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Awardees of the Order of the Sword of Lafayette, Eta Chapter's highest honor to its Alumni members. Given at the 65th Anniversary Fratball of APO Fraternity, Eta Chapter.

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Celebrating 65 Years of Excellent Leadership, Lasting Friendship and Cheerful Service. #apoeta65

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Check out these masks from past Oblation Runs!

Visit our 65th anniversary exhibit at the AS Lobby to know more about the history of Alpha Phi Omega and its legacy of excellence and service in the country.

Exhibit opens today and runs until Friday this week.

When all roads lead to Apo Eta, we celebrate BIG TIME!
A LEGACY OF EXCELLENCE
65th Anniversary Ball
Wack Wack Golf & Country Club
Shaw Blvd, Mandaluyong City...
11 February 2018, Sunday
Registration starts at 5:30pm
Attire : Formal
Dinner Tickets
Member - 3000
Guest - 2500
Commemorative Book - 1500

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The Public Health Unit of the University of the Philippines Health Service, in coordination with the UP Community Chest Foundation Inc., National Kidney & Transplant Institute, and the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity, will conduct the Bloodletting Drive: "Give the Gift of Life , Donate Blood Project" on January 26, 2018, 8AM- 4PM, at the Conference Room, University Health Service., University of the Philippines-Diliman campus.

Let's Donate Blood and Save Lives!

See you there!

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COME JAM AND JOIN THE MERRYMAKING!!!
Peace rocks! At the Lantern Parade
“When words fade....music speaks”
Christmas @ Peace Rock
A Free Music Concert...
Presented by Alpha Phi Omega & Beta Sigma Fraternities with participation from Upsilon Sigma Phi
Peace Rock Monument
College of Education
UP Diliman Campus
December 15, Friday, 5:30 pm

Programme Hosts:
Cesar Cosme
Bembol Roco
John Lesaca
Rupert Bustamante

Performing Artists:
John Lesaca
Boy Camara
Noli Aurillo
Pete Canson
Lester Demetillo
The Greenhouse Singers
Upeng Galang Fernandez​
Dodjie Fernandez
Cash Manalang
UP College of Education Choir
Edru Abraham (Kontra gapi)
Heber Bartolome
JoAn Cerdena

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COME JAM AND JOIN THE MERRYMAKING!!!
Peace rocks! At the Lantern Parade
“When words fade....music speaks”
Christmas @ Peace Rock
A Free Music Concert...
Presented by Alpha Phi Omega & Beta Sigma Fraternities with participation from Upsilon Sigma Phi
Peace Rock Monument
College of Education
UP Diliman Campus
December 15, Friday, 5:30 pm

Programme Hosts:
Cesar Cosme
Bembol Roco
John Lesaca
Rupert Bustamante

Performing Artists:
John Lesaca
Boy Camara
Noli Aurillo
Pete Canson
Lester Demetillo
The Greenhouse Singers
Upeng Galang Fernandez​
Dodjie Fernandez
Cash Manalang
UP College of Education Choir
Edru Abraham (Kontra gapi)
Heber Bartolome
JoAn Cerdena

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COME JAM AND JOIN THE MERRYMAKING!!!
Peace rocks! At the Lantern Parade
“When words fade....music speaks”
Christmas @ Peace Rock
A Free Music Concert...
Presented by Alpha Phi Omega & Beta Sigma Fraternities with participation from Upsilon Sigma Phi
Peace Rock Monument
College of Education
UP Diliman Campus
December 15, Friday, 5:30 pm

Programme Hosts:
Cesar Cosme
Bembol Roco
John Lesaca
Rupert Bustamante

Performing Artists:
John Lesaca
Boy Camara
Noli Aurillo
Pete Canson
Lester Demetillo
The Greenhouse Singers
Upeng Galang Fernandez
Dodjie Fernandez
Cash Manalang
UP College of Education Choir
Edru Abraham (Kontra gapi)
Heber Bartolome
JoAn Cerdena

