Katelyn Edelwina Y. Legaspi, Ф2018, Class 2022
On February 5, 2018, the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority launched its exhibit to mark the beginning of this year’s Caritas month. The sorority holds service to be one of its core values, and the various events and projects during Caritas month are meant to be an application of Phi Lambda Delta’s understanding of service. The sorority believes that service projects should be sustainable, and be conducted in such a way that the community can learn to empower themselves through education, rather than being given empowerment from an external source.
The first project of the month is Lifeline, a blood drive that encourages people to donate blood for the PGH blood bank. There are two collections, one in PGH, and one in UP Diliman. Next is the breast milk drive held in partnership with the Canossa Health Center in Cavite on February 16 entitled “Milk Matters”. A short public health lecture on the benefits of exclusive breast milk feeding for the first 6 months of life is followed by breast milk donation by willing mothers for the babies in the Neonate Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). This is followed by EmpoweRED, an HIV-AIDS awareness campaign, where future medical professionals and health workers are invited to listen to a series of talks by doctors, people living with HIV-AIDS, and speakers from the organization Love Yourself Philippines.
Then there is the Children’s Fair, a day of fun, games, and sweet treats for children with special needs. Various booths featuring different forms of entertainment like face painting, carnival games, and tasty sweets were put up in the Children’s Playground in Rizal Park Luneta for them to enjoy. The Phi Lambda Delta sorority put up a story telling booth with members acting out an abbreviated version of “John’s Brave Adventure: Leprosy You Can’t Defeat Me!” in order to spread awareness and minimize stigma against those living with the condition. Caritas Month comes to a close with the Gynecological mission, which aims to provide knowledge and access to simple gynecological tests for women in areas where these services are difficult to access.
The exhibit is meant to be a preview of these events, as well as a show of the members’ creative skill. The exhibit’s attractive theme of a mother and child surrounded by flowers invited many to come look at the exhibit and read about the sorority’s many upcoming wonderful projects, and to perhaps join in us in our quest for service.
Danicca Noelle V. Pineda, Ф2018, Class 2022
PHIsiklaban is not only the first event of the year, but also the very first PHI event of the newest batch of brods and sisses - Untouchables, Ф 2017B and DiversiPHI, Ф 2018. PHIsiklaban was held at the Ayala Alabang Village last January 20, 2018, from 2-6pm. While this was an event under the office of the Vice Superior Exemplar of the Phi Lambda Delta, Liana Mae Jajurie Lobo, Ф 2015 Class 2019, both the sorority and the Phi Kappa Mu participated and enjoyed the festivities. In attendance were sisses and brods from Ф 2013 (Eigthieths), Ф 2014 (Noche Buena), Ф 2015 (SapPHIre, Stormtroopers), Ф 2016 (PH16th club), Ф2017 (PHIreflies), Ф2017A (Juggernauts), Ф2017B (Untouchables) and Ф2018 (DiversiPHI).
The event began with the two hosts, sis Gabrielle Pagdilao Flores, Ф 2017 Class 2021 and brod Gabriel Paulo Candongo Orosco, Ф 2017A, asking us to group ourselves into the colors we were randomly assigned with. There were 4 teams all in all - Orange Team, Yellow Team, Purple Team, and Blue Team. The members then had to exercise their creativity, work as a team, and think fast and smart as they competed in 5 activities - simple parlour games but with twists.
Once all teams were assembled, it was announced that the first activity was to make costumes for the 2 chosen mascots (1 brod and 1 sis), and to create a cheer for the team. With Liana Lobo, Ф2015 and Edmond Rodiel Bries, Ф 2014 as the judges, it was declared that Purple Team won 1st place, while Orange Team placed last. It was then revealed that after every activity, the team who placed last had to send 2 representatives (1 brod and 1 sis) to entertain and showcase a talent - singing, dancing, acting, etc. The next activity then was that we had to name the chosen sis/brod of the opposing team. Personally, this was where I got to meet and know the names of some of the brods. The Orange Team bagged first place, while Blue Team was last. The next game was Newspaper Dance wherein 6 members per team had to play with only one newspaper for all players. Purple Team won, with Yellow Team in second place, while both Blue Team and Orange Team were eliminated at the same time. An eating contest was up next, wherein 5 members of each team had to eat or drink a particular item (e.g. chug a beer bottle, or gatorade, eat polvoron, okra, bananas, or spicy noodles). Purple Team snatched first place, followed by Blue Team; while it was a close fight for 3rd place with Orange Team winning over Yellow Team. The final, and most anticipated game of PHIsiklaban, was the modified Trip to Jerusalem wherein almost 20 brods and sisses participated, leading to a highly competitive, aggressive and intense game! Blue Team with 2 members standing then won the game.
