By Bro. Dr. Ferdinand Lyndon Q. Magno, 13 Men and a Baby
Tau Mu Sigma Phi, the Thomasian Medical Students’ Fraternity, thru the Tau Mu USA Foundation recently pledged to donate $75,000.00 to the recently established fund called Anargyroi: FMS Foundation during the just concluded USTMAAA Annual Homecoming held at the Sheraton Hotel in Vancouver, BC, Canada from July 1-5, 2017.
The fraternity, represented by Tau Mu USA President Bro. Dr. Remel Dionisio Cariño Buslig, 13’s Got It, USTMAAA Executive Director Bro. Dr. Primo Aquino Andres Jr., Lucky 13, USTMAAA Board of Directors member Bro. Dr. Rexinor Jesus Paragas Agtarap, 3-1 Best, Bro. Dr. Stephen Delos Reyes Pamatmat, Fighters 13 and their spouses reiterated its support for the foundation at a dinner meeting with the UST-FMS Dean Dr. Ma. Lourdes Odette Domingo-Maglinao.
The dinner took place on July 3, 2017 at the Sheraton Wall Centre, North Tower. When presented with the offer, Dean Domingo-Maglinao was both grateful and impressed by the fraternity’s generosity. She likewise suggested that Tau Mu Sigma Phi help with planned improvements to the medicine building lobby. The goal is to donate the cumulative amount of seventy five thousand dollars by the year 2021 when the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery turns 150 years old and at the same time, Tau Mu Sigma Phi celebrates its 75th year.
The project which the Dean first announced last January during the USTMAA Homecoming held at the Manila Hotel has been renamed Anargyroi meaning “the penniless ones,” the beneficiaries of which are deserving medical students and the medical school. Dr. Maglinao took over the Office of the Dean early this year and Tau Mu Sigma Phi was one of the first fraternities to express support for her administration.
The idea for the Anargyroi Foundation first came about at a reunion of four UST medical alumni in New York City. The foundation is an independent organization tasked to manage donations to sustain the UST-FMS in the following aspects: Student and Faculty Development, Scholarships, Modernization, Research and Fundraisings. The university, FMS and medical alumni will comprise the Board of Trustees.
The foundation will work closely with the UST-FMS Development Office, which is tasked to be the project’s main implementing arm. According to the Anargyroi’s YouTube video, the foundation is rooted in the following core values: transparency and honesty, heritage and sustainability, academic excellence, loyalty and allegiance, respect and compassion, all Thomasian values.
The formal announcement took place later that day during the UST-FMS administration meeting, an invitation only event, graced by The Very Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., PhD, UST Rector, Rev. Fr. Angel A. Aparicio, O.P., FMS Regent and Dr. Domingo-Maglinao. Bros. Primo Andres, Remel Buslig and Stephen Pamatmat took to the stage and announced Tau Mu Sigma Phi’s pledge to donate $75,000 by 2021, making the fraternity the first organization to make such an offer.
Tau Mu Sigma Phi, since its foundation in 1946, has consistently supported not only the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery but the entire university as well. The fraternity was instrumental in the building of the Thomasian Alumni Center which was later renamed Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. Building or BGPOP for short. Tau Mu Sigma Phi likewise donated funds for the procurement of the sonosim machine, a project of former Dean Dr. Jesus V. Valencia, in his quest to make ultrasound as part of the medical curriculum.
As the fraternity nears its Diamond year, Tau Mu Sigma Phi, the Thomasian Medical Students’ Fraternity once again shows its undying support for the University of Santo Tomas and the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. At the same token, Tau Mu continues to uphold its ideals of Academic Excellence, Leadership, Service and Brotherhood.
Hail Tau Mu!