Betans Reunion and Dinagyang
Puerto Real, La Paz, Iloilo
August 4, 2005


The Betans Reunion and Dinagyang was held at Puerto Real, La Paz, Iloilo on August 4, 2005. More than 200 Betans from the Philippines, Australia, Singapore, United States and Canada attended the round-the-clock event joined by their families and friends. There were speeches from alumni as well as fund-raising for the Scholarship Program and Basketball Tournament. The event was a tribute to the original founding brothers and exemplary members of the fraternity who were presented with the Ultimate Betan Award, the highest award to be given to a Betan. Recipients of the award were the Founders of the Phi Beta Epsilon Fraternity: The late Bros. Juan Sornito, Celestino Javier and Arturo Rivera. Sis Aurora Alerta-Lim, Bros. Sabas Homena, Gerry Gepulango, Jessie Aling, Narciso Maravilla, Jorge Tamayo, Ely Bagtasus, Jorge Sabidong, Freddie Ortiz, Rudy Tipanan, George Pontino, and Edmund Arias were also presented the Ultimate Betan Award, as exemplary Betans, for their outstanding contribution to the fraternity. The occasion featured a lot of singing, food and drinks and the good ol' Betan camaraderie.

The Presidential Table. From L-R: Bros. Sabas Homena, Sis Melanie Javier Misajon, Lydia Sornito Penacerrada, Bro. Jorge Tamayo, Sis Maya Rivera de la Cruz, Bro. Julito Ganchero, Sis Aurora Alerta-Lim, Bros. Ely Bagtasus, Narciso Maravilla and Gerry Gepulango.

Recipients of Plaques of Recognition for their Outstanding Contribution to the Fraternity. From L-R: Bros. Humphrey Amistoso for Freddie Ortiz, George Pontino and Edmund Arias, Ely Bagtasus, Jorge Tamayo, Narciso Maravilla, Gerry Gepulango, Sis Aurora Alerta-Lim, Bros. Sabas Homena, Osmar Lagtapon for Jessie Aling, Julito "Tristan" Ganchero.

Third row left: Presentor of awards Bro. Al Aninao and Bro. Hernando Lagdamen (not shown). Bro. Tristan Ganchero (observing).

Third row right: Bro. Suresh Karnani delivering the Closing Remarks.

Fourth row: Daughters of the late Bro. Celestino Javier, Miriam Javier de la Fuente, Lilibeth Javier, Prof. Melanie Javier Misajon, with Bro. Tristan Ganchero.

Fifth row: Daughter of the late Bro. Juan Sornito, Lydia Sornito Penacerrada, her husband Victory Penacerrada and their children with Bro. Tristan Ganchero.

Sixth row: Daughter of the late Bro. Arturo Rivera, Maya Rivera de la Cruz, with Bro. Tristan Ganchero.


Clockwise from Left: Bros. Jed Panes, Nigel Jalea, Alton Sandico, Fabian Dionela, Manuel Gale, Jojo Gargarita, John Suelo and Melvin Junsay. Standing: Elan Villaluna.