Wednesday, December 29, 2010

3rd Deg Rehearsal: 7 Jan 2011


The new rehearsal date for the third degree raising ceremony will be on Friday, 7 January 2011, at 6:30 PM. Lodge Baulkham Hills is in January recess and Castle Hill Centre will be available for LJR. We will prepare the banquet hall for our Saturday meeting, then rehearse the raising ceremony. All officers and interested members are most welcome to attend.

A reminder,  the Memorial Service and viewing of the late Ka Carding Siasat [father of our Bro Ed Siasat] will be on Monday, 3 January 2011 at the Ausia Funeral Homes, 356 Horsley Drive, Fairfield. Viewing time is from 4:00PM to 9:00PM. I will provide a sympathy card for LJR and voluntary donations will be thankfully received and faithfully applied for the family of Bro Ed Siasat.

Together brethren,

Manny Maniago
Secretary, L J R 1045

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Year-end Festivities: 27 Dec

Ladies and Brethren,

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to all and your family!

We have a wonderful year and before ending the year 2010, let us have another fellowship gathering.

You are all invited at 'Lodge Maniago' at Heritage Drive, Illawong, on Monday, 27 December 2010. We start at 5:00 PM onwards. Please bring your favourite dish and sweets [and drinks] to share or just be there and exchange jokes and laughter with us. I trust every one will have an enjoyable afternoon with our Freemason's Family. We hope to see as many brethren and ladies.

Kind Regards,

Remy and Manny Maniago

From the Worshipful Master

Brethren & Ladies,

My wife, Sis Pen and I wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation once again for all the support and assistance you gave during our First Installation Ceremony.

Every accomplishment we achieve first starts as a dream. Our dream then becomes our goal. With diligence, effort, the support of others and belief in ourselves; our goals become a reality. We already started seeing the reality of our dreams. We started this lodge with pride and dignity and we shall keep it moving forward in the generations to come.

We need to foster growth by getting more new good members to continue what we started. People gets old everyday, some will move somewhere and others will be soon gone forever [as the natural order of things]. Like a seasonal plant that bear fruits, those fruits turned into seeds and sowed and grown again and again. Some fruits may turn into bad and unproductive state; while others have the best qualities to renegerate. The best quality will be kept and maintained forever and the unproductive ones will be soon out of sight. Some of the non-fruit bearing [unproductive] ones sometime will turn into something useable in the future: cut down to make use of the sturdy wood and made into lumber to support a structure [or die out to feed on other plants and support our environment].

We will continue to gain new members and to support our newer members we need to mentor them and look after them. We will guide them until they will have the full confidence to do what we are doing. I trust that we are all good leaders. We have the confidence, leadership skills and the utmost in our minds - Masonic service; thus when we serve ourselves we ultimatley serve others.

On behalf of my family; Sis Pen and myself  Wish You All an Enjoyable Festive Season and a Healthy and Happy New Year 2011!

VWBro Fidel Pamplona, AGDC
Wor Master, LJR 1045

"We work together to bring out the best in each of us, and then we apply our skills to help others."

Saturday, December 18, 2010

LJR 1st installation: 13 Nov 2010

By RWBro Bruce Quirk, PJGW & Past Regional Grand Counselor, R-3 [reposted from District 32 website]

With large numbers expected, the members of Lodge Jose’ Rizal took great care in setting up the Festive Board at the Castle Hill Masonic Centre to achieve maximum capacity and their expectations were realized when all of the one hundred and sixty places set out were filled for the First Installation Ceremony and Banquet of Lodge Jose’ Rizal where VW Bro Emmanuel [Manny] Maniago was to Install VW Bro Fidencio [Fidel] Pamplona as Worshipful Master of this young and vibrant Lodge, Lodge Jose’ Rizal No 1045. 

The members and their wives arrived early on the Saturday afternoon to complete the final touches of the festive board and organize the food and as the hour approached the Centre became a flurry of activity and excited chatter as more, more, and still more arrived to both witness, take part in, and enjoy the first Installation Ceremony of Lodge Jose’ Rizal.  

The Lodge tyled at 6pm sharp and after the usual business was dispatched, all visitors were admitted including many large Faternals including a very large delegation from ‘The Cedars’ who have been keen supporters of Lodge Rose’ Rizal since it’s concept. As the Lodge was raised to the Third Degree, the Entered Apprentices and Fellow Crafts were respectively retired, many of which were members of Lodge Horizons and all were greeted and became acquainted with the RGC for Region Three, RW Bro Nigel Hamilton. At the same time, a large contingent of  Grand Lodge Officers were assembling under the care and direction of The Grand Director of Ceremonies, VW Bro Antoine Georges, who was assisted by VW Bro Peter Miller, Grand Steward. As seven o’clock approached and a photo opportunity taken, the Grand Lodge Delegation assembled and after an alarm was sounded and duly responded to, the Grand Lodge Delegation was led into the Lodge Room by The Grand Director VW Bro Georges, headed by MW Bro Raymond Barry Brooke PGM and all were warmly received by the Installing Master VW Bro Manny Maniago. 

With the Grand Lodge Officers seated and made comfortable and notice papers distributed, the officers of the Lodge divested themselves of their insignia of office and all Master Masons were retired and the ceremony of Installation began, commencing with the second presentation of the Worshipful Master Elect, by his sponsors W Bro Jacinto 'Jack'  Sta Maria and W Bro Rolando 'Rolly' Manarang.

The ceremony that followed was a joy to watch and a pleasure to listen to as the age old ceremony of Installation unfolded and soon VW Bro Fidel Pamplona became The Worshipful Master of Lodge Jose’ Rizal No 1045 at Lodge Jose’ Rizal’s first Installation ceremony.  

Before the Lodge was closed in the Third Degree, the usual announcements and proclamations were given in the South, the Herald on the night being W Bro Duncan Muir. The Third Working Tools were delivered by Bro Alfredo 'Fred' Sese and in resuming in the Second Degree, all fellow crafts were re admitted, an entered apprentice almost slipping by unnoticed but was quickly retired and after the usual announcements and proclamations given in the West the second Working Tools were presented by Bro Manuel 'Manny' Santos. The Lodge was closed in the second degree and the Lodge was resumed in the First Degree and all Masons were admitted and after the announcements and fanfare in the South the First Degree working tools were presented by Bro Israel 'Izzy'  de Guzman. A beautiful rendition of ‘What a Wonderful World’ was then sung by Bro Edward Banting which, on completion, drew loud acclamation from all in the Lodge Room. The presentation of the Warrant or Charter, the book of Constitutions and the By Laws as well as the codifications and decisions of the ritual committee was then presented before the new Worshipful Master of Lodge Jose’ Rizal invested his Officers for the ensuing year. The three closing addresses were then given, The Address to The Master delivered by Bro Micvi 'Mick' Fidel, the address to the Wardens, by Bro Antonio 'Tony' Saputil, and the address to the Brethren by W Bro Rolando 'Rolly' Manarang, and in closing the ceremony, a beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace was sung by Bro Daniel Vincent Placido. The Installing Master VW Bro Maniago then, with some reluctance, told the newly installed Master VW Bro Pamplona that the ceremony of Installation was complete and in handing him the keys of the Castle Hill Masonic Centre told him that Lodge Jose’ Rizal was now under his complete control. 

 VW Bro Pamplona immediately gave welcome to the Representative of The United Grand Lodge of New South Wales and the ACT and in response Most Worshipful Brother Raymond Barry Brooke related the long association he had had with both the Newly Installed Master and the Installing Master during his term as The Most Worshipful Grand Master, where they had traveled together all over the State to attend the wide and varied Lodge Functions including Lodge Dedications, Balls, the laying of Foundation Stones Installations and many more. MW Bro Brooke then asked the Grand Director to present Bros Mario Baylon Jnr. Jose’ Elizes, and Robert Maneze and duly presented them with their Master Mason’s Certificates [affiliation certificates]. Before retiring from the Lodge Room MW Bro Brooke gave an enlightening and inspiring address which motivated many of the Brethren present into trying harder to achieve greater. MW Bro Brooke then indicated his desire to retire and both he and the Grand Lodge Delegation left the Lodge Room to disrobe and to join the Ladies and were soon joined by the Brethren from the Lodge Room. 

