Freemasons install new tower clock at Mount Carmel Cathedral

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THE members of the  Emon Masonic Lodge No. 179 under the leadership of Worshipful Master Joel I. Subang on Wednesday turned over the new tower clock they installed at Mount Carmel Cathedral.

“I feel very much pleased to thank the brethren who worked together to make this project a reality,” Subang said, adding that the project was initiated by Very Worshipful Master Bong Malasarte.

The old tower clock was destroyed by Super Typhoon Yutu in Oct. 2018.

“Through brotherly love, charity and faith in God, everything becomes possible,” Subang said, as he urged the Freemasons on Saipan to continue working together in serving the community.

Chalan Kanoa Bishop Ryan Jimenez, Emon Lodge No. 179  Worshipful Master Joel I. Subang, Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang and Honorary Philippine Consul to the CNMI Glicerio “Eli” Arago join other members of the masonic lodge in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the tower clock of Mount Carmel Cathedral.



Emon Lodge No. 179 Worshipful Master Joel I. Subang with church officials led by Bishop Ryan Jimenez pose for a photo with Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, other members of the masonic lodge and parishioners.


Emon Lodge No. 179 Worshipful Master Joel I. Subang delivers his remarks. Photos by Junhan B. Todino

Bishop Ryan Jimenez of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa expressed his appreciation to the Emon Masonic Lodge No. 179 for its contributions to the church.

“I am truly and sincerely grateful to all of you for your kindness and generosity. You’ve been very helpful to the community,” Bishop Jimenez said as he acknowledged Saipan Mayor David M.  Apatang and Honorary Philippine Consul to the CNMI Glicerio “Eli” Arago for their assistance and support.

“The church is just a structure; it’s just a building, but more than that building is really our faith that can withstand any storm,” Bishop Jimenez said.

Mayor Apatang said the Emon Lodge No. 179 has been very supportive and active in the community.

“We truly appreciate it,” he said, as he thanked the Freemasons for their partnership with the local community

Honorary Consul Arago  said the pandemic has not stopped the Freemasons from extending their services to the community.

Arago likewise thanked other non-profit organizations and  religious groups for working together to hasten the recovery of the island.

The program was led by junior warden Marvin T. Deocares as master of ceremonies.


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