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2009, October 17.  University of the Philippines Alpha Phi Beta 70th Anniversary

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.  Perf. 14.

Se-tenant Blocks of 4, Sheets of 40 (10 x 4)


Se-tenant Blocks of Four  (39,000) 


   7p   70th Anniversary Logo

   7p   Quezon Hall Oblation

   7p   Malcolm Hall (UP College of Law)

   7p   Founding Fathers


First Day Covers:  Manila



The Alpha Phi Beta Fraternity - College of Law Fraternity, University of the Philippines.

To this date, the Alpha Phi Beta Fraternity maintains its singular existence as a UP College of Law-based fraternity, with no recognized chapters outside the University of the Philippines in Diliman. Its present roster of Lords hails from the UP College of Law and from pre-law colleges in the University.

In October 1939, some juniors and sophomores of the College were moved to marshall unaffiliated scholars and student leaders into an organization that would be held together by close fraternal bonds. They aspired to be a relevant factor on campus, and in national affairs. The immediacy of their resolve was spurred by the desire to mobilize the studentry and place themselves in the forefront of the effort to dampen what they perceived was a threatened dictatorship about to be born when then Philippine President Manuel Quezon declared the creation of a “one-party” government.

It was in this context that the “Association of the Philippine Barristers” was conceived. In November 1939, the Charter Members adopted the Greek letters A ? B equivalent to the organization’s initials. Charter member and respected nationalist-historian Renato Constantino wrote the Fraternity Motto “We shall not be saved without Wisdom, for Knowledge is Power, but only Wisdom is Liberty.”

All the founders were campus intellectual or political leaders. From its founding, intellectual or political leadership or the potential to rise to leadership – was the basis for the extension of an invitation to membership, and the standard by which all aspirants are evaluated so that they may qualify for eventual admission to its Roll of Lords.




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