Introduction to Second Edition


The Upsilon Credo

The Tried and True Upsilonian,

An adaptation and annotation of the Upsilon Credo - by Rafael S. Francia ‘55


Chapter I  The Individual Upsilonian

·     The Right Stuff – by Alfie Kwong ‘67

·     Self-Evaluator and Action Prompter       adapted by Roberto Esguerra ‘60

·     Desiderata – by Max Ehrmann

·     Rudyard Kipling’s “IF” – annotated by Rodolfo O. Reyes ‘78

·     For More Meaningful Fellowships –by Rafael S. Francia ‘55







Brod, when you and I were admitted into our beloved fraternity, did we not have a burning desire to prove ourselves as “tried and true” Upsilonians?  But how do you accomplish this feat and when can you tell that you have done it?  I believe the way to do it is to abide by the Upsilon Credo and this can be a lifetime endeavor.

On November 29, 1999, I posted in the Upsilon Web an adaptation and annotation of the Upsilon Credo entitled, “The Tried and True Upsilonian”. The Credo is the Upsilon’s agenda. The directives of the Credo can be grouped into four general spheres of action:  the Individual Upsilonian, the University of the Philippines, the Republic of the Philippines, and the World.  It is clear that an Upsilonian must be pro-active with a sense of purpose rather than a reactionary who acts haphazardly to stimuli from society. It is by acting in accordance with the Credo that you and I can become  “tried and true” Upsilonians.

At my suggestion, Angel Fandialan ’60, USPNA President agreed on November 1, 2001 that the production of a Resource Book that makes the demands of our Credo more concrete would be a good educational project for the Archives Committee of the USPNA. He then appointed me to chair and form this Committee. The Committee initially consisted of Mart Martell ’47, Rody Santiago ’65, Edwin Paña ’69, and Yari Miralao ’88 as members and Rafael Francia ’55 as Chairman.

While preparing the Resource Book our Committee came to the conclusion that the problems we perceive in the UP, the Country, and the World levels are merely symptoms of the fundamental problem of lack of formation at the Individual level. Therefore, solutions to society’s problems must start at the Individual level. Even group action can be effective only when a critical mass of like-minded and dedicated individuals participate in their common undertaking. Consequently, most of the materials in this Resource Book are focused on individual action.

The opinions expressed in this book are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent any official stand of the Upsilon Sigma Phi Fraternity.

Brod, we have carefully gathered here some light we deem worthy to scatter. With our spirit of mutual aid and affection, we hope this Resource Book could help you, wherever you are, in your endeavor to be a tried and true Upsilonian. If so, then our work in preparing it has been worthwhile.  –Rafael “Piling” Francia ‘55