Photo credits: Apol Demigillo

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When all roads lead to APO ETA, we celebrate BIG TIME!
So it’s time for you to hit the road!
A LEGACY OF EXCELLENCE
65th Anniversary Ball
Wack Wack Golf & Country Club...
Shaw Blvd, Mandaluyong City
11 February 2018, Sunday
REGISTER NOW!
Early Bird Promo Tickets
For payments made on or before 31 Dec 2017
Member - 2500
Guest - 2000
Commemorative Book - 1200

Regular Tickets at the gate
Member - 3000
Guest - 2500
Commemorative Book - 1500

Calling all batches! Avail of the FREE 65th Anniversary Commemorative Book for reservations per table of 10 ��Please deposit payment on or before 31 December 2017�BDO CA Acct Name: Emmanuel T. Mangosing�BDO Acct # 003568038500
Swift Code : BNORPHMM ( for remittance transactions)
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SCAN PROOF OF PAYMENT �Email: pioryan@gmail.com
Messenger : Pio Ryan Lumongsod
SMS/MMS/Viber: +63 9175288321

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Witness the Ritual Dance of the Brave.

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Oblation Run

[Oblation Run Teaser Video]

It was September 1977 when two men streaked in front of Palma Hall, baring the ills of martial law and the Marcos regime.

Forty year...s and six presidents later, the men of Alpha Phi Omega remain steadfast in calling attention to the issues of the nation that matter.

Join us as we continue the fight for a better tomorrow.

Witness the Ritual Dance of the Brave.

December 1. AS Steps. 12 noon.

#RebuildMarawi
#StopTheKillings
#LiftMartialLaw
#EndWarsNotLives

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End Wars, Not Lives [Oblation Run Statement 2017]

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[Oblation Run Statement 2017]

End Wars, Not Lives

It was forty years ago when the first runners streaked in front of Palma Hall. They did so to promote a film d...eemed subversive — a film which through its images laid bare society’s ills during Martial Law. As the proverbial naked truth was flashed right under the noses of the powerful, so were those first runners able to evade campus security — and earn for themselves a noble notoriety founded on fearless dissent. It is this spirit that we, the Eta chapter of the Alpha Phi Omega International Collegiate Service Fraternity, have kept alive up to the present. Since 1977, the Oblation Run has been a venue for the exposition of pertinent issues and a platform for campaigns for social change. It is the Eta chapter’s defiant forecast of the times.

That ethos of defiance is needed now more than ever, as a climate of fear and death grips the nation. Marawi is a city in ruins, destroyed as much by extremist groups as by government aerial bombing. Martial Law, now unjustifiable as combat operations in Marawi draw to a close, is still in effect over Mindanao displacing entire communities. Thousands of Filipinos — many of whom had lived in chronic poverty — have been killed over little more than mere suspicion of involvement in the drug trade, while billionaire drug lords continue to escape prosecution. Deep concerns over agrarian reform, decent pay for workers, and democratic access to education, healthcare and housing remain unaddressed, fueling one of the longest-running armed conflicts in modern history. The country’s issues cast long, dark shadows of doubt on the beaming promises of change made to us by leader after leader. But these same shadows must be dispelled through concrete action on the part of the government we all elected to power, and through the militant resolve of a united Filipino people.

It is in this light that we call on the state to rebuild Marawi in an efficient and timely manner. It must ensure that the city does not experience the same scattershot approach to rehabilitation implemented in the wake of typhoon Yolanda in 2013. Any and all plans for the city’s recovery should prioritize the needs of people, rather than individual or commercial interests. A prosperous, progressive, people-centered Marawi can only be a beacon of hope for the rest of the Bangsamoro — a powerful symbol of reconciliation against those who sow hate.

