Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Iligan Lodge No. 207 36th Charter Anniversary

I would like to reiterate that our Charter Anniversary falls on the month of April.  But due to the fact that most of the brethren then were out of town (including yours truly!), the Worshipful Master opted to postpone it to May 2011, thus the event.

Our stated meeting started on time and I was supposed to take the position of Senior Deacon upon the request of Bro. Rene Tan (who is still in Manila to be with his Mom who is recuperating in the hospital due to some minor ailments), I arrived late because I still came from Cagayan de Oro then.  Fortunately, WB Oscar Badelles was there to sit as Senior Deacon.  I just took the position when I arrived in the lodge room.

I'd like to announce that during our stated meeting, we balloted Mr. Ivan Banaag who got a favorable nod from the brethren.  So we will be very glad to start our labors for the benefit of Mr. Banaag to receive the degrees.

After the stated meeting, we had our fellowship at the Ubaldo D Laya Masonic Center Hall.  Though there only a few of the brethren who were present (and 1 sister, my lovely wife Binky), we enjoyed all the activities prepared specially the 7 toasts (where Sister Binky was the only one to be honored in the 6th Toast) and clinched with the singing of "Auld Lang Syne" at the top our voice.

 Settling down with the 1st toast

Worshipful Master Jaime Magnetico raising his glass for the 1st Toast
 JW Bro Roger Nuñeza with the 3rd Toast

 Awaiting (and thirsty for) the 4th Toast

 Our beloved Charter Master, WB Henry Padilla delivering in behalf
of the other Past Masters his message which he says is his
own for he doesn't want the other PMs to be obligated to
what he was about to deliver.

 Listening in a pensive mood to the seriousness of the event.

 And with the appearance of agreement to the speakers statements.

 The IPM of Iligan Lodge No. 207 WB Oscar Badelles listening while
WB Nap Llauder texting seriously at the background.

 WB Henry Padilla in a serious gesture during his speech.

 4th Toast given by PM Ed Ulindang

 Past Masters and PDDGMs both, VW Warly Sanguila and VW James Yu

 The Anniversary Cake that is one year early...we're still 36 but the
cake's 37.   Our lodge is just always one step ahead of the rest. :)

 Some of the Past Masters present during the fellowship night.

 Guess you can point out the two who ran out of air to blow.

 The tokens given to the Past Masters.  A commemorative plate.

 A closer look at the plate...intended for Charter Master WB Henry Padilla

 Our New District Deputy Grand Master VW Eduard Banawa.

 Giving of the tokens.  WB Henry Padilla

 VW Warly Sanguila

 VW Robert Co

 VW James Yu

 WB Eduardo Ulindang

 WB Oscar Badelles

 6th Toast offered by SW Bro Abel Gomez

 The last but surely not the very least 7th Toast - The Tyler's Toast!

 Relaxed Mode!

 Our newly balloted to receive Masonic degrees - Mr. Ivan Banaag

 Half of the group singing the Auld Lang Syne

 The middle group

 The left part of the choir.

 The group trying to get the rhythm before the finale
 The Anniversary Cake prepared by WB Albert Chiu who unfortunately is out of town.

Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth

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"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

2011 Mindanao Travelers Invitational Shootfest

This year is quite fruitful for Iligan Lodge No. 207 and Manticao Lodge No. 243.  Both lodges had a joint installation of officers for Masonic Year 2011 which was held last January.
Now, before the 6th month, another very successful activity was hosted by both lodges - the 2011 Mindanao Travelers Invitational Shootfest.  The event was very much successful as described by Bro. John Chen which he describes in his email below and which I copied and pasted here...

Iam Chen John
In the Masons Team Relay fun event, there were eight participating teams.

Teams were : 111-A, 111-B, 207-A, 207-B, 243-A, 243-B, 259, 222+.

FINALS were between 207-A (composed of Bro. Sandy Sy, VW James Yu, WB Roberto Padilla & Bro. Jason Lim) which won over 243-A (composed of WM Michael E.A. Quidlat, Bro. Ernest Oliver Uy, Bro. Julius dela Cruz & Bro. Johnny Chen).

207-B (composed of SW Abel Gomez, Bro. Lloyd Aguilar, Bro. Pat Noel & demolay Reggielloyd Aguilar) took the third place over 243-B (composed of Sis. Joan Quimbo, Bro. Majul Gandamra, daughter Jan Avery Chen, & Petnr. Ruben Co).

111 fielded teams A & B composed of WB Ian Uy, JW JohnSmith Yu Engka, Bro. Regalado Chua & Bro. Aitor Gonzales; and Bro. Vic June Francisco, Kenneth Bernardo, C. Catipay, J. Cañete)

Team 259 was represented by WB Steven So, Bro. Chito Bliss & VW James Yu.

Team 222 - Bro. Alex Mitmug & Bro. PCI Ismael Zainal.

City Director P/SSupt Celso G. Regencia graced and participated in the relay and was a guest team member of 207-B.

 Beautifully designed t-shirt for the shootfest

 The beautiful trophies of the different events

 Bro. Sandy Sy, our Junior Deacon was the awarding Master of Ceremony

 A closer look at the trophies.

 First time competition participant SW Bro. Abel Gomez, a member of
Iligan Lodge No. 207 Team B

 Bro. Pat Noel of Iligan Lodge No. 207 Team B receiving the 2nd Runner-up Trophy.
Not bad for first timers!  Beside Bro. Pat is the WM of Manticao Lodge No. 243,
WB Michael Quidlat, Team member of Manticao Lodge No. 243 and the 1st Runner-up
of the Team Relay Shoot-Off!

 Details of the Travelers ShootFest 

 Iligan Lodge No. 207 Team A, all seasoned Shooters!
and the Team Relay Shoot Off Champion!

 A brother from Maranaw Lodge No. 111 showing the moves!

 Bro. Jason Lim of Iligan Lodge No. 207 with his winning form. :) 

 Iligan Lodge No. 207 Past Master WB Rolando "RL" Layumas' sponsored stage.

 WB Bert Padilla's winning form greatly contributed to the Champion Trophy!

 Bro. Sandy Sy's winning form with eyes closed?

 VW James Yu's daughter showing her prowess in gun-handling.

 The father, VW James Yu contributes his sharp-shooting abilities.

 Me, in my 2nd runner-up form...first time participant trying to hide my shaking gun-handling... :)

 VW James Yu in one of the stages in the competition.

 Brethren of Maranaw Lodge No. 111 awaiting their turn to shoot.

 Bro. Sandy Sy receiving the Champions Trophy for the Relay Team Shoot Off.

 Another brother from Maranaw Lodge No. 111 doing his turn at the firing range closely guarded
by Bro. Abner Ratunil, the Range Officer.

 VW James Yu with the Champion's Trophy and medal.

 No knee problem with this guy as he shoots plates, poppers, anything that is placed as a target. :)

 Tough Guys wear Pink!

 A shooter looks for the sponsor...don't know for what reason. 

 Hope he's not shooting the sponsor... :P

 Range Officer...Duffy Duck. joke, joke,'s Bro. Abner Ratunil.

 Trying to give instructions over the sound of gun fire.

 PNP City Director Celso Regencia graced the Team Relay Shoot Off. Thanks Sir!

 Bro. Lloyd Aguilar's son and DeMolay shooter!

 WB Bert Padilla giving the finishing touches of the competition. :D