraternities. The organization started as a local fraternity. During its formative years, they were known as Silliman University All Sincere & Sensible Persons(SU-ASP). The fraternity counterpart, Delta Sigma Phi, was organized by the following female students: Bernadette Agus, Cecille Amiscaray, Doris Alojado, Rosalima Café, Hermis Floren, Bona Fe Maninantan, Rebecca Ragay, and Vicky Villanea.
1967 TO 1970-COMMUNICATION TO ASP USA ENSUED BY SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY
The idea of communicating with Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity in America was discussed after information that it existed in the U.S. but was shelved temporarily until further and more accurate information could be obtained. By the year 1967-68, Christopher Diaz got hold of a music magazine containing photos of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity’s: ring; seal; coat of arms and etc. This was brought to the attention of the members in a regular meeting and was subsequently adopted by the Silliman University Alpha Sigma Phi. In 1969, a committee drafted the letter to Alpha Sigma Phi in the U.S. but Edgardo Sison (Grand Chancellor ’70-72) of the S.U. Alpha Sigma Phi finally sent it to the U.S. fraternity in 1970. The following documents were sent to Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity; history of the local SU Alpha Sigma Phi, and its constitution and by-laws. Joel Pal has made communications to the United States of America Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity regular after the breakthrough. Much needed information were sent during this period about the Philippine fraternity on a regular basis to the U.S. Notable Alpha Sigs from the USA who made this communication so influential and beneficial to both countries was the late Brother Ralph Burns. Brother Ralph Burns had been working so hard to associate ASP Philippines and USA which brought to an Official covenant by signing an International Head of Agreement highlighting the historical facts that both ASP from Philippines and USA adheres to the same teaching of Alpha Sigma Phi that was founded in Yale University New Haven Connecticut, USA on December 6, 1845 by Louis Manigault, Stephen Ormsby Rhea and Horace Spangler Weiser.
1972-THE MERGER (1ST CONVENTION)
The merger of the two organization Alpha Sigma Phi-CMU and Alpha Sigma Phi-SU came about in a national convention called and initiated by the Silliman group headed by Kalunsiang Dimalen(Grand Chancellor ’72) on April 26-30, 1972. In that convention, the unification of all chapters throughout the country was approved, adopting a unified constitution and by-laws, etc. The sorority’s name of Sigma Mu Alpha and Delta Sigma Phi were dropped. They became part of the new name, ” Alpha Sigma Phi Philippines Fraternity & Sorority”. Elected national president(then known as Supreme Grand Chancellor) was Kalunsiang Dimalen, Beta ’72. Later part of the year, September 21, 1972 martial law was declared throughout the country. Most of the chapters went underground to continue operating. However, some chapters closed down due to the strict guidelines of the martial regime to the institutions where they existed and operated.
1977-GREEK LETTER DESIGNATION (2ND CONVENTION)
The second national convention of the organization was held in Toril, Davao City on December 26, 1977 to January 1, 1978. In that convention, Greek-letter names were assigned to the chapters of the organization, Alpha Chapter was given to Alpha Sigma Phi-CMU and Beta Chapter was given to Alpha Sigma Phi-SU. Elected national president was Talib Zaide Lomondot, Omicron ’70. Likewise, approved in the second convention was the holding of the first sorority National Convention and first National Educational Conference at Silliman University.
1978-SORRORITY 1ST NATIONAL CONVENTION
The first Sorority National Convention & first National Educational Conference was held in Silliman University, Dumaguete City on March 23-26, 1978. Elected National Sorority President was Charris Suelto, Beta ’75. National Educational Conference was held simultaneously to train all Grand Chancellors or other potential leaders of the organization in effective leadership techniques and good chapter operations. It was also during the year, that the fraternity was recognized as an “International Associate” of Alpha Sigma Phi-U.S.A. This was a preparatory step towards a closer and dynamic relationship between the two fraternities.
1980-ASP SEC REGISTRATION
On July 24, 1980, the fraternity was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a non-stock, non-profit organization with the national headquarters located in Dumaguete City. It was onJuly 24, 1980, ALPHA SIGMA PHI INTER-COLLEGIATE SERVICE ORGANIZATION was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission under SEC Reg. No. 921245. The nine (9) incorporators were; SAMUEL MATUNOG, LEMUEL G. MALANOG, CLYDE HERUELA, TU ABDUL LIM, LLOYD LIMPIADO, GRACE SUMALPONG, JOY SUMALPONG, CHARRIS SUELTO and NANCY POLIGRATES. Later part of the year, the third national convention of the organization was held at Camp Seasite, Banilad, Dumaguete City on October 24-26. The convention made several amendments to the constitution and by-laws. The creation of the position of executive director was approved. Elected national president was Samuel Matunog, Beta ’74. Appointed first executive director was Ricardito Martinez, Beta ’67. After the convention, communications to Alpha Sigma Phi-U.S.A. were made regular, culminating with the schedule visit of Richard Gibbs, Grand Senior President to the next convention of the Philipp ine fraternity. The second national educational conference and national sorority convention was held in Silliman University on April 2-4, 1981. The name National Sorority President was changed to National Sorority Coordinator. The sorority assembly elected national sorority coordinator was Nida Pugahan, Gamma Eta, University of San Carlos.
