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Frank Reed Horton
The Founder

Alpha Phi Omega: Also known as APO, ΑΦΩ, A-Phi-O Alpha Phi Omega is an international service fraternity and sorority, composed of college students gathered together in an organization based on fraternalism and founded on the principles of Leadership, Friendship and Service. Its aim is to further the freedom that is our national, educational and intellectual heritage. For over fifty years, we have set the standard for college campus-based volunteerism in the Philippines. Alpha Phi Omega or APO Philippines strives to help each member develop leadership skills, secure lasting friendships and provide service to others.

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What is APO ΑΦΩ Alpha Phi Omega?

Alpha Phi Omega International (Philippines), Inc. is a not-for-profit organization. The purpose of this fraternity/sorority is to assemble college students in a national service fraternity/sorority in the fellowship of principles derived from the Scout Oath and Law of the Boy Scouts; to develop leadership, to promote friendship and to provide service to humanity; and to further freedom that is our national, educational and intellectual heritage.

On 2 March 1950, Alpha Phi Omega International Service Fraternity was founded at Nicanor Reyes Sr. Hall, Room 214, FEU (Far Eastern University), Manila, Philippines.

How large is APO ΑΦΩ Alpha Phi Omega?

APO is a very large organization. Nearly 300,000 members have been initiated since our founding in 1925. Our current membership exceeds 17,000 students at 350 colleges and universities. Originated in the U.S.A. it has expanded to other countries with chapters in the Phillipines, Australia, and Canada.

Who can join APO Philippines ΑΦΩ Alpha Phi Omega Philippines?

APO is open to any College student who is willing to join.

Does that mean APO Philippines is for everyone?

Ideally, yes. However, that is something that you alone will decide. You do this by pledging for a period of time that each chapter requires. By pledging, you are not automatically committing to becoming a member. During this period, you learn about APO and decide whether or not you want to make this commitment and become initiated.

How do I join APO Philippines ΑΦΩ Alpha Phil Omega Philippines?

To join a Chapter, you take a series of steps. Each chapter usually have a "Rush" period at the beginning of each semester. During this time, there are informational meetings and several opportunities to meet the members of the Chapter. The next step is to proceed through the Induction ceremony. This is when you officially become a "pledge" of APO. This period lasts 45 days. During this time, you learn about the history of APO and the standards that are expected of members, as well as participating in various service projects. At the end of this period, your completion of requirements will be reviewed by the Executive board, made up of the President, VP of Service, VP of Membership, VP of Communications, and VP of Finance, in coordination with the Pledge Trainers. You will then decide whether or not you wish to proceed and become initiated into APO. This is when you become an official member and brother/sister of Alpha Phi Omega.

What can I expect of the pledge period?

During this time, you are expected to attend weekly Alpha Phi Omega pledge meetings, as well as a few active meetings. Since service is the core of the alpha phi omega fraternity, participation in service projects is mandatory of both active members and pledges. There will also be numerous social events and opportunities to meet the active brothers and sisters and perhaps some visiting alumni/alumnae. The period culminates in a service project designed and implemented by the pledge class.

What is policy of APO Philippines on hazing?

From the Alpha Phi Omega National Pledge Standards: "Absolutely no Hazing during pledging. An appropriate period of pledging has no place for hazing practices. These include the degradation of individuals, personal service demands, and any other practices inconsistent with the spirit and principles of Alpha Phi Omega.

Rationale: Alpha Phi Omega Members respect the worth of human dignity and, in firm support of our heritage of intellectual freedom, and we do not tolerate unequal or abusive treatment of any person."

I just pledged this semester, can I run for an office next semester?

The answer to this question is a very emphatic YES! You can run for any appointed or elected officer position you desire. In fact, it is encouraged that you do so. Remember, Leadership is one of our Cardinal Principles.

Does APO Philippines ΑΦΩ Alpha Phi Omega Philippines have anything to do with the Boy Scouts?

Scouting was the foundation of APO or Alpha Phi Omega. To quote Frank Reed Horton, Founder of APO "Through these experiences, I found that the Scout Oath and Law were what I had been seeking - a standard of manhood that would withstand the test of time and a code of ideals created and accepted by some of the greatest leaders the world has ever known. My purpose was to make Alpha Phi Omega an organization for college men who cooperated with all youth movements, especially Scouting."

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  • At the 1st Joint EXECOM and BOD Meeting Development Year 2007 - 2009 Boso-Boso Highlands Resort and Convention Center Antipolo City 24 – 25 August 2007

The BOD unanimously adopted Resolution No. 13, “A Resolution Adopting the Alpha Phi Omega International Philippines Code of Conduct” Based on the 12 values of Scouting.