In terms of the overall ranking, Yellow Team was fourth place (sad since I was part of this team), and followed by Orange Team in third place. It was then realized that there was a tie between Blue Team and Purple Team for first place. To settle this, a tiebreaker was done to determine the champion through one round of Trip to Jerusalem. After that wild tiebreaker round, Purple Team emerged victorious, with Blue Team placing second. Afterwards and throughout the event, the sisses and brods were also eating, drinking and socializing - with everyone seeming to enjoy themselves!
PHIsiklaban couldn’t be possible without the efforts of the head of the event with their respective teams: sis Aurora Suter Nakpil, Ф2017 Class 2021, sis Gabrielle Pagdilao Flores, Ф2017 Class 2021, and Jian Kenzo Ong Leal, Ф2017A. Phi would also like to acknowledge and thank the gracious host for providing her basketball court and home: sis Lara Marielle Lazaro Castillo, Ф2018 Class 2022.
Overall it was a fun afternoon, filled with laughter, sweat, and yes even tears and a bit of blood (lol). It was also a great way for the DiversiPHI and Untouchables to meet and bond with the sisses and brods. Surely, my batchmates share my sentiments when I say that we would look back on this event with very fond memories.
Maria Lourdes S. Mahusay, Φ2017, Class 2021
Last December 20 and 21, 2017, the Phi Lambda Delta warmly welcomed their one of a kind alumni at the UPMAS Homecoming Parade and Ball 2017: ‘Walan9 ka2lad’. Phi Sisses from different batches and from all corners of the globe came to gather, reconnect, and celebrate Sisterhood that stands the test of time. As they paraded around UPCM and PGH grounds, the alumni were able to reminisce and share their memories to the younger sisses – serving as inspirations and as aspirations. UPMAS events were capped off with the Homecoming Ball on the eve of the 21st at Fiesta Pavillion, Manila Hotel. It was a festive night filled with dancing and merrymaking. Congratulations to our Jubiliarians, UPCM Class 1992, and Golden Jubilarians, UPCM Class 1967. It was a was a truly wonderful event to catch up, share laughter, and celebrate sisterhood.
Alyssa Louise A. Uy, Φ2017, Class 2021
Sisses from all over celebrated together 48 years of excellence, leadership, service and sisterhood in Grand Sis Night, held at the Blue Leaf Filipinas last December 18, 2017. It was a night filled with laughter, joy and love.
The hosts for the night were Stephanie Paige Cruz Abellera, Φ2017 Class 2021 and Janel Rae Ferrer Verceles, Φ2015 Class 2019 who warmly welcomed the sisses through the Sorority video brimming with Phi Love. Soon after, the Superior Sister Exemplar, Natasha Bernadine Guytingco Abela, Φ2013 Class 2018 delivered the opening remarks. Delicious buffet dinner was served by Red Chef while being serenaded by the newest batch, PHIreflies Ф2017, with their songs “Just the way you are” and “The Climb”.
After the dinner, recap of the year’s Caritas events, Phi’s brand of sustainable service, was presented by Louise Seiko Villanueva Hashimoto, Φ2016 Class 2020, in behalf of Sister Caritas, Gianne Rosales Pagulayan, Φ2016 Class 2020. Shortly after, the InPHInite video was shown followed by short message by the Sister Prior, Ana Beatrice de Vera Constantino, Φ2016 Class 2020. Our dear sisses from Class 2017 were inducted into the Phi Lambda Delta Alumni Association led by Dr. Aileen Rhona Aliga Apolinario-Dualan, Φ1987 Class 1992. The Silver Jubilarians, a fine batch of lady doctors, were introduced through a heartwarming video they prepared for everyone – living testaments of our core values of excellence, leadership, service and sisterhood throughout the years.