Somehow one hundred and sixty found a seat and sat down for the Installation Banquet in a Banquet hall that eighty was the recognized maximum number and soon all were enjoying beautiful food prepared with great care and expertise by the Ladies and in response to the toast to the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales and the ACT. MW Bro Brooke gave recognition to the vigor and success of Lodge Jose’ Rizal in it’s short term of existence and in wishing them well, complimented them on their twenty five percent increase in numbers. In proposing the toast to The Worshipful Master and his Officers, Wor Bro Rolando Manarang said how proud he was to be the one who initiated the Newly Re Installed Master some years ago and he wished them well. In closing, the Immediate Past Master, VWor Bro Manny Maniago recited these words of great wisdom --- ‘Learn from Yesterday, Live for to-day and Dream of Tomorrow’. In response to the toast to the Ladies and visitors proposed by W Bro Russell Dobson, and the Worshipful Master of Lodge Woronora, W Bro Luis 'Louie' Reyes wished the new officers well and thanked the Lodge and the ladies for a great night.

The hour was late when the Junior Warden's toast was given but no one cared as all had had shared a thoroughly enjoyable evening with a thriving Lodge that is really going forward, carried by good officers, supported by keen members and have the unceasing devotion of their Ladies, may it long continue and be an example for all Lodges to take heed.  

[Moderator's note: As customary, the festivities & fellowship didn't end with the Junior Warden's Toast; only the formalities of the evening. The extended fellowship and 'house-keeping' continued on till the wee hours of the night.] 

Reminder: Management & Rehearsal - 19 Dec

Management Meeting and Third Degree Rehearsal 

on Sunday, 19th December 2010

 at 6:00PM to be held at Castle Hill Masonic Centre.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Lodge Hornsby's Double Initiation: 15 Dec


A reminder that Lodge Hornsby's double Initiation on Wednesday, 15 December 2010 at Turramarra Masonic Centre , 1247 Pacific Highway, Turramarra. Lodge tyling at 7:00PM.

LJR's WM, VWBro Fidel Pamplona will be in attendance. Yours truly was appointed the GDC for the meeting. Hope to see as many brerthren to support Bro Nes Bangcoro and Lodge Hornsby No 262 .

Together brethren,

VWBro Manny Maniago

Friday, November 19, 2010

Lodge Activities: Nov - Dec 2010

After the successful and well attended LJR Installation last 13 November, there are more activities planned [aside from usual District 32 Lodges' activities & fund raising!]:

1. 20 Nov [Saturday] - Lodge Education 814 Installation at the Egyptian Room, Petersham Royal Arch Masonic Temple, 23-25 New Canterbury Road, Petersham. Tyling is at 6:30 PM, ladies are invited. Our Wor Master, VWBro Fidel pamplona will be leading the fraternal.

2. 20 - 21 Nov [Saturday & Sunday] - Lodge Horizons & Lodge Jose Rizal will have a 'East meets West' BBQ & fellowship at 80 Grange Avenue, Schofields starting at 11:00 AM. Those brethren wishing to stay overnight are advised to bring tents, according to VWBro Manny Maniago & WBro Kristan Regalado.

3. 27 Nov [Saturday] - Lodge Star of Australia 200 Installation at the Hurlstone Park Masonic Centre, 67 Duntroon Street, Hurlstone Park NSW 2193. Tyling is at 6:00 PM with the ladies invited. Bro Joe Cassar will be installed in the chair and  VWBro Fidel Pamplona will be the Grand Director of Ceremonies on the night. IPM, VWBro Manny Maniago or our Senior Warden, WBro Rudy Romerosa will then lead the Lodge Jose Rizal fraternal.

4. 3 Dec [Friday] - Combined Lodge Christmas Celebration with Lodge Baulkham Hills at the Castle Hill Masonic Centre, tyling at 7:15 PM. this is Lodge Baulkham Hills 535th Regular Meeting and Ladies Christmas Night.

5. 19 Dec [Sunday] - Lodge Management Meeting & 3rd Degree Rehearsal at The Castle Hill Masonic Centre, 6:00 PM.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

From The Worshipful Master [elect]: VWBro F Pamplona

VWBro Fidel Pamplona with Sis Pen.


Thank you for entrusting to me the leadership of this young and vibrant Lodge [in the District]. As your Worshipful Master, "Teamwork" and "Network" are my first two guiding words to run our Lodge. As I, may represent the Wisdom of this Lodge, our Officers are the Strength; but the most important part is your individual roles as model members - will represent the Beauty of this Lodge!

[Brethren], there are many who perhaps in our members are wondering 'Where and what is my role in the Lodge?' Their questions: 'How can I impart my knowledge for the improvement of the Lodge?' 'Can I participate during the Management Committee Meetings?' Should I wait to be asked?'

Brethren, our Lodge is run by its members; from the Wor Master to the Entered Apprentices. Every member must contribute for the improvement of our Lodge - positive [and constructive] comments, attending rehearsals, taking understudies and participating in social activities are all signs of good qualities needed in our Lodge. Your participation and attendance therefore is a hundred percent required and [that our Lodge will be] surely lead to a Lodge of Excellence and a source of pride for our culture.

Who should be the Executive Officers of a Lodge? Doubtless these should include; at the very least, the Wor Master, Senior and Junior Wardens, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership and masoniCare [Caring] Officers. These officers should be capable of dealing with most issues [associated with their offices] that require an immediate response without the necessity of waiting to be dealt with in the next Business or Regular meeting.

Our social activities will be structured to provide a sufficient and balanced variety of social events to satisfy all members. We will invite our partners to socials and obtain commitment that they will in fact attend.

We will therefore work together to bring out the best in each of us; and then we apply our skills to help others. We will work on the 'network' to meet people, find our future resources and make connections in the community.

VWBro Fidel Pamplona, AGDC
Worshipful Master

Saturday, November 13, 2010

From the Outgoing Worshipful Master

Above, our outgoing Wor Master: VWBro Manny Maniago, AGDC*, and always there to support him, Sis Remy.

Sis Remy and I wish to express our heartfelt thanks to the brethren and their ladies; who in one way or another contributed to the success of Lodge Jose Rizal activities. Likewise, I personally thank you my brethren for your trust in allowing me to serve you as your Foundation Worshipful Master. I am forever grateful for that privilege.

We have introduced innovations to our lodge's meetings and involved our ladies in the social functions of the lodge. We are a growing lodge and a progressive lodge; and it is my hope that we will maintain that enthusiasm. I would like to encourage each brother to continue evaluating improvements for our lodge and to continue to participate in our lodge, district and Grand Lodge activities.

I would like to welcome VWBro Fidel Pamplona, AGDC, as the new and first Worshipful Master-Elect of Lodge Jose Rizal. I trust that he will enjoy his term of office as much as I have. I hope you will extend to Bro Fidel and Sis Pen the same level of support as you have extended to me and Sis Remy during my term.

Brethren we look forward to the future - that of Lodge Jose Rizal as a Lodge of Excellence, a Family Lodge and a Lodge existing in Peace, Love and Harmony.

Again, my heartfelt thanks for the opportunity to serve you as your Foundation Worshipful Master.

VWBro Manny Maniago, AGDC [PDGIW]

*Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Egyptian Room Open Night: 12 Nov

The United Supreme Grand Chapter invites you to


Friday - November 12, 2010

23-25 New Canterbury Road

Time: 7.15 pm

Cost: FREE - Tea/Coffee, Biscuits supplied

Who can attend: Everyone - Children welcome

Speakers: Qualified translators well versed in the presentation

Dress: Neat, comfortable, casual

Disabled Access: Unfortunately, at this point of time no disabled access or facilities are available, and there are two flights of stairs to reach the Egyptian Room.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Installation Practice: 25 Oct


My heartfelt thanks for the support of the brethren and ladies on the occasion of WBro Kristan's Installation. A wonderful night to be remembered not only by LJR and Lodge Horizons but particularly for our younger masons who witnessed the lodge proceedings and also attended the banquet. Well done Kristan.

