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Title: Filipino Freemasonry in Washington

Filipino Freemasonryin Washington
  • Compiled and Summarized from Different Sources
  • by
  • Norberto C. Bautista
  • LuzViMinda Lodge No. 317
  • Version August 2008
  • Acknowledgment is hereby given to the original
  • All errors are mine. This presentation is for
    members only.

A Prologue
  • Ang hindi marunong tumingin sa pinanggalingan ay
    hindi makararating sa paroroonan
  • Those who do not appreciate the past will not be
    able to move ahead/forward.
  • Learn from past experiences whether it be
    positive or negative.

Two Independence Days?
  • June 12, 1898 - Declaration of Independence from
    Imperial Spain. (a declaration)
  • July 4, 1946 - US grants independence to the
    Commonwealth of the Philippines. Now celebrated
    as the Filipino-American Friendship Day. (a

Islands placed side by side, land area roughly
the size of Nevada or slightly larger than Arizona
Maps are of different scales.
The Archipelagic Doctrine
The guiding principle for resolving the issue
about offshore islands is the archipelagic
principle, which is enshrined in Art. 1 of the
1987 Constitution and has been one of the
fundamental pillars of the Philippine concept of
national territory. Since the 1950s, the
Philippines has pushed this principle, which led
to the so-called "Archipelagic Doctrine" in
international law and has become the legal and
political basis for considering our 7,107 islands
as one political unit. The "Archipelagic
Doctrine" is one of our most important
contributions to the international legal system
without it, the widely scattered islands of our
archipelago will be separated by international
waters, and the Filipino nation will be deprived
of the large tracts of marine resources between
the islands that it has claimed since its
inception. Excerpt from an article in
(No Transcript)
Religion and folk practices
  • 90 of the Filipinos identify themselves as
  • 81 Roman Catholics (1521)
  • 2 Protestant denominations (1898)
  • 11 Philippine Independent Church (1980s)
  • 5 are Muslims with the highest concentration in
    southern Philippines in the island of Mindanao
    (date back to the 1380s).
  • 5 are others (Buddhist, Hindus, Sikhs or other

Language or Dialect (a framework)
  • If one cannot understand another persons verbal
    or non-verbal symbols of communication, these
    then become a language mutually relative to the
    sender and receiver of the message,
  • Variations of a particular language are
    classified as dialects.

Languages and Dialects
  • Going by these definitions, there are
  • 7 major languages in the archipelago
  • 84 major ethnolinguistic groupings, each with
    their own dialect
  • There are two official languages
  • The 1971 Philippine Constitution adopted Tagalog
    as the official Filipino language. Tagalog is
    widely spoken in the country.
  • English is the medium in conducting business and
  • When one talks of the Filipino accent,
  • there are as many of them
  • as there are ethnolinguistic groups.

Outside Contacts of native Filipinos
  • Archeological artifacts point to the economic
    trades between the pre-Hispanic Filipinos with
    the Chinese people of the Ming Dynasty
    (1368-1644). A town in southwestern China traces
    back its roots to a Sultanate in the Mindanao
  • Before the Spaniards - the Germans, the British,
    the Dutch and the Portuguese were already
    bartering goods, but not establishing permanent
    settlements in the Philippines.

Four Historical Periods
  • Before 1521 - Pre-Spanish era
  • 1521-1898 - Spanish Colonization inclusive
    1762-1765 - British Occupation
  • 1898-1946 - American Colonization
  • inclusive 1942-1946 - Japanese Occupation
  • 1946 - present - post-Colonization Era
  • inclusive 1972-1987 - Martial Law Regime

versions of his story
  • Two academic historians Gregorio Agoncillo and
    Renato Constantino, each had their versions from
    the nationalists perspective.
  • Gregorio Zaide authored one text book. Critics
    accuse him as the censor for the Catholic Church
    as he only emphasized the wisdom of the Spanish
    Empire and the Christianity they brought to the
  • The Chairman of the Communist Party of the
    Philippines authored the other version. In a
    review of the literary style of each of the
    chapter, it was concluded that this version was
    written by various persons not by one author.

