Tuesday, March 31, 2015

THE IDES OF MARCH

There were of course the installation rites with Bro. Agustin Liwag of Zaragoza Lodge No. 263, Bro. Romeo Novelles of Factoria Lodge No. 311, and Bro. Romeo Dacanay of Manuel L. Quezon Memorial Lodge No. 262 ascending the Oriental Chair.




And the 373 Bikers too who earned more Finisher's Medals at the Pedal One for Fun, the Papaya Mountain Bike Challenge, and the Licab Mountain Bikers' Padayak para sa Kalusugan fun rides plus a mini tour of Aurora province.





DDGM Jerome Malaca presided on what might his be his last District Meeting in Baler and Bro. Oliver Almeria was installed as the Venerable Master of the Munoz Bodies of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rites.



Amidst the bustle of it all, the Lodge went on with its labors, and with Model Court No. 55 of the order of the Amaranth checked on the wellness of its members, prepare the candidates in receiving the degrees of Masonry, polish the floorworks, and enjoy the wine of refreshment as a just and earned reward after the work is done...  




Saturday, February 28, 2015

SHORT FEBRUARY AND THE LONG STORY OF IT

There were of course the 373 Bikers who rode 77.2 kilometers to explore Tibag and Macanae Dam that culminate in the presentation of a coveted t-short to Bro. Darwin Pastor, and a homage to one of the Lodge's generous Temple patrons --- Bro. Muelvyn Agustin --- who was installed as as the 13th Master of Mangaldan Lodge No. 354.



Bro. Nathaniel Elegado presided over his first meeting as Master of the Lodge that saw the inaugural monthly prick of the Lodge's Wellness Program extend into Year 2, and the first graduates of the Lodge's "Tried and Proven" lecturer's training facilitate the first meeting with the Lodger's candidates.



The Lodge's delegation enjoyed the fellowship fete of Bros. Avelino Catahan Jr. and Teodolo Samatra who were installed as Masters of Mario S. Garcia Memorial Lodge No. 306 and Nueva Ecija Lodge No. 73, respectively, and Bro. Amidon Nicolas' impromptu welcome party in Manila.




A week later, Bro. Vladimir Poblete threw a party to remember after his installation as Master of Pantabangan-Bonari Lodge No. 203 that it took the 373 Bikers a day after before they recovered their bearings and rode their bikes again.



And finally, the 373 Bikers took to their last bike ride of the month before travelling to Camiling, Tarlac to witness the installation of the Bro. Rex Kiok --- a fellow of the Knights of the Scarborough Shoals of the Munoz Bodies of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rites --- as Master of Victory Lodge No. 116.



And that is the Lodge's long story of the shortest month of February.

Monday, January 26, 2015

53 & 168 / 55.3 + 48.2

The number 53 of course is synonymous with historic Cabanatuan Lodge where Bro. Arnold Ateneo Lucas was recently installed as Master after which two 373 Bikers, perhaps still groggy from the fellowship that ensued, missed the rendezvous and chased 55.3 kilometers of back roads in their own quest to discover that waterfall so eloquently described by Bro. Jerry Padilla in last week's Villa Isla Trail ride. 

 


The next day, it was Bro. Hossain VC Shamsoddin Vostakalaei who was installed as Master of Gen. Mariano Llanera Memorial Lodge No. 168, equally replete with history, with the same overflow of corn, wine, and oil which the brethren of Model Lodge partook in moderation in anticipation of a 48.2-kilometer Sunday ride that finally scratched the itch that was the Minalungao National Park.


Monday, January 19, 2015

PRELUDE TO THE DISTRICT INSTALLATION RITES

And so the annual installation rites began as the Lodge's delegation trooped to Talavera Lodge No. 273 to witness the ascension of Bro. Michael Beley to the Oriental Chair. Congratulations to our Mother Lodge and thank you for the beer!


The next day, two of the 373 Bikers and a guest rider sparred with their own in a friendly non-competitive bike ride across the famed Villa Isla Trails. But really, the ride was more for burning last night's beer and roasted meat at Talavera Lodge No. 273's post-installation fellowship.


But one ride is not enough to burn the calories consumed so the next day, the Immediate Past Master (who was celebrating is birthday) and Bro. Darwin Pastor went back to the rugged challenge of the Villa Isla Trails with more of the 373 Bikers in tow. It was their first downhill, as in down a rough single track, experience.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

373 BIKERS BAG 5 TOP 20 FINISHES IN THE 2nd DISTRICT MTB TILT

That is in the Masons Category after 30 kilometers of off-roads, foot trails, and hills that took 300 riders through Tanawan Hills, the Guyabano Trail, and the treacherous slopes of Aulo Dam.


Bro. Darwin Pastor who is Team 373's top rider pushed hard for a podium finish but eventually settled down for 7th place. He was followed by Bros. Shubert Ciencia (11th place), Angelito Dela Cruz (12 place), Reynald Martin, (18th place), and Virgilio Santos (19th place).


A welcome consolation, however, is Brother Darwin winning the the raffle draw grand prize of a bike frame and Brother Virgilio getting a gift certificate for a stay at the Hunter's Valley Plantation and Resort.
 
Also joining Team 373 are the father-and-son tandem of Bros. Roberto and Roem Bulanadi, Bro. Jojit Floro, Bro. Erwin Macalinao who hosted lunch for the bikers in Fort Magsaysay after the race, and guest riders Juan Gabriel Ciencia and Lordlee Santos.


The 2nd Masonic District RIII-D Fun Ride was organized through the efforts of DDGM Jerome Malaca and Bro. Raymond Flores with the support of the Bistro Stella Bike Shop.