The UP Beta Sigma Fraternity commemorates its 72nd founding anniversary on Saturday (July 14) with a Grand Fraternity Ball at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Ayala Center in Makati at 6 pm. Its theme for this year’s celebration is “Steadfast and True at 72.”
Former Supreme Court Justice Vicente Mendoza, the keynote speaker, will lead 15 other awardees for excellence, leadership, and service. They are Enrique G. Araneta, Feliciano Calora, Matias Defensor, Oscar Guimatico, Orlando Peña, Benild Pires, Calixto Protacio, Conrado Rigor Jr., Ed Soliman, Vicente Tupaz, Ulysses B. Ulama, Ryan Jerome Lu, Douglas Mondoñedo, Alfonso Rodriguez and Cosme Santiago.
Medical doctors from its various university and college chapters will also be honored during the event, with the medical field being one of the fraternity’s major pillars in its commitment of service to the nation.
Beta Sigma is considered the first post-war university fraternity in the Philippines, having been founded at the old University of the Philippines campus on Padre Faura St. in Manila on July 14, 1946. Its name represents their core ideals of scholastic excellence, taken from the Greek letters Beta and Sigma, which stands for “Brotherhood of Scholars.”
It is also one of the largest in the country in terms of the numbers of established university-based and alumni chapters.