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It is said that the work of a true diplomat happens behind closed doors. From mundane requirements such as the issuance of passports, visas and seals to high-level discussions intended to protect the rights of overseas Filipino workers, envoys work facelessly in offices and conference rooms here and abroad.

Upsilon Sigma Phi has not only delivered its share of statemen and captains of industry. It has also enriched the annals of diplomacy with men who have offered service to their fellowmen.

In the 100 years since its founding in 1918, Upsilon has produced three Foreign Affairs secretaries. Salvador P. Lopez (’33) served during the term of President Diosdado Macapagal in 1963. Arturo Tolentino (’31) was President Ferdinand Marcos’ (’37) Chief Envoy from 1984 to 1985, and Salvador “Doy” Laurel (’47) served from 1986 to 1987 under President Corazon Aquino.

Upsilonians who took on roles as Philippine ambassadors abroad include: Yusuf R. Abubakar (’34), Roberto Benedicto (’36), Abraham Rasul (’41), Jose Z. Oledan (’46), Armando Manalo (’47), Isabelito Astraquillo (’48), Florentino Feliciano (’48), Kasan K. Marohombsar (’50), Edgardo Espiritu (’55), Menandro Galenzogo (’63), Oscar G. Valenzuela (’64), Enrique Zaldivar (’55), Willy Gaa (’66), Jesus I. Yabes (’66) and Carlos Sorreta (’88).

1950s

“Many would join the fold during the glory years of light! These include: Josue N. Bellosillo (Justice of the Supreme Court), Serafin D. Quiason Jr. ’50 (Chairman of the National Historical Institute), Edgardo B. Espiritu ’55 (Ambassador); Benigno S. Aquino Jr. ’50 (Senator); Roquito Ablan Jr. ’50 (Congressman); Juanito R. Remulla ’51 (Governor of Cavite); Dionisio Dela Serna ’57 (Deputy Executive Secretary & Chairman of the Pag-Ibig Fund, NHA, HGIC, NHMFC); Jorge L. Araneta ’53 (CEO, Araneta Group of Companies); Christian S. Monsod ’55 (Comelec Chairman); Antonio O. Mabesa ’54 (Theater Actor and Director) Behn H. Cervantes ’58 (Director/Activist), Manuel Rivera ‘57 (Film Director), Kidlat Tahimik ’59 (Artist), to name a few.” — The Fifties: A New Stage, Duncan Vinluan ’17

“The Upsilon has managed to put up three brods as Student Council heads – Eric de Guia ’59, Tristan Catindig’63 and later on Manny Ortega ’66 during the early ‘70s.  It also had three Collegian editors, Tristan Catindig ’63, Ancheta Tan ’63 and Teodoro Yabut ’71.  It had dominance over the editorship of the Philippinensian with Ricardo Dino ’59, Antonio Hidalgo ’60, Honesto Nuqui ’63, Pedro Dy-Liacco ’65 and Felipe Estella ’66, leading the social and political discourse on campus through its publication.” — The Academe in the Early ‘60s,
From Campus to Country: Challenges in the Upsilon Brand of Leadership, Ed Sunico’86 and Mars Marcelino ’16

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