Friday, September 13, 2013

4th Meeting, Filipino Masons, Sydney Area, 11 January 1992 at Winsome Ave, Plumpton

I found an original copy of the minutes of this meeting. The following is a facsimile of the meeting. Personal details, such as home addresses & contact numbers were deleted due to privacy.


"In attendance:

1. Bro Jimmy Estrera, Plumpton 2761 - Capitol City Lodge No 174 [GLP]

2. VWBro Cecilio R. Uy, PDDGM, Michinbury 2770 - Araw Lodge No 18 [GLP]

3. WBro Vergel E. Valderrama, Russell Lea 2046 - St John-Corregidor No 3 [GLP]

4. Bro Romy S. Nieto, Bossley Park 2176 - Waratah Lodge No 166 [UGL NSW & ACT]

5. VWBro Ruperto J. Demonteverde, Jr., PDDGM, Belfield 2191 - J Zobel Lodge No 202 [GLP]

6. Bro Ben Demano, Jr., Eastern Creek 2766 - Kalantiao Lodge No 187 [GLP]

7. WBro Mat H Armonio, Doonside 2767 - Makawiwili Lodge No 55 [GLP]

8. Bro Ramie Tirol, Plumpton 2761 - Iloilo-Acacia Lodge No 11 [GLP]

9. WBro Jose G. Santos, Doonside 2767 - Bataan Lodge No 104 & Malolos Lodge No 46 [GLP]

10. Bro Rey Reodica, EAM, Doonside 2767 - Lodge Alpha (Blacktown) [UGL NSW & ACT, will be passed on 8 February 1992.]


11. Bro Rey Reyes of Pilar Lodge No 15 [GLP], who called up to follow as soon as his commitment is over. He called up later , he can not make it. Croydon Park 2133. He is the painter in the group.

12. Bro Dick Palenzuela - Cosmos 8 & Noli Me Tangere 148 [GLP]

13. Bro Mar Baylon - Lincoln Lodge No 34 [GLP]

"Agreed to name the organization as Filipino Travelers Masonic Club.

Elected as Chairman to preside the meeting VWBro R J Demonteverde, Jr.

Appointed Bro Jimmy Estrera as Vice Chairman, Bro Tirol as Secretary-Treasurer, VWBro cecilio Uy & Bro Reodica as a committee of two, to take care of the next meeting and Valentive Affair in February 16, 1992 in Nurraginggy Park. All unanimously agreeing.

For the first time, a group of dedicated Filipino Freemasons, residents/immigrants and plain visiting Brethren in Sydney and suburbs met one night in early October this year [most likely 1991] for the purpose of establishing a Register of Philippine Masons in NSW. They met in Winsome Street, Plumpton and hosted by Brother Jimmy Estrera of Capitol City Lodge no 174, Q. C. In attendance were Past Masters Joe Santos of Bataan Lodge No 104, and Mat Armonio of Makawiwili Lodge 56 Roxas City, Bro Jimmy Tolentino of Union No 70, and dual Lodge Cosmos 8 and Noli Me Tangere 148 member Dick Palenzuela. Bro Innocencio Malinis of Baulkham Hills, previously of Noveleta, Cavite Lodge, did not make it to the meeting.

It was like an ordinary Square and Compass meeting, when Masons do meet in foreign places and warm to the idea that there are brethren around. Square and Compass meetings are actually social ocassions for furthering fellowship over a cup of coffee and bottle of beer or wine. And exchanging pleasantries and hardnews of home and country, work and family. And of course, our Lodges.

There are of course WBro Valderrama of Lodge Waratah, Balmain, Bro Perfecto Mendoza, of Bataan Lodge No 104 and a host of others, residing in and around Sydney area, who are equally active in Masonry hereabout. The UGL of NSW & ACT is in communication with the GLP.

"In the dark as well as in the light, Masons must communicate." All NSW Philippine Masons please send in your name and Lodge name and number (Philippines) to WBro Jose Santos and Bro Jimmy Estrera. A Register of Philippine Freemasons residing in and around Sydney and of the whole of NSW is being prepared."

