THE TRISKELION COLORS
Over the years, certain matters come into light, some seen in a different light. Such is our Fraternity's
history and other facts and allegories closely related. When I joined the frat in 1972, all 4 founding fathers still frequented
the "tambayan" on an almost daily basis. In fact it was Rod Confesor's brilliant and eloquent delivery at the orientation
that made me and seven others decide to join Tau Gamma Phi that Friday evening in late August, one of them the late Allen
Hernandez (former Sec. Gen 1976). The seal we had to "kiss" was actually done in primary colors: red, yellow and blue. Even
the decals and silk-screened t-shirt logos were done in 3 colors. I could only assume the 3 primary colors equated with the
3 dynamic forces of "Fortis, Voluntas and Fraternitas". In the '1990's, these dynamic forces were even likened to the Triune
God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit); go figure. If I am not mistaken, my "ka-batch", Roland "Adi" Adriano, who later transferred
to NU and worked for KBS involved in TV productions, made possible the procurement of reflectorized decals. Either his father,
or another close relative, worked for 3M Philippines and that we were given a handsome discount for a minimum order of 500 pieces
but only in 2 colors since 3 would bump up the price, considering the cost of offset printing in those days (1973 BC, "before
computers"). So a decision was made to use black and gold since the contrast made the 3 legged symbol glow when light, esp.
headlights, reflected upon it. For P2.00 each, half a day's allowance for a typical college kid in those days, the brods snatched
them up like crazy, sticking them on wallets, briefcases, "Cattleya" notebook covers and car bodies, windshields and other
I was at a gun show some years back, rummaging through military "distinguished insignias", enameled
metal "pins" worn on headgear such as berets and garrison caps. One such item caught my attention: a 3 legged symbol in gold
on a round, green background with the word "FORTIS" below. I thought to myself, since Tito Venida was a history major, could
he have come across this symbol before his inception of forming a fraternity? In 1967, Star Trek had an episode entitled “The
Gamesters of Triskelion" about inhabitants of a solar system with 3 stars (suns) who were always gambling with each other,
pitting intergalactic Gladiators in fights to the death, betting on who wins and what the odds were. Captain Kirk engaged
an alien warrior in hand-to-hand combat in an arena with the 3 legged symbol painted on the floor of battle. I guess the brods'
penchant for "pusoy" is just a coincidence. But clearly, Tito could have been, and still probably is, a "TREKKIE".
I still have one surviving decal, affixed to my leather checkbook cover since 1979, still intact to
this day. How are we to know that from such trivial beginnings, noble principles could be derived? It is a classic version
of "function following form" and "the means justifying the ends". Pure symbolism, yet true to principle. And it takes real
Triskelions to find the true meaning of our norms and ideals and live our lives according to them.
Bro. Ray R. Ramirez, MDG
Gen Sec Los Angeles/Southern California