The 12 Jewels (Diamonds) of APO represent The 12 values of Scouting

  1. Trustworthy - A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can depend on him and he is punctual in terms of both regularity and timeliness.
  2. Loyal - A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation. He is faithful, steadfast, and honest.
  3. Helpful - A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.
  4. Friendly - A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He seeks to understand others. He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
  5. Courteous - A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
  6. Kind - A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated.
  7. Obedient - A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
  8. Cheerful - A Scout looks for the bright side of things. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
  9. Thrifty - A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for unforeseen needs. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.
  10. Brave - A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
  11. Clean - A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals. He helps keep his home and community clean.
  12. Reverent - A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.

The Coat of Arms

The Alpha Phi Omega Coat of Arms is full of symbolism. The ideals of Alpha Phi Omega are embodied in our Coat of Arms. As everyone who has passed through the ritual knows, the symbolism of the Coat of Arms stands for the very purpose of our Brotherhood.

Symbols of the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity

  • Jewel: Diamond - The most precious of all gemstones representing brilliance, luster, always increasing in value, and an expression of the greatest gift of love when given
  • Flower: Forget-Me-Not - A perennial flower with royal blue blossoms. It is everlasting, always remembered.
  • Tree: Oak - We have all heard from a parent or mentor at least once in our lives the story of the sturdy oak tree that grew from a small acorn. The oak is stately, sturdy, and sheltering.
  • Colors: Blue & Gold - Our color of blue is a royal blue color. It is elegant, a sign of pure deed and thought. A color in our nation’s flag. Our color of gold is called “old glory” gold. It represents the high value, respect, royalty, and a sign of love.
  • Bird: Golden Eagle - An eagle is often found as a standard or as a part of the seal of a nation. The golden eagle symbolizes strength, gracefulness, keenness of vision, and endurance.

How can APO Philippines ΑΦΩ Alpha Phi Omega Philippines improve my life?

  • Want to get involved with a program that helps others?
    • Alpha Phi Omega’s service program will involve you with young and old, on campus and off. You may help with projects that range from campus-wide cleanups to hosting a party for disabled youngsters.
  • Looking for an opportunity to make new friends?
    • Alpha Phi Omega will introduce you to many people. You will develop friendships that will last well beyond college.
  • Want to do more than help out? Do you want a place where your ideas can be turned into action?
    • Each chapter of Alpha Phi Omega develops its own program, based on the interests of its members and the needs of its campus and community. You will have the opportunity to serve as a project leader or chapter officer. This will allow you to develop new skills that you’ll use for years.

Alpha Phi Omega wants to share our purpose and program with you.

  • Alpha Phi Omega, through our unique program of leadership, friendship, and service, can broaden your experiences and expand and test your abilities. It will make your college life more enjoyable . . . and more rewarding.
  • "Life is a journey and APO will help make your journey in life better through relationships. You relate by being a friend, by giving service to the needy and community, and by being a good leader so you and humanity will continue to prosper." Franklin Harry Maletsky - Beta Nu 1970 Chartered Member.

Alpha Phi Omega Alumni Association:

Friendship, Leadership, and Service continues on after College. Apo has an alumni association all over the world. So wherever you may be, chances are that a brother or a sister is close by and ready to help you.

Who is the founder of APO ΑΦΩ Alpha Phi Omega?

Frank Reed Horton is the founder of APO or Alpha Phi Omega.

Alpha Phi Omega days to Remember:

  • December 16, 1925: To quote the founder Frank Reed Horton, "On December 16, 1925, I conducted the Ritual Initiation at Brainerd Hall, second floor, and Alpha Phi Omega was born."
  • March 2, 1950: The first Alpha Phi Omega organization outside of the United States was established. Known as the Alpha Chapter. The Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Chapter was established at the Nicanor Reyes Hall, Room 214, Far Eastern University, Manila, Philippines.
  • May We Always Be ΑΦΩ

Where do I Join?

Join us here.

This web site is intended for public viewing and is provided solely for personal reference. It should not be considered an authoritative source nor an official publication of Alpha Phi Omega. Inquiries regarding Alpha Phi Omega and its official publications should be directed to:

Alpha Phi Omega International (Philippines), Inc.
301-A Two Seventy Midtower Condominium
270 Ermin Garcia, Brgy Silangan, Cubao, QC
Tel.# (632) 4397603
national@apo.org.ph

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