I would like to remind our dear brothers to confirm their attendance on our VWBro Fidel's Installation by the 29th of October 2010. Please communicate to our Bro Treasurer for your allocation of tickets.

Tomorrow, Monday, 25 October 2010 at 7:00PM, the District 32 Lodge of Instruction will discuss the second degree ritual and then rehearse the LJR Installation. Please make an effort to attend. We will see you there. Thanks

Together brethren,

VWBro Manny Maniago
WM  LJR 1045

Friday, October 22, 2010

Lodge Horizons' Bro Kristan Install: 23 Oct

Brethren and friends,

Next Saturday is Lodge Horizons Installation at the Sydney Masonic Centre and afterwards a really great dinner dance party.

The Installation starts at 3:30pm but the real gem is the dinner party afterwards - this is not the usual install south as it is designed to be a great night out for you and your wives, partners, friends and children, yes children are welcomed!! Many children are already booked in so no excuse for families not coming along; wives, friends and partners do not have to wait outside the Lodge as they can come afterwards and join us at 6:30pm for canap├ęs and drinks and sit down dinner at 7pm [for a meal] or they can go shopping in the City.

A sensational band (Tall Pop Syndrome) will start with mellow music for the dinner and then crank it up for or a full on dance music will be entertaining us all. This is a great night out with great food and entertainment on a Saturday night in Sydney town. The cost is $55 for adults and $30 for children [this is a ticketed event.].This has to be the best value big night out in Sydney that I know.

All you single brethren here is your chance to bring along friends or girlfriends and impress them with your class! There will be many younger ladies there.

The guest Grand Lodge representative for the night is the Most Worshipful Brother Anthony Lauer, Past Grand Master and Past Police Commissioner of NSW plus many other guests and dignitaries.

Dress for the install is lounge suite with tie or your normal Lodge attire, whichever you wish. Our guest dress is Lounge Suite or smart cocktail wear. No jeans, sports shoes, thongs or causal wear. Children smart dress.

Lodge Horizons has been a great supporter of Lodge Woollahra as well as many other Lodges. Many of our members were founding members of  this young man's Lodge. Kris Regalado, our past Secretary is going into the chair and he needs our support!

Peter Zeilic
Director of Ceremonies
Lodge Woollahra No 341

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Master Mason's Night: 11 Sept

Lodge Jose Rizal will hold a Master Mason's Night this 11 September's regular meeting; in conjunction with the election of officers for Masonic Year 2011-2012. Tyling is 6:00 PM at The Castle Hill Masonic Centre, 262 Old Northern Road [corner Showground Road] Castle Hill NSW 2154.

There will also be an initiation of two candidates subject to balloting and dispensation on the night.

This will be an exciting meeting for both members of LJR and visitors and all are welcome to have fellowship with us.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Quarterly Communication: 8 Sept

UGL NSW & ACT Quaterly Communication is slated this Wednesday, 8th September 2010 at the Sydney Masonic Centre, 7:00 PM.

Dress code: Full evening wear [tails], dinner suit or for members of a Daylight /Twilight Lodges; dark lounge suit is permitted.

Dining charge $35.00, tickets will not be available on the day.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Lodge Horizons Install: 23 Oct

Our Bro DC, Bro Kristan Lee Regalado will be installed as Worshipful Master of Lodge Horizons 1032.

He is inviting all to attend his installation, especially extended to our ladies. His invitation reads:

"This is a very special event in my Masonic Life and I would like to personally invite you to share the occasion with me. Being Horizons' 6th birthday, we have planned a great evening of entertainment, commencing with a Scottish Pipe Band followed by a music DJ and  a live band."

Lodge Horizons No 1032 Installation
District 123, UGL NSW & ACT
23 October 2010

Bro Kristan Lee Regalado
WM Elect 2010-2011

VW Bro Anthony Picone, PDGDC
Installing Master

MW Bro Anthony raymond Lauer, APM PGM
Grand Lodge Representative

Sydney Masonic Centre
66 Goulburn St Sydney 2000

Tyling - 3:30 PM
Grand Lodge - 4:15 PM
Pre Dinner Drinks - 6:30 PM
Dinner - 7:00 PM

Dress is lounge suit and tie.

[$55 per person]

Friday, August 13, 2010

Emergent Meeting: 2nd Degree Work - 14 Aug

Emergent meeting for Saturday, 14 August at Castle Hill Masonic Centre. Late tyling at 7:00 PM.

A dispensation was grandted by our DGIW. Main work is 2nd Degree work or Passing to Fellowcraft Degree for Bro Larry Pamplona & Bro Daniel Placido.

Our Worshipful Master, VWBro Manny Maniago requests your presence and company; together with your ladies or partner.

Attire is dark lounge suit for men.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Lodge Beecroft No 359: 12 Aug


The Wor Master of Lodge Beecroft; Rt Wor Bro George Brown coveys his fraternal greetings and requests us to be present in the regular meeting of the Lodge this 12th Aug [2nd Thursdays of each month], at 7:30 p.m. in the Masonic Centre, Castle Hill.

One of the highlights is the election of officers.

Also, on 26th September they will have a Sunday afternoon theatre party at 4 p.m. at Castle Hill Showground: An Agatha Christie play. Afterwards, a dinner at Castle Hill RSL.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Lodge Baulkham Hills 958: 6 Aug


The Worshipful Master; Wor Bro Tom Dabbagh of Lodge Baulkham Hills No 958 is requesting us to attend their 531st regular meeting at the Castle Hill Masonic Centre, on Friday, 6th August. Tyling at 7:30 PM.

Work, among others: To Pass a brother to the 2nd Degree or Fellowcraft Degree.

The Worshipful Master extends a hearty welcome and trusts that we will have an enjoyable evening with "The Pride of the Hills" Lodge Baulkham Hills.

Bro Max Rosas

Northern Line Daylight Lodge: 10 Aug & 14 Sept

The Wor Master, Wor Bro Ken French, of Northern Line Daylight Lodge No 1003 extends Fraternal Greetings and he hopes it will be convenient for us to attend their next Regular Meetings in the Castle Hill Masonic Centre on the 2nd Tuesday in each month. Lodge is tyled at 10:00 AM.

10 Aug 2010

"At the end of the meeting we will join with our ladies to hear our good friend, Wor Bro Jack Elliot continue his series of talks on Australia's development, and his subject is: "Federation, then and Now"."

and on

14 Sept 2010

Election of officers of the Lodge for the year 2010-2011.

Wor Bro Noel Schofield, PM

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Parramatta City Daylight Lodge No 1014: 5 Aug


The Senior Warden; Wor Bro W E Bell of Parramatta City Daylight Lodge No 1014 requests us to attend the 165th regular meeting of their Lodge at the Workers Parramatta Club [163-165 George St and 1 Purchase St], on Thursday, 5th August at 10:00 AM.

Work: Talks by Wor M Don Herman and Wor Bro Bob Mcgrath on their life and experiences.

Friday, July 23, 2010

DGIW Handover: 4 Aug

The formal transfer of the Jewel of Office from the retiring District Grand Inspector of Workings [DGIW], VW Bro David Keelty, to his successor, VW Bro Paul Larbalestier, will take place at the next regular meeting of Lodge Burnside No 729 on Wednesday 4th August 2010.

The Worshipful Master of Lodge Burnside extends a fraternal invitation to the Worshipful Masters, Officers and Brethren of the Lodges of the District to attend this handover of office.

To assist us with our catering arrangements would you be so kind as to indicate the number of brethren that will be attending from your Lodge by Friday 30th July.

Please note that Lodge Burnside is a Twilight Lodge. The Lodge will Tyle at 6:00 pm. Dress is Lounge Suit, Business Shirt, Long Tie and Regalia.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Lodge Hornsby 262 Installation: 21 July

Installation of Officers will be on Wednesday, 21st July 2010

Tyling at 6:30 pm.  Admission of visiting brothers at 6:50 p.m.Grand Lodge at 7:10 p.m.

