History of Alpha Phi Omega in the Philippines

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The History of Alpha Phi Omega in the Philippines began just after World War II, with a service project. The major cities of Europe
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 had been heavily damaged, and many of the cities of Asia and the Pacific had been destroyed. Manila
Manila
Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is one of the sixteen cities forming Metro Manila.Manila is located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay and is bordered by Navotas and Caloocan to the north, Quezon City to the northeast, San Juan and Mandaluyong to the east, Makati on the southeast,...

, the capital of the former US colony Philippines had been occupied and was now in ruins; its universities, rubble. What, if anything, could college students across the Pacific in the United States do that would have any real effect? It turns out, quite a lot!

Some of the Alpha Phi Omega–USA Brothers in Texas and the Pacific Northwest had fought in these islands. They knew, firsthand, of the friendliness of the people and of their need. They knew that education of the young people was a vital necessity if the country was to get back to its feet. They could do something, and they did. Book drives were started on their campuses and hundreds of textbooks, used but usable, were gathered from their libraries and fellow students to be sent to the Philippines to help re-stock the many burnt-out college libraries in Manila.

It was a successful service project, but like many one-time projects, it was soon forgotten, remembered only in the scrapbooks of the chapters involved and in the mind of the then APO-USA National President (1931–1946) H. Roe Bartle “The Chief”. It was a good example of a service project; it had all of the elements of a good story; and the Chief never forgot a good story.

Time passed. It was January 1950, and (2) Sol George Levy (Gamma Alpha ’47), a professional scout, an APhiO at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington and a friend of Dr. Bartle, was going to the Philippines to help generate more interest among the Scouts here. The Chief told him what APO had done a few years earlier to help re-establish Filipino university libraries. One January evening that year, scouts in Manila were invited to a conference by Mr. Levy. He passed on the story to them, mentioning how nice it would be if a Scouting-based fraternity similar to Alpha Phi Omega could be established in the country. He expressed his desire to organize Alpha Phi Omega, and distributed some copies of three APO publications: Questions and Answers, National Constitution and By-laws, and Ritual Rites and Ceremonies.

The story was of particular interest to a group of Scouts at Far Eastern University in Manila. It may be that their library was one of those which had been helped, or it may be that the idea of a Scouting-based fraternity just struck fertile ground. Librado I. Ureta, an Eagle Scout, a graduate student, and was among the audience; together with a group of over twenty Scouts and advisors began organizing work.

Alpha Phi Omega rapidly and healthily grew in the Philippines. In its third year, it became a national organization with seven chapters chartered in Manila and Visayan campuses. It was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a non-stock, non-profit, non-dividend corporation with a registered name of Alpha Phi Omega International Collegiate Service Fraternity.

Notable Members in the Philippines

Name Original chapter Notability
Gil Acosta Theta Chi
Holy Trinity College
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Provincial Board Member, Palawan
Palawan
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 (2007(?)— )
Wahab Akbar
Wahab Akbar
Ustadz Wahab M. Akbar was a Filipino politician who served three terms as governor of Basilan, during which time he was known for his "eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth" policy for dealing with kidnappers and terrorists in the province...

Lambda Member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines
House of Representatives of the Philippines
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, Congressman, Basilan
Basilan
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, Lone District (2007— ); Governor of Basilan (1998–2007)
Bellaflor Angara-Castillo
Bellaflor Angara-Castillo
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Eta
University of the Philippines, Diliman
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Governor of the Philippine Province of Aurora 2004— (2008), Former House Majority Floor Leader
Alicia Austria-Martinez
Alicia Austria-Martinez
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Eta
University of the Philippines, Diliman
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Associate Justice Supreme Court of the Philippines
Supreme Court of the Philippines
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 2002— (2008)
Ireneo Bacolod Alpha Mu
University of San Carlos
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Brigadier General
Brigadier General
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 National Police Commission
Petit Baldado Gamma
Silliman University
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Vice Governor, Negros Oriental
Negros Oriental
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 (2007(?)— )
Robert Lyndon S. Barbers Epsilon Gamma Governor of Surigao del Norte
Surigao del Norte
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 Province
Silvestre H. Bello III Mu
Manuel L. Quezon University
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Presidential Adviser for New Government Centers (2007— ), Secretary of Justice of the Philippines (1991–1992, 1998), Solicitor-General of the Philippines
Solicitor-General of the Philippines
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, (1996–1998)
Josue Bellosilo Eta
University of the Philippines, Diliman
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Associate Justice Supreme Court of the Philippines 1992–2003
Jejomar Binay
Jejomar Binay
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Eta
University of the Philippines, Diliman
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Mayor of Makati City
Makati City
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 (1986— ), President of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines
Boy Scouts of the Philippines
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 (In third term as of 2006), Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines
Jose Catindig, Jr.
Jose Catindig, Jr.
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Sigma
Adamson University
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Mayor, Santa Rosa City
Santa Rosa City
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, Laguna (2005–2007)
Antonio H. Cerilles Pi
University of Santo Tomas
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Member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines
House of Representatives of the Philippines
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, Zamboanga del Sur, 2nd District (1987–1998, 2004— (2007)), Environment Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (1998–2001)
Julio F. Desamito Eta
University of the Philippines, Diliman
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COMELEC
Commission on Elections (Philippines)
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 Commissioner 1995–2001
Antonio Jr. Hatoc Escudero Delta Pi Lieutenant Governor, Sorsogon
Sorsogon
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 (1992–1995; 1998— (2007)
Evangeline L. Esperas Alpha Omicron Provincial Board Member, Leyte , 1st District (1) (2007(?)— )
Jose R. Hernandez Eta
University of the Philippines, Diliman
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Associate Justice of the Sandiganbayan
Sandiganbayan
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Julius Herrera Alpha Mu
University of San Carlos
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Vice Governor, Bohol
Bohol
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 (2001–present), Mayor of Calape, Bohol (1995–2001)
Baby Boy Imam Epsilon Sigma Provincial Board Member, Maguindanao
Maguindanao
Maguindanao is a province of the Philippines located in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao . Its capital is Shariff Aguak. It borders Lanao del Sur to the north, Cotabato to the east, and Sultan Kudarat to the south....

