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Filipino Freemasons open Plaridel Lodge in Victoria

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At the Consecration of Plaridel Lodge No. 1893 of Freemasons Victoria on 18 September 2019 - PH Honorary Consul in Melbourne Felix Pintado, Grand Chaplain, Freemasons Victoria, with delegates from the Grand Lodge of the Philippines (L to R) Oliver Yabut, - Assistant Grand Secretary, Agapito Suan Jr - Grand Master, Teodoro Kalaw IV – Senior Grand Lecturer, Edgardo Villareal – Junior Grand Lecturer, and Manuel Idquival – Assistant Grand Treasurer.

MELBOURNE, Australia (23 September 2019) – Plaridel Lodge No 1893 was officially opened on 18 September in the State of Victoria led by 68 Victorian Freemasons of Filipino ancestry.

The consecration of Plaridel Lodge, named in honor of Philippine hero and Father of Philippine Freemasonry Marcelo H. del Pilar, was attended by Grand Lodge of the Philippines Grand Master Agapito Suan Jr. The number 1893 commemorates the year when lodges of native Filipinos were first organized in the Philippines.

While Plaridel Lodge is subordinate and holding obedience to Freemasons Victoria, it has been permitted to, subject to appropriate conditions, work the ritual and ceremony of the Grand Lodge of the Philippines. Keith Murray, the Grand Master of Freemasons Victoria, was also present in the event. END

At the Consecration of Plaridel Lodge No. 1893 of Freemasons Victoria on 18 September 2019 – Delegates of the Grand Lodge of the Philippines with Keith Murray, the Grand Master of Freemasons Victoria, the Foundation Members of Plaridel Lodge and Grand Officers of Freemasons Victoria who conducted the ceremony.

At the Consecration of Plaridel Lodge No. 1893 of Freemasons Victoria on 18 September 2019 – Some of the 70 Foundation members of Plaridel Lodge in their lodge dress and distinctive lodge regalia posing with the Grand Master of Freemasons Victoria, Keith Murray and the Grand Master of the Philippines, Agapito Suan Jr, together with other Grand Officers from both jurisdictions.

At the Installation of the First Master of Plaridel Lodge on 21 September 2019: Foundation Members of Plaridel Lodge No. 1893 of the United Grand Lodge of Victoria (Freemasons Victoria) with delegates of the Grand Lodge of the Philippines.

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