Grand Lodge Director of Ceremonies
Very Worshipful Brother Fidel Pamplona 
who will be accompanied by the Grand Lodge Officers.

Masonic Centre,  1247 Pacific Highway corner Turramurra Ave, Turramurra.
(It is the big brown brick building close to the gasoline station.)

Officers Elected are as follows:
Worshipful Master: W. Bro. Narender Bhatia

Senior Warden: W. Bro. Harri Grewal

Junior Warden: Bro. Nes Bangcoro

Senior Deacon: Bro. Peter Jakrot

Junior Deacon: Bro. Ramon Fio

Secretary: V.W. Bro. Ron Becker

Treasurer: W. Bro. Ron Joseph

Immediate Past Master: W.Bro. Harry Churchland

Director of Ceremonies: R. W. Bro. Bill Gomes 
On behalf  of the officers and members of Lodge Hornsby 262, please accept our invitation.
Looking forward to meeting you and your company on the day.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

July - Aug Trestle Board*


The emergent meeting for 2nd Degree work is scheduled on Saturday, 14 August at 7:00 PM, Castle Hill Masonic Centre (Tentatively awaiting for the RGC’s approval via Bro. Secretary’s correspondence, Sec note: approved by RGC) .

The two candidates for passing are Bro. Larry Pamplona and Bro Vincent Daniel Placido.

The following Brethren assisting the Worshipful Master are as follows: All LJR Officers;

WBro. Vince Flores – South East Charge;

WBro. Rolly Manarang – 2nd Working Tools;

VWBro Fidel Pamplona – 2nd Tracing Board and

WBro. Ted Balgos – Final Charge.

Rehearsal will be announced soon when the WM arrives on Monday 19 July.


Management/Practice Meeting: Saturday, 31 July at 6:00 PM.


My heartfelt thanks to Bro Fidel for all the efforts while I am away. We arrived last Tuesday afternoon and getting back on our daily routines.

I would like to call a management meeting on Saturday, 31 July 2010. Venue as usual at Castle Hill Masonic Centre at 6:00 PM.

We will also interview our candidate at 7:30 PM and afterwards our rehearsal for our second degree work for Bro Larry Pamplona and Bro Daniel Placido.

Hopefully, we'll see as many bretrhren on this management and membership meeting.

Together brethren,

Manny Maniago
WM LJR 1045


Other invitations and events from different Lodges are as follows:

(1) Lodge Hornsby Re-Installation, Turramurra Masonic Temple– 6:00 PM Wednesday, 21 July 2010 (Bro. Nes Bongcoro JW-Elect); Turramurra Masonic Temple 1247 Pacific Highway, Turramurra [both Lodge Hornsby & Lodge Wahroonga]

(2) Grand Proclamation  at the Sydney Masonic Centre, (Carpark at Wilson opposite the Grand Lodge, flat rate $10 after 6:00 PM) -7:00 PM, Wednesday 11 August 2010; Corner Goulbourn & Castlereagh Sts [279 Castlereagh St] Sydney.

(3) Lodge Beauty of Cabra-Vale Installation, Fairfield Masonic Temple (Bro. Espiritu WM-Elect) – 6:00 PM Friday, 13 August 2010; WBro Jack Sta Maria, an LJR Foundation Member & Secretary of Lodge Beauty of Cabra-Vale needs our full support; Fairfield Masonic Temple 6-8 York St Fairfield.

(4) Lodge Blacktown Kildare Installation – Blacktown Masonic Centre, - 6:00 PM Saturday 21 August 2010; [There is also an exemplification of the Philippine 3rd Degree at Lodge Education on the same night; as announced by WBro Jerry Perez.] Corner First & Boys Avenues [30 First Ave] Blacktown.

(5) Lodge Wahroonga (Turramurra) – Double Initiation, - 5:00 PM Saturday 28 August 2010 (Grandson of WBro. Itham will be one of the initiates.) Turramurra Masonic Temple 1247 Pacific Highway, Turramurra.

(6) WBro. Ted Balgos' son, Teddy will be initiated on Friday, 01 October 2010 [NOT 06 August as announced last Saturday]; details to follow.

Please support these Lodges and individual brethren as they are regular visitors of LJR. It is time to show our appreciation [not only in our Lodge meetings] but also by visiting and supporting their endeavours.

Together brethren,

Fidel Pamplona
Senior Warden

*[Moderator's note: Click this link for more info re Trestle Board.]

Saturday, July 10, 2010

4th Regular Meeting: 10 July

Lodge Jose Rizal 4th Regular Meeting at Castle Hill Masonic Temple, 262 Old Northern Road [corner  Showground Road] Castle Hill NSW 2154. Tyling 6:00 PM for members, about 6:15 for visitors.

Attire is dark lounge suit, for members LJR official tie.

Ladies most welcome in the fellowship.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank the July Group for the time and effort in preparing the food for our festive board. Most noticeable was the helping hand extended by the ladies, though they were in their "after 5" outfit, in dishing out the food and doing the chores in the kitchen. Ladies, on behalf of the brethren of LJR, I thank you all for that effort. 
Bros M Santos and M Placido, thank you for the nice music and preparing the hall. Kuya Vince, kudos for your effort in collecting the money for the dinner and distributing the tickets.
To the brethren who participated in the degree work, you have done a wonderful contributions to the solemnity of the ceremony. I trust that the other brethren will be motivated and encouraged to put an effort and participate in our future degree works.
If I missed anyone, please accept my apology, it was because I was overwhelmed by another successful night.
Please take notice of the composition of the next group.





See you all "till our next happy meeting".
Junior Warden
Lodge Jose Rizal No. 1045

Monday, June 21, 2010

Management Meeting: 27 June


I would like to call a Management Meeting on Sunday, 27 June 2010. Venue will be at the Castle Hill Masonic Centre. Meeting will start at 5:00 PM.

Please make every effort to attend and all are welcome.

Agenda :

(a) Half year report

(b) Activities for the next five months: Ladies Night; Third Degree Exemptification, Christmas Party, Re -installation and Investiture of Officers, Membership, other matters.

 Hope to see you all.

Together brethren,
Bro Manny Maniago
WM LJR 1045

Friday, June 18, 2010

"Her Son, Jose Rizal" Play: 17-20 June

Congratulations to Fine Artists Collaborations. The play was magnificent, entertaining and enriches our Filipino heritage. RJ Rosales [very talented son of our Bro Ross & Baby Rosales, Moderator.] as Dr Jose Rizal in the centre stage and Manny Diel as Rizal in the prison cell were both superb in their roles, same as Belen Mendoza in her role as Dona Teodora. If ever have another chance I would watch it again. I think there are four artists playing the role of Rizal's mother in the four sessions. The play lasts one and a half hour. Highly recommended . We thoroughly enjoyed the night.


Bro Manny Maniago
Filipino Community Cooperative Limited
A Fine Artists Collaboration
[Production debut]
"Her Son, Jose Rizal"
A Theatre Piece by Leonor Orosa Goquingco
Directed by Armando Reyes
Featuring RJ Rosales [of Miss Saigon fame] & a great cast
at Tom Mann Theatre
136-140 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills NSW
17, 18 & 19 June 20101 at 7 PM
Matinee 20 June 2010 at 2 PM

Thursday, June 17, 2010

BusinessWorld Weekender: Clash of the dogmas

BusinessWorld Weekender: Clash of the dogmas

"A history of acrimony: Rogelio L. de los Santos noted in Patriots, Masonry and the Filipino Religious Psyche (a research project of the National Historical Institute, 2006), mentions that while the Masons were looked upon favorably by the Church in the early days (requirements for admission even included confession, and profession of faith in the Holy Trinity), by the 17th and 18th centuries, "the religious character of the Masons would be subjected to doubt and criticism, owing to members who were influenced by the liberal and anti-clerical ideas of the Period of Rationalism and Secularism" (1600-1700 A.D.).

