Tau Gamma Phi (Triskelion Grand Fraternity)
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, most cohesive and 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 of membership numbering to about eighthundred thousand including community chapters known as the Triskelion Youth Movement or “T.Y.M.” 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 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 Rodolfo “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 UP 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 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.
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 on January 21, at the Manuel L. Quezon University (M.L.Q.U.) 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, and two more chapters were recognized at Southern Tagalog Region, the Lyceum of the Philippines University – Batangas (L.P.U.), formerly known as Lyceum of Batangas on September 21, 1979 and a few months later Western Philippines Colleges (W.P.C.) – now University of Batangas (U.B.) of the said year were established.
The 1970s is the most challenging but also the most fruitful decade for the Tau Gamma Phi, being a young Fraternity. It also saw the historic birh of the first High School Fraternity in the Philippines, the “Junior Triskelions” in 1975. This decade also witnessed the first ever community fraternity and sorority based chapter outside of a school campus in the world, the “Triskelion Youth Movement” in 1977. 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
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 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.
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 MDG (UP), took the trial initiative to explore 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.
The Triskelion Youth Movement (T.Y.M.)
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 milestone in fraternity history, not just in the Philippines but probably worldwide. Again conceptualized and conceived by the Fraternity’s Metro Manila Regional Council through the enigmatic leadership of then Secretary-General Atty. Ramoncito “Monching” Ocampo MDG (UP).. With enough courage and probability of inculcating further the vision of a Triskelion within the community and outside of the school campus, the first T.Y.M. chapter was founded in 1977 at one of the communities in Tejeron, Paco, Manila.
Like the Junior Triskelions, the Triskelion Youth Movement was also born out of necessity, they have the same motive when first conceptualized which is to regenerate the dwindling member population, but they have different reasons for coming into being. Unlike the Junior Triskelion, which has been founded solely for the continued Fraternity’s existence on campuses, the T.Y.M. is hatched to provide the Fraternity’s much needed muscle and strength for its own survival. 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 TYM. It just shows how the Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity and Tau Gamma Sigma Sorority is constantly evolving to the situation of the times in order to suit the needs and survival of the Triskelion existence for supremacy.
Former Senator and now the NEDA Chief, Triskelion Ralph Recto (DLSU), at a 2007 political rally in Cebu City.
* Ralph Recto (DLSU) – Former Senator of the Republic of the Philippines and recently appointed the Secretary of the National Economic and Development Authority by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
* Estanislao G. Alinea, Sr. (Honorary UP Diliman) – Former Assemblyman (KBL) of the Interim Batasang Pambansa under the Martial Law regime of President Marcos, representing Metro Manila – Region IV-A. His term lasted from April 7, 1978 until the fall of Marcos in 1986.
* Pryde Henry Teves (DLSU) – Congressman, 3rd District of the province of Negros Oriental.
* Albert S. Garcia (DLSU-Green Hills) – Congressman, 2nd District of the province of Bataan.
* Emmanuel Joel J. Villanueva (UST) – Congressman, Sectoral Representative Party List CIBAC  and younger son of evangelical and political leader Eduardo “Brother Eddie” Villanueva.
* Danilo Ramon S. Fernandez – Former movie and television actor turned politician. Congressman, 1st District of Laguna Province.
* Mark Llandro L. Mendoza (DLSU-Dasma) – Congressman, 4th District province of Batangas.
* William Irwin Tieng (DLSU)- Congressman, Sectoral Representative Party List BUHAY.
* Al Francis C. Bichara (TYM) – Congressman, 2nd District of the province of Albay.
* Eulogio R. Magsaysay (DLSU-Green Hills) – Congressman, Sectoral Representative Party List AVE.
* Rafael “Raffy” P. Nantes (NU) – Former Congressman of the 1st district of Quezon]] now the duly elected Governor of Quezon Province.
* Jaime C. Medina (TYM) – Mayor of Pateros, Metro Manila.
* Eduardo “Jon-Jon” J. Villanueva Jr. (UST High School/PUP) – Mayor of Bocaue, Bulacan and eldest son of evangelical and political leader Eduardo “Brother Eddie” Villanueva.
* Noel L. Villanueva (AdU) – Mayor, Concepcion, Tarlac.
* Jose “Bong” J. Teves (MLQU) – Mayor, Baras, Catanduanes and National Chair of Triskelion Alumni Organization (TAO).
