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NAGA CITY LODGE No. 257

The NAME

          The  name  is named after the largest city in the Bicol region.  Naga is the  Bicol word for the narra tree (pterocarpus indicus).  It also refers to the figuredhead on the prow of ships and to wild ducks.  Naga City was the  seat  of  Nueva Caceres,  the bisphoric that during early times was a thriving international port.  Greek and Russian family names traced to marines and traders, still exist in this city.

 

The LODGE

          This  lodge  was conceived on April 11, 1981 by twenty-seven  Master  Masons,  twenty -six  of  whom were members