Tuesday, March 13, 2001


“Once there was a man who went to sow grain. As he scattered the seeds, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. Some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bear fruit a hundredfold.”
It was 2001, the first semester of the school year when the interest in founding a chapter of Alpha Phi Omega at Manila Law College started. It was through the efforts of Brother SPO1 Rommel Ybanez from the Divine World University (Alpha Omicron) and Brother Elwin John Verzosa from the Lyceum of the Philippines, Intramuros (Alpha Theta) both in their first year as law student in Manila Law College made this interest came into reality. The idea was formally conceptualized at the 3rd Floor-College of Law, PCCR Building. Like sower in the “Parable of the Sower” and guided by the principle of scouting movement, the two able brothers had persuaded the seven (7) law students and introduced to them the principle, objective, vision and mission of the Organization.

With the help and support of Brothers Antonio Luis Paredes from the Arellano University College of Law (Iota-Psi), Florencio Remodaro and Ronaldo Sambitan both from University of Santo Tomas (Pi), Atty. Elmer Rillo, State Prosecutor III ( Department of Justice), Aquino Adarlo, Family Clinic College (Lambda Zeta) and Rodrigo Mapoy, National Bureau of Investigation, orientation of the seven applicants was undertaken at Patio de Conchita, Intramuros Manila. The Orientation Program resulted an astonishing response from the students and made the seven qualified men signed their applications being the first batch to undergo pledgeship. The pledge class was undertaken during the second semester of school year 2001 and 2002. Brothers from different chapters particularly Far Eastern University (Alpha), University of Santo Tomas (Pi),
Arellano University College of Law (Iota-Psi), University of the Philippines Baguio (Gamma-Phi) and others attended the pledgeship program.

After rigid training, indoctrination, services of the applicants and having survived to the traditional rituals they were formally accepted as full-blooded members of the Fraternity on March 12, 2002 and became the first residents of the Chapter.

By spreading the three cardinal principles of the Fraternity, the residents as potent seeds continue to bloom and have made the qualified three (3) men and one (1) lady become part of the organization. Following the tradition of the Fraternity, the four applicants formally accepted to undertake their pledge class as second batch. They were called the “FOURTUNATES”. After having fulfilled the traditional requirements, the four applicants were formally accepted on October 12, 2002. Today Alpha Phi Omega at Manila Law College continue to grow in population and marching forward through the guidance of the three cardinal principles of the organization, i.e.: promoting LEADERSHIP, FRIENDSHIP and SERVICE.