Library in a Box

Relevance meaning is “important to the matter at hand”.

From the Theme ”  “A REVITALIZED, RELEVANT AND REVERED    PHILIPPINE FREEMASONRY: OUR COMMITMENT, OUR COVENANT” of MW Tomas G. Rentoy III, Grand Masters of Masons of the Philippines, a Library in a Box Project is being implemented by Masonic Districts  to make a relevant outreach program that will benefit public education nationwide with each district tasked  to sponsor  at least one library .

Grand Lodge of the Philippines, F&AM  have partnered with Exempli Gratia Foundation (EGF) , an NGO that runs the “Library in a Box” Project which provides compact libraries, books to public schools  together with Rotary International and  IBM Kidsmart computers and furnitures.  Each Masonic District will provide library structure, a customized 40 footer container van.

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Engaging the Right Partners and Stakeholders

Throughout history, education and support for public schools have always been in the DNA of Master Masons all over the world. In the United States, for instance, Grand Master Benjamin Franklin was a key figure behind the adoption of a public school system in Pennsylvania. A group of Masons established the University of North Carolina—the first state-funded college in America. Grand Master DeWitt Clinton, Governor of New York from 1817 to 1822, is recognized as the father of public schools in New York. US Grand Lodges also founded 88 public colleges in 11 states that support deserving students to graduate on scholarships.

MD NCRG Lodges Launch Library in a Box Project in Muntinlupa City

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Signing of MOA on  November 4, 2015  between Victoria Homes Elem. School Principal Mrs. Gina U. Urquia and VW Bernardo F. Bondoc, DDGM NCR-G; VW Silverio Garing, Muntinlupa City Lodge No. 414 as Lead Lodge.

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Victoria  Homes Elementary School, Muntinlupa City

Victoria Homes Elementary School is a public school located at Victoria Homes  in the southwest  boundary of Muntinlupa City and San Pedro, Laguna. On the west side is Bacoor, Cavite and Muntinlupa Bilibid Prison Penitentiary.

The school has a population of 1,700 students from Grade 1 to Grade 6 schoolers and run by a group of public school teachers headed by Mrs Gina U. Urquia, Mrs Madeline  A. Diaz, Chief—CID and Dr. Mauro  C. De Gulan, School Dstrict Superintendent

In line with the program of MW Tomas G. Rentoy III, Grand Master of Masons of the Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines to donate one (1) Library  in every District  comprising the total 56 Masonic Districts of the Philippine Jurisdiction from Appari in the north to Jolo , Sulu in the south, Victoria Homes Elementary School was chosen as the recipient of the Library in a Box project Project of Masonic District NCRG after many evaluations of different locations such as Paranaque, Las Pinas, Makati, Taguig, and as far as San Jose in Batangas.  The site is ideal for the implementation of the project because of the number of students that will be benefited plus the school  proposed expansion for  secondary education.

Upon consultation with the 12 Lodges during the district meeting, it was decided that a permanent concrete structure shall be constructed instead of the 40 footer container as per the program.  This will entail much higher construction cost because because the area and durability.

However,  with the spirit of charity and hope for the betterment of the youth education , masons of Masonic District NCRG agreed to implement the proposal of permanent  steel and concrete structure.

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Construction of the Library structure was started on November 9,  2015

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Construction Progress as of  December 3,  2015

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Construction Progress as of  December 17,  2015

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Construction Progress as of  January  8,  2016


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Construction Progress as of  January  8,  2016

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Completion:  January 18, 2016

Inside Floor Area:   7.85m  x  7.0m  = 54.95 say  55 sq.m.

Outside Area:  Lanai Garden:   54 sq.m.

Total Area:   109 sq.m.

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Blessing of the Library in a Box

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Turn-over Ceremony to Victoria Elementary School

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Turn-over Ceremony

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Mrs Gina U. Urquia, Principal of the School

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Library in a Box Marker

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Ribbon Cutting by MW Tomas G. Rentoy III and the School Authorities

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Unveiling of Marker

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Marker of the Library in a Box

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MW Tomas G. Rentoy  III (center),  Grand Master of Masons, Grand Lodge  Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines

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The Relevance of Philippine Freemasonry


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