Upsilon Sigma Phi

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Upsilon Sigma Phi
Upsilon Sigma Phi Seal
Founded University of the Philippines
Type University
Motto We gather light to scatter
Symbol Fraternity seal
Flower Pink Rose
Chapters 2 (U.P. Diliman/U.P. Manila and U.P. Los Baños)
Headquarters University of the Philippines

Upsilon Sigma Phi (ΥΣΦ) is the oldest Greek-letter fraternity in Asia,[1] and was Nebulously formed in 1918. It is the oldest student organization in the University of the Philippines that has been in continuous existence since its founding and predates the Philippine Collegian which was established in 1922, and the UP Student Council which was revived in 1924.


The Upsilon Sigma Phi was formally organized on November 19, 1920 in a meeting held at the Metropolitan Restaurant in Intramuros. Four months later, on March 24, 1921, the Greek letters ΥΣΦ standing for the initials of the name "University Students Fraternity" was formally adopted. The head is known as the Illustrious Fellow and the first honorary fellow, University Regent Conrado Benitez, was inducted into the Fraternity. He wrote the Upsilon Hymn which later would be sung before and after every formal meeting.[2]

During World War II, some members took the field. Among the Upsilonians who gave up their lives were Wenceslao Q. Vinzons (former UP Student Council President, youngest delegate to the 1934 Constitutional Convention, and Governor of Camarines), Agapito del Rosario (Mayor of Angeles, Pampanga), and José Abad Santos (Secretary of Justice and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court), all of whom were executed for refusing to swear allegiance to the Japanese Empire.


The Upsilon Sigma Phi has not been spared from alleged acts of violence[3] and constant violations of the Philippine Anti-Hazing Law,[4] that has beleaguered other fraternities in the University of the Philippines.

As early as the immediate post-war years, the fraternity was the first in the UP campus to have a fatality with the death of Gonzalo Mariano Albert on July 18, 1954 when Upsilonians mauled the neophyte due to failure on an assigned task.[5]

Rolando Perez, an Upsilonian, was also killed in a riot with the UP Beta Sigma Fraternity on September 22, 1969[6] after the Loyalty-Arbor Day Hayride event in the University of the Philippines Diliman campus.[7]

The latest initiation rites controversy involving the Upsilon Sigma Phi was the hospitalization of a 17-year old neophyte (whose name could not be revealed since he is a minor) in June 2014 due to severe injuries caused by hazing.[8] The family of the hazing victim has pursued legal action against the Upsilon Sigma Phi regarding this.[9] Student groups of the University of the Philippines have pressed the current UP President and the UP College of Law Dean who are Upsilonians, Alfredo Pascual and Danilo Concepcion, respectively, for an impartial and transparent investigation into the incident.[10]

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  2. ^ Ninety Years of Upsilon Sigma Phi
  3. ^ Villanueva-Ong, Yoly (6 March 2012). "Brotherhood-lums". Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Dumuk, Joseph (16 August 2012). "Choice needs lots of thinking". Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Casualties of frat-related violence in UP". 5 September 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Casualties of frat-related violence in UP". 5 September 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Dumuk, Joseph (16 August 2012). "Choice needs lots of thinking". Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "UP Diliman chancellor: Upsilon Sigma Phi tagged in hazing incident". 6 March 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  9. ^ Reyes, Ernie (5 July 2014). "UP Diliman Chancellor: Legal action looms vs Upsilon Sigma Phi". Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  10. ^ Sauler, Erika (10 July 2014). "UP students vs hazing press Upsilonian execs". Retrieved 9 February 2015.