not savages
  • Indigenous Filipinos already had its own
    socio-economic political structures.
  • Bartering goods was the economic practice.
  • Feudalistic Barangays were lead by Datus and
    Sultans. No central government or authority.
  • A system of religious belief. Bathala was the
    native Filipinos reference to the monotheistic
    Deity. Anitos, believed to be the souls of
    forefathers were venerated. Replaced by the
    western Dios and santos

. . . their own version of G
  • Our fraternity has a more significant meaning of
    the letter G where the youngest EA Mason to the
    WM east most humbly bow . . . but the colonizers
    had a different idea
  • GOLD to fill the coffers of Imperial Spain to
    further their colonization of the other savage
  • GLORY to what was once the Spanish Empire, a
    world super power at that time and
  • GOD (specifically using Christianity) to
    subjugate and control what to them were native
    indios or savages. Cross on one hand and
    sword on the other. There is quite an
    interpretation of 1 of the 7 beatitudes

when the saints came marching in(the Spanish
  • 1521 Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese navigator
    financed by Imperial Spain, discovered the
    Philippines. (1492 - Columbus landed in America
    -29 years).
  • Unfortunately, Magellan did not live long as he
    was met by a fierce native leader named Lapu-lapu
    in the Island of Mactan, Cebu Province.
  • Another unfortunate event is that Lapu-lapus
    name became popular not as a man of history, but
    as the local name for a fish - the red snapper.

Initial Presenceof the Craft in the Philippines
first known Masonic laborsin the Philippines(no
Filipinos yet)
  • Sept. 22, 1762 an English fleet anchored in
    Manila Bay carrying on board the English Masons
    who did the first Masonic work on Philippine
    soil, labor was conducted inside the Manila
    Cathedral (a Catholic Church).
  • 1762 to 1764 British Occupation (after a
    struggle with Spain)

Before the earthquake in 1880
Currently known as the Basilica of the Immaculate
Conception. As in most edifices left by the
Spanish Colonizer, all structures were influenced
by the Renaissance architecture and came into
being - courtesy of the forced labor of the
native Filipino slaves.
On the foreground is the karitela (kalesa), a one
HP, 2-wheel, 4-ft. steel-reinforced wooden-spoked
wheels with metal shaft. Max safety speed of 5
MPH gasoline-free, grass and honey a must for
the engine, environmentally friendly except for a
few nasty droppings.
A hundred years laterthe Green Light from Spain
  • 1855 - the PM of Spain, Ill. Bro. Sagasta, sent
    three 33rd degree Masons to the Philippines. He
    was then the Sovereign Grand Commander (of the
    Scottish Rite) and the GM of the Gran Oriente de
  • MW Sagasta appointed three 33rd degree
    Illustrious Brothers into positions of
    responsibility in the colonial government
    (circulo de treinta y tres)
  • Bro. Perinatt - Governor General of the
    Philippine Islands,
  • Bro. Centeno - Civil Governor of Manila, and
  • Bro. Ballesteros - Director General for Civil
  • Nine years before the 1861 US Civil War.

first Blue Lodge in the Islands(no native
  • 1856 Lodge Primera Luz Filipino - first Masonic
    lodge established in the Philippines. Spanish
    Navy ensign, Bro. Jose Malcampo, is credited. No
    pure blooded Filipino was accepted for
  • Masonic researchers have found evidences that
    when Bro. Malcampo came back to the Philippines
    in 1874 (after 18 years), he was unfortunately
    behind the persecution of the Filipinos

first Blue Lodge in the Islands(again, no
Filipinos yet)
  • Subsequently, three other lodges were
    established, but limited their membership to the
  • first by the Germans,
  • second by the British Consul and
  • third by the Spaniards.

