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A LU M N I U P DAT E GAMMA PHI FRATERNITY - GAMMA SIGMA SORORITY S I L L I M A N U N I V E R S I T Y, D U M A G U E T E C I T Y, P H I L I P P I N E S
PHS aims high!
Topmost organization by 2014 Pan Hellenic Society rapidly redeems its rank among the campus organizations in Silliman University. From last schoolyear’s 30th place in the ?irst semester and 17th place in the second semester, PHS is currently on the 5th place as of this ?irst semester. The SUSG-‐ Committee on Student Organizations (COMSO) will determine the ranking for the second semester at the end of this school year in March 2014. SU President Ben S. Malayang III (second from left) graced the charity dinner on November 30, 2013 at Restaurant KRI. In the photo from L-R: Ruben Bokingo, Pres. Ben S. Malayang III, Eva HagedornVillegas, Joanne Asunto-Gomez, Linda Sue BanasAlvarez, Erwina Frances Bokingo-Jalandoni with daughter Eena and Jiaan Francis Gomez. Front: Iris Tirambulo-Armogenia, Hilario Kiril Gomez.
PHS hosted charity dinner In response to the devastation brought by typhoon Yolanda, PHS organized a dinner for a cause to support Silliman University’s Continuing Calamity Response Program. Restaurant KRI catered to 35
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Turn-over of the Plate Movement proceeds to Dr. Shiela Marie Flores (oncologist) at SU Medical Center on December 1, 2013.
The projects and activities during the semestral break are not yet evaluated by COMSO and will be counted under the second semester points. These include activities under the Plate Movement project, the school-‐to-‐school promotion of Silliman University in Northern Mindanao, the Mt. Moriah Kids Ministry project and the Bohol quake victims relief operations. The Plate Movement Exhibit & Auction The second semester started with the exhibit and auction of the Plate Movement at Restaurant Kri from October 29 to November 6. A total of 93 plates were displayed and 67
Turn-over of the charity dinner and plate movement proceeds to the office of SU Vice President for Development Jane Annette L. Belarmino on December 2, 2013.
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Turn-over of the artists’ commission from the plates sold on auction at Bais City Pilot School on December 5, 2013.
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were sold by auction. PHS was able to raise P 48,613.00. The proceeds will bene?it children with cancer undergoing therapy under the care of Dr. Sheila Marie Flores, an oncologist at SU Medical Center and also to some Bohol earthquake survivors through SU psychosocial support group sent to Bohol.
Pediatric cancer patients with parents coming from
Negros Oriental, Siquijor and Dipolog during their The aftermath of typhoon Yolanda Christmas of Hope Party at Silliman University propelled the resident members to Medical Center on December 1, 2013. actively participate in the Juan For Tacloban donation drive. Drop-‐off points were strategically located in the campus and at Restaurant KRI where bottles of water in liter were collected. The collection later included other relief goods. In a span of three weeks, the members turned-‐over to Energy and Development Corporation and to Silliman University a total of 400 boxes by 1 liter bottled water, 50 boxes by 1 gallon water, 100 boxes of canned goods, 80 boxes of clothing and 50 boxes of milk in cartons.
PHS Typhoon Yolanda Relief Operations Alumni from here and abroad sent cash donation to support PHS efforts in helping out the people affected by the wrath of Typhoon Yolanda. Sis Michelle Diputado-‐Dy was quick to purchase food items which were delivered by Brods Kiril and Jiaan Gomez to ABS-‐CBN Sagip Kapamilya-‐Dumaguete last November 11, 2013. Escorial sisters, Vanessa and Zyd Roa, sent a total of $500, of which $400 was used in the purchase of hospital supplies and donated to Bethany Hospital in Tacloban City. The goods were coursed through the Little Children of the Philippines by sis Candice Teves and brod Kyle Duazo and among those loaded in the C-‐130 bound to Tacloban last November 24. The remaining $100 was donated for the org’s operational expense. Brod Cornelio Paglomutan sent P25K of which P20K was entrusted to Sis Susan Montederamos-‐ Soldwisch to support her relief efforts in Tacloban. Sis Sue went there on December 12. She also brought the 6 boxes of pediatric medicines donated by sis Gloria de Guzman. The remaining P5K of brod Nel’s donation went to the org’s operational expense.
