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As we pass by...

In the beginning, a number of students from the South, like water seeking its own level gravitated together at work and at play, simply just to while away the time over bottles of beer as a respite from the hectic rigors of the academe. Knowing UPLB, where we "come from all the regions of this eastern island fair", the natural tendency for togetherness became more than casual; it was frequent enough to elicit identification of common interests and culture among the participants to an extent that the group was formally organized as the Lumabay-Labay Club in 1957. We would like to think that our birth was natural and inevitable; we were born out of the simple need of men to be together and to share...the "joys and sorrows" of student life. The founders of our club always felt the necessity of assisting the students from the South who, for some reason, found UPLB unreasonably quite unlike home. In other words, the Lumabay-Labay Club '57 metamorphosed into a "home away from home" where immediate problems were solved and anxieties alleviated. With this as the basis, the fellowship within grew stronger through the years that the spirit pervaded even after graduation. Perhaps, this is the Visayan version of the legendary Los Banos spirit. College life then is not just a passing stage of one's life; it leaves an indelible imprint; it becomes an integral part of one's being. Pleasantly ironic, it does not just pass by. Incidentally, Lumabay-Labay is a Hiligaynon word which literally means..."to pass by". But we would like to think that it is more poetic than that. Something more like a memory caressing the chords of your consciousness and because it is only of things unremembered, it passes by only to meet you somewhere else, in some other dimension.

THE LABAY SPIRIT - AS WAS, AS IS, AS WILL BE‚€¶


On February 14, 2007, Lumabay-labay Club ‚€™57 will be celebrating its 50th year as a recognized student organization at the University of the Philippines at Los Ba√Īos. How our club achieved this milestone is an enduring testament to its significance in the campus life of Ilonggo-speaking students as originally envisioned and inspired by a small group of male students half a century ago. The birth of Labay, as our club is fondly called, came about as a concrete manifestation of the common yearning among our founders for a home away from home where genuine friendship and selfless camaraderie would serve as the fundamental pillars of family oneness.

Based on the accounts of our surviving founders, the original membership was a merry mix of students from different organizations and fraternities who were brought together by the collective call for companionship among people bearing the same innate pride of their culture and bonded by occasional drinking sessions. The drinking sessions became more regular and the bond grew stronger that formally organizing themselves became inevitable. The bonding factor would be immortalized in the club seal which prominently portrays an arm raising a beer mug and the drinking session would form one of the basic traditions that bridge the gap among generations of Labay.

Throughout the years, we found in Labay an expression of the uniqueness and the richness of the Visayan cultural heritage ‚€“ a perfect environment for growth and maturity of the bold carefree spirit in perpetual search of adventure, undeterred by great risks, felt challenged by seemingly insurmountable odds, and thrilled by every victory. Over bottles of beer, everyone shared alike the pain of every frustration and failure, and the joy of every achievement and success. It‚€™s just a matter of time, henceforth, that we developed the indomitable Labay spirit and assumed upon ourselves the task of symbolizing in UPLB the Visayan culture and its people.

How we survived the test of time

Our identity and traditions were established and strengthened during the early years of the club‚€™s existence. It is amazing indeed to note that what were established during those times outlasted the enthusiasm and idealism of our founders, were successfully passed unto the succeeding generation and continued to be relevant to this day.

Our endurance can be primarily credited to our ability to adjust to the contemporary moods and culture in the university. We took the necessary steps to not allow ourselves to be pushed into insignificance or marginalized by the UPLB community. We were active participants in campus activities.

During the height of student activism in the 70‚€™s, the Primos, as we officially called each other, were at the forefront of numerous student barricades in the UPLB environs. We lost precious some when they carried their principles to the countryside during the Martial Law years.

When the women population kept on increasing in the university in the following decade, the Primas were organized and assimilated into the club. It was also during these years that Labay actively promoted socio-cultural presentations such as the UP Jazz Ensemble, Gilopez Kabayao and the top-grossing play Bongbong at Kris. The club also held the Annual New Freshman Inter-Block Quiz Contest for many years. For the past several years to date, the club holds the Annual Soccer Fiesta.

Lumabay-labay Club ‚€˜57 also showed that it could take academic challenges, as well. At one time or another, we either emerged champions, runners-up, or serious contenders in various campus-wide quiz contests in Math, Chemistry, Physics and other specialized subject areas. Those activities provided us with euphoric experiences considering that the club would slug it out with various academic organizations in contests it was not considered to figure prominently.

Loyalties and alliances

Throughout Labay‚€™s existence, we witnessed the shifting of loyalties and alliances among various fraternities in the campus. Having established ourselves as a formidable group, our friendship and neutrality were sought by not a few. Consequently, we became an object of intrigues by others who may have been envious of our reputation or been slighted by our ways. The allies who stood by our side through all these years are Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity and Upsilon Sigma Phi.

