Sunday, July 27, 2014


The guns need some firing.

But first, a quick breakfast at McDonald's, meeting the MPs of Fort Magsaysay, an interesting Humvee ride to the Pistol Range, and finally meeting Bro. Alex Ampati (Major, PA) of Tamaraw Lodge No. 65 --- the Assistant Commandant of the Special Forces School in Fort Magsaysay --- who gave a basic orientation on gun safety.

After passing the Range Officers' inspection on the correct firing posture and doing the requisite dry firing, the sound of mixed guns exploded: a .22, several 9 mms, an assortment of .45s, various versions of the M16, and even a 12-gauge shotgun.

Guns seldom used let loose as they finally got properly introduced to their owners, many of whom have just fired their first shots.

When the gun smoke cleared, a boodle fight over chicken-and-pork adobo, pansit kanin, and a medley of boiled vegetable ensued. 

Then an unexpected visit from Raymart Santiago back at the SOCOM Headquarters.

The Lodge's first ever Gun Safety Clinic was conducted to inform its members on responsible gun ownership and proper gun handling since most of them legally own guns but don't actually have any proper training related to such.

It is also part of the Lodge's attempt to transform its forms of fellowship into wholesome fun that will include the families of its members.

The Lodge is grateful to Bro. Erwin Macalinao (Major, PA) who made the gun safety clinic happen, the men of the Special Forces Regiment (Airborne) for their accommodation and assistance, and Model Court No. 55 (Order of the Amaranth) for its support.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Congratulations to Model Court No. 55 (Order of the Amaranth) for successfully hosting the last official District Visitation of their Order in the province!

The Sir Knights and Honored Ladies of the Court also warmly welcome Bro. Antonio Manabat, the incumbent District Royal Matron of the Order of the Amaranth and one of the first honorary members of Model Lodge, who with the incumbent District Royal Matron was declared as an honorary member of Model Court No. 55. 

And the best of everything to to Bro. Jomari Valino and Sis. Olive Tuscano who later in the afternoon exchanged "I dos" and embarked on a new chapter of a blissful marriage. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Go in peace, dear brother...

Aliaga Lodge No. 404

"We only part to meet again." --- JOHN GAY

Sunday, July 13, 2014


Every second Saturday of July, all subordinate Lodges of Masonic District RIII-D converge in Baler to attend what is usually the 3rd District Council Meeting, plant mangrove propagules the next day and witness the installation of the assigned Grand Lodge Lodge Inspector for the Manuel L. Quezon Memorial Lodge No. 262.

But unlike the previous Baler meetings, this edition is extraordinary because it was reported for the first time in a long while that all Lodges under the jurisdiction of the District have paid their dues and contributions in full.

It was also well-attended, which tells much on the leadership of the incumbent District Deputy Grand Master, Bro. Jerome Malaca, with the able assistance of the District Grand Lecturers and District officers who are all present.

Model Lodge was represented in the District Council Meeting by its Master, its Senior and Junior Wardens, and its Secretary. 

The next day, the Model Lodge delegation as the 373 Bikers pedaled their way to the traditional mangrove propagule planting site which is being maintained by the brethren of Manuel L. Quezon Memorial Lodge No. 262.

Breakfast was next served at the Baler Fish Port ala the traditional boodle fight that was highlighted by the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the Aurora DENR-PENRO and MD RIII-D for the continuing rehabilitation and expansion of mangroves in Baler, Aurora.

And yet another Baler-related tradition was observed on the way home as the Lodge delegation partake of the lunch served by its Pantabangan-based members in a sort of "welcome back" rite. 

Monday, July 7, 2014


The brethren of Model Lodge wish its Junior Warden --- Bro. Jojit Floro --- and his family all the best things in life as he celebrate his 40th birthday!

Long life, peace, prosperity and more biking days ahead for you!