About F.&A.M. Jose Rizal Lodge No. 1172
Jose Rizal Lodge #1172, a subordinate Lodge of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York, is the only all- Filipino Lodge recognized by the Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines outside of its geographical jurisdiction. Sponsored by Park Lodge #516 under the mastership of RW Arsenio Assin in 1982, Jose Rizal Lodge #1172 received its Dispensation to Operate on December 30, 1983, exactly on the 87th anniversary of the execution by firing squad of Bro. Dr. Jose Rizal, after whom the Lodge was named. It was a dream come true for RW Bro. Manuel Obligacion* who, 10 years prior labored tirelessly, first envisioned an all-Filipino Lodge of Freemasons in New York. Serving as its first Worshipful Master, RW Bro. Obligacion along with 6 others, were inducted by MW Calvin Bond of the Grand Lodge of New York and MW Rosendo C. Herrera from the Grand Lodge of the Philippines.
The Jose Rizal Lodge #1172 is a Lodge of leaders, many of whom have reached the Grand Line and its other concordant bodies. A list of Jose Rizal Lodge’s illustrious sons is listed below. As one of the most active Lodges of the 4th Manhattan District under the DDGM, RW Aldo Smith, Jose Rizal Lodge #1172 has grown and flourished from its original 7 charter members in 1984 to 98 active members as of June 30, 2011.
Living true to its charge, it has continued to be beacon of light for Freemasonry in its corner of the world while earnestly exercising the tenets of brotherly love, relief and truth It is a Lodge that continues to extend a warm welcome and the hand of fellowship to Brethren entering its gates.
Grand Line Officers from Jose Rizal Lodge #1172
· RW Alfred Dais, DDGM, Trustee Masonic Home
· RW Ricardo Talusan, DDGM
· RW Crisanto Jorda, Grand Sword Bearer
· RW Valentino Chua, Grand Steward
· RW Macario Perez, Grand Steward
· RW Carlito Gallardo, Grand Director of Ceremonies
· RW Gaddiel Gallardo, Grand Representative, Grand Lodge of Western Australia
· RW Manuel Obligacion,* Grand Representative, Grand Lodge of the Philippines
· RW Frank Almendral, Grand Representative, Grand Lodge of the Philippines
· VW Edgardo Ortega, DDGM, District Grand Lecturer, Grand Lodge, Philippines
· VW Rolly Sarmiento,* DDGM, District Grand Lecturer, Grand Lodge, Philippines
Past Presidents of the Philippine Masonic Association of America from Jose Rizal Lodge #1172
· RW Ricardo Talusan
· RW Crisanto Jorda
· W.’. Willie Manalang