Released for publication: Square & Compass Club (Phil) of NSW, 30 November 1991

Published in the Philippine Community News, January 1992 issue, Sydney Australia

J. G. Santos, 15 January 1992.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

FilMasons Victoria Induction: 23 Aug 2013

The President-elect of the Filipino Freemasons of Victoria, Bro Mac Bongcaron extends his invitation to his Induction Day. Below is the FilMasons Vic letter of invitation:

"Fraternal greetings to all the brethren and families.

The brethren of the Filipino Freemasons Association of Victoria Inc. wishes to invite all the brethren and the ladies of Filipino Freemasons of N.S.W. to our Induction of Officers on August 23, 2013, Friday at 6:00 p.m. at Millennium Reception and Function Centre, 45 Fourth Avenue, Sunshine. The attire is Smart Casual and the cost is $50.00 each.

Fellowship will be on the following day, August 24, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Western Masonic Centre.

It would be great if you could attend this memorable day."

Respectfully and brotherly yours,

Wor. Bro. Fidel Oray
Secretary, Filmasons Victoria
P.O. Box 5164, Cairnlea, 3023 VIC

Condolences to Bro George Arreza & to the Causon Family

It is with sadness that we offer our deepest condolences and prayers to the family of Bro George Arreza and the Causon family on the passing of Mrs Cathy Arreza Causon.

Below is the schedule for both viewing & interment:

Viewing: 01 Aug (Thursday) 5-9pm, Pinegrove, Kington St, Minchinbury

Burial: 02 Aug (Friday) 1:30pm, Mass at St Aidan's, 9 Adelaide St, Rooty Hill

Then interment at Pinegrove Memorial Park, Kington St, Michinbury

Snacks: Will follow. Place (TBA)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Our condolences to WBro Louie & Bro Gerry Reyes

The mother of our Bro Luis Reyes & Bro Gerry Reyes- - Mrs Rosario "Charito" Torres Araullo Reyes [8 August 1931 - 21 September 2012; recently passed away last Friday. Details are as follows: Viewing: Thursday, 27 Sept from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Guardian Funeral Homes, 388 Forest Road, Hurstville NSW [Tel 9580 1554] Funeral: Friday 28 Sept 10 AM Mass at St Gabriel's Catholic Church, 18 Salisbury Ave, Bexley NSW [Tel 9502 4231] Interment to follow after Mass at Woronora Cemetery, Sutherland NSW Wake to follow at Oatley Masonic Centre, 13 Letitia St, Oatley NSW.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

My tribute to our Brother Al Toledo – 30 Sept 2011

"One by one they pass away, the Brothers of our adoption, the Companions of our choice. A Brother whose hand we have clasped in the bonds of Fraternal Fellowship is now passing from our sight, and we know that we shall meet him on Earth no more."

At the outset, please accept my apologies for not being here physically tonight. I know that our Brother Al Toledo will understand my previous commitment. I thank Bro Rudy for sharing this to you tonight.

This is my third eulogy this year, I guess the saying that these unfortunate things come in threes. Some people dread giving eulogies & speeches, but I do take the view that it is both an honour & privilege to ask to give a tribute to a loved one. This is especially true to a good person like our Brother Al Toledo.

Brother Al and I have several similarities, I guess that is the reason that Sister Heidi requested me to say a tribute to him: we both come from Cavite, we both worked at TAFE and we are brother Masons.

I call him brother in the truest & sincerest meaning of the word – and he was a brother to me & us all. You’ll see a lot of men here with Square & Compasses – rings, pins, hats, etc. These are Freemasons – his Masonic Brothers; & together with their partners; forms his Masonic family.

For those who does not know of his membership in Freemasonry; Brother Al Toledo was initiated, passed & raised in Gen Emilio Aguinaldo Lodge No 31 in Kawit, Cavite long before he migrated here in Australia. Being a Caviteno, and him proudly telling me that the Lodge is just next door to their house in Kawit; his family has had a long history with Masonry. He’s a member of the Filipino Freemasons Association of NSW for more 15 years; one of the almost original members.

