Grand Masonic Lodge of the Philippines
Grand Masonic Lodge of the Philippines is a constituent lodges of the Grand Lodge of the Philippines work form of the American Webb Ritual, closely aligned to Californian forms. Consequently, lodges open in the third degree, and conduct normal lodge business at separate meetings.
Consequential to its parentage in the masonic sense, the highest degree are popular in the Philippines, particularly the Scottish Rite. The majority of Philippine lodges meet at a time between 2 PM and 7 PM, and meetings are followed by a fellowship. Toasts in the English sense are not known, although there may be a few short addresses, and visitors recognized.
The dress used by Philippine masons is almost invariably the Barong Tagalog, which is a national-type dress. It consists of a particularly fine jusi, worn with open neck, and dark trousers. These barongs often feature coloured embroidery. Visitors are welcome to wear a lounge suit, or jacket and tie, but they might feel slightly out of place in such attire. Hence, some lodges provide barong to visitors if only to allow one to come in properly clad. Visitors can bring and use their own regalia, although this will be supplied to those without it.
Visitors to the Philippines are advised, in the first instance, to make themselves known at the Grand Secretary's Office in Manila, if possible. If wishing to visit elsewhere in the Philippines, the visitor can obtain all details and assistance there. Alternatively, a full directory of lodges is published annually in the Grand Lodge's periodical.
- Grand Masonic Lodge of the Philippines homepage (accessed on August 16, 2007)
- Grand Masonic Lodge of the Philippines (accessed on August 8, 2007)