Tau Mu Strong in Vegas

By Bro. Dr. Ferdinand Q. Magno, 13 Men and a Baby

A little over a month ago, a gunman rained down bullets on hundreds of people as they watched a concert on the Las Vegas strip leaving several dead and injured. As the effects of that horrible crime lingers in the dry Nevada air, close to 120 plus Tauans from the Philippines and United States, including family and friends, descended into Sin City to re-establish ties, renew brotherhood and celebrate the 15th year since the establishment of the Tau Mu USA Foundation.

Tauans and family at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign on the Strip – pics c/o Bro. Ryan Applicador and Bro. Bim Guillen

The three day affair’s main venue was the Treasure Island Resort and Casino, where most Tauans stayed at from October 27-29, 2017. The organization of this year’s reunion fell on the shoulders of the Vegas brods consisting of Bro. Dr. Romeo Kwan Chang, 13 Pieces of Silver, Bro. Dr. Solomon Nicolas Javier, Sweet Jams, Bro. Dr. Manuel Sioson Atienza, 14 Kilalang Tauans, Bro. Dr. Francisco Antonio Barros Corpuz, Fighters 13, Bro. Dr. Clifton de Jesus Martires, 13’s Got It, Bro. Dr. Jose Luis Rayos Berroya, 12 Tauan Sentinels, Bro. Dr. Melvin Ibarra Nario, 10 Commandments and Bro. Dr. Conrado Christian Dilig Concio, Vigilantes. Preparations for the event commenced about a year ago after the New York/New Jersey gig where it was announced that the annual fall reunion will be returning to Las Vegas this year.

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A Physician Pain-ter

By Bro. Dr. Ferdinand Q. Magno, 13 Men and a Baby

As the stress of medical practice in the United States takes its toll on life’s quality, physicians adapt and discover ways to cope. Two years ago, to combat boredom, Bro. Dr. Ed Sy Tanhui, 14 Kilalang Tauans decided to take up the arts.

Dr. Tanhui or simply ET to close acquaintances, including fraternity brothers, after reducing his work hours, found that all the free time caused him to take daily three hour naps after lunch followed by two hours in the gym.

He said that having too much time on his hands made him decide that he needed to learn something new. Continue reading

Reflections on My Pilgrimage Trip to The Holy Land 10/21/16 – 11/2/16

By Bro. Dr. Ricardo Quinto Binsol, GI 18


Bro. Ric and wife Dulce

When I registered for the pilgrimage trip, I never expected a life-changing experience. Or a holy rebirth of myself. I walked in with the excitement of seeing, and feeling, the place where Jesus once walked and shared meals with his disciples.

Although I never felt an overwhelming presence of the spirit of Christ during my visit, I came out with a better understanding of Christ’s teaching.

Let me explain.

You see, during every stop at a certain Holy place, I noticed quite an obvious regularity. Not uniformly consistent, but regular. There were stories about men, palaces, places of worship and ancient cultures. Yet throughout each and every story, there is a constant association with destruction, burning… and death. And I started wondering how those peoples of yesterday somehow correlate with the people of today. And this is what enlightened me. Continue reading

A Call for Support as the RP Healthcraft Carrier Sets Sail

By Bro. Dr. Ferdinand Q. Magno, 13 Men and a Baby

Doc-Jim-at-MD-EastwoodTau Mu Sigma Phi, the Thomasian Medical Students Fraternity, thru its USA Foundation, has called for an all out support for Bro. Dr. Juan Pena Sanchez Jr.’s, SOS, pet project, The RP Healthcraft Carrier, also known as Hospital on Wheels (HOW).

According to Dr. Jim Sanchez, the project is aimed at providing quality medical service to thousands and hopefully millions of indigent Filipinos who have little or no access to healthcare.

In addition, the carrier with its lineup of medical professionals from different specialties will supervise hands on training to medical students, interns, residents, fellows and other allied health professionals. Continue reading

Asperilla Recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor

By Bro. Dr. Ferdinand Magno, 13 Men and a Baby

imageAs he lay in a local hospital just a few weeks ago, Bro. Dr. Marianito ‘Nitoy’ Olivares Asperilla, Batch Anim, grimly awaits his fate as doctors try their best to salvage his brain and heart from a TIA and multi-vessel disease

Kuya Nitoy lived a full life with a busy medical practice, countless philanthropic endeavors, a thriving business and of course, family. It seems his very hectic existence has taken its toll on his health. Is it worth it? Continue reading

Andres Chronicle Special Edition: Tau Mu Sigma Phi’s 70th Anniversary Celebration

By Bro. Dr. Primo Aquino Andres, Lucky 13

FELLOWSHIP NIGHT1The trip to the Philippines this time is full of adventure and unusual experiences that need going over, some worth going back for and others you can talk about and remember with glee but probably would not want to encounter again. Here is an account of my own personal experience. So fasten your seatbelts as you ride the following pages.

