Worshipful Master's Inaugural Address
VW Roseller M. Malabanan, District Deputy Grand Master NCR-E, VW Miguelito M. Aquino and VW Rosalio H. Remo our District Grand Lecturers, RW Fernando V. Pascua Jr., Honorary Deputy Grand Master and our installing officer, VW Sirs on the Floor, Worshipful Sirs, Brethren, my family, friends, ladies and gentlemen good evening.
Tonight’s event marks the 39th Public Installation of Elected and Appointed Officers of our beloved Lodge Andres Bonifacio No. 199. I am humbled for the unanimous election bestowed on me by my brethren. On the other hand, I consider it an honor to be voted upon as your Worshipful Master for this year with the corresponding responsibilities to rule and govern our Lodge with the collective efforts and support of all elected and appointed officers together with our brethren. Let us demonstrate our sincere dedication of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth for the benefit of our Lodge and Freemasonry as a whole.
Our Theme for this year is “Leadership, Friendship & Service.” This is chosen to continuously remind each of us that we are duty bound to reflect and assist all our brethren most especially our newly obligated brothers in the application of all the virtues and tenets we have learned in the preceding degrees.
Allow me therefore to expound our theme on the basis of my personal experience. Leadership, is a charism in inspiring everyone for the accomplishment of our vision and mission in a higher degree. Let us strive to be a shining example in the manifestation of a true leader which will at the end of the day, spell out the success and prosperity of our Lodge.
Friendship, is a byword by almost all organizations. However, friendship in Freemasonry is the sincere demonstration of being a friend at any given time whether in need or in plenty. Friendliness exemplifies cordial brotherhood among everyone. A smile gives joy to a weary heart which can strike lasting friendship.
And lastly, Service means giving yourself to anyone in need whether materially, emotionally, physically or spiritually. Master Masons are not “men with pins on their lapel, rings on their fingers and emblem on their cars.” They should also be of service in uplifting the lives of many. One touch on the right key and Masonic enthusiasm simply pours out from members and willing to give each day’s work or two, of whatever we can spare to serve our brethren, our community and our ancient fraternity.
To sum it up, the degrees of Freemasonry are among the most beautiful ceremonies of the world. They should be inspiring, uplifting, heart warming and lovely to remember.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to convey my heartfelt gratitude to the brethren of Andres Bonifacio Lodge No. 199 for their continued trust and confidence in me as well as all the elected and appointed officers, I would like to thank my family who is very supportive of me in all my masonic activities, my wife Vivien and my only son Ivan Christopher. Thank you also to all our brothers from other Lodges, friends of masons and to all of you who came to witness our 39th public installation and above all I would like to thank the Supreme Ruler of the Universe. May HE continue to shower on us with blessings, wisdom and guidance for the ensuing masonic year.
May we always be a mason by heart, creed and deed. Maraming Salamat po at Mabuhay ang Andres Bonifacio Lodge No. 199.
Noel R. Loyola
Worshipful Master 2013
Andres Bonifacio Lodge No. 199