Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Tau Gamma Phi (ΤΓΦ)

Tau Gamma Phi

Triskelions' Grand Fraternity

Founded October 4, 1968 (1968-10-04) (age 40)
University of the Philippines
Type Socio Economic Service Fraternity
Scope International
Motto " A Triskelion firmly believes in the power of reason and not in the use force as reason. "
Colors Gold and Black

Symbol Triskelion (general),
Lion (animal),
St. Francis of Assisi (patron saint)
"Triskelion Hymn" (anthem)

Chapters Philippines = 4000+ Philippine Colleges, Universities and Community Based Chapters
United States = 10 Active Triskelion Alumni Organization Regional Councils

Other Global T.A.O. / RC's :
Australia = 1
Bahrain = 1,
Brunei = 1,
Canada = 3,
Germany = 1,
Guam = 1,
Hong Kong = 1,
Italy = 1,
Iran = 1,
Iraq = 1,
Ireland = 1,
Israel = 1,
Japan = 1,
Kuwait = 1,
Libya = 1,
New Zealand = 1,
Oman = 1,
Qatar = 1,
Saudi Arabia = 3,
Singapore = 1,
South Korea = 1,
Spain = 1,
Switzerland = 1,
Thailand = 1,
Vanuatu = 1
United Arab Emirates = 1,
United Kingdom = 2
Cardinal Principles The 3 Cardinal Principles:
"Fortis Voluntas Fraternitas "
Headquarters University of the Philippines, Diliman
Quezon City, Manila, Philippines
Tau Gamma Phi (ΤΓΦ) also known as the Triskelions' Grand Fraternity, is a fraternity established in the Philippines. Its members call themselves Triskelions. Their aim is to hopefully see a Fraternity System devoid of fraternity violence, and to earnestly propagate their fraternity's principles as their way of life. Based on these quests, the Triskelions, categorised their formal group as a 'protest fraternity'.

The Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity is now one of the largest fraternities in the Philippines. It has about 700 thousand registered members. Further, the fraternity, have chapters in colleges and universities around the country. The Triskelion Alumni Organization (T.A.O.) is the umbrella organisation for all its alumni members. The TAO have established closely-knit enclaves in the United States of America, Europe and other continents around the world.

The Tau Gamma Phi was founded at the Diliman Campus of the University of the Philippines on October 4, 1968.

The second chapter of Triskelions was founded at the Philippine Maritime Institute on August 3, 1969. In the next few years many other chapters were also be founded in other colleges and universities in the Philippines.

Martial Law
Martial Law was declared on September 21, 1972 by the late dictator President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Many of the cause-oriented groups critical to the regime, fraternities included became targets of military harassment. Believing that these groups posed a threat to the order and stability of the Marcos administration. Ostensibly due to 'leftist' leanings, the Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity's office was raided under an Arrest-Search and Seizure signed then Secretary of Defense Juan Ponce Enrile.

Struggling from the effects of Martial Law which suspended all fraternal and organizational activity within the collegiate levels. Bro. Ramoncito “Monching" Ocampo, who was the Secretary-General of the Fraternity during that time, decided to tap the younger generations in the High School sector. This gave birth to the Junior Tau Gamma Phi founded at San Beda College - High School in 1975 where Bro. Boyet Gorospe was one of the founders.

Notable Triskelions

Ralph Recto (DLSU) - Former Senator of the Republic of the Philippines and recently appointed the Secretary of the National Economic and Development Authority by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Pryde Henry Teves (DLSU) - Congressman, 3rd District of the province of Negros Oriental.
Albert S. Garcia (DLSU-Green Hills) - Congressman, 2nd District of the province of Bataan.
Papay Imperial (TYM) - Congressman, 2nd District of the province of Albay.[6]

Nathan Azarcon (UST) - Bassist of Alternative Rock bands Bamboo and Rivermaya.
Errol "Budoy" Marabiles - Vocalist of Reggae band Junior Kilat and one of the celebrity housemates on the first Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 1.
Luis Manzano (DLSU) - Actor, Model, TV Host. Son of Batangas governor and multi awarded actress Vilma Santos and actor Edu Manzano.
Jao Mapa (UST) - Actor, Model, Artist.
Diether Ocampo (DLSU-Dasma) - Actor, Model, Vocalist, TV Host.
John Wayne Sace (TYM) - Actor.
Oyo Boy Sotto (ADMU)- Actor, TV Host. Son of Vic Sotto and Dina Bonnevie.

Arts and Literature
Jao Mapa (UST) - More notably known as an actor, but he is also a very successful artist, did several acclaimed paintings, especially his "Mag-Ina" and "Lakbay" series.[7]
Eric Go (UST) - Gold Medal Awardee for Etching in 1981 at the China Selection of Philippine Art, Beijing, China.

Affiliated Groups
Tau Gamma Sigma ( ΤΓΣ ) — Also known as the Triskelions' Grand Sorority, is the affiliated Sorority of the Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity.
Triskelion Alumni Organization ( T.A.O. ) — The umbrella organization of all Triskelion alumni worldwide.
Triskelion Order of Law ( T.O.L. ) — Triskelion Alumni members who are in the judiciary and paralegal profession.
Triskelion Order of Medicine ( T.O.M. ) — Triskelion Alumni members who are in the medical profession.
Triskelion Order of Business ( T.O.B. ) — Triskelion Alumni members who are in the corporate world, businessmen and or those who operate their own entrepreneural ventures.
Triskelion Information Technology Organization ( T.I.T.O. ) — Triskelion Alumni members who are in the Computers and Information Technology profession.
Triskelion Law Enforcers Group ( TriLEG ) — Triskelion Alumni members who are in the Police, Military and Armed Forces profession.
Bagong Tao Movement ( B.T.M. ) — A duly accredited political party list organization of the Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity and Tau Gamma Sigma Sorority.
Triskelion Seafarers League ( TriSEAL ) — Triskelion Alumni members who are working as seamen, navy personnel, and crew in ships that are plying oceans around the globe.
Triskelion Rescue and Emergency Assistance Team ( T.R.E.A.T. ) — Triskelion Alumni who are members of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and various Fire Volunteer Brigades.

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