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What is “That which was Lost”?

January 28th, 2008 Comments off

My wife Bambit asked me about my blog’s new tagline “…in search of that which was lost”, what was lost?

Surely it is not about the lost treasures of Yamashita, the lost city of Atlantis or the lost generation, it has something to do with the Blog title itself – Travel Light, and it is Masonic.

In Freemasonry one travels seeking further light, which means one’s life is a never-ending journey towards understanding yourself, society and the universe. When we were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason we were made to see the pathway of human life, accept our mortality and hope for immortality. And while we travel in life, we search for that which was lost.

In Freemasonry, in the search for “That Which Was Lost,” we are not actually searching for a particular word. Our search is a symbol for our “feeling of loss” or “exile” from the Source of Life. What we are searching for is Divine Truth, which should be the ultimate goal of all men and Masons.

We must always search diligently for truth, and never permit prejudice, passions, or conflicts of interest, to hinder us in our search. Masons are devoted to freedom of thought, speech and action. Each person must ultimately seek out and find the True Word for himself, through his own individual efforts.

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Warholizing Old Jacques

January 26th, 2008 Comments off

Found this great website that converts an ordinary digital picture into an Andy Warhol-style poster. Andy Warhol was the central figure of what we now know as the Pop Art Movement.

According to Wikipedia; He switched to silkscreen prints, which he produced serially, seeking not only to make art of mass-produced items but to mass produce the art itself. jd_warhol3.jpg In declaring that he wanted to be “a machine”, and in minimizing the role of his own hand in the production of his work, Warhol sparked a revolution in art; his work quickly became very controversial — and popular. One of his more recognizable illustrations is that of a portrait of the late Marilyn Monroe.

Back to the Warholizer site; all you have to do is upload a digital picture and after waiting for a short while you get your Warhol Poster. I tried it by submitting an old illustration of Jacques DeMolay, and the picture shown here is what I got.

Try it, it’s hip and fun. Click here to go to the site.

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The Jacques DeMolay Lodge 305 16th Installation

January 23rd, 2008 4 comments

From January till March marks the season for installations of Masonic Blue Craft Lodges under the Grand Masonic Jurisdiction of the Philippines. True to its ancient tradition Masonry maintains this cycle with equal regularity like the ancients follow the season for planting and harvesting crops after the stars and movements of the celestial bodies.

Last Saturday, January 19, 2008, my Lodge, the Jacques DeMolay Memorial Lodge No. 305 Free and Accepted Masons, held its 16th Public Installation of Officers for Masonic Year 2008. Last year I was appointed Lecturer of our Lodge. For this year, I was elected and installed as Secretary of our Lodge – a position where you would likely get the good luck bid from the Brethren rather than the usual congratulations. Well it’s a trust bestowed upon me by my Brethren which I will endeavor to give justice.

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Me wearing the habiliments of my office.

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P’ mo, MOSSIMO!

January 13th, 2008 45 comments

Mossimo is a mid-range American apparel company, founded in 1986. Mossimo specializes in youth, teenage, and adult male clothing. It draws from street, urban and sport styles.

mossimo_demolay.jpgIts local outlet in the Philippines had produced and released into market a T-shirt printed with a defaced insignia of the Order of DeMolay. Active and Senior Members of the Order of DeMolay in the Philippines are now up in arms against Mossimo!

The DeMolay seal is a property of the Order of DeMolay. It is worn with pride and honor by millions of DeMolay members all over the world. Like the Masonic Square and Compasses its usage is bounded by rules and confined exclusively within Fraternal domain. Our emblems are strictly not under public domain – “like the cross” or, the swastika!.
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The Jacques DeMolay Lodge

January 1st, 2008 2 comments

Here’s a video I made for my Masonic Lodge, the Jacques DeMolay Memorial Lodge No.305, Free and Accepted Masons.

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