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Tau Gamma Phi also known as the Triskelions' Grand Fraternity, is a fraternity founded at the University of the Philippines, Diliman on October 4, 1968. Besides being the largest and most dominant fraternity in the Philippines, the Tau Gamma Phi is also a protest fraternity, and as such it has committed itself uncompromisingly to the twofold task of providing the leadership in the quest for a Fraternity System devoid of fraternity violence as well as in the propagation of the Triskelion principles as a way of life. The Fraternity System in the University of the Philippines was not immune from these external developments. As extraordinary times, called for extraordinary breed of men. The year 1968 saw the wielding together of six concerned student leaders with a vision of introducing feasible changes and appropriate reforms in the feudal and decadent nature of the existing Fraternity System. Then the result was the creation on October 4 of the same year of the UP Triskelions' Grand Fraternity, better known as Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity.

Through the years, the Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity has never strayed from its goals, and although the cause of which it has chosen to champion has proven to be difficult and sometimes, seemingly hopeless, as it is sucked repeatedly into the void of fraternity violence that it has fought hard to end. The Fraternity has, nevertheless survived and even increased a thousand-fold in strength and in number. Knowing fully well that peace is a product of strength and not of weakness. Where other fraternities with the same noble intentions failed and succumbed into non-existence by adopting a passive stance against fraternity violence; the Tau Gamma Phi has chosen not to follow the same path. Lest it suffers the same fate.

Furthermore, as a manifestation of its sincerity towards the achievement of such goal, the Fraternity has taken an active role in organizing inter-fraternity alliances in the various schools and universities all over the country in the hope that such alliances will provide the conducive atmosphere where fraternities can slowly grow and mature together in fellowship and mutual trust by respecting each other's philosophies and ideals.  "De gustibus non desputandum est - of likes and dislikes there should be no disputing, live and let live", this is one of the guiding principles of the Triskelion.

Today, the Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity is already the biggest and most cohesive fraternity in the Philippines. It boasts membership numbering to about eighthundred thousand including community chapters known as the Triskelion Youth Moement or TYM. It maintains numerous college and university chapters around the country, and now with Triskelion Alumni Organizations (T.A.O.) in all regions of the United States of America and other continents of the world.

Tau Gamma Phi's vision and mission is to serve and excel in all fields of human endeavor. Thus, a way of life in accordance with the Tenets and the Triskelion Codes of Conduct while empowering the principle: "Man is Brother unto Man". All Triskelions share a common ground and that is to support every endeavor each member has chosen and help make every member's dream come true.

The Founding

The Tau Gamma Phi or the Triskelions' Grand Fraternity was established at the University of the Philippines, Diliman in Quezon City, Philippines on October 4, 1968, by student leaders from U.P. College of Arts and Sciences. They were all members of the U.P. Political Science Club. In the pre-martial law years, they were active street parliamentarians, knowing the impending social upheaval and political turmoil looming in the fatherland.

Moved from the discovery of a problem and by seeking viable solutions and initiating purposeful action for personal, familial, vocational and community betterment, prompted the action-group of Rod Confesor, Roy Ordinario, Talek Pablo, Tito Venida, Restituto Alfonso and Romeo Fortes to form "The Order of the U.P. Triskelions". Initially however, this small group did not much influence the times and decisions within the university so that it was renamed "The Order of the Grand Triskelions". Again, due to lack of interest by the studentry, led to another renaming of the group. Realizing the trend of ever growing popularity of the Greek-named organizations in the campus, finding common interests and being bonded by very similar principles, the founders voted to change the organization to a Greek-Lettered name. Finally adopting the Greek letters Tau (Τ), Gamma (Γ) and Phi (Φ), which stands for Triskelions' Grand Fraternity on that fateful Friday of October in the year Nineteen Hundred and Sixty Eight.

