Wednesday, February 24, 2010

VW Bro Johnson Wee Drops Working Tools: 24 Feb 2010

To my brothers at Kutang Bato Lodge No 110 [Cotabato City], I share your sadness with the passing of VW Bro Johnson Wee, 42, Ateng Haydee, 35 and their two kids, Kim Patricia, 8 and Enzo, 6; in a tragic house fire this early morning, 24 Feb.

Kuyang Johnson and his blood brothers, Jerome  and Jeffrey were like my big brothers during my childhood days. Spent memorable moments with them during those years.

I am sure that our Kuyangs Lorenzo and Wee Han Suh, together with all the brethren in that Celestial Lodge above, "where tears and sadness are unknown; in that place where time will be no more", will be very glad to welcome Bro Johnson in their eternal fellowship.

"And he will hear from Him who seats as Judge Supreme, His welcome words... "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful..."

Bro Allan Noel Soyao
Jose Rizal Lodge No 22
District NCR-C GLP
Via Facebook


"Senior Superintendent Willie Dangane, Cotabato City police, said the victims died of suffocation. He said the victims were trapped inside the PAL Ticketing Travel Tours inside the Hadji Datu Usman Mampen Building on Sinsuat Avenue, Cotabato City." [report from ABS-CBN]


Brethren All,

It is with great sadness to inform all over the tragic and shocking demise of our Brother, VW Bro Johnson Wee, PDDGM of Cotabato City, who perished together with our sister Heidi ['Haydee' on some newspaper report] and his two kids [Kim Patricia 8, & Enzo, 6], in a fire accident that hit their residence early this morning.

VW Bro Johnson is an active member of Kutang Bato Lodge, a Shriner and a senior DeMolay from Cotabato Chapter.

Please pray for their eternal repose.

Here’s a link to the news report by Bombo Radyo.

Thank you.

VW Bro Joji Bulawin, PDDGM



It is indeed a very tragic news that VW Bro Johnson Wee, PDDGM and his whole family perished in the fire that gutted their store this morning in Cotabato City.

Bro Johnson was the main proponent and organizer of the Mindanao Caravan of MW Bro Boy Aniag last August 15 to 22, 2008. We were together roaming Mindanao from Cotabato City to Pagadian, Ozamis, Tubod, Kolambugan, Marawi, Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Malaybalay, Gingoog, Butuan, San Francisco, Tagum, Panabo, Davao, Digos until we reached General Santos City visiting lodges and sickly brethren. It was the time that we just passed by the Lanao Norte-Iligan Highway in Kolambugan to Linamon when more than 300 armed MILF rebels led by Abdullah Macapaar alias Commander Bravo burned buildings and killed hundred of civilians in the area. He was the silent type brother mason and did not need any recognition for all his efforts.

May they rest in eternal peace.

Bro James Olayvar
Kagitingan Lodge No. 286

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Newly Installed Officers of Mallig Plains Lodge No. 191

Congratulations to the newly Installed Officers of Mallig Plains Lodge No 191 for MY 2010:

Bro William F. Mapatac - Worshipful Master

Bro Eduardo G. Dait - Senior Warden

Bro Samuel A. Tejero - Junior Warden

W Bro Mario A. Garcia - Treasurer

W Bro Hernando A. Rerboredo - Auditor

W Bro Clint C. Lanuza - Chaplain

Bro Fernando R. Silapan - Marshal

Bro Nestor E. Lorica - Senior Deacon

Bro Val Pirre P. Conde - Junior Deacon

VW Bro Cesar C. Purugganan - Lecturer

VW Bro Nelson M. Doton - Lecturer

W Bro Sol Redemptor A. Almiron - Lecturer

Bro Richard L. Purugganan - Almoner

Bro Celetino M. Palmera - Orator

Bro Edgard S. Raguine - Senior Steward

Bro Rogelio M. Taliping - Junior Steward

Bro Michael V. Uy - Organist

W Bro Noel Anthony M. Pua - Tyler

Via GLPhils Yahoo Group email:

Bro Josue D. Mendoza, PDGL

Mallig Plains Lodge No. 191
Roxas, Isabela

Friday, February 19, 2010

Public Installation Okinawa Lodge No 118

Congratulations to the newly installed officers of Okinawa Lodge No. 118, under The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines:

Worshipful Master - WBro Emelito ROXAS

Senior Warden - Bro Fernando YANGA

Junior Warden - Bro Mark FREASE

Treasurer - Bro Ronelo VALIENTE

Secretary - VWBro Hiroshi YAGI

Auditor - Bro Arnell CAUGUIRAN

Senior Deacon - Bro Hans CAJAL

Junior Deacon - Bro Ronald ANGEVINE

Senior Steward - Bro Nathan DIEBERT

Marshall - Bro Alex ESCOBAL

Tyler - WBro Harry FARMER JR, PM

Almoner - Bro Greg MENDOZA

Harmony Officer - VWBro Edwin VENTURA

IT Officer - Bro James LEONARD

Again congratulations to all!!!!!! See you at ANCOM 2010.......


