Friday, March 18, 2011

GLC Relief for Victims of the New Zealand & Japan


The tragic reports of devastation and suffering resulting from powerful earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand have shocked the world. As Masons, we are concerned about the well being of the citizens of those countries, particularly our brethren and their families.

The Grand Lodge of California has established a relief fund for the disasters in Japan and New Zealand. All contributions will be sent to the Masonic Service Association of North America (MSANA). The MSANA will then forward all donations directly to the Grand Lodge F. & A.M. of Japan and the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of New Zealand.

Please share this information with your lodge members as soon as possible. If your members, lodge, families, or friends would like to make a contribution, please make your check payable to the MSA Disaster Relief Fund and mail it to:

Grand Lodge of California
Office of Philanthropy
Attn: Denise Avila
1111 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108

Please indicate on your check how you wish for your gift to be distributed (Japan or New Zealand). If no designation is made the funds will be divided equally between Japan and New Zealand.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Adam Kendall of the Masonic Service Bureau at 415/292-9137 or

Please open your hearts to the victims of these disasters, and give what you can to help.

Sincerely and fraternally,

William J. Bray III
Grand Master

Current Appeals:

Masonic Service Association of North America

New Zealand Freemasons: Canterbury earthquake Appeal

Thursday, March 17, 2011

EB2EB @ Travellers Sizzling House

Fifty or more brethren made their way to Travellers Sizzling House for an eyeball fellowship... there is nothing like an impromptu eyeball gathering of Kuyangs. A great way to maximize Lodge attendance, just say that Kenneth will be in attendance!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Public Schools Month Kickoff Celebration: 1 Apr

In Support of Our Schools:

Every April, the Masons of California and communities throughout the state celebrate Public Schools Month. Together, we make a profound difference in public education and seek to showcase one of our schools to demonstrate our support of all the good work they do.

Please join Junior Grand Warden John L. Cooper III and San Diego Unified School District to kick off

Public Schools Month 2011: Friday, April 1

9 a.m. - 11 a.m., reception to follow
Hosted by Mike George, Principal

William Taft Middle School,
9191 Gramercy Drive San Diego, CA 92123

School tours available 9 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

The event will include a $49,000 check presentation for the Investment in Success Scholarship Program, which seeks to help deserving high school seniors in the San Diego Unified School District obtain a higher education and gain access to life opportunities.

Copyright (C) 2011 Masons of California. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

5th Magdiwang Shoot Fest: 2 April

The officers and brethren of Magdiwang Lodge No. 238,
under the jurisdiction of
the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Philippines
is inviting you to participate & join their
5th Magdiwang Lodge No. 238 Shooting Competition.

This event is going to be held on April 2, 2011
at NCRP Firing Range, Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

Thank you Brethren and hope to see you there.


Noel Padilla
Magdiwang Lodge No. 238
Noveleta, Cavite

Friday, March 11, 2011

AFP Sojourners Club: 9 March

I just want to congratulate the following brethren especially the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Sojourners Club, Navy Chapter, under MWGLP for hosting the very cheerful and high spirited monthly fellowship held at the Philippine Navy Golf Club last 6PM of 09 March 2011:

VWBro [Capt.] Jun Arias, Cavite Lodge No. 2 - Interim President;

WM [Capt.] Willy Landicho, WM Mendez-Nunez Lodge No. 316 - Event Organizer;

Bro Capt. Augusto Iglesia, La Naval Lodge No. 269 - Event Organizer;

WM Glyze Villanueva, Cavite Lodge No. 2

Bro Jurex Bilog, JW La Naval Lodge No. 269

WBro Rod Jaca, E. Aguinaldo Mem. Lodge No. 31

Bro Roland Fernandez, JW E. Aguinaldo Mem. Lodge No. 31

Bro Oscar Faeldon, Union Lodge No. 70

Bro Ed Mancita, La Naval Lodge No. 269

The event was attended by fellow Master Masons coming from the other AFP branch of service (PA and PAF) to include brethren from the Technical Service, AFP and officially graced by the incumbent AFP Sojourners Club WBro  [Maj Gen] Tony Villarete of the Philippine Air Force.

The occasion thus began in order and conducted in peace and harmony among fellows. The next host will be the Philippine Army [vice Air Force] as agreed when we are about to separate and return to our respective places of abode.

God Bless!!!

Secretary 2008 and 2009
Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Lodge No. 31
Free & Accepted Masons of the Philippines
Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Philippines( MWGLP)
District Region IV-A-1 (Cavite), Philippines


Did you know?

"We are all familiar with the term “Sojourning Mason”, but did you know that a formal, recognized Masonic organization named “National Sojourners” actually exists?

The group had its beginning over 90 years ago in August 1898 in the Philippines, upon the arrival there of a North Dakota Regiment of Volunteer Infantry. The Grand Lodge of North Dakota had granted this Regiment a dispensation for a field lodge and it conducted its first meeting upon its arrival.

Meetings were held regularly thereafter—once even while under hostile fire at the Culi Culi Church with the officers of the lodge wearing sidearms while bullets splattered through the roof!

