My Meaning of Commitment, Covenant as a Master Mason : A simple blog

ncr convention 2015

         On the 1st day of the NCR Convention, I woke-up early,  having  known  and anticipated the Friday heavy traffic situations at Skyway Buendia Exit  and the construction of the  extension all the way to Quirino Avenue ,  I reached the GLP parking area before 7:00AM and had a nice parking space.

I was surprised to meet WM Noel of Pagkakaisa Lodge at that early time ;  maybe he also anticipated  the  limited parking space that can be accommodated inside the GLP compound.

I called-up VW Tiu to hurry-up as the parking space began to become full.  Because of his several minutes late, he was able to have a space a street away from the GLP ..he he he kinakabahan baka magasgasan ang fortuner nya.

The registration was opened at 8:00AM.   However, we three took our time at the nearby carinderia while waiting for the registration  to set up.  I asked WM Noel where are the others as they should be 3 lights to represent the lodge.

He said.” I don’t know”. Huh.  “What? What’s happening”.  It seems commitment is not on the list of the Wardens although they knew that this is part of their mandatory duty.

After breakfast, I paid myself the required registration  fee then proceeded to the Ritual Olympics Lodge Hall  at the 4th Floor as the contest will start at 10:00AM.

I was wondering where are the other District Officers?  We are supposed to be  8 members,  DDGM included.  VW Tiu said that maybe they will be late.  Then came DDGM Bernie when the first team performer was about to start.

I watched the performances of the different districts including our NCRG representative team, King Solomon Lodge No. 150 team.  They were all very good performers knowing theirs lines by heart with snappy military like drill.  I knew one performer from the other district,   the junior deacon was a very proficient principal sojourner of Capitol York Rite , one of the most sought assignments in the York rite degree –  as the role of the principal sojourner requires  memorizing many pages to complete, with floor works and powerpoint presentation.  VW Danny Datu tops the list..kukunti lang po ang nakakagawa noon sa York Rite Masons in  Manila

Team King Solomon made the difference. While other teams performed their opening parts as if really on ritual competition  ( other districts performed the method in ritual opening using optional purging  as if not satisfied with other masons present,  an optional version), King Solomon Team conducted their opening as if opening an stated meeting with no grand standing from  moving members, the questions and answers are on normal voice and time frame, all natural- as if WM Christian was instructing his wardens and officers during the regular meeting. With the performance, I knew that NCRG will win.

When  King Solomon WM Christian  volunteered as  NCRG representative for “opening of the lodge” ritual few months ago,  I knew that his team has the  x-factor because of the teamwork and the commitment with each other to support the Lodge objective not just to participate but to win.. At yon nga ang nangyari ..maganda.. Champion Trophy! They really deserve this award.

Champion Trophy

   Opening of the Lodge – Champion Trophy    King Solomon Lodge No. 150

Multi-District Convention  was opened at 1pm by Masonic District NCR-E.

“Ohh”..I told myself. “I re-receive kami.  Nasaan na ang mga kasama ko. Mukhang 3 pa lang kami, si DDGM Bernie, VW Tiu saka ako. Nasaan ang lima pa”.

“Ahh baka makakahabol , NCR-A pa lang naman saka binabasa bawat pangalan so tagal noon bago makaabot ng NCRG.”

“Pero naku  nakasunod sa likod si Grand Master kasama ang kanyang team baka magtanong kung nasaan ang iba.”

“Mabuti na lang dumating si VW Vir , naging apat na”.

DDGM’s Report:

During the DDGM’s Report portion,  I told myself that the advantage of being in NCR-G is that reporting by District is always last to approach the stage and make the powerpoint presentation., always six reports to wait.

Three days before, we were at the “ Library in the Box Project “ meeting with  Victoria Homes Elem School Principal  when VW Bernie Bondoc instructed me to make the powerpoint presentation of NCRG DDGMs Report for presentation during the NCR Convention.

“Naku po,  kaya ko kaya gawin ng 1 day ang report gayong ang sakit sakit ng ulo ko at tiyan dahil sa flu. . one week din na umiikot ang paningin ko saka ulo kaya hindi ako naka attend ng District Meeting nong Monday”.

