Monday, June 28, 2010

Bro. Rene Tan - An Awardee

Last June 16, 2010, Iligan City celebrated its 60th Charter Day or Adlaw sa Iligan.  Sixty years of existence, making it a senior citizen.  And because of this, the local government awarded the 60 top taxpayers of the city and one of them is no other than the B & C Industries.  The company for the past couple of years have been consistent in paying their taxes diligently thereby putting themselves in the honorable position. The B & C Industries Corporation was represented by our brother, Renato A. Tan, its Vice-President.

Bro. Rene Tan shaking the hands of our Congressman Varf Belmonte, while
Mayor Lawrence Cruz claps in appreciation.  On the right of the Congressman
is the grandson of President Elpidio Quirino, Alfonso "Poncy" Quirino and to his
right is the daughter of Mayor Cruz, Erika Rae M. Cruz, a City Councilor, representing
the Sanguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation.

Bro. Rene taking his time talking with the city officials.

Congratulations Bro. Rene.  More power to you and your company.  May there be more taxpayers like you.

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"It isn't the incompetent who destroy an organization.  It is those who have achieved something and want to rest upon their achievements who are forever clogging things up." - Charles Sorenson

Saturday, June 26, 2010

2010 Independence Day

The Independence Day activity was opened with a grand parade participated in by all sectors of  society in Iligan.  It was led by the Philippine National Police (PNP) followed by the Civil Security Unit (CSU) of the Local Government Unit (LGU) who were the standard bearers, followed by the Knights of Columbus who acted as the Honor Guards, then followed by the Local Government Officials led by the City Vice Mayor, VW Henry C. Dy.

VW Vice Mayor Henry C. Dy (second from left) accompanied by 
Councilor WBro. Moises D. Dalisay (extreme left), both of
Iligan Lodge No. 207 during the 114th Independence Day Parade.

Behind them a few meters back are the brethren of Masonic District RD-X and ARMM (Lanao) led by the District Deputy Grand Master VW Buenaventura C. Alipio accompanied by the District Grand Lecturer Eduard Banawa.  The 3 lights of Iligan Lodge was very much present during the parade and is shown enjoying their walk as the parade route takes them around the city and culminated at the Rizal Park.

The DDGM VW Buenaventura C. Alipio flanked by DGL VW Eduard Banawa (left)
and PDDGM VW Warlito Sanguila (right).  VW Warly Sanguila is one of the very
active members of Iligan Lodge No. 207.  Behind VW Warly is WB Ed Ulindang,
immediate Past Master of Iligan Lodge No. 207.

WB Oscar V. Badelles (middle foreground) with Bro. Hilario Abel Gomez,
(to his right) Junior Warden of Iligan Lodge No. 207.  The Senior Warden,
Bro. Jaime Magnetico is a few steps behind them with the rest of the
brethren of the district.

The parade culminated with an Independence Day program held at the Rizal Park.  Bro. Cesar Miguel, of Maranaw Lodge No. 111 delivered the "Salute to the Flag" during the program.  There were around 30 to 40 brethren who attended the parade.  All lodges of the district were represented. 

For the brethren, the day ended at the Ubaldo D. Laya Masonic Center with a hearty breakfast sponsored by the District.

Thanks to the Masters of the following lodges:  Maranaw Lodge No. 111, Iligan Lodge No. 207, Manticao Lodge No. 243, Judge Valerio V. Rovira Lodge No. 259, Lake Lanao Lodge No. 227, Glicerio A Lim Memorial Lodge No. 222 and the youngest of the 7, Rajah Indrapatra Lodge No. 387, without whom the day would not have been complete, colorful as well as educational.  Your leadership inspires the members to actively participate in all our undertakings.

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"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else;  you are the one getting burned." - Buddha

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Our National Anthem: Freemasons' Song Of Glorious Freedom

By:  VW Samuel P. Fernandez, Grand Historian

The untold story of our National Anthem is that the music and the lyrics came into being because of the inspiration and prompting of Freemasons.

Marcha Nacional Filipina

Armed with a letter of recommendation from Gen. Mariano Trias, music composer Julian Filipe had an audience with Gen. Emilio F. Aguinaldo on June 5, 1898.