Reverend James Anderson, the minister of a Scottish Presbyterian Church in London, said to have been influenced by John Calvin, introduced the concept of God as "the Great Architect of the Universe" in Masonic teaching. In 1723, Mr. Anderson and John Desaguliers drew up the Masonic constitution and ritual; it kept the framework of the old operative Masonic guilds but alterations were made that removed the Catholic soul and spirit from these constitutions. The Craft was opened to Jews and other non-Catholic believers, further alienating the Church.

Past Grand Master Reynold S. Fajardo, explained Masonry’s appeal in The Brethren: Masons in the Struggle for Philippine Independence (published by Enrique L. Locsin and the GLP, 1998): "Masonry preached religious tolerance based on an irreducible minimum of belief in God and the immortality of the soul, personal and civic morality, liberty, equality and peace. It emphasized the ideals of brotherhood, freedom of conscience, tolerance, as well as the absence of class, caste, and race requirement as its standards of admission.""

[Click link above to read the full article.]

Friday, June 11, 2010

District 32 Sportman's Night: 16 June


District Sportman's Night conducted by the Hills Lodge this Wednesday,  16th June at 7.30 pm.

No regalia, Lodge not opened and ladies and partners are especially invited;  speaker is John Konrads. Dress casual.

Those interested brethren together with sisters are most welcome. Remy and myself are attending this function.


Bro Manny Maniago

Friday, May 28, 2010

Lodge Woronora 414 Install: 18 June

Bro Louie Reyes,  President of FilMasons NSW, Inc was elected as Worshipful Master of Lodge Woronora No 414. He has invited the brethren & ladies of this Lodge to attend his installation as Worshipful Master, Friday, 18 June 2010 at 6:00 PM at Oatley Masonic Centre.

Friday, 18 June 2010 [RSVP by 9th June 2010], Tyling at 6 PM
[Visitors: 6:15 PM - Grand Lodge: 7 PM]
Oatley Masonic Centre, 11a Letitia Street, Oatley NSW 2223

Followed by an Installation Banquet at the Oatley RSL Club
23 Letitia Street, Oatley, NSW  2223
[Banquet fee of $35.00 per person applies]

Please RSVP by the 9th of June 2010 to RWB Bill Casley, Secretary
PO Box 71 Sutherland NSW 1499, Telephone - 02 9521 2482

Let us support our Bro Louie & Sis Marilyn. A special mention & invitation to our ladies & partners to join us in the Installation Banquet.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Philippine Independence Day Celeb: 12 June


We are invited to participate in the celebration of the Philippine Independence Day in the new Multi Purpose Centre at 80 Grange Avenue, Schofields on Saturday, June 12, 2010.

The Flag raising ceremony will be held at 11:30 in the morning and then we will plant a tree commemorating our participation in this important event. As per information from W Bro Vince Flores, we will attach a plaque bearing the name of Lodge Jose Rizal in the tree allocated to us.

I will be in attendance and I hope to see as many brethren as possible to support this event.

Then at 6:30 PM that night, we will have our Fellowship/rehearshal meeting at Castle Hill Masonic Centre.

Together brethren,

Bro Manny Maniago
Worshipful Master

Monday, May 17, 2010

3rd Meeting & Initiation: From a visitor's point

by RW Bro Bruce Quirk

Approaching ninety Brethren, their ladies, friends and ‘little helpers’ [three sons of W Bro Russell Dobson], were in attendance at the Castle Hill Masonic Centre for Lodge Jose Rizal’s third Regular meeting held on the eighth of May. This was a very special meeting as the two candidates were the sons of members [Lewis*] of this new and vibrant Lodge, Lodge Jose Rizal.

The Lodge tyled at six o’clock and the private business was soon dealt with and then the many visitors, some forming impressive fraternals were admitted. A successful ballot was then conducted for the admission of the two candidates, Mr Larry Pamplona and Mr Daniel Vincent Placido.

The Worshipful Master, W Bro Manny Maniago, then asked W Bro Fidel Pamplona to take ‘The Chair’ and thus gave him the privilege, which is every fathers' dream, to initiate his own son.

An alarm was sounded and the two candidates were admitted in due and ancient form under the care and direction of the Junior Deacon, Bro Manuel Placido, Mr Daniel Placido’s father. The ceremony that followed can only be described as ‘as good as it could possibly be’ and was a totally heart warming experience for all in the Lodge Room to be audience to, the Mode of Preparation and the Working Tools, delivered by Master Masons were explained with such expression and meaning it left all in the Lodge Room thinking ‘Just how good was that’. The candidates were then retired to restore themselves to their personal comfort and, after signing the register, were positioned in the North East corner where VW Bro Manny Maniago recited that lengthy charge, full of meaning, ‘The Final Charge’ which explains to the candidates what is expected of them now they are Masons and the duties contained there in, recited in a way that only VW Bro Maniago can.

The ceremony over and a full photo opportunity taken, W Bro Maniago resumed ‘The chair’ and finalized the meeting before all retired to the South [Festive Board#] to take part in what can only be described as an enormous banquet with an abundance of food catered for all tastes and the sweets were something the ‘Master Chefs’ could only dream about, that fruit salad ‘WOW’.

In response to the toast to ‘The Newly Initiated Brothers’, proposed by Bro Manny Placido, both candidates rose and responded in turn which bought cheers of recognition and acknowledgement from all in the room. The DGIW [District Grand Inspector of Workings] for District 35 VW Bro Bill McBey then gave each candidate a lapel badge in a ‘good will’ gesture and was gratefully received by each.

As the hour approached ten o’clock the Worshipful Master W Bro Manny Maniago rose and said ‘We begin early so we can finish early’ and with that the Junior Warden proposed the Junior Wardens Toast.

‘To our Next Happy Meeting at Jose Rizal.’

[As adapted from RW Bro Quirk's original article that appeared in the Masonic Regions website.]

 This is history in the making for Lodge Jose Rizal 1045, as this were the first two candidates & initiates of the Lodge. What makes it more special is that both Bro Larry Pamplona & Bro Daniel Placido are both Lewis; sons of the current Senior Warden, W Bro Fidel Pamplona & Sis Pen Pamplona and current Junior Deacon, Bro Manny Placido and Sis Do Placido. respectively.
[* "Lewis is traditional English for a man who is the son, grandson, or direct male descendant of a Freemason. The term comes from the device traditionally used by operative masons, consisting of two wedge-shaped side pieces fit together by a straight centerpiece, to raise heavy blocks of stone into place; symbolizing the utility and strength of family heritage in building Masonic character."]
Both young men were highly recommended, & applied for the degree 'on their own freewill & accord' & talented in their own rights; the stuff that future & new generations of Freemasons are in this Lodge - young, vibrant & talented.
Another pillar of this Lodge are the ladies. Our brethren can't thank them enough for their support & help in making sure that the Festive Board & other social activities of the Lodge are graced by their presence. The atmosphere is akin to a family event, wherein everyone [even the children] are having a good time!
Another 'secret' is the extended & very informal South [which, "according to Masonic tradition, medieval European stonemasons would meet, eat, and shelter outside working hours in a Lodge on the southern side of a building site, where the sun warms the stones during the day. The social Festive Board #(or Social Board) part of the meeting is thus sometimes called the South. Early Lodges often met in a tavern or any other convenient fixed place with a private room." In fact, The Grand Lodge of England was founded in a tavern or pub called 'Goose & Gridiron'!].
Hence, an early toast of the Junior Warden so that brethren & other guests who wants to go home can do so after the formalities of the South. The brethren & ladies stayed till about 12:00 midnight having fellowship, dancing, and general clean up while polishing off the remainder of the drinks & food!


Friday, May 14, 2010

Lodge Sydney St George Installation: 4 June

Dear Brethren,

This is to cordially invite you to the re-installation of VW Bro Glenn Lilly, WM Elect of Lodge Sydney St George on Friday, 4th June 2010. Tyling at 6:30pm. Dining fee: $15.00per person.

We would love to see your ladies too, so please bring them along.

For catering purposes, please don't forget to RSVP to either the Secretary VWB Richard Lilly or myself.