Finally, the first Filipino Masons hold your
horses (in Europe though, not in the Philippines)
  • 1880s - the improved economic conditions in the
    Philippines enabled Filipinos to sail for Europe
  • they belonged to the illustrado (wealthy,
    educated class) A mestizo who can speak Spanish.
  • Lodges in Spain were open to all nationalities
    regardless of race or color, the Filipinos soon
    as possible became initiates of the Masonic

First all-Filipino lodge(whoa . . . was also in
  • Filipinos were accepted into Spanish society
    because these brothers peacefully advocated for
    the colony to be a province of Spain, not
    independence from it.
  • 1886 - Filipinos participated in the
    organization of Lodge Solidaridad No. 53 in
    Barcelona, Spain. Years later, they established
    Lodge Revolucion also in Barcelona
  • In 1890, Filipinos started a lodge in Madrid also
    named Solidaridad, composed exclusively of

Finally, the first Filipino lodge in their
native Philippines
  • 1891 - Bro. Serrano Laktaw was commissioned (by a
    group on Masons) to establish Filipino Lodges
    assisted by Bros. Anacleto Ramos (initiated in
    England), Timoteo Paez and Moises Salvador.
  • 1892 (January 6). Nilad Lodge No. 144 was the
    first all-Filipino lodge chartered and
    constituted by the Gran Oriente de Espana (Grand
    Orient of Spain).

The Spanish Masonic Connection
  • 1892 to 1906 All Filipino lodges established
    between this period were under the administration
    of the Grand Council of the Order of Scottish
    Rite (in Spain) and
  • Passed the hands of the Regional Grand Lodge No.
    2 (in the Philippines) of the jurisdiction of the
    Gran Oriente de Espana for chartering

Changing of the Guards(from one colonial master
to another)
  • 1886 Philippine Revolution against Spain
  • 1896 - Spaniards publicly executed Bro. Jose
    Rizal for writing two novels exposing the
    atrocities of the Spanish colonizers.
  • short Spanish-American War (April 25, 1898 to
    Dec. 10, 1898), extended to the Asian Pacific

no permanent friends or enemies,only permanent
  • mid 1898 The victory of the Filipinos against
    Spain was eminent. Mock naval battle between the
    United States and Imperial Spain was staged.
  • Goal was for the Spaniards to surrender to the US
    (then an emerging super power) rather than to the
    Filipinos whom the Spaniards treated for 3
    centuries as an inferior people.
  • 1898 (June) Admiral Deweys naval fleet defeats
    the Commodore Montoyas Spanish Armada off Manila

ones own interpretationof history
  • 1898 (June 12) Bro. Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo
    declares Philippine Independence from Imperial
  • western historians dubbed this as the
    Philippine Insurrection
  • while Filipino historians dubbed this as
    theFilipino-American War.

The American Occupation1898 to 1946
Theories on Early Filipinos in the US8,000 miles
from home
  • From 1521 to 1898, Filipino shipbuilders and
    seamen were employed by the Spanish Galleon trade
    that ferried goods to/from Manila and the New
  • Many attempted to escape to harsh conditions by
    jumping ship when the galleons reached Acapulco,
    California and other ports including the French
    territory of Louisiana.
  • Evidences of the presence of the descendants of
    Manila men who settled in New Orleans and who
    built communities there as early as 1763.
  • (the beauty of research allows people to search
    for truth or anywhere near it)
  • The information above was concocted by a UPI
    journalist. Manila Village was not established
    until after 1882. Not a single source puts
    Filipinos in Louisiana prior to 1840.

the Masonic mix and confusionSpaniards out . . .
Americans in . .
  • GM Ambrosio Flores attempted to establish the
    Filipino Grand Orient (Gran Consejo Regional)
  • This was followed by the Gran Oriente Espanol
    through the reactivation of Modestia Lodge 199.
  • the Grand Orient of France was introduced by the
    prominent Dr. Trinidad Pardo de Tavera

wanting the piece of the pie(the local and
foreigners alike)
  • the Grand Lodge of Scotland established Lodge
    Perla del Oriente No. 1034 in Manila and Cebu
    Lodge No. 1106 (then the only two lodges under a
    foreign jurisdiction recognized by the current
    Grand Lodge of the Philippines).
  • MW Prince Hall Grand Lodge of F AM Washington
    and Jurisdiction has a blue lodge in the
  • Mabuhay Military No. 59.

