Wednesday, March 24, 2010

MW Bro Manuel D Mandac Drops Working Tools: 27 May 1090 - 23 March 2010


Prayers for the soul of MW Bro Manuel D. Mandac, Grand Master for Masonic Year 1980-1981, who dropped his working tools this morning, 23 March.

Wake is at Cosmopolitan (Cagayan De Oro City) until Wednesday.

On Thursday, the wake will be at the United Church of Christ - Philippines [UCCP] at Cagayan de Oro City. Please be advised that PGM, MW Bro Romeo Yu will be our guest Sorrowful Master for the Masonic Funeral Rites this Thursday at 8 PM.

Friday, MW Bro Mandac's remains will be brought to Manila at Arlington, Quezon City. Funeral, at a later date at Libingan ng Mga Bayani.

For your information,

Kenneth Go Tieng
Jose Rizal Lodge No. 22, District NCR-C
Grand Lodge of the Philippines
Stafford Hall, 4/F Plaridel Masonic Temple, Paco, Manila


"Retiring as AFP Brigadier General after more than three decades of military service, Mandac spent the best years of his life as a zealous guardian of his country and people in war and in peace. Many times cited for eminently meritorious services to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Manuel D. Mandac, Grand Master of Masons for 1980-1981, is truly an officer and a perfect gentleman.

A much decorated officer, General Mandac's decorations from the Philippine and U.S. governments included the Distinguished Service Star for eminently meritorious service to the Armed Forces of the Philippines in positions of major responsibility; the Gold Cross for gallantry in action in Mindanao; and a citation for "exceptional courage and exemplary leadership in combat which was an inspiration to all troops present.”

Mandac has an impressive military record as commanding officer of engineering and combat teams, as well as the logistics, intelligence and supply branches of the armed forces.

A native of Laoag, Ilocos Norte, where he was born on May 27, 1909, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) from the University of the Philippines; finished his ROTC at the state university and is a UP Vanguard. He immediately went to the officers' service schools here and in the U.S. and never left the armed forces until his retirement.

Typical of a worthy Master Mason, Mandac was equally involved in civic and religious activities. He served as YMCA National President; Member of the Commission on Human Development, World Alliance of YMCA (1971-1972); Director of the Mindanao Christian Science Foundation (1967-1968); and served the Rotary, Red Cross and Boy Scouts Chapters in Misamis Oriental.

He was President, United Churchmen, UCCP (1976-1978); the Commission on Evangelism and Ecumenical Relations, National Council of Churches; and many other civic and charitable organisations.

His Masonic record indicated that he was raised at High Twelve Lodge No.82 on February 14, 1959; affiliated with Maguindanao Lodge No.40 in 1972 and became its Worshipful Master that year. In 1975 he was named District Deputy Grand Master, District 17; elected Junior Grand Warden in 1977; as Senior Grand Warden in 1978; and Deputy Grand Master, 1979. He was installed in the Grand Oriental Chair the following year (1980).

Mandac was conferred the 32° by Mindanao Bodies (1961); elected Treasurer of the Mindanao Lodge of Perfection, 1973. He was invested the rank and decoration of 32° KCCH in the same year; and further elected Venerable Master of Mindanao Lodge of Perfection, 1974; coroneted 33° IGH in February 1977; elected SGIG, 33° in March of that year, and crowned in June 1977. The following year he became Deputy for the Valley of Northern Mindanao. He is a recipient of the prestigious Frederic Stevens Award for outstanding community service and other Masonic achievements in 1973 and 1977.

His other Masonic involvement: Adviser, Advisory Council of the Wadih Saab Chapter, International Order of DeMolay (1975-1976); Charter Royal Patron, De Oro Court No.15, Order of the Amaranth (1976-1977); Grand Associate Patron, Grand Court, Order of the Amaranth (1983) and Grand Royal Patron in 1984.

Mandac is married to the former Noemi Lorenzana of Tagudin, llocos Sur, a UP BSHE graduate, with whom he has six children."

From GLP Past Grand Masters.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Asleep at the West Gate

By W. Bro. Stephen Dafoe

"How well are we guarding the West Gate?"

This was a question asked by Most Worshipful Brother Dwight L. Smith, in his 1962 book, "Whither are we traveling?" Smith was, at the time, a Past Grand Master and Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Indiana. His book outlined the problems facing the craft four decades ago and if one did not look at the publication date, one would think he was reading a document written only yesterday.

