MW Roberto Q. Pagotan, Past Grand Master
Free and Accepted Masons of the Grand Lodge of the Philippines
April 5, 1946 – February 2, 2018
There’s an old saying from Buddhist or Chinese Book which was written more than two thousand years ago, “When the Student Is Ready the Teacher Will Appear” which means if someone is ready to learn it is possible that someone will be able to guide the person to its learning path.
It was fifteen years ago when I was searching for books and references about the secret of masonry, I noticed the square and compass logo signboard of Pagkakaisa Lodge No. 282 at Aguilar Ave, Pamplona, Las Pinas City. Innocent I was at that time about masonic temples or lodges, I braved myself and knocked at the motorized gate, with the intention of borrowing some books or any reference material that can be studied and substantiate my research.
The entire afternoon was spent tirelessly with questions and answers with my very first good teacher of the craft, the master of the house. I was so excited and mystified to know all that I have heard about Masonic history, that all Philippine heroes were masons, that most famous persons in the world were masons, presidents of different countries were masons, actors, inventors, and many others. The five-hour discussion was short with my inquisitive and curious mind as a thirst for knowledge is unquenchable.
From then on, I was a constant visitor at their garden with unlimited coffee on the table that it took me five months before he asked me if I really wanted to know the secret of masonry. When I said yes, he told me to write a formal request to the Secretary of the Lodge to signify my sincere intention to join Freemasonry.
My request was granted and subsequently given an application form – but there’s my problem of who will recommend for me as there should be somebody, two masons who will vouch for my good moral character and a good citizen of the community even though I was a lay minister in our parish church. The problem was solved when my teacher Mason gave his affirmation and vouched for my application together with the secretary of the lodge. Two years passed and I was made a master mason into the mysteries of Freemasonry by completing the required three degrees of initiation as brothers and fellows have done and gone before me.
My teacher mason was none other than MW Roberto Q. Pagotan, Past Grand Master of Masons, Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines. Because of his great achievement, honor, brotherly love, and charity, the temple was named after him MW Roberto Q. Pagotan Masonic Temple and the lodge name soon to follow.