ALPHA KAPPA RHO FRATERNITY
On August 08, 1973, the celebration of the Feast Day of St. Dominic, patron saint of the University of Santo Tomas, sixteen young, all-male, energetic and ambitious freshmen and sophomore students of the university, sharing the same interests, dreams and ambitions, formed their own kind of fraternal organization – the ALPHA KAPPA RHO FRATERNITY.
This was during the tumultuous early years of martial rule in the Philippines. However the time was then, these young men, guided by the almighty, bonded themselves together as one.
The group was form out of necessity since at that time, as it is now, members of other fraternities in the AB-Commerce Building of UST, would recruit potential neophytes to join their ranks. But since this new grouping, whose members were mostly products of exclusive schools for boys in Metro Manila were themselves already in a band
in campus, and in order to ward- off the pesky recruiters who could not wait to lay their hands on them, they thought, why not form their own?
Lead by Bro “Boy Chua”, whose idea was it to form their own fraternity, and with Bro Noli Manalo (+),Bro Roger Sarmiento, Bro Teddy Aves, Bro Philip Balange, Bro Tanny Bernabe, Bro James Bracewell, Bro Monchet Cabrera, Bro Philip Diman, Bro Renato Go, Bro Teddy De Lara, Bro Arnel (Lim) Lorenzo, Bro Vismark Quequep, Bro
Edwin Solano, Bro Ronnie Leuterio and Bro Gil Villegas, they founded the ALPHA KAPPA RHO Fraternity or AKRHO. Thus, the seed of the organization was planted and soon after the birth of ALPHA KAPPA RHO came to be. It happened that the founders themselves were likewise starting to recruit young members to join their own rank. Tensions rose within University of Santo Tomas campus among fraternities with our presence. Inevitably, we had to show true grit during heightened emotions, even when others tried vainly to erase the name ALPHA KAPPA RHO in the face of the earth. Our growing young fraternity then stood their ground and faced adversities with much courage, vigor and
fortitude, in defense of, and for the protection of its existence.
In so short a time, the small group developed into a strong force – in character and spirit, as well as in great number. Its popularity grew by leaps and bounds! More collegiate chapters were formed in different universities and colleges in Metro Manila. Later, Junior and Community chapters were likewise established and became part of AKP family.
In 1976 the merging of OMEGA Fraternity and Sorority of San Sebastian College and ZETA UPSILON Fraternity of U.E. (University of the East) Recto with the ALPHA KAPPA RHO (AKRHO) Intercollegiate Service Fraternity and Sorority mark the beginning of the growth of ALPHA KAPPA RHO. The population of AKP commenced in greater numbers, expanding aggressively in massive members welcomed and much stronger than any other fraternities in the U-Belt (University Belt) area. The word AKRHO was established and among those being feared by rival fraternities. The growth of the AKP in 1975 was because of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth with the coherent full cooperation, strong powers and determinations of our brothers and sisters of F.E.U. (Far Eastern University), P.S.B.A. (Philippine School of Business Administration) and N.C.B.A. (National College of Business and Arts) and San Sebastian College chapters with the help of the High School Skeptrons headed by Bro JUN “LABO” Pasaporte then called the DELTA KAPPA RHO or Junior Skeptrons. These five mentioned universities were the key factors in the growth of the ALPHA KAPPA RHO (AKRHO) Intercollegiate Service Fraternity and Sorority. Bro Jun “Labo” Pasaporte devoted his time and life
for AKRHO. He died in July 17, 2003 at age 45 in Manila, Philippines. In addition to the adaption of the ALPHA KAPPA RHO Sorority, other fraternities and sororities with the same thoughts and feelings as that of the ALPHA KAPPA RHO at that time merged with it. From these mergers evolved one practice which becomes the hallmark of our
group. For one, the noble, the traditional hand mark and its handclasp was a covenant agreed by our foreleaders from both ALPHA KAPPA RHO and the Omega Fraternity and Sorority, Inc. Reresented by our OFSI Brothers from San Sebastian College, Bro Alex Ramirez, Bro Dennie Ravarra, Bro Alex Mangubat, to name a few, and together with the
Officers of the founding Members and the Officers of ALPHA KAPPA RHO, they signed pledge for and in behalf of each
other’s group. This merge which happened in September 1976 at Rancho, Marikina (then a municipality) was momentous for to this day we carry in our hands the mark of synthesis, the handclasp that set a strong bond and true unity under one name, the ALPHA KAPPA RHO. Proud to be an International Filipino Fraternity/Sorority
The AKP or SKEPTRON SOCIETY as it is likewise known has always been and always will be an organization steeped in the tradition of the past – free expression, fun loving, seek for the truth, unity, loyalty, respect, the pursuit of true Brotherhood and Sisterhood. The organization are made up of men
and women from diverse cultural, social, religious, political backgrounds and interests. It has spread through-out the archipelago and all over the world and has now become better known as the “Alpha Kappa Rho International Humanitarian Service Fraternity and Sorority”.
Bro Jun Pasaporte was recruited by Bro Jerry Saguire in U.E Caloocan, and he was the first high school who was recruited. He later on founded the JUNIOR AKRHO.
In August 8, 2008, exactly 35 years since the fraternity was established, the first National Convention was held at Amaranto Stadium, Quezon City which was attended by more than a thousand members from the Philippines and abroad.
The first NATIONAL SUPREME COUNCIL was likewise established.Elected AKP national officers were the following:
• Bro Richard Buscaino (RB)- National Grand Skeptron
• Bro Victor Rito (VGR)- National Vice Grand Skeptron (Luzon)
• Bro Gilbert Caballero (GC)- National Vice Grand Skeptron (Visayas)
• Bro Rolan Abu (Ben Abu)- National Vice Grand Skeptron (Mindanao)
• Bro Jose Vicente Icasiano Jr (Jun I)- National Keeper of the Scroll/Secretary General
• Bro Jojo Del Rosario- National PIO/Spokeperson
• Bro Kim Ledesma- National Treasurer
• Bro Michael (skel-g) – National Auditor
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