Indeed how well are we guarding the West Gate; that gate through which all men must pass to be admitted to the Masonic Fraternity? Smith felt that Freemasonry was and is a selective organization, but that we were not being very selective in signing petitions to sponsor candidates.

"Whence came the idea that a man - almost any man - has an inherent right to become a Freemason? Is it not a privilege to be conferred upon the worthy?"

To read full article, please click here.

Also reposted here.

Monday, March 15, 2010

2nd Lodge Perla Del Oriente Golf Tour: 21 Apr

Dear Brethren and Friends,

WHAT :  2nd Lodge Perla Del Oriente Golf Tournament

WHERE : Sun Valley Golf Club, Cogeo, Antipolo City

WHEN : April 21, 2010 , Tee Time 6:30 AM TO 8:30 A.M.


ENTRY FEE : P 2,500.00 (Inclusive of Green Fee, Meal, Give-away, Raffle)


Come one and all!

Have a nice round of golf and fun filled fellowship!

Please pass to our fellow golfer.

For further information please contact the following:

RWM Henry Cheng - Tournament Chairman
Bro. Benito Tan - Consultant

Mr. Neil Menguito - Secretariat - 09175367361 / 6378914

Monday, March 8, 2010

VW Bro Jack Gesner Drops Working Tools

Baguio Lodge :: 67 gave VW Bro Jack Gesner his [Masonic Rites] last rites last night, Friday, 5 March 2010; just after La Trinidad Lodge :: 344's Public Installation.

His remains will be cremated today, Saturday 6 March 2010.

Bro Pete M. Velasco, Jr.
Under The Jurisdiction of  The MWGLP (F&AM)

Siete Martires :: 177
San Fernando City, La Union

Baguio :: 67
Baguio City, Benguet

VW Bro Rodolfo "RJ" Jubenal Drops Working Tools

After being comatose and on mechanical life support, VW Bro Rodolfo "RJ" Jubenal passed away.

Wake will be at Union Lodge No. 70 as per his son Harold.

Internment date not yet decided.

He is such a big loss to all of us, especially to Siete Martires :: 177, even as an honorary member, he was a big contributor in the performance of lodge functions particularly on degree works.

Bro Pete M. Velasco, Jr.
Under The Jurisdiction of The MWGLP (F&AM)

Siete Martires :: 177
San Fernando City, La Union

Baguio :: 67
Baguio City, Benguet

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Congrats to Urdaneta Lodge 302

Brethren all,

I would like to congratulate the newly installed officers of  Urdaneta Lodge # 302 for the Masonic year 2010-11 headed by W Bro Edmund Dela Cruz.

May God bless you with wisdom and strength as you steer our lodge into a fruitful Masonic year.

All the best ...

Sincerely & fraternally,

Bro Fernando Lazaro
Urdaneta Lodge # 302

Urdaneta Lodge No 302 2009 Installation.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Joint Public Installation of Officers for Masonic Year 2010-2011

Joint Public Installation of Officers for Masonic Year 2010-2011

Friday February 26, 2010

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Bacolod Masonic Temple

Joint Installation of Officers of

Manuel Valencia Ko Mem.Lodge # 210 and

Dalusan Lodge # 281

Installing Officer . . . MW Bro Romeo Yu PGM

Guest Speaker . . . . . MW Bro Peter Lim Lo Suy GM

Bro Danilo Crisostomo Drops Working Tools: 20 Feb 2010


Please pray for the eternal repose of the soul of our brother, Danilo Crisostomo who passed away 20 February 2010 at the age of 63.

His remains lie at the Colonial Chapels, Redwood St, Vallejo California

Visitation [viewing] will be 9am to 9pm Feb 24 & 25

Masonic Memorial Service will be at 8 pm, Feb 25

Funeral Mass will be held at St Vincent Church on

Friday, February 26, 11:00 AM

followed by interment at all Souls Cemetery.

"Eternal  rest grant unto Danilo, O Lord and perpetual light shine upon him.

May he rest in peace. Amen."

Felipe Torres
Sublime Benicia Lodge#5 F&AM
CL: Vallejo, California
HT: San Andres, Manila


We extend to the bereaved relatives of Bro Danny Crisostomo our sincere sympathy in their hour of sorrow...Until then, dear brother until then, farewell!!!

"It is not how long you live that counts but it is how you enjoy your life!!!

William Rabara "bradpans" Francia ,Moderator PM@YG,
Pinatubo Lodge #52, San Narciso, Zambales
South West lodge #283, National City, CA
Hometown: Sto Nino San Felipe, Zambales
Current location: San Diego, CA