Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Three Brethren Drops Working Tools: Nov 2008

We join in the prayers for the soul of Bro. Kenneth Bayas of Tagaytay Lodge No 165.

Avelino M. Sumagui,
Tagaytay 165
Grand Honors Band
The Unofficial Band of the GLPIBP
Cavite Chapter Philippines


Also pray for WBro Gerardo Pasco of Silanganan Lodge No 19 at Arlington, Pasig; and

WBro Pete Navarro of Jacobo Zobel Memorial Lodge No. 202 at St Ignatius Chapel, 8 November burial [TBA].

Both information coming from our Ka Pule2 and Kuyang Willy Calinawan.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

J Rizal Lodge, Havana, Cuba: Bro Amb Corsino


23 October 2008

Worshipful Master Francisco Liu
Mt. Kaladias Lodge #91
Dumaguete City

Dear Worshipful Sir,

I would like to inform you and the brethren of Mt. Kaladias Lodge #91 that today I had a meeting with WM Juan Pablo Moret and PWM Pedro Francisco Ugarte of the Jose Rizal Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in Havana, Cuba. (I heard that there was a Jose Rizal Masonic Lodge in Havana shortly after I arrived here, and so, asked my secretary to contact them.)

They were very happy to know that I, the Philippine Ambassador, am a Mason belonging, Bro to a mother lodge under the Grand Lodge of the Philippines. For my part, I was very pleased to find out that their Lodge, founded in 1956, was named after our national hero--a recognition not only of Rizal's greatness but also of his having been a Mason. In fact, they showed me a lodge bulletin which bore Rizal's picture, his brief biography, and his sayings and a full-length poem, "A La Juventud Filipina".

I was also surprised to hear that they have around 400 masonic lodges in Cuba with a membership of almost 40,000, under the Grand Lodge of Cuba. I was told that they would convey to the Grand Master that the Philippine Ambassador is a Mason. Through you, worshipful, perhaps we could also inform the Grand Master of Philippine Masons that the Craft is active in Cuba under their Grand Lodge and there is a Jose Rizal Lodge in Havana. (The lodges here do not have numbers, unlike in RP.)

They have invited me to attend any of their next meetings. I was happy to welcome their invitation. Although everything will be in Spanish, I will endeavor to follow the ritual as conventionally known all over the world and they will also provide me with an interpreter as I would most probably be requested to say a few words to the Cuban brethren.

Please inform our Bro. Hector Villanueva of this development. I have long wanted to communicate with him, but phone communication is almost impossible. May I therefore ask you to provide me with his email address.

Also, please disseminate this information to our Mt. Kaladias brethren.

Sincerely and Fraternally, your Bro,

Ambassador Mac Corsino

Grand Lodge Idol: 6 Dec

Greetings Brethren:

If you belong to other yahoo groups, please forward Grand Lodge Poster attached to emails or ask them to visit

There will be meetings for the first week of the month for the NCR district, some of our members will attend the respective meetings. You can hook up with them to accompany and promote the GLP idol this December 06 2008.

Dalisay 14 7:00 PM 1st Tue Kuya Paul

Kasilawan 77 7:00 PM 1st Tue Kuya Alex

Jose Rizal 22 7:00 PM 1st Wed Kuya Glenn

Saigon 188 6:00 PM 1st Wed Kuya Danny

Hiram 88 6:00 PM 1st Fri Kuya Marco

Noli Me Tangere 42 5:00 PM 1st Sat Kuya Marco

Labong 5:00 PM 1st Sat Kuya Jun Raz

Fraternally yours,

Bro. Paul V. Santos Estrella
As the title implies, theGrand Lodge Idol is a singing contest for all GLP Master Masons in good standing. To enter, each contestant must prepare at least two songs and pay the PHP1,000.00 registration fee.

The ten finalists will compete at the Big Night of the GLP idol at the Plaridel Masonic Temple, Aguinaldo Hall at 7:00 PM, 6 December 2008. If there are more than ten constestants who have registered, an elimination round will be conducted prior to the Big Night to determine the top 10 finalists otherwise all will compete in the finals.

According to the website: "Contestants should bring their own CDs/minus-one, or play their own musical instrument. Professional audio and light equipment will be provided by the organizers.

During the Big Night, there will be an elimination round (1 song per contestant) to determine the top three performers. Criteria for the top three contestants will be based on the number of votes a candidate has accumulated. Judges are present but only to give their critique regarding the performance.

After the elimination round, the top three contestants will again render their chosen song (1 song per contestant). The top Grand Lodge Idol will be chosen based on the number of votes he accumulated. Judges are again present but only to give their critique regarding the performance."

This contest is spearheaded by Luzon Lodge No 57 in cooperation with the lodges of the National Capital Region (NCR) District.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Al-Awal Batch: Mindanao Shrine Club

The MINDANAO SHRINE CLUB hosted its very first Hot Sands Ceremonials last October 23-25, 2008 at the Country Village Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City with 62 novices who all successfully hurdled the shifting sands of the desert.

If you are one of the 62 new AL-AWAL batch Nobles, please reply to this email address ( or my cellphone 0918.936.7989) and please include your cellphone numbers or other contact numbers as we are starting a new yahoogroup and Chikka text messenger group.

Kindly forward this [email] information to other AL-AWAL Nobles in your own email and cellphone directories

Thank you very much.

Noble Abraham "Opoc" Olegario
Cagayan de Oro City


Congratulations to the 62 new Nobles of the AL-AWAL Class. Welcome to the playground of Freemasons, the Shrine, and to the World's Greatest Philantrophy, the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

It is great to hear that such a number of Candidates trekked the Hot Sands.

Congratulations also to Mindanao Shrine Club for a successful conferral.

Chibu Uson
Capitol City Lodge No 174, Philippines
Fil-Can Cabletow Lodge UD, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Capitol Lodge No 136, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Khartum Shriners, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Bro Paulino D. Gaspar Drops Working Tools: 3 Nov 2008

Let us say a silent prayer for the eternal repose of our brother:

Brother Paulino D. Gaspar
Lincoln Lodge No. 34 F&AM
Olongapo City

Who dropped his working tools today.

Until then, my brother until then farewell.

Ricardo (Dick) F. Otero, Jr.
Bagong Buhay Lodge # 17, Cavite City
Unity Lodge # 285, Olongapo City
Current Location: Olongapo City

"The power and action of prayer for the souls of the departed is even greater than prayer for the living. There is no greater comfort than prayer and no greater joy than joy in the Lord for those who are separated from their bodies. It is unjust, as some think, to assume that the needs of our departed brethren are unknown to us. However, this is not true. The spiritual needs of the dead are the same as the spiritual needs of the living. The dead need the mercy and goodness of the Heavenly Father, forgiveness and remission of sins, grace-filled help from God in the fulfillment of all good desires, and the peace and ease of the heart and conscience. These things are most important both for the living and the dead. Give rest, O Lord, to the souls of Thy departed servants is the continual prayer... "

Pray for the Reposed! by the New Hieromartyr John of Riga