 (2007(?)— )
Gilberto F. Layese Theta
University of the Philippines, Los Baños
The University of the Philippines Los Baños is a public university located in the towns of Los Baños and Bay in the province of Laguna, some 64 kilometers southeast of Manila...

Director of the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards of the Department of Agriculture (Philippines) (2001— )
Bong Lidasan Epsilon Sigma rovincial Board Member, Maguindanao
Maguindanao
Maguindanao is a province of the Philippines located in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao . Its capital is Shariff Aguak. It borders Lanao del Sur to the north, Cotabato to the east, and Sultan Kudarat to the south....

 (2007(?)— )
Jojo Limbuna Epsilon Sigma Provincial Board Member, Maguindanao
Maguindanao
Maguindanao is a province of the Philippines located in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao . Its capital is Shariff Aguak. It borders Lanao del Sur to the north, Cotabato to the east, and Sultan Kudarat to the south....

 (2007(?)— )
Gilbert Llanto Alpha Mu
University of San Carlos
The University of San Carlos is a Roman Catholic university governed by the Society of the Divine Word since 1935 in Cebu City. It offers pre-elementary and basic education as well as undergraduate and graduate courses, and a broad spectrum of academic programs through its eight colleges.It...

Brigadier General
Brigadier General
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 Philippine Air Force
Philippine Air Force
The Philippine Air Force is the air force of the Republic of the Philippines, and one of the three main services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Its official name in Filipino is Hukbong Himpapawid ng Pilipinas....

Casan Maquiling Gamma Chi
Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology
Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology is an autonomous external campus of Mindanao State University System. Located in Iligan City, Philippines, it was chartered on July 12, 1968 as provided for in Republic Act 5363....

Provincial Board Member, Lanao del Norte
Lanao del Norte
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 (2007— ) ; Mayor of Munai, Lanao del Norte
Munai, Lanao del Norte
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 (2001–2007)
Rey Andre Olegario ? Vice Governor, Zamboanga Sibugay
Zamboanga Sibugay
Zamboanga Sibugay is a province of the Philippines located in the Zamboanga Peninsula region in Mindanao. Its capital is Ipil and it borders Zamboanga del Norte to the north, Zamboanga del Sur to the east and Zamboanga City to the southwest. To the south lies Sibuguey Bay in the Moro Gulf...

 (2007— )
David A. Ponce De Leon Theta Chi
Holy Trinity College
Holy Trinity College may refer to:*Holy Trinity College, Hong Kong*Holy Trinity College, Cookstown in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland*Holy Trinity College, Philippines in Puerto Princesa City, Philippines...

Member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines
House of Representatives of the Philippines
The House of Representatives of the Philippines is the lower chamber of the...

, Palawan, 1st District (1987–1995), Lieutenant Governor, Palawan
Palawan
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 (1986–1987, 2001— )
Fidel V. Ramos
Fidel V. Ramos
Fidel "Eddie" Valdez Ramos , popularly known as FVR, was the 12th President of the Philippines from 1992 to 1998. During his six years in office, Ramos was widely credited and admired by many for revitalizing and renewing international confidence in the Philippine economy.Prior to his election as...

Pi
University of Santo Tomas
The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines , is a private Roman Catholic university run by the Order of Preachers in Manila. Founded on April 28, 1611 by archbishop of Manila Miguel de Benavides, it has the oldest extant university charter in the...