Sabi ko” Sge gagawin ko bahala na kung saan umabot ang  mabuo ko although may mga ready frames na ako madali ko na maa upload sa mga accoplishments and activities.” I was able to send the powerpoint presentation however,  the following day afternoon complete with 150 slide frames.

I was excited during the NCR DDGs Presentation, makikita ko at last  ang different ideas and  formats made by  other district powerpoint  presentations.

Woow, magaganda at mahuhusay din ang pagkakagawa ng iba.  Pero hindi pahuhuli ang NCRG,  sa dami ba naman ng number of slides na inilagay ko, with edition made by DDGM Bernie na binawasan pa, the slides speak  for itself. So we had a perfect presentations.

Grand Master’s Night  Nov  6

After the 1st Day of the Convention, two bands  and  menu of Lechon Baka created fullness at the Grand Master’s Night.

“However, where are the others?”.  VW James  joined the dinner, maybe others just ‘eat and run’ because of  some friday night schedules. By looking at the tables, I estimated the reservation was for more than 300 people,  but I observed just a third full.

Nov 7, Saturday, Election Proper

On Saturday Nov 7, again, to anticipate the limited parking space at the GLP,  I set the clock alarm at 5:00AM wake up snooze , and was able to reach the GLP ground before 7:00AM.  My two Pagkakaisa mates followed the same – perhaps already familiar with the parking trend at GLP.  While waiting, we took again our coffee at the nearby carinderia.

The convention was called to order at 9:00AM.

The Masonic Education conducted  by VW J. R. Miguel on  edicts was  very interesting. I like his style of public speaking, walang basa ng notes, dire-diretso walang putol at tamang tama ang lakas ng boses. Matagal ko na rin pinangarap na maging speaker pero lagi ang lakas ng kaba ko kaya madalas nawawala ako at humihinto ng  matagal at nagkakaputol putol na ang mga sentences. Nalilimutan ko na ang ibang sasabihin kaya para sigurado sinusulat ko na lang ang aking mga idea..my own style.

Election Process

Only Six (6) Qualified Nominees were present at the Convention, VW Roncesvalles, VW Rudy Ong, VW Reynato Puno, Jr. ,VW Ace Tan Espejo, VW Willy Reyes and NCRG VW Ric Marquez.  Nomination by Lot was omitted because there are only six -less than the 7 seven requirement rule. Each one of them was given seven minute speech.

“Nasaan na ang ibang kasama ko” bulong ko sa sarili. Tatlo lang kami kasama na si DDGM Bernie. Nawawala ang lima. Kumpleto kaya ang mga Lights ng 12 Lodges ng MD NCRG. To sum up, the total qualified votes for NCRG should be: 12 x 3 lights=36 + 8 District Officers = 44

Madali lang ang election process, pag hndi pa nakakaboto nasa south gallery, pag tapos na lipat na sa North side. Others Masons who were present are on the West Wing  on top.

When NCRG turn, naku mukhang kakaunti ang umatend ng convention from NCRG. Hindi kailangan ang arithmetic algorithyms or numerical exponential para makita ang diperensya na sobra sa kalahati ang nawawala sa 44.  Kitang kita sa Gallery ang mga presents, with full regalia ba naman di sandali lang bilangin.

However, the NCR Election has completed. VW Rudy Ong 51, VW Ric Marquez 47, VW Roncesvalles 20. After which, they were asked to approach the Altar and confirmed their election.

Next Election shall be held at  Ancom Level  in  Tagaytay City. I hope this time the commitment to masonic duty is in everyone’s heart.

The Lesson from  the Past Masters Degree.

Finally,  I would like to share the lesson in Past Masters Degree of the York Rite, York Rite Masons like myself are familiar with this ritual wherein more emphasis are taught to the value of Commitment to Masonic Duty as Master of the Lodge. May isang scene dito na pinagkakatuwaan ang Master  na kahit ano ang gawin nya ay walang sumusunod at nagkakagulo na sa tawanan at sigawan hanggang sa maibalik ang right order.

Moral of the  story

Don’t accept any position if you think you can’t  make your  100% Commitment.

