HISTORY OF TAGAYTAY LODGE 165

HISTORY OF TAGAYTAY LODGE NO. 165

The founding of a new Masonic Lodge in
Tagaytay City was first proposed by the late WB Fortunato M. Ejercito, a past
master of the Pilar Lodge No. 15 on August 23-31, 1959 when he was with the
Grandmaster’s Party, visiting the lodges in Tokyo, Japan. His proposal was
unanimously approved and endorsed by no less than MW Macario L. Afilada, then
Grandmaster.

On June 29, 1961, the petition which was finally
submitted to MW Juan S. Alano by sixty tree leading brethren from the nine
lodges and some from Manila. Three months thereafter, the dispensation was
granted. Designated as the first Master
was WB Fortunato M. Ejercito; the first SW was the late WB Conrado Yuvienco, a
Past master of Mount Mainam Lodge No. 49; and the first JW was Bro. Dominador
M. Kiamzon Sr., of Nilad Lodge No. 12.
Appointed as the first Treasurer was WB Feliciano Torres, a Past Master
of Primera Luz Filipin Lodge No. 69; and Bro. Benjamin Florendo of Anglo Lodge
No. 63. was designated the first Secretary.

On Dec. 16, 1961,
the first lodge meeting was held in Pilar Lodge No. 15. On January 17, 1962, WB Ejercito obtained the
lease of the ground floor of the Tagaytay City residence of Ex Congressman Jose
Topacio Nueno. This residential house
became the temporary site of the Lodge under dispensation. Their second stated
meeting was held there on Jan 20, 1962. The following brothers gave their share
as follows: MW Macario M. Afilada, all gavels of the Master and the Wardens; MW
Emilio P. Virata, the chair of the Master; WB Primo Guzman of Kasilawan Lodge
No. 77, the Holy Bible for the Altar; WB Ceferino Picache, PM of Nilad Lodge
no. 12, the third degree chart; WB Mamerto Buenafe, the Philipine Flag; and
from Bagong Ilaw Lodge No 97, the rods for the deacons and stewards. Noteworthy remembrance were the unselfish
support given by its members. They
were: WM Pedro M. Jimenez, Bro. Domingo
Herrera, Vicente Vale Cruz, Leon Vidallon, Mario Balmaceda, Dumaciano Ago, Jose
Alvarez, Ernesto C. Mangahis, Feliciano Torres, Felix Gavinao, Melencio
Alenjandr, Jose Venua, Ciriaco Acuna, Apolonio Barcega, Deogracias Ibanez,
Apolonio Pisig, Mamerto Buenafe and Maximino Toledo.

In the Grand Lodge communication in April 1962,
during the term of MW Juan S. Alano, the Charter of the Lodge was granted. On August 4, 1962, the Lodge was constituted
by MW William H. Quasha and assisted by VW Hermogenes P. Oliveros as Master of
Ceremonies. Constitution ceremonies were
held at Tagaytay City Auditorium, made possible for said program through the
good offices of WB Primitivo Ricafrente.

About the middle of 1963, the Lodge moved to the
chapel of the United Church of Christ, made possible through the intercession
of the late WB Leon Vidallon. This time Bro. Vidallon replaced Bro. Florendo as
Lodge Secretary.

The hosting of the District Convention on
November 30, 1965 by Tagaytay Lodge 165 was still held in the same chapel. The said chapel was however deemed unsuitable
for degree work, providing no preparation room for candidates with its windows
affording not enough secrecy from cowans and eavesdroppers. In June 1968, after
the initiation of WB Maximiano Toledo, he offered the use of his warehouse
without cost to the Lodge. It was a much
safer from the prying eyes and the Lodge stayed there until the construction of
the present temple. That same month of
1968, the cornerstone laying ceremonies of the present temple was
solemnized. The Grandmaster, MW Joseph E
Schon, assisted by the DDGM RW Manuel Crudo, with the Senior and Junior Wardens
performed the ceremonies in accordance with the ancient form and usage. Then on November 21, 1976 the dedication of
Tagaytay Lodge was effected. MW Edgar L.
Shepley, then Grand Master, likewise accompanied by many Grand Lodge Officers
came to Tagaytay City to perform the consecration and dedication
ceremonies. (based on a document
procured by VW Gemanil)

 

 

Taken from “THE TROWEL” issue of June 17,
2000.

UPDATING
Aug. 4, 2011 will witness the Dedication of the New Lodge. This lodge has been a work of love for VW Abraham Tolentino and the brethren of 165. VW Tolentino’s incumbency as Mayor of Tagaytay City paved different avenues for the construction of this lodge. History with go down with dedication exerted by the leaders of today’s generation.

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