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Farewell, Brother Gerald

December 27th, 2006 Comments off

What do these American Presidents share in common?

George Washington – 1st President of the United States
James Madison – 4th President of the United States
James Monroe – 5th President of the United States
Andrew Jackson – 7th President of the United States
James K. Polk – 11th President of the United States
James Buchanan – 15th President of the United States
Andrew Johnson – 17th President of the United States
James A. Garfield – 20th President of the United States
William McKinley – 25th President of the United States
Theodore Roosevelt – 26th President of the United States
William Howard Taft – 27th President of the United States
Warren G. Harding – 29th President of the United States
Franklin D. Roosevelt – 32nd President of the United States
Harry S Truman – 33rd President of the United States
Lyndon B. Johnson – 36th President of the United States (Entered Apprentice)
Gerald R. Ford – 38th President of the United States

They were all Freemasons. And the last and oldest living among them, Gerald R. Ford, had just died at the age of 93.


My Brethren, the roll of the workmen has been called, and one Master Mason has not answered to his name. He has laid down the working tools of the Craft and with them he has left that mortal part for which he no longer has use. His labors here below have taught him to divest his heart and conscience of the vices and superfluities of life, thereby fitting his mind as a living stone for that spiritual building — that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Strengthened in his labors here by faith in God, and confident of expectation of immortality, he has sought admission to the Celestial Lodge above.

Born: July 14, 1913 Omaha, Nebraska

His Masonic Record:

Initiated: September 30, 1949, Malta Lodge No. 465, Grand Rapids, Michigan, along with his half-brothers Thomas Gardner Ford (1918-1995), Richard Addison Ford (1924-) and James Francis Ford (1927- ). The Fellowcraft and Master Mason Degrees were Conferred by Columbia Lodge No. 3, Washington, D.C., on April 20 and May 18, 1951, as a courtesy to Malta Lodge. Brother Ford was made a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, and Honorary Member, Supreme Council A.A.S.R. Northern Jurisdiction at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, on September 26, 1962, for which he served as Exemplar (Representative) for his Class. Brother and President Ford was unanimously elected an Active Member of the International Supreme Council, Order of DeMolay and its Honorary Grand Master, at its Annual Session held at Orlando, Florida, April 6-9, 1975; Brother Ford held this post until January 1977, at which time he became a Past Honorary Grand Master, receiving his Collar and Jewel on October 24, 1978 in Topeka, Kansas, from the Hon. Thomas C. Raum, Jr., Grand Master, Order of DeMolay.

Departed: December 26, 2006

Farewell Brother Gerald,Travel Well, Travel light. Someday we will be meeting you in the Grand Assembly of all faithful workmen and servants of the Great Architect of the Universe, presided by Him, in the Celestial Lodge above. Amen. So Mote it Be.

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A Year Thence

December 26th, 2006 Comments off

This was the news, a year ago.

In the news today, Former COMELEC Commissioner Virgillo “Garci” Garcillano is cleared by the Department of Justice by dismissing the perjury and falsification of passport charges against him. Garci is now on the go to run as Congressman for the First District of Bukidnon in the coming May 2007 elections.

Am I Surprised!!

Are you?

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Season’s Greetings!!!

December 23rd, 2006 Comments off


My only wish this Christmas and all Christmases and New Years to come;


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Xmas, Football and the 168 Mall

December 19th, 2006 Comments off

Bambit and I made some Christmas shopping at 168 Mall in Divisoria late this afternoon. It was both our first time to go to that popular and populist mall at Divisoria. And we have proven true what most people say, that if you need to buy Christmas Gifts and other sundries at a very low price, Divisoria’s 168 Mall is the place to go. Besides the bargain price, one added value of this mall is that you can find rare items which you couldn’t find in big and fancy malls. I use to collect replica Football Jerseys which I bought in Bangkok during my several trips there before. Who could have thought that I can find cheaper and Class A quality replica Football jerseys just in 168 Divisoria!! Bambit and I accidentally found a booth that sells all sort of football mania stuff (jerseys, club pins, balls, posters, scarves, etc…) just when we were about to leave the mall.So we hauled all the stuff our remaining budget can still provide, and for a total of only 1,500 pesos, we were able to buy a complete set of 2005-2006 UEFA Champions League Club Logo pins and four Class A Jerseys!! We were conspicously happy with our buying that the owner of the booth, the friendly Mr. Tsai, shared our delight and gave us a key-chain (a rubberized Brazil Team Jersey of Ronaldo) as a Christmas gift.

Divisoria’s 168 Mall is indeed a happy shopper’s mall.