The same level of commitment to the needs of the people must also be seen in the campaign against drugs and criminality in the country. We strongly advocate for a community-based approach in the government’s war on drugs. Instead of allowing state security forces and lawless elements to kill drug suspects with impunity, we challenge the government to apply the constitutional guarantee to due process on everyone. It must commit to rehabilitating addicts, applying restorative justice on those proven to have been involved in drugs, and pursuing the actual drug kingpins standing at the top of nation’s crime pyramids. It is necessary that the government anti-drug movement should build lives, not destroy them.

Forty years ago, we ran in defiance of Martial Law. Today, we still view Martial Law as an offense to democracy and an enemy of just peace, We believe the state should lift Martial Law in Mindanao immediately. Increased militarization has only led to deeper insecurity for the indigenous peoples and national minorities in the island, and shows a lack of goodwill towards the belligerent groups in that area who are in differing levels of engagement with the state — the Moro National Liberation Front, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and the revolutionary triad of the CPP-NPA-NDF.

The phantom hope that Martial Law will hasten the achievement of peace in Mindanao is a dangerous, deadly myth. Instead, the state must address the roots of armed conflict by providing quality and accessible social services, respecting people’s rights, and resolving issues of economic inequality. This has been our call since last year’s Oblation Run. We have appealed to both the government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) to pursue the CASER or the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-economic Reforms, which would have been part of the bases of a framework for building the just and humane society that the two parties ostensibly aim for. However, recent government pronouncements of a total cancellation of peace talks, the threat of a blanket crackdown on progressive groups, and the imposition of a “revolutionary” government that aims to bypass the republic’s already-shaky system of checks and balances, place the country’s peace agenda in extreme jeopardy.

A single thread links every iteration of our Ritual Dance of the Brave in the last half-decade: leadership that does not fulfil the aspirations of the last and the least in society, in the ultimate analysis, is no leadership at all. As long as those who hold power fail to listen to the democratic demands of the people, our nation’s history of violence and armed conflict will continue. As long as alternative approaches are routinely ignored in favor of outmoded policies that have repeatedly failed, no “revolutionary” government can succeed in moving the country forward.

However, we must not be disheartened. Now more than ever, it is necessary for us to forge ahead with a more united front in campaigning for a just, democratic and humane approach in governance.

We thus appeal to the government to practice a brand of leadership that is open to dissent and criticism, one that recognizes debate and alternative views as necessary tools in democracy. In formulating solutions to the issues that our country faces, we have found that there is no better approach than collaboration, consultation, and cooperation. Our recent efforts at promoting peace between fraternities have produced tangible results for the community. Likewise, it is through the collaborative efforts of organizations and institutions, consultation of constituents and communities, and cooperation despite differences that we can truly achieve peace and progress at the national level.

We call on the government to be friend to the poor and marginalized, and apply justice with a more rehabilitative and humane approach. It is through compassion and understanding that we can win the war on drugs. Rather than encouraging a culture of impunity, the state must crack down on the leadership and system of the drug trade itself, as well as providing better education, healthcare, and other social services. The development of a nation depends upon the condition of its citizens, and thus respect for human rights can only lead to progress.

In the spirit of friendship, we remain firm in appealing to the negotiating panels of the Philippine government and the NDFP to return to civility and resume peace talks. We have observed insincerity on both sides — with both the state and the CPP-NPA conducting military offensives across the country. We are concerned that the Filipino people will continue to suffer as their interests fall by the wayside by continuing this conflict. Goodwill must be restored between the two camps, and we call for an unconditional bilateral ceasefire as a basis of the resumption of peace negotiations.

We urge our government to fulfill their mandate of serving the people by protecting the welfare and interests first and foremost of the internally displaced and affected people in the rehabilitation efforts in Marawi. We remind them to learn from the lessons of supertyphoon Yolanda: with political and business interests prioritized over the people’s concerns, the roots of conflict and poverty will remain unaddressed. Rather than an opportunity for business, the crisis must be taken as a chance at building a better, stronger community.

