The early beginning of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity-Philippines started when a man named Manuel M. Momongan enrolled at Siliman University, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental in 1963. His father wanted him to be with his older brother, Jorge Momongan who was the former Corp Commander of Siliman University ROTCU. His father wanted him to become an ROTC Cadet Officer.
While at the university, Manuel Momongan was exposed to different kinds of extra-curricular activities. He found time in observing several student organization like Greek-letter fraternities. The university is liberal in their policies about fraternities and sororities. He had observed open initiations of the Alpha Phi Omega, Beta Sigma and Gamma Phi.
The thought of joining a Greek-letter fraternity was one of his priorities but his main concern was to follow the dictates of his father. He needed enough preparation if he has to join en elite group like ROTC. He knew that he has to undergo rigid training and survival test for him to become a Cadet Officer.
In the second semester of 1963, he joined the Cadet Officers Candidate School (COCS) and started the ordeal in order to become a member of the Red Shield Fraternity, a brotherhood of all cadet officers. It took him five months to finish the training course which included among others the initiation rites. The ordeal paid off and his sacrifices made him a better person; strong and determined individual.
The following year of 1964, he finally became a Cadet Officer with a rank of 2nd Lieutenant assigned as Platoon Leader, 3rd Platoon, Delta Company, Right after his graduation in the ROTC Basic Training Course in March 1965, he was encouraged by his father to proceed in taking the ROTC Advance Training Course. He then became a Platoon Leader, 1st Platoon, Alpha Company with a rank of 1st Lieutenant. In the course of the training he found out that his academic rating deteriorated. Most of his time was spent in the ROTC, less time is being spent for his studies in his academic subjects resulted in small rating in the examination. The course has greatly affected his academic records so much so that he made a firm decision to quit the training in the second semester of 1965, a decision that got the ire of his father. He has no other recourse but to remain firm in his decision not to continue the ROTC Advance Training Course.
The Greek-letters of Alpha and Delta were already part of his college life, a reminiscene of his ROTC days. The plan of founding a combination of Greek letters fraternity was already in his mind and the name is ready for its formation. His plan was to spread its name nationwide and made known how he dearly love the Alpha and Delta, a precious treasure he can not afford to lose in the passing of times. One Greek-letter of Alpha can not be separated without the other Delta. He wanted a combination of three Greek letters and one is the missing link. He thought of looking at the Greek alphabets which one could be suited to add more of Alpha and Delta. He wanted a three-letter word and his choice was the PHI, a smoother one to pronounce as ALPHA DELTA PHI and more easy to put its meaning as ALL DEDICATED and DIGNIFIED PERSONS. To him Alpha Delta Phi is the First Among Equals, Primus Inter Paris.
His next move was to choose the best among others in character; dedicated and dignified persons. On December 12, 1965, he invited three of his dormitory mates altogether inclined in literary works as we constantly featured in our school newspaper The Silimanian essay and poetic write ups. The place was the recreation center of the dormitory where a small table placed enough for the four persons, while taking a refreshing drink Manuel Momongan revealed to them about his plan of forminga fraternity, the Alpha Delta Phi, Ceasar Severino, Ceasar Repollo and Arlindo Santos readily accepted the invitation for a fraternity that would compete with the three fraternities in the campus, the Alpha Phi Omega, the Beta Sigma and the Gamma Phi. The shaping up of the Alpha Delta Phi was put to action by recruiting the best among the students in the campus of Siliman University. Ten students were recruited and the initiation was not as rigid as expected.
In January of 1966, Manuel Momongan was already aware that he could no longer continue his studies at Siliman University for the school year 1966-1967. Four months after taking the final examination, he left the university in March 1966 and went back to Cebu City his birthplace to look for a job. His father did not have the intention to support his studies and had to be on his own to survive. To survive is no longer a strange word for Manuel as he was trained how to survive in his ROTC days. He worked as a Salesman in drug company and was assigned all of Central Visayas. His only plan was to finish his studies and to do so was to earn enough money to spend his schooling. After a year, he enrolled at the University of Southern Philippines, Cebu City and finished the degree of Bachelor of Arts (A.B) His next plan was to enroll in the College of Law at the University of San Jose Recoletos but after two years he stopped because his money was not enough to buy law books. He stayed in his elder brother, a ship captain in an ocean going vessel. There he used his time in inviting students to join the Alpha Delta Phi. He felt the need to give the Alpha Delta Phi a home in Cebu City. He had to go from school to school for the fraternity orientation. It was most painful but challenging task in letting understand the need for a brotherhood feelings among students inside the campus. First to emerge as potential member was James Arias, President in College Student Government of Cebu Polytechnic College. Micheal Palapar with 10 students of the University of the Visayas followed the line and submitted themselves for the initiation. Raul Murillo, Rene Jose, Salvador Zapanta, Samuel Macasil, Wilfredo Ursal, Franklin Patalinghug were among the Alpha Delta Phi governing the Cebu Alumni Council, Raul Murillo. Rene Jose and Salvador Zapanta were with the National Council. Composing the council were sucessful engineers, business executives. In Cebu City, 11 undergraduate chapters, 5 of which were active 6 were striving hard to be at the level with five active chapters. Undergraduate officers of the University of the Visayas are Glynn Cajes, Melvin Sopa and Mohandas Nino Galenzoga. For Southwestern University are Harold Tiu. Salvador Cuidadamo III and Ricardo Maputi Jr. University of San Jose Recoletos are Ric Juaban, Raymond Escano, Hubert Formentera. For the University of San Carlos we have Paul Amora, Reyhand Prado, Dario Tripoli and Abner Aberca. The development of Alpha Delta Phi in Cebu City is in contrast to Siliman University. The fraternity remained dormant for lack of potential leader to govern the chapter. The National Council Program of action is to assist the undergraduate chapter and coordinate with the alumni council in the area in order to reactivate the undergraduate chapter.