THE TAU GAMMA PHI FRATERNITY HISTORY
The turbulent 60's was a decade of social and political upheavals in the annals of Philippine
History. The period saw the breakdown of traditional beliefs and long-held values in favor of newer and more progressive ideas.
In almost every aspect of Philippine life and culture, CHANGE seemed to be the rightful order of the day.
system in the University of the Philippines was immune from these external developments. As extraordinary times, called for
and breed extraordinary men. 1968 saw the wielding together of 25 concerned student leaders with a vision of introducing change
and reforms in the feudal and decadent nature of the existing Fraternity System. Then the result was the creation on October
4 of the same year of the UP Triskelions' Grand Fraternity, better known as Tau Gamma Phi.
The Tau Gamma Phi is a
protest Fraternity, better life, and as such, it has committed itself in the Fraternity Life and as such it has committed
itself uncompromisingly to the two-fold task of providing the leadership in the quest for a Fraternity System devoid of Fraternity
violence as well as in the propagation of the TRISKELION as a Way of Life.
Through the years, the Tau Gamma Phi has
never strayed from it's goals, and although the cause of which it has chosen to champion has proven to be difficult and sometimes,
seemingly hopeless, the Fraternity has, nevertheless survived and even increased a thousand-fold in strength and in number,
knowing fully well that peace is a product of strength and not of weakness, where other fraternities with the same noble intentions
failed to succumbed into non-existence by adopting a passive resistance to fraternity violence; the Tau Gamma Phi has chosen
not to follow the same path lest it suffers the same fate.
Furthermore, as a manifestation of its sincerity towards
the achievement of such goal, the Fraternity has taken an active role in organizing inter-fraternity alliances in the various
schools and universities all over the country in the hope that such alliances will provide the conducive atmosphere where
fraternities can slowly grow and mature together in a fellowship of mutual trust and respect in each other's philosophies
and ideals. "De gustibus non desputandum est - of likes and dislikes there should be no disputing, live and let live", this
is one of the guiding principles of the Triskelions.
Today, the Tau Gamma Phi is already one of the biggest, most
cohesive, and most dynamic fraternities in the Philippines. It boast of membership of every colleges and universities around
the country, and now in all regions of the United States of America and other continents of the world; and true to its objective
of changing the elitist orientation of the fraternity system, the Fraternity had decided to open its door to out-of-school
youth so that they, who were not privileged of education, may also share in the fruits and the glory of the Tau Gamma Phi.
On October 4, 1968, the Triskelions' Grand Fraternity was established in the University of the Philippines, the rest