The piano rendition of Felipe was euphonically pleasant to hear but Gen. Aguinaldo asked the talented composer for another martial air with patriotic fervor.

On June 11th, Felipe came up with a draft.  Gen. Baldomero Aguinaldo and Gen. Mariano Trias, together with other revolutionary leaders, took time out to listen to the marching tempo of the composition and were pleased with the martial opus.

Professor Felipe would describe later his meeting with Gen. Aguinaldo, thus:

     "General Trias, seeing (me), came into the room where they were assembled, and desiring that the
     music requested by Don Emilio be heard by all, took (me) to the latter's presence; and although
     they were then occupied with matters of greater importance, suspended their deliberation to hear
     and pass judgment on the merit of the music which was to become later our national march."

     "(I) played (my) composition on the piano, and was requested by those present to repeat it several
     times for the purpose of better appraising and judging its merits."

     "Then after a brief interchange of opinion, the gentlemen present resolved to officially adopt the musical
     composition as 'Marcha Nacional Filipina', and Don Emilio Aguinaldo requested General Trias to see
     that (I) go to San Francisco de Malabon for the purpose of teaching this new music to the town's band
     which was selected to play it the following day, Sunday, June 12, 1898 on the occasion of the
     Proclamation of Philippine Independence and the exhibition of our National Flag."

Marcha Nacional Filipina was first known as Marcha magdalo, then Himno Nacional Filipino.  The martial air which had Asian, American, European, and Latin strains was replicated and sent throughout the country.

On June 12, 1898, Julian Felipe's martial-air composition excited the patriotic fervor of our compatriots who heard it, after the Aguinaldo standards had been unfurled and waved at Gen. Aguinaldo's balcony.

Bro. Jose Palma's Patriotic Outpouring

Julian Felipe was humbled by our patriots' adulation over his success but the Marcha Nacional Filipina had no lyrics.  Then about the end of August 1899, Jose Palma, younger brother of Rafael Palma, thought of composing a poem to put words in the Marcha Nacional Filipina.  He joined the Katipunan and worked with La Independencia, mouthpiece of the revolutionaries.

Palma entitled the lyrics Filipinas.  The lyrics were done in Spanish, the language of the educated at that time.  Palma was assisted by another brother Mason, Fernando Ma. Guerrero, poet and noted writer.  Jose Palma, soldier-poet of the revolution, and writer Fernando Ma. Guerrero were staff members of the La Independencia, which had an editor, General Antonio Luna, a Mason.

According to our foremost historian, PGM Reynold S. Fajardo, we do not have any record if Jose Palma was a Freemason.  However, writer Fernando Ma. Guerrero, regarded as the Prince of Filipino Poets writing in Spanish joined Logia Rizal and later Sinukuan Lodge.  After his stint in the La Independencia, Guerrero became Editor of La Opinion and later El Renacimiento.

Gen. Antonio Luna was a gifted writer and propagandist.  He co-founded Logia Solidaridad No. 53 in Madrid and a Triangle in Paris.

Jose Palma's lyrics were published in La Independencia on Sept. 3, 1899.  The lyrics were such a hit that soon Filipinos were singing the hymn that survived the establishment of the American administration.

Rafael Palma, who became Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the Philippines in 1920, wrote how the lyrics of the National Anthem came about, thus :

     "During the leisure hours allowed by the daily and especially at night after the day's work,      the members of the staff of La Independencia, seeking to amuse themselves and to be relieved from their physical weariness, used to assemble together and sing or play on musical instruments.  Their souls afflicted by the military situation, which was growing worse every day, needed spiritual elation, and they found it in singing war tunes and martial songs which made them forget the bitterness of a sad reality..."
     "It was in one of those occasions that Jose Palma saw the necessity of writing a poem for the words of the Marcha Nacional Filipina.  Although this march was known since the beginning of the revolution and was hummed by everybody, it had not yet then any words accompanying it.  To suit its music, he wrote a poem Filipinas, which was published for the first time in the issue of the first anniversary of La Independencia on Sept. 3, 1899. the spirit of his verses glowed with an optimistic faith in the future because (then) it was the general belief that it would be impossible for the American forces to dominate the entire archipelago."

