Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Plea For Financial Assistance For Iligan City Flood Victims

Brethren, last December 16, 2011, for the first time in the history of Iligan City, a typhoon passed through northern Mindanao affecting the cities of Iligan, Cagayan de Oro and Dumaguete.  As a result, hundreds of lives were lost and hundreds more are missing.

The path of the typhoon as shown in a photo series prepared by Mr. Marvin Isidore C. Macatol shows its deadly course.

No one was spared specially those located near Iligan's two major rivers, the Mandulog and Iligan rivers.  At least 50 of our brethren experienced lost of properties as flood waters reached upto their rooftops, in some areas, beyond.
The youtube video above was taken a few hours after the devastating event.  Ordinary citizens together with the Philippine Armed Forces united to helped those who lost their lives, who lost their loved ones, who lost their properties.  As shown, even cars, trucks and heavy equipments lie as if made of paper.

12 days have passed.  Christmas had passed.  And still we continue to look for those missing friends and relatives.  Searching for bodies yet to be found.  The smell of death lurks in the air in areas greatly damaged by the floods.  Schools were washed away in many areas.  The death toll has risen by the hundreds and still searching, hoping that it will end.  Survivors were luckily found in many sites, floating in the sea, as far as hundreds of kilometers away from Iligan.  Dead bodies too were found and recovered in distant places.

As reported in our city's disaster management command center, their were 11 barangays that was greatly affected by the catastrophe.

As a member of Iligan Lodge No. 207, I sadly say that this month was supposed to be our election month, but due to the incident, we have to postponed it until all things will be at least brought to a manageable state.  Also, I sadly say that our Worshipful Master is a victim of all this.  His house was totally submerged in the flood damaging all his property way beyond recovery.  Many other brother Masons were victims.  From their houses to business establishments losing hundreds of thousands probably millions of pesos.

Brethren, we turn to you asking to extend your cabletow across the seas, across the continents to help your brethren affected by the flood halfway around the world.

Donations can be sent through MetroBank ATM Account No. 170-3170360339 Name - WI Oscar V. Badelles - Iligan Masonic Disaster Relief Coordinating Committee.

May the Great Architect Of The Universe bless us all!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Help Needed For Iligan!


In behalf of the Iligan Bloggers Society, Inc., a non-stock, non-profit organization to which I belong, I seek your  very able assistance by way of asking PayPal either to release the amount donated to the organization to be use for the typhoon victims of Iligan City or immediately return it to all the donors.  We have up to this minute, able to collect the amount of PhP301,000.00 which PayPal has denied our organization to access. The owner of the PayPal account that we are using, Mr. Alexander S. Singcol, Jr., is a member of the Iligan Bloggers Society, Inc.  He has submitted all possible requirements that can be submitted to the institution for their consideration.

With the plight of all the victims of the typhoon awaiting the vital relief that can be purchased with the release of the donations, freezing it after we have submitted copies of our Security and Exchange documents did not suffice.  They have even deducted a certain amount of the stated figure above.  Yesterday's figure is now 300,684.07.

Brethren, brotherly love, RELIEF and Truth should be the substitute of the lost word in our case.  Our organization did all our best to help our people in distress whether they are rich or poor, young or old, christians or muslims by distributing food, water, dry clothes to relieve them of their hunger and shivering cold during the night and publishing our activities so that the donors might see in full honesty where their donated, hard earned monies went.

May I therefore cry for the needed help?

If there are any updates relating to this request, please do not hesitate to contact me through this blog.

Bro. Pat D. Noel
Iligan Lodge No. 207

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Message from the Worshipful Master - December 17, 2011

Greetings from the EAST

Freemasonry is not a religion, but encourages its members to practice their own religion.  Freemasonry is not political, but it encourages patriotism.  Freemasonry is not a charity, but its members practice charity throughout the world everyday.  Freemasonry, teaches good men to become better through using allegory to impress ideals.

Therefore the Holiday Season is perfect for Masons and creating the Spirit of Christmas throughout the year.  Enjoy the Holiday season seize the spirit of Christmas and hold it dear in your hearts year around.

Merry Christmas to everyone!!

I would like to thank the following brethren in joining us in celebrating the three-in-one event of Iligan Lodge No. 207, the "Family Bonding", "Christmas Party" & "Birthday Celebration of your WM & advanced birthday celebration of Bro. JW Roger Nuñeza; VW Warly Sanguila & Family; WI Oscar Badelles & Family; WB Ed Cueto; Bro. Ali Bari & Family; VW Fem Calio & Family; VW James Yu; Bro. Abel Gomez and Bro. Ivan Banaag.

The host celebrant Bro. JW Roger Nuñeza prepared the venue and donated one pork lechon, kinilaw squid, fish & etc., Bro. BJ Siao, donated one pig, your WM donated one beef lechon and Bro. Abel Gomez, donated cases of soft-drinks and beer.  Thank you very much.

As I reiterated in my last message that, this coming Saturday (December 17, 2011) is our stated meeting and election of officers.  I asked that all of you come to lodge and have your say in the leadership of the lodge for 2012.

WB Jaime P. Magnetico, Worshipful Master

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Greetings to our December Birthday Celebrants
WB Jaime P. Magnetico - Dec. 10
Bro. Rogelio C. Nuñeza - Dec. 11
VW Edwin S. Co - Dec. 14
WB Benigno P. Reyes - Dec. 17
VW Graciano Audwin T. Garzon - Dec. 18
Bro. Melvyn T. Salise - Dec. 22
Bro. Carlito L. Chan, Jr. - Dec. 28
Bro. Victor M. Orbe - Dec. 28

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Best Wishes to our Lovebirds for the month of December:
VW Eufemio & Sis. Gloria Calio - Dec. 9
WB Rolando & Sis. Liberty Layumas - Dec. 10
VW James & Sis. Fely Yu - Dec. 19

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December 17, 2011 - Saturday @ 5:00 P.M.


*  Reading & Approval of the Minutes of the Last Stated Meeting
Reading & Approval of Secretary's Financial Report
*  Reading & Approval of Treasurer's Report
*  Reading of Communication (Edicts, Circulars, etc.)
*  Reading of Part III, Article II, Section 2 of the Masonic Law Book

*  Visit to Home for the Aged - Bro. Abel Gomez
*  Family Bonding & Christmas Party - Bro. Rogelio Nuñeza
*  Sunshine - VW Edwin S. Co, PDDGM



6:50 P.M. - Messages / Commentaries from the Visiting WMs, GLI, DGLs, and DDGM

                    *Recitation in unison of Closing Prayer*

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"We represent a fraternity which believes in justice and truth and honorable action in your community men who are endeavoring to be better citizens to make a great country greater.  This is the only institution in the world where we can meet on the level all sorts of people who want to live rightly." - Harry S Truman