Induction Ball & Awards

It was 70 years ago on January 5, 1946 that Tau Mu Sigma Phi was founded by an elite group of young medical students led by Dr. Augusto Julian Ramos, Jr. So it was that hundreds of Tauans from the Philippines and abroad congregated to celebrate the Platinum Anniversary of Tau Mu Sigma Phi, the premier fraternity of the University of Santo Tomas.

An array of activities were scheduled by the organizing committee led by Bro. Dr. Elvis Llarena, the Tauan Alumni Organization (TAO) President, and Bro. Angelo Cruz, the Most Exalted Brother and Bro Dr. Ramon Contreras, the Tau Mu USA President. Continue reading

Bro. Dr. Mariano Tolentino ΤΜΣΦ 1954: In His Grandson’s Words

By Mariano Leandro Tolentino IV
(The author is the grandson of Bro. Dr. Mariano Defante Tolentino Jr., ΤΜΣΦ 1954, who recently passed away on January 3, 2016. The article was titled “Strategic Management Term Paper: An Interview of Dr. Mariano Defante Tolentino Jr., which the author submitted as his paper on 11/3/2014 while at the University of the Philippines)

945488_10206733291983790_3851450575313890094_n                              An Interview of Dr. Mariano Defante Tolentino Jr.


During the start of this class, the professor discussed that the midterm paper is about an interview of a CEO. At first, I did not expect that I would one day interview my grandfather. I thought that at 87 years old, he might not have the strength to do an interview with me. However, due to the initial invitation rejections I received, I felt that I did not have a choice but to interview my grandfather. Fortunately, I was able to interview my grandfather and learned a lot about running a company. It was here that I learn about running a company. It was here that I learn that the head of the company represents that company and that every action he does will affect the company and that the values he holds true in his life will also be the values that the company will value. So, after a trip to Iloilo here is my interview with Dr. Mariano Defante Tolentino Jr. Continue reading

What I Learned From Tau Mu Sigma Phi (On the Event of the 70th Anniversary of their Founding, January 2016)

By Paula Binsol, Freshman, UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery

FB_IMG_1454381731162-1I think only the fraternity knows Tau Mu better than I do. And I think that’s because I was fortunate enough to have grown up with them.

Much of my childhood was filled with Christmas parties, reunions, weddings, casual get-togethers and drop-ins of Tauan passersby.

I remember the long drives, the great food, and the fun that we had because that was something that never changed. Wherever we were headed, it was always going to be fun. Continue reading

ΤΜΣΦ Welcomes Four New Tauans to the Fold

By Bro. Dr. Ferdinand Magno, 13 Men and a Baby

On Tau Mu Sigma Phi’s 70th year anniversary, the Thomasian Medical Students’ Fraternity welcomes four new brothers to the circle of Tauan brotherhood.

The new Tauans underwent initiations under the tutelage of then Exalted Brother Ryan Paolo Lopez Bondoc, Prodigal Sons. Our newly initiated brothers are as follows: Bro. Bien Jindrich Johannes Bautista Jovellanos, Bro. Kevin Reollada Managuelod, Bro. Raphael Angello Lobrin Obias and Bro. Anthony Royce Primicias Prudencio.

brx1Bien Jindrich or Brx for short has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Santo Tomas. He was interested in joining Tau Mu Sigma Phi because of the fraternity’s countless medical missions and its major projects such as MEDWARDS.

MEDWARDS is the fraternity’s annual major school project during MEDWEEK celebrations. Beneficiaries of the one day event are the different wards of the UST Clinical Division.

Brx is the son of Bro. Dr. Benedicto ‘Benjie’ Anselmo Jovellanos, GI 18 and the nephew of Bro. Dr. Marlon Anselmo Jovellanos, Pililia 7 but he claims that he approached the fraternity on his own. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Mass Starts Off 70th Year Celebrations

By Bro. Dr. Ferdinand Magno, 13 Men and a Baby
(pictures from Bro. Dr. Alfredo Santos Garcia, 9 Tauan Commandos and Bro. Kevin Anthony Ortiz Mallari, Markados)

A thanksgiving mass at the Santissimo Rosario Parish Church held on January 5, 2016 at five in the afternoon signaled the commencement of Tau Mu Sigma Phi’s year long festivities as it turns 70 years this year.


The mass was attended by around 40-50 Tauans, both from the alumni ranks spearheaded by Tauan Alumni Organization(TAO) President Bro. Dr. Elvis Cruz Llarena, Taon VI and the student brods led by incoming Most Exalted Brother Angelo de Jesus Cruz, Tauan Inferno. Continue reading