A picture of a satisfied and happy 168 shoppers and MADRIDista Couple :) Bambit and I in our 168 prize catch – a Real Madrid Away Jersey.

Read more of our 168 shopping adventure at Bambit’s blog.

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A Krismas Gift

December 17th, 2006 10 comments

It’s exactly a year now since I published a post about the song “Pasko sa Binilanggo”. Unlike most traditional Christmas songs this song is not popular and there are only few who knew about it. Some of them found this post, and requested a copy of it in mp3 format. It took me a year to look for a copy and at last I found one. So for everyone who asked for the mp3 copy of this song, Rejoice!!, I have a Christmas gift for all of you.


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A Generation of Freemasons

December 4th, 2006 1 comment


A Speech of a Father at the Initiation of His Son into Masonry

I Congratulate you on your admission into the most ancient and perhaps the most respectable Society in the universe. To you the mysteries of Masonry are about to be revealed, and so bright a sun never shed its lustre on your eyes. In this awful moment, when prostrate at this holy altar, do you not shudder at every crime, and have you not confidence in every virtue? May this reflection inspire you with the noble sentiments; may you be penetrated with a religious abhorrence of every vice that degrades the dignity of human nature; and may you feel the elevation of the soul which scorns a dishonourable action, and ever invites to the practice of piety and virtue!

These are the wishes of a father and a brother conjoined. Of you the greatest hopes are raised, let not our expectations be deceived. You are the son of a Mason who glories in the profession; and for your zeal and attachment, your silence and good conduct, your father has already pledged his honour.

You are now, as a member of this Illustrious Order, introduced a subject of a new country, whose extent is boundless. Pictures are open to your view, wherein true patriotism is exemplified in glaring colours, and a series of transactions recorded, which the rude hand of time can ever erase. The obligations which influenced the first Brutus and Manlius to sacrifice their children to the love of their country, are not more sacred than those which bind me to support the honour and reputation of this venerable Order.

This moment, my son, you owe to me a second birth; should your conduct in life correspond with the principles of Masonry, my remaining years will pass away with pleasure and satisfaction. Observe the great example of our ancient masters, peruse our history and our constitutions. The best, the most humane, the bravest, and most civilized of men have been our patrons. Though the vulgar are strangers to our words, the greatest geniuses have sprung from our Order. The most illustrious characters on earth have laid the foundation of their most amiable qualities in Masonry. The wisest of Princes planned our Institution, at raising a Temple to the eternal and Supreme Ruler of the Universe.

Swear, my son, that you will be a true and faithful Mason. Know from this moment that I centre the affection of a parent in the name of a brother and a friend. May your heart be susceptible of love and esteem, and may you burn with the same zeal your father possesses. Convince the world by your new alliance you are deserving our favours, and never forget the ties which bind you to honour and to justice. View not with indifference the extensive connections you have formed, but let universal Benevolence regulate your conduct. Exert your abilities in the service of God and your Country, and deem the knowledge you have this day attained the happiest acquisition of your life.

Recall to memory the ceremony of your initiation; learn to bridle your tongue, and to govern your passions; and ere long you will have occasion to say “In becoming a Mason I truly became the Man; and while I breathe will never disgrace a jewel that kings may prize.”

If I live, my son, to reap the fruits of this day’s labour, my happiness will be complete. I will meet death without terror, close my eyes in peace, and expire, without a groan, in the arms of a virtuous and a worthy Freemason.

(Taken from THE NEW AGE – OCTOBER 1961)

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Last Night I Knelt Where Hiram Knelt

December 3rd, 2006 Comments off


“Last Night I Knelt Where Hiram Knelt”

Last night I knelt where Hiram knelt
And took an obligation.
Today I’m closer to my God
And I’m a Master Mason!

Tho’ heretofore my fellow men
Seemed each one like the other.
Today I search each one apart;
I’m looking for “My Brother”.

And, as I feel this friendly grip,
It fills my heart with pride;
I know that while I’m on the square
That he is on my side.

His footsteps on my errand go
If I should such require;
His prayers will plead in my behalf
If I should so desire.

My words are safe within his breast
As though within my own;
His hand forever at my back
To help me safely Home…

Good counsel whispers in my ear
And warns of any danger,
By Square and Compass, Brother now!
Who once would call me stranger.

I might have lived a moral life
And risen to distinction
Without my Brother’s helping hand
And fellowship of Masons.

But God, who knows how hard it is
To resist life’s temptations
Knows why I knelt where Hiram knelt
And took that obligation!!

Last night, I was Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason,
02 December A.D. 2006 – A.L. 6006

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