Triskelion Hymn and Bro. Ben Beltran

Hymn
This photo was taken in September 1974 in Fairview, Quezon City at the culmination of the U.P. Sedarum Saudara Leadership Seminar weekend. You can see the Late Allen Hernandez at the back, center, the late Jojo Quimpo at the front leftmost (my elbow resting on his lap) and the late Ben Beltran wearing glasses in the middle, front row nrxt to Atty. Monching Ocampo to his right and Bert reyes to his left. Next to Bert is Peter de la Costa and behind him Bembot Aldecoa. (Photo by Bro Ray R. Ramirez, MDG (UP Diliman 1972)

Bro. Ben Beltran, our beloved brother from the University of the Philippines to whom we credit the co-authorship of the Triskelion Hymn above, is no longer with us. He was shot to death by some unknown assailants on Saturday, August 21, 2005 in Manila. Whatever the events and circumstances are that resulted in his untimely demise is difficult for us to understand more so that we are at this point limited by hazy news accounts.

For now, let us join hands in praying for the loved ones he left behind and to help comfort them in their moments of bereavement and for the eternal rest for his soul. For now, let us remember Brother Ben for the Triskelion Hymn and what it means to our Fraternity.

To better understand Brother Ben and to have a clearer perspective of what their intentions were, we have to look back to the time the hymn was written and visualize ourselves to be actually present in those days. What were on their minds when they were writing the lyrics of the song? What were their objectives? What were their intentions? There were only a few Triskelions at the time when our Fraternity is starting to get embroiled in fraternity wars which we professed to abhor and which in our pronouncements is the very essence of founding a “new” fraternity in the midst of the prevailing campus violence that is becoming the norm among the Greek-letter societies. And they found the need for a hymn to rally our loyal brothers in the heat of these battles.

Ipagtanggol kung pangalan ay inaapi is a call to rise up in defense whenever our Fraternity is unjustly criticized, exploited, oppressed, enslaved, dishonored or even bullied in modern times.

Patnubay sa buhay is what the Fraternity should be, our guide in the achievement of our lofty goals and ideals, individually as our own personal preferences and idiosyncracies would allow and corporeally as a body of united brothers and sisters bound by a common desire to excel and succeed, a beacon of hope in times of despair, a light to make our path straight and clear in times of darkness and uncertainty.

Bigyan siya ng karangalan at kalingang di magmamaliw is to give the Fraternity honor and to cherish it in a manner that will never wane nor fade but will last forever. A fitting tribute to the organization that we proudly call family and this is how it should be.

There is no greater tribute to cherish the memory of Brother Ben Beltran than by being true to what he wanted the Tau Gamma Phi and the Triskelions to be. Yes Brother Ben, we shall love the Tau Gamma Phi and the Tenets and Codes of Conduct shall continue to be our guiding light. Yes Brother Ben, we shall be there in defense of the Fraternity against injustice. Yes Brother Ben, we shall continue to give the Tau Gamma Phi the honor and glory that it deserves. And yes Brother Ben, we will love and cherish the Tau Gamma Phi forever.

You will be missed!!!

Ted Mogol
UST/Adamson University ‘74

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163 comments on “Triskelion Hymn and Bro. Ben Beltran
  1. tito bagsit says:

    bros’ happy anniversary to all triskelion ”. long live. fr. batangas chapter

  2. badette says:

    hapi 39th anniv sa lahat ng kapatiran..
    nakakagulat lang hndi ko alam na ganito pala tayo karami…hndi ko alam na marami rin pala rito sa northern cali…ganda siguro kung ma meet ko kayo..

  3. Anonymous says:

    tol ang dami ng brods d2 sa davao city bisitahin nyo naman kami d2….belated hapi 39th founding anniv. of our supreme and untouchables Tau Gamma Phi kapatirang walang katapusan

  4. ladymaster says:

    LONG LIVE TAU GAMMA!!!!!!!!

  5. brod. billy says:

    tol,,,happy belated 39th anniversary TAU GAMMA PHI ang dami d2 sa mindanao mga brod. sana meet tyo lahat!!!!