The Tapok-‐tapok group in US sent $200 intended for affected members. One hundred dollars went to sis Josebelle Bagulaya and the other hundred bucks to brod Calvin Genotiva’s kins. Another $200 was sent for PHS operational expense. The cash came from gammanettes Maribel Sumalpong-‐Cuaresma, Tata Arevalo, Lennie Ann Ausejo, Diting Gonzales, Dinah PenaIlorida and brod Moses Alcala. Another $300 was sent by Sis Dynes recently. Half of it went to support sis Sue’s mission and the other half for the org’s operational expense. The donation was pitched-‐in by gammanettes Maribel Cuaresma, Rhoda Acuna, Lennie Ann Ausejo, Rose Calderon Khan, Aida Villavecencio, Diting Gonzales and Dinah PenaIlorida. Sis Ella DelIin-‐ Tabil’s $200 collection from Parkview Community Hospital, together with the P5K donation from Lendy & Olive Salve were endorsed to Oriental Negros Emergency Rescue Foundation, Inc. (ONe Rescue) to support its Tacloban medical mission.
Community Assistance projects in Bayawan Gammans Kiril and Jiaan Gomez supported sis Candice Teves’ projects in Sitio Gamao, Barangay Narra, Bayawan City. Graded reading glasses were given for free to the barangay residents last
November 17. Certi?icate of Completion were also given to those who participated in the 4-‐day Basic Massage Course conducted to empower women in Barangay Malabugas. Sis Maria Christine Garganian Gerian was also there to help.
Turn-‐over Ceremonies (photos on front page) Both the Plate Movement and the Charity Dinner (read separate articles) generated adequate funds intended for speci?ic bene?iciaries. Dec 1: Dr. Shiela Marie Flores received P30K for the bene?it of her pediatric cancer patients during an early Christmas party attended by her patients from Negros Oriental, Siquijor and Dipolog. Gammanettes Iris Armogenia, Joanne Gomez, Jia de la Cruz and Gamman Kiril Gomez witnessed the event. Dec 2: SU VP for Development Jane Annette L. Belarmino received P42K (initial amount) from the Charity Dinner proceeds in support of SU Continuing Calamity Response Program for Scholarship. Another P10K was donated for Psychosocial Support from part of the Plate Movement proceeds. The additional collection of P11K from the charity dinner sales was turned-‐over days later amounting a total cash donation of P63K. The endorsement was witnessed by Gammans Myles Nicholas Bejar (SU Legal Counsel), Ruben Bokingo (SU Alumni Affairs Director), Kiril and Jiaan Gomez and gammanettes Louanne Pinero (Psych Dept Chair), Iris Armogenia and Joanne Gomez. Dec 5: Young artists from Bais City Pilot School who participated in the Plate Movement Art for Kids By Kids received their 40% commission from their plates auctioned and sold. Present in the turn-‐over were gammans Kiril Gomez, Jose Graciano Pal and Kient Faustorilla.
at 5pm and ended in Bayawan City around 3am the following day. There were 31 solo ultrarunners, 6 relay runners by 50km each and 20 relay runners at 20km each.
Wish Upon A Star Gammanette Candice Teves
tapped the organization to help realize the Christmas wishes of about 200 children from the boondocks. PHS resident members promoted the project to the shoppers in Robinsons Mall by encouraging them to sponsor a particular child’s written wish hung on a Christmas tree for this purpose. This activity lasted for one month and culminated last December 14 with a gift-‐giving program at Robinsons Mall. This is the fourth year that Oriental Negros
Children Advocacy Network (ONCAN) implemented such project. PHS helped distribute the gifts and sponsored the apples given to the children who attended.
