Julienne Marie C. Tan, Φ2017, Class 2021
Last August 31, 2017, the Phi Lambda Delta together with Phi Kappa Mu welcomed Class 2022 through their annual freshman acquaintance party, Disorientation. This year’s theme was a laid-back boho beach party with the catchy tagline of “Endless fun, endless sun, endless summer!” Held at Patio de Manila, Malate, the party was a smashing success with exciting games, cool raffle prizes, good food, and free-flowing drinks.
Disorientation is under the office of the Sister Prior, Ana Beatrice Constantino, Ф2016. This year, the event was headed by sis Aurora Nakpil, Ф2017 and brod David Serrano, Ф2017A. Finance heads were sis Pamela Danielle Lanuza, Ф2017 and brod Safrollah Guinal, Ф2017A while Logistics was headed by sis Gabrielle Flores, Ф2017 and brod Jian Kenzo Leal, Ф2017A. The program hosts were sis Annemarie Pamela Torga, Ф2017 and brod Alfonso Rafael Abaya, Ф2017A.
The event was sponsored by the following companies: co-presentors Tanduay and Swish; partners Barista's Best Ice Cold Coffee, The Ripple, and Pascual Creamy Delight Yogurt; sponsors Trizon Medical Solutions, FWD, Social Media Project; and media partners Magic 89.9, wheninmanila.com, and clickthecity.com. Music hits were provided by DJ Marco Molina.
Doors opened at 7PM and the freshmen were treated to a viewing of the newest Phi Lambda Delta and Phi Kappa Mu audio-visual presentations. Brods, sisses, and members of class 2022 were then grouped into pink, blue, white, and yellow teams with the help of glow-stick bracelets.
The first game was 4 Pics 1 Word wherein the 4 pictures pertaining to 1 word would be flashed on screen and team representatives had to guess what the word was. To make things more interesting, before taking a guess, the representative would have to take 2 shots of Tanduay Rum. The next game was a Bring Me Shot Relay wherein groups had to bring someone that fit certain criteria to the stage. Someone with a tan line, a Henna tattoo, a beach bod, and someone's Phi crush all took a shot of Cobra that night. The third and last game of the night was called Rain drop drop top flip cup, which is basically Flip Cup wherein players had to assemble and disassemble a stack of cups at lightning speed.
The overall winner of the night was the Blue Team. But there were lots of food, drink, and fun for everyone.
The night wasn't over after those three games, as there were all-night games of beer pong and giant beer pong. The photobooth by 6 Smiles was also up and running, giving away on-the-spot printed photo magnets of the photobooth pictures. Raffle prize winners were announced at random: Allen Lichauco, Joram Vivo, and Patricia Lota of class 2022 walked away with Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy, a Timberland watch, and a Littman II stethoscope, respectively. And of course, drinks went all around! Thanks to the ever-present, very diligent shot patrol.
All in all, this year’s Disorientation: Endless Summer! was a blast. It was a great way to start the year, meet the freshmen, spend some detox-time with brods and sisses, and show class 2022 that the Phi Lambda Delta and the Phi Kappa Mu not only study hard, but party hard as well.
Pamela Danielle T. Lanuza, Φ2017, Class 2021
In exemplifying the value of excellence, the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority, together with the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity, held the OS 203 Upper Extremities Lab Review last August 30, 2017 for UPCM Class 2022. The LU 3 students were divided into smaller groups of 15 to 16 students who rotated through the 11 stations covering gross anatomy, histology, and radiology in the Dualan lab. The overwhelming amount of information on the bones, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves of the upper extremities were well-explained and made easier to understand by the brods and sisses by highlighting the must-knows, providing creative mnemonics, and giving examples of clinical correlates that emphasize the significance of learning and remembering the anatomy of the upper extremities.
Isabel Kristine M. Valdez, Φ2017, Class 2021
A Phi believes that one does not have to wait to have an M.D. attached to his name before serving the people. By holding several service projects all year round, Phi gives its members the opportunity to serve the underserved even before becoming doctors.
Bloodline is the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity and the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority’s annual bloodletting event. It is one of the many projects during the Phi Service Month. This project aims to augment the constantly scarce supply of blood in PGH as a result of a constantly high demand. This year, Bloodline was brought to the Philippine Women’s University on August 29, University of the Philippines Diliman on September 5, and the Philippine General Hospital on September 13. Around 100 bags of blood were donated to PGH patients through the PGH Blood Bank.
