“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to breakdown, and a time to build up; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence and a time to speak……The Wiseman”
College life is always challenging and worth remembering when it is shared with acquaintances may it be with schoolmates, classmates, and people who became friends and special ones. Peers and other groups created and established among students are just part of their dynamic and creative expression of their journey while yet in college. Students gifted with leadership skills and charisma, coupled with missions of optimism as BRO. ERNESTO GANAL and 22 others portrayed. These were instrumental and later, paved way to the birth of the Delta Phi Omicron Fraternity on February 14, 1964, as an Inter-College and University Fraternity.
(Top of the seesaw: Antonio Gilo, L-R, standing at the rear; standing L-R front row:Eliseo Dulay, Jr., Bert Lomo, Butch, Madamba, Ernie Ganal, Angel Guillermo, Mike Labao, Tony Asprec, Felix Rubio, Apolinario Torado. seated rear-2nd row: Ben Dalisay, brod from Bulacan, V Valdez, Freddie Cuaresma, Edwin Brasileno, Vivencio Dalem, Arnold Belvis, Boy Gonzales, Greg Jose. Not in the picture; Eddie Cabel, Edwin Karganilla, Jack Roa Yu)
As the School Year 1963-1964 commenced, a group of young, vibrant, intelligent and optimistic students converged and shared their common vision of establishing a fraternal organization at the Araneta University Foundation. The twenty three (23) students where: Gerardo Alameda, Eugenio Acena, Antonio Asprec, Rodolfo Barros, Alrnold Belvis, Edwin Brasileno, Edilberto Cabel, Vivencio Dalena, Benjamin Dalisay, Jr., Eliseo Dulay, Jr., Antonio Gilo, Angel Guiillermo, Fredelito Igarta, Arnold Ines, Gregorio Jose, Jr., Edwin Karganilla, Miguel Labao, Horacio Madamba, Angel Ramos, Jr., Felix Rubio, Ashley Segundo, Eleuterio Velarde, and Ernesto Ganal. These students enrolled in the University and took up courses in the field of Agricultural Engineering, Veterinary Medicine and other related Agricultural sciences. When the group finally completed the requirements for recognition prescribed by the university thru the help of Jack Roa (who became an honorary member and the 24th man), the official chartering program was drafted and officiated. On FEBRUARY 14, 1964 at the fertile ground of Gregorio Araneta University Foundation (GAUF, now De la Salle Araneta University), the fraternity was officially recognzed and founded. Thus on Valentines Day, the founding anniversaries of the fraternity was celebrated throug-out any place the Fraternity exists. During its, induction ceremonies held at the Carbungco & Sons Gold Room on December 6, 1964. Brother Ernesto Ganal became the first Grand Omicron.
A year after, the 24 Pillars approved to accept women students to become members of the Delta Phi Omicron and on March 18, 1965, Delta Phi Omicron was officially known as an academically-based Fraternity and Sorority among college students. The DPO/OPD as college students’ organization for women and men and chapters were opened to other campuses of colleges and universities in Manila, namely: Manuel Luis Quezon University, Far Eastern University, Philippine College of Criminology, National University.
In February of 1972, a group of 13 neophytes were initiated at Barangay Pias, General Tinio in Nueva Ecija, by members from AUF and PCCr (Philippine College of Criminology). These were students mostly from schools and universities in Cabanatuan City, the provinces’ capital. Headed by Ursulo Padolina, several others including Isauro Andasan Jr., Isaias Pidenes, Virgilio Maducdoc, Reynaldo Apan, a man surnamed “Pangilinan” and several others huddled the initiation. They were students from the then Cabanatuan City Colleges with several others from different schools. Brother Jun Andasan unfortunately stopped studying a few months after the initiation but was handed down the fraternity Constitution and By-Laws together with other notes and lectures. After nearly four years, he was able to enroll again but this time at the Araullo-Lyceum University in the same city. Still, Brother Jun Andasan was not able to make contacts with any of his previous colleagues at CCC.
In 1977, Brother Jun Andasan transferred to the Central Luzon Polytechnic College (now Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology, NEUST). Although, already married, Brother Jun and his family stayed in a boarding house along with other students. One time, 8 of his board mates were having discussions and were trying to decide on which fraternity to join. Learning about this, Jun introduced himself and urged them to join Delta Phi Omicron. He presented to them the Constitution and By-Laws he kept with him at CCC. While not informing AUF, Brother Jun proceeded in organizing the fraternity. On December 7, 1978, the CLPC chapter was formally organized with all 8 of his board mates as pioneering members (Isagani Reyes, Resty Villaviza, et al.)
