In 1897, ten senior students, two faculty members and the president of the University of Maine formed the Lambda Sigma Eta Society, the earliest honor society to recognize scholars from all academic fields. The honor society was renamed Phi Kappa Phi under the leadership of student Marcus L. Urann to capture its new motto: Philosophía Krateítõ Phõtôn (Let the love of learning rule humanity). Today, the honor society has more than 300 chapters, with 1.5 million scholars having been initiated into its ranks across the years.
The first chapter outside the continental United States was established in 1933 by 13 students from the University of the Philippines, five of whom became presidents of the university. Many academic units inside the UP system were established by some of the honor society's charter members.
Charter Members (1933)
Mayor of Manila
Daniel de la Paz
Gregorio San Agustin