Tuesday, November 22, 2011

LJR Officers for 2011-2012

Photo shows from left: RW Bro Manny Maniago, VW Bro Rudy Romerosa & RW Bro Fidel Pamplona
[Photo courtesy of W Bro Romy Nieto]

Worshipful Master - VW Bro Rodolfo 'Rudy' Romerosa, PDGDC

Immediate Past Master - RW Bro Fidencio 'Fidel' Pamplona, JGW
Interim IPM - W Bro Vicente 'Vince' Flores
Senior Warden - Bro Manuel 'Manny' Santos

Junior Warden - Bro Manuel 'Manny' Placido

Chaplain - W Bro Jacinto 'Jack' Sta Maria

Treasurer - RW Bro Fidencio 'Fidel' Pamplona, JGW

Secretary - RW Bro Emmanuel 'Manny' Maniago, SGW

Director of Ceremonies - RW Bro Rey Porras, PGJW

Senior Deacon - Bro Mario Baylon Jr

Junior Deacon - Bro Micvi 'Mick' Fidel

Director of Music - W Bro Herminigildo 'Hermie' Mateo

Organist [via computer] - Bro Edward 'Ed' Banting

Membership Officer[s] - W Bro Rolando 'Rolly' Manarang

masoniCare [Caring] Officers - Bro Afredo 'Fred' Sese & Bro Antonio 'Tony' Saputil

Inner Guard - Bro Myles Jose Eusebio

Stewards - Bro Larry Pamplona, Bro Daniel Placido, Bro Richard Eusebio & Bro Paolo Beringuel

Tyler - TBA

Lodge Mentor/Education Officer - RW Bro Rey Porras, PJGW [PRGC]

Regional Grand Councillor - RW Bro William 'Bill' McBey [Jennie]

District Grand Inspector of Workings - VW Bro Paul Larbalestier [Diana]

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Management Meeting: 14 Aug


Fraternal greetings!

Our Worshipful, RW Bro Fidel is calling for a Management Meeting and rehearsal on Sunday, 14 August 2011.

Venue: Castle Hill Masonic Centre at 6:00 PM.

Please be guided accordingly. Thanks

Fraternal regards,

Manny Maniago
Secretary, L J R 1045

Monday, May 30, 2011

June Trestle Board


On Saturday, 11 June 2011 at 7:00 PM, we will have our Fellowship meeting at Castle Hill Masonic Centre. We will also interview our new applicants and rehearse the Initiation Ceremony. Please put this on your diary.

The following day, 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 Sunday, 12 June 2011. The flag raising ceremony will be held at 11:30 in the morning.

W Bro Vince Flores will arrange barbeque facilities for us. Lodge Jose Rizal 1045 will provide meat and sausages and rolls for members attending and share with other group. Our WM hope to see as many brethren as possible to support this event.

Together brethren,

Manny Maniago
Secretary,  L J R 1045


Also there is a plan for a wreath laying ceremony; tentatively at Ashfiled Park where Dr Jose Rizal has a bust; to commerate our Lodge's namesake's 150th Birth Anniversary, Sunday, 19 June 2011.

Lodge Star of Australia Fraternal: 28 May

Brethren and Ladies of LJR,

Our fraternal visit to Lodge The Star of Australia 200 was very successful. The attendance of the Grand Master was very special not only to the newly initiated brother but also to the brother who received his 60th year certificate as a Mason. Both brethren were surprised as they never met the Grand Master before. Our EAFs and FCFs were called to form a line at the mosaic pavement and were presented to the Grand Master as he greeted them face to face. The camera men had enjoyed their photo shots and the ceremony took a little bit longer causing the ladies to worry as the night was getting late and the food were ready in the south.

After dinner, everyone especially our ladies had a chance to have photo taken with the Grand Master and his partner Judith Morrice. The formalities were completed at 11:30 pm. Everyone had enjoyed the occasion. Brethren, thank you for your attendance and support and our Lodge had shown another great strength when it comes to visitation. Well done and I congratulate you all.