While working as a faculty member of the Civil Engineering Department at CLPC, Brother Jun continued to recruit more members and worked for the recognition of the fraternity by the school administration. During the recognition process, a professor (at the same school) named Erlinda Leabres approached the members of the fraternity and presented to them documents proving her affiliation with the Omicron Phi Delta Sorority. She graduated from the National University in Manila. The founding and organizing of the sorority at CLPC and surrounding schools in Nueva Ecija was credited to her.
The University of Southern Mindanao- The DPO- Mother Chapter of Mindanao
In 1969, Brother DANILO B. PAJARILLAGA, a survived member from the Philippine College of Criminology (PCCr) in Manila. While visiting his relatives in the town of Kabacan, North Cotabato, he took the initiative of establishing a chapter at the Mindanao Institute of Technology (now the University of Southern Mindanao). During the first semester of the school year 1969, 24 male students were recruited to become pioneer members of the Delta Phi Omicron. The initiation was conducted from “dusk to dawn” headed by Pajarillaga and officers of the Gamma Phi Omicron (founded in 1965). Among the 24 pledgees, only 11 managed to survive.
Brother Celso Bernardino, one of the eleven survivors, called a meeting to discuss things concerning the recognition of the organization at the college. The eleven survivors, on their commitment to continue the legacy of DPO, tried to consolidate things that Brother Pajarillaga had introduced. Following the guidelines of the University in accepting and recognizing organizations, the group faced serious problems in complying. There was no substantial documents given by Brother Pajarillaga for the newly survived to refer upon. The first batch with their initiative, drafted the Constitution and By-Laws of the organization. Because there was no proper orientation given, some of the practices included in the CBL of DPO Mindanao were of the Gamma Phi Omicron Fraternity.
Unfortunately, the DPO-Mindanao was made to believed that DPO was founded at the Manuel Luis Quezon University in Manila on February 14, 1964 by 24 Law students enrolled at the university.
Before the DPO was formally accepted to the University, the 11 survivors together with Gamma Phi Omicron friends re-initiated the 13 others who were not able to survive the “dusk to dawn initiation”. The 13 were re-initiated and all survived, thus, the desired 24 members for the pioneer batch was completed. The DPO/OPD Mindanao grew and spread fast in the Colleges and Universities in the Provinces of North and South Cotabato, North, South, and East of Davao, Bukidnon, Cagayan De Oro, Pagadian, Maguindanao, Saranggani, and other Provinces within the Island of Mindanao. Chapters were established at:
University of Southern Mindanao- the Mother Chapter
University of Mindanao where the NSGO survived and studied
Mindanao State University Iligan, Marawi, and General Santos City.
Xavier University in Cagayan De Oro city
University of Southeastern Philippines, Davao City and Panabo City
Rizal Memorial Colleges in Davao City
Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges, General Santos City
Southern Christian College in Midsayap Cotabato
Notre Dame of Midsayap College
Notre Dame University of Cotabato
Cotabato Medical Foundation College, Inc.
Mindanao Polytechnic College, General Santos City
Notre Dame of Marbel, South Cotabato
STI college of General Santos
Brokenshire College and Notre Dame of Dadiangas University of General Santos City.(Many Colleges in Mindanao DPO has been established and the names of the schools are not included due to lack of documents and information that have not forwarded yet to the National recorder)
First National Convention
The long awaited unification of the Delta Phi Omicron has finally come. The value-laden deeds of great 24 founders of the Delta Phi Omicron/Omicron Phi Delta was still evident in the new breed of brave and determined members of the Fraternity. The longed unity that has become an “impossible dream” was made “possible dream” and fulfilled through the concerted effort with trust fostered among loyal and die hard DPO of the land.
In the forty seven years of existence of the Delta Phi Omicron in the different colleges and universities of the Archipelago, varying practices in almost all aspects of fraternity and sorority was notable. An archipelagic-problem arose that led to “disunity”, doubtedly flooded the minds and hearts of all members to continue the practice on what was “believed to be true” culture of the Delta Phi Omicron. DPO-Luzon had established strong legacies for the organization and the DPO-Mindanao also embarked remarkable traditions and practices. Membership in both areas grew fast but the wall of differences continued to mount and divide the organization.
