Monday, March 7, 2016

Are you going to ANCOM 2016?

Better get going and register online! Click ANCOM2016 for more detailed info.

My apologies for not posting as more and more are moving to Facebook groups; as well as the fact the original PinoyMasons Yahoogroups was closed down. There is however the PinoyMasons2 Yahoogroups but not as popular as the old one.

Monday, November 18, 2013

WB Benjamin Escobar Tumangan, Jr Drops Working Tools - 4 Nov 2013

Brethren, Wor Brother Benjamin Escobar Tumangan, Jr., a Past Master of Cabanatuan :: 53 dropped his working tools last Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 at 3:30am in his daughter's residence in Makati City, Metro Manila. His earthly remains was cremated this morning after which his ashes were placed in an urn and will be brought home to Cabanatuan City and will be placed in the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) in Burgos Avenue, Barangay Sangitan East, for public viewing until tomorrow morning. His remains will be brought to its final resting place in the family mausoleum in Cabanatuan City Public Cemetery. Let us all offer our prayers for Bro. Jaymin's soul and his family. May the GAOTU bless us all! Lemuel Tumangan Rafanan RN Palayan City ::331 / Kapatiran ::228 MD R3-D, MWGLP

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

31 Aug 2013 - Hiram Club 35th Anniversary Ball & Induction

The Hiram Club of Tidewater Virginia cordially invites you to their 35th Anniversary Ball and Induction of Officers this coming Saturday 31 August 2013 at Holiday Inn Executive Center 5655 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, VA .

RW Bro Ernie Soriano from Dingras, Ilocos Sur and a member of Victory Daylight Lodge #1778 Norfolk, VA and Charter member of Maynilad Lodge # 1521 Washington DC; will be inducted as President by the Grand Master of Virginia - MW Bro Louis Kerford Campbell.

RW Bro Ernie served as District Deputy in Masonic District 35 B, Past Grand Lodge Officer and currently a member of the Committee on Works, District 35 A & B.

Attire is formal [or Barong Tagalog], after five for the ladies.

Cost is $60.00 per person; cocktails start at  6:00 PM /and the dinner at 7:15 PM.

RSVP no later than Aug 23, 2013 to RW Bro Ernie Soriano.

If you need a hotel, you can call Navy Lodge or call the hotel directly on 757-499-4400.

Golf will be Friday and Saturday, $60.00 per person.

Friday night [30 Aug] fellowship in the Navy Lodge Hotel. Saturday breakfast and lunch. Saturday night inaugural Ball and Sunday morning picnic. Every night after dinner will be fellowship for your whole weekend stay.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

24-26 April - ANCOM 2014

My apologies for the long absence. I have been busy with work, family & Lodge activities; not necessarily in that order or importance.

What a better way to return to blogging but by planning for ANCOM 2014 in Manila?

So, if you haven't had a look at ANCOM 2014 link, better head on & plan for next year's GLP Annual Communication!

As they say in Phillipine tourist lingo - "It's more fun in the Philippines!" and in this case "It's more fun in Manila" in ANCOM 2014!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

History of Batong Buhay Lodge No 27

"Batong Buhay Lodge No. 27, F. & A. M., as it is known today, was formerly Bagumbayan Manila Lodge No. 27 under the Gran Orient Español. According to the reminiscences of elder brethren in and out of the folds of the present lodge, the organization of Bagumbayan Manila Lodge No. 27 was made possible by members belonging to Walana, Araw and other lodges.

On August 13, 1914, it was chartered by the Regional Grand Lodge of the Philippines No. 2 under the jurisdiction of the Gran Oriente Español with Bros. Jose Elchico, Primitivo Cruz, Patricio Mariano Cruz, Gonzalo Torrente, Francisco A. De Asis, Ruperto del Castillo, Amando Solionko, P. Medina, Tomas Lorenzo, Aurelio Rusca, Manuel de Leon and two others which records could not bear.

It was not until 1917 that Bagumbayan Manila Lodge No. 27 together with 26 other lodges formerly under the Gran Oriente Español applied for dispensation to the Grand Lodge of the Philippine Islands. It was given dispensation to form a lodge on November 11, 1916. Its charter was granted on February 13, 1917 by MW William Taylor during the 5th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of the Philippine Islands. In the afternoon of the following day (February 14) it was duly constituted, hence the “rebirth” of Bagumbayan Manila Lodge No. 27. There were three Entered Apprentices and twenty nine Master Masons in the roster including those of the original chartered members. The first officers of the Lodge were:

Worshipful Master - Jose Elchico

Senior Warden - Francisco A. De Asis

Junior Warden - Patricio M. Cruz

In the early months of 1921, Bagumbayan Manila No. 27 expelled all its members who assisted in the organization of Bagumbayan Lodge 352, a clandestine lodge*. And to further distinguish it from that of Bagumbayan Lodge No. 4, the members decided to change the name of the lodge. Among the names submitted for considerations were “BATONG BUHAY”, “MABINI” and “SUMILANG”. BATONG BUHAY was selected by the members and its author, Bro. Pascual de Leon, eloquently explained the meaning and significance of BATONG BUHAY , and why he chose the said name., allegorically referring to the “granite stones” hewn, squared, marked and numbered in the quarries which were used in the building of King Solomon’s Temple. Thus, BATONG BUHAY came into existence.

The first meetings of the lodge were being held at the Temple of Solomon, a beautiful big wooden building along Bilbao St., Tondo, Manila.