VWBro Napoleon A. Sison, DDGM
District Overseas "B", MWGLP
717-1 Yagibaru, Kitanakagusuku- son
Okinawa, Japan 901-2304

Teikoku Lodge No. 19
Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Japan
Okinawa, Japan

Thursday, February 18, 2010

W Bro Fred Enriquez Drops Working Tools: 24 June 1948 - 12 Feb 2010

Brethen and all,

    It is with deep sadness to inform you of the sudden death of our W Bro Godofredo "Fred" Enriquez formerly of Lodge Star of Australia No 200, and recently of Lodge Beauty of Cabra Vale No 743, last Friday, the 12th of February of severe reaction to a vaccine.

    W Bro Fred is also a Foundation member and Director of Ceremonies-designate of Lodge Jose Rizal No 1045 of Castle Hill NSW Australia.

    Let us continue to pray for those he left behind, especially to Sis Dolly and family; grieving at the loss of a husband, father, friend, brother & co-worker. May he rest in peace.

     "May the present instance of mortality remind us of our approaching destiny. May our affections be weaned from the things of the world and fixed more devotedly on Thee, our only safe refuge in the hour of need.  And grant that when the summons shall come for us to quit the transitory scenes of earth, the light which is from above shall dispel the encircling gloom.
    "May we go thence with faith in Thee, in full hope of a resurrection, and with charity toward all men. May we be admitted into the celestial lodge on high, to an everlasting reunion with the souls of our departed friends and brethren." *

*From The Masonic Public Funeral Services [as used in the Grand Lodge of the Philippines]


Prayers, Viewing & Funeral Schedule

Viewing - Thursday, 18 February 2010 at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Pinegrove Memorial Park Chapel, Kington Street [off Great Western Highway], Minchinbury NSW 2770.

Masonic Funeral Rites - Thursday, 18 February 2010, After the prayers for the departed at Pinegrove Memorial Park Chapel. Please don't forget, Masonic attire: dark lounge/business suit, tie & apron.

Funeral Mass - 20 February 2010 at 10:00 AM, Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 110 Mimosa Drive, Bossley Park NSW 2176. Parking, off Restwell Road.

Internment - 20 February 2010 after Church Funeral Rites, Pinegrove Memorial Park, Kington Street
[off Great Western Highway], Michinbury NSW 2770.

Palayan City Lodge No 331's Public Installation of Officers: 20 Feb

Palayan City Lodge No 331

Cordially Invites You to its

Public Installation of Officers for Masonic Year 2010-2011

Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 2:00 P.M.

Palayan City Lodge No 331 Masonic Temple

Barangay Singalat, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija

Incoming Officers:

Bro. Bobby Faronilo - Incoming Worshipful Master

Bro. Jun Coronel - Incoming Senior Warden

Bro. Danny Rillera - Incoming Junior Warden

VWBro Pepito De Fiesta PDGL - Lodge Secretary

VWBro Ric Villasenor PDGL - Lodge Treasurer

WBro Kenneth Lim PM - Lodge Auditor

WBro Larry Camato PM - Immediate Past Master

Lemuel Tumangan Rafanan RN
Palayan City Lodge 331 / Kapatiran Lodge 228
CL: Riyadh, KSA
[Via email]

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bro Angel Biag Sr Drops Working Tools: 8 Feb 2010

Brethren let us give a minute of silent prayer to the soul of our departed Brother Angel Biag Sr. who passed away three days ago.

He is a member of Zambales Lodge No. 103, [Iba, Zambales]. He died of dehydration a day (Monday) before his flight with his wife back to Florida USA where they reside.

His body now lies at their residence in Villas St. Barrio Barretto, Olongapo City.

Thanks my Brothers.

Benny M. Joco
Mt.Mainam Lodge # 49,
Pinatubo Lodge # 52,
Subic Bay Lodge # 361
Olongapo City


Bro Benny Joco,

Please convey to the family of Bro Angel Biag Sr. my deepest sympathy on his demise May God bless his soul.

Manny Leander
Malolos Lodge 46
Zambales Lodge 103
T. R. Yangco Lodge 351
CL: Delano CA
HT: Castillejos Zambales


Pinoy Masons Worldwide offer their prayers & condolences to the family & friends of Bro Angel Biag Sr.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Bro Prisco Tacoboy Drops Working Tools: 28 Jan 2010

The wake of Brother [PAF Maj] Prisco [Tabucoy] Tacoboy (Juan Sumulong Mem Lodge 169) is at PAF Mortuary (PAF Chapel), just accross NAIA3.

Masonic necro service will be officiated by the brethren of JSML169 early this evening, Feb 1, 2010, per text message by Bro Yanzy Baldonado.

Vitax Mahilum
Bagong Buhay #17
Cavite City


May His soul rest in peace. Deepest sympathy to the family of DeMolay Brother PAF MAJ Prisco [Tabucoy] Tacoboy.

