Gamma Epsilon Fraternity
The Gamma Epsilon Fraternity is an international service fraternity founded at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila, Philippines on August 25, 1963. It's sister organization, the Gamma Lambda Epsilon Sorority was established on August 25, 1965, the first year anniversary of the fraternity.Maybe the second year anniversary, because if it was the first year anniversay, then it should be 1964.
After the establishment of the organization at UST (Alpha chapter), the founders and pioneers organized chapters around the university-belt area starting at the University of the East which became Beta chapter, the Delta chapter at the Adamson University, Feati University (Omicron), Mapua Institute of Technology (Kappa), the Central Colleges of the Philippines (Gamma), the Jose Rizal College (Eta), the Ateneo de Manila University (Epsilon), the Arellano University (Rho), the University of the Manila (Mu), the National University (Nu), Centro Escolar University (Lambda), the University of the Philippines (Upsilon)? but asfar as chapter name is concerned; UP is omega, the Far Eastern University which was named as Chi chapter, the San Beda College (Alpha Alpha), the Lyceum of the Philippines (Beta Alpha), the Technological Institute of the Philippines (Omicron Alpha), the San Sebastian College (Beta Beta), and the Letran College (Alpha Beta).
Fraternity officers and members from Alpha chapter also organized in the provinces including the Pi chapter at the Central Luzon State University, Zeta chapter at the Nueva Viscaya State Institute of Technology, the Omega chapter at the University of the Philippines in Los Banos, the Tau chapter at the Laguna College of Business and Arts, the Phi chapter at the University of Northern Philippines, the Sigma chapter at the Gregoria Araneta University Foundation, the Theta chapter at the St. Louis University, Iota chapter at the Mountain State Agricultural College (Benguet State University), and Xi chapter at the University of Baguio.
In January 1968, Gamma Epsilon established its first nest in the Visayas, the Psi chapter, at the Cebu Normal College. The Zeta Phi chapter at the Southwestern University was organized in 1969. Gamma Epsilon became a nationwide organization in the Philippines when it was brought at the Central Mindanao University-Zeta Omega Chapter in Bukidnon in 1972. From CMU, it was brought to Mindanao State University - Omega Rho Chapter in Marawi City on February 15, 1975.It was in 1969 also that the mother chapter UST was dissolved because of organizational differences of the leaders. Majority of the gamma epsilon members left the organization and formed the gamma sigma epsilon known as groselex.
From the 1970's to the 1980's, Gamma Epsilon rapidly grew and established nests in almost all universities and colleges throughout the country. At present, the Gamma Epsilon Fraternity and Gamma Lambda Epsilon Sorority are honored as among the oldest and largest fraternal organizations with chapters chartered in over 200 colleges and universities across the Philippines. By mid 80's the chapters were dwindling down because of inter frat conflicts in university belt. Major chapters were dissolved in university belt area. Year 2000, almost all chapters in the university belt were wiped out. Only PUP and GAUF survived. There were many discrepancies in the history of gamma epsilon that even handshake in luzon and vismin is totally different. Burnt insignia is also a big issue because vismin and luzon's insignia is totally different. Confusion also run amongst members because vismin call themselves falcons while luzon insists they are eagles. Confusion runs deep in the history of gamma epsilon as the founder fabricated the history. The founder declared that during their initiation, they walked from manila to Baguio City barefoot without any provision. Later, their founder admitted that he lied about the history. The truth came out when another founder surfaced and told the members that the history was faked. It was a shameful situation among the general membership.