Some 250 members of a major Filipino fraternity gathered in Taichung, Taiwan over the weekend to mark their organization’s 51st anniversary.
Rap music, hip hop dance, and traditional food were featured at the 51st anniversary of the Tau Gamma Phi (a.k.a. Triskelions’ Grand Fraternity) last Sunday, Oct. 6.
“We all come from different provinces in the Philippines, and it’s because of this fraternity that we are united and guided to become better people,” said Peter Ang, 64, who grew up in the Philippines and joined the fraternity in 1977 at the University of the East in Manila (http://focustaiwan.tw/news/afav/201910060011.aspx).
Tau Gamma Phi was founded Oct. 4, 1968 by students from the University of the Philippines’ Diliman campus in Quezon City, and has since spread internationally.
Philippine Philippine Overseas Labor Office Taichung head and labor attache Fidel Macauyag, who attended the event, commended the organization for its support of its members.
“If an individual member of the group has an issue or concern, then he or she can elevate it to the group where he or she can be represented. The organization can also work together to help solve the problem of the individual,” he said.
He added it is also as valuable for Filipinos to have people with whom they share a common bond when they come to Taiwan to work.
Marvin Rodil, national council chairman of the Triskelion International Taiwan National Council, said the fraternity is about unity and brotherhood as well as serving the communities where it is represented.
Fraternity member Paolo Escurdero said the group is currently planning a blood donation day to fulfill that mission.
The fraternity, along with sister sorority Tau Gamma Sigma, has 250 to 300 members in Taiwan in eight chapters in Taipei, Taoyuan, Zhongli, Hsinchu, Jhunan, Taichung, Tainan, and Kaohsiung, Rodil said.