On Saturday, 4 June, we have another fraternal at Lodge Sydney St. George No. 269 for their Installation. RWBro. Rey Porras will also be invested as the Senior Warden of this Lodge. The Grand Master and his partner will be there and I am asking all the brethren to support our Foundation Installing Master on their Installation. Lodge Sydney St. George is Bro. Rey’s mother lodge. Tyling will be 4:00pm; address: Ambarvale Masonic Centre, 101 Wickfield Circuit, Ambarvale 2560. Ladies invited. Dress Code: Lounge Suit with LJR tie. Car pooling is suggested to go there. Please signify your attendance for catering purposes and show your support for RWBro Rey & fraternal visitations of LJR.

Fraternal regards,

Fidel Pamplona
WM, LJR 1045

Thursday, April 28, 2011

May Trestle Board


Our Worshipful Master desires me to convey to all officers and brethren delivering charges for a Third Degree Rehearsal for Bro Paolo Beringuel on Saturday, 7 May 2011, at Castle Hill Masonic Centre. We will meet at 7:00 PM and rehearse the  raising and perumbulations. All interested brethren are most welcome to attend and share fellowship.

I would like also to remind the brethren on our Fraternal visit to Lodge Alpha 970 Installation on Friday, 13 May 2011. Tyling at 6:30 PM. Dress Code is dark lounge suit and LJR tie. Dining fee of $10.00 each will be charged.

Saturday, 14 May 2011 is LJR's Regular Meeting & Raising for Bro Paolo Beringuel. Tyling 6:00 PM, dress code is winter official dress of dark lounge suit with LJR's tie.

Together brethren,

Manny Maniago
Secretary, LJR 1045



WBro Vic Edilloran, Wor Master of Lodge Celebration of Fairfield will be doing his first work as Master - a double Third Raising - on the 6th of May, first Friday of the month, at the Fairfield Masonic Centre, 6-8 York St Fairfield NSW. Tyling at 7:00 PM.

Please see if you can visit and support him on this very important night.

Luis Reyes WM
Lodge Woronora 414

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

LJR's March Meeting:12 March

by RWBro Bruce Quirk [originally appeared at District 32 website.]

Lodge Jose’ Rizal was again strongly supported by both members and visitors alike for the March meeting, one Brother visiting from ‘Alice Springs Lodge’ - No 156 -S.A. Const. No fewer than seventy Brethren, Wives and Family were in attendance to witness, take part in and enjoy the Ceremony and Festive Welcome of the now Brother Troy Quimpo and Brother Roderick Buenavista when they were made Masons and became Members of Lodge Jose’ Rizal No 1045.

The Lodge Tyled at Six o’clock sharp with VW Bro Rey Porras as DC and W Bro Emmanuel Maniago playing a dual role as both Secretary and Immediate Past Master and Bro Julio Roson as Senior Deacon. After the business of the Lodge and Correspondence dealt with, all visitors were admitted and made comfortable around six fifteen. An alarm was then sounded and upon inquiry it was ascertained that the DGIW for District 32, VW Bro Paul Larbalestier was in attendance and seeking admission. With consent by the Worshipful Master W Bro Pamplona, and the Brethren standing to order, VW Bro Larbalestier entered the well filled Lodge Room which included two Fellow Crafts and three Entered Apprentices, and was well received by the Worshipful Master.

The work of the evening which was to make Mr Troy Quimpo and Mr Rodrick Buenavista masons then commenced, with Bro Mario Baylon Jnr as Junior Deacon, assisted by Bro Julio Roson as acting Senior Deacon and a most impressive first degree ceremony followed. Particular mention must be made of the delivery, full of authority and command, of the Final Charge by W Bro Ted Balgos, who some in the Lodge Room had had the pleasure of seeing and hearing him install the now W Bro Victor Edilloran in an unforgetable Installation Ceremony at Lodge Celebration of Fairfield the previous week, W Bro Edilloran also in the Lodge Room.