* Noel E. Rosal – Mayor, Legazpi City, Albay.
* Juanito E. Renomeron (DWU) – Mayor of Burauen, Leyte.
* Emmanuel “Noel” R. Sacay (PCCR) – Vice Mayor, Malolos, Bulacan.
* Kim Mikael G. Amador (UP Baguio) – Vice Mayor of Manaoag, Pangasinan.
* Marcelino “Mar” M. Simbillo (CLSU) – Vice Mayor of Cabiao, Nueva Ecija.
* Mohammad M. Dimalna (MSU) – Vice Mayor, Binidayan, Lanao del Sur.
* Erwin Ocaña (DWU)- Vice Mayor, Tolosa, Leyte.
* Romeo “Romy” L. Bernardo (UP Diliman) – Former Department of Finance Undersecretary for International Finance, Privatization and Treasury Operations (1990-1996).
* Joseph “Jojo” V. Grey (UST) – Founding Chairman of the Triskelion Order of Law and former Mayor of San Jorge, Samar (2004-2007).
* Ruel “Wawing” Chavez (DLSU)-Former Vice Mayor of Batangas City, Batangas (2001-2004).
* Mike Alano (UST) – Actor/Commercial Model and brother of actor Joel Alano
* Mon Castro (UST) – Actor Ang TV and host of Game Plan.
* Danilo Ramon “Dan” S. Fernandez – Actor turned politician, married to Actress Shiela Ysrael and currently serving as congressman for Laguna.
* Cedric Javier (AMA) – Actor. Viva Hot men
* Micheal Laygo (UST) – Actor/Singer.
* Marcus Madrigal (TYM) – Actor.
* Jiro Manio (TB) – Award winning actor.
* Jan Manual – Actor/Comedian/Host, known for his sattire comedic roles in Startalk TV show.
* Luis Manzano (DLSU) – Actor, Model, TV Host. Son of Batangas governor and multi awarded actress Vilma Santos and actor Edu Manzano.
* Jao Mapa (UST) – Actor, Model, Artist.
* Bearwin Meily – Actor and Comedian, he was known for his mind blowing magic tricks.
* Vhong Navarro (TYM) – Actor, Comedian, Dancer, TV Host. Former member of Streetboys.
* Diether Ocampo (DLSU-Dasma) – Actor, Model, Vocalist, TV Host.
* Vandolph Quizon – Actor/Comedian, son of Philippine movie icons Dolphy and Alma Moreno.
* Boy2 Quizon – Actor/Comedian, another son of the King of Comedy of Philippine movies, Dolphy and stepbrother to Vandolph Quizon.
* Dandin Ranillo (SSC) – Actor, the son of veteran actors Mat Ranillo Jr. and Gloria Sevilla and sibling of actors Mat Ranillo III and Triskelion Suzette Ranillo (UPSS)
* Victor Reyes (UST) Actor. That’s Entertainment.
* Felix Roco and Dominic Roco (TYM) – Actors, twin sons of Philippine veteran actor Bembol Roco.
* John Wayne Sace (TYM) – Actor.
* Oyo Boy Sotto (ADMU)- Actor, TV Host. Son of Vic Sotto and Dina Bonnevie
* Nathan Azarcon (UST) – Bassist of Alternative Rock bands Bamboo and Rivermaya.
* Jobert Buencamino (CCP) – Bassist of Pop band Introvoys
* Mondo “Mon” Castro (UST) – Vocalist of Alternative Rock/New Wave band Pin-Up Girls
* Andrew “EURD” Dela Hostria (Ad.U) – Vocalist/Bassist of Dark Metal band Dahong Palay
* Robert Dela Cruz (Angelicum/Trinity) – Drummer of Nu Metal band Queso and Metalcore band Sky Church
* Joel Espinosa (EAC) – Vocals/Drummer of EnZyMe
* Chi Evora (UP Diliman) – Drummer of Rap Metal band Slapshock
* Francisco “Biboy” Garcia – DJ of Nu Metal band Queso
* Jamir Garcia – Vocalist of Rap Metal band Slapshock
* Wendell Garcia (TYM) – Drummer of Alternative Rock bands Barbie’s Cradle and Pupil
* Glen Jacinto (CSJL) – Vocalist of Grunge band The Teeth
* Junji Lerma (DLSU-Zobel) – Guitars of Jazz/Rock band Radioactive Sago Project
* Errol “Budoy” Marabiles – Vocalist of Reggae band Junior Kilat and one of the celebrity housemates on the first Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 1.