Labay extended its leadership among UPLB fraternities when it assumed a critical role in the formation of the Inter-Fraternity Council in the 80‚€™s. With the support of most fraternities, both allies and otherwise, a Primo won the chairmanship of the University Student Council a few years later. We also actively supported and participated in various athletic meets among our allied groups.

Unique traditions

Our founders accomplished an excellent job in establishing the foundations of the true Labay character. Diligently practiced in unique club traditions, this character was further refined, strengthened and tempered over the years. Most notables of these traditions are the First Friday, the Labay Word and Labay Time, and the Gripe session.

Every first Friday of each month, we take time off all preoccupations to drink as much as the body can allow in the company of our beloved Primos and Primas. It is during these sessions that interpersonal bonds are renewed and reinforced. No single cause for celebration remains unrecognized beyond thirty days in much the same way as no grudge or conflict remains unresolved beyond one month. In the midst of the merriment and the realms of intoxication, you just need to remember one rule, ‚€œNever refuse a toast.‚€Ě

Each Primo and Prima just knows too well the value of commitment and time. As defined by the club, Labay Word, means ‚€œhonesty and unconditional commitment‚€Ě and Labay Time, is ‚€œon the dot, not a second off‚€Ě. Considering how rigidly the club is enforcing its rules and regulations, these traditions become a personal habit for each Primo and Prima that serves them well beyond the campus life.

Towards the end of every regular club meeting, each Primo or Prima is always provided with the opportunity to raise any misgiving, misunderstanding or related concerns directed against a fellow Primo or Prima. This is called the Gripe Session. Concerned parties are given all chances to air their respective sides of the issue. With the whole club sitting as the counselor or jury, all matters are resolved within the context of the Labay character and principles. If you pass up this weekly opportunity to clear up any problem, there is the First Friday to trap you.

We would like to think that this Golden Anniversary celebration is much more than a commemoration of our 50 years of existence and taking pride on our achievements. More fittingly, this is a celebration of 50 years of the Visayan way of life, of the legendary Labay spirit, at the University of the Philippines at Los Ba√Īos.


Gobernadores

1957-1958 Ernesto Diaz
1958-1959 Rogelio Debulgado
1959-1960 Eduardo Martin
1960-1961 Hannibal Dignadice
1961-1962 Tomas Solinap
1962-1963 Roberto Abello
1963-1964 -unknown-
1964-1965 Sergio Ciocon
1965-1966 Ronnie Vinco
1966-1967 Joel Espina/Ernesto Jalandoni
1967-1968 Isagani Rivera
1968-1969 Henry Tad-y
1969-1970 Manuel Rodriguez
1970-1971 Silvino Gallardo
1971-1972 Joel Espina
1972-1973 Nemesio de la Cruz
1973-1974 Melchor Sola
1974-1975 Nemesio de la Cruz
1975-1976 Mario Magno
1976-1977 Alfredo Navarette
1977-1978 Reynaldo Dulay
1978-1979 Dennis Sindico
1979-1980 Ike Agawin
1980-1981 Abner Jardinico
1981-1982 Enrique Miguel Lacson Jr.
1982-1983 Rogelio Anaud
1983-1984 Jesus Pring Jr./Francisco Manalo
1984-1985 Francisco Manalo
1985-1986 Karl Gibe
1986-1987 Querubin Iguban Jr.
1987-1988 Eduardo Dullan Jr.
1988-1989 Eugene Arnold Sison
1989-1990 Francis Leo Diaz
1990-1991 Adnan Bajunaid
1991-1992 Elmer Gonzales/Charles Philip Jison/Christopher Meniado
1992-1993 Glynn John Gancita
1993-1994 Mark Cesar Agaloos
1994-1995 Jaime Inocencio III
1995-1996 Leo Felicito Borja/Ramon Feria
1996-1997 Allan Si
1997-1998 Enrique Samson Jr./Jerrold Mauro
1998-1999 Herbert Alex Manzanilla/Ramon Feria
1999-2000 Edmund Leo Rico
2000-2001 Kirk Eribert Salazar
2001-2002 Lance Gerard Ledesma
2002-2003 Victor Sunio Jr.
2003-2004 Victor Sunio Jr.
2004-2005 Adrian Bacolod
2005-2006 Edmyr Desabelle
2006-2007

