My dear Brothers,

I would like to extend my deepest gratitude for your attendance in the 2013 Public Installation of Officers for Jose Rizal Lodge 1172. I know many of you had work, family, and other events going on simultaneously but your effort in supporting and attending our events is what makes Jose Rizal Lodge the vibrant and active lodge that it continues to be today.

I would specifically mention my gratitude to R.W. Valentino Chua for your impressive delivery as the Installing Officer, and for V.W. Adison Cruz and W. Liberato Lavarino for your support and guidance during the installation. Thank you R.W. Philippe Hiolle for being an ever present resource and guide to our lodge and R.W. Cecil Abbott for reminding us that what we do is possible because we are “1 and 1/2.” Thank you R.W. Alfred Dais for your unending support of Jose Rizal Lodge and for all of your contributions that has made our lodge as vibrant and strong as it is today. R.W. Carlito Gallardo we are proud to say that you came from Jose Rizal Lodge 1172 and we thank you for representing the Grand Master and his continued support for our lodge. Bro. Gallardo I ask that you extend the well wishes and support of Jose Rizal Lodge 1172 and its 2013 officers to the Grand Master.

Lastly, I would like to thank your families dear brothers. Without your families, your spouses, and your children we would not be here today because the extended family that we are now first began in each of our homes… Thank you. I wish a year full of rewarding hard work and harmony.


W. Albert S. Inguito

Christmas greetings ! ! !

Greetings !

I would like to extend my glad tidings to you and your families as you celebrate this holiday season. may it be filled with peace , harmony , and joy. As we approach the coming new year let us reflect on this year and be proud of our accomplishments and improve on our errors with greater hopes and unity among brethren and families. Let us receive the new year with Hope , Unity and Love. . .

Brod. Albert S. Inguito JW

DDGM RW Aldo R. Smith Honored

Following an historic Stated Meeting on May 11, 2012, the Brethren and guests converged in the Collation room to honor RW Aldo R. Smith, the immediate past DDGM of the 4th Manhattan District and his staff officers: RW Carlito Gallardo, VW Mon Cruz, AGL, VW Rolly Tupaz. Since the elections took a toll in time spent, an anticipated program consisting of sing-along did not materialize. After a sumptuous dinner graciously served under the direction of JW Bro. Tom Benolerao and his wife, Sister Jeanne, a specially tailored barong Pilipino was presented to RW Aldo Smith as a token of Jose Rizal Lodge’s appreciation. In response, he expressed his gratitude and recounted his association with JRL. “I truly enjoyed my time with you and I’ll never forget it. I’ll still be around, so call on me if you need me.” He said.

Invitation to Dinner

You are cordially invited to attend a Testimonial Dinner for R.W. Aldo R. Smith, DDGM, 4th Manhattan District and his staff following our Stated Meeting on Friday, May 11 at the Collation Room, 19th floor, Grand Lodge. Bring your wife or partner along! 

Ladies Night A Smashing Success!

R.W. Quijano delivering speech.

As the moon added a romantic sheen to the balmy breeze that wafted through the partially open vents of Colonial Inn, a booming voice breaks in, “ Honored and Distinguished Guests, Brothers, Sisters, Ladies and Gentlemen! We are gathered tonight to celebrate, honor and give tribute to our beloved Ladies! They make our lives complete and worth living. And behind every man’s success, stands a woman telling him what to do!” Declared the emcee of the evening, VW Mon Cruz. As everyone stood at attention, Bro. Nelson Reyes led the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner and Bayang Magiliw, followed by an invocation given by RW Joel V. Pal, Grand Chaplain. The welcome remarks was delivered by WB Levy Lavarino, chair of the Ladies Night Committee, and gave special compliments to the Ladies and their beaus, the dignitaries and brothers and sisters from other Lodges.

As token of their love and devotion, the brethren offered long-stemmed red roses to their ladies, led by WM Jun Almiron, as they waltzed to “Ikaw” a Filipino love song sang by Bro. Nelson Reyes. Reciprocating the collective show of affection, Sis. Thelma Talusan, wife of RW Dick Talusan, PDDGM, representing the Ladies echoed the same affection and called on the sisters to continue their support for the Lodge.

After a well-received introduction by RW Carlito Gallardo, Grand Director of Ceremonies of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York the guest speaker and past DDGM of the 4th Manhattan District, RW Ver Quijano, delivered a heart-warming inspirational speech that had virtually everyone’s eyes welling with tears, as he gave tribute to “the one lady” who exemplified what true love really is. She was his mother, whose pains, struggles and sacrificial love nurtured him and made him the man he is today. He went on to remind the Brethren, “ never ever forget to give thanks to the Ladies upon whom we depend so much for our lives, successes and happiness.”

As part of the celebration, former First Ladies pinned specially designed lapel pins to their husband’s dedication and leadership Calling on the former first Ladies was Sis. Jean Almiron assisted by SW Bro. Ignacio Abe.

In his closing remarks, WM Jun Almiron expressed his gratitude for the love and tremendous support everyone gave, including the Brethren and Worshipful Masters from other Lodges and the generosity of donors who, despite their inability to attend contributed to the success of the affair.

The Ladies Night Committee consisted of WB Levy Lavarino, VW Mon Cruz, and Bro. Henry Garcia, Bro. Ige Abe, Bro. Albert Inguito, Bro. Pepe Aquino, RW Carlito Gallardo and their beloved Ladies. Gratitude and appreciation were also extended to the DJGing & hubby and the staff of the Colonial Inn of Norwood, New Jersey.

“Dream Team” Prepares for May Conferral

Proficiency Exams on April 13; Conferral on May 19

The 3rd Degree Conferring Team dubbed as the “Dream Team” have started their preparations for what will be a rare and historic degree work because it will be composed of Past Masters that will also feature a spectacular dramatization of the Hiramic Legend. WB Levy Lavarino as the Conferring Master, will release the complete list of the participants shortly. The Hiramic Legend is the acting out of the central core of Masonic teachings for men to have faith, to keep to the ideals of morality and virtue and to stand by their promises.

Degree work will start at 1:00 PM and will conclude with the dramatization of the Hiramic Legend. Collation will then follow. WB Temy Colarte, who gave the name “Dream Team”, wrote to urge the team to “go easy on the brothers.” What he meant by that is anyone’s guess. WB Temy is with Aramco in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who keeps in touch with us in spite of the distance. See you soon, WBro. Temy!

When the Ladies Came to Jose Rizal Lodge…

There was joy and rejoicing that we have not seen, heard or felt for a long, long time. Old friendships were renewed and new friendships created. There was a fusion of the old and the new producing a sprit de corps that was palpable and exciting. It took a life of its own that inspired everyone to give something to make it a memorable evening. Be it in the form of a song, a joke, a toast and even a quick ensemble of John Denver songs. The food was supracalifragilistic and expialidociously prepared by Sis. Pinky to celebrate WB Levy Lavarino’s –“coming out ” birthday party. Something in the air, food or drink must have been present that brought couples to the dance floor while WBro.Boy Iriberri and Bro. Nelson Reyes belted romantic songs. The evening ended when, like the Cinderella story, curfew struck. Everyone scurried to their own “tartanillas” with their princes and went home. No one left a shoe behind. Too bad Mr. Prince.