The ceremony over, the Worshipful Master called for any apologies, and many were heard from brethren who had travelled to Raymond Terrace with Lodge Alpha for their annual return visit to Lodge Hunter. Announcements were then called for and W Bro John Morton rose and invited all to Lodge Resurgo’s forth coming Re Installation ceremony scheduled for the Twenty Third of this month where W Bro Merv McGrath will be Re Installed for another term, RW Bro Bob Handley PJGW representing The Most Worshipful Grand Master. VW Bro Bill Driver then rose and invited all to his Re Installation into the Chair of Lodge Burnside, planned for the sixth of April, Hopefully, RW Bro Rex Pollard representing the Most Worshipful Grand Master.

The Worshipful Master then welcomed VW Bro Larbalestier who, in acknowledging his welcome, went down on the floor and congratulated the two newly made brothers, on returning to the dais, he asked the Director of Ceremonies, VW Bro Rey Porras to present Bro Larry Pamplona and Bro Daniel Placido and duly presented them with their Master Mason’s certificates. The DGIW then went on to speak of the Grand Lodge Communication held on the previous Saturday and of how RW Bro Derek Robson became Grand Master Elect by a wide margin, he also spoke of the heart warming presentation of the ‘Lord Carrington Medal of Honour’, presented to RW Bro Ken Mole, a presentation that touched the hearts of all at the Communication where all present responded with a standing ovation which lasted some minutes.

During the course of the evening, the Ladies of Lodge Jose’ Rizal and their friends, whilst not interrupting the meeting in anyway, could clearly be heard having a great time singing and dancing and obviously enjoying themselves while they waited for their men folk, such is the harmony of Lodge Jose’ Rizal, a Lodge which is always a pleasure to attend or visit.

VW Bro Larbalestier then retired and in closing business, the Secretary read out two more applications for initiation which shows the strength of this young and vibrant Lodge. The Worshipful Master then closed the Lodge and all retired to the South to enjoy harmony and beautiful food prepared by the Ladies.

The two newly made Brothers chose to respond to the toast to the Newly Initiated Brethren proposed by Bro Mario Baylon Jnr and immediately after their response, the Worshipful Master presented them with their Jose’ Rizal lapel badges. There were two responses to the visitors toast proposed by W Bro Emmanuel Maniago, responding on behalf of the visitors of District 32 VW Bro Bill Driver rose and thanked Lodge Jose’ Rizal for an unforgetable evening and wished the two Newly Made Masons well in their future Masonic Careers. W Bro Robin Hyde, from Alice Springs Lodge No 156 South Australian Constitution, dressed in his very smart white jacket, who was visiting with his partner Karin Douglas, rose and responded on behalf of the remaining visitors and claimed he could not believe how friendly every one was, surely this was ‘Freemasonry in it’s fullest splendor’.

The hour getting late, the Junior Warden's toast was given, but this was by no means the end of the evening for some, as Karin Douglas seized the opportunity to take up the microphone and in clear and powerful voice sang many favourite songs and many joined in laughter and song making the evening even more enjoyable.

Such is the ‘Peace Love and Harmony’ of this young and vibrant Lodge Lodge Jose’ Rizal may it long continue and be an example for other Lodges to follow ---

To Our Next Happy Meeting at Lodge Jose’ Rizal No 1045’.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lodge Fest 2011: 9 April

A celebration of family, friends and Freemasonry.

Saturday April 9th 2011, 3pm to 10pm

Laurelbank Masonic Centre
Cnr Penshurst and Laurel Streets Willoughby  [ample parking]

This is not a black tie event...simply wear what you'd wear to a friend's BBQ.

LodgeFest 2011 warmly invites all Masons to come along for a great day out at 1970's prices.

All non-Masons & guests come at half the already low price & what a day we have in store for you!

Delicious food, cold drinks galore, roaming magicians for the kids, scintillating live music, FREE Masonic Information packs, wonderful company in beautiful surrounds and NO LONG WINDED speeches...just a couple of one minute talks from 3 entertaining Masons!

LodgeFest2011 is the fresh approach to encouraging more good men to become Masons...whether you have friends, family or colleagues who are simply curious or keen to become one and learn more!