. . . and more confusion(which is which? who is
  • Gran Oriente de Espana also came into existence.
    This is NOT the same as the Gran Oriente Espanol.
  • Gran Oriente Luisitiano Unido was also organized
  • The Chinese Masons also came into the picture
  • The Americans brought forth the Scottish Rite,
    the York Rite, the Mystic Shrine and the order of
    the Eastern Star.

. . . to recap
  • Grand Consejo Regional
  • Gran Oriente Espanol
  • Grand Orient of France
  • Grand Lodge of Scotland
  • Gran Oriente de Espana
  • Gran Oriente Luisitano
  • Grand Lodge of Masons (Chinese)
  • Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Missouri
  • Grand Lodge of California

American Masonryin the islands
  • 1900 - Early to make known its Masonic presence
  • the American Military Lodge led by the volunteers
    from North Dakota,
  • the Knights Templar, and
  • the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Missouri.

birth of American Masonryin the Philippines
  • 1912 - The Sojourners Club helped the Americans
    established three lodges (Manila 342, Cavite 350
    and Corregidor 386). - Formerly under the Grand
    Oriente de Espana, they formed the
  • Grand Lodge of the Philippine Islands
  • chartered by the Grand Lodge of California.
  • now renamed and currently the
  • MW Grand Lodge of F AM of the Philippines.

. . . polarization of craftsmencirca 1900s
  • 1917 - On or about this year, several lodges of
    the Regional Grand Lodge No. 2 (Gran Oriente de
    Espana), transferred allegiance to the
  • Grand Lodge of the Philippine Islands
  • (American Masonry)
  • 1918 - started the practice that the station of
    Grand Master alternated between American and
    Filipino brothers every year until 1974 by this
    year, 1918, 38 blue lodges were established

. . . the claimant to the Ancient Craft(we are
the original owners)
  • 1918 - on or about this year, all lodges that
    remained loyal to the Regional Grand Lodge No. 2
    (Spanish) reorganized under the name
  • Gran Oriente de Archipelago Filipino
  • (Grand Lodge of the Philippine Archipelago)
  • (Spanish Masonry)
  • 1923 (June 14) This Grand Lodge presented a
    petition for its charter from the Gran Oriente de
    Espana (Spain).

. . . polarization of the craftsmencirca 2007
  • Factions and dissatisfaction never stops
  • Creation of the Independent Grand Lodge of the
    Philippine Island (IGLPI) in 2007

the renamed Spanish Masonry
  • 1925 December 31 the Gran Oriente de Espana
    granted this petition with the title
  • Gran Soberana del Archipelago Filipino
  • (Sovereign Grand Lodge of the
  • Philippine Archipelago)
  • Recognized by the International Masonic Asso. of
    Lucerne, Switzerland
  • and the Universal League of Freemason

the US West Coast ConnectionCalifornia Scenario
  • 1951 August 20 - The Gran Soberana del
    Archipelago Filipino (based in Manila) granted a
    charter to
  • The Regional Grand Lodge in America No. 1
  • (renamed Sovereign Grand Lodge of the
    Philippine Archipelago in California).

the US West Coast ConnectionSeattle, WA Scenario
  • 1973 August 24 - The Gran Soberana del
    Archipelago Filipino (based in Manila) granted a
    charter to
  • The Regional Grand Lodge in America No. 2
  • (renamed Deputy Sovereign Grand Lodge of the
    Philippine Archipelago in America, Seattle, WA).

a sad note on the local NW Pacific front
  • Both Deputy Sovereign Grand Lodges in California
    and Seattle, WA are not recognized by mainstream
  • Exists another group of Filipino Masons in
    Seattle, WA. Make themselves known as belonging
    to the Gran Oriente Filipino.
  • A third group is Regional Grand Lodge of the
    Philippine Archipelago or RGLPA
  • We have another set of brothers who by default
    are clandestine because their home lodge in the
    Philippines broke away from the recognized GL of
    the Philippines
  • A number of members from these juridictions have
    received the degrees in regular form - as our
    jurisdiction requires

a note in Washington
  • 1995 - FilMags or the Filipino Masons of Greater
    Seattle. Permission was granted in 1996 by the
    then Grand Master, MWB Bill Wood, for the use of
    Square Compasses in its logo.
  • A number of members and the ethnic community
    still cling to the belief that FilMags is a
    Masonic lodge in itself.
  • FilMags has acted as the clearing house and
    have hosted Filipino brothers visiting or who
    have newly relocated to our State

