The DeMolay movement in the Philippines can now boast of one hundred (100) Chapters nationwide for active DeMolays.
On February 19, 2020, the Supreme Council, Order of DeMolay (SCOD) of the Republic of the Philippines approved the creation of the CENTENNIAL BANTAYANG BATO CHAPTER in Santa Rosa, Laguna as the 100th DeMolay Chapter in the archipelago.
“We have finally reached 100 active chapters and it comes before the Centennial culminating event on March 8,” CGM Adriano B. Durano III ecstatically pointed out.
Last December 12, 2019, the Bantayang Bato Masonic Lodge No. 447 led by its Worshipful Master Rodrigo S. Fernandez, Jr., unanimously approved a resolution calling for the establishment of a new chapter.
The formation of a new DeMolay Chapter was brought up and presented by Brother VW Felipe “Toti” del Rosario III during the said Masonic Lodge’s stated meeting in November 2019.
The BBML447’s Resolution of Sponsorship and Petition of Letters Temporary was recommended for approval to the SCOD by Brother Jon Franklin B. Gagaring, the Region’s Executive Officer and Brother Ericson B. Atanacio, the Jurisdictional Deputy Grand Master for Luzon.
The said Masonic Lodge took special cognizance of the civic awareness and leadership development the Order of DeMolay can offer to the school boys in the area.
All in all, with the inclusion of six (6) Knighthood Priories, DeMolay in the Philippines presently counts to one hundred six (106) various chapters/priories all over the country.
During March 16, 2019 celebration of the Centennial year of the Order at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), the figure, inclusive of the Knighthood Priories, was at 100. Ninety-four (94) Chapters and six (6) Priories.
ONE IN DeMOLAY!
Credits to Bro. Tito Cruz, Chevalier