Masons $30 per head - Family Pass $60

Non Masons $20 per head - Family Pass $40

We all know a good man who would make a great Mason so be proud to promote this event!

Book tickets at  http://www.trybooking.com/LMJ or  through Alan Simons - 02 9498 7263 / 0416 054 877.

For further information or to offer assistance contact Adam Whitby - 0403 798 974

Friday, March 11, 2011

March Double Intiation: 12 March

Just to remind all that our regular meeting will be this coming Saturday, 12th March as calendared in our Trestle Board, tyling at 6:00 PM at the Castle Hill Masonic Centre.

It will also be a double initiation for Mr Troy Quimpo and Mr Roderick Buenavista.

All visitors welcome, especially the ladies in the banquet following the Initiation Ceremony.

The following brethren will be delivering the following charges:

North East Charge- WBro Rolly Manarang

Mode of Preparation- Bro Manny Santos

Working Tools- Bro Billy Bautista

Final Charge- WBro Ted Balgos

Lodge Alpha Install: 13 May

Lodge Alpha [at the Blacktown masonic Centre] wil have our installation on Friday, 13th of May, 2011.

Fellow Pinoy, Bro Carlo San Juan will be installed into the Chair of King Solomon according to ancient custom. I know a Fraternal visitation in Barong tagalog will make Carlo so proud. He is a wonderful Mason and I will continue to promote the night to make the night special for him.


Bro Russ Dobson


On Saturday night, March 12th, Lodge Alpha will be working a second degree at our Sister Lodge at Lodge Hunter Hiram at Raymond Terrace.

I have some work to perform on the night which means I will have to pass on my apologies to LJR . Some other “ Alphaholics” are in the same boat. Hope to see you all at the Grand Communication, or perhaps Lodge Baulkham Hills on Friday night.


Bro Russ Dobson

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Rizalinas Night Out: 12 Feb

Ladies Night Dinner is at Sizzling Court Restaurant at Bankstown Sports Club, 8 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown, at 7:30 PM. After dinner we can settle at the piano bar or join in the dancing floor.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Brethren and Friends,

On behalf of Lodge Jose Rizal, our sincere thanks to all who supported the [WBro] Fred Enriquez Memorial Golf Day.

It was a successful day with 49 participants and about ten more ladies & guests attended the event. We are planning to split the  proceeds between LJR Benovelence Fund and the family of late WBro Fred Enriquez.

Winners of the tournament were:

First - Bro Neil Narvaez (Lodge Federation)
Trophy and Perpetual Cup - Score 64

Second - Bro Rudi Neri (unattached)
Trophy - Score 65

Third - Ed Carino Trophy - Score 66

Thank you so much indeed for your participation and assistance. We hope that you will again support LJR and Fairfied Tigers in the near future.

Special thanks to Bert Dionisio and Rolly Manarang (on behalf of LJR) for donating the perpetual trophy. To Bros M. Leonor and D. Manlapid for donation of drinks and prizes.

Thanks to Julian Doculara and Ben Bautista for acting as field marshalls for the day; and to those who prepared foods and drinks; our JW Manny Santos, WBro Jack & Sis Elvie Sta Maria. To all those who showed up for the fellowship and to support the event, special mention to our Sis Dolly Enriquez, the widow of our WBro Fred who awarded the prizes.

See you at Nurragingy Park [Rosella] for the formal awarding of the trophies and bbq this Saturday, 12 February. For more details please see or call the WM Fidel Pamplona or the Junior Warden, Bro Manny Santos.

Manny Maniago

Sunday, January 30, 2011

LJR's WBro Fred Enriquez's Golf Day: 6 Feb


Please mark out Sunday, 6 February 2011 for LJR 1045 Golf Day  to commemorate WBro Fred Enriquez Anniversary. 

WBro Rolly Manarang and Bro Maynard Leonor;  both members of  Fairfield Golf Club & LJR have already booked the venue and BBQ area  for our group.  

Tee off time is 6:00 AM and lunch and drinks will be provided by LJR Social Group. Cost for every player is $40.00 which include green fees, lunch drinks  and prizes. 

