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Grandmaster Bayani Leoncio and grand officers lead IGLPI commemoration of the 53rd death anniversary of President Emilio Aguinaldo at the Aguinaldo Shrine, Kawit , Cavite.
IGLPI Masons joined the city of Malolos, Bulacan in the celebration of the 116th anniversary of the inauguration of the First Philippine Republic on January 23, 2015. Grandmaster Ruben Romanes, led grand officers and member lodges including Barasoain Lodge Number 12 of Malolos in the commemoration event. General Emilio Aguinaldo, first president of the republic, Apolinario Mabini head of his cabinet, other members of the cabinet and almost half of the delegates to the Malolos congress that drafted the constitution were members of various lodges of the Gran Oriente Espanol in the Philippines. The Philippine republic, the first in Asia was inaugurated in 1899, less than a year after the declaration independence in Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1898.
The 9th IGLPI Annual Grand Assembly was held from November 27 to 29, 2014 at Victoriaville Clubhouse in Bacoor City, Cavite. It started with a seminar on Leadership and Lodge Management, followed by a planning workshop for lodge officers. Parallel to this was the deliberation of the Panel of Peers and the Council of Elders for qualified nominees for the position of Junior Grand Warden. In the plenary session held the following day November 28, the assembly ratified a measure adopted from the resolutions submitted by Bagong Ilaw Lodge No 6 and passed by the Legislative Council regarding the management of electronic media by lodges. The legislation mandates the official appointment of a Web Administrator and its classification as a special appointive position in the lodge; the creation of a Webmasters Bureau to oversee media management and the formulation of protocol, regulatory measures and code of conduct in the use of social media for members. The annual budget was also approved.
The Installed Masters’ degree was conferred in the morning of November 29. Election and installation of grand officers was held in the afternoon. Elected were MW Ruben Romanes, Grand Master; RW Reynaldo Generillo, Deputy Grand Master; RW Bayani Leoncio, Senior Grand Warden; RW Rae Jarder, Junior Grand Warden; MWB Amorico Alvarez, Grand Secretary; RW Reuben Vidallon, Grand Treasurer and RW Venancio Cuvin, Grand Auditor, pro-tem, pending an election and installation of a new lodge Secretary for his lodge. They were installed by MWB Javier del Rosario, immediate Past Grand Master with VW Fernando Calica as Installing Grand Marshal. A past Grand Master’s ring was presented to MWB Javier del Rosario, immediate Past Grand Master by MWB Nicolas Ricafrente, PGM.
The Grand Master’s night was highlighted by the Ceremony of Seven Toasts presided over by RW Rae Jarder, Junior Grand Warden and an entertainment program presented by the Ladies of IGLPI.
Number 4 November 2014
IGLPI Journal the official publication of the Independent Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippine Islands, is now available at the Grand Secretary’s office. The issue features “History of Masonry in the Philippines” and related articles.
Revolutionist, President of the Republic, Freemason
The exhibit is presented in celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the lodge General Aguinaldo founded in 1914, in Kawit, Cavite, Logia Magdalo No 371, under the Gran Logia Regional de Filipinas of the Grande Oriente Español, (now President Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Lodge No 5, IGLPI) It informs of the initiation of General Aguinaldo as a Mason in Logia Pilar No 203, Imus, Cavite in 1895 at the height of Spanish colonial government’s persecution of Masons in the country.
It presents a time capsule of Masonry in the colonial history of the Philippines; the roots of true Filipino Masonry from Barcelona to Manila and the advocacy of Filipino Mason-patriots who initiated a campaign for colonial reforms that eventually led to the formation of the Katipunan. The exhibit also informs of the initiation of General Aguinaldo into the Katipunan.
The exhibit identifies the Masons in General Aguinaldo’s revolutionary government and the cabinet he formed under the 1899 republican government. It features symbolisms he adopted for both governments that were also used by Masonic lodges.
The exhibit is produced by the Philippine Center for Masonic Studies, Independent Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippine Islands.
Starting February, educational pamphlets will be available for use of lodges in their information and Masonic education programs. Edited by the Philippine Center for Masonic Studies and published by Bagong Ilaw Lodge No 6, these pamphlets shall be distributed through the secretaries of the lodges.
The 8th Annual Grand Assembly of IGLPI was held from November 28 to 30, 2013. The opening ceremonies, plenary sessions, election and installation of grand officers were held at Bagong Buhay Lodge No 4 Masonic Center while Cavite Lodge No 2 Masonic Center served as the venue of the conferral of the Past Master/Installed Master’s degree and Masonic education lectures. Four legislative measures were approved: the creation the Legal Assistance Committee; Creation of the Committee on Youth Affairs; the Grand Lodge Special Fund Raising Project and the resolution allowing dual Installation of member Lodges.
The grand officers elected for Masonic year 2014 were; MW Javier del Rosario, Grand Master; RW Ruben Romanes, Deputy Grand Master; RW Reynaldo Generillo, Senior Grand Warden; RW Bayani Leoncio, Junior Grand Warden; RW Abelardo Camahalan, Grand Treasurer; RW Armando Quion, Grand Secretary and RW Apolonio Toledo, Grand Auditor. They were installed by MWB Nicolas G. Ricafrente, PGM and VW Petronilo Bulanhagui, Grand Marshal. This year's grand assembly was hosted by Bagong Buhay Lodge No 4.
Grand Master Amorico Alvarez, Grand Line Officers and President Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Lodge No 5 led the parade of IGLPI member lodges in the celebration of the 115th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine Independence Day held at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite.
Grand officers led by Grand Master Amorico Alvarez; District One officers and members commemorated Philippine Republic Day at the Barasoain church plaza in Malolos City, Bulacan. Guest of honor was city mayor Christian Natividad. This year's program was coordinated by Bro Venancio Cuvin, District Grand Supervisor and hosted by Barasoain Lodge No 12. The republic was inaugurated in Malolos, then the national capital, on January 23, 1899 two days after the promulgation of a republican constitution, the first in Asia. January 23 was officially designated Philippine Republic Day through a proclamation signed by President Aquino on January 9 this year.