Visiting masonic official lauds Emon Lodge No. 179

VISITING mason Felix D. Mendoza of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Philippines is very impressed with Saipan’s Emon Masonic Lodge No. 179.

“What I have observed is that they are closely knit,” he said, referring to the masons on island.

Mendoza was on Saipan over the weekend as installing officer for the officers of Emon Masonic Lodge No. 179 which is led by very worshipful Romeo “Bong” D. Malasarte.

Mendoza said he was also impressed with the community services of Emon Lodge No. 179.

“I think they are on track,” he said. He also noted that the members’ wives and children are also active in masonic activities.

The masons’ Order of the Eastern Star includes female relatives, spouses and descendants of master masons while the Order of DeMolay is for young men aged 12 to 21. Rainbow for Girls is for girls and young women from 10 to 20 years old.

The brethren of Micronesia Lodge No. 173 witness the installation of Saipan’s masonic officers, Saturday, in the Fiesta Hall of Grandvrio Resort.  Photo by Junhan B. TodiñoThe brethren of Micronesia Lodge No. 173 witness the installation of Saipan’s masonic officers, Saturday, in the Fiesta Hall of Grandvrio Resort. Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

A retired Philippine Army colonel, Mendoza said he has been a mason for over 28 years, but it was his first time to visit Saipan.

“This is a paradise island,” he said. “There’s also no traffic here.”

In his message to the island’s masons, Grand Master Romeo S. Momo of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines congratulated the newly installed officers.

“Let your successful past be a challenge to each and every member to work together as one sacred band, striving for more excellence to be the leading example for other lodges to follow,” Momo stated in a letter read by very worshipful Elias C. Buenaventura, the deputy grand master of Masonic District Overseas E.

Momo urged the Saipan officers to continue producing good men worthy to be called master masons.

In his message to Emon Lodge No. 179, Philippine Honorary Consul to the CNMI Glicerio “Eli” M. Arago described masons as “vanguards of enlightenment,” adding that “the work of freemasonry remains important for the world today.”

Buenaventura, for his part, said with Malasarte at the helm and fully supported by other time-tested leaders and fellow masons, Emon Lodge No. 179 is looking forward to another productive and harmonious year.