Most of all, we encourage everyone to work together in building a new tomorrow founded upon peace and justice. As men of Alpha Phi Omega, we are part of the generation that will inherit the consequences of the choices our leaders make today. We see that in order for us to secure our future, we all must commit ourselves to end wars, not lives.

#OblationRun2017
#EndWarsNotLives

#BangonMarawi
#StopTheKillings
#ResumePeaceTalksNow

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When all roads lead to ETA, we celebrate big time!
Save the dates!
Celebrating 65 years of Excellence!

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Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity - Eta Chapter

Congratulations!

Brother Engineer Jayvee Bondoc
Batch 2012-D

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For placing Top 8 in the recently concluded Electronics Engineer Licensure Examinations.

May we always be!

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Brod Mel added 6 new photos to the album: Brod Jorge Corpuz, PCSO chair — at Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

Cover story of the Philippine Graphic magazine (October 9, 2017) on the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chair, Brod Jose Jorge Elizalde Corpuz, APO...-Eta (UP Diliman) Luminoid Dreams 1977B #1 (batch leader or "Terror of the Tongs") APO-Philippines #11615. Thanks to his big brother, Brod Aristeo "Aris" E. Corpuz, APO-Eta Internecine 12 1974E #1 (batch leader or "Terror of the Tongs"), APO-PH #07567, for sharing the magazine pages on Viber. Thanks likewise to my cousin, Sis Maribelle C. Santos Pendon, and her husband, Brod Rey P. Pendon, both of APO-Epsilon Lambda at Divine Word College of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, for buying a copy of the magazine and taking pictures or scanning the entire article. Thank you, one and all, for all you do.

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Brod Mel added 9 new photos to the album: The first six plus two (2) — with Jimmy Neri and 5 others in Manila, Philippines.

UPDATE of Wed 10/11/2017: Brod Police Officer 1 Reynaldo D. Tampal (September 25, 2017), all of 27, APO-Delta Theta at Southern Mindanao Colleges, Pagadian City..., batch 2008, was killed using the same modus operandi of a rider and shooter in tandem on a motorcycle. Whether drug-related or not, the de rigueur extrajudicial killing during President Duterte's term was always unwelcome, but now has overstayed into its second year.

UPDATE: We just learned the death of Brod Cesar Estrera and his wife, Helen Dalisay Estrera, on August 9, 2016, might be part of the ongoing anti-drug campaign of the Philippine government. Cesar and Helen were gunned down inside their home in Barangay Suarez, Iligan City, by unknown assailants.

The six brods who died at Mamasapano on January 25, 2015, were the first dearly departed Alpha Phi Omega members The Dr. Librado I. Ureta Foundation remembered.

May-October 2016. These past six months since Rodrigo Duterte was elected president of the Philippines, The Dr. Ureta Foundation has remembered at least six brods whose death might be related to the ongoing anti-drug campaign. They were:

1. Brod Saipuden Ampuan Sangcopan, (October 1, 2016). Brod Puden, 37, APO-Alpha Kappa at Jamiatul Philippine Al-Islamia, Marawi City, batch 1997, was president of the Muslim community in Laguna and ran for public office in 2010 in Marawi. Together with his uncle, he was found dead inside a car from gunshot wound inflicted by unknown assailant(s).

2. Brod Romeo Maghopoy Fuderanan (September 6, 2016). Brod Kid or Ondoy, 49, APO-Alpha Mu at University of San Carlos, Cebu City, batch 1984, was found dead on the street of Bayugan City. He was shot by an unknown assailant. He left two sons, ages 5 and 3.

3. Brod Police Chief Inspector Mark Gil Semeniano Garcia (August 19, 2016). Brod Makoy, 37, APO-Delta Lambda at Divine Word University, Legazpi City, batch 1997A, chief of intelligence special operations unit, Rizal Provincial Police, led an anti-drug police operation in Antipolo City and was killed during the gun battle with suspected drug pushers.