An alumnus who survived from the Southern Christian College posted in a social network the Call for Unity. Brother RJ Andres Jonilas further said:
“The call for unity echoes to every DPO and OPD’s hearts all over the world. Heeding to this call is everybody’s ultimate plead so that misunderstandings and other disputes within the system of Delta Phi Omicron will finally be resolved. This call for national solidarity among us has become our immediate concern since it threatens the integrity, sovereignty, and universal brotherhood of all stakeholders/members of our beloved DPO, and because of this, this call is for all members to act upon”.
The call was supported by active members of the DPO all over the country and the whole world who have access to the social network platform. A National Convention was conceived and discussed, with DPO-Region 12 accepting the challenge to host it.
On April 29- 30, 2011, the 1st National Convention was triumphantly celebrated and the ultimate objective was successfully achieved. The DPO/OPD has its National Officers that will govern the DPO/OPD all over the land. The Supreme Constitution that will serve as the supreme guide in all of its undertakings was approved, thus, there is only one Constitution and By-Laws governing all chapters entire the country. Brother Rene San Andres of the GAUF-Mother Chapter helped a lot in materializing the ratification of the Constitution and By- Laws and the facilitation of Brother RJ Andres. All of the differences were unified and cleared. The spirit of unity through God's working made all these things possible.
Invitation for the 1964 Induction of Fraternity Dignitaries, Founders and Charter members on December 6, 1964 at Carbungco & Sons Gold Room, Quezon City.
Ms. Celia Madamba, dubbed Fraternity Sweethear was a budding starlet at that time. She was the younger sister of one of the founder, Brod Horacio "Butch" Madamba.
The fraternity derived it's strength on the three fundamentals of:
Deus- Faith, belief and trust on the Almighty God. The fraternity underlines faith and belief in God, follow the commandments and exemplify the virtues. Total submission to His will and always thankful to all of His grace.
Philia- Love and friendship among men. The fraternity believes, uphold and co-exist with other people regardless of faith, race and color. Living and sharing together the bounties of the earth, respecting the customs and traditions; receptive and ready to extend help to whoever or whenever its needed.
Omicra- Humility and simplicity strengthens character. The fraternity is emphasizing simple living, honest, productive and fair towards a blissful life. The fraternity believes that humility builds patience, patience strengthens character. A humble person never provokes but kept an inspiring quality of gentleness.
The Delta Phi Omicron Fraternity and Omicron Phi Delta Sorority believed in the formation of young minds, physique and intellectual well-being of an individual thru an offer of amity, support and thru participating in the intra and extra-school activities.
To provide an honest, unified, dependable and solid group of men and women truly responsive and supportive to the needs, aspirations and development of its individual members.
DELTAN’S GOALS AND ASPIRATIONS
To achieve the goals and aspiration of the individual members, the fraternity shall:
G-ive, support and participate in the programs and activities of the school where a chapter/community is operating;
E-xercise prudent judgment on the affairs of the fraternity;
N-urture friendship and alliance with other groups having the same benevolent goals and objectives;
T-each oneself on self-reliance, discipline, patience and trusting others;
L-earn from experience, overcome weaknesses, and improve our strengths;
E-xemplify the virtues of unity, tolerance and hope;
M-aster the ethics of friendship, human relation and co-existence with others;
A-dhere to the human doctrine of preservation of life, family and community;
N-ever tarnish the name of the fraternity on worthless, awful and lawless acts. The same way as a person never tarnish his family!
Let us sing a song for the Delta Phi Omicron,
Bursting forth for our young and joyous heart,
For our lives seems so bright for we study (strive too) hard,
We choose our frat for our part,
Here we are the members of the Delta Phi Omicron,
That is why, we are so proud,
We always stand and defend for it,
For it makes us brave and fit!
Training our body and mind, that in the frat we found;
Bright future smile at us, for we study (strive too) hard;
We serve it on our part, Delta Phi Omicron we are;This is the frat for us, for we were born Deltans! (2x)
JUST FOR YOU!
Just for you, I bound to suffer,
Just for you, I will love you with all my heart,
I hope through this song, you will always remember,
That someday we will have sweet memories for you and me my dear!
Just for you, this song I dedicate,
I love you no matter who you are,
I'm willing to sacrifice,
Just to make you happy, I'm willing to die JUST FOR YOU!