History of Sigma Upsilon - Upsilon Lambda

Posted On Sunday, June 21, 2009 by Roy |

1973 A year after the Philippines archipelago WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS was suspended, the whole country was under MARTIAL LAW of then PRES. FERDINAND E. MARCOS.

At Bukidnon, a province of Mindanao island at the southern part of the archipelago, the CENTRAL MINDANAO UNIVERSITY is located. And this is the school where SIGMA UPSILON - UPSILON LAMBDA Fraternity & Sorority was organized underground.

The fifty (52) students who conceptualized the group did not intend to organize a fraternity. Nobody among them knew what a fraternity was. Their ideas was to solidify a group TO HELP ONE ANOTHER IN TIMES OF NEEDS & PROTECT ONE ANOTHER IN TIMES OF HARM. (Named the group "UNITY OF LIVES ASSOCIATION"). The 52 students all boys were discussing off their bad feelings and sad experiences at SUNRISE MENS HALL DORMITORY� as harassment of senior students to the new students was so rampant.

The only professional person among the group MARFORI AGUS, a teacher who listened to the sad experiences of the boys all freshmen then. The group was filled with enthusiasm and were determined to unite when a suggestion to form a group was carried out at ROOM 207of the dormitory.

Their minds were focused in polishing the conceived idea, UNITY. But one thing overlooked was the determination & sincerity of everyone for the cause. Finally, a series of exchange paddling was approved by the group, a test to measure everyones determination and sincerity.

Some places of importance in the foundation of the group are; MT. MUSUAN (Musuan Peak) about four (4) km. Northeast of the campus, & the heart shaped LAKE APO, about twelve (12) km. Southwest of the campus. On the other hand, the places of the series of exchange paddling where done at; CMU COFFE PLANTATION adjacent to the DAIRY RANCH; old bridge of the BEEF RANCH; CMU RUBBER PLANTATION; CMU SUGAR PLANTATION; CMU WATER RESERVOIR; FOOT OF MT. MUSUAN;
Then back to the CMU SUGAR PALNTATION & RUBBER PLANTATION (in sequence). The final of the series was set as agrees at LAKE APO on AUGUST 16, 1973

Of the 52 students who started the organization, only18 made it to the finals. But for unknown reasons, two (2) of them resigned and waived their loyalty to other fraternity. As merit of loyalty, only sixteen (16) were named in the official set of founders.

To wit:

1. MARFORI AGUS
2. EUGENE AGUS
3. EPHRAM ABONITALLA
4. BONIFACIO CALFOFORO
5. VICENTE ACEDILLO
6. JOSE ACERA JR.
7. PETER BANATAO
8. BENECIO MALIG-ON JR.
9. ALLAN DAMPAL
10. GEORGE ACAPULCO
11. ROMEO MONDIGO
12. RICARDO MARTIREZ
13. DIOSCORO RATUNIL JR.
14. WILLIAM VIADO
15. ANTONIO CASALMIR
16. LYLE ALIDO

On the same year, the set of founders initiated the first two ULPHANS FLOR MURILLO from MUSUAN BUKIDNON & BEATRIZ RAMOS from Banaybanay, Davao Oriental. One of that SIGMA UPSILON - UPSILON LAMBDA expanded to Cagayan de Oro City in 1974.

The effort of KNIGHTS MARFORI AGUS, EUGENE AGUS, JOSE ACERA JR. & REY AGUILOR (one of the pioneers), were not futile. After some visitations with their old pals enrolled in different schools of the City, they succeeded to recruit. One of those recruited was RUEL WAGA helped in the recruitment by convincing his friend to join with him.

On September 16, 1974, twenty four (24) male & female college students from Cagayan de Oro College, Liceo de Cagayan & Xavier University where initiated and rites held at BALOY, TABLON, Cagayan de Oro College schools was named BETA CHAPTER with Cagayan de Oro College as the host school.

SIR KNIGHT RUEL WAGA headed the BETA CHAPTER, as first SUPREME KNIGHT. His emphasis was focused on the true meaning of BROTHERHOOD, SISTERHOOD & DICIPLINE. He held his position for four (4) years, and was unselfish dedication and deep concern to each and every one of them to the organization itself.

Like wild fire, the spirit of UNITY, BROTHERHOOD, SISTERHOOD and FELLOWSHIP spread over MINDANAO and the VISAYAS REGION SIR KNIGHT ROEL WAGA's rapport was so efficient to reach different cities by recruiting
and initiating new aspirants and organizing new chapters. His achievements made the fraternity and sorority organizers of his time.

The GAMMA CHAPTER in Iligan was mentored by Sir Knight Ruel Waga. Assisting him was Sir Knight Dioscoro Ratunil Jr. ( One of the Founders ) and lady Ulphan
Norma Ramos. Epsilon and Zeta Chapter was assisted by Sir Knight Milnor . Linan. Sir Knigh junnie Vallejos, Sir Knight George Dadulo Sir Knight Cyrus Manla, and Sir Knight Ric Magno. A lot more helped in the expansion of the organization.

To mentioned, Ulphan Norma Ramos , organized the Delta Chapter at Cabacan North Cotabato. University of Southern Mindanao Sir Knight Wilson Gomez organized the PSI Chapter at Bay.

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