In 2009, the Mu Sigma Phi Sorority celebrated its 75th year anniversary with the theme Mu Sigma Phi Sorority at 75: Glorious in its Excellence. Members locally and from abroad worked together to carry on the sorority's legacy of sisterhood, service, scholarship and leadership.
Big things start from big things.
The Mu Sigma Phi Sorority commenced the year-long celebration of its diamond anniversary with a Grand Launch last June 17, 2009 at the Calderon Hall, UP College of Medicine. Highlighting the affair was the unveiling of the anniversary exhibit, the centerpiece of which were the Grand Diamond and a proud roster of 1, 372 sisses of the Sorority. A toast was raised to seventy-five years of glory, after which a thrilling fireworks display capped the night and formally drew the curtains for the magnificence that would yet follow.
The stage had been set for a splendid seventy-fifth.
Mu Health Caravan
To enjoy the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being. Under this guiding principle, the Sorority launched the Mu Health Caravan with the theme “Women Empowerment and Literacy through Health Education (W.E.A.L.T.H.).” Energized with that fire for service and scholarship, the Mu Health Caravan embarked on the road to provide women with what is essential: the authority to make informed choices about their health.
The flagship activity of the Mu Health Caravan is the Women’s Health and Wellness Seminar for High School Teachers, a series of day-long lectures, workshops and discussions customized to the needs of the community. Important issues like cervical cancer, breast cancer, obesity, aging, menopausal syndrome, proper nutrition and stress management take center stage. The Mu Gazette, an annual publication of the Sorority on relevant community-based health topics, was also circulated as supplement to the project. Three successful legs have been held in Tarlac and Bataan, and the project is looking to expand to other localities such as Laguna, Cavite and Bicol.
Utilizing other venues, the Mu Health Caravan, including a mall-wide lecture series titled Great Expectations: Your Guide to being a Fabulous Mom-to-be, which catered for women of child-bearing age. Featured in this program was Sayuntis, a bellydancing activity especially beneficial for pregnant women.
Self-denying service has always been at the core of the Sorority’s values—thus ImMUnity: Be the Doctor, Not the Patient. This free vaccination program of the Sorority lists ensuring the safety of health professionals foremost in its objectives, a necessity if self-denying service must later be rendered. From March to August, distributed over a total of four legs, a total of five hundred vaccines for the human papilloma virus (HIV), typhoid, flu and Hepatitis B vaccines were administered to UP College of Medicine students and Philippine General Hospital (PGH) employees. Also under ImMUnity, the Sorority assisted the UP Health Service in delivering lectures on immunization to the university freshmen in June.
Relevant and progressive, ImMUnity is not exempt from Mu’s brand of service.
Gawad Kalinga Build and Health Mission
Members of the Mu Sigma Phi Sorority joined hearts and hands in strengthening a community with this two-part project, the Gawad Kalinga Build and Health Mission for GK Espiritu Santo in Barangay Baesa, Quezon City. Through surveys and focus group discussions, the needs of the community were assessed and were acted upon with medical missions and health lectures. Holistic in its approach to health, the Sorority had also decided to address the people’s basic need for shelter by committing itself to the contstruction of house units. GK Espiritu Santo was also a recipient of the Sorority’s relief efforts after the onslaught of typhoons last year.
Anniversary Mass and Foundation Day Dinner
It was as beautiful as any birthday could be.
Commemorated in a festive night last August 27, 2009 was the diamond anniversary of the founding of the Sorority. Recalling to its fold more than a hundred sisses, the celebration commenced with a thanksgiving mass at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) chapel given by Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, Archbishop of Manila.
The Foundation Day Dinner that followed was hosted at Alvior Hall, gathering in its fold more than a hundred sisses who had come to rejoice in the glorious and graceful aging of the Sorority they loved. Candles were lit on the pristine white layered cake adorned with roses and a diamond on the top, songs sung and wishes made. The event, which reunited sisses across decades, was rightfully captured with the 75th-year pictorial.
In the ultimate celebration of womanhood, BRILYANTE: The Empowered Woman, a gala dinner and fashion show, proudly claimed the runway last August 28 at the NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. BRILYANTE shines brightest among gems of its kind because of its pledge to one worthy, timely cause: the fight against cervical cancer.
Directed by Robby Carmona, BRILYANTE featured distinguished designers, each assigned a precious stone and a life credo—ruby for courage, sapphire for peace, emerald for hope and dignity and diamond for a life with purpose—around which they fashioned a clothing collection. These designs were perfected by celebrity and guest models, members of the Mu Sigma Phi Sorority and Fraternity and cancer survivors.
