The Brotherhood is faced with a special dilemma. Not since the 1972 declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines did we ever contemplate and revisit our membership rituals. With RA 8049 – the Anti-Hazing Law of the Philippines, the Brotherhood is in constant discussion since a couple of years ago with meetings after meetings on the impact of the law to our rituals that began in 1947.
The fact is we Betans have lived upon the creed, “Men if left to wander aimlessly on the fields may stumble upon the truth and pick the wild flowers of knowledge …”. And the truth is we should first and foremost strive to be law-abiding citizens of the land. The truth is the world that we lived in is progressing. The ways of the past belongs to the past and with these evolving trends, be it in our social, economic, or spiritual lives, we should face the present with courage and change accordingly.
In the past, there was slavery; no suffrage for women, there was segregation. Sports have continued to evolve to make it safer for athletes. We are facing the present where we value more the human life, we learn to look at charities; we learn the equality between sexes. We learn to respect life, and that we are all equal in the eyes of God, that we are all entitled to our continuing pursuit of happiness, justice and liberty.
Our name is Greek because our origins are Greek. In the old days in Europe, the initiation ritual of a person wishing to join the academic life was harsh. That was to initiate them quickly as those people were thought of to be uncultured and lacking in discipline. Those are not true anymore in our present society.
The argument that our rituals didn’t change or unblemished since the founding of this fraternity is also simply not true. We chronicled changes after changes in CPU alone. Then with the brotherhood branching to ICC and UI, there were remarkable (and sometimes dubious) changes that also happened.
While listening to a Christian radio out of Valdosta, Georgia, the preacher talked about a certain sportsman rule. "How do you win in sports?," he asked. "First, you need to follow the rules. If you don't you're a cheat." As I was pondering on the statement, it became apparent that in order for the Brotherhood to advance (to win) is to follow the rules of the land. We can't be legit if everything we do does not conform with the present legislation.
It is time for a change and be compliant with RA 8049. We
have to embrace the fact that the ways of the past are outdated and it’s
time to implement the new wave. It is time to recognize The Brave New World
where we value more the courage of the human spirit. It is time to recognize
that our past is outdated and that the present laws were formulated in response
to the changing times. Consequently, we should embrace these laws and change
accordingly with the thought that these are for our own benefit. It is the
TRUTH that we should lead our members to believe in. Just to continue on our
creed, “…efforts are controlled and directed they may
reap a more bountiful harvest…”
- Loch Bucane (Tambayan Webmaster, February 20, 2012)
Efforts spearheaded by Bro. Jairus Cancel (Tambayan Moderator) are in the works to uncover more details about the ICC Betans that existed in the 50s and early 60s. ICC stands for Iloilo City College which was later renamed University of Iloilo (UI). While common concept easily suggests that the ICC Betans became the UI Betans because of the renaming of the school, it seems that there was no relationship between the two chapters. Nevertheless, the Betans Tambayan recognizes the ICC Betans as one of its origins. More pictures of members are found in Pix from Past section of this website and any help to unravel its history is warmly welcomed.
The Betans Tambayan Website
"Tambayan" in the Philippines means a hang-out place. This Tambayan is a virtual hang-out place for Betans all over the world. The Betans could be resident or alumni members of the Phi Beta Epsilon Fraternity from University of Iloilo, Central Philippine University, Western Institute of Technology, University of San Agustin and West Visayas College of Science and Technology, all based in Iloilo City, Philippines. They could be affiliated with other Betan or non-Betan organization. This Tambayan's main purpose is to be the site for Betans to mingle, communicate and interact with other Betans. This Tambayan is meant for the Betans to exercise their basic rights as individuals including the freedom of speech, a virtual place where they freely express their opinions and air their feelings. For Betans who wish to come to our abode, WELCOME. - Tambayan Webmaster