Samboangan Lodge No. 310, F.& A.M. PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 January 2016 14:48

Table Talk received an invitation from a Mason friend Salvador Jesus F. Burnos, popularly known in his circle as “Jess”, one of Marina’s regional officers,  requesting my presence last Saturday, January 23, 2016, on his installation as the 23rd Worshipful Master (WM). In other clubs, that is the “club president. The installation was held at the Garden Orchid at 4 p.m. for invited guests of the Masons, while Mason members should arrive much earlier, for the Masons traditional rituals, that has never been changed since the beginning of their brotherhood centuries ago.Their Grand Lodge Theme for the installation of 2016 officers is “A Revitalized, Relevant, Revered, Philippine Masonry: Our Commitment, Our Covenant”.  The guest of honor and speaker was Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, City Mayor of Zamboanga.

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Mason Jess Burnos replaced Mason Victor R. Nepomuceno who is the outgoing 2015 Worshipful Master. Installed as Samboangan Lodge no. 310, F. & A.M. officers for 2016 are, Aldrin Patrick T. Lee, Senior Warden, David Oliver C. Kong, Junior Warden, Arsenio Y. Go, Treasurer, Ronald Nelson N. Lim, Secretary, Vincent R. Nepomuceno, IPM, Auditor, Merthon E. Tanon, Chaplain, Christopher S. Saavedra, Marshal, Christian O. Ho, Senior Deacon, Jake Hubert C. Tan, Junior Deacon, Rodrigo S. Sicat, Orator, Julius Rey F. Capitanus, Almoner, Almer M. Ancheta, Raymond A. Padayhag, and Frederick P. Lim, Lecturers, Troy Esmer G. Sagrado, Senior Steward, Bernardo C. Buenaventura, Junior Steward, Belsie G. Agustin, Organist and Joel L. Tipoe, Tyler. These are the 2016 officers of the Samboangan Lodge No. 310, Free and Accepted Mason (F&A.M.) who will lead the Lodge and continue their Mason’s Dream and their search of the Ancient word.

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A beautiful and meaningful Grand lodge Hymn goes this way: “ From West to East we Journey, In Search of the Ancient Word, Although the Way be Thorny, Our Free Will and Full Accord. Great Architect of Heaven, Thy Temple We Build With Hands, The Labor of the Brethren, Fulfill all thy Wondrous Plan. O Hail, Grand Lodge of Masons, Most Worshipful is thy Reign. O’er All the Four Horizons, Thy Mandate is Sovereign. O Hail, Grand Lodge of Masons, Most Worshipful is thy Grace, Our Working Tools and Aprons, are signs of thy Warm Embrace. O Hail Grand Lodge of Masons, Most Worshipful is thy State, All Men of God and Reasons, will Knock at thy Pearly gate.O Hail Grand Lodge of Masons, Most Worshipful is Thy Name, Like Jewels and Truth Emblazons, In History’s Book of Fame. O Hail, O Hail....” A beautiful word of commitment and covenant between God and Earthly Brothers.

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I have witnessed a Masonic installation several times. The first was in the late 80s, when I was still a young drug detailman of a multi-national pharmaceutical company when my “compadre” Mason Pete Chua, who was then the Worshipful Master and a businessman in Zamboanga who is now doing  business in Manila, invited me to witness a “raising” ritual in their Lodge at Sta. Catalina, with me was the late Ed Almonte, Manager of Metro Drug Company and son of a Mason the late Tim Almonte. Then in Pagadian City in the early 90s, the Margosatubig Lodge. Then in Zamboanga City invited by Mason friend Leo Tan and Lope Iringan and now the installation of Mason Jess Burnos. The ceremony except for the participants were all the same and it has never changed. They say it has been that way for many centuries around the world where there are Mason Lodges. Indeed Masonry is the oldest brotherhood and organization in the world. There are many International movies depicting the secrecy and close brotherhood of Masonry.    To name some, “National Treasure” “ Da Vinci Code” Kingdom In Heaven” and “Knight Templars”.

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Mind you, “Knight Templars” is reviving in the Middle East. A Syrian town populated by Christians, armed themselves for protection against the ISIS and refused to leave their homes and they called themselves “Knight Templars” with supporters from United Kingdom (England) and France, the two nations said to be where the Knights Templars originated during the “Crusade”. They went underground when the Roman Empire led by a Catholic Pope, declared them “Heretics” and some Knight Templars were burned at the stakes. But this time the Catholic Church accepted Masons again, because Masons are more God fearing.

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Scoop: Read the book “Da Vinci Code” It is actually the search for the “Holy Grail” and the living relatives of Jesus Christ who came from France. It might be fiction but very interesting. Agree or disagree.