100K Ultramarathon The Provincial government of Negros Oriental hosted last December 14 a 100K Run to raise funds to support some Yolanda survivors in Cebu. The run started in Dumaguete City
Event manager Irma Faith Pal tapped PHS volunteers who were in-‐charge in pre-‐run check, food packing and distribution, water station at Km 50 and Km 60, and the ?inish line program. continued next page...
hundreds of boiled eggs and Sis Tikay Villegas donated cash for the volunteers’ mobility expenses.
Gammans who volunteered during the event were Jose Graciano Pal, Kyle Duazo, Kiril and Jiaan Gomez. Gammanettes Josebelle Bagulaya and Maya Jajalla also volunteered.
Gammanette Joanne Gomez donated a resource book for psychosocial
Sis Margie Alvarez donated hundreds of cooked bananas; sis Iris Armogenia,
intervention program based on
Why "Plate Movement"
Philippine setting entitled Ginhawa: Well-‐being in the Aftermath of Disasters. A copy was given to VPAA Betsy Joy Tan, VPD Jane Annette Belarmino and Psych Department Chair Louanne Pinero. A copy was also given to sis Susan Soldwisch. This book was published by the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation and the Philippine Psychiatrists Association, Inc.
Inter-‐dorm Anti-‐ dengue Campaign
Gammanette Michelle Dy donated Anti-‐ dengue information
materials posted and distributed in the different dormitories in SU. Sis Florence Benedicto took charged in implementing this campaign last November.
by Iris Tirambulo-Armogenia
The "PLATE" symbolizes "food" which then almost always translates to “LIFE”. Along with the literal description of a ceramic plate, as being an “inorganic, nonmetallic solid prepared by heat and subsequent cooling…hardened in fire”, we consider its metaphors and pose the query “what is on our plate?”, in essence what we put on our “plate” is basically how we choose to exist, who we are, or will most likely become. And like the plate, life can be as fragile.
By : 5 yo cancer patient By : Deelan Calumpang, 6 yo Sold to : Gloria de Guzman Sold to : Abel Gomez
"MOVEMENT", is synonymous to action, execution, change, or journey. This, then, hopes to provoke people to get involved, alter their state of being, by "creating something", consequently, a change in their environment, the community, ideally, in a positive way. In this particular undertaking, we are inviting CHILDREN TO CREATE, and just explore their artistic potential and embellish (literally) ceramic plates with whatever media or techniques they would like to use- paints, beads, decoupage, recycled, even indigenous materials. They were asked to work around the theme : “On the Menu: Hopeful, Healthful Art”. The works will then be exhibited at Restaurant Kri in Dumaguete City. There will be a silent auction of the works (on Oct 29 through Nov 6, 2013), and people can bid, then a portion will go to our beneficiaries who are also CHILDREN, but are currently undergoing CANCER therapy/treatment. To be specific, in their chemotherapy medications. This will go through pediatric oncologist/hematologist Dr. Sheila L. Flores, (who is a cancer survivor herself) as there is not really a foundation that supports pediatric cancer patients, and their families, here in Dumaguete or the Oriental Negros Province. The artists will also get a percentage of the proceeds.
By : GATXS ArQs Sold to : Joanne Gomez
By : YveMe Malahay Kim Sold to : Abel Gomez
By : GATXS ArQs Sold to : Gloria de Guzman
By : JP GotHal, Grade 2 Sold to : Gloria de Guzman
By : Bast: Cinco, Grade 3 Sold to : Michelle Dy
By : Soﬁa CimaBanca, 10 yo Sold to : Louanne Pinero
By : Sean Dy, 11 yo Sold to : Michelle Dy
By : Jana Alano Sold to : ElyT Divina BerTardino
By : GATXS ArQs Sold to : Abel Gomez
By : Camille Florendo Sold to : ElyT Divina BerTardino
PHS hosted charity dinner
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seated guests for two nights on November 29 and 30 in a fine dining service. The guests were served course by course with a delectable menu prepared by restaurateur and chef Richie Armogenia, husband of sis Iris. Gammans Kiril Gomez, Jiaan Francis Gomez and Kyle Duazo attended to tables in serving and dishing out plates. Gammanettes Iris Armogenia, Joanne Gomez, Candice Teves and Louanne Pinero attended to the guests upon reception until the night was over. Sis Jia de la Cruz and brod Rey Awayan rendered acoustic music. Brod Myles Bejar and brod Rollie Regalado were among the guests on the first night. Brod Ruben Bokingo accompanied by sis Erwina Jalandoni and Linda Sue Alvarez came on the second night. Sis Eva Villegas with husband Greg were also there. Sis Candice provided the meals for the performers for two nights.