After more than three years of inactivity due to the Japanese occupation and after due dispensation had been secured to recognize the lodge, the members of Batong Buhay Lodge No. 27 met for the first time at the Grand Lodge Hall located at the corner of Arlegui and Gunao Streets, Quiapo, Manila and elected its officers. Elected Worshipful Master was WB Eduardo Tankiang. The first candidate who was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason after the war was Bro. Felix R. Gabat on August 20, 1945.

On December 7, 1968, under the stewardship of WB Felix R. Gabat, the maiden issue of the newsletter “The Livingstone” was published to bridge the gap between the lodge and its absentee members with the end view of improving attendance. The last edition was published on October 30, 1970. In July 1994, the lodge revived the publication of its newsletter which serves as a convenient print medium by which the brethren especially those who cannot attend our meetings are duly informed of the activities of the lodge and other significant events in our district.

From the late 60s up to early 80s, Batong Buhay Lodge No. 27 was in moribund state. It encountered difficulty in mustering a quorum for its stated meetings and collecting dues from its members. Its accumulated accounts payable with the Grand Lodge reached five digit proportion. This became the immediate concern of the Grand Lodge and fearing that the lodge will lose its charter, a group of pilots/Master Masons belonging to the so called “357 Club” was persuaded to affiliate with Batong Buhay Lodge No. 27. The 357 Club founded in 1983 is an organization of Master Masons from different lodges mostly composed of airline personnel working with Philippine Airlines. Its purpose was to promote camaraderie and fellowship among its members. Among those who affiliated were VW Tito F. Garcia, WB Evaristo A. Leviste, WB Tolentino C. Arguelles, Bro. Ernesto Q. Llamas and Bro. Jose P. Apacible. As a consequence, the lodge was rejuvenated and retained its charter.

However, in the late 80s, the lodge again found it difficult to get enough members together during meetings mainly because its members found it difficult to meet at Plaridel Masonic Temple.

In 1991, under the leadership of VW Ricardo T. Misa, the brethren decided to move the meeting venue to Jacobo Zobel y Zangroniz Masonic Temple located at Dao St., San Antonio Village, Makati. The interest and enthusiasm of the brethren was reignited and the period of Masonic inactivity was happily broken. During the same year, the lodge gained eight (8) dual members while three (3) were raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason. Attendance during the stated and special meetings improved immensely. Fund raising by way of the printing of a Souvenir Program during the lodge’s 75th Charter Anniversary was undertaken to improve financial condition of the lodge. At the same time the account with the Grand Lodge was fully paid.

In 1992 with WB Ben T. Maturan at the helm, the By-Laws of the lodge were revised to conform with the changing times. It was approved by MW Agustin V. Mateo on September 11, 1992.

The following year, with WB Lauro F. Garcia occupying the Master’s chair the lodge decided to officially transfer to District 9-B. It was approved by MW Rizal D. Aportadera thru Edict No. 167 on April 7, 1994 whereby Batong Buhay Lodge No. 27 was excluded from Masonic District 1-B and placed under the jurisdiction of Masonic District No. 9-B.

Batong Buhay Lodge No. 27 presently has 62 members coming from various professions in Engineering, Airline Pilots, Armed Forces, Medicine, Government Service, Law Enforcement, Business and Law.

Batong Buhay denotes a live stone. The lodge is now strong and active.

Harmony is at an all time high."


*Bagumbayan Lodge No 352 is or was Chartered under the 'La Gran Logia Regional de Filipinas - de la Federacion del Grande Oriente Espanol'

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

VW Bro Oscar Jaring Drops Working Tools 17 Aug 2012

Brethren All,

Please be informed that our VW Bro Oscar Jaring, Past Regional Deputy Grand Master (RIII), Past District Deputy Grand Master (MD R3B) and Past Wor Master of Bataan Lodge 104 dropped his working tools last Friday, Aug 17, 2012 at the age of 77 years.

His remains now lie at the chapel besides Hermosa Parish Church in Bataan. Interment is scheduled on Aug 24, 2012 at 1:00PM.

May he find eternal peace in the Celestial Lodge above where the Supreme Grand Master forever presides.


Bro. Vic Cruz, PM
Bataan Lodge 104
Balanga City, Bataan

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Agila Shriners Chartered - 2 July 2012

'Agila Shriners (with jurisdiction over the entire Mindanao, Philippines) finally received its Charter last July 2, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina (USA) as the 195th Temple of Shriners International.
During the July 4 parade in Charlotte, the 16 Agila delegates participated, proudly displaying the Philippine flag as well as the Agila Shriners banner.

In the evening of the same day, the Khedive scooter patrol of Khedive Temple (Virginia) tendered a reception for the Agila and Mabuhay Shriners' delegates and inducted them as honorary members of the Khedive Scooter Patrol.'

Floren V Lumo
Madayaw Lodge, UD
Davao City, Philippines
(via GLPhils Yahoogroup)

Agila on Aloha Shriners' page.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Imperial Potentate Michael G. Severe presents a charter to members of Agila Shriners during the 2012 Imperial Session in Charlotte, NC.

Shriners International welcomed Agila Shriners of Mindano, The Philippines, as its 195th chartered temple (chapter) during the 2012 Imperial Session in Charlotte, NC. In the last three years, there have been four new temples added. In 2011, Emirat Shriners in Germany received their charter; in 2010, both Mabuhay Shriners in The Philippines and Al Rai’e Saleh Shriners in Puerto Rico received their charters.

“The interest our fraternity has received in other countries has been wonderful to see,” said Past Imperial Potentate Nick Thomas, chairman of the international development committee. “Our international brothers are an integral part of our future and we look forward to this trend continuing in the years to come.”

About Shriners International

Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. There are approximately 310,000 members throughout the world. Learn more about joining Shriners International at

Above article & photo appeared at Shriners International.