Maria Inez Banson Herbosa, Φ2016 Class 2020, Sister Amica, led the induction rites of PHIreflies. To cap off the night, the sisses gathered into a circle and sang the Phi Lambda Delta song.
Switzale M. Pidlaoan, Φ2017, Class 2021
Last December 13, 2017, the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority held a movie block screening of the highly-anticipated chapter of the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the Robinsons Place Manila. This event will not be possible without the hard work of our Sister Exchequer, Dana Lee M. Benitez, Phi 2016 and her assistants, Pamela Danielle T. Lanuza, Phi 2017 and Alexis T. Desamparado, Phi 2017. The attendees enjoyed the film together with lots of freebies and promos from our sponsors - Jamba Juice, Monde Nissin, Mystery Manila, Universal Robina Corporation, Hello Manila, and WhenInManila.com. Also, the movie goers enjoyed mini games such as the Stacking Game, care of Nissin Yakisoba, where players should be able to stack the empty Nissin cups into a pyramid and, Paint Me a Picture, care of Nissin Yakisoba and Jack n’ Jill Calbee, where participants per group will re-enact a pose from the movie using the different sponsored products as props.
It was a night filled with stunning visual effects and plot twists, surely one of the best from the franchise! It was made even better because sisses were there to support and watch. Thank you to everyone who watched with us!
Roselyn G. Solomon, Φ2017, Class 2021
The Phi Lambda Delta Sorority and the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity greeted the holiday season with Christmas carols for Phi brods and sisses and their families. The gracious hosts for the year were:
Pio Renato Figer Villacorta Φ1977,
Jose Magallon Acuin Φ1979,
Renato Trota Jose Φ1980, and
Stella Marie A. Legaspi-Jose Φ1980B, Class 1984 on November 18 at Jose Residence;
Virgilio Mison Novero Φ1982,
Clarissa Dizon Villarama-Cellona Φ1994A, Class 1998,
and Jennifer Lou C. Novero Φ2016, Class 2020 on November 29 at Novero Residence;
Cesar Corpuz Ubaldo Φ1974 and Victor Cesar Inciong Ubaldo Φ2015 on December 02 at Ubaldo Residence;
Gil Martinez Vicente Φ1976 on December 03 at Vicente Residence; and
Maria Antonia M. Esteban-Habana Φ2004, Class 1989, and Jose Antonio Esteban Habana Φ2014 on December 12 at Habana Residence.
The carols sung as choir included Silent Night, Come All Ye Faithful, Carol of the Bells, Ang Pasko ay Sumapit, Kumukutikutitap, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Solo and duet performances were also presented by the talented brods and sisses— Jingle Bell Rock by Anne Marie Pamela V. Torga Φ2017, Class 2021; O Holy Night by Stephanie Paige C. Abellera Φ2017, Class 2021 and Manuel Angelo Terania Grino Φ2017A; Baby It’s Cold Outside by Anne Marie Pamela V. Torga Φ2017, Class 2021 and Manuel Angelo Terania Grino Φ2017A; Santa Baby by Stephanie Paige C. Abellera Φ2017, Class 2021 and Pamela Danielle T. Lanuza Φ2017, Class 2021; Last Christmas by Louise Seiko V. Hashimoto Φ2016, Class 2020 and Arthur Gregory Napao Virata Φ2015; Chestnuts by Ma. Patricia M. Valdez Φ 2015, Class 2019 and Edroico Mari Beltran Brillante Φ2015; and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Alyssa Louise A. Uy Φ2017, Class 2021.
Everyone had a good time sharing good food and spreading the holiday cheer in the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood last Christmas season.
Marione Thea B. Rodriguez, Φ2017, Class 2021
Last December 9, 2017, the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority brought the holiday cheer to PGH at PASKULILIT: Pasko para sa mga Bulilit, a Christmas event for the benefit of the patients enrolled in the Silahis ng Kalusugan School for Chronically Ill Children. The event was headed by Charmaine Ray Ramos Caisido, Ф2016 Class 2020, Nashelle Rae Hernandez Manapil, Ф2016 Class 2020, and Innah Marriah Villajin Tolentino, Ф2016 Class 2020, and co-headed by Stephanie Paige Cruz Abellera, Ф2017 Class 2021, Marien Fershell Joemir Babar Siao, Ф2017 Class 2021, and Isabel Kristine Malabag Valdez, Ф2017 Class 2021.