Although not a religion and we don’t have a formula for salvation, Freemasonry asked its adherents to believe in a God; whatever he conceives him to be and the immortality of the soul. That same toleration and respect of other’s people beliefs - whether political or religious, sets it apart from other associations & fraternities. It only asks that you follow what you believe in faithfully, never discuss those beliefs inside the Lodge to prevent animosity among those who believe differently.

Masonry also teaches the tenets of Brotherly love, relief & truth – it teaches a good person to be a better person; a better husband, a better father, a better brother, a better son, a better citizen. By being a better person, it reflects that one forms part of and contributes to a better family and society.

Why I am telling you about this is not to encourage or ask you to become one – as Freemasonry does not solicit membership. It is up to a good man of good repute to apply for membership.

The only reason I am letting you know about these; and they are not secrets & you can Google them; is that this is a part of who Bro Al Toledo is and was to me. He lived that same tenets & philosophies in his short life. I may not know him as his family does. I can only tell you what I know him to be – a good person, a faithful friend, and a true and a worthy Mason. He is slow to anger, and he will get angry at the perceived injustices committed to those he love.

See his pictures in the program, that is his patently original and always smiling face; whether he sees you in the mall, in the streets of Mt Druitt or in the Lodge. With an extended hand he will greet you “How are you? or Kumusta” with that same smile.

Your concern is always his concern. His last words & advice to most of us when we visited him in Mt Druitt Palliative Care is: “God gave us this body to take care of; if you feel anything wrong with your body please have it checked straightaway.”

Bloody very typical of Bro Al, there he lays in bed in pain, thin and frailty and dying and advises you to take care of yourself! This is the Brother Al I know and I am so sure that this is the same Bro Al you all know. As I’ve said before in the last two eulogies I gave; one to a long time friend dying of cancer as well & my 92 year old mother - they are not perfect but they sure do left us with great memories that we have immortalized them not only in our minds but also in our hearts.

I could go on and on talking about Bro Al, but since there is another tribute I would like you to pay tribute to our Brother Al by having your blood tested, do your colonoscopies especially if you are over 50 – which I think most of you are and just listen & respect yours and our bodies – it is a gift from God and we must take care of it. Brother Al wants us to live a little bit longer, happy, healthy and without pain. And that is our Brother Al!

As Gandhi said "Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts."

Bro M. Baylon Jr

[I am happy to say that Sis Heidi Toledo & daughter, Vanena liked the eulogy/tribute from the FilMasons' perspective.]

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bro Alejandro Toledo Drops Working Tools: 22 Sep 2011

Remembering the life of Bro Alejandro 'Al' Toledo
March 10, 1947 - September 22, 2011

It is with regret to let you all know that our Bro Alejandro 'Al' Toledo dropped his working tools last 22 September 2011 at Mt Druitt Palliative Care.

Sis Heidi informed us that the viewing will be held at Guardian Funerals, located at the Corner of Sunnyholt Road & First Avenue in Blacktown [walking distance from Blacktown Railway Station]; this Friday, 30 September from 5 to 9 PM.

Funeral Mass the following day, Saturday, 1 October 2011 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of the Angels, 1 Wellgate Ave (cnr Withers Road)  Rouse Hill NSW.

Followed by interment at 12:30 PM at Castlebrook Memorial Park, Windsor Road Rouse Hill NSW.

Followed by lunch at the Toledo residence also in Rouse Hill.

The FilMasons family offer their condolences, prayers & sympathies to Sister Heidi, their children and family.

Bro Al Toledo was initiated, passed & raised at Emilio Aguinaldo Lodge No 31 in Kawit, Cavite and is an affiliate member of Lodge Alpha No 970 in Blacktown NSW under the United Grand Lodge of NSW & ACT.

He was a long time member of FilMasons.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Happy Easter and AGM 2011

Marilyn and I wish each of you and your families a safe and solemn Easter.

Let prudence direct you, temperance chasten you, fortitude support you, and justice be the guide of all your actions, [especially with double demerits in force].


Luis 'Louie' Reyes


Brethren & Ladies,

May 21 is our next meeting in preparation for our AGM. At the AGM, the future of the Club will be discussed & hopefully we will elect another set of officers.


M Baylon Jr