  6. MDG-TUPC,CLYDE says:

    FEB 12 anniv ng Cavite Council…invTed kyong lhat!!!!!!

  7. elms says:

    msuta sa inyong lahat…mga tol..

  8. ernest de dios says:

    long live mga brad !

  9. itchi says:

    elow brod n sis…belated hapi aniv….VIVA TAU GAMMA

  10. jun says:

    we look forward to seeing uste brods ,weve organized the norwegian cruise line chapter , long live tau gamma phi, i love ust chapter

  11. brod edwin ramos says:

    blated happy 39th anniv,2 all triskelion around d world’ frm.triskelion bicol sector ragay chapt.

  12. brod jayson castuera says:

    mabuhay ang mga tau gamma phi blated anniv, sa mga pup triskelion,ragay ext.long live tau gamma phi’

  13. Jun Payongayong says:

    LONG LIVE TRISKELION WORLWIDE!! TAU GAMMA PHI IS THE TRISKELION GRAND FRATERNITY, MY FRATERNITY, THE SUPEME FRATERNITY.
    FORTIS,VOLUNTAS,FRATERNITAS

  14. smurfet says:

    fellow bros/sis,

    i congratulate u 4 a very inspiring tribute to our fallen Bro. Ben Beltran….i hope he will be remembered… let us take time to pray 4 our departed bros….mabuhay ang TRISKELION!!!!!

  15. erick franco says:

    Si Brother Ben Beltran ay isang insperasiyon sa makabagong panahon, ang pagpapahalaga nya sa kapatiran ay magsisilbing buhay sa ala-ala sa ating mga kapatid at sa darating pang mga kapatid,
    KAPATID SALUDO KAMI SAYO MAGMULA SA;
    T.Y.M. LORETO CHAPTER

  16. Brod. Combat says:

    Will be proud to be TRISKELION! long live to all TAU GAMMA PHI TRISKELION GRAND FRATERNITY/SORORITY

  17. John Paul says:

    Sa mga BROD na mga AKTIBO sa ating KAPATIRAN saludo ako sa inyo sana hindi nio patayin sa PUSO nio na isa kayong TRISKELION… LONG LIVE TAU GAMMA PHI/SIGMA

  18. reynor says:

    MABUHAY LAHAT NG TRISKELION

  19. Anonymous says:

    i love tau gamma phi.. mabuhay ang triskelion!! isa po aqng nagbabalak sumali!!!

  20. haica_sigma.. says:

    sino ba ang makakalimut ang hirap na naranasan sa kapatiran na ito..
    ARIBA TAU GAMMA.. long live mga brod en sis..

  21. axe says:

    tol nka2inspire tLga ung mga nbasa ko…….. stil loving TAU GAMMA PHI… arriba arriba……. from tierra nova community chapter bro. AXE

  22. Tol-Rhico says:

    correct ka jan sis!!! ala makakalimut ng dinaanan ng bawat isa sa atin!! ^_^

  23. Joji L says:

    I was a close friend of Allen Hernandez in the 70′s and was shocked and very saddened to read from your website that he has passed away. I would like to get in touch with Monching Ocampo regarding this matter. Please could you kindly pass this message on to Monching Ocampo and give him my email address. Allen was a very important part of my life then and I have continued to think about him often. Please help! Thank you.

  24. mahal ko ang kapatiran nato…
    the blood and sweat are more than worth it…
    i will 4ever love TAU GAMMA PHI/SIGMA!
    sa lhat ng mga triskelions…
    LONG LIVE!!!

  25. naim says:

    salam mga tol..long live sa lahat ng mga lion…ARIBA TAU GAMMA PHI…SULU provincial council from NOTRE DAME CHAPTER!!!!!! long live mga brod n sis…

  26. axe says:

    sayang naka punta nga ako nun sa pasay e…. salamat sa iniwan mong ala ala brod… ang triskelion hymn

  27. jhoe_68 says:

    Ariba TAU GAMMA PHI/SIGMA

    ZAMBOANGA CITY COUNCIL

  28. 777 says:

    mga tol, punta naman kau d2 sa camiguin

  29. brod jobbie says:

    mga tol at sis…….im jobbie from santiago city,isabela!!!bisita nmn kau d2

  30. aldwin Deomano says:

    TAU Gamma phi…. arriba ….Salamat kay brod ben sa kanyang iniwang “legacy” sa kapatiran natin nawa ay maging inspirasyon siya at mga nagawa nya sa ating libo-libong mga kapatid… mabuhay ang kataastaasang kapatiran….. SAN PABLO CITY TRISKELION COUNCIL BANLAGIN CHAPTER (TYM)

  31. brod. ville says:

    TAU GAMMA PHI.. golden city want to say capital S to all brod…

  32. john carlo says:

    mabuhay tau gamma phi.