Other details are in the above invitation card.

Looking forward to see you on the night.

Kind regards,

Rey Porras

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Lodge Baulkham Hills 958 Install: 7 May


The Worshipful Master-Elect, Bro Tom Dabbagh extends his invitation on his Installation, Friday, 7th May 2010 at Castle Hill Masonic Centre, Tyling at 6:30 PM, visitors at 6:45PM. Wor Bro Fidel and Wor Bro Rudy indicated that they will be joining me to support the lodge.

If you are free on that night, your attendance will be much appreciated. I have booked five (5) for LJR.

Together Brethren,

Bro Manny Maniago
WM, LJR 1045


Reminder to all Brethren [members & visitors], Lodge Jose Rizal 1045's Lodge meeting and Initiation of two candidates this Saturday, 8 May. Tyling at 6:00 PM at Castle Hill Masonic Centre.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rehearsal Meeting: Friday 30 April


Please be reminded of our [Rescheduled] Rehearsal Meeting on Friday, 30 April 2010 at 7:00 PM at Castle Hill Masonic Centre.

Lodge Burnside has requested LJR two months ago to use the hall on Saturday, 1 May 2010 [our calendared/normal rehearsal day] for the fraternal visit of Lodge Taralga.

We will rehearse the Ballot for Membership and the Degree Work of the First Degree.

On our May 8 meeting, we will initiate two candidates. Please mark this on your diary, as these are our first initiates in our Lodge.

Together brethren,

Bro Manny Maniago
WM Lodge Jose Rizal 1045


Also, our Senior Warden, WBro Fidel Pamplona will be the coordinator for the South [Festive Board Committee for May]* for this May's Meeting. He will be substituting for Bro Rene Ilaya, who will be on holidays this May.

Members of the Festive Board Committee are WBro R Dobson, WBro V Flores, Bro J D Elizes and Bro M Fidel. Please coordinate with WBro Fidel Pamplona.

* See/click this link for Festive Board allocations & duties for 2010.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Congrats to new MM Bro Mick Fidel

Congratulations are in order to our foundation member, FC Bro Mick Fidel on his raising to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason at Lodge Hunter Hiram No. 246 [at Raymond Terrace Masonic Centre 14 King Street, Raymond Terrace NSW 2324]; last Saturday, 20 March 2010.

Bro Mick Fidel is a member of Lodge Alpha, and on an annual fraternal to sister Lodge Hunter Hiram, was raised to MM with another brother.

Again, our congratulations and best wishes to Bro Mick!

New masoniCare Caring Officers

As announced by the Grand Master, MW Bro [Dr] Gregory H Levenston last Quarterly Communication [10 March 2010], all Lodge Caring Officers will now be known as masoniCare Caring Officers [mCOs] from 31 March 2010.

While role of the curent Caring Officer's will be the same, he will have the full backing of the Grand Lodge's masoniCare Grand Charity. Also a new handbook, educational seminars and a new masoniCare website will be invaluable tools for the upgraded role.

According to the masoniCare website, the masoniCare is the philanthropic arm of the NSW & ACT Freemasons. It "aims to improve the lives of others by providing funding to ‘grass roots’ community organisations which are nominated by local Freemasons."

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

March - April Activities

1. 23rd March, Tuesday at 6:00 PM - WBro Fred Enriquez's 40th Day Prayers - at their residence, 38 Alamein Rd Bossley Park. All are welcome to attend.

2. 24th March, Wednesday at 6:30 PM - Lodge Resurgo No 223 - Installation of Wor Master, Wor Bro Mervyn Anthony McGrath and his officers for 2010-2011. Castle Hill Masonic Centre. Our Wor Master, VWor Bro Manny Maniago will lead a fraternal.  Attire: Dinner Suit and $20 per person cost of Installation Banquet.

3. 3rd to 4th April, Saturday & Sunday all day - FilMasons Club & Lodge Jose Rizal Joint Easter Outing/Camping, at the new Pilipino Multi Purpose Center at 80 Grange Ave, Schofields. The MPC is situated in a big acreage with a three (3) bedroom house and meeting room. We will spend the Easter weekend in this place,, arriving on the morning of Saturday, 03 April 2010 and leaving after lunch, Sunday, 04 April 2010. Please bring tent if you intend to sleep in the backyard, pillow or air mattress if sleeping at lounge room. bedrooms can be shared by ladies. Please bring your families. Bro Vince Flores will be providing BBQ's cost will be $20.00 per family.Come one and come all for fellowship. All welcome, non Masons also welcome.

4.  7th April, Wednesday - Tyling at 6:00 PM. Installation Meeting of Lodge Burnside No 729. Re-installation of W Bro Bryan Ingram as WM and Investiture of Officers for Masonic Year 2010-2011. Installation Banquet dining fee: $20.00. Castle Hill Masonic Centre.

5. 10th April, Saturday - Starting at 6:00 PM. Management and Committee meeting. Interviews of three LJR applicants at 7:00 PM. Nominators for the applicants must attend or otherwise send letters acknowledging character of applicant. Then after dinner our Initial meeting of the Exemplification Team Third Degree Ritual. Potluck if possible. Castle Hill Masonic Centre.

6. Various - District and District Lodge Meetings - please refer to your District Diary.

7. District 32 Notice Board:   

Sausage Sizzles at Bunnings
North Parramatta on Saturday, 3rd April
Norwest on Saturday, 10th April

The Hills Lodge
District ANZAC Meeting
Castle Hill Masonic Centre
Wednesday, 21st April at 7:30 PM

Parramatta & Hills Lodge of Instruction
Castle Hill Masonic Centre
Monday, 26th April at 7:30 PM

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Reflections of a Traveller

Reflections on the Recent Past

My Dear Brothers,

I am enclosing this inspirational exhortation of our Worshipful Master, W Bro Russell Dobson.

The question is: "Do we really know each other that brotherly?" Let us discuss and suggest some more about how we should [and could] be close to each other in the spirit of brotherly love.

If you ask me where I gained my apprenticeship in Freemasonry, my reply is visiting Lodges not only inside but outside the District.

The Lodges of Instruction is another where we gain experience and make our mistakes. The Preceptor of the Lodge is always mindful of helping newcomers, welcoming and giving them roles in the Rituals. You may also ask questions, or you may practice your charges if you want. [This is where you are allowed to make mistakes.]

A new buzz is happening in the Windsor and Orchard Hill Masonic Centres.

The three Lodges at Windsor [Masonic Centre], i. e., Lodge Heritage, Lodge Seymour and Lodge Richard Coley are having a joint meeting. They will take turns in the Chair.What a wonderful idea!

At Orchard Hills [Masonic Centre], Lodge Emu Plains and Lodge Warragamba is having a friendly rivalry. They are trying to outdo each other in who has the bigger fraternals.

At Blacktown [Masonic Centre], we only have two Lodges, [Lodge Alpha being the other]. Lodge Blacktown-Kildare is being invigorated by more Degree work. That is great news. I believe we should visit them more often.

Last week at Lodge Seymour, I was surprised to see so many cars in the car park. The work of the evening was to pass two EAFs [Entered Apprentice Freemasons] from Lodge Blacktown-Kildare. The support given to their Apprentices was heart-warming. What filled the South was the two fraternals, and yes; from Lodge Emu Plain and Warragamba. I was the only visitor from [our] Lodge Alpha, but at least we were represented. Of course, I also represented Lodge Jose Rizal.

What about Lodge Jose Rizal 1045? It is the youngest Lodge in NSW and the ACT. If your weekdays are busy, do take time-out to visit this newest vibrant Lodge. It meets every 2nd Saturday of the odd month [beginning January] at the Castle Hills Masonic Centre, corner Northern and Showground roads. Tyling is at 7:00 pm, I think [Actually, tyling is at 6:00 pm, rehearshals at 7:00 pm, click here for more details]. The first meeting after Consecration is on March 13, a Saturday. I am certain, the Lodge room will be jam-packed. You will no doubt enjoy the South.

Freemasonry is a full-time activity. It may quite "infringe" in our busy schedule but it is definitely satisfying.

