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IT’S ‘‘Masonic Week’’ in Cagayan de Oro.

The city council declared the week––from April 19 to April 25––as Masonic Week in time for the 93rd Annual Communication (Ancom) of The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines. The activity will be hosted by the Lodge’s Districts RX-A and RX-B from Thursday to Saturday.

On motion of Councilor Ramon Tabor and second by Councilor Adrian Barba, Resolution no. 9606-2009 was unanimously passed by the city council during its regular session last March 31.
In its resolution, the council recognized Freemasonry as the oldest and most revered fraternal organization in the world and of having contributed much to the growth of communities through its outreach and civic action programs.

“In furtherance of their quest to master the craft under the providential guidance of the Great Architect of the Universe, Masons have gone a long way in serving the community as many of them are holding key positions in the government, thereby affording them better opportunity to help those in need of government’s immediate attention,” reads a portion of the resolution.

“In order to focus public attention on the Masonry and in recognition of the Freemasons’ contributions to the growth and development of the community, there is a cogent need to set aside a time for public awareness to the programs and activities given impetus during its Ancom,” Tabor said.

The Ancom kicked off yesterday with the start of registration of the delegates and various sports on the following days, including the Ancom Golf Tournament at Pueblo de Oro Golf and Country Club, Ancom 2009 Airsoft Tournament at Muligan Field and Ancom 2009 Cagayan de Oro Grandmaster’s Cup Invitational Shooting Competition, a PPSA Level 1 sanctioned match at the NMPSA Firing Range, Camaman-an.

Other events lined up for the week include the unveiling of the Masonic Marker of Cagayan de Oro City at the Cagayan de Oro Port Area in Macabalan, courtesy call on city and provincial officials, and the Annual Convention of the Grand Guild of Past Masters of the Philippines at the Emperor Room, Grand Caprice.

The 93rd Ancom officially starts on Thursday with opening rites at The Atrium of Limketkai Mall which will feature Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno as keynote speaker. The day’s festivities will culminate with the Grand Master’s Night honoring outgoing Grand Master Pacific Aniag.

The Ancom concludes on Saturday, with the installation of the Grand Lodge Officers at the Grand Ballroom of the Pryce Plaza led by Peter Lim Lo Suy, the first ever native-born Cagayanon Grand Master of the Grand Lodge to grace the brotherhood’s highest elective post.

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