  33. Irvin Apostol says:

    Everytime I hear the Triskelion hymn,It gives me a goosebumps..Because it recalls my mind,the last part of the initiation when all the master would try pull the paddle back from us…Then they gracefully sang the hymn…I will treasure Our Triskelion hymn forever…Long live The Triskelion Grand Fraternity…Thank you Bro. Ben Beltran…

    Irvin Apostol,MDG
    Ateneo De Zamboanga Chapter
    Zamboanga City

  34. Reik "kalde" Ricarse says:

    MAbuhAy TAU GAMMA PHI
    (GONZALES RIVERSIDE chpter)
    capital “S” to all my brothers

  35. smith says:

    long live to all triskelion out there!!!!!! mabuhay!!

  36. bernard "bern" agustin says:

    Salamat sa legacy brod Ben. Long live tau gamma phi.

    Bern
    lyceum 93

  37. Patrick says:

    brod.. tnx sa legacy iyong itinaguyod… long live TAU GAMMA PHI

  38. Erwin says:

    Mabuhay mga kapatid

    ERWIN MDG
    QCPU ’05

  39. whiplash says:

    visit din ninyo mga utol ang msu ranaw triskelion forums,daming mahalagang talakayan dun,at mga kuwelang mga brod/sisses

  40. Bro. Michael Abellana says:

    I and rest of the Kutang Bato Council,NDU Chapter Cotabato City….
    Sincerely…Address our dearest condolence to the family and friends of Bro. Ben Beltran……
    We treasure the honor of our great beloved brother now and for the rest of our life to be more more meaningfull
    The triskelion Hymn we admire!
    Long Live Tau Gamma Phi!!!!!!!

  41. brix says:

    Hi brods and sis out there… LAGUNA STATE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY STA.CRUZ CAMPUS CHAPTER!!!

  42. mikel says:

    arriba!! pasyal kau dto sasan jose city council, nueva ecija provincial cuoncil mga bro.

  43. mico says:

    mga brod bstahn nyo amn kme d2 s tgaytay..maharlika west chapter 2 mico santos

  44. jayoblax says:

    jayoblaxyahoo.com university of visayas chapter… cebu triskelion..
    long live tau gamma pi cebu council
    -77055

  45. Trskln. Roel says:

    brod/sis visit nman kayo d2 sa Albay.,, marami kming tanung sa inyo bout sa TGCC…

  46. 19Syrus68 says:

    MgA ToL MzTa Na SyRuS To FrOm MaRiNdUqUe ChApTeR!!!,,,…. MzTa Na MgA BrOd Nd SiS!!,,..

  47. eriwn says:

    hi!brod & sis bisita nman kayo dito sa calbayog city,, sa TEBORCIO TANCINCO MEMORIAL INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE OF TECHNOLOGY CHAPTER….. CAPITAL S. TO ALL

  48. jimmy says:

    mga tol! bisita naman kayo dito sa cebu para makita ninyo ang ating mga bro and sis…

  49. Mhack1ne says:

    tol and sis ! LONG LIVE ! .. MHACK1NE from SUCAT HI-WAY CHAPTER .. in PARAÑAQUE CITY .. METRO MANILA COORDINATING COUNCIL !

  50. efren diaz says:

    oi, musta mo tanan? let say all together.. long live TRISKELION(TAU GAMMA PHI.)

  51. Anonymous says:

    Mga brod and sis long live, red nga pala pamantasan ng lungsod ng taguig chapter,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,TRISKELION GRAND FRATERNITY\SORORITY

  52. clark says:

    long live mga bro & sis
    valenzuela chapter

  53. tolitz says:

    advance happy anniversarry to all triskelion! brod and sis 40 years na tayo arriva arriva tau gamma phi!!!

