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.