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Emon Masonic Lodge No. 179 officers installed

ROMEO “Bong” D. Malasarte was installed as worshipful master of the Emon Masonic Lodge No. 179 on Saturday in the Fiesta Hall of Grandvrio Resort.

Malasarte was master mason in 2009, and worshipful master and district deputy grand master in 2015.

He also served as district grand lecturer in 2016 and honorary member of Silanganan Lodge No. 19.

On Saturday, Malasarte was installed by very worshipful  Felix D. Mendoza who was assisted by senior warden Joel I Subang and junior warden Leo P. Canedo.

The Emon Masonic Lodge No. 179 in the CNMI is under the jurisdiction of the most worshipful grand lodge of the Free and Accepted Freemasons of the Philippines, Masonic District Overseas E.

The lodge’s other officers are very worshipful Wilfredo G. Ching, treasurer; worshipful brother Joselito C. Espino, secretary; very worshipful Daniel E. Banez, auditor; Valentin T. Bolivar, chaplain; very worshipful Pepe R. Crisostomo, marshal; Gerardo de Guzman, senior deacon; Raul V. Abordonado, junior deacon;  Arnel A. Metran, orator; very worshipful Elias C. Buenaventura, lecturer;  Fernando E. Enano, almoner;  Christopher B. Manalo, senior steward; Marvin T. Deocares, junior steward; Wendell M. Posadas, organist; Eugene R. Morris, tyler; and very worshipful Casiano M. Bostre, harmony officer.

The newly installed officers of the Emon Masonic Lodge No. 179 pose for a photo in the Fiesta Hall of Grandvrio Resort, Saturday.  Photo by Junhan B. TodiñoThe newly installed officers of the Emon Masonic Lodge No. 179 pose for a photo in the Fiesta Hall of Grandvrio Resort, Saturday. Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

The five-hour installation ceremony, which started at 4 p.m., was also attended by mason Tom Doering, who works for one of the prepositioning ships in the CNMI, and visiting masons from Micronesia Lodge No. 173: worshipful master-elect Llyod Baker, June Gozom, Art Zantua, and Jay Sevilla.

During the installation ceremony, immediate past master Joselito Espino was awarded the perpetual trophy for his achievements and a plaque of appreciation for his unselfish dedication and commitment and notable contribution to the growth of the lodge.

Also receiving awards were Pepe Crisostomo, Casiano Bostre, Eli Buenaventura, and Romeo Malasarte.

Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios and Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang were the guest speakers.

In his remarks, Palacios lauded the masons for their passion to serve the local community with humility and excellence for over a quarter of a century.

“Each of you are the perfect mix of ingenuity and selflessness, traits needed to get things done in our community. As you go through this new year with reinvigorated zeal, know that we are here to support with whatever you may need,” Palacios said.

Apatang, for his part, also congratulated the newly installed and appointed officers.

“Your first step along the journey of brotherhood will be met with the companionship of your fellow brothers who will guide and lead you in becoming a man of reliance and kindness,” the mayor said.

“I want you to take this opportunity to improve the life of others by unselfishly sharing your skills, knowledge, wisdom, time, and by always being vigilant in your conducts as you present yourselves as exemplary role models that give meaning to your organization’s purpose and mission. Most importantly, always be charitable for those in need.”

Romeo Malasarte  expressed his appreciation to installing officer Felix Mendoza and the master of ceremonies, very worshipful Jeffrey P. Alba.

Malasarte also acknowledged supporters and sponsors including the various business establishments and non-profit organizations in the CNMI.

Masonry is considered the oldest fraternity in the world. There are about five million masons worldwide, including almost two million in the U.S.

Masonry is “based on the belief that each man can make a difference in the world.” It aims to “enhance and strengthen the character of the individual man by providing opportunities for fellowship, charity, and education.”