Alpha Kappa Rho
|Alpha Kappa Rho Fraternity|
University of Santo Tomas
|Motto||Vincit Omnia Veritas|
The Alpha Kappa Rho Fraternity and Sorority, also called AKRHO, is a fraternity established in the Philippines in 1973. The fraternity made up of men and women from different universities was originally established to promote loyalty, unity and pride in the fraternity amongst its members. However it is now registered as an International Humanitarian Service Fraternity that encourages members to be involved in humanitarian projects and various service to people wherever it exists. The fraternity is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Philippines) as a non-profit and non-dividend Corporation with the name of Alpha Kappa Rho International Humanitarian Service Fraternity and Sorority Inc. Founded originally in the Philippines, it is now in several other countries like USA, Australia, Malaysia, Japan, Hongkong, Singapore, UAE, Kuwait, Canada, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, etc.
The Alpha Kappa Rho Fraternity and Sorority was founded on August 8, 1973 by sixteen college students of the University of Santo Tomas (UST). Except for the leader and elder of the group, Jose "Boy" Chua, who was enrolled initially at the UST College of Medicine, the 15 other founders of Alpha Kappa Rho Fraternity were enrolled at the UST College of Commerce. The Alpha Kappa Rho original founders are namely: 1. Jose "Boy" Chua 2. Teddy De Lara 3. Edwin Solano 4. Tanny Bernabe 5. Obet Posadas 6. Arnel Lorenzo 7. James Bracewell 8. Renato Go 9. Philip Balangue 10. Roger Sarmiento 11. Ted Aves 12. Monchet Cabrera 13. Philip Diman 14. Gil Villegas 15. Mark Queyquep 16. Noli Manalo
The Alpha Kappa Rho Sorority began in 1975 and the Sorority Founders are namely: 1. Girlie Tesoro 2. Joyce Gregorio 3. Alda Altiveros Bernabe 4. Marisa Cumuyog 5. JJ Aquino (Deceased) 6. Irene Ileto 7. Grace Mendoza
The Fraternity was founded on August 8 because it coincided with the Feast Day of St. Dominic, which is a university holiday at UST, which is run by the Dominican Order or also known as the Order of Preachers (OP).
The Fraternity after it was established in 1973 became notorious in the Philippines because of the initiation rites members had to undergo to join the Fraternity. Those who wanted to join the fraternity had to undergo interviews and orientations followed by a period when the aspiring member is asked to do humiliating acts in public. This is followed by an initiation rite where the aspirant is blindfolded and receives blows in the back of the thigh with the use of a wood paddle. Those who are unable to bear the pain are given an option to resume on another day or can choose to quit. If the aspirant is able to complete the initiation rite, the aspirant undergoes the final rite of initiation known as the Ritual where a heated coin is placed at the back of the aspirant's right wrist leaving a circular scar as a sign of full membership to the Fraternity. However, with the introduction of the Anti-Hazing Law by the Philippine Government in 1995 the Fraternity initiation rites are no longer sanctioned or approved by the Fraternity leadership.
Its motto "Vincit Omnia Veritas" meaning "Truth Conquers All" or "Truth Prevails" comes from the emblem of the University of Santo Tomas where the Alpha Kappa Rho Fraternity & Sorority was founded. Members are called "Skeptrons" a Greek word for the "ceremonial staff” or sceptre carried by a monarch as a symbol of sovereignty.
The Alpha Kappa Rho Fraternity merged with the Omega Fraternity & Sorority International (OFSI) of San Sebastian College (SSC) and Zeta Upsilon Fraternity of the University of the East Recto campus (UE-Recto) in 1976. The RITUAL (Burn Mark which is a circular scar from a heated coin applied to the back of the member's right wrist) and the Hand Sign of AKRHO was originally from OFSI but became part of AKRHO after the merger agreement between AKRHO and OFSI. From 1976, the new RITUAL was required for all new members and the Hand Sign was to recognise AKRHO members.
5 out of the 16 Founders of Alpha Kappa Rho were alumni's of Notre Dame of Greater Manila High School (NDM HS). Except for the leader and elder of the Fraternity, Jose "Boy" Chua who graduated in 1972, the others belonged to NDM HS graduating batch of 1973. A number of other NDM 1973 graduates would also later join AKRHO.
In August 1975, AKRHO grew in numbers with the acceptance of High School students from the University of the East Recto campus (UE-Recto) into the fraternity. The first Junior AKRHO was headed by Jun "Labo" Pasaporte, Rey Quitariano (another NDM alumni) and Noriel Arcadio. They began the Junior AKRHO not just in the High School of UE-Recto but also at the Far Eastern University (FEU), Jose Rizal College High School (JRC), Philippine School of Business Administration (PSBA) and National College of Business and Arts (NCBA).
- "Official AKRHO Website".
- "Akrho Gets Green Light".
- "Akrho Cleanup Graffiti".
- "Securities and Exchange Commission Philippines".
- "Akrho Grand 40 Year Salute".
- "Alpha Kappa Rho Fraternity 40th Anniversary".
- "Alpha Kappa Rho Sorority".
- "How Neophytes Are Accepted".
- "What Young People Go Through To Feel Accepted".
- "Vincit Omnia Veritas".
- "Notre Dame of Greater Manila Alumni".
- "Junior AKRHO".