Tau Gamma Phi

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Tau Gamma Phi
Triskelions' Grand Fraternity
FoundedOctober 4, 1968; 51 years ago (1968-10-04)
University of the Philippines Diliman
TypeSocio Economic Service Fraternity
Motto"A Triskelion firmly believes in the power of reason, not in the use of force as reason."
Colors     Gold      Black
Chapters Philippines = 4000+ Philippine Colleges, Universities and Community Based Chapters
Triskelions' Grand Fraternity National and International Councils/Chapters :
 Australia = 1
 Bahrain = 1,
 Brunei = 1,,
 Canada = 1,
 Germany = 1,
 Guam = 1,
 Hong Kong = 1,
 Italy = 3,
 Iran = 1,
 Iraq = 1,
 Ireland = 1,
 Israel = 1,
 Japan = 1,
 Jordan = 1,
 Kuwait = 1,
 Laos = 2,
 Libya = 1,
 New Zealand = 1,
 Maldives = 1
 Norway = 1,
 Oman = 1,
 Qatar = 2,
 Saudi Arabia = 3,
 Singapore = 1,
 South Korea = 2,
 Spain = 2,
  Switzerland = 1,
 Thailand = 1,
 Vanuatu = 1
 United Arab Emirates = 1,
 United Kingdom = 2,
Cardinal PrinciplesThe 3 Cardinal Principles:
  "Fortis Voluntas Fraternitas " (Strength, Freewill and Brotherhood)
HeadquartersUniversity of the Philippines, Diliman

Tau Gamma Phi (ΤΓΦ), also known as the Triskelions' Grand Fraternity, is a fraternity established in the Philippines. Its members call themselves Triskelions. Their aims are to see a Fraternity System devoid of violence in lieu of the rampant violence pervading the university campus at the time of its founding, to avoid elitism if they can, and to earnestly propagate their fraternity's principles as their way of life. Based on these goals, the Triskelions categorized their formal group as a 'protest fraternity'; the Fraternity encourages its members to strive for spiritual growth and to organize socio-civic activities for the benefit of communities.[1] Tau Gamma Phi is now one of the largest international fraternities, with about 1,500,000 registered members worldwide,[2] its counterpart is called Tau Gamma Sigma (ΤΓΣ) also known as the Triskelions' Grand Sorority.


The fraternal organization, originally known as the [3]', was founded on October 4, 1968 by 6 arts and science students from the University of the Philippines Diliman campus, Quezon City, Philippines. Membership grew when the Greek-lettered name Tau Gamma Phi was adopted. A few years later, chapters were established at other college and university campuses in the Philippines.

Martial law era[edit]

When martial law was declared on September 21, 1972 by the late Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, some university organizations including Tau Gamma Phi became targets of military harassment, believing that these school organizations posed a threat to the Marcos regime. [4][5][6][self-published source]

With martial law forestalling most of its fraternal activities, the Triskelions faced the problem of continuous decline in recruitment. In the 1975 general assembly, they explored the idea of including younger members. Recruitment began in the high school sector with the "Junior Tau Gamma Phi", also known as the "Junior Triskelions", founded at San Beda College–High School in 1975.[7]

Triskelion Youth Movement[edit]

Tau Gamma Phi and later on also the Tau Gamma Sigma, opened its doors to aspiring youth in the community through the Triskelion Youth Movement (T.Y.M.), so that they too, who temporarily stopped pursuing higher education to continue their chosen vocation, might also participate in Tau Gamma Phi and Tau Gamma Sigma.


Despite an anti-hazing law in the Philippines, many university fraternities in the Philippines have been involved in a dozen cases of hazing deaths since 2006, and have been implicated in numerous incidents of violence.[8]

The Tau Gamma Phi called on all chapters through their provincial and city councils to the fraternity motto Primum Nil Nocere or "First, Do No Harm", and commit to avoid violence related to hazing.[9]

Affiliated Groups[edit]

  • Tau Gamma Sigma (ΤΓΣ) — Triskelions' Grand Sorority.
  • Triskelion Alumni Organization (T.A.O.) — The umbrella organization of all Triskelion alumni associations worldwide.
  • Triskelion Order of Law (T.O.L.) — Alumni association of Triskelions who are in the judiciary and paralegal profession.
  • Triskelion Order of Medicine (T.O.M.) — Alumni association of Triskelions who are in the medical profession.
  • Triskelion Law Enforcers Group (TRILEG) - Alumni association of Triskelions who are in the field of Law Enforcement.
  • Triskelion Order of Business (T.O.B.) — Alumni association of Triskelions who are in the corporate world, businessmen and those who operate their own entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Triskelion Information Technology Group (T.I.T.G.) — Alumni association of Triskelions who are computer engineers, technicians and information technology professionals.(Formerly known as TITO)
  • Triskelion Order of Call Center Professionals (T.O.C.C.) — Alumni association of Triskelions who are in the Business Process Outsourcing industry or contact/call centers.
  • Triskelion Seafarers League (TriSEAL) — Alumni association of Triskelions who are professional mariners, shipping executives, military personnel, and crew in ships sailing oceans around the globe.
  • Triskelion Order of Teachers (T.O.T.) - Alumni association of Triskelions who are in the teaching profession. The T.O.T. was first organized at the West Visayas State University, Iloilo City, Philippines.
  • Triskelion Order in the Profession of Arms (ΤΓΦPA) - The Triskelion Order in the Profession of Arms aims to conglomerate all Triskelions that are members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. It was blessed by no less than the FF RODRIGO CONFESOR on 04 October 2010 and then founded by Philippine Air Force Triskelions on 10 October 2010 at Fernando Air Base, Lipa City, Batangas.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-22. Retrieved 2014-09-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Triskelion Emergency Response Team holds management training in Tacloban City - Sun.Star". www.sunstar.com.ph. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  3. ^ 'Order of the U.P. Triskelions
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-05-29. Retrieved 2014-09-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://mrkowalzki21.typepad.com/blog/weblogs/page/2/
  6. ^ "INTPRIN: The Press Under Martial Law". mysite.dlsu.edu.ph. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  7. ^ [1] Archived December 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "FAST FACTS: Get to know Tau Gamma Phi". Rappler. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  9. ^ Gonzales, Yuji Vincent. "Tau Gamma Phi pioneers condemn death of WMSU student by hazing". Retrieved 2018-03-26.

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