Special Guests SU VP for Development Jane Annette L. Belarmino delivered her message during the first dinner event.
SU President Ben S. Malayang III was the guest speaker during the second dinner event. He was accompanied by wife, Madam Gladys.
Silliman University Continuing Calamity Response Program Silliman is establishing a Continuing Calamity Response Program. One of the objectives of the program is to provide scholarships for students whose parents and relatives have perished in the typhoon and the recent earthquake, and who could not otherwise continue their education at Silliman. The scholarships are intended to help the students complete their studies at Silliman, and will include tuition fees, board and lodging, among others. Another objective is for the University, as an institution of higher learning, to send teams for stress de-briefing, psycho-social intervention and service-learning to areas devastated by the calamities. Also, the program includes accepting donations for immediate disaster relief. (Excerpts from VP Belarmino’s emailed letter to sis Dinah Penaflorida, 22 November 2013)
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The Charity Dinner dubbed Nurture The Seed Of Hope: A Dinner Gathering in Solidarity to Rise as ONe was participated by energetic, talented and cause-oriented individuals, without them this noble cause would not be that successful.
Many thanks to: Oyen Alcantara Moses Atega Bing Valbuena Rochelle Marie Remollo “Hopia Band” led by Hope Tinambacan Sela and Company Razcel Salvarita John Lumapay and company Onna Quizo
Flom Datoy Maria Jessa Mae San Gabriel Shanti Harris Monique Furbyre Jerry Catarata Angeline Dy Candice Teves Cuernos de Negros Mountaineering Club and to ALL who patronized by being there
PHS USA Tapok-tapok 2013 Pan Hellenic Alumni in USA had their mini-reunion in Las Vegas, Nevada last November 7 to 11, 2013 dubbed “Tapok-Tapok sa Vegas”. They were joined by sis Gloria de Guzman who flew all the way from the Philippines. The activity was spearheaded by sis Dinah Penaflorida with the help of sis Diting Gonzales, sis Nelma Saavedra-Saldua and sis Elyn Bernardino. The gathering was well-attended by the early forerunners of PHS. Present were: • Oswald Esperat (Charter Member, 1964) • Rose Marie Calderon-Khan (1965) • Susan Montederamos-Soldwisch (1965)
• Gloria Aranas-de Guzman (1972) • Aida Villanueva-Vicencio (1972) • Grace Guy-Hautea (1974)
• Dotti Anne Salaver-Yells (1965) • Dinah Bibaoco- Penaflorida (1965)
• Joji Descallar Kaindoy-Amparo (1974) • Bella Amor (1976)
• Tony Amor (1966) • Joseph “Jet” Maling (1966)
• Lennie Ann Arevalo-Ausejo (1976) • Leslie Cruz Frick (1976)
• Estela Flores-Bantilan (1966) • Teresa Serafin-Montinola (1966)
• Ma. Resmin “Bing” Balauro (1977) • Jocelyn Arevalo-McGrath (1979)
• Madelaine “Ditz” Togle-Gonzales (1966) • Rhoda Gonzales-Acuna (1968) • Eleno Anaguey (1968)
• Elyn Divina Bernardino (1979) • Tancho Baes (1982)
• Nelma Saavedra-Saldua (1968) • Edward Ledda (1971)
• Maribel Sumalpong-Cuaresma (1983) • June Abegail “Axie” Algarme (1994) • Diana Jean Fuentes (2001)
• Marianne Lim-Ledda (1972)
• Louella Marie Gonzalez (2004)
Oswald Esperat November 13
“Hi Folks -‐-‐ Tapok Tapok in Las Vegas, thanks to some very determined PHS alums, is now fodder for happy memories, even as the event sought to pave the way hopefully for a much bigger gathering in less than ten months. It turned out to be a fun group who gathered in Vegas to welcome sis Bebot. It also resulted in several participants meeting each other after so many years, for a few for as many as forty years removed. Good prep for the 50th.”