Filipino Masons in North America
  • Similar associations of Filipino Masons exist in
    the Pacific NW and neighboring Canada
  • Travelers of Washington in Kitsap County,
  • Dimasalang Brotherhood in BC, Canada
  • Filipino Cabletow Society in Calgary, Canada

These four organizations take turn annually to
host each others in their own turf (Vancouver,
BC, Calgary and Seattle).
Dimasalang is the nom-de-plum of Dr. Jose P
Rizal, our famous clandestine Mason.
. . . few cents worth
  • Void to discuss Filipino Freemasonry without the
    context of Philippine history and understanding
    of the Filipino sociology
  • Opposition to political and religious tyranny
    guided the Filipino brothers of the Spanish
    tradition, through the Scottish Rite philosophy.
  • Filipino Masons two or three generations ago,
    were introduced to Craft in the Spanish
    tradition. A number Filipino-Americans and
    Filipinos are of the American school of thought.
  • Unfortunately, with the change of colonizing
    masters, the harmony of temple was disrupted.

. . . A few pennies more
  • Dichotomy was created between adherents to either
    Spanish and American Masonic schools of thought,
    and thereby dividing the Filipino brothers.
  • Dichotomy extended beyond the Philippines shores.
    There exist in our State and in California, a
    number of Filipino-American Masons whose Grand
    Lodges were chartered by the Spanish-influenced
    Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Philippine
  • Claim to have the rightful ownership of
    Philippine Freemasonry as they existed even
    before the US colonization.

we should abide by the WMC
  • Not within the purview of Filipino-American
    Masons in the United States to address the issue.
  • Not be in our lifetime that we will seat in lodge
    with the other Filipino-American Masons in the
  • We, Filipino-American Masons, who belong to the
    Washington Jurisdiction have the luxury of
    experiencing the universality of the craft. Our
    Grand Lodge is in amity with most Grand Lodges in
    the world.
  • A privilege not existing with the other
    Filipino-American Masons of the European

. . . the irony, the denial
  • Most Filipino and Filipino-American Masons
    identify with famous Masons in Philippine
  • Ironically, quite a number of mainstream Masonic
    publications have printed articles about famous
    Filipino Masons in history, notably, Bros.
    Aguinaldo, Bonifacio and Rizal.
  • Ironically, the Philippine Grand Lodge Building
    is named Plaridel Masonic Temple (the
    nom-de-plume) in honor of Bro. Marcelo Del Pilar.
  • The blue lodges of these famous brothers are not
    recognized by most Grand Lodges, including that
    of the Philippines

Filipino Clandestine Masons Cited inMainstream
Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo
Juan Luna
Apolinario Mabini
Bro. Rizal was made a Master Mason on November
15, 1890 at Logia Solidaridad 53 in Madrid,
Spain. He affiliated with a lodge under the
jurisdiction of Grand Orient of France on October
14, 1891, and was made honorary Worshipful Master
of Nilad Lodge No. 144 in 1892.
Publicly executed by Imperial Spain for
advocating Philippine independence from Spain and
exposing tyranny of the colonial government.
10 of these men are Freemasons.
What our Grand Lodges requires . . .
  • If all these Masons were alive this hour and are
    by the tyled door tonight, I do not want to be
    the Tyler who would refuse them entry.
  • Neither would I want to be the Lodge Secretary.
    Our jurisdiction requires those from unrecognized
    lodges to sign a form if they were to petition
    for degrees (not affiliation, as they cannot)