  54. dizza says:

    …long live tau gamma phi…Astig maging iba…

  55. ADVANCE HAPPY 40th ANNIVERSARY SA LAHAT NG MGA BRODS AND SIS SA BUONG MUNDO..ARRIBA TAU GAMMA PHI!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. mark gonda says:

    long live tayong lahat

  57. alca says:

    eiz… long live.. advance hapi anniv senyo.. we’ll keep living!

  58. larry academia says:

    to all TRISKELION…LONG LIVE TAU GAMMA PHI!!!ARRIBA!!! CAPITAL S BRO AND SIS!!! from SAN JOSE CITY COUNCIL OF NUEVA ECIJA…

  59. jhen says:

    Long live tau gamma phi/sigma……essu salcedo chapter.

  60. 70035 says:

    A Triskelion would sacrifice oneself so others may live…

  61. brod.laurenez "wawat" says:

    long live tau gamma/sigma

  62. brod.jj "bitoy" says:

    long live tau gamma phi/sigma.,may the force of the tau gamma phi be with you..

  63. med says:

    long live mga triskelion!

  64. triskelion says:

    tol happy aniv!!

    …long live tau gamma phi!!

    lungos aguho community chapter!!

  65. gretch says:

    long live po s lahat..
    from bicol chapter.. hapi 40th aniv..

  66. Anonymous says:

    happy 40th anniv..
    long live….

    from trimex chapter (senior)
    binan,laguna

  67. kobe_bicol chapter says:

    long live tau gama phi!
    hapi anniv mga bro and sis….

  68. Anonymous says:

    bro..long live tau gamma phi..les celebr8 our aniv.—peejay

  69. angelo says:

    MABUHAY ANG MGA LION…ARIBA TRISKELION..LONG LIVE BOD.AND SIS.

  70. angelo says:

    HAPI 40TH ANNIV….
    from mike of calamba chapter

  71. hello mga brods musta na kayo lahat

  72. chicha adamson chapter says:

    2008 tol. . welcome. .batch big 3 03

  73. ayin says:

    LONG LIVE MGA TOL!

  74. Anonymous says:

    mga brod ko jan capital S sainyo

  75. sherwin says:

    arriba tau gama phi

    from:sherwin marc ng san narcizo chapter

  76. jomar bangonon says:

    tol…. musta chapter sa u.P? taga msu gensan ako brod:long live kapatirang malaya

  77. XunreX says:

    musta na tol?
    long live!!
    viva triskelion!!!!

  78. aira jhon chua says:

    im aira from marikina chapter.
    makatao council

  79. miner callado says:

    long live.. from pgsawitan chapter.. sta cruz council laguna..

  80. jollen says:

    capital s mga tol!
    long live tau gamma phi!

  81. Anonymous says:

    long live mga tol!!! del pilar chapter of palawan!!!!

  82. ‘man is brother unto man’ long live TAU GAMMA PHI our fraternity the supreme fraternity… maritime chapter calapan orriental mindoro.

  83. vhin says:

    musta mga tol!!! from villareal chapter!!!

  84. kevin says:

    live and let live triskelion……..from ormoc city chapter

  85. matt\|||/ says:

    mga brod/sis musta??…
    capital S mga tol, mula sa zamboanga city council…

  86. john pamintuan says:

    im from tarlac city

    TARLAC MABUHAY CHAPTER

  87. Beth says:

    brod/sis musta?
    Long live Triskelion! Frm naga chapter!

  88. eugine says:

    viva.. tau gamma.. capital S mga brad at sis… long live triskelion.. fr. batangenong triskelion.. university of batangas chapter…

  89. abner says:

    mga brod/SIS DUMALaw naman keu d2 s upi maguindanao.from brod abz

  90. wow tau gamma sigma din aq frm initao chapter…long live sa atin lahat mga brod/sis…mabuhay ang lahat na tau gamma phi/sigma….