1982-1ST VISIT OF ASP U.S.A. (GSP – R.R. GIBBS-ASP-USA)
During the convention at Tagbilaran City, Bohol on April 1982, the fraternity have the privilege to host the first American Alpha Sig, Richard Gibbs, who came to attend the affair on a fact finding mission about the Filipino Alpha Sigma Phi. The convention body together with Henry Sojor, a long time faculty advisor of Silliman University Alpha Sigma Phi made them “honorary member” of the organization. The convention also approved the abolition of hazing practices on a gradual basis until the next convention. During the Convention Brother Lemuel G. Malanog was elected as National President a prime mover of organizing ASP Philippine Christian University in March 19, 1983 that received its Greek Letter Chapter recognition in 1987 as Gamma Rho Chapter. Together with Brother Lemuel Malanog during the organizing was Brother Ernie Nacion who is currently working at Social Security System. Gamma Rho Chapter has been known as the premier Chapter who started the PEP an alternative to eradicate Hazing upon the approval of the 1982 Convention that Hazing will be eliminated on a 25% basis per semester.
1984-SIGNING OF INTERNATIONAL HEAD OF AGREEMENT
The following convention in 1984 at Central Mindanao University, Musuan, Bukidnon, the gains of the abolition of hazing practices in the Filipino fraternity were again discussed. By then, the result was not encouraging. So again, the convention body approved to extend the period of abolishing the practice to another two years. Elected national president was Norberto Murro, Alpha ’78. August 1984, the International Council of Alpha Sigma Phi was formed with three members each from the U.S.A and the Philippines. The first members of the council were: Bocari Riga, Omicron ’70; Leandro Echavez, Beta ’71; Ricardito Martinez, Beta ’67; Richard Gibbs; Stan Miller; and Evin Varner. HEAD OF AGREEMENT OF ALPHA SIGMA PHI U.S.A. – PHILIPPINES was realize highlighting the paragraph three where both ALPHA SIGMA PHI PHI PHILIPPINES and U.S.A. believed to espouse the same principle and values of GREEK ALPHA SIGMA PHI that was FOUNDED IN DECEMBER 6, 1845 by LOUIS MANIGAULT, HORACE SPANGLER WEISER and STEPHEN ORMSBY RHEA in YALE UNIVERSITY NEW HAVEN CONNECTICUT, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
1986-SECOND VISIT OF BROTHER RICHARD R. GIBBS TO THE PHILIPPINES
Again the Filipino fraternity, hosted for the second time the visit of Brother Richard Gibbs who attended the April 1986 convention in Manila. After the convention, Richard Gibbs visited several chapters: Philippine Christian University, Gregorio Araneta University Foundation; Silliman University; Central Mindanao University; and MSU-Tawi-Tawi College of Technology & Oceanography. Elected national president was Casan Labay.
1987-FIRST INVITATION OF USA TO THE PHILIPPINES TO OFFICIALLY ATTEND ASP-NLC USA
In 1987, the Grand Council of Alpha Sigma Phi-U.S.A. invited Ricardito Martinez, executive director, to attend their National Leadership Conference at Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia on August 15-19. The attendance and visit of the executive director have afforded him the first hand knowledge of how the American fraternity operates and the kind of brotherhood they have. During his stay in America, he was brought to several undergraduate chapter houses for a quick visit; Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana; University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri; Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; Missouri Valley College, Marshall, Missouri; University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois and then the national headquarters of the fraternity at 24 West William Street, Delaware, Ohio.
1989-THE SECOND INVITATION OF ASP USA
The second Filipino Alpha Sigma Phi member, to visit and attend the American National Leadership Conference was Joel Pal at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana on August 1989.
1990-THE THIRD INVITATION OF ASP-USA
Brother Domingo Dayot, Kappa ’72(national president 1990-92) was also invited to attend ASP-USA official event at American University, Washington DC, Maryland on August 1990.
1993-FOURTH INVITATION BY ASP USA AND THIRD VISIT OF BROTHER RICHARD GIBBS TO THE PHILIPPINES
Next to attend was George Arbas, Zeta, Cebu Institute of Technology at Somerset, New Jersey on August 1993 National Leadership Conference.
For the third time, Richard Gibbs came to the Philippines to attend the 1993 Constitutional Convention held at Silliman University on April 1993. He was stranded in Manila and was not able to attend the event. Instead, he visited chapters in Manila, alumni groups and tourist spots.
The following members were elected national president of the organization: Leandro Echavez – 1992 (Iligan City); Amerodin Hamdag – 1994 (Marawi City); Marianito Gentallan – 1996 (Cotabato City); Joel Jaranilla – 1998 (Bacolod City); Joel Jaranilla – 2000 (Mangagoy, Bislig City).
2001-FOURTH VISIT OF ASP USA TO THE PHILIPPINES AND FIFTH INVITATION BY ASP USA
During the 2001 National Leadership Conference on April 28-30 in Butuan City, Richard Gibbs and Mathew Mattson, then Director of Expansion for Alpha Sigma Phi-U.S.A graced the occasion as speakers and facilitators. The conference concluded with a dinner luncheon hosted by the Cagayan de Oro Alumni Council at Harbor Lights Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. Later part of the year, August 2001, Joel Jaranilla (national president, 2000) traveled to the U.S.A. and attended the National Leadership Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 2001.