Romeo D. Malasarte was installed as Worshipful Master of Emon Lodge No. 179 of the Free and Accepted Masons of Saipan at the Saipan World Resort on Saturday, Jan. 31.
Malasarte succeeds Daniel E. Banez, who held the position the previous year.
“I appreciate and accept the honor the brethren have bestowed on me by trusting, believing and supporting my travel to this oriental chair. I assure you, in return, that I will do my utmost ability to administer the affairs of our lodge, as well as to promote the interest of our craft and to work for its growth and advancement,” Malasarte said in his remarks.
“Every master mason must consider himself a mentor, teacher, and a symbol of the craft. Let us show to non-masonic public that we are, indeed, a band of men cemented by our special instrument to which brothers may look upon us as an example and inspiration,” he added.
Lt. Gov. Ralph DLG Torres was the inspirational speaker at the installation of new officers. Torres said he hadn’t attended a mason installation before and thanked the members of Emon Lodge No. 179 for giving him the opportunity.
The guest of honor and speaker, Alan La Madrid Purisima, wasn’t able to attend the installation dinner due to personal business and was instead represented by a fellow mason from the Philippines.
Other officers installed include Senior Warden Pepe R. Crisostomo, Junior Warden Joe M. Falaminiano, treasurer Casiano M. Bostre, secretary Wilfredo G. Ching, auditor Daniel E. Banez, chaplain Carlos E. Eslaban Jr., marshal Melvin R. Demonteverde, senior deacon Joselito E. Espino, junior deacon Virgilio E. Zara, lecturer Isagani E. Benoza, orator Pepito O. Reyes, almoner Wendell Posadas, organist Arnel A. Metran, senior steward Saturnino C. Alciso III, junior steward Joel I. Subang, and tyler Elias C. Buenaventura.
Free masonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest fraternity of men, usually comprised of men with good character from every country, religion, race, age, income, education and opinion who believe in a supreme being.
This year is Emon Lodge No. 179’s 23rd installation. It was first founded in 1992 on Saipan. They hold their monthly meetings every second Saturday of the month. There are about 15 to 20 active members on Saipan and their lodge is situated in Chalan Piao.