The Four Founding Fathers

By now only four of the original six founders were left to continue the saga of their vision for the Fraternity, more famously known to its members as the "The Four Founding Fathers" or just plain "FFF" for short. They are Rodrigo "Rod" Sta. Maria Confesor, Roy Alolor Ordinario, Talek Hamias Pablo, and Vedasto "Tito" Sario Venida. Convinced of the success of a unified endeavor, the Founding Fathers proved to be the real pillars that was later manifested in the succeeding recognition of the Fraternity at the University of the Philippines. Showing the public a discipline and collective determination and good examples, the Fraternity got the attention and respect of the University of the Philippines student body so that in the process an enlightened group headed by Triskelion Jun Rodriguez took the leap-of-faith forward by inaugurating the Fraternity in 1968 at Cavite - the first site of formal initiation, to be the first "Founding Batch" of the Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity. Under the leadership of Founding Father Rod Confessor as the first Grand Triskelion, much influence and action came to the history of the fraternity which reached to the heights by gaining control of the College of Arts and Sciences (C.A.S.) student body. The C.A.S. at that time was the dominant college within the University with regards to the logic of numbers, which therefore proved that the Tau Gamma Phi is a group to reckon with.

The Founding Fathers proved to be the paradigm of leadership as the Fraternity attained official recognition at the University of the Philippines. By showing discipline, collective determination and good examples, the Fraternity further grabbed the attention and respect of the University of the Philippines students. Much influence and action came to the history of the fraternity which reached to the heights by gaining control of the College of Arts and Sciences (C.A.S.) student body. The C.A.S. at that time was the dominant college within the University with regards to the logic of numbers, which therefore proved that the Tau Gamma Phi is a group to reckon with.

The Early Chapters and the 1970's - A Decade of Awakening

Reaping the fruits of labor, discipline and confidence of the University of the Philippines Chapter, the Triskelion principles reverberated outside of the U.P.-Diliman campus, which signaled the advancement of the fraternity. The inspired U.P. Chapter founded a new home for Triskelions at the Philippine Maritime Institute (P.M.I.) on August 3, 1969. Seven months later, another group of students at the Far Eastern Aeronautics and Technical Institute (F.E.A.T.I.) now known only as FEATI University also embraced the Tenets and principles of the Triskelion on March 5, 1970. Following the success at the P.M.I. and FEATI University, the Fraternity explored at the Mapua Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) on April 1970, and was later revived on December 2, 1973. While at the National University (Philippines) (N.U.) the Fraternity readily found acceptance on October 23, 1970 and the Philippine School of Business Administration (P.S.B.A.) - Manila, on August 21, 1971. Following these developments came a succession of chapter foundations.

In the next few years many other chapters would follow suit. Trying to find a Christian home the Tau Gamma Phi was founded in the two biggest Catholic universities in the nation, the University of Santo Tomas (U.S.T.) on March 1, 1971, and at the Adamson University (Ad.U.) on July 8, 1973, and in that same year National College of Business and Arts (N.C.B.A.) - Manila on October 1973. The year 1974 saw the series of foundations and gave birth to the chapters at the University of the East (U.E.) - Manila and also on January 21, at the Manuel L. Quezon University (M.L.Q.U.) came on October 8 and at the San Sebastian College (S.S.C.) on November 19. These schools,colleges and universities will ultimately complete the phenomenal growth of the Fraternity in the early 1970s, but it didn't stop there. The meteoric rise of the Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity in that decade have only just began.

After the 3rd Regional Convention in 1975 at Narvaez Farm in Laguna, another school embraced the Tenets and the Codes of Conduct of the Fraternity. The Far Eastern University (F.E.U.) was founded on July 27, 1975, the 13th and only chapter found in that year. Then the next year, 1976, six succeeding chapters have been founded one after the other. They are the Philippine College of Arts and Trades (P.C.A.T.), now the Technological University of the Philippines (T.U.P.) on February 22, 1976, the University of Manila (U.M.) on March 7, 1976, the Central Colleges of the Philippines (C.C.P.) on July 11, 1976, the Philippine College of Criminology (P.C.Cr.) on August 7, 1976, the Lyceum of the Philippines on August 15, 1976, the Gregorio Araneta University Foundation (G.A.U.F.), now the De La Salle Araneta University on October 15, 1976, making 1976 the most productive year for the Fraternity.

Then a few more chapters had been added in the later part of the 1970s. The De Ocampo Memorial College (D.O.M.C.) on August 30, 1977, the Eulogio "Amang" Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (E.A.R.I.S.T.) on March 19, 1978, the Philippine Air Transport and Training Services (P.A.T.T.S.), now called PATTS College of Aeronautics on September 5, 1978, and to close the decade with a bang, the Philippine Merchant Marine School (P.M.M.S.) - Manila on March 2, 1979, and the Perpetual Help College of Rizal (P.H.C.R.) - Las Piñas, now University of Perpetual Help System on August 9, 1979, were established.

The 1970s is the most challenging but also the most fruitful decade for the Tau Gamma Phi being a young Fraternity. This trend of chapter foundations goes on through the 1980s and 1990s, and until now, in the new millennium, new chapters in schools, colleges, universities and even communities in some far flung corners of the Philippines were being established. Making it the biggest and most dynamic fraternity in the country.

The Martial Law Era

The Raid

Preceding the declaration of Martial Law on September 21, 1972 it was noted that advancing the cause of the studentry and spreading social awareness were unifying activities among fraternities and other cause-oriented groups. This is when nationalism and brotherhood were so intense that the efforts of the Triskelions were gradually made manifest and distinguished. Through Proclamation No. 1081 by the late dictator President Ferdinand E. Marcos, the Fraternity being a staunch critic of the Marcos administration, together with other fraternities and organizations in UP, became the target of military harassments and illegal detentions. The oppressive Marcos regime, believing that these student organizations posed a threat to the status quo. Ostensibly due to "leftist" leanings, the Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity's office inside the UP campus was raided under an Arrest-Search and Seizure Order signed by then Secretary of Defense and one of the "Architects of Martial Law", Juan Ponce Enrile which resulted in the confiscation of several allegedly "subversive" materials and documents. Fortunately, no one was in the office at the time of the raid.

The Junior Triskelions - A milestone in frat history

Struggling from the effects of Martial Law which suspended all fraternal and organizational activity within the collegiate levels and the arrests of all militant students, the Fraternity decided to stay low to avoid being tagged as a subversive group working for the Communists out to destabilize the government, although a lot of its members went underground and took up arms to join the New People's Army, the armed paramilitary group of the Communist Party of the Philippines, in the mountains and jungles. These developments temporarily freezed the recruitment of new members, and without fresh bloods to replace the old ones, these resulted in the dwindling down of membership population, due to graduating members or just simply dropping out of school.

The Fraternity's Metro Manila Regional Council at that time, led by Secretary-General Atty. Ramoncito "Monching" Ocampo, explored the idea to tap the younger generations. They decided to recruit in the High School sector. This gave birth to the "Junior Tau Gamma Phi" or better known as the "Junior Triskelions", founded at San Beda College - High School in 1975, where Triskelion Boyet Gorospe was one of the founders. The rationale behind this is, to be able to solve the recruitment problems in the collegiate levels since these High School students will eventually graduate and attend college in the future. This initiative was both simple and effective but the recruitment problem was somehow solved. A milestone in fraternity history in the Philippines, the Tau Gamma Phi was the first fraternity to have high school students as equal members. When other fraternities learned about this successful fraternal venture they followed suit.

Triskelion Youth Movement

Another first in the history of fraternity in the Philippines. True to its objective of changing the elitist orientation of the fraternity system, the Tau Gamma Phi decided to open its doors to aspiring youth in the community through the Triskelion Youth Movement (T.Y.M.), so that they too, who temporarily stopped pursuing higher education to continue their chosen vocation, may also share in the glory of the Tau Gamma Phi. Another first in the history of fraternity in the Philippines. Again conceptualized and conceived by the Fraternity's Metro Manila Regional Council through the enigmatic leadership of then Secretary-General Atty. Ramoncito "Monching" Ocampo.

Like the Junior Triskelions, the Triskelion Youth Movement was born out of necessity. As Triskelions they also persevered to preserve the Fraternity's existence during its trying times. Numerous notable alumni of the Tau Gamma Phi actually started their Fraternal Journey as Triskelions in the T.Y.M.

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 12:13 PM

to the Web Master, Pls Delete the History of Tau Gamma Phi, because we never reveal any informations and other concerns to somebody, hoping u will understand

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 01:31 PM

 History Must be Deleted, on Oct 5 2008, 12:13 PM, said:

to the Web Master, Pls Delete the History of Tau Gamma Phi, because we never reveal any informations and other concerns to somebody, hoping u will understand

Happy Anniversary to the Tau Gamma Phi

Other websites that contains your history are:

http://en.wikipedia....i/Tau_Gamma_Phi

http://www.msutriskelion.org/

http://taugammaphi.i...c...0&Itemid=37

http://www.geocities...ster_a/phi.html

So there is no point in removing the history of TGP here, since it can b search through google anyway. I guess your fraternity brothers are proud of your history to share it to everyone. You can even be searched through youtube.
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Posted 05 October 2008 - 08:10 PM

 History Must be Deleted, on Oct 5 2008, 04:13 AM, said:

to the Web Master, Pls Delete the History of Tau Gamma Phi, because we never reveal any informations and other concerns to somebody, hoping u will understand

this info is easily accesible via wikipedia. just republishing here to give non triskellion more info about your org. thank you

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 11:13 AM

ok lang n ilagay nyo yan jan, kc ang true history ng frat ay alam lang ng mga "totoong" members ng TAU GAMMA PHI...


wag kayong mag-alala brod, mas alam nyo ang history natin kaysa sa mga naka-published sa internet.

@admin. with all due respect, we are not an "org". we are a "fraternity." tnx.

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 11:29 AM

 g__, on Oct 21 2008, 03:14 AM, said:

@admin. with all due respect, we are not an "org". we are a "fraternity." tnx.

i meant it as a general term ie greek lettered organizations.

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wag kayong mag-alala brod, mas alam nyo ang history natin kaysa sa mga naka-published sa internet.

why, whats wrong about your history as entered on wikipedia? it looks ok and decent to me.

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 11:51 AM

sabi nga ng prof ko sa UP, hindi mo masasabi kung totoo nga ang history n naka-publish sa kahit ano mang libro dahil ito ay nilikha base sa paniniwala ng manunulat (historian).  so bakit ka mniniwala sa mga info na nakukuha natin sa internet gayung hindi naman natin alam kung member nga b ng TGP ang gumawa nito. may bendisyon b ito ng mga founding fathers. wala nga tyaong proof kung totoo ito.. baka kung sino lang ang nagpublish nito sa wikipedia.

ang alam ko kc, ang histor namin, pinapasa lang sa mga true members nito, d mo napansin admin, masyadong perfect ung history namin sa internet? well, i dont believe that we are that perfect,,, meron p din mga unpublished history sa frat namin.. kaya hindi ako natatakot n i-publish d2 ung history namin na nakuha lang sa internet,,

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 11:54 AM

Salamat dito sir admin....

Observation ko lang naman. mostly UPDfraternities
nasa wikipedia agad. . . iba talaga paggaling UP, kasi
yung familiarity ng isang fraternity maganda at pinagbuhusan
talaga ng atensiyon!

grk: Tau Gamma Phi
engl: Triskelion Grand Fraternity

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 01:48 PM

 g__, on 21 October 2008 - 11:51 AM, said:

sabi nga ng prof ko sa UP, hindi mo masasabi kung totoo nga ang history n naka-publish sa kahit ano mang libro dahil ito ay nilikha base sa paniniwala ng manunulat (historian).  so bakit ka mniniwala sa mga info na nakukuha natin sa internet gayung hindi naman natin alam kung member nga b ng TGP ang gumawa nito. may bendisyon b ito ng mga founding fathers. wala nga tyaong proof kung totoo ito.. baka kung sino lang ang nagpublish nito sa wikipedia.

ang alam ko kc, ang histor namin, pinapasa lang sa mga true members nito, d mo napansin admin, masyadong perfect ung history namin sa internet? well, i dont believe that we are that perfect,,, meron p din mga unpublished history sa frat namin.. kaya hindi ako natatakot n i-publish d2 ung history namin na nakuha lang sa internet,,

kaibigan, anu pa ba itatago nyo eh alam naman ng lahat kung anung klaseng org kayu.

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 02:21 PM

Si anti-hazing 123 NABUHAAAY!!!! cheers!
matagal kang nawala kaibigan, mis you ahe he heeee
Hmm kailangan si godfather nandito din! Vbf mo siya diba? jok lang

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 08:21 AM

 anti-hazing123, on 19 February 2011 - 01:48 PM, said:

kaibigan, anu pa ba itatago nyo eh alam naman ng lahat kung anung klaseng org kayu.

Anong klase po ba ang org. namin kaibigan....?matanong lang kita...?....peace... ;)
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Posted 20 February 2011 - 03:32 PM

 animo, on 19 February 2011 - 02:21 PM, said:

Si anti-hazing 123 NABUHAAAY!!!! cheers!
matagal kang nawala kaibigan, mis you ahe he heeee
Hmm kailangan si godfather nandito din! Vbf mo siya diba? jok lang

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Kaibigan kumusta? hehehe. buhay pa ba si gayfather?

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 03:33 PM

 SupremeLion, on 20 February 2011 - 08:21 AM, said:

Anong klase po ba ang org. namin kaibigan....?matanong lang kita...?....peace... ;)

Mababait, palakaibigan, masayahin, madami.  :D

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 10:29 PM

Ui anti-hazing kamusta na? Long time ha.

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 11:26 PM

 anti-hazing123, on 20 February 2011 - 03:33 PM, said:

Mababait, palakaibigan, masayahin, madami.  :D

Buti naman alam mo friend.....:).....peace....
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Posted 21 February 2011 - 10:25 AM

Magandang araw sa mga kapatid kong Triskelion
sa topic na ito. . ... siyempre History ehh!

Kaibigan kumusta? hehehe. buhay pa ba si gayfather? - anti hazing123
He he heee ito buhay pa. dont know na si gayfather, dina nagpaparamdam dito
kaya ikaw hanap kana uli bago mo vbf ahe he heee. . ...

Mabait, palakaibigan at masayahin daw? ikaw ha curious ako sayo <_<
pero sige na nga frend sinabi mo eeh! peace!! ;)

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 01:19 PM

 animo, on 21 February 2011 - 10:25 AM, said:

Magandang araw sa mga kapatid kong Triskelion
sa topic na ito. . ... siyempre History ehh!

Kaibigan kumusta? hehehe. buhay pa ba si gayfather? - anti hazing123
He he heee ito buhay pa. dont know na si gayfather, dina nagpaparamdam dito
kaya ikaw hanap kana uli bago mo vbf ahe he heee. . ...

Mabait, palakaibigan at masayahin daw? ikaw ha curious ako sayo <_<
pero sige na nga frend sinabi mo eeh! peace!! ;)

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to naman si kaibigang animo, binigyan agad malisya sinabi ko. hehehe.

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 06:13 PM

OT
@anti-hazing123 jok lang frend he he hee.. tagal mo nawala
sabagay buti kapa nakuha mong mawala, ako di mawala wala he heee napasarap na!
Basta pasyal pasyal lang dito dre. salamat!
mga sirs admin sencya na OT na ata...

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 09:43 AM

PRIMUS INTERPARES!!
An example of unity/harmony and contrast with others. .
no matter what you say and hurl! we still respectable, reputable
relative to yours etc. etc.. etcs... Supreme in anyways> arrrribaaa!!!

The service we are being true Supreme!!!

Triskelion kakaiba ka!!
magaling, matalino, matatag,
may paninindigan at makaTao..
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Posted 20 December 2011 - 10:51 AM

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 11:03 AM

salamat po!  :)  :D

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 11:07 AM

mahirap Tanggapin ang Katotohanan, ayaan!
sana'y Maintindihan> Triskelion, kakaiba ka!!!
arrrribaaaa!! animo'

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:15 AM

Our very own hero was not mentioned here.... Brod. Hernando Guevarrra....... You will always be remembered....




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