AN expected five thousand Filipino Masons from all over the country gather in Cagayan de Oro City, kicking off their 4-day yearly convention, from April 24 to 27, 2019.
Called the “103rd Annual Communication (AnCom 2019),” the meeting opens amid ceremonial pomp. Mayor Oscar Moreno delivers the welcome address, while Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, who is a Mason, is the guest speaker.
Governed by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines in Manila, Filipino delegates not only from the Philippines but also from countries such as Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan and the United States converge in this City of Golden Friendship. Foreign dignitaries from these countries are also here to attend the Ancom. They will discuss yearend reports on masonic agendas, which include their numerous charities and philanthropies. They will also vote for the “Junior Grand Warden” who will stand in line to hold the position of future “Grand Master,” the title of the supreme head of Masons.
On Saturday, April 27,2019, they will seat into office the new “Most Worshipful Grand Master” who will lead the fraternity for the year 2019 - 2020. He is Agapito S. Suan, Jr., a homegrown businessman of Cagayan de Oro City. Making a name in realty and advertising business, Most Worshipful Jun Suan is set to work under his administration’s theme of “Charity and Humility: Foundations of a True Mason.”
Noteworthy, the Grand Master’s lofty office passes from one Mindanaoan to another. Former Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Undersecretary Romeo S. Momo, from Surigao del Sur, is the outgoing Grand Master. Replacing MW Romy Momo is MW Jun Suan of Cagayan de Oro.
Credited as the oldest existing fraternity in the world today, Freemasonry took roots in the Philippines at the onset of the 1890s. Filipino heroes joined the society operating secretly at that time, namely: Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Antonio Luna, Marcelo H. del Pilar, Apolinario Mabini, Graciano Lopez Jaena, among others.
What is Freemasonry? It is a civic movement promoting brotherhood and good works. It is a system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols. Its meetings are characterized by initiations and rituals. As such, it is viewed by churches and governments as a secret society. But their charity and philanthropy are not a secret. They are an inseparable part of Freemasonry. Millions of dollars are spent in retirement homes, orphanages and hospitals to help the widows, the aged, the orphans and the burned and crippled children. They have a saying: “No man stands so tall as when he stoops down to help a needy child.”
With blazing hearts we can humbly say, that Charity and Philanthropy are the lifeblood of Freemasonry.
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