HISTORY (Page 3)


Since the inception of PHS, early on as separate fraternity and sorority organisations and then later as a single unit, campus awards had been mainstays for the organization. Gamma Sigma excelled as the Most Outstanding organisation (MOO) for two successive years, 1965-67, and then PHS took the honors the following year. PHS notched the MOO award again in 1985-86, and repeated the feat for three successive years, 1990-93. Gamma Phi won the Most Outstanding Fraternity award for 1970-71, duplicated it as Outstanding Men's Organization the next year, and then had a banner year in 1983-84 with awards for outstanding organization, service organisation of the year, outstanding service project, and special awards for sportsmanship and friendship and goodwill. When Silliman started ranking all service-oriented campus organisations, PHS maintained competitive rankings: 1st in 2001-02, 7th in 2002-03, 2nd in 2004-05, 5th in 2008-09, faltered at 30th in 2011-12 and 17th in 2012-13. At the end of the 2013-2014 academic year, when the annual evaluation of service-oriented campus organisations was released, PHS received the 3rd highest rank among all service organisations, bested only by a college (yes, a whole college) and another big organisation. Among the traditional student organisations (fraternities and sororities), the PHS garnered the highest number of total qualifying points. PHS aims to continuously maintain its good standing and ranking on the list of outstanding organisations despite of the minimal number of resident members.

There was a low point in PHS story when campus recruitment failed, morale was lowest and resident membership dwindled to the point where the organization was on the verge of collapsing. In 1998, Gammanette Angeline Dy reached out to the alumni and called for help with a "dying club" message after she established the group "Panhellenicsociety@yahoogroups.com" with assistance from a handful of alumni members. It worked. Today, the egroups serves as PHS' main and direct source of global communications of members. The PHS egroup is ably supported by moderators Elyn Bernardino-Taningco, Moses Alcala and Edgar Bisnar. Lately, the residence and younger alumni have found Facebook to be an easier way of communication. The older alumni have gradually ventured into Facebook for correspondence and news.

PHS has withstood numerous crises the past 50 years - suspension by the university, martial law, membership expulsion, and campus rumbles. It has weathered such trials and emerged even stronger. Incredibly, the PHS leaders' will for survival, determination and vision lend reassurance and comfort that PHS can and will flourish.

In the 1990s, a few PHS alumni in Manila initiated the organisation of a PHS subgroup. One of their aims was to register the PHS with the SEC as a non-profit organization. This did not materialized, but the PHS Manila alumni group was unfazed and conducted community service and fund-raising projects. Some notable activities included medical missions, donations of equipment and supplies to hospitals, and providing relief goods to the Mt. Pinatubo victims. They have grown in number and become very active in supporting the resident members, organizing events, and communicating with other PHS alumni around the world. Past presidents included Evelyn Caballero, Francis How, Alfred Tan and Stephen Pascual. In the last several years, it has been ably headed by Gloria "Bebot" Aranas-De Guzman (assisted by Madeline Togle-Gonzales, Elyn Bernardino-Taningco, Gigi Cascon-Calaor, Jocelyn Arevalo-McGrath, Alfred Tan, Doris Sarana-Disuanco and Calvin Genotiva). Aside from organising social events, the group continues to assist the resident members in Dumaguete with advice, leadership training and financial support.

In 1983, Myles Nicholas Bejar joined Gamma Phi Fraternity as the first "second generation Gamman." He is the son of founding member Ephraim Bejar. In 1999, Andre Omar Villalba, son of Gamman Noel Villalba, followed suit. in 1998, Jia Gensaya-dela Cruz became the first "second generation" Gammanette, being the daughter of Gammanette Rowena Gensaya-dela Cruz. Josanne and Justine Estacion-Griño, became the first "full-blooded second generation" Gamman / Gammanette, being children of PHS parents Joseph Griño and June Anne Estacion.

Beginning in the 1990s, the campus organisation had difficulty in recruiting new members. This was partly due to changes in the priorities of students as well as stiff recruitment competition among the numerous university organisations. The resident PHS population was decreasing with each passing year. The remaining few strove to put the word out and recruit worthy students to carry on the PHS legacy. The leaders and alumni tried a new strategy: target a new breed of recruits consisting of sons and daughters of alumni members. There was success in such approach. The subsequent second-generation members included Aissa, Gian Carlo and Gian Paolo (children of Rolando Regalado), Catherine Frances, Aichia Jai and Florence Christi (daughters of Rodney Benedicto); Ingrid Isabel Eva (daughter of JGlenn Teves); Katrina Paola, Yanka Patricia and Francisico Mariano (children of Angeline Bacal-Guarin); Trisha Erika (daughter of Levi Verora); Midori and Mikhail (children of Oscar Grino); Fiona Sharmilah (daughter of Calvin Luther Genotiva); Thalia (daughter of Dalmacio Tubungbanua Jr.); Andrew Marc Alvarez (son of Margaret Helen Udarbe); Jose Octavio (son of Grace Monte de Ramos-Arcellana); Hilario Kiril and Jiaan Francis (sons of Hilario Abel Gomez and Joanne Asunto); Kyle Vincent (son of Joseph Duazo); Cessa Aries (daughter of Gerardo Luis Gatmaytan); Karl Angelo (son of Romelito Buhawe); Zoilo Isagani (son of Joe Villanueva, Jr.); and Eleazarn Paolo (son of Edwin Caliolio).


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