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MASONRY

Masonry (or Freemasonry) is the oldest fraternity in the world. No one knows just how old it is because the actual origins have been lost in time. Probably, it arose from the guilds of stonemasons who built the castles and cathedrals of the Middle Ages. Possibly, they were influenced by the Knights Templar, a group of Christian warrior monks formed in 1118 to help protect pilgrims making trips to the Holy Land.In 1717, Masonry created a formal organization in England when the first Grand Lodge was formed. A Grand Lodge is the administrative body in charge of Masonry in some geographical area. In the United States, there is a Grand Lodge in each state. In Canada, there is a Grand Lodge in each province. Local organizations of Masons are called lodges. There are lodges in most towns, and large cities usually have several. There are about 16,000 lodges in the United States, with over 4.5 million Members, ABOUT 400 LODGES IN THE PHILIPPINES, DISTRIBUTED ALL OVER THE ARCHIPELAGO AND IN THE MOST PROGRESSIVE AND DEVELOPED PROVINCES, CITIES AND TOWNS.    FREEMASONRY BEING A PROGRESSIVE MORAL SCIENCE BASED ON TRUTH AND MORALITY,  MASONS ARE  SYNONIMOUS WITH  GODFEARING,  PROGRESSIVE FREEDOM-LOVERS, COMMUNITY ORIENTED  GOOD CITIZENS, PROMOTERS OF EDUCATION FOR ALL AND  DEDICATED TO THE COMMON GOOD.  
If Masonry started in Great Britain, how did it get to America and the Philippines ? 
In a time when travel was by horseback and sailing ship, Masonry spread with amazing speed. By 1731, when Benjamin Franklin joined the fraternity, there were already several lodges in the Colonies, and Masonry spread rapidly as America expanded west. In addition to Franklin, many of the Founding Fathers — men such as George Washington, Paul Revere, Joseph Warren, and John Hancock — were Masons. Masons and Masonry played an important part in the Revolutionary War and an even more important part in the Constitutional Convention and the debates surrounding the ratification of the Bill of Rights. Many of those debates were held in Masonic lodges.
Likewise Philippine Freemasonry flourished  from the early 1800s, producing the noblest heroes and personalities of Philippine history. Eventually the moltitude of Philippine Masonic Lodges formally united in the year 1912, under the MW Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of the Philippines, which turned 100 years old in 2012.  Many of the prominent Filipinos who dedicated their entire lives to the cause of freedom, and many of those who died  for the freedom of the Fatherland, during the colonial era and during Japanese occupation, were Freemasons. such as the Brains of the Revolution Dr. Jose RizalMarcelo H. del Pilar, Apolinario Mabini - ; The Leader of the KKK or Katipunan  Andres Bonifacio - ;  The First President of the (first) Philippine Republic Emilio Aguinaldo ;  The writer, journalist, and famous orator, founder of “La Solidaridad”  Graciano Lopez Jaena; Generals of Philippine Revolution : Artemio Ricarte, Mariano Alvarez, Santiago Alvarez, Antonio Luna, Pio Del Pilar, Gregorio Del Pilar, Miguel Malvar, Mariano Trias, Vicente Lucban, Martin Delgado, Licerio Geronimo, and patriots  Jose Alejandrino, Juan Luna; Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos (killed by the Japanese army in WWII);  Presidents Manuel L. Quezon, Manuel Roxas, and Jose P. Laurel; to name a few names of the long name list of Philippine Masons who dedicated their entire lives to Philippine independence, freedom, and progress. A historical reality (conveniently ?) ignored by school History textbooks written by presumably improvised and ignorant textbook writers or anti-mason bigots, is that the almost totality of the Filipino who fought for the freedom and independence of the Philippines either with guns in the battlefields,  or spreading the powerful IDEALS of freedom, equality and independence for the Filipino Nation, were Masons (or Freemasons). Also Masons were the  Great Presidents of the Philippines (listed here above).   
Gen. Douglas McArthur, hero of World War II, was made a Mason in the Philippines.
National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal, a dedicated Mason, is  an example of all moral and social Virtues, a multifaceted genius, great writer, Godfearing, a true Philippine Patriot, a  man gifted with  love for knowledge, love for freedom and equality for all : the perfect example of Philippine Freemason for all People and all times