by VW Victor V.G. Vizcocho III
Sans fanfare nor pageantry, Olongapo City’s Rolen C. Paulino was installed on Friday, April 23 as the 103rd Grand Master of all Masons under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Philippines (MWGLP)
In simple ceremonies at Lincoln Masonic Temple, Past Grand Master Hermogenes E. Ebdane installed Most Worshipful Paulino along with the other elected and appointed Grand Line officers that include Deputy Grand Master Johnny T. Pimentel, and Senior Grand Warden Don Terng R. Uypitching.
“I congratulate you on your ascension to the Grand Oriental Chair,” Most Worshipful Agapito S. Suan, Jr., erstwhile Grand Master said, “I am confident that you will live up to your rank and position, and serve this Grand Jurisdiction in the same manner that you have shown as a very capable and well-loved public servant of the city of Olongapo.”
The day before, MW Paulino was elected to serve as Grand Master in elections held at the Grand Lodge of the Philippines’ headquarters in Manila as part of the 104th Annual Communications (AnCom) of the ancient Fraternity.
Dubbed as “Hybrid Ancom” with virtual attendance from all over the country, and physical participation of a limited number who were required to undergo and clear swab tests, the proceedings were successfully completed under strict compliance to protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases.
MW Paulino is the first Grand Master from Masonic District R3-Zambales since the official launch of the GLP in 1912. The election and his assumption have been postponed from last year due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Raised as a Master Mason in 1996, he went on to serve as Worshipful Master of Lincoln Masonic Lodge no. 34, then District Grand Lecturer before finally being elected as Junior Grand Warden in the GLP’s Annual Communication in Tagaytay City in 2016.
Among notable Grand Masters of the GLP include former president Manuel L. Quezon, Teodoro Kalaw and Jose Abad Santos.
MW Paulino will serve as Grand Master until April 2022.
Very Worshipful Vic V. Vizcocho Jr., Subic Bay News Publisher was also installed Grand Scribe and will serve in concurrent capacity as editor in chief of The Cable Tow, the official publication of MWGLP. (VVGV-III)