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2006 - 2007 Jennifer Espartero
2005 - 2006 Karen Suaverde
2004 - 2005 Ma.Frea Belle Malacas
2003 - 2004 Unknown
2002 - 2003 Marichelle Montilla
2001 - 2002 Emanuelle Reyna Quisumbing/Marichelle Montilla
2000 - 2001 Marilo Lopez
1999 - 2000 Rosa Vanessa Tabora
1998 - 1999 Tanya Magallona
1997 - 1998 Rosalyn Casala, Jennifer Acman-Agaloos
1996 - 1997 Shailini Gestosani
1995 - 1996 Aireen Pahila
1994 - 1995 Michelle Ann Doronila-Yalung
1993 - 1994 Dindi Tisha Samsuya
1992 - 1993 Marlou Almario-Pedregosa
1991 - 1992 Marie Annette Galvez
1990 - 1991 Rizah Marie Peralta
1989 - 1990 Tonette Carrasco
1988 - 1989 Ma.Ellen Lumayor
1987 - 1988 Cosette Lazaro-Delfin
1986 - 1987 Lyn Fernandez-Santiago
1985 - 1986 Lyn Fernandez-Santiago
1984 - 1985 ------------ ------
1983 - 1984 Cristina Austria
1982 - 1983 Helen Delfin-Anaud
1981 - 1982 Geraldine Corsino

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 12:38 PM

Visit their website here:
http://www.labay57.org

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 02:46 AM

View Postadmin, on Oct 11 2008, 12:38 PM, said:

Visit their website here:
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diba hindi talaga considered as fraternity ito.. hindi rin siya member ng UPLB Inter-Fraternity Council.. nagkataon lang na napapaaway siya sa mga fraternities sa UPLB, kaya siya nagmumukhang frat.
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Posted 14 October 2008 - 02:47 AM

View PostKapatid_01, on Oct 13 2008, 07:46 PM, said:

diba hindi talaga considered as fraternity ito.. hindi rin siya member ng UPLB Inter-Fraternity Council.. nagkataon lang na napapaaway siya sa mga fraternities sa UPLB, kaya siya nagmumukhang frat.

hindi ba sia parang UPLB version ng Silak/Silab sa UP Diliman na sya naman ay frat?

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 03:54 PM

View Postadmin, on Oct 14 2008, 02:47 AM, said:

hindi ba sia parang UPLB version ng Silak/Silab sa UP Diliman na sya naman ay frat?

sa UPLB office of student affairs, ang lumabay-labay club ay voluntarily nagpapaclassify under sa category ng varsitarian (regional) organizations (whose organizational structures are similar to academic clubs and not frats).
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Posted 21 October 2008 - 11:38 AM

yap,, ang mga labay ay varsitarian organization.. at napapa-away nga sya sa mga frat kaya akala ng madami frat sya..

malakas lang ata sila nung mga 60's & 70's kasi sabi ng nanay ko, nakakatakot daw ung mga labay.

pero nung time n inabutan ko sila, hindi sila visible sa campus, hindi ko din nabalitaan n napa-rumble sila nung mga time n un..

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 04:52 PM

ano ba ang ibig sabihin ng varsitarian? niresearch ko sa dictionary no entry e.
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Posted 14 November 2008 - 01:13 PM

What is that logo admin? can you explain what that logo is? To me it looks like a ...
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Posted 14 November 2008 - 02:01 PM

it looks like a scythe

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 03:57 PM

View Postadmin, on Nov 14 2008, 02:01 PM, said:

it looks like a scythe

it's just an arm raising a mug of beer. a symbol of brotherhood & sisterhood of the lumabay-labay, commonly demonstrated through fellowships (inuman).
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Posted 21 April 2009 - 04:47 AM

we played in the Labay Cup (football tourney) last Dec. in LB. So sila pala yung Lumabay-Labay. Cool.

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 01:48 AM

View Postsholess, on Apr 21 2009, 04:47 AM, said:

we played in the Labay Cup (football tourney) last Dec. in LB. So sila pala yung Lumabay-Labay. Cool.
yeah napanood ko pa toh sa Baker Field. Labay Cup nga. One of my friends played in this cup. Labay stuck on my mind i dunno why, that's why i remember it though it was a year ago :P

and last november din or october yata Labay Cup was held again. I think it is yearly done.
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Posted 31 December 2009 - 02:42 PM

bakit kaya sa lalake ang head ay tinatawag na "gobernador(es)" habang sa babae ay "mayora" lang? discrimination of power yan ha. hehe

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 11:59 AM

Yang First Friday na tradition nila, dyan usually naguumpisa gulo nila with other frats. Kasi, minsan nakakalimutan ng ibang members nila na ang alak, dapat sa tiyan lang at hindi na pinapaakyat sa utak.  Ayun, minsan may napapagtripan na lalake, fratman pala. ergo, kaboom. hehe

Ang alliances naman nila with APO and lonsi, early 90s yan nagumpisa. Ang alam ko kasi ang ka-close talaga nila is APO; hindi ko alam bakit napasama ang lonsi. Anyways, they inaugurated it with what they called the Tri-Meet. Sportsfest ito. Pero nagkagrowing pains ito and if I remember correctly nagkainitan pa nga Labay at Lonsi (happened in one of the drinking sessions - nagkapikunan yata, hehe).  Going strong pa pala sila. hehe.

