500 Masons in Mindanao converged in Davao City

feb 23, 2014

More than 500 members of the highly respected masonry organization from all masonic lodges in Mindanao ended their two-day Mindanao communication Saturday at Grand Men Seng Hotel Davao in Davao City.

“It’s actually a convention, which we call as communication. We have a very successful event,” said Felicisimo Ramos Sr., grand lecturer of Masonic Lodge 149 in Davao City.


He said that the national communication of masons is scheduled on the coming third week of April in Metro Manila.

The Mindanao masonic affair was graced by national mason grand master Juanito Espino and Mindanao mason grand master Floren Lumo.

It was hosted by Masonic District R 11-A, which is composed of 7 masonic lodges in Davao City and one in Digos, Davao del Sur.

The other masonic lodges in Davao Region is Masonic District R-11-B, which is composed of two masonic lodges in Tagum City, Davao del Norte and two masonic lodges in Mati, Davao Oriental.

Ramos said that there were already 10 Mindanaons who had become masonic national grandmasters, among whom coming from Davao City were businessman Desiderio Dalisay, physician Rizal Aportadera and former public works regional director Juanito Avergas.

Wikepidia describes freemasonry or masonry as referring to “a civic movement promoting fraternity and good works. Freemasonry defines itself as ‘a regular system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.’ In particular masonic meetings are characterized by initiations and rituals. As such masonry has been viewed historically by churches and governments as secret societies.”

“Its historical origins date as far back to 1717 in England, during the Enlightenment period. During that time, an intellectual movement arose throughout Europe based on rationalism, which held that only eternal truths could be attained by reason alone. Members are organized into lodges, the basic organizational structure, which operates under the jurisdiction of a grand lodge,” says Wikipedia.

In the country, the first masonic lodge in the Philippines was established in 1856 by Jose Malcampo Monje, a naval captain who became the Governor General of the Philippines from 1874 to 1877.

It was a group of young Filipino students studying in Spain who helped spread the movement rapidly in Philippine circles, among whom were Marcelo H. del Pilar, Graciano Lopez Jaena and Jose Rizal.

Upon their return to the country, many formed lodges first in Manila in 1891and later throughout the archipelago, even as far as Zamboanga. In 1893 these different lodges were organized under the Grand Regional Council led by Ambrocio Flores. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

One Response to “500 Masons in Mindanao converged in Davao City”

  1. Hi

    I would like to join to your group it is one of my greates dream since 18 years old. how can i join?

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