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Phi Kappa Phi inducts new members

UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma

(April 18)— Almost 500 outstanding UPD graduate students, faculty, administrators, professional and alumni were inducted as new members of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at the University Theater on April 13.

Phi Kappa Phi, one of the oldest and most respected academic honor societies, was founded at the University of Maine in 1897 as an interdisciplinary honor society, its primary objective is the recognition and encouragement of superior scholarship in all academic disciplines, thus fostering an abiding love of learning. Its Chapter 045  was established at the University of the Philippines (UP) in 1933 by 14 scholars, four of whom became UP presidents.

Membership to the Honor Society is by invitation only and earned by meeting Phi Kappa Phi’s criteria of excellence and good moral character.

(Second from left) Amb. Rosario G. Manalo, Philippine
Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental
Commission on Human Rights, posed with (from left to right)
Dr. Aura C. Matias, College of Engineering dean and Phi
Kappa Phi Chapter 045 (PKP-Chapter 045) president;
Jeffry Harrison, PKP Vice President for Students, and
Dr. Carolyn I.Sobritchea, PKP-Chapter 045 secretary and
Asian Center dean, during the induction of new
PKP-Chapter 045 members.

With a total of 427 honor graduates inducted this year, 29 came from the junior level, 360 from the baccalaureate, 35 from the graduate level and two from the alumni.

UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma and Jeffry Harrison, Phi Kappa Phi Vice President for Students  of the Phi Kappa Phi National Board of Directors, provided inspirational messages during the program.

The induction of the new members was fascilitated by Chapter 045 officers Dr. Aura C. Matias (President), College of Engineering dean; Prof. Raymund Jose G. Quilop (Vice President), College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) assistant professor; Dr. Carolyn I. Sobritchea (Secretary), Asian Center dean; and Dr. Ernelea P. Cao (Co-Secretary), College of Science Institute of Biology professor.

Anna Victoria A. San Pedro, a CSSP student who is graduating summa cum laude on the 101st General Commencement Exercises to be held on April 22, delivered the closing remarks on behalf of the inductees. 

Aileen Espinosa-Cura, soprano, performed a musical number during the program. —H.C.P.