The program, which was hosted by Gabrielle Pagdilao Flores, Φ2017 Class 2021 and Pamela Danielle Tanglao Lanuza, Φ2017 Class 2021, started off with games that did not only bring fun and prizes to the children but also to their parents and guardians. They had fun playing Jingle Bell Shake, Santa Goes to Baguio, Pin the Ribbon on the Gift, Questune and Cookie Game. Aside from the prizes they received from the games, they also won more prizes from the raffle brought to them by the Boom Boom Girls namely Jillean Camille Quidaoen Fabi, Φ2017 Class 2021, Maria Lourdes Santiago Mahusay, Φ2017 Class 2021 and Switzale Macaraeg Pidlaoan, Φ2017 Class 2021.
There were also performances by PHIreflies Φ2017, UP Manila Indayog and UP Medicine Choir that brought energy and entertainment to the crowd. The kids were amazed and in awe of the magic tricks and performances brought to them by the YURIE Clowns and Magicians.
Paskulilit was not just all about games and performances only. It also aimed to educate and in line with this, an interactive and educational public health lecture about Pinggang Pinoy were delivered by members of UPCM Class 2022. The children, as well as their parents, learned about the different go, grow and glow foods and on how much of each they should eat to have a balanced and healthy meal. It was indeed a day filled with fun and games, magic and dances, and gifts a-plenty!
This event wouldn’t have been successful without our sponsors, S&R Membership Shopping and McDonald's. We would also like to thank our partner organizations YURIE Clowns and Magicians, UPM Indayog Dance Varsity, and UP MedChoir, as well as our media partner, WhenInManila.com, for helping us make this event possible. #PhiService #PhiLove
Marien Fershell Joemir B. Siao, Φ2017, Class 2021
The Phi Lambda Delta Sorority caps the year off with a blast from the past performance in the 44th annual event Tao Rin Pala: Decades. Dancing to the tune of the songs from the 80’s, I’m Coming Out, Material Girl, Fame, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, and I Wanna Dance with Somebody, the sorority slayed the dancefloor with stunning moves choreographed by Maria Inez B. Herbosa, Φ2016 Class 202o and Maria Katrina M. Mata, Φ2016 Class 2020.
Donning their retro costumes, each batch showcased their talents in dancing, enthralling the audience and bagging the award, Best in Choreography. Other than the high from winning, what made the night more special and memorable was getting to share the stage with amazing people. Truly, nothing makes a moment more enjoyable than getting to do what you love and more so, doing it with people that you love.
You can watch the performance of Phi Lambda Delta here
Alexis T. Desamparado, Ф2017 Class 2021
Last Monday, November 20, 2017, the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority celebrated 48 years of exemplifying excellence, leadership, and service in various fields of medicine. The Anniversary Thanksgiving Mass held at the PGH chapel was followed by a program and dinner at the Adriatico Residences Clubhouse. It was a fun night of bonding, games, and good food. ExempliPHI was a truly memorable celebration of sisses' accomplishments for the year 2017-2018. Thank you to all who came and celebrated with us. Congratulations, sisses!
Dr. Zenda B. Garcia-Lat, Founder
Dr. Maria Antonio M. Esteban-Habana, Ф1984, Class 1989
Dr. Michelli Mae D. Gose-Yusay, Ф1989A, Class 1993
Dr. Maria Teresa Julieta M. Urbiztondo-Benedicto, Ф1989B, Class 1995
Dr. Maria Angela M. Villa, Ф2011, Class 2016
Pamela Danielle T. Lanuza, Φ2017, Class 2021
Last October 20 and 23, 2017, the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority held public health lectures on breastfeeding to the mothers at the OB OPD, Ward 14 and Ward 16 at PGH, as part of its flagship project, Milk Matters. With the goal of promoting sustainable service, the sisses educated the mothers on the benefits of breastfeeding and the proper latch-on technique in order to ensure that the baby will get enough milk. Milk bags and breast pads were also distributed while the mothers were informed on how they can donate their extra breastmilk to the babies in need at the PGH NICU.