Certificate of Renunciation
  • I, JUAN DELA CRUZ, in witness of my desire to
    participate in the rites, ceremonies, and
    privileges of membership in LUZVIMINDA LODGE NO.
    317 which Lodge is a constituent of the Most
    Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted
    Masons of Washington, do aver and declare my
    willingness to abide by the By-Laws of this
    Lodge, the By-Laws, rules, and Constitution of
    the Grand Lodge under which the same is holden,
    and that, congruent with my election to receive
    the Degrees of Freemasonry, I do solemnly and
    sincerely renounce all obligations and
    allegiances to any other body or organization in
    which I may have been previously received, which
    renunciation does not affirm or deny the
    authenticity, integrity, or validity of any other
    organization but simply the right of the Grand
    Lodge of Washington to exercise superintendency
    over the Degrees of Freemasonry conferred by
    Lodges of its Jurisdiction.
  • As of this date April 13, 2008 in witness whereof
    I have caused my signature to be hereto affixed
    in the presence of these witnesses
  • Signed by Two Witnesses

    Signature of the Petitioner

A social critic from within
  • the foregoing is an opinion and not a result of a
    scientific or academic research
  • mode of data collection is
  • participant-observation
  • annecdotal accounts or case samples
  • premise only when one (collectively or
    individually), verbalizes and acknowledges the
    dilemma that the perceived problem is half-solved
  • the group can decide to invalidate, ignore and
    deny the foregoing hypothesis

A Prelude to the Dilemma? Why Not?
  • The Jaycees?
  • The Rotary Club?
  • The Lions Club?
  • The Knights of Columbus?
  • The Knights of Rizal?

Where are the other ethnic groups in Freemasonry?
Latin Americans, Eastern Europeans, other Asian
Pacific Islanders?
exclusivity is an attractionin the islands and
  • Historically, early Masonry in the nation did not
    accept Filipinos, now it is open to any person,
    but . . .
  • Historically and currently, the society is still
    very stratified members are those in the
    middle to upper end of the social and economic
    ladder of Philippine society
  • Cost of petition and membership dues are not
    affordable to the average wage-earner
  • Labors are in English (old English), only the
    schooled can understand the philosophy of Masonry

socio-economic reasons(networking or mercenary
motive or status-seeking behavior?)
  • Archipelagic geography forces one to be in
    harmony with others for survival and development
  • Extension of the Filipino hospitality a
    brother will not go hungry if stranded in the
  • The Craft is an extension of the family a usual
    social custom to refer to a brothers wife as
    Sister as an extension of the fraternal
    bond/love. Our kids call us Tito or Tita
    (uncle/aunt even if they are aware that there is
    no sanguinity, but just a matter of affinity).

Multiplier effects of the psychosocial dilemma
  • feeling of belongingness with and to what is
    perceived to be an elite society of men,
    thereby resulting to. . .
  • either the gang or the country club
    mentalities whence this becomes the attraction,
    as well as the end goal resulting from the . .
  • superficial understanding of the philosophy
    behind Masonry lack of qualified mentors to
    mentor the correct path MWB John McNabs
  • Pass It On the correct signals? Attitudes?
    Skills? and Knowledge? - MWB Doug Tuckers motto

. . . a few psychosocial characteristics
  • obsession with titles seeming belief that
    titles rather than respect are earned loose
    sight that Worshipful or Worchip is the old
    English for respected
  • assurance of success (segurista) vis-à-vis,
    some will take the opposite route which is come
    what may (bahal na) attitude
  • Parroting Masons rather than practicing
    Masons can spend hours memorizing, but lack of
    manifestation of the tenets of Freemasonry
  • Padrino system, results to violation of our
    unwritten rule not to recruit members into our
  • Crab mentality, the tendency to pull down
    compatriots rather than support
  • Balimbing , figuratively, one can change horses
    in the middle of a race (multi-faceted rather
    than multi-face) such as when a group of brothers
    decided to change allegiance from the fledging
    Soberana to the emerging GLPI can also mean
    abandonment of a cause

