Lakan Society was founded in Velez College, Cebu City, Philippines. It was first conceptualized and formed in Velez College by Lakan Glenn Llamera and Lakan Levi Ortiz on September 10, 1989. Both students from Velez College. Lakan Glenn started the idea to form a fraternity with Greek words, like what it normally was, but with the advice from his uncle Melvin Llamera, the idea eventually evolved into a non-Greek with a Filipino identity, and with an anti-hazing guidelines, thus, the formation of Lakan Society. The first 10 members form the core group in Velez College and another core group was also formed at the University of San Carlos Technology Center and the rest is history.
The term Lakan originally referred to a rank in the pre-hispanic Filipino nobility which means "paramount ruler." The term is occasionally used to mean "nobleman". And in Lakan Society’s term LAKAN is Learning and Achieving the Knowledge through the Act of Nobility. We uphold ourselves with high moral principles and ideals by learning, practicing and relaying this knowledge as our noble obligation.
With the bad connotation of the term fraternity and sorority in the Philippines, Lakan doesn't use the term or as an official title or classification.
Lakan Society Principles
Brotherhood, Leadership, and Service is the principles that bond members in a life-directing commitment. Lakan strives to be a positive role model in the community by doing the right thing and most of all by helping others in need.