Fraternies in the Philippines
A Research Presented To The Filipino III Teacher
Luna National High School
In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements in Filipino III
Melvin R. Fontanilla
A. Background of the Study
A fraternity is defined as a group of people united in a relationship, having some common interests, activity, and purpose. It is a brotherhood, as the members usually say, of people at a college or university usually characterized by Greek letters. For members, fraternity means brotherhood, unity, friendship, trust and acceptance. It means meeting new people, sharing interests and accepting others' as well. It helps in building confidence and character because they believe that a fraternity gives a certain kind of protection. It gives the feeling of security and importance. It is somewhat comparable to gangs as they are both organization of people. However, gangs usually lack purpose and acceptance to communities. Usually linked with violence because members tend to compete with each other. Unlike in fraternity, members have this humility to help each other out and protect each other from an outsider.
B. Statement of the Problem
More specifically, this research aims to know what fraternity is, its advantages, and disadvantages.
C. Significance of the Study
It is therefore, very important to know what fraternity really is before joining it. And this research paper was made to inform the readers about the advantages and disadvantages of joining fraternities.
D. Definition of Terms
For better understanding of the study, the following terms are defined, the terms refer to the following:
* middle class students- the social class between the aristocracy or very wealthy and the lower working class: people in business and the professions, highly skilled workers, well-to-do farmers, etc. are now generally included in the middle class
* elite- the group or part of a group selected or regarded as the finest, best, most distinguished, most powerful, etc.
* initiation- a ceremony, ritual, test, or period of instruction with which a new member is admitted to an organization or office or to knowledge; the condition of being knowledgeable
* harass- to trouble, worry, or torment, as with cares, debts, repeated questions
* menial- a person who has a servile or low nature.
* silly- having or showing little sense, judgment, or sobriety; foolish, stupid, absurd, ludicrous, irrational, etc.: often used in a weakened sense to mean “unreasonably concerned”
E. Scope and Delimitation of the Study
This research was done on March 2011 at Macañao, Luna, Isabela.
F. Conceptual Framework
Related Literature and Study
A person usually joins a fraternity to be recognized and be a part of something. The idea of having some-"buddy" gives a feeling of confidence and security. In the Philippines, most of those who join fraternities are middle class students seeking protection. Others are students who come from the provinces and seek out fraternities that group them among ethnic or regional lines. Some in universities join as to be part of an "elite" group of a particular department, division, and/or course of study. Before one can join a certain fraternity, he must undergo a series of tasks approved by that certain group. These tasks test one's integrity and endurance to prove his determination to be a member. Usually these initiations are physical and mental practices. In the Philippines, initiation is frequently violent and mentally degrading. Some also says it includes erotic element. B. Hazing
Hazing means infliction of unnecessary or excessive work in order to harass, an attempt to embarrass or disconcert by ridicule or persistent criticism, or the subjecting (of a freshman or fraternity pledge) to...
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