Malasarte leads Emon Lodge


Romeo Malasarte, third from left, poses for a photo with family and installing officer Felix Mendoza last Saturday evening. (Erwin Encinares)

A new set of officers were installed into the Emon Masonic Lodge on Saipan at the Grandvrio Resort last Saturday evening.

Romeo D. Malasarte now leads the Emon Lodge on Saipan as the new most worshipful master of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines. Also installed were Joel I. Subang as senior warden, Leo P. Canedo as junior warden, Joselito C. Espino as secretary, Wilfredo Ching as treasurer, and Daniel E. Banez as auditor. The organization also swore in new members.

“In this coming year, let us guide those who desire admission, serving as a faithful and trusted brother. Let us teach those willing to learn, so that they might do the same for another; and let us participate and lead those who look to us, so that they might follow in our footsteps and later seek our counsel,” said Malasarte in his brief remarks.

Felix Mendoza, from the Philippines, served as the installing officer for Malasarte and the newly sworn officers.

According to Mendoza, the close-knit relationships and camaraderie of the Emon Lodge will guide it well in its future activities. He cited as an example the Philippine Masons for leading outreach programs each year, such as donating wheelchairs to indigenous children.

Malasarte noted during his remarks that his motto for this year is to “let your light shine so that others can see their way out of the dark.”

“We as Freemasons can strive to be better men,” Malasarte said. “We say that Masonry makes good men better, so let us follow through with this in our everyday lives and our actions at lodge.”

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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