The Jacques DeMolay Lodge 305 16th Installation
From January till March marks the season for installations of Masonic Blue Craft Lodges under the Grand Masonic Jurisdiction of the Philippines. True to its ancient tradition Masonry maintains this cycle with equal regularity like the ancients follow the season for planting and harvesting crops after the stars and movements of the celestial bodies.
Last Saturday, January 19, 2008, my Lodge, the Jacques DeMolay Memorial Lodge No. 305 Free and Accepted Masons, held its 16th Public Installation of Officers for Masonic Year 2008. Last year I was appointed Lecturer of our Lodge. For this year, I was elected and installed as Secretary of our Lodge – a position where you would likely get the good luck bid from the Brethren rather than the usual congratulations. Well it’s a trust bestowed upon me by my Brethren which I will endeavor to give justice.
Me wearing the habiliments of my office.
Jacques DeMolay Memorial Lodge 305 is the only Masonic Lodge in the Philippines that has in its roll the most number of Senior DeMolays. That was its vision when its founders, mostly Senior DeMolays of note, erected the lodge in 1993 – to inspire Senior DeMolays to seek further light and fraternal fellowship by knocking at the doors of Masonry. Jacques DeMolay Lodge 305 had lived up to that spirit. Today most of the Lodge members of DeMolay Lodge 305 are the prime movers of the DeMolay movement in the Philippines. Almost all of the Grand Line officers of the Supreme Council Order of DeMolay of the Republic of the Philippines are all Past Masters of Jacques DeMolay Lodge 305. The first Worshipful Master of DeMolay Lodge 305, VW Evaristo A. Leviste, is the first Senior DeMolay to be elected as Grand Master of the Philippine Supreme Council of the Order of DeMolay.
That is why every gathering of Jacques DeMolay Lodge 305 turns out like a quasi-Conclave where Senior DeMolays from different Chapters in the Philippines meet and have fun and fellowship. That exactly what turned out during our installation last Saturday, from the Guest of Honor, the Installing Team and most of the visitors were all Senior DeMolays. Our Guest of Honor and Speaker was the Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of F.&A.M. of the Philippines, RW Pacifico B. Aniag, a Senior DeMolay and also one of the Charterers and a dual member of Jacques DeMolay Lodge 305.
Our newly installed Worshipful Master, a Senior DeMolay from Agusan Valley Chapter and University Chapter, aptly adapted the slogan for his term “THE JACQUES DeMOLAY LODGE 305 – Keeping DeMolay Tradition Alive!”
So its another cycle for our beloved Lodge to perform its Masonic labors in Anno Lucis 6008.
And like last year, my wife Bambit was there to witness our installation ceremonies. Click here and Bambit will take you on a tour to where Jacques DeMolay Memorial Lodge 305 hold its stated communications.
ALL GOOD MEN AND TRUE
THE GOOD FELLAS OF JDML 305
WITH VISITORS…DeMOLAYS ALL!!! from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao Chapters