Lennie Ann Ausejo
Tancho Regencia Baes
“Happy Thanksgiving to all the brods and sis! Let's give thanks to God that He has continued to bless us so we can continue on with the aims and ideals of our group. Thanks to all for the fellowship, the friendship, and the kindred spirit we shared during our reunion. Special thanks to the multi-‐talented Tancho Regencia Baes, our cargador, storyteller, singer, photographer, relief driver, and relief minister. You've been a blessing to all of us!”
“I am so proud to be a member of Pan Hellenic Society and so fortunate to have attended the first Tapok. So many of you were once names only to me until the reunion. Having met you all made me realize what a classy, talented, fun, committed and loyal the Gammans are. I felt that I'm amongst the greats being with you all, yet the kindred spirit we share with each other is one that runs deep, making me feel I'm with my family. Tapok in Vegas is definitely one of those events that we'll remember for a long time with so much fondness. I'm so looking forward to our grand reunion next August.”
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z 50th Anniversary Countdownz Eight more months to go before Pan Hellenic Society will celebrate its Golden Anniversary on August 2014. Are you attending? Please be counted. Join the polls in our Gamman Page at Facebook.com. "We were struck by the poem â€œZulu in Amanaâ€? posted to Facebook Friday morning by Rowena Torrevillas â€” an a ward-winning poet from the Philippines who worked in the 1980s and 1990s as a program coordinator for the University of Iowaâ€™s International Writing Program. The poem isnâ€™t about Mandela; it instead describes South African poet Thembeni Alfred Qabulaâ€™s visit to Iowa as an IWP fellow in 1990 â€” the year Mandela was released from prison. But it manages to evoke both the challenges and opportunities of that historic time. So, rather than merely restate the greatness of Mandela and his accomplishments, we offer Torrevillasâ€™s poem as a hint of what it would have been like if Madiba himself had made it to our part of the Heartland." - Tony Amor Zulu in Amana by Rowena Torrevillas Â It Â is Â the Â last Â day Â of Â the Â borrowed-Ââ€?back Â summer. Â Â â€œThe Â cold Â is Â coming Â through,â€? Â Â The Â Amana Â shopkeeper Â says, Â Â Â Â Wrapping Â up Â the Â knickerbockered Â Old Â World Â Â Figurines Â of Â village Â ďŹ ddlers, Â made Â in Â Taiwan. Â Â At Â the Â Ox Â Yoke Â Inn, Â downing Â the Â pork Â chops, Â Â The Â sauerkraut Â ripened Â in Â old Â stone Â tubs Â Â The Â German Â settlers Â hauled Â across Â the Â prairies Â Â A Â century Â ago, Â the Â South Â African Â poet Â Thembeni Â Â Tells Â of Â his Â father Â the Â miner, Â how Â Â He Â searched Â for Â his Â father Â Â Among Â the Â changed Â names Â and Â Â The Â memories Â of Â the Â older Â miners Â Â In Â the Â Transkei, Â a Â world Â away. Â Â â€œI Â learned Â how Â to Â eat Â fast Â in Â the Â factory,â€? Â Â He Â says, Â â€œthey Â only Â gave Â us Â Â Ten Â minutes Â oďŹ€ Â the Â foundry Â ďŹ‚oor, Â to Â eat.â€? Â Â Riding Â home Â in Â the Â farouche Â light Â Â Of Â the Â last Â day Â of Â summer, Â Â His Â Zulu Â songs Â thread Â yellow-Ââ€?green Â Â Through Â the Â ďŹ elds Â where Â the Â harvestâ€™s Â Â Been Â brought Â in, Â war Â songs Â lost, Â as Â Â Hurtful Â in Â remembering Â a Â lullabye Â Â Of Â warriors Â calling Â for Â death Â and Â keeping Â Â The Â old Â names Â alive Â â€” Â the Â arteries Â of Â blood Â Â In Â his Â voice, Â singing Â from Â the Â back Â of Â the Â bus, Â Â Thrusting Â their Â weft Â and Â warp Â through Â Â The Â placid Â Iowa Â wind. Â Â â€œThey Â wouldnâ€™t Â let Â my Â book Â be Â Â Read,â€? Â he Â says. Â â€œThey Â told Â me: Â Â Your Â life Â is Â only Â Â Â Your Â own.â€?