Filipinas was written when Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo was leading a battle against the Americans.  It took a nationalist paper, La Independencia, to publish the poem.  La Independencia was declared by the Americans illegal.  The printing of the paper was done in several places.  There was a time that La Independencia was printed inside the train used by the Filipino revolutionaries.  So Filipinas was written in blood.

Jose Palma's Filipinas lyrics may be outdated, antiquated and forgotten, but its Spanish patriotic outpouring cannot be gainsaid.  Here is Palma's Filipinas:

Tierra Adorada
Hija del sol de Oriente,
Su fuego ardiente
En ti latiendo esta.

Tierra de amores!
Del heroisma cuna,
Los invasores
No te hollaran jamas.

En tu azul cielo, en tus auras
En tus montes y en tu mar
Esplende y late el poema
De tu amada libertad.

Tu pabellon, que en las lides
La victoria ilumino,
No vera nunca apagados
Sus estrellas ni su sol.

Tierra de dichas, del sol y de amores,
En tu regazo dulce es vivir.
Es una gloria para tus hijos,
Cuando te ofenden, por ti morir.

Lane, Osias and Laubach's English Translation

In 1916, the Department of Public Instruction declared English to be the official language of instruction.  American teacher Martha Lane, in collaboration with Dr. Camilo Osias (Grand Master of Masons in 1955), and another brother Mason, the Rev. Dr. Frank Laubach (missionary), made the translation in English in 1920.  The translated National Anthem was officially adopted in 1934 and was sung in schools during flag ceremonies during the presidency of Manuel L. Quezon (Grand Master of Masons in 1918).

MW Camilo Osias was initiated, passed, and raised in Bagumbayan No. 4 in August 1918.  He became Worshipful Master of his Lodge in 1948 and Grand Master of Masons in 1955.  He entreated his brethren to have MORE MASONRY AMONG MASONS, MORE MEN IN MASONRY.

The Rev./Dr. Frank C. Lauback was a member of Benton Lodge No. 667 and was a 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason.  On October 27, 1934, Laubach and 17 other Masons petitioned the Grand Lodge to organize a Lodge in Dansalan.  Eventually, Maranaw Lodge No. 111, with Laubach as a charter member, came into existence.

Grand Master Manuel L. Quezon was initiated on March 17, 1908, passed to Fellowcraft on May 18, 1908 and raised to the sublime degree of MM on May 23, 1908 in Logia Sinukuan No. 272 under the Grand Logia Regional de Filipinas (Now Sinukuan Lodge No. 16).  PGM Quezon was largely responsible for the unification of Spanish and American Lodges in 1917.

Following is the English version of our National Anthem.

Land of the morning,
Child of the sun returning,
With fervor burning,
Thee do our souls adore.
Land dear and holy,
Cradle of noble heroes,
Ne'er shall invaders
Trample thy sacred shore.
Ever within thy skies and through thy clouds
And o'er thy hills and sea,
Do we behold the radiance, fell the throb,
Of glorious liberty.
Thy banner, dear to all our hearts,
Its sun and stars alight,
O never shall its shining field
Be dimmed by tyrant's might!
Beautiful land of love,
O land of light,
In thine embrace 'tis rapture to lie,
But it is glory ever, when thou art wronged,
For us, thy sons, to suffer and die.

The National Anthem in Filipino

President Ramon Magsaysay is credited with having the National Anthem sung in the native language.  The official Filipino version was translated by Brother Masons Ildefonso Santos and Julian Balmaceda (Pintong Bato and Senior Grand Lecturer), and on May 26, 1956, the Filipino verson was proclaimed.

Some revisions were made in 1962 to which we owe our present translation.  Below is the patriotic outpouring of our forebears:

Bayang magiliw
Perlas ng Silanganan
Alab ng puso sa dibdib mo'y buhay
Lupang hinirang duyan ka ng magiting
Sa manlulupig di ka pasisiil.
Sa dagat at bundok
Sa simoy at sa langit mong bughaw
May dilag ang tula
At awit sa paglayang minamahal.
Ang kislap ng watawat mo'y
Tagumpay na nagniningning
Ang bituin at araw niya
kailan pa ma'y di magdidilim.
Lupa ng araw ng luwathati't pagsinta
Buhay ay langit sa piling mo.
Aming ligaya na pag may mang-aapi
Ang mamatay nang dahil sa iyo.

