We came into being in 1969, when eleven of us felt the need to bring together minds that refused to be encased into the mold of rigidity and convention that the ordinary female student finds herself in. With this motivation, Sisses Anet Bernabe, Anet Velasco, Helen Mendoza, Celia Genio, Maggie Cruz, Mel Lazaro, Beng Toledo, Zenda Garcia, Teng Ynares, Nemy Pecson, and Lita Barros held the first meeting at 1693 Ma. Orosa St. to pave the way for a sisterhood that will blossom in and withstand the test of time. They named the sorority the PHI LAMBDA DELTA, which stands for “Fellowship of Lady Doctors.” A gold rose and Aesculapius against a dark blue background with the Greek sorority name across the center were chosen as the identifying insignia.
The first year saw the Sorority’s flame not only growing brighter but also blazing under an outstanding leadership of our earliest Superior Sister Exemplar, Sis Thelma Javier Yambao. Many from the different classes joined us, increasing in number and in strength as well. Hand in hand with our brother fraternity, Phi Kappa Mu, we fought hard for our recognition; until finally, the much-awaited recognition was granted on November 20, 1969. In no time at all, we gained recognition in the college and proved our worth by being active members of the school community holding cake sales, sponsoring seminars, winning the lantern parade with our Brods, etc. These activities certainly kept the PHI flame (burning) in our hearts.
That was just the beginning. And with each year, new sisters are welcomed to the fold and forge a common bond, but the real measure of one’s worth as a PHI comes in the daily grind of a medical student’s life, in the conduct she shows, and (in the) examples she sets. The real measure of one’s worth as a PHI is her own true character which she reflects on her life as a medical student and later on, as a PHI doctor. And so her scope is broadened, her talents uncovered, her energy channeled. And so in her love for life, in her enthusiasm for service, a new coat is added – that of PHI – for henceforth she is a PHI. Henceforth her actions (are) measured according to the PHI standards, whether they are done in the spirit of sisterhood, in the spirit of and tradition of PHI.
Now with more than 850 lady doctors and doctors-to-be, the PHI LAMBDA DELTA continues to uphold its values of excellence, leadership, service and sisterhood through its various activities. The sorority provides avenues for each of its members to explore her talents, serve the community, enhance interpersonal relationships and reach her highest potential
Carmelita Purungganan Barros-Lopez
Anita Buenaventura Bernabe-Chu
Ma. Magdalena Cayabyab Cruz-Palileo
Zenda Biano Garcia-Lat
Celia A. Genio-Harding
Amelia Lapus Lazaro Medina-Davies
Evangelina Borja Mendoza-Belizario
Nemesia Duma Pecson-Ejercito
Rebecca Navarro Toledo
Anita Tuason Velasco-Paves
Maria Cristina Martin Ynares-Tallent