Phi Delta Gamma

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Phi Delta Gamma
Founded 1942
El Colegio
Type Social
Scope  Puerto Rico
 United States
Nickname la Phi Delta
Headquarters San Juan, Puerto Rico

Phi Delta Gamma (ΦΔΓ) of Puerto Rico is the first Puerto Rican organization of Greek letters, which was founded in the western town of Mayagüez. Phi Delta Gamma of Puerto Rico was founded on April 25, 1942. This fraternity surges from a high school fraternity, Alpha Iota Omega, which was founded in 1939.[1] When the brothers of the Alpha Iota Omega enroll in the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (Colegio de Agricultura y Artes Mecánicas) of Mayagüez, some were offered to pledge one of the original Puerto Rican fraternities, and they decided to do it. The others reunite in the house of the brothers Gilberto Oliver Padilla and Otis Oliver Padilla. They decided to found a new fraternity on April 25, 1942, and decided to use the Greek letters Phi, Delta and Gamma. The founding brothers are Gilberto Oliver Padilla and Otis Oliver Padilla, Raúl Romaguera, Ramón Antonio Frontera, Ignacio Beauchamp, José Ramón Ponce de León, Hilton Quintana, Angel Inserni, Rafael Ferrer Monge “El Cubano” (who also developed the shield, the first rulebook, and the motto of the fraternity), Rubén D’Acosta, Edgardo Olivencia, César Arana and Hernán Rodríguez. Then, these brothers decide to establish the first chapter as Alpha in Mayagüez; they had plans to expand the fraternity towards all of Puerto Rico. In 1944, the first Phi Delta Gamma clubhouse is established in the Méndez Vigo street of Mayagüez.

In the year 1945, brother Otis Oliver commended to students Juan Mari Brás and Manuel Portela Lomba to take the Phi Delta Gamma fraternity to San Juan. These began the task of establishing the Beta chapter in the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras. Some of the founding brothers of the Beta chapter are Oscar Colón, Juan Mari Brás, Jean García, Ramón Vargas, Manuel Portela Lomba and Angel Amézaga. Thanks to this effort, the first convention of the Phi Delta Gamma was celebrated in the year of 1945, in the Condado Hotel.

The Phi Delta Gamma members are known as "the originals", this is because they changed the way a traditional fraternity may be is. The Phi Deltas (another nickname) are renowned for their friendliness, honesty and above all the great brotherhood capita among its members is very characteristic of them family activities (which involve: grandparents, parents, spouses, children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren).

Notable members[edit]

Juan Mari Brás, lawyer and political candidate for governor for the Puerto Rican Socialist Party.

Agustín "Tito" Lara, singer

Luis "Luisito" Vigoreaux, Jr., television actor and producer.

José Ortiz, former Executive President of PRASA

Joaquín Porrata, radio sports analyst.

José Angel "Chiro" Cangiano, lawyer, entrepreneur (Lions of Ponce teams), writer, brother of Milly Cangiano.

Miguel Rivera, Former member of the Government of Puerto Rico.

Manuel Díaz Saldaña, former comptroller of government of Puerto Rico.

Luis Cabrera, actor

Alfredo J. Santana Velázquez, bodybuilder with international awards

Albert Cruz, WAPA TV sports newscaster

Orlando " El Zurdo" Sanchez aka " El Playero Mayor", Domino National Champion

Manuel "Papo" Charbonnier, City of Río Piedras, PR. sports hall of fame

José Canals Vidal, Retired Coronel, US Armed Forces

Alfredo Lamela Domenech, Ex-Professional basketball player (BSN) of "Piratas de Quebradillas"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mari Bras, Juan (2006), Memorias de un Ciudadano (in Spanish), Puerto Rico: Editorial Barco de Papel, p. 66, ISBN 9780979861000