* Eugene Marfil (TYM) – Bassist of Jazz/Pop band True Faith
* Buhawi “Buwi” Meneses (TYM) – Bassist of Pop/Rock band Parokya ni Edgar
* Bong Pineda (TYM) – Guitarist of Punk Rock band Grin Department.
* Marben Romero (UST) – Businessman/Vocalist of Rap/Rock band Badburn
* Karl Roy (TYM) – Vocalist of Rock bands P.O.T. and Kapatid
* Darius Gerard “Dariuken” Semaña (UB) – Lead Guitarist of Pop/Rock band Parokya ni Edgar
* Januarie Sundiang (UST) – Percussions of Reggae band Brownman Revival
News, Print Media and Radio
* Dodi Lacuna (UP Diliman) – Public Affairs Chief of RPN9 and former News Anchor of NewsWatch.
* Robert Roque (UST) – Managing Editor Tempo
* Alan Opao (UST) – Circulation Manager Manila Bulletin
* Samuel “Sunny” Mallari (TUP) – Publisher Toro
* Emerson Quinto (SRS) – Managing Editor California Journal for Filipino Americans
* Alan Sevilla (DLSU-Dasma) – aka DJ “Alan Ranch” of 103.5 FM radio, he is also the voice on URCC Bakbakan Na.
* Mon Castro (UST) – aka DJ “Mondo” of 107.5 FM Radio.
* Dante L. Silverio (Honorary UP Diliman) – Businessman and former head coach of Toyota Super Corollas in the PBA.
* Paul “Bong” Alvarez (TYM/SSC) – Professional basketball player and actor, star player for the SSC Stags of San Sebastian College – Recoletos in the NCAA. He became pro and moved up to the Philippine Basketball Association in 1986, and played forward for Alaska, Shell, Ginebra San Miguel and Air21. He also played for the Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs of the United States Basketball League for the 2006 season.
* Ramoncito “Onchie” Dela Cruz (NU) – Professional basketball player, played as point guard for PBA teams Tanduay, Shell, and Presto.
* Jose Maria “Jay” Mendoza (Mapua) – Professional basketball player, played as forward for Shell in the PBA.
* Arthur “Alvin” A. Aguilar (DLSU) – Black Belter in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts Champion and Universal Reality Combat Championships Founder.
* Genaro “Gary” Bautista (DLSU-Green Hills) – Judo Black Belt, (Athlete) Member Philippine National Team 97 – 2000, Vice President Philippine Amateur Judo Association – NCR
* Silverio Antonio “Bennett” Palad III (UST) – Professional basketball player, star player for the UST Growling Tigers of the University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP and became an MVP in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) before joining the Ginebra San Miguel in the PBA in the 90s. At present he is the head coach of Brunei National Basketball Team. He is also the Vice President of the Filipino Community in that country.
* Vic “Rambo” Sanchez (Araullo) – Professional basketball player, played as forward for Tanduay in the PBA in the 80’s. Nicknamed “Rambo” by fans because of his devil may care-die hard style of playing.
* Romeo “Romy” dela Rosa (TYM) – Professional basketball player, played as forward for Shell Remula X in the PBA from 1989 to 1993.
* Fernando “Dino” Aldeguer (DLSU-Zobel) – Professional basketball player, played as point guard for Alaska Aces in the PBA in the early 2000’s and star player for the DLSU Green Archers of the De La Salle University in the UAAP in the 1990s.
* John Christopher “JC” Intal (Claret) – Professional basketball player, currently playing as forward for Air21 Express in the PBA. He previously played amateur basketball for the Harbour Centre Batang Pier of the Philippine Basketball League. Intal played college basketball at the Ateneo de Manila University, which won the 2002 UAAP Men’s Basketball Championship.
* Mark Joseph “Mackoi” Muldez (UPHR) – A Freestyle 9 level – Figure skater, and member of the SM Southmall Philippine Ice Skating Team that won the 2004 Ice Skating Institute World Recreational Team Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA. He competed in several national and international competitions since the age of 9. Performed at the Stars On Ice on QTV as the Opening Billboard.