At bit of history. Just afer the 2nd World War, there were about 130,000 Freemasons [in Australia]. Today, we are 13,000.

Are we relevant with the times? If we are the most moral and virtuous Order, we are relevant always.

With fraternal zeal,

Fred Sese

[Bro Fred Sese and W Bro Russ Dodson are Foundation Members of Lodge Jose Rizal, both are from Lodge Alpha. W Bro Russ is the sitting Master of Lodge Alpha. While Bro Fred Sese is a perennial visitor [hence the Traveller] in various Lodges in the United Grand Lodge of NSW & ACT.]

Friday, February 12, 2010

W Brother Godofredo "Fred" Enriquez Drops Working Tools: 24 June 1948 - 12 Feb 2010

Brethren & Ladies,

It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the death of our W Bro Fred Enriquez this morning at 10:15am at the hospital with his immediate family & friends at his bedside.

Let us continue to pray for those he left behind, grieving at the loss of a husband, father, friend, brother & co-worker. May he rest in peace.

This sad news was relayed to us by VW Bro Manny Maniago, who got the call from W Bro Rolly Manarang. Further schedule will be announce once they are available.

Our condolences and prayers to Sis Dolly & family.

W Bro Fred is a member of Lodge Beauty of Cabra Vale No 743, Lodge Star of Australia No 200; and of late a Foundation member and Director of Ceremonies-designate of Lodge Jose Rizal No 1045. He is also a long standing member of FilMasons NSW, Inc.


Prayers, Viewing & Funeral Schedule:

Viewing -  Thursday, 18 February 2010 at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
                 Pinegrove Memorial Park Chapel, Kington Street
                 [off Great Western Highway], Minchinbury NSW 2770

Masonic Funeral Rites - Thursday, 18 February 2010
                                      After the prayers for the departed
                                      at Pinegrove Memorial Park Chapel
                                      [Please don't forget: attire dark lounge suit & apron.]

Funeral Mass - 20 February 2010 at 10:00 AM
                        Mary Immaculate Catholic Church,
                        110 Mimosa Drive, Bossley Park NSW 2176
                        [Parking, off Restwell Road]

Internment - 20 February 2010 after Church Funeral Rites
                   Pinegrove memorial Park, Kington Street
                   [off Great Western Highway], Michinbury NSW 2770

Prayers for the departed every night, 7:00 PM at 38 Alamein Road, Bossley Park NSW 2176.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Passions & Prejudices by VW Bro Robert K Taylor

"As Freemasons we are meant to be calm, courteous, rational seekers of the truth and all the while endeavouring to extend the circle of our friendships, nurturing old friendships, and making new. You will readily perceive that passions and prejudices are contrary to the gaining of new and the keeping of old friends. Why do we indulge ourselves in these undesirable traits when they are so obviously contrary to the teachings we receive and the need of our journey through life?

We are humans, and imperfect, even though we are striving for perfection. We have much difficulty in keeping that unruliest member of our body – the tongue – under control and say things that we later regret, but by then it is too late. As Omar Khayyam wrote, “The moving finger writes, and having writ, moves on nor all thy piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all thy tears wash out a word of it.”

So why do we indulge ourselves in these weaknesses when we know in our heart that we should not?"

To read full article, please click here.
My thanks to VW Bro Robert K Taylor for his kind permission to publish this article.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

February Activities

1. 3rd Feb, Wednesday at 6 pm - Lodge Burnside No 729 Burn's Night at the Castle Hill Masonic Centre, $15 Dining fee, Black tie & after five for the Ladies.

2. 11th Feb, Thursday at 7:30 pm - Regular Meeting Lodge Beecroft No 359 at the Castle Hill Masonic Centre. There is a lecture by VW Bro John Robb "The Missing links of our Third Degree".

3. 12th Feb, Friday at 6:15 pm - Lodge Alpha No 970 500th Regular Meeting Celebration, Blacktown Masonic Centre, corner First & Boys Avenues, Blacktown. Hosted by LJR Foundation member, W Bro Russ Dobson; WM Lodge Alpha. Tickets $25 per person, Black tie & after five for the ladies.

4. 16th Feb, Tuesday at 6:15 pm Tyling [Visitors 6:30pm, Grand Lodge 7:00pm] - Re-Installation Ceremony of WBro Shad Hassen at Lodge Woollahra No 341,  Bondi Masonic Centre, 140 Bondi Road, Bondi. Dining fee $40.00, RSVP essential, Black tie.

5. 20th Feb, Saturday at 6:30 pm - FilMasons NSW, Inc Ladies Night at Bay View Hotel's 25th Floor Restaurant, 90 William St, Woolloomooloo NSW 2010. Approximately $50 per person, RSVP please to any FilMason officer.

6. 27th Feb, Saturday at 5:15pm [visitors' tyling] Lodge Cedars No 1041 Installation of Officers [our sponsor], Punchbowl Masonic Centre, 29 Arthur Street Punchbowl NSW 2196. $50 per person, Lounge suit for men, & after five for the ladies. RSVP 20th Feb.

I have District 32 diaries, if you want one cost is $4.00 per copy.


Mario Baylon Jr

Monday, February 1, 2010

Lodge Alpha to celebrate 500th Meeting: 12 Feb

The Worshipful Master
 W Bro Russell "Russ" Dobson

Invites you & your partner to join him on this Special Occasion
At the Masonic Centre, Blacktown, corner First Avenue & Boys Avenue

Celebrating the 500th Regular Meeting of
Lodge Alpha No 970

Friday, 12th of February 2010
Lodge tyles 6:15pm - Visitors 6:30pm - Grand Lodge 7:00pm

[Dining fee $25 per person, ticket holders only for catering purposes.]


There is no doubt about it - as I said to our WM this afternoon that was the best Masonic celebration I have ever attended. The venue was perfect.The entertainment was first rate. The atmosphere, the camaraderie and Brotherly love filled the auditorium - I will never forget it and I think the Grand Master will be smiling for weeks - Let's keep him smiling at Alpha's 500th Meeting on Feb 12. I am looking forward to seeing my fellow LJR Brothers march in with our WM!

Congratulations Management committee and Ladies of LJR - a wonderful Masonic event!

W Bro Russell "Russ" Dobson
WM Lodge Alpha No 970
Foundation Member Lodge Jose Rizal No 1045
[On Lodge Jose Rizal's Consecration]

Lodge Jose Rizal No 1045 Consecration

The UGL of NSW & ACT delegation, headed by Most Wor Bro Levenston [3rd from left], next to him is VW Bro Manny Maniago and Rt W Bro Rey Porras. Beside the GM is PGM Brooke [2nd from left] & flanking them is the Assistant GM & Deputy GM. [Photo courtesy of WBro Steve Markovic].

[Below was an article published in the District 32 website.]

"Countless hours of preparation and fine tuning went into the planning of the Consecration of Lodge Jose’ Rizal No 1045, long before the thirtieth of January 2010 arrived, and in anticipation of the huge numbers expected, which included The Most Worshipful Grand Master and ‘The Team,’ when the day finally arrived, the Castle Hill Masonic Centre was a hive of activity from early morning.

The foundation members were not disappointed, as long before the day arrived, tickets amounting to over two hundred and sixty were sold for the Banquet being held at the Castle Hill RSL Club. On the day Brethren began arriving at the Centre well before the scheduled tyling time of three P.M. and as the hour approached the centre was filled to full capacity. Somehow, over one hundred and seventy crammed into the Lodge Room including The Most Worshipful Grand Master, the Deputy and Assistant Grand Masters and in excess of Fifty Grand Lodge Officers and at three o’clock precisely, the ancient ceremony of Consecration got under way.

The Lodge Room was very colourful as the members of Jose Rizal had special shirts [Barong Tagalog or Tagalog shirt] made and imported from their homeland, very light blue in colour, with the Square and Compasses embossed in several places on the front, a photo of Joze Rizal himself embroided on the left breast which looked very symbolic, smart and dressy.

