Monday, August 6, 2007

A History of Philippine Masonry

Bro Ben Apacible reported the visit of the Deputy Grand Master of the Gran Oriente Espanol/Grand Lodge of Spain in the Philippines last month in search of the Grand Lodge which they patented in 1924.

Our research showed that the 27 lodges under the Gran Logia Regional de Filipinas , under the Gran Oriente Espanol, BROKE OFF and AFFILIATED with the Americans - Grand Lodge of the Philippine Islands with their 10 lodges in 1917 under the reason of FUSION.

When the FUSION did not happen, the lodges REVERTED back to the Gran Oriente Espanol.

In 1924, a DISPUTE aroused between the Grand Master of the Gran Logia Regional de Filipinas and the Grand Delegate of the Gran Oriente Espanol. This dispute resulted to the formation of two (2) Grand Lodges , namely : the Supremo Consejo del Grado 33 Para Filipinas , which BROKE OFF, and the Gran Logia Soberana del Archipelago Filipinas.

In 1924, the Gran Oriente Espanol granted a Patent to the Gran Logia Soberana del Archipelago Filipinas. This Grand Lodge has dwindled reportedly to only one (1) lodge located in Manila. This Grand Lodge is NOT recognized by the GLPI / GLP.

It is interesting to note that BREAKING OFF is an INDEPENDENT ACT. The same is true for affiliating. What a history of Philippine Masonry. For Masonic education of Filipino Masons. Please pass.


After reading a lot of masonic history, it can be concluded that all Grand Lodges were created by INDEPENDENT ACTS of the Lodges.

Bro Ben had already written about the history of the Grand Lodge of Japan which BROKE OFF from the GLP. There is the history of the United Grand Lodge of the Philippines (UGLP) of Leyte-Samar which BROKE OFF from the GLP. the Independent Grand Lodge of the Philippine Islands (IGLPI) which BROKE OFF from the GLP, the Grand Lodge of the Philippine Islands (GLPI) which BROKE OFF from the Grand Lodge of California.

On April 4, 1888, some 160 Lodge representatives met for the purpose of merging the Gran Oriente Nacional with the Gran Oriente de Espana. The result was a new Grand Lodge to be known as Grande Oriente Nacional de Espana. In the election, the Viscount of Ros, Alfredo Vega was elected Grand Commander.

MIGUEL MORAYTA BROKE OFF from the newly organized Grande Oriente Nacional de Espana, airing charges that the election was FRAUDULENT.

With over 90 Lodges, he organized the GRAN ORIENTE ESPANOL on January 9, 1889 with a goal of actively propagating Masonry in the Philippines.

What Masonic history teaches us is that GRAND LODGES COULD BE CREATED WITHOUT PERMISSION OF ANYBODY...

Please pass for Masonic illumination.

Bro Jim Bantolo

2 comments:

nyaw said...

A pleasent fraternal greating to you my brother.

Yes, all that you have said it true in a sense. What came into my mind is about the charter?

Of course, Grand Lodges could be created without permission of anybody, true, as can be seen through history. But is that body duly recognized? The same goes for a person practicing medicine, or a group willing to do social work. Each of these must have a form of accountability, a license, or a duly recognized registration if you may. So that not only your peers, but people with the same virtue will believe who you really are.

On that premise, I can say a Grand Lodge could be created. I would like to hear from you soon.

RmOlano said...

Greetings too, my Brother.

A Charter is a legal instrument issued by the Grand Lodge as an evidence of the recognition hence, authorization to conduct official Masonic work under the jurisdiction of supervising or "higher" body.

To your question regarding charter, who or what "higher" body can issue a "Grand Lodge Charter" to make it meaningful when each Grand Lodge is independent from each other? We all know there is only ONE Supreme Grand Lodge that reigns over all other Grand Lodges and its pretty hard to get a written warrant from the Supreme Grand Master from what we can deduced.

I must assume that you would agree that a fancy piece of paper with impressive calligraphy proclaiming the legality of a group signed by few of ordinary men can be described as what it is--- a parchment of self-proclaimed importance.

Each Grand Lodge derived its power based from what was given by as agreed upon by at least 3 legally constituted Masonic Lodges. Grand Lodge is a group of Lodges not a group of distinguished Brothers. Grand Lodge charter is not about piece of paper nor a legal instrument but of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth-- it is about the a real practice of "morality veiled in allegories and illustrated by symbols" by of those "who composed such Lodges."

F/
Bro Rudy Olano
Hanford Lodge No. 279 (CA)