Tau Gamma Phi
Tau Gamma Phi also known as the Triskelions’ Grand Fraternity, is a fraternity established in the Philippines. Its members call themselves Triskelions. Their aim is to see a Fraternity System devoid of violence and to earnestly propagate their fraternity’s principles as their way of life. Based on these goals, the Triskelions categorized their formal group as a ‘protest fraternity’ in lieu of the rampant violence pervading the university campus at the time of its founding. The Fraternity encourages its members to organise socio-civic activities for the benefit of communities. The Fraternity believes that it must forge its members to embody qualities of leadership, commitment, persistence, trust, integrity, respect and vision for them to achieve academic success, personal development and spiritual growth.
The Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity is now one of the largest fraternities in the Philippines with about 900,000 registered members. The Triskelion Alumni Organization (TAO) is the umbrella organization for all its alumni members. The TAO has established close-knit enclaves in the United States of America, Europe and other continents around the world
The fraternal organization, originally known as the “Order of the U.P. Triskelions”, was founded on October 4, 1968 by four Arts and Science students from the University of the Philippines in the Diliman campus, Quezon City, Philippines. The group swelled in ranks and gained recognition when the Greek-lettered name Tau Gamma Phi was adopted. A few years later, chapters from other college and university campuses in the Philippines were organized.
Martial law era
When Martial Law was declared on September 21, 1972 by the late Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos, the Fraternity and other organizations became the target of military harassment, believing that these fraternities and school organisations posed a threat to the order and stability of the Marcos regime. Ostensibly due to its leftist leanings the Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity’s office was raided under an Arrest-Search and Seizure Order signed by then Secretary of Defense Juan Ponce Enrile.
Struggling from the effects of Martial Law which suspended all fraternal and organizational activities in the collegiate levels, the Triskelions looked for a pragmatic solution to the problem of continuous decline in recruitment. In the 1975 general assembly facilitated by the Metro Manila Regional Council under Bro. Ramoncito “Monching” Ocampo as Secretary General, it was voted to tap the younger generations in the High School sector. This gave birth to the Junior Tau Gamma Phi founded at San Beda College – High School department, where Bro. Boyet Gorospe was one of the founders.
On August 11, 1975, The Triskelions had their first fight against another fraternity, at Lagusnilad, wherein the the Triskelions won but lost a comrade who happen to be Hernando Guevarra, sacrificed himself for the safety of his brothers. Up to now, the Triskelions are carrying on the legacy of the great Hernando Guevarra.