Early in 1900, the North Dakota Regiment of Volunteer Infantry left the Philippines, taking with it the Field Dispensation. The American Masons who were left behind quickly filled this Masonic void by forming the first informal “Sojourners Club.” In 1901, these “Sojourners” provided the impetus, funds and paraphernalia to charter Manila Lodge under the Grand Lodge of California, and the “Sojourners Club,” was temporarily disbanded. One of the original members of the informal “Sojourners Club”, Surgeon Captain Harry Eugene Stafford, was Charter Master of Manila Lodge No. 342, Grand Lodge of California (later Manila Lodge No. I) and, in 1913, became the first Grand Master of the newlycreated Grand Lodge of the Philippines.

The Philippine “Sojourner Club” resurfaced in 1907, open to Masons who were not members of local lodges, and soon had nearly 200 members from every State and Territory of the United States and eight foreign countries. As time went by, most of the Philippine Sojourners scattered throughout the United States. A group of these Masonic military officers, meeting in Chicago, Illinois in 1917, recognized the highly transient life of Master Mason military Officers and formally organized the “Chicago Sojourners Club.” Additional Clubs quickly formed at army posts and naval bases around the nation and overseas. In 1927, the word “Club” was dropped and the National Sojourners were incor-porated in 1931 as a formal part of the Masonic Fraternity."

From The Masonic World: "Born in War, Nurtured in Peace"

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Maynilad Lodge, UD: 12 March


This is in response to the many questions of the Brethren worldwide about Maynilad Lodge. Maynilad Lodge (commonly known as Filipino Lodge) is a Lodge under dispensation beholden to the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the District of Columbia.

The Lodge is named in honor of Filipino Masons. Although the Lodge is amenable to Filipino culture, it is in conformity to the Masonic Code of the Grand Lodge. The membership is open to all Masons in Good Standing who belong to a Legally Constituted Lodge Recognized by the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia.

Maynilad has been working under dispenstion since November 2009 and expect to be chartered on May 11th at the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia (200th Anniversary of the Grand Lodge). We are hoping to be consecrated on June 11 (International Brotherhood Night in Washington, D.C.).

Yes, we are still accepting Petitions For Affiliation for Charter Membership. We invite you to join us in this endeavor. We need more members to show the Grand Lodge that we have enough members to ensure stability and growth. So, if you would like to join us; in this perhaps once in a lifetime opportunity to be a Charter Member of a Filipino Lodge in the Nation's Capital, we need to receive your petition as soon as possible. We will need your Certificate of Good Standing (signed and sealed) from the Secretary of your Lodge. It must show the exact dates when you were Initiated, Passed, and Raised; your completely filled out Petition for Affiliation; and your cheque for $150.00 payable to Maynilad Lodge, U.D, (If you are a Filipino Citizen whose permanent residence is the Philippines, your charter Membership Fee is $50.00). We also need a brief synopsis of you Masonic Travel (your past and present title with dates and place and other Masonic Affiliations.)

 If you want to join us as a Charter Member, please email our Secretary, WBro Ken Gibala ASAP. He will send you the Petition Form. Our next meeting wil be this coming Saturday (March 12) at 1:00PM in the Scottish Rite Temple, 2800 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C..

Our guest speakers for the night are MWBro. AKRAM ELIAS (our Lodge Member) and WBro. CURTIN WINSOR. They will be talking about the Cincinnatus Lodge No. 76 Outreach Program in Southern Pilippines which they started in 2004 in cooperation with three Lodges in the Philippines. You are all invited to attend, if within your cable tow.

Our Worshipful Master, Illustrious Bro. Ted Villapando is in the Philippines. If you would care to meet him, he will be attending the ANCOM 2011 there with other Members of Maynilad Lodge.

Thank you and May God Bless Us All,

Bro. BC [yanicasan] via PMYG

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lincoln Lodge No 34 Officers


Worshipful Master John V. Aquino

Senior Warden Jordan M. Dizon

Junior Warden Raymond E. Pineda

Treasurer WB Rico M. Riego De Dios

Secretary Adrian M. Minga

Auditor WB Leonard T. Lao

Chaplain Arnel J. Tejano

Marshall Albert P. Dela Cruz

Senior Deacon Allan Kert N. Yulas

Junior Deacon Fernando Jeffrey S. Guevarra

Orator Jim A. Patubo

Almoner Ricardo D. Nabor

Lecturer Alberto Mariano J. Ablang

Historian David R. Salles, Jr.

Senior Steward Benjamin P. Arichea, Jr.

Junior Steward Peter A. De Guzman

Organist Joel S. Bolina

Tyler VW Bayani C. Tierro

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Hot Sand Ceremonials: 31 Mar - 2 April

Be a Shriner and Help Crippled Children now.

Join the March 31 to April 2 Mabuhay Shriners Hot Sands Ceremonials.

Please contact Noble Elmer Garcia PHS at 09175302106, and/or Noble Katib Zydney Zamora at 09178667289 or your preferred Shriners Club for more details.