We would like to thank our partners without whom this event would not be possible: PGH Blood Bank, UP Association of Biology Majors, UP Alpha Sigma Fraternity, UP Economics Society, UP Flyers, UP Le Club Français, UP Portia Sorority, UP Pre-Medical Society, UP PUGAD Sayk, UP Volunteers for Children, Upsilon Sigma Phi, UP Biological Sciences Society, UP Biology Majors Association, Regionalization Students Organization, Organizational Communication Society, UP Manila Junior Marketing Association, UP Manila Campus Life, UP Manila Dramatista, UP Medicine Student Council, and UP Behavioral Science Society.
Every bag of blood donated means up to six lives saved. Though the donors, Blood Bank staff, brods, and sisses were tired after each Bloodline event, they were undoubtedly happy. Truly, nothing compares to the feeling of giving back to the people.
Aurora S. Nakpil, Φ2017, Class 2022
Phi Service Month 2017 was officially launched last August 14, 2017, with the unveiling of the Pagkalma Month exhibit at the Calderon Hall of the UP College of Medicine. Sister Caritas Gianne Rosales Pagulayan Φ2016 and Senior Guardian of the Temple Edroico Mari Beltran Brillante Φ2015 led the ribbon-cutting event, and food and drinks were distributed to all of the attendees. The exhibit featured the individual service projects of both the Sorority and the Fraternity, as well as those of the joint service arm of Phi, Pagkalinga sa Kalusugan ng Mamamayan. The theme for the year, protecting and advancing children’s health was introduced and celebrated at this event, and efforts were made to further integrate the service projects into the individual advocacies of the Fraternity and the Sorority.
This year's Phi Service month will be featuring three Bloodline blood drives in three different venues: PGH atrium (August 29), UP Diliman (September 5), and Philippine Women's University (September 20). Also, a brand new joint project is being launched on September 12 - "Kabanata Para sa Kabataan." This event has the fraternity's Project Hero protagonist Sinag, and John and Peter from "John's Big Adventure", the sorority's storybook on leprosy awareness, all together for a joint storytelling activity for the children and parents of the Cancer Institute.
In addition to that, we will be having a seminar on September 8 in UP Diliman for EmpoweRED, our advocacy project geared towards stopping the stigma against HIV/AIDS. The sorority will also be having a Milk Drive on August 12 in Canossa, Tondo and a Milk Drop-Off in MTQ Parish, Greenhills on September 17 for their flagship project Milk Matters - an advocacy project for the promotion of breastfeeding through educational seminars and the building of milk banks for mothers and babies in need.
Jean Rachel D. Ang, Φ2017, Class 2021
Milk matters, which is the flagship project of the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority, advocates for the improvement of maternal and child healthcare through public health lectures, research, and community-based barangay level milk banks. Milk matters has garnered the Service Project of the Year Award by the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges in 2015 and 2016 and was chosen as one of the 12th Ten Outstanding Youth Organizations (TAYO) in 2014.
In continuing its fight for the rights to health of mothers and children, the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority held its annual milk drive at the Canossa Health and Social Center in Tondo, Manila last August 12, 2017.
What better way to start the day than donating milk for the precious little ones? This is how it was for the moms in Tondo who took time in their morning routine just to share their breastmilk to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Philippine General Hospital (PGH). The program, which was hosted by Marione Rodriguez Φ2017 and Pamela Torga Φ2017, started with a Tama o Mali game where questions about breastfeeding were asked to the mothers. And to have a deeper grasp on breastfeeding, a public health lecture, that covered topics such as its benefits, correct way of breastfeeding, correct infant latch-on position, and different breastfeeding positions, was conducted. A few moms also demonstrated the different breastfeeding positions and another Tama o Mali game ended the short program. The main event of the day, which is the milk drive, started thereafter with the help of the nurses from PGH NICU.
At the end of the day, having imparted such knowledge and awareness to all the mothers in Tondo pushes us one step towards our advocacy which is to improve maternal and child healthcare. We are grateful to everyone who made and who are making all these possible.