4. Brod Rhodell Don Legaspi (August 2, 2016). Brod Don, 42, APO-Zeta Lambda at Mariano Marcos State University, Batac, Ilocos Norte, batch 1974, was a Grade V teacher at Manalpac Elementary School. He was driving his tricycle on his way home in Solsona, Ilocos Norte, when two helmeted/masked men on a motorcycle shot him.

5. Brod Efren Jose Capatoy Neri (October 1, 2016). Brod Efren, 59, APO-Gamma Chi at Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, Iligan City, batch 1978, was found dead on a street in Makati City from gunshot wound inflicted by unknown assailant(s). The APO-Philippines national office was once housed temporarily in Efren’s office at Comfoods Building in Makati.

6. Brod Jofred Borja Tinoco (September 27, 2016). Brod Jeoffrey, 41, APO-Zeta Iota at Ago Medical and Educational Center, Legazpi City, batch 1991, was gunned down by two masked assailants. Jeoffrey in 2013 ran for councilor in the municipality of Polangui and later in Barangay Ponso.

The first six in six months toward a six-year term. Six long years might mean short lives for a few more APO members and many more Filipinos.

Please consider: According to Wikipedia (Philippine Drug War), total killed since July 1, 2016, were 3,860: 16 police/soldiers; 1,550 in police operations, 2,294 extrajudicial or by vigilantes. The Philippine population as of 2016 is 103 million with 160,000 police personnel. Filipino drug users are estimated at 3.7 million or less than four percent of the population.

Our eight (8) brods – Don, Efren, Jeoffrey, Kid, Makoy, Puden, Cesar, and Reynaldo – are now statistics. Filipinos constitute the population. While each of us has a name, every Filipino is part of the statistics. This is the problem with the Philippine drug war or officially the campaign plan double barrel (gun): To mix metaphors, it’s a double-edged sword as well. The state policy targets drug lords with the first bullet and pushers and users with the second. The interpretation on the street level, however, is it cuts both ways: Both police and vigilantes kill with impunity and without due process. And since gun (not sword) is the weapon of choice, all Filipinos are just one bullet away from being salvaged and not toward salvation.

The unintended consequence of a policy based on the intention to rid society of the drug scourge is it metes out fear in equal measure. “You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide.” Ninety-nine million Filipinos are not drug lords, pushers, or users, but that line only makes you, the common tao, wish you could hide in fear, because police and extrajudicial killers (who know who they are) any time could put the target on your back, but most likely the bullet hits you in the head. Besides, the quotation is attributed to Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propagandist.

This, ultimately, is why the policy hurts deep, but just doesn’t cut it. Let’s agree wholesale and retail pushers are bad. Every citizen knows drugs are bad; still, some citizens, otherwise contributing members of society, do drugs. Instilling fear might deter users from using, but who gets to make the determination? Without due process and with impunity, killers any time may make an example out of you, the common tao: You lose your life, whether or not you push or use drugs, granted either of which is bad, because it’s good for the society to be rid of the scourge. And, guilty or innocent, YOU are the scourge.

The logic may seem hard to follow, but that is exactly what the policy is saying: Every Filipino’s right to live may be violated for whatever reason the state decrees – in this case drug sale and abuse. What Filipinos and their leaders may not realize is we are embracing violence. And violence in any form, even in the guise of the Philippine drug war, even by a campaign with double meanings, is bad – even worse than the scourge it targets to eliminate. “Isang bala ka la’ng” is NOT a good state policy.

Every Filipino, every person, is God’s child, and God so loves every one of His children, givers and takers, pushers and users and non-users, saints and sinners alike. While the state concerns itself with the temporal, it’s time to heed the words of Christ. Matthew 62:52: "Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.”

Please take great care of yourself, everyone, and thank you for all you do. True to Alpha Phi Omega, may we always be -- Brod Mel

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