  91. badeth says:

    long live tau gamma phi/sigma!!!

    mabuhay binukalan chapter,alitagtag batangas municipal council

  92. peny says:

    mabuhay ang mga lion..TCYM p.canlapan batangas city

  93. Alvin Mallari says:

    mabuhay ang tau gamma phi…. capital S mga brad at sis… long live triskelion..

    Concepcion Tarlac Chapter

  94. 1968 says:

    long live tau gamma phi, ub hs chapter,.,

  95. marsky says:

    long live tau gamma phi

  96. hans says:

    long live tau gamma phi/sigma around the world…..

  97. brod kimmer evangelista says:

    CAPITAL S to all brod and sis…long live triskelion…!!!

  98. bHaby says:

    Capital S sa mga brods and sis..
    long live Tau gamma phi/sigma.

  99. brod jayson says:

    i luv tau gamma phi!!!!!!!!!

  100. shagee icban says:

    uhm hi po mga triskelions and sigma..im one of ur no.1 fan…actually sigma po mommy ko.

  101. lorence says:

    lng live mga tol\sis

  102. jonathan says:

    hi to all BRODS>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  103. ron says:

    hi to all brod and sis long live……
    margosatubig chapter

  104. rainier says:

    hi to all australia chapter ! tga australia dn aq mga brod ! sn ko kayo maki2ta ? malapit ako sa canberra nakatira ! ingat palagi ! Capital S s inyu lhat ! LONG LIVE ! regards to all brods !

  105. brod.melvin says:

    mabuhay ang mga may dugong lion sa buong mundo…

    brod,melvin
    galas chapter

  106. Dennis says:

    Once a triskelion always a triskelion

  107. trolz says:

    hello mga brod/sis

  108. ryan caleja says:

    magandang umaga sa inyong lahat mga triskelion

  109. rakshot says:

    magandang tanghali mga brods

  110. armstrong says:

    good evening brods

  111. ed says:

    happy41anniv.mgatol

  112. Capital S mga brod and sis happy anniversary mga brod and sis live and let live

  113. CHRISMORT-TGP'82ILOILO says:

    CAPITAL S BROD AND SIS! LONG LIVE THE 3 DYNAMIC FORCES, VIVA TRISKELION!

    ARRIBA TAU GAMMA IN SAUDI ARABIA, JEDDAH!!!

  114. joel says:

    mga brods d2 sa jeddah gusto ko mag pa welcome kol nio ako 0541017481 joel jao tata laguna ako mga brods

  115. DArrEN says:

    Hi mga tol .. Daren to balibago chapter

  116. ezsohr says:

    capital S ! mga brod
    & sis ..

    live & let live ..

  117. Anonymous says:

    Capital s brod and sis..

    AriBBa tau Gamma Phi/Sigma..

  118. much Love and respect idoL!!!

  119. vandolp says:

    arriba tau gamma..

  120. dih03 says:

    LONG LIVE MGA TOL!!

  121. marlon federio says:

    CAPITAL S… mga tol much love and respect to all our bro who has given their life for our fraternity. long live TAU GAMMA PHI

  122. ridals` says:

    long live tau gamma phi

  123. Blair says:

    we are grown by the Tenets & Codes of Conducts by our beloved Four Founding Fathers and bind us together by ONE HEART & ONE FRATERNITY/SORORITY. TAU GAMMA PHI/SIGMA!mga brod & sis..Blair from Saint Louis University Chapter, Baguio City…
    LONG LIVE!!!

  124. Ram says:

    im married and not active but in my heart im proud to be a part of this brotherhood…..Mabuhay tau!!!!

  125. Juan dela cruz says:

    TAU GAMMA PHI are considered the biggest fraternity in the Phils
    You can see their chapters in all colleges and any part of the country. Majority of their members are businessman, policiticians, civic leaders, lawyers and doctors.

  126. Ter! says:

    arriba tau gamma Long Live Brother and Sister!

  127. colad says:

    arriba to all TAU GAMA PHI/SIGMA (live and let live)

  128. saicah says:

    long live tau gamma!! im saicah salvador from burgos chapter..