By the Square of Virtue...

Bro. Levi S. Villafane
Primera Luz Filipina Lodge 69
Binakayan, Cavite


I join with so many others who knew DeMolay Brother MAJ. Prisco [Tabucoy] Tacoboy...[who is one of those casualties in PAF Nomad accident last week], in offering our deepest sympathy on his passing.

Although it is little consolation at this sad time, may he find peace and comfort in knowing that all feel his loss that knew and loved.

Bong Raquel
N.Samar 211, Catarman N. Samar
Filipino Travelers Club UAE

Silangan Commandery No. 93 Receives Charter

Last night [February 1, 2010], Silangan ceremoniously received its charter and shield at its Stated Conclave.

The principal guest in attendance was Sir Knight Joseph W. Lucas, KCT, Right Eminent Grand Commander, Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of the State of  Illinois.

The charter and shield was presented by Sir Knight Jesse L. Johns, Sr. Right Eminent Past Grand Commander, Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of the State of Illinois. Others in the entourage were the other Grand Commandery officers.

Also came to grace the occasion were the other two highest officers of the other York Right Bodies; Companion Joseph H. Santisteban, Most Excellent  High Priest of Royal Arch Masons, Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of  Illinois; and Companion Earl F. Wys, Most Illustrious Grand Master, The Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of the State of Illinois.

Others in attendance were the following Right Eminent Grand Commanders, Grand Commandery of Knights Templars of the State of Illinois and their years of office:

REPGC John Thomas Riedas, Sr. - 2004-2005

REPGC Pressly Alvin Laird - 2005-2006

REPGC William Howard Brown - 2006-2007

REPGC Howard Wayne Hoffman - 2007-2008

REPGC Jesse L. Johns, Sr. - 2008-2009

Also present was the Representative of the Grand Commandery of the State of Illinois to the Grand Commandery of the Philippines.

Everyone in attendance have lots of fun and enjoyed the fellowship of our senior companions and Grand Officers. Attached are the photos of the event.

SK Rolly, KT
Eminent Commander

Brethren & all,
Let's all congratulate all our brethren in Silangan Commandery # 93 of the Grand Commandery of the Knights of Templar of the State of Illinois. It's another great accomplishment by our Filipino American brethren from Illinois.


Sincerely & fraternally,

Bro.Edward Usita
Angalo # 63 Vigan City
Jose Rizal # 1172 NYC
Naomi # 87 Norfolk, VA
GS Fajardo # 383 Manila
Maynilad UD Washington DC

Marikina Lodge Public Install: 6 Feb


Marikina Lodge No. 119 request the pleasure of your presence
At the Public Installation of Lodge Officers for Masonic Year 2010
On Saturday, 06 February 2010, 9:00 a.m.
At Capitol Masonic Temple, Kalayaan Ave., Diliman, Quezon City.

Our Guest of Honor and Speaker is MW Bro Pacifico "Boy" Aniag, PGM.

The Lodge will open at 7:30 am.


Bro. Mike Cruz
Marikina Lodge No. 119

Abra Lodge No 86 Install: 13 Feb

Brethren & All:

On behalf of the elected & appointed officers of Abra Lodge No. 86, I wish to invite you to our Public Installation of Officers on February 13, 2010 (Saturday) at 9:00 am at the Abra High School Gymnasium, Bangued, Abra.

Worshipful Master - Bro Aarnel A. VALERA

Senior Warden - Hamilcar P. BIGORNIA

Junior Warden - Benildo A. CO

Treasurer - VW Bro George DE JESUS

Secretary - W Bro Santiago Wilson O. BOLANTE

Auditor -VW Bro Aantonio B. BALDERAMA

Harmony Officer - VW Bro Gaspar Y. CHAN

Come one and come all!!!


Fraternally yours,

W Bro Santiago Wilson O. Bolante
Abra Lodge No. 86

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Installation of Officers: Dasmariñas Lodge No 346



Worshipful Master WM Leo M. Francisco

Senior Warden Bro Ephraem A. Serrano

Junior Warden Bro Ferdinand Melchor C. De la Cruz

Treasurer VW Eulogio I. Arnan Jr., PDGL

Secretary Bro Leonardo M. Rodriguez

Auditor VW Benjardi H. Mantele, PM


Bro Ding Rodriguez
Lodge Secretary
 Dasmariñas Lodge No.346


Brethren of Dasmariñas Lodge #346:

Congratulations to the newly installed Elected and Appointed Officers of Dasmariñas Lodge Number #346 headed by WM Leo M. Francisco, SW Ephraem A. Serrano: JW Ferdinand Melchor C. dela Cruz held at the Tagaytay International Convention Center last January 30, 2010 wherein PDIR ROBERTO L. ROSALES, MPSA, REGIONAL DIRECTOR NCRPO as Guest of Honor and Speaker.


Bro. Joey Bernales
Dasmariñas Lodge #346