Mga prima nila, cute. Lambing pa magsalita. Mga primo ... eh malambing din magsalita :lol:
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Posted 24 May 2010 - 11:50 AM

View PostGen. Artemio Ricarte, on May 23 2010, 11:59 AM, said:

Mga prima nila, cute. Lambing pa magsalita. Mga primo ... eh malambing din magsalita :P

Simpleng banat ka rin, kapatid ah. LOLz

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 11:15 PM

astig ang labay..dmi nilang friends na frat sa UPLB ngyn eh..nice..cool din sila! :lol:

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 05:51 PM

padaan lang mga kaPFers...Last January, I happen to meet an APhiO brother na kaibigan ng erpat ko. He was a member of batch 65 in Theta chapter, a former regional bank manager, and a former Theta Alumni Association President. Nakakatuwa lang kasi, nung nag-uusap sila ng erpat ko, formal masyado usapan nila. Then, nakita nung brod yung seal ko, so nagpakilala sya, syempre abot ako agad ng kaliwa, at dun na nag-umpisa ang usapang APO, out-of-place na si erpat, haha.

Dami ko din nalaman na mga kwento sa kanya back in their residence years sa Theta. According to him, 60's pa lang, dikit na ang UPLB APO sa mga Labay, di nya daw maalala kung san nagsimula pero ok daw kasama mga Labay kahit sang aspeto. Nagkaron pa daw ng alliance yung 5 frats under a UP student party list called Kaunlaran Party List (namely APO, Labay, Upsilon, Alpha Sigma tsaka nakalimutan ko yung isa).

Then, one time by 80's yata, na-assign sya sa south area with a Theta brod din, and luckily, malapit yun sa mga Labay na kasabayan nila, and fortunately pa rin, may listahan daw ng mga address yung kasama nyang brod nung mga Labay. So, pinuntahan nila yung mga Labay, and they were surprised na mayayaman pala yung mga Labay na kilala nila. And just like the old days, nasabik lahat ng APO at Labay sa isa't isa kaya ngakaroon daw ng reunion ang APO at mga Labay ng 60's, 3 days daw na inuman to the max.
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Posted 03 March 2013 - 10:38 PM

View PostthorXXV, on 03 March 2013 - 05:51 PM, said:

padaan lang mga kaPFers...Last January, I happen to meet an APhiO brother na kaibigan ng erpat ko. He was a member of batch 65 in Theta chapter, a former regional bank manager, and a former Theta Alumni Association President. Nakakatuwa lang kasi, nung nag-uusap sila ng erpat ko, formal masyado usapan nila. Then, nakita nung brod yung seal ko, so nagpakilala sya, syempre abot ako agad ng kaliwa, at dun na nag-umpisa ang usapang APO, out-of-place na si erpat, haha.

Dami ko din nalaman na mga kwento sa kanya back in their residence years sa Theta. According to him, 60's pa lang, dikit na ang UPLB APO sa mga Labay, di nya daw maalala kung san nagsimula pero ok daw kasama mga Labay kahit sang aspeto. Nagkaron pa daw ng alliance yung 5 frats under a UP student party list called Kaunlaran Party List (namely APO, Labay, Upsilon, Alpha Sigma tsaka nakalimutan ko yung isa).

Then, one time by 80's yata, na-assign sya sa south area with a Theta brod din, and luckily, malapit yun sa mga Labay na kasabayan nila, and fortunately pa rin, may listahan daw ng mga address yung kasama nyang brod nung mga Labay. So, pinuntahan nila yung mga Labay, and they were surprised na mayayaman pala yung mga Labay na kilala nila. And just like the old days, nasabik lahat ng APO at Labay sa isa't isa kaya ngakaroon daw ng reunion ang APO at mga Labay ng 60's, 3 days daw na inuman to the max.

Wow. Ayos naman pala yung mga Labay.

Mas maganda at mas brutal talaga ang mga nakaraang panahon.

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 11:21 PM

I heard from a friend who is a friend of a Labay, na ang mga unang kasapi daw ng Labay eh mga anak ng haciendero sa Negros. Then eventually, ginawa nilang mga kasapi eh mga galing Western Visayas. Tapos naging Vis-Min na ginawa nilang pwede maging kasapi. Noong panahon ko eh ang pwede maging kasapi eh kahit saan galing basta marunong magsalita ng Hiligaynon (o Illonggo).
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Posted 29 July 2014 - 12:45 PM

I wonder if you are a member of Labay if you are free to join a greek fraternity.




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