The Pan Xenia Fraternity
in the 1940's
The outbreak of
the war in the Pacific cut short the activities of the Fraternity,
which remained inactive through the dark years of the Japanese
occupation. However, upon the reopening of classes in the University
of the Philippines, steps were taken to reactive the Fraternity.
Brother Juan Z. Bagasan of the Mother Alpha chapter in Washington
brought with him the authority from Dr. Macy Skinner, retired
International President of the Fraternity, to reactive the Philippine
Alpha Chapter. With him as Chairman, together with Bros. Pablo
Mabbun, Santiago de la Cruz, Manual Rustia, Cirilo Asperilla,
Laureano Ma. Rivera. Salvador Gonzales, Hernando Munoz, and Dominador
Torres, committee was formed to take charge of the reactivation
On March 6, 1947, the Philippine Alpha Chapter was reactiviated
with Dominador Torres elected as Governor and Prof. Pablo N. Mabbun
as the adviser. With this as a headstart, the Fraternity resumed
its activities with a post-war reunion at the Rotary Room of the
Manila Hotel with Bro. Carlos P. Rumulo as the principal speaker.
A series of cocktail conferences followed and the Fraternity was
off to a flying start. The departure of Prof. Mabbun for Japan
as head of the Philippine Trade Mission occasioned the designation
of a new adviser in the person of Prof. Bienvenido Y. Dizon.
Perhaps the first most important post-war activity of Pan Xenia
was its role in the ECAFE, which was held in Baguio where the
Philippine delegation was composed of Pan Xenians. By then, several
men were initiated to the Fraternity to replace those who had
perished during the war. Others too were elevated to higher ranks
of membership in the Fraternity, as was Gil J. Puyat who reached
the peak of honorary membership having started as an active member.
Miguel S. Cuaderno Sr., who was then Secretary of Finance, became
the latest addition to the ranks of honorary members.
On February 1948, a reception and dinner-dance was held to celebrate
a successful year of revival with Ambassador O'neal and Carlos
P. Rumulo as guests of honor. Pan Xenians, young and old, took
time out from their serious affairs and activities to relax and
refresh their fraternal ties. A necrological service for the deceased
Pan Xenians marked the close of the Fraternity's first post-war
year of activities. .