The perpetual trophy for the winner will be donated by WBro Rolly Manarang. This tournament will be open for Masons and Non Masons. A  system 36 compounded handicap will be applied to players with no club or social handicap. 

Non players are welcome to join the Golf Day.You can share lunch, drinks and laughter for a $15.00 /person donation. Proceeds will go to LJR 1045  Benovelence Fund. Please invite your friends and relatives to join our Golf Day. Ladies are also invited and welcome to join our tournament. 
Venue details again: 

Fairfield Golf Course and Driving Range, 
Cnr Smithfield Road & Beavors Street, Prairiewood 2175, 
Phone 9604 4007 Fax 9725 5317. 
Book early if you need a golf cart.  

Date:  Surday, 6 February 2011, 6:00 AM tee off, be there at 5:45 AM. 

Please book early [RSVP 31 Jan] through Bros Manny Maniago, Manny Santos, Fidel Pamplona, Rolly Manarang, Rey Porras and Maynard Leonor.
Together brethren,

Manny Maniago
Secretary, L J R 1045

Happy 1st Anniversary


Happy Consecration Anniversary to Lodge Jose Rizal 1045!!!

What a  magnificent year we had! I would like to thank all the foundation members for their enthusiasm and  the support of our ladies. We are a successfull and  a growing lodge.

We will celebrate this occasion on 12 February 2011, in conjunction with LJR Rizalina's [Ladies] Night Out at Sizzling Court Restaurant , specialising in Fine Thai & Chinese Cuisine at Bankstown Sports Club, 8 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown. All members and friends welcome. 

RSVP  before Monday, 7 February 2011. Please e mail or call the WM, JW or Secretary for your attendance.

Together brethren,

Manny Maniago, IPM
Secretary, LJR 1045

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Raising Bro E Banting: 22 Jan

From left: Wor Master of Lodge Star of Australia, WBro Joe Cassar, DC for the night - WBro Vince Flores, newly passed Bro Edward Banting & Wor Master of Lodge Jose Rizal 1045, VWBro Fidel Pamplona after the passing.


Our EAF Brother Edward Banting, is scheduled to be passed to the Second Degree on Saturday, 22 January 2011 in Lodge Star of Australia 200 [tyling 7:00 PM, visitors at 7:15 PM] at Hursltone Park Masonic Centre, 67 Duntroon St, Hursltone Park. L J R members are reminded to support Bro Ed Banting by joining the fraternal delegation to Lodge Star of Australia.

[It will be better if you can advise VWBro. Secretary your intended attendance for catering purposes, please. Bro Fidel]

Our Worshipful Master also desires me to convey to all officers and brethren delivering charges for a Second Degree rehearsal meeting on Sunday, 16 January 2011, 7:00 PM at Castle Hill Masonic Centre. We will also rehearse the Exemplification of the 3rd Degree as practiced in the GLOP. Hence, members of the Exemplification Team are urged to please attend. We will commence rehearsal at 7:00 PM. Kindly refer to page 3 of your January 2011 notice paper. Thanks

Together brethren,

Manny Maniago
Secretary, L J R 1045

Monday, January 10, 2011

Light on Symbols: 14 Jan - Apr 2011

This is just a reminder of our invitation to the opening night of the new Museum of Freemasonry exhibition "Light on Symbols" to be held on Friday 14 January 2011 from 7.00 pm.

The Exhibition will be hosted from the 15th of January to the end of April 2011 at the Long Gallery of the Museum of Freemasonry, level 3, Sydney Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney.

Entry is free of charge.

The Opening night will be held on Friday 14th of January 2011 at 7.00pm. To which you are most especially invited.

To assist with catering and drinks it would be appreciated if you could reply as below.

Please R.S.V.P by Monday, 10th January 2011 - telephone 02 9284 2872, fax: 02 9267 8288 email: info@mof.org.au


Chris Craven
Deputy Grand Secretary
United Grand Lodge of NSW and the ACT
279 Castlereagh Street Sydney NSW 2000