Final Comment

The music and the lyrics of our National Anthem no doubt came about when our forebears fought for their freedom and independence, but its patriotic message transcends their time.  Patriotism is in the heart of the nationalists who love their country.

The involvement of Freemasons in the development of our National Anthem is more than a coincidence.  The message is clear:  Freemasons love Freedom, and the National Anthem bears the imprint of their devotion.

source:  The Cabletow - May - July 2005 / Vol. 82, No. 1
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"History had demonstrated that the most botable winners usually encountered heart-breaking obstacles before they triumphed.  they won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats." - B.C. Forbes

Friday, June 18, 2010

A Reflection on Dr. Rizal's Traits

by Emmanuel G. Herbosa
(Speech delivered before brethren of Lodge Perla del Oriente No. 1034, S.C., under the leadership of RW Master Senon A. De Santos)

     I am humbled to be here before you this evening, to deliver a reflection in honor of our beloved national hero.  I guess it is by default that I am here, as my claim is merely that as president of our family's Jose Rizal Resource Foundation.  You see, I have many illustrious cousins who railroaded me into this position, as they did not want themselves to be trusted into the limelight.  Perhaps this desire to assume a low profile is Dr. Rizal's trait or that of our family.  So now you have me here!
     In the serendipity of my youth, my awareness of being related to our national hero was so gradual, so deliberate that I do not recall any profound nor starting event that trusted the realization that I AM a Rizal.  It seemed like a given from the very start of my consciousness and so I were the relationship comfortably on my sleeve - so to speak.  But as I progressed in school, classmate and friends eventually found out and so I was attracting more attention than I could handle.  It was actually fun when asked how it feels to be a Rizal, but also challenging when it is your teachers who start asking you to do some home research for hardly known footnote to the family's history.  As I went about treating this as a chore, unknown to at that time was how my character was being molded along certain traits that distinguish the Rizal family.
     Allow me to mention first the quest for learning, an interest in new ideas or concepts and a passion to make these work.  I remember well my high school days, when on Sunday afternoons, I would try to learn the game of chess with my father Francisco and my grandfather Estanislao.  Lolo Tan would fondly recall to us what his Tio Jose had advised him to improve his game: "To excel in chess, one must play like a book in the opening moves, a magician in the middle game, and a machine towards the end."
     Lolo was the boy Tanis in the history books, the second son of Lucia Rizal Herbosa, who, along with his elder brother Teodosio and a younger cousin, Mauricio Cruz (son of Maria Rizal and grandfather Gomma Cruz) were made to accompany their Tio Jose in his exile to that lonely and isolated town of Dapitan.  As my father recounts in his book:

The Three of them, aged a year apart from each other,
were tutored in the 3 R's, learned how to swim,
and were prepared to confront the challenges of life,
including those on the chess board.  In his letter to his 
older sister Lucia, Lolo Jose wrote of the dexterity of
 Teodosio with tools and of the interest of Tanis with books.

There was never a dull moment for them, as Lolo Jose
was always occupied at any time of the day.  Always
there was something to do and always ideas were
though about that brought out results.

