Introduction to Second Edition


The Upsilon Credo

The Tried and True Upsilonian,

An adaptation and annotation of the Upsilon Credo - by Rafael S. Francia ‘55


Chapter I  The Individual Upsilonian

·     The Right Stuff – by Alfie Kwong ‘67

·     Self-Evaluator and Action Prompter       adapted by Roberto Esguerra ‘60

·     Desiderata – by Max Ehrmann

·     Rudyard Kipling’s “IF” – annotated by Rodolfo O. Reyes ‘78

·     For More Meaningful Fellowships –by Rafael S. Francia ‘55








Rudyard Kipling’s “IF” 

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs


and blaming it on you;




If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you

Trust, confidence

but make allowances for their doubting too;




If you can wait and not be tired by waiting;




Or being lied about


don’t deal in lies;




Or being hated

Love, Mercy

don’t give way to hating;




And yet don’t look too good nor talk too wise.




If you can dream


and not make dreams your master;




If you can think


and not make thoughts your aim;




If you can meet with triumph and disaster


and treat those two impostors just the same;




If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken


twisted by knaves


to make a trap for fools;

Peace of mind



Or watch the things you gave your life to broken


and stoop and pick them up


with worn out tools.




If you can make one heap of all your winnings


and risk them on


one turn of pitch and toss;




And lose, and start again at your beginnings,


and never breath a word about your loss;

Hard work

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew


to serve your turn long after they are gone;




And so hold on when there is nothing in you,


except the will which says to them, “Hold on!”




If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Love, Humility

or walk with kings


nor lose the common touch;




If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;


If all men count with you but none too much;




If you can fill the unforgiving minute


with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run;




Then yours is the earth and everything that’s in it,


and which is more, you’ll be a man, my son!

Leadership, Success


Biblical underpinnings of “IF”

(Compiled by Rodolfo O. Reyes ’78)

 Love (strong affection, desire or devotion)

“Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39)

 Peace (state of calm; freedom from strife or discord; harmony in personal relationship)

“A heart of peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” (Proverbs 14:30)

 Faith (reliance; loyalty; complete trust in God or someone else)

“… if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you”  (Matthew 17:20-21)

 Forgiveness/Mercy (forgiving; compassionate)

“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36)

 Patience (endurance; hopeful forbearance)

“A patient man has great understanding, but a quick tempered man displays folly” (Proverbs 14:29)

 Humility (the state of being humble; lack of pride)

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom”  (Proverbs 11:2)

 Honesty (displaying truthfulness; not deceptive or fraudulent)

“Do not use dishonest standards . . . Use honest scales and honest weights . . .”  (Leviticus 19:35-36)

 Integrity (honesty, w/o compromise or corruption)

“The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.” (Proverbs 10:9)

 Trust (to place one’s confidence in; to hope)

“When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust, I will not be afraid. What can mortal men do to me? ” (Psalm 56:3-4)

 Self-Control (restraint exercised over one’s impulses, desires or emotions; temperance)

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22)

 Perseverance (Patient endurance of hardship; persisting in a state or enterprise in spite of difficulties and discouragement)

“. . . But we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3-4)

 Steadfastness (unchanging; dependable)

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)

 Vision/Planning (a scheme for making or doing something)

“Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up food in the summer.” (Proverbs 30:25)

 Action (the process of doing)

“. . . Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:17)



“ . . .  Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be the slave of all; for even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:43-44)


“God will give to each person according to what he has done.  To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.  But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.” (Romans 2:6-8)

Rudyard Kipling’s “IF” – annotated by Rodolfo O. Reyes ‘78