Lastly, lately and locally - LuzViMinda
  • for more than a decade there have been a constant
    talks and a desire of Filipino Masons to have a
    so-called Filipino Lodge
  • the then president of FilMAGS assigned a
    committee of three brothers to study the
    feasibility of forming a blue lodge
  • presented in October 2005 the idea immediately
    drew and was beset by numerous objections
  • knowing this to be the possible outcome, the
    committee prepared ahead of time a written
    request to be dismissed and that the committee be
  • cognizant of the former, committee transformed
    itself into an independent (of FilMAGS) study
    group rather than under the auspices of the

why form? - LuzViMinda
  • proposal was presented before a group of 21
    Master Masons agreed to form the first Filipino
    American lodge in this jurisdiction (one was
    all-American Seattlelite)
  • to exercise the freedom to practice ways to
    manage a blue lodge, more than just enhancing
    proficiency in the spoken and the dramatized
  • to engage with all members regardless of age and
  • to prepare non-PMs and encourage participation of
    all members, and
  • to provide a venue to showcase a socio-ethnically
    focused and yet diverse blue lodge, more than
    just entertaining others with native songs and

the official genesis
  • Definitely NOT a Filipino Lodge, but a Filipino
    American Lodge (unhypenated)
  • March 11, 2006, granted a dispensation
  • Chartered during the 150th Annual Communications
  • Constituted on July 7, 2007
  • Since 1st Stated Meeting (UD) in March 18, 2006,
    six members have been raised as of June 2008
    one of the first 3 charter initiates is an
    all-Caucasian brother
  • Daylight lodge that meets at 200 PM of
    odd-numbered months starting January
  • Strongly recommended dress code appropriate to
    the season

Let others shine
  • Get out of the way that you do not cast your
    shadow on others

the will to survive despite odds
  • LuzViMinda was and is still beset by criticisms
    from other brothers in its formative months and
    currently, as well
  • Unfortunately, many detractors are from among the
    same ethnic community. Some argue that a number
    of blue lodges have predominantly active Filipino
    Freemasons, and hence, LuzViMinda is not
    necessary at all
  • Feedbacks from others are simply the others
    version of the operationalization of the crab
    mentality discussed earlier

In summary
  • Filipino Freemasonry in the our State cannot be
    understood outside the context of Philippine
  • It is the historical experiences of the nation
    and the distinct ethnic psychosocial character of
    the people that one can attempt to understand a
    Filipino brother.
  • As we increase in numbers, it is hoped that all
    of us will appreciate an understanding of the
    basics in freemasonry that we, as a group, may
    have a meaningful contribution to the
    fraternitys growth not by the numbers . . . but
    by the love, the respect and the reverence given
    by others Mason or non-Mason.

Sources and References
  • Filipinas Magazine, May 2008 Issue, page 56.
    Flashbacks. St. Malo the real story (a
  • Golden Jubilee Souvenir of the Sovereign Grand
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  • Website of MW Reynaldo Fajardo (GL of F AM of
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An Epilogue
  • It is my hope, brethren and guests, that this
    presentation has provided you NOT with a
    perspective, BUT ONE OF THE perspectives of
    Filipino Freemasonry in our beautiful, rainy,
    evergreen State of Washington
  • It is my hope that other brethren will further
    the research and add into the body of knowledge
    befitting all researches
  • The views, opinions and errors are personally
    mine and does not at all, reflect those of the
    jurisdiction, the members of Filipino Masonic
    community, LuzViMinda Lodge No. 317, or any other
    blue lodges I may belong
  • As we part, I leave you a glimpse of an art by a
    clandestine brother from the other
    jurisdiction, one who was recognized in another
    country, and invountarily exiled from his
    homeland by a colonizing master.
  • Bert C. Bautista

SPOLARIUM, 1884 by Bro. Juan Luna
Participated in the various art exhibits in Rome,
Paris, Barcelona and Madrid in which his art
works Spolarium, and Battle of Lepanto,
won 4 gold medals, 3 silver and 1 bronze and 2
decorations to the honor and glory of his
country. Imprisoned in the Philippines for
complicity in the 1896 Revolution. Banished to
Spain. After the war with Spain, appointed by
Bro. Gen. Aguinaldo to head Philippine delegation
to Washington, DC to convince US President Bro.
Mckinley to withdraw the American decision to
colonize the Philippines. Unsuccessful.
  • Thank you! Salamat!for allowing LuzViMinda
    317to present this, and very lastly we greet one
    and all
  • (mahboo-high)

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