     We can see these results in the structures that still stand like monuments in what is now the Talisay Park in Dapitan.  If you could only visit this hallowed place, it will dawn on you that this was where the genious of Dr. Rizal fully manifested itself.  It was the flowering of a truly renaissance man, an eye doctor who operated a very busy outpatient, charity clinic, a self-taught engineer who put together an intricate waterway and sewage system (to the admiration of the Americans during the Commonwealth period), an unlicensed architect who designed and built all the houses and structure that he needed, a horticulturist who selected the flora that would best thrive and decorate his habitat, and of course the man of letters who wrote the immortal thoughts of such masterpiece as Mi Retiro.
     Looking back at my own humble educational achievements, I think that this probably explains why my interest in history and literature (in high school) led to an engineering degree in college and further, to a MBA for my postgraduate course.
     The other trait of Dr. Rizal that is so profound to me is his Christianity.  We all know that he was at odds with Catholic teaching at that time, primarily because of the false witnessing of the friars.  Perhaps he was not even a believer but more of a moral and decent fellow.  But nonetheless, his remarkable life reproduced in his own behaviour the doctrine and life of Jesus Christ, in the way that he treated and truly cared for others, in his sympathy with other's sorrows and plight under the oppressive Spanish regime.  It was his indomitable advocacy of what is right that led to a martyrdom that liberated our people and catalyzed yearnings for nationhood.
     Our national hero's life is a testimony of the lonely position that many times over, he would take to advocate a principle, and more so, defend the rights of others.  This advocacy, however, often brought trouble as it was misconstrued as disruptive and not in accordance with the tried and tested ways of organizations.  But the traits to building organizations and nations are hardly along straight paths.  In fact, in this competitive world of ours, we are even challenged to reinvent ourselves.  And hopefully, it is for the good of others - to become the best not only in what we do, but to be the best FOR the community.
     It is opportune that we commemorate Dr. Rizal this year on Father's Day.  None among our heroes is as top of mind as Father of our Nation.  He taught us how it was to live, suffer and die for the fatherland.  May we do better these days and not anymore waver in following through the heroic initiative of Dr. Rizal in truly securing a nation for us all.

Source: The Cabletow - Nov. 2005 - Jan. 2006 / Vol. 82, No. 3.

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"Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly." - Robert F. Kennedy

Jose Rizal

by Manuel L. Morato

     The life of our beloved foremost national hero, Jose Rizal should be more alive in the minds and hearts of our people now more than any other time.
     At the rate things are going in our land, we seem to have veered farther and farther away from what Jose Rizal had lived and died for.
     Before all his efforts and sacrifices go to naught, all of us must wake up to the reality that we indeed have become undeserving of the motherland he died for.
     As a Fifth Degree Rizalist, a Knight of the Grand Cross of Rizal, I am particularly bothered by what is happening around. We have become so different from what Rizal had wanted the Filipinos to be.
     It is a shame in more ways than one, for a people usually try their best to reflect the image and likeness of its national hero, if we are to give him credit and honor the legacy he had left behind.  But truth to tell, it is as though we neither had Jose Rizal's genes nor an iota of his nobility, honesty, and integrity to guide our lives.
     What kind of race have we all become?  We seem to be totally bankrupt of humanity.
     Instead of fighting the enemies, we fight each other.   Instead of caring for each other, we hate each other.  Instead of helping one another, we only help ourselves.
     For the record, Jose Rizal died at the age of 35, not 30 or 33 as some say.  It is easy enough to estimate from the day he was born in 1861 to that day on Dec. 30, 1896 that he was executed in Bagumbayan or Luneta.
     There are so many misconceptions about his life, short as it was.  There are those who made him appear as womanizer, which he was not.  Though he easily fell in love, he avoided any serious relationships with the ladies he met in his travels because he and his older brother, Paciano, had made a pact that only one of them would get married.
     And we must take note that Jose Rizal was sent to Spain for a mission: to defend his country.  Thus, when he met a lady in some foreign country and felt that he was falling in love, he left for another country.
     We have the Spanish friars of the University of Sto. Tomas and Letran to blame for making Jose Rizal a lesser person because they could not accept his leaving the Church.
     When Zaide and Agoncillo wrote their books on the "life" of Jose Rizal based on hearsay, the Spanish friars in Sto. Tomas and Letran would not accept them as textbooks unless the authors downgraded Jose Rizal by making him a philanderer.
     Jose Rizal was not that at all.  He was a very obedient son to his mother who had always told her only two sons never to touch a woman until they got married.  Jose Rizal followed his mother's advice to the letter.
     It took Dr. Jose Baron-Fernandez, a multi-awarded Spanish author and researcher, to correct the misconception about Jose Rizal's life.  It took him 20 years to research in all the secret archives in Spain, other parts of Europe, Mexico, and America.  Based on documents, he wrote a book, Jose Rizal - Filipino Doctor and Patriot, which was published in 1981.  I bought the rights to the book from Dr. Baron in 1979 and decided to publish the book in Manila, so that our people would know the true Jose Rizal.
     The Spanish friars who disliked Jose Rizal and whom Jose Rizal disliked, in turn, for their grave abuses on the Filipino people made it appear that Jose Rizal turned against the Church, which he did not.  He believed in God, never truned into an atheist, and died a true Christian.  Jose Rizal only fought the bad Spanish friars, which is also happening to us today with some of our local religious.  Many Catholics have also turned against some of our bishops, priests, and nuns for their improper behaviour in the streets of Manila.  I am one of those who cannot stand them either.
     But as then and now, we have to accept that there are a greater number of good priests, bishops, and nuns who live up to their calling.  Bless their souls!
     According to Dr. Baron, Jose Rizal never retracted, never impregnated Josephine Bracken in Dapitan (her pregnancy remains a rumor, no document or letter was ever found to that effect), never turned against God, never gave his permission to Bonifacio through Pio Valenzuela to go on with the revolt, for the Filipinos were not prepared, and was never an important member of Masonry.
     There is really nothing wrong in being a member of Masonry, for it's only a brotherhood out to do good and it is not anti-God as what other friars made it appear to be.
     The Masons believe in God.  Its members come from all religions - Catholics and Protestants and so forth - who join together in the fraternity of men.
     The Spanish friars doubted the Masons, for the Masons precisely banded together to censure the wrongdoings of the friars against the people.  Such a movement was necessary even if only to maintain some sort of balance.
     I feel bad that our students are learning the wrong things about Jose Rizal through the books of Zaide and Agoncillo.  There is a need to re-evaluate these textbooks if we want to project the true character of Jose Rizal.