Why I joined PHS way back when... â€œI Â joined Â Gamma Â Phi Â in Â 1968 Â because Â of Â two Â people Â -Ââ€?-Ââ€? Â Joseph Â Maling, Â who Â was Â my Â big Â brod Â in Â Doltz Â and Â Eph Â Bejar Â who Â was Â my Â teacher Â in Â Baguio. Â They Â looked Â Noel Villalba like Â gentlemen Â and Â also Â very Â very Â Hi-Octane â€™68 knowledgeable. Â So Â when Â they Â said Â join Â us, Â I Â said Â yes Â without Â thinking Â Joseph Â Maling, Â I Â knew Â when Â we Â lived Â on Â campus Â in Â Brent Â School. Â He Â was Â a Â student Â there.â€? Â "Before Â I Â went Â to Â Silliman, Â I Â met Â the Â Gammans Â and Â Gammanettes Â through Â my Â ďŹ rst-Ââ€?cousins Â -Ââ€? Â Ditz Â Togle Â Gonzales Â and Â Jootz Â Togle Â Cadiogan. Â Â Â The Â ďŹ rst Â Gamman Â I Â Dennis Defensor met Â was Â Art Â Cadiogan, Â who Â Installment â€™70 married Â Jootz. Â Â Then, Â I Â met Â Noli Â Gatmaytan, Â Mario Â Sison Â and Â Francis Â How Â when Â they Â passed Â through Â Bacolod. Â Â They Â were Â all Â gentlemen. Â Â When Â I Â decided Â to Â go Â to Â Silliman, Â I Â was Â already Â decided Â on Â joining Â Gamma Â Phi. Â My Â roommates Â were Â four Â "masters" Â -Ââ€? Â Art Â Cadiogan, Â Bong Â Layumas, Â Levi Â Verora Â and Â Bayani Â Pingol. Â What Â attracted Â me Â to Â Gamma Â Phi/Sigma? Â Simply Â this. Â Â The Â Gammans Â and Â Gammanettes Â truly Â felt Â like Â natural Â extensions Â of Â my Â birth Â family. Â Â Forty Â years Â after Â I Â left Â Silliman, Â it Â is Â still Â my Â global Â family.â€?
Points To Ponder â€œWhat Â i s Â t he Â d ifference Â b etween Â HELLENIC Â and Â HELLENISTIC?â€? Â This Â was Â the Â question Â t hrown Â b y Â S U Â P resident Â B en Â S.Malayang Â I II Â t o Â a lumni Â m embers Â d uring Â the Â c harity Â d inner Â u pon Â k nowing Â P an Â Hellenic Â S ociety... Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â On Â t he Â l ighter Â s ide, Â c harter Â m ember Â Mitch Â C udal Â w as Â a sked Â b y Â c urious Â resident Â m embers, Â â€œ What Â was Â c ommon Â a mong Â t he Â Charter Â M embers Â o f Â Gamma Â P hi Â F raternity?â€? Â He Â answered, Â â€œWe Â used Â to Â play Â g olf Â a nd Â s occer Â a t Â night.â€?