BRILYANTE was for the benefit of the Cervical Cancer Network Prevention Program (CECAP) of the Cancer Institute Foundation (CIF) Inc. of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH).
Gawad Panitikang Pangkalusugan
Bridging the gap between health and literacy.
The first health-centered children’s storybook writing competition in the country, Gawad Panitikang Pangkalusugan explores the power of books and reading to entertain and educate. The contest was officially launched last December 17, 2009 under the Sorority’s Health Education and Literacy (HEAL) Project.
Taking centerstage in its pilot year are Philippine health myths, in recognition of the influence of folk knowledge and traditions on the local practice of medicine. Aside from its objectives of health education, Gawad Panitikang Pangkalusugan also aims to contribute to the country’s literary wealth and revitalize a reliable instrument for child-rearing.
Color My World
Optimum delivery of quality health services comes hand in hand with suitable facilities.
In partnership with the Lifestyle Network TV Group, the Sorority spearheaded Color My World, the renovation of the former Multidisciplinary Child and Adolescent Unit (MCAU) of the Outpatient Department (OPD)-Pediatrics section. Aside from sponsoring the modernization of the 70-square meter unit, the said network also donated a personal computer, an LCD television for the waiting area and steel cabinets. The renovated unit was formally inaugurated last December 17 as the Developmental and Genetics Clinics of the OPD-Pediatrics section.
Mu Sigma Phi Relief Operations
If the best way to find one’s self is to lose it in the service of of others, then the Mu Sigma Phi Sorority has not just found, but has many times reaffirmed, its purpose and identity.
There is none more poignant a time in recent memory than the aftermath of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, which had thoroughly devastated Luzon. In less than 48 hours, the Sorority and the Fraternity had quickly mobilized their members and responded by donating medicines from the Mu Drug Bank and promptly-accumulated relief goods. With the magnitude of the crisis, however, it became evident that more simply needed to be done if lives and homes were to be rebuilt. It was with this burning thought that gave birth to the Mu Sigma Phi Relief Operations, which aimed not only to gather and judiciously distribute resources but to go beyond short-termed assistance.
The Mu Sigma Phi Relief Operations team bravely waded mud and flood and traversed severely-damaged roads to extend aid, through goods like food, clothes, medicine and water, to the people of Tahanang Walang Hagdan; communites in Marikina; and those in Gawad Kalinga Espiritu Santo in Quezon City and Barangay Calwais in Antipolo. Also, recognizing that with floods came the grave risk of diseases, numerous medical missions throughout October were organized in Bulacan, Manila, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Quezon City and Rizal, serving over 2000 patients. An extension of the Mu Health Caravan was also conducted in a gym in Pasig that housed a thousand evacuees.
75th Grand Anniversary Ball
A night to crown seventy-five years and a sisterhood to last a lifetime. It was with both joy and nostalgia that the Sorority's 75th Grand Anniversary Ball was celebrated last December 16 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza.
Members of the Sorority across the decades and continents were reunited in a meaningful program that boasted the unveiling of Diamante, the Sorority's history immortalized in a coffeetable book; song and dance performances by sisses; and a solemn renewal of vows. The Diamond has brought them home.
To rekindle the past, celebrate the present and conquer the future: that is the quest of the Mu Sigma Phi Sorority. Long have its forebearers started on the path to glory, and illuminated by their vision the succeeding generations of sisses have followed, staying at the helm of the changing times and ever blazing new trails. And today, armed with 75 glorious years and 1,372 sisses strong, the Sorority has never been more primed to face the daybreak.
Mu Sigma Phi Sorority Wins TAYO
One of the best – and yet again, the first.
Nationwide. The Mu Sigma Phi Sorority added another jewel to its laurels when it was adjudged one of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) in the Seventh Annual TAYO Awards last October 28, 2009 at the Renaissance Hotel. Claiming the distinction of being the first sorority to be conferred such merit, the Sorority bested over 200 entries across the country with Tutok GaMUtan: Kapit-Bisig Laban sa TB, a multi-pronged strategic program against tuberculosis launched in May 2008 in Barangay Calawis, Rizal. Conceptualized in response to the needs of the community, Tutok GaMUtan forged a collaboration among members, health workers and officials for the effective screening, intensive treatment and reinforced awareness of tuberculosis through education campaigns. August 1, 2009 saw the successful conclusion of its first phase with the graduation of its eleven participants and already, the second year of Tutok GaMUtan had commenced with a medical mission last February 6.
There is none more fitting a tribute nor source of inspiration on this diamond year than this moment of fruition. All for the glory!