Jose Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda

Three of Bro. Rizal's Amigas

Josephine Bracken

Gertrude Beckett

Nelly Boustead

     Rizal preferred pursuing his secret mission, to prepare himself in the mighty task of liberating his oppressed people, over continuing a romantic interlude with any one of his amigas.

(source: The Cabletow, Nov. 2005 - Jan. 2006 / Vol 82, No. 3)

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"You have never really lived until you've done something for someone who can never repay you." - Anonymous

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Message from the Worshipful Master - June Stated Meeting

Happy Independence Day!

Last June 12, the three lights of Iligan Lodge 207 joined two scores of brethren led by DDGM Ben Alipio in the Independence Day Parade that meandered thru the city proper.  The program at the public plaza was lead by the Honorable Vice Mayor Henry Dy.  Very noteworthy, probably for the first time, the Salute To the Flag was delivered during the Independence Day at the public plaza by Bro. Cesar Miguel.

Indeed June is a very auspicious month.  Immediately before our stated meeting, we shall be conferring the 3rd degree of Masonry upon Bro.Genesis W. Olandag.  His relocation due to his new work assignment did not deter him from his intention to be raised in our lodge.  Soon after his passing, he signified his desire to be raised on June 19 - the birthday of WB Jose P. Rizal.  The brethren are requested to come on time so that we can open at 2:00 P.M.

Also, during the District caucus held June 2nd, we were designated lead lodge of a testimonial dinner to be tendered by the District R X-D, ARMM Lanao under DDGM Buenaventura C. Alipio to honor the brethren who received the people's mandate to serve and lead their respective communities in the May 10, 2010 election.   The testimonial dinner will immediately follow our stated meeting, thus, we will disperse with the usual Masonic education talk to keep our program short.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge and thank the brethren who supported and joined the Family Bonding last May 23rd at Bro. Rene Tan's beach house at Dalipuga, this city.   By accident of having chosen the same beach, it became a joint activity of Maranaw Lodge 111 and Iligan Lodge 207.  Food and drinks were so plentiful that many skipped lunch because of the heavy pulutan.   There were games for children and brethren.  The ladies also had their aerobic dance exercise.   Congratulations to the brethren who worked hard to make the family bonding a huge success, particularly Bro. Abel Gomez, Bro. Carl Chan and WB Ronald Sy.
WB Oscar V. Badelles

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2:00 P.M.      Opening of Lodge of Master Masons
2:30 P.M.      Suspension of Lodge of MM and opening of Lodge of FC
                      for the proficiency examination followed by conferral
                      of 3rd Degree of Masonry on Bro. Genesis W.