  129. josiah says:

    arriva tau gamma

    San Pablo City Triskelion Council

  130. snipper says:

    ARRIVA ARRIVA…. TAU GAMMA PHI… CAPITAL S SA INYO MGA BROS. ND SIS….. LONG LIVE TAU GAMMA PHI/SIGMA….. SNIPPER FATIMA UNIV. CHAPTER

  131. chang says:

    long live . .bro . .sai

  132. chang says:

    long live ds s me chang from ich0n cHapTer .t.c .

  133. czespher m.talens says:

    im a veryproud member of TAU GAMMA PHI….ONCE A TRIKELION always A TRISKELION…..GOD BLESS US ALL brothers and sisters..

  134. muqeL says:

    MABUHAY SA LAHAT NG TRISKELION TAU GAMMA PHI…RILLO TUY CHAPTER

  135. Anonymous says:

    long live triskelion

  136. "junjun" says:

    mga tol at mga sis!!!! proud to be triskelion ako ARIBA!! ARIBA!! TAU GAMMA PHI!!! AND SORRORITY

  137. baid says:

    mabuhay sa lhat ng mga tol

  138. baid says:

    zamboanga city council nga pla
    mampang chapter

  139. donna catangay says:

    hello po mga brod and sis…saludo po ako kay bro. ben.if not for him, ala po taung hym n kinakanta ng buong puso…salamat po bro. ben!!!

    anniv nga po pla ng council nmin s july 24. Cuenca Council po.. everybody is welcome..Long live po!!

  140. zordic says:

    long live TAU GAMMA PHI/SIGMA

    zordic of calapan city council, oriental mindoro

  141. Brod.Rogelio Anuba says:

    MGA BROD SIS MERON NA AKO NYAN NUNG NAGPAWELCOME AKO SA DAMMAM CHAPTER YAN UNG BACKGROUND MUSIC KO ANG GANDA ANG GALING NG DATING IM PROUD TO BE TAU GAMMA PHI

  142. yaj says:

    mga tol. HAPPY 42 ANNIVERSARY TAU GAMMA PHI TRISKELION GRAND FRATERNITY LONG LIVE ARIBA ARIBA TAU GAMMA

  143. Anonymous says:

    Camiguin council mga tol…nice place 2 dscover.,welcome 2 our paradise island. QUITAT R.

  144. KURT says:

    ARRIBA TAU GAMMA PHI (TARLAC MABUHAY CHAPTER)

  145. adrian says:

    mga tol lapit na 42nd aniversarry ntin,,,capital S sa inyong lhat,,,DLSU-D CHAPTER HERE….CAPITAL S SA INYONG LHAT,.,..!!

  146. ronald says:

    capital S brother and sister,long live triskelion. from muzon 2nd chapter ,alitagatg council

  147. ahba nojadera says:

    long live tau gamma phi…………..

  148. enzo says:

    ..hapi aniv mga bro and sis..long live tau gamma phi/sigma

  149. louie says:

    happy aniv mga bro and sis sna wag ntin klimtan an ating mga naranasang hirap.long live tau gamma phi/sigma san jose bats.

  150. Lubos na gumagalang at nagpapasalamat sa namayapa nating kapatid na brod.Ben capital S saiyo tol…BRO.BOYET SARMIENTO ‘MDG-TRISKELION SONG ARTIST

  151. faShionizTa brAtzs says:

    . . .!!!!!! hi 2 oLL memberrS and oFFicers oF tau gamma phi.

  152. as@ says:

    Hi to all Triskelions

  153. apo says:

    Join kami sa project nyo. Peace to all :)

  154. bro. ferdz garcia says:

    be united and stand firm in all circumtances and be guided daily by the tenets and codes of conduct of the fraternity and be responsible and reasonable to all of our decisions and moral aspects.

  155. Anonymous says:

    long live mga brod and sis

  156. JAYPEE says:

    LONG LIVE MGA TOL

  157. HAPPY 45th ANIVERSARY MGA BROD.LONGLIVE TRISKELLION.

  158. soulfly says:

    ariba TAU GAMMA PHI/SIGMA…mambaling chapter, cebu city (TYM)

  159. soulfly says:

    We REIGN SUPREMACY since 1968 and STILL COUNTING…

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