Arts and Literature
* Manolito Mayo (UST) – 1973 Sculpture and Graphics Awardee, 1977 AAP Graphic Arts Competition, and the 1980 Critic’s Choice Awardee for Graphic Arts.
* Jao Mapa (UST) – More famously known as an actor, but he is also a very successful artist, did several acclaimed paintings, especially his “Mag-Ina” and “Lakbay” series.
* Eric Go (UST) – Gold Medal Awardee for Etching in 1981 at the China Selection of Philippine Art, Beijing, China.
* John Panelo (UST) – 2005 Web Design Awardee for the UST Triskelion Website, and also the Day Scene Winner for the Singapore Flyer Photography Contest.
* Noel Tan Evangelista,MDG (NDU) – Journalist,Teacher 2006 Awardee for Investigative Journalism..
* Atty. Jay C. de Castro,MDG (UST) – Lawyer, Literary Novelist and former Secretary-General of the Fraternity, writer of the critically acclaimed book; “At Tumestigo Ang Asintado: Governor Luis Chavit Singson”, which outlined the chronology of events that led to the downfall of President Joseph Ejercito Estrada.
* Tau Gamma Sigma ( ΤΓΣ ) — Also known as the Triskelions’ Grand Sorority, is the affiliated Sorority of the Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity.
* Triskelion Alumni Organization ( T.A.O. ) — The umbrella organization of all Triskelion alumni worldwide.
* Triskelion Order of Law ( T.O.L. ) — Triskelion Alumni members who are in the judiciary and paralegal profession.
* Triskelion Order of Medicine ( T.O.M. ) — Triskelion Alumni members who are in the medical profession.
* Triskelion Order of Business ( T.O.B. ) — Triskelion Alumni members who are in the corporate world, businessmen and or those who operate their own entrepreneural ventures.
* Triskelion Information Technology Organization ( T.I.T.O. ) — Triskelion Alumni members who are in the Computers and Information Technology profession.
* Triskelion Law Enforcers Group ( TriLEG ) — Triskelion Alumni members who are in the Police, Military and Armed Forces profession.
* Bagong Tao Movement ( B.T.M. ) — A duly accredited political party list organization of the Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity and Tau Gamma Sigma Sorority.
* Triskelion Seafarers League ( TriSEAL ) — Triskelion Alumni members who are working as seamen, navy personnel, and crew in ships that are plying oceans around the globe.
* Triskelion Rescue and Emergency Assistance Team ( T.R.E.A.T. ) — Triskelion Alumni who are members of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and various Fire Volunteer Brigades.
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Sureños, Sur 13, or Sureños X3 are groups of loosely affiliated gangs that pay tribute to the Mexican Mafia while in U.S. state and federal correctional facilities. Many Sureño gangs have rivalries with one another and the only time this rivalry is set aside is when they enter the prison system. Thus, fighting is common among different Sureño gangs even though they share the same common identity. Sureños have emerged as a national gang in the United States.
The Sinaloa Cartel (Spanish: Cártel de Sinaloa or CDS) is an international drug trafficking, money laundering, and organized crime syndicate. Established during the mid-1980s, the Sinaloa Cartel is based primarily in the city of Culiacán, Sinaloa, with operations in the Mexican states of Baja California, Durango, Sonora, and Chihuahua. The cartel is also known as the Guzmán-Loera Organization and the Pacific Cartel, the latter due to the coast of Mexico from which it originated. The cartel has also been called the Federation and the Blood Alliance. The ‘Federation’ was partially splintered when the Beltrán-Leyva brothers broke apart from the Sinaloa Cartel.
The United States Intelligence Community considers the Sinaloa Cartel “the most powerful drug trafficking organization in the world” and in 2011, the Los Angeles Times called it “Mexico’s most powerful organized crime group.” The Sinaloa Cartel is associated with the label “Golden Triangle”, which refers to the states of Sinaloa, Durango, and Chihuahua. The region is a major producer of Mexican opium and marijuana. According to the U.S. Attorney General, the Sinaloa Cartel is responsible for importing into the United States and distributing nearly 200 tons of cocaine and large amounts of heroin between 1990 and 2008. According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, within the U.S. the Sinaloa Cartel is primarily involved in the distribution of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and MDMA.
As of 2015, the Sinaloa Cartel is the most active drug cartel involved in smuggling illicit drugs into the United States and trafficking them throughout the United States.[2