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6/26/2014 6:47:49 AM


Dear Brothers,

It was my fervent wish to be present here tonight, however, due to my recent ill-health I am unable to do so. Be that as it may, I am humbled to be one of the honorees in tonight's celebration, such that I have prepared this short message to be given tonight.

I joined the Sigma Rho after being inspired by its ideals and morals, the thought that I could belong to something greater to myself, to help and reconstruct a war-torn country after the onslaught of World War II, in which I also fought as a guerrilla fighter in the hinterlands of my native Bicol.

The Fraternity has been a major part of my life, throughout my membership in this august group. Being Grand Archon is one of the highest honours I have ever received in my almost 90 years of life. The honour to have led and, hopefully, have shaped our glorious fraternity is a memory I will always cherish.

I have watched the brothers succeed beyond anything that I have ever imagined and have always been proud of the Fraternity and its members. It is an inspiring thought to see the heights that the Sigma Rho Fraternity has risen throughout these years.

With this in mind I wish to draw attention to the ideals that have been inculcated in me by the Fraternity, and to call for a re-dedication to values for which I believe Sigma Rho stands for.

1. That we are among the few called to lead this nation for the betterment of all, and not just for ourselves, to be lights amidst the darkness and champions of the weak.

2. To strive for excellence, fairness and compassion in all that we do, that we, the Sigma Rho, and our brothers never be tainted and stained by dishonour.

3. To be humble in victory, gracious in defeat and respectful of all whom we encounter in our daily lives, whatever they may be, whoever they are and wherever they may come from, for we, too, were once slaves to our masters.

4. To never forget the integrity and loyalty we owe to each other and to the world-at-large, for it is these two things that are among how the Sigma Rho is defined.

5. To never forget our responsibilities, first to a Higher Being, then to yourself, then as a man, to a brother, to our families and to our nation. We will all be held accountable in the end.

And lastly, to never forget where we come from, as the saying goes, 'history repeats itself' and so do our successes and failures. It is in history that we are taught how to understand and prepare for the future, and I pray that the future is bright for our exalted fraternity, that we will continue to rise and lead, be the beacons, the shining lights and examples of everyone around us.

I am, as I always will be, humbled to be part of the Sigma Rho, and I remain, humbly again, at its service.




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