Astrology of Death

coffin

                                           coffin, sprig of acacia, setting maul, shovel

“Kailan kaya ang ending ko sa mundong ito?” ang malalim kong  iniisip habang nagkakape.  Napaka morbid pero kapag ang edad mo ay more than 62 years old, the thought of death is just normal and the fear of leaving this world is just a shiver on ones shoulder, no fuss. After spending years of studies in various philosophies of the ancient mystery schools, the meaning of death is just part of the ritual and form part of the ladder for the perfection of the human soul.

Araw na naman ng mga Patay or the Day of the Dead. Its a feast day to commemorate the dead, the love ones and relatives who rested in peace. Ito ay isang selebrasyon na itinuro ng Katoliko Romano sa mga Pilipino (Roman Catholic Church), na isang pagan tradisyon na galing sa Western Europe na ginaya lamang ng Roma.

(Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. Traditionally, Samhain is celebrated from sunset on 31 October to sunset on 1 November, which is about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with Imbolc, Beltane and Lughnasadh. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. At Samhain, it was believed that the Aos Sí needed to be propitiated to ensure that the people and their livestock survived the winter. Offerings of food and drink were left outside for them. The souls of the dead were also thought to revisit their homes seeking hospitality. Feasts were had, at which the souls of dead kin were beckoned to attend and a place set at the table for them. Mumming and guising were part of the festival, and involved people going door-to-door in costume (or in disguise), often reciting verses in exchange for food.

In the 9th century AD, Western Christianity shifted the date of All Saints’ Day to 1 November, while 2 November later became All Souls’ Day. Over time, Samhain and All Saints’/All Souls’ merged to create the modern Halloween.)

Understanding Death

Ang masonerya ay maraming simbolismo ng kamatayan. Kamatayan ito ng katawang tao, the end of human life on earth. But, the soul is on a continues death and rebirth to attain perfection and be freed from the bondage of earth lessons. Immortality of the soul plays an important belief in masonry. Mula kay Osiris, the ancient Egyptian God of death and rebirth, ipinaliwanag nya sa kapatid nyang si Typhon ang continuous journey and immortality of the human soul.

belt of orion

Ang mga pyramid sa Egypt ang monumento na nag- uugnay mula sa kalupaan at sa kabilang buhay . Nakatapat ito sa mga stars halimbawa sa belt of Orion o sa bituin Sirius.

Sa Greek Mythology, si Hades ang God of the Underworld who controls wealth and money, at si Thanatos naman ang God of Death.

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Hades and Persephone

Sa Kristianismo, itinuturo  din ng simbahan ang kahulugan ng buhay sa pamamagitan ng pag aaral sa birth, death and ressurection of Jesus Christ. Kaya lang ang duality of life ay nakakatakot. Dalawa lang ang pamimilian ng kaluluwa pag namatay, ang mapunta sa langit o kaya naman ay sa impierno ng apoy. Pero kung nakahingi ka indulhensya ay sa purgatoryo na mainit-init lamang.

Samantalang sa Ancient Egypt, parang maganda yata yong prinsipyo in Osiris na patuloy kang mabubuhay at mamamatay para matututuhan mo ang tamang leksyon ng buhay at sa kahuli-hulihan ay maging Isa ka ng Diyos. Ito rin ang lesson na itinuturo sa Masonerya. Isang ritual sa Masonerya ang dapat ay simbolikong mamatay muna ang katawan ng isang tao para malinis ang katawang lupa para sa panibagong pagkabuhay. Tulad ni Lasaro sa Biblia na para maging kapatid ni Kristo ay binuhay siyang mag-uli.

The Planets of Death

Dahil isa akong Astrologer, alam ko kung kailan ako mamamatay sa pagtingin ko lamang sa 4th, 8th and 12th Houses of my birth chart. Having natal Uranus retrograde in the 8th house of the cusp of Cancer, death would be sudden probably caused by the water element. However, fame will come after..hehehe..weird analysis. Transiting Planets Pluto (Hades) and Saturn(Kronus) shall be the culprit..grabe talaga itong mga Greek Gods..walang patawad.

Timetable?..its a secret..yan ang turo ng masoneya.  Dahil nagkakape ako ngayon at may halong tubig ang kape.. naku po!!. delikado.

star cof