Friday, April 18, 2014


The Jewish Feast of the Passover commemorates the Exodus event when the Hebrews were lead out of slavery in Egypt by Moses. In the last of the Ten Plagues, the angel of God smote the first born of the Egyptians. The Angel of Death “passed over” the houses of the Israelites that had their doorposts marked with the blood of the Paschal Lamb. Thus, the blood of the Paschal Lamb symbolizes redemption and liberation. In observance of this Feast, Jesus of Nazareth, in the night in which he was betrayed, gathered his disciples in the upper room for the Last Supper. In their midst He instituted the Sacrament of Holy Communion”. --- Valley of the Hudson AASR

It was in commemoration of this event that Bodies of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rites gather every Maundy Thursday to observe the Feast of the Paschal Lamb through a solemn ceremony that is open to the public.

The ceremony includes the Mystic Roll Call of those who have been called to the Celestial Lodge during the previous year, and the Ceremony of Lights in symbolic reenactment of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

The Munoz Bodies of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rites continue to observe this annual tradition and for this year's edition, Model Lodge cancelled its traditional motorist assistance activity to enable its members to attend the ceremony.

Through this experience, the members of the Lodge will have the opportunity of further understanding the mysteries of Freemasonry and reflecting on its various symbolisms towards encouraging them to seek more enlightenment through the higher degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rites.

It was with the same purpose that the sisters from Model Court No. 55 of the Order of the Amaranth also attended the ceremony.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


The members of Model Lodge prays for the eternal repose of Bro. Lino M. Carandang Jr.'s father who joined his creator at the ripe age of 80. 

To comfort its grieving Lodge Treasurer, a delegation led by the Lodge's Three Lights traveled to Lipa City, Batangas where the remains of the late Lino M. Carandang Sr. lies in state until its interment on Easter Sunday.

During the Lipa visit, the Lodge delegation was also able to interact through Skype with Bro. Lino Jr.'s brother in-law who is a member of the Craft in San Francisco, California.  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


After a month of work, the rough pavement of the Lodge's Masonic temple is finally completed.

Work now shifts to finishing the facade of the Lodge which will house the archives and a columbarium in the basement; the visitors' area, the Preparation Room, and the restrooms in the ground floor; and the Lodge offices in the second floor.

Bros. Prudencio J. Elegado and Eduardo T. Sayco co-chairs the Lodge's Temple Works Committee and with them at the helm, the brethren of Model Lodge is hopeful that they will finally be able to hold next year's installation of officers in their new home. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014


The oldest is 16 and the youngest 7.

Most were with their mothers but some came on their own.

Many tried to be brave, a number cried out loud.

These are a few frames from the 3rd edition of Model Lodge's annual rite-of-passage in Baloc Sto. Domingo, Nueva Ecija.

The Lodge is grateful to Bro. Carlo R. Valmonte who as the project coordinator supervised the necessary arrangements and brought his team of skilled nurses from the Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center.

Baloc as the partner LGU under the leadership of Brgy. Capt. Josefina Lee provided the necessary logistical support including preparing the venue, initiating the information campaign, and providing sumptuous refreshments for the project partners who had a late lunch just to accommodate all 86 clients. 

The project is also the Lodge's first step in delegating all its charity work to its partner Appendant Bodies namely [1] Model Court No. 55 of the Order of the Amaranth whose ladies came in full force through the leadership of its Royal Matron Sis. Jocelyn Villanueva-Dela Cruz, and the [2] Munoz Bodies of the Ancient and accepted Scottish Rites who was represented by its Venerable Master Bro. Eduardo Marbida.

From this moment on, the partner Appendant Bodies will implement all charity work with the Lodge providing support and overall supervision.

Hence, the Lodge will be able to focus on its mission of "making good men better" and looking after the well-being of the brethren and their families. 

Friday, April 11, 2014


The Master of the Lodge --- Bro. Shubert L. Ciencia --- with Bros. Reynaldo L. Requito and Wilfredo G. Pagay recently attended the Carranglan Agro-Trade Fair upon the invitation of the Municipal Government.

While visiting the various trade fair displays, the Lodge's delegation was able to meet several notable Masons who were also there namely Bro. Romeo Momo who as the current Undersecretary for Operations of the Department of Public Works and Highways is the event's guest of honor and keynote speaker, Bro. Jose Francis Stevens M. Dizon who is the incumbent municipal mayor of Guimba, and several past and incumbent District Deputy Grand Masters.