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Ermita, Manila, Philippines — National Capital Region
Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines
Plaridel Masonic Temple
 
Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines Marker Photo, Click for full size
By I.G.V.Atajar, January 1, 2003
1. Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines Marker
 
Inscription. In Tagalog:
Nagunguna, Independiente at Pambansang Institusyong Masoniko. Itinatag ng tatlong Lohiyang Amerikano sa pahintulot ng Grand Lodge of California ng Estados Unidos ng Amerika, sa kumbensyon sa templo ng masoniko, San Luis (ngayon T.M. Kalaw) Maynila noong Disymebre 19, 1912. Unang punong maestro si Eugene Stafford, kinilala ng 77 Gran Lohiya ng Estados Unidos, Inglatera, Ireland at Scotland, 1917. Sa pagkakaisa ng mga mason, pinagsanib sa pamamagitan ng pagsapi ng Regional Grand Lodge of the Philippines ng Gran Oriente Espaņol ng Madrid sa kasunduan nina William H. Taylor, Eugene Stafford at Newton C. Comfort ng Grand Lodge at Manuel L. Quezon, Tedoro M. Kalaw at Tomas Earnshaw ng Regional Grand Lodge, 1917. Inihalal so Taylor ng punong maestro at si Quezon, pangalawang punong maestro sa unang Eleksiyon, Binili ang Plaridel Masonic Temple sa Plaridel Temple Associaton upang maging himpilan, 1937. Inialay ang panandang pangkasaysayan sa pagdiriwang ng Diamond Jubilee, Disyembre 19, 1987.

Rough English Translation:
Leading, Independent and National Institute of Masons. Founded by three American lodge members under the guidance of the Grand Lodge of California of the United States of America, under the conventions of the temple of masons, San Luis (now T.M. Kalaw) Manila on December 19, 1912. The first chief instructor was Eugene Stafford, recognized by 77 Grand Lodges of the United States, England, Ireland and Scotland, 1917. Combined with the membership of the Regional Grand Lodge of the Philippines and the Grande Oriente Espaņol of Madrid, arranged by William H. Taylor, Eugene Stafford and Newton C. Comfort of the Grand Lodge and Manuel L. Quezon, Tedoro M. Kalaw and Thomas Earnshaw of the Regional Grand Lodge, 1917. Taylor was elected the head instructor and Quezon as the second chief instructor on the first election, purchased the Plaridel Masonic Temple and Plaridel Temple Association for the headquarters, in 1937. Humbly presented for the historical celebration of the Diamond Jubilee, December 19, 1987.
 
Erected 1988 by National Historical Institute.
 
Location. 14° 34.75′ N, 120° 59.38′ E. Marker is in Ermita, Manila. Marker is on San Marcelino Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1440 San Marcelino Street, Ermita, Manila 02 521, Philippines.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Associacion Feminista Filipina (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Cosmopolitan Church (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Philippine General Hospital (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Plaza Olivia Salamanca (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Central United Methodist Church (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Church of San Vicente de Paul (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Ang Simbahan ng Nuestra Seņora de Guia (approx. one kilometer away); Sa mga Bayani ng Lungsod ng Maynila (approx. 1.3 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Ermita.
 
Regarding Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines. The Grande Oriente Espaņol is the oldest traditional Masonic body in Spain.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2009, by I.G.V.Atajar of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 3,218 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on December 4, 2009, by I.G.V.Atajar of San Jose, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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