President of the Republic of the Philippines (1992–1998)
Jesse Robredo Alpha Nu
University of Nueva Caceres
University of Nueva Caceres , the first university in southern Luzon , is a private non-sectarian university run by a corporation in Naga City in Bicol Region, Philippines...

Mayor, Naga City
Naga City
The City of Naga is a first class independent component city in the Philippines...

 (1988–1998, 2001— ); Ramon Magsaysay Award
Ramon Magsaysay Award
The Ramon Magsaysay Award is an annual award established to perpetuate former Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay's example of integrity in government, courageous service to the people, and pragmatic idealism within a democratic society. The Ramon Magsaysay Award is often considered Asia's Nobel...

 for Government Service, 2000
Leocadio Santiago Pi
University of Santo Tomas
The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines , is a private Roman Catholic university run by the Order of Preachers in Manila. Founded on April 28, 1611 by archbishop of Manila Miguel de Benavides, it has the oldest extant university charter in the...

Director, Special Action Force Philippine National Police
Philippine National Police
The Philippine National Police is the national police force of the Republic of the Philippines. It is both a national and a local police force in that it does provides all law enforcement services throughout the Philippines...

Datu Rusman Sinsuat Epsilon Sigma Provincial Board Member, Maguindanao
Maguindanao
Maguindanao is a province of the Philippines located in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao . Its capital is Shariff Aguak. It borders Lanao del Sur to the north, Cotabato to the east, and Sultan Kudarat to the south....

 (2001— )
Augusto L. Syjuco Epsilon
University of the East
The University of the East is a private nonsectarian university located in University Belt Area, district of Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines. The university was founded in 1946 as a coeducational institution...

Director-General Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Philippines) (TESDA), (2004— (2007)), Member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines
House of Representatives of the Philippines
The House of Representatives of the Philippines is the lower chamber of the...

, Iloilo
Iloilo
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, 2nd District (1998–2004)
Jesus Verzosa Eta
University of the Philippines, Diliman
The University of the Philippines Diliman , is a coeducational and public research university located in Quezon City, Philippines. It is the flagship university, seat of administration, and the fourth oldest constituent university of the University of the Philippines System...

Police Deputy Director General of Philippine National Police ?–2008. Police Director General of Philippine National Police
Philippine National Police
The Philippine National Police is the national police force of the Republic of the Philippines. It is both a national and a local police force in that it does provides all law enforcement services throughout the Philippines...

 2008—
Antonio Villamor Eta
University of the Philippines, Diliman
The University of the Philippines Diliman , is a coeducational and public research university located in Quezon City, Philippines. It is the flagship university, seat of administration, and the fourth oldest constituent university of the University of the Philippines System...

Republic of the Philippines Ambassador
Ambassador
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 to Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
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 (2006— )
Anthony D. Wooden Iota Psi Provincial Board member Mountain Province
Mountain Province
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 (1998–2001)
Consuelo Ynares-Santiago
Consuelo Ynares-Santiago
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Eta
University of the Philippines, Diliman
The University of the Philippines Diliman , is a coeducational and public research university located in Quezon City, Philippines. It is the flagship university, seat of administration, and the fourth oldest constituent university of the University of the Philippines System...

Associate Justice Supreme Court of the Philippines
Supreme Court of the Philippines
The Supreme Court of the Philippines is the Philippines' highest judicial court, as well as the court of last resort. The court consists of 14 Associate Justices and 1 Chief Justice...

 1999— (2008)
Haydee Yorac
Haydee Yorac
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Eta
University of the Philippines, Diliman
The University of the Philippines Diliman , is a coeducational and public research university located in Quezon City, Philippines. It is the flagship university, seat of administration, and the fourth oldest constituent university of the University of the Philippines System...

COMELEC
Commission on Elections (Philippines)
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 Chairman 1989–1991, COMELEC Commissioner 1986–1991, Chairwoman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG)
Manuel "Way Kurat" Zamora
Manuel Zamora
Manuel E. "Way Kurat" Zamora is a Filipino politician. A member of the LAKAS-CMD Party, he has been elected to three terms as a Member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines, representing the First District of Compostela Valley. First elected in 2001, he was re-elected in 2004 and...

Beta Phi
University of Mindanao
The ' is the largest private, non-sectarian university in Mindanao located in Davao City on the Southern Philippine island. Established in 1946, the University of Mindanao has ten branches spread over thirteen campuses in Southern Mindanao. It is currently an Autonomous Status per CEB Resolution...

Member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines
House of Representatives of the Philippines
The House of Representatives of the Philippines is the lower chamber of the...

, Compostela Valley, 1st District
Legislative districts of Compostela Valley
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 (2001— )

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