              Conferral Team :

              1st Section
              Worshipful Master                    WB Oscar V. Badelles
              Senior Warden                         Bro. Jaime P. Magnetico
              Junior Warden                          Bro. H. Abel Gomez
              Secretary                                  WB G. Audwin T. Garzon
              Treasurer                                  Bro. Boyd Siao
              Marshall                                   Bro. Carlito Chan Jr.
              Senior Steward                         Bro. Lloyd Aguilar
              Junior Steward                          Bro. Alykhan Ali
              Senior Deacon                          Bro. Rene A. Tan
              Junior Deacon                           Bro. Pat D. Noel
              Tyler                                         Bro. Antonio Bartolome III

              2nd Section
              King Solomon                          WB Oscar V. Badelles
              Hiram of Tyre                          Bro. Jaime Magnetico
              Senior Deacon                         VW Edward L. Banawa
              First Door                                Bro. Lloyd Aguilar
              Second Door                           WB Eduardo D. Ulindang
              Third Door                              Bro. Fernando F. Rahon
              1st Fellowcraft                        Bro. Khalikuzzaman Macabato
              2nd Fellowcraft                       Bro. Abdulhakim Mamad
              Secretary                                Bro. H. Abel Gomez

              Proficiency Examiner               VW Warlito M. Sanguila
              Working Tools                        Bro. Carlito Chan Jr.
              Lecture                                   VW Genesis G. Calit
              Charge                                   WB Eduardo D. Ulindang

5:00 P.M   Main Business
                  >  Reading & Approval of Minutes of Last Stated Meeting
                  >  Reading & Approval of Secretary's Financial Report
                  >  Reading & Approval of Treasurer's Report
                  >  Reading of Communications

5:30 P.M.  Committee Reports
                  >  Family Bonding  -  Bro. Abel Gomez
                  >  Sunshine  -  VW Edwin S. Co
                  >  Invite a Friend  -  WB Victor Mariano

5:45 P.M.  Acknowledgment of Visiting Brethren
5:50 P.M.  Messages/ Commentaries Visiting WMs, GLI, DGLs,
                  and DDGM
6:00 P.M.  Closing of the Lodge
6:30 P.M.  Testimonial Dinner
              Programme :

              Invocation                                Bro. Michael B. Quidlat
              Pambansang Awit                    Bro. Jaime P. Magnetico
              Welcome Remarks                  WB Ian S. Uy
              The Honorees
              Hon. Arrish T. Canoniga    - Councilor, Manticao, Mis. Or.
              Hon. Lyndon L. Abucay    - Councilor, Lala, LDN
              Hon. Reynino L. Longcob  - Vice Mayor, Lala, LDN
              Hon. Alan Lim    -  Mayor, Lala, LDN
              Hon. Frederick W. Siao  -  City Councilor, Iligan City
              Hon. Moises G. Dalisay, Jr.  -  City Councilor, Iligan City
              Hon. Henry C. Dy  -  City Vice Mayor, Iligan City

              Short Message                   VW Buenaventura C. Alipio,
              Closing Remarks                WB Lawrente Fernandez

              Master of Ceremonies        VW Sotero Q. Trinidad               

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Greetings to our June birthday celebrants :

             Bro. Sandy U. Sy               June 15
             Ill. Salvador Ll. Laya          June 17
             VW Angela M. Rentoy      June 18

Best wishes to our lovebirds for the month of June :

             Bro. Robert & Sis Josie Padilla                   June 1
             WB Melanio & Sis Anabelle Siao               June 2
             Bro. Arthur & Sis Liza Padilla                     June 5
             Bro. Jaime & Sis Judith Magnetico              June 9
             VW Sotero & Sis Sol Trinidad                    June 19
             Bro. Antonio & Sis Conie Bartolome           June 25

Source :  Iligan  Lodge No. 207 Bulletin and Notice of Meeting  June 19, 2010

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"Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life, and the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use."   -   Samuel Johnson