Gavels were presented to the Re Installing Master RW Bro Rey Porras by W Bro Greg Todio, the Worshipful Master of a sister Filipino-Masons [Lodge] Association in Victoria and a goodly number of brethren traveled up from our Southern State to both see the presentation and to witness the Consecration Ceremony, these brethren were both well received and recognized by the Installing Master.

The traditional age old ceremony of Consecration and the dispensing of corn, wine, oil and salt and the blessing with incense was soon completed and The Most Worshipful Grand Master declared Lodge Jose Rizal, a consecrated lodge, and duly placed the brand new Charter, bordered boldly in gold, in front of the Master’s pedestal.

The Lodge was then called from labour to refreshment and all retired for a welcome comfort break and a bite to eat before returning to the Lodge room where the Lodge was called back to labour and the ceremony of Re-Installation of VW Bro Emmanuel Maniago and the Investiture of the Foundation Members of Lodge Jose Rizal began, with RW Bro Rey Porras as Re Installing Master. The Investiture of officers was a colourful presentation as was said previously, all were wearing their especially made shirts which is the traditional formal Masonic dress  in the Philippines, and to further enhance the ceremony the addresses to the Worshipful Master and to the Brethren were expertly delivered by the Deputy and Assistant Grand Masters respectively.

In his address to the brethren the Most Worshipful Grand Master warmly congratulated the members of Jose Rizal and all who aided and assisted in making it such a successful day and went on to say there were many more Lodges planned for consecration in the months ahead, all then retired and made their way either by shuttle bus [courtesy of Castle Hill RSL Club] or their own means to the Castle Hill RSL Club where the ladies were waiting in the huge [Lyceum] auditorium and the Consecration & Installation banquet got under way.

Whilst eating and between toasts all were entertained by musicians and singers [Del & Bona] and in the latter part of the evening, all had their breath taken away by the lavish and patriotic costumes and dancing of the ladies of Jose Rizal members and as the evening continued, the Grand Master and Judith Morrice joined in with great enthusiasm, the dancing and the fun.

The book ‘Real Men Wear Aprons’ was on sale and both the Most Worshipful Grand Master, the Senior and Junior Grand Warden signed each copy purchased and all copies were sold. W Bro Russell Dobson, the Worshipful Master of Lodge Alpha proposed the visitors toast which was responded to by three visiting brethren, W Bro Bill Casley, W Bro Read and W Bro Cesar Solis from Victoria.

We applaud the foundation members and all those who aided, assisted and took part in some way in the Consecration and Re- Installion of Lodge Jose Rizal No 1045 which I am sure will quickly become a leading Lodge within our Fraternity and we wish them well."

Our special thanks to VW Bro David Keelty, District 32 District Grand Inspector of Workings.

District 32 Burns' Night: 3rd Feb

"Scotland’s national bard turned 250 last year and his native country has pulled out all the stops to celebrate. Burns, known as much for his sentimental lyrics (“My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose,” “Auld Lang Syne,” etc.) as he is for his poetry, is so beloved that his birthday (Jan. 25) inspires elaborate feasts called Burns Suppers, featuring haggis, whisky and recitations of his poetry."

"The annual celebratory tribute to the life, works & spirit of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns [1759-1796]. Celebrated on or about the Bard's birthday, January 25th, Burns Suppers range from stentoriously formal gatherings of aesthetes & scholars to uproariously informal rave-ups of drunkards & louts.

"Most Burns Suppers fall in the middle of this range, and adhere, more or less, to some sort of time honoured form which includes the eating of a traditional Scottish meal, the drinking of Scotch whisky, & the recitation of works by, about, and in the spirit of the Bard."

Lodge Burnside No 729 is hosting District 32's Burn's Night on Wednesday, 3rd February at the Castle Hill Masonic Centre [corner of Showground & Northern Roads, Castle Hill] after their Lodge Meeting [tyling at 6:00 PM]. Ladies are especially invited, dining fee is $15.00.

Piper is Bro Fraser Smith while WBro Alan Summers will give the Address to the Haggis and Tribute to Robert Burns.

Thank you & Kudos


Another milestone was marked in the history of Freemasonry in the United Grand Lodge of NSW and ACT, and that is the birth of Lodge Jose Rizal 1045.

Our Constitution & Consecration went smoothly and the Banquet Dinner was superb. Presentation of our performers were magnificent.

I would like to congratulate everyone in the planning committee, as well as all Foundation Members for a job well done. As I have said in my speech last night [30 Jan], I am humbled and at the same time share the excitement as we  continue to direct this fraternity in a positive direction. May the GAOTU grant us wisdom to achieve what we hope for in the formation of this lodge and as it continue to grow and prosper for many years to come.

There are too many people to thank, from the management group down to the banquet venue staff. Our hard work and dedication has paid off and the result was fantastic. Now the real job has begun and with several candidates on hand, exemplifications and other social committments, we must always be united and practice brotherly love, relief and truth. Thank you so much.

Together brethren,

Manny Maniago
WM, Lodge Jose Rizal 1045

Photo above shows VWBro Manny Maniago receiving his re-installation certificate as Worshipful Master of Lodge Jose Rizal from Most Wor Bro Levenston, Grand Master UGL NSW & ACT.
[Photo courtesy of WBro Steve Markovic]
The Consecration was excellent, even more was the Banquet.

Most brethren that I invited personally were impressed with the high number of Masons especially their partners.

According to WBro Michael Pajor from Woollahra, he hasn't seen anything like it for a long long time.

My fellow brothers from Horizons, Bro Steven Bright and Craig Shai-Hee added that it was the best South they have attended and both agreed that if all the lodges do the same, we will retain young masons.

I have attended a few Consecrations and Installations and I am impressed with the work and the hard work that everyone put in, especially in organizing the Banquet. Even during the banquet, WBro Rudy Romerosa [Foundation Junioe Warden] continue hover among the tables to check if everything is ok.

Thank you brethren and most of all, thank you to all the ladies who assisted and attended.


Kristan F Regalado
Foundation Asst DC
Senior Warden - Horizons 1032
Secretary - Woollahra 341
Founding Member - Jose Rizal 1045



Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Lodge Jose Rizal No 1045 Consecration

Constitution & Consecration Ceremonies for members & Freemasons only [tyling at 3:00 PM].

Castle Hill Masonic Centre - corner Showground & Old Northern Roads, Castle Hill NSW 2154.


Consecration Banquet at Castle Hill RSL Club -  77 Castle Street Castle Hill NSW 2154.

Ladies will be entertained at the Lyceum Function Room, Castle Hill RSL Club starting at 2:30 PM.


Sunday, 31 January 2010 Fellowship & 'Thank You' Party - 12:30 PM at the Castle Hill Masonic Centre, corner Showground & Old Northern Roads, Castle Hill NSW 2154.

All Masons, family & friends are invited. For catering purpose, please email, call or leave a comment here.

Our  brethren & their families from FilMasons Victoria, Inc and FilMasons NSW, Inc will be on hand.



I attended the 600th Meeting of Lodge Fire Brigades No 940 50th Jubilee Anniversary last night at the Sydney Masonic Centre.

It was a good turn out, there were around 120 Masons inside Lodge Room 3 and about 160+ in the banquet including the ladies.

The Grand Master, Most Wor Bro Greg Levenston, has given an interesting spiel about Lodge Jose Rizal's planning 10 years ago, how it was formed and how we do our initiation [raising] differently from other jusrisdictions in the world.

He mentioned how interesting the initiation is conducted 'Filipino style' [Masonic style] and how he enjoyed seeing a little bit of 'tragedy' on the side. He extended the invitation to all 120+ Masons to be present at the Consecration this Saturday, so I believe we might have a few more visitors. The GM is looking forward to seeing degree works carried out in the Filipino-jurisidiction style.

While on the subject of attending lodges, tonight [28 January] Lodge Horizons No 1032 will be initiating four candidates at the SMC. We tyle at 7pm and I know this is a short notice but anyone is welcome to drop by. The following Tuesday, we had to ask for dispensation to initiate another four candidates.

See you all this Saturday.

Sincerely & fraternally,