TAU GAMMA PHI HISTORY
Moved from the discovery of a problem and seeking viable solutions,
and initiating purposeful action for personal, familial, vocational and community betterment prompted the action-group of
Rodrigo Sta. Maria Confesor, Roy Alolor Ordinario, Talek Hamias Pablo, Vedasto Sario 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 of that for a second time it was renamed ORDER OF THE GRAND TRISKELIONS. Finding a common bond of interests
and principles, the so called group finally had identified the trend of the then fashionable among the studentry .Greek lettered
organization which resulted to the renaming of the group to TAU GAMMA PHI Fraternity on that historical October 4, 1968 at
the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. Convinced of the success of a unified endeavor, the founding fathers
proved to be real pillars that was later manifested in the succeeding recognition of the fraternity.
Showing the public
a discipline and collective determination and good examples, the fraternity got the attention and respect of the University
of the Philippines body so that in the process an enlightened group of Bro. Jun Rodriguez took the leap-of- faith and forward
to the TAU GAMMA PHI Fraternity in 1968 at Cavite -the first site of formal initiation. Under the leadership of Rodrigo Sta.
Maria Confessor the first Grand Triskelion, much influence and action came to the history of the fraternity which reached
to the heights of gaining control of the College of Arts and Sciences (C.A.S.) student body. These years were trying times
of political 1971 at the U.P. so that the fraternity founded their own political party which is named KAKASA. 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.
Reaping the fruits of labor, discipline and confidence of the Diliman
community, the Triskelion principles reverberated outside of the U.P.-Diliman which signaled the advancement of the fraternity
found a new home is the Philippine Maritime Institute (P.M.I.) on August 3, 1969.
A few months later another group
of student at the FEATI University 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 Apri11970, and
later on was revive on December 2, 1973. Following these development, a succession of the chapter foundation came the National
University (N.U.) and readily found acceptance on October 23, 1970. Trying to find a Christian home the TAU GAMMA PHI was
founded in the University of Santo Tomas (U.S.T.) on March 1, 1971, and Adamson University (Ad. U.) on July 8, 1973, and in
that same year National College of Business Arts -Manila on October, 1973.
The year 1974 gave birth to the chapter
at the University of the East -Manila (U.E. -Mia.) on January 21, at the Philippinee School on Business Administration-Manila,
at the Manuel Luis Quezon University (M.L.Q.U.) on October 8 and at the San Sebastian College (S.S.C.) on November 19.
the 3rd Regional Convention in 1975 at Narvaez Farm, 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 succeeding chapter have been found, the Philippine College of Arts and Trade (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.C.R.) on August 7, 1976, the Lyceum
of the Philippines on August 15, 1976, the Gregorio Araneta University Foundation (G.A.U.F.) on October 15, 1976, the De Ocampo
Memorial School (now D.O.M.C.) on August 30, 1977, the Eulogio " Amang Rodriguez Institute 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.) on September 5, 1978, the Philippine Merchant
Marine School- Manila (P.M.M.S.-Mla.) on March 2, 1979, the Perpetual Help College of Rizal-Las Piņas on August 9, 1979, and
so forth and so on.
Preceding the declaration of Martial Law in 1972, it is noted that the spirit of advancing the
cause of the studentry and social awareness in a unifying activity among the members of the fraternity and also of the various
cause oriented groups. These times were brotherhood and nationalism is so intense made manifest the productive effort of the
Martial Law was declared on September 21,1972, so that the fraternity and together with other organizations
became the target of military harassment and espionage because the then government believe that these fraternities posed a
threat to the order and stability of the Marcos regime. A lot of fraternities were infiltrated in order to divide the studentry
politically and creates intrigues or even troubles to disorganized the unity and true essence of brotherhood.
from the effects of Martial Law which suspended all fraternal and organizational activity within the collegiate levels. Bro.
Ramoncito "Monching" Ocampo, M.D.G. of U.P.-Diliman took the trial initiative to explore and tap the younger generation of
the studentry-the High School. This gave birth to the Junior TAU GAMMA PHI which found its home at San Beda College -High
School in 1975 where Bro. Boyet Gorospe was one of the founders. With enough courage and probability of inculcating further
the vision of a Triskelion within the community and outside of the school campus, the Triskelion Youth Movement (T.Y.M.) was
also founded in 1977 at one of the community in Tejeron, Paco, Manila.
The lingering years of the Marcos government
made a break among fraternities when the times again called the active involvement of the fraternity on various social protests
and street parliamentarism, A new era dawned among the fratman for during these times it is seen that rumbles diminished and
socio-political endeavor made centerpoint in the schedule of activities.
Living from the lesson of the past thirty-six
years ago, today, the TAU GAMMA PHI now stands in the life of so many people in general and to the life of studentry in particular.
Thirty-five long years ago now, the Triskelion spirit has helped shaped the socio-political and cultural landscape of the
Philippine society in so manifestation. The famous campus rumbles, protest rallies, and collective social assistance to the
In the life the of the TAU GAMMA PHI, it is noted with pride that the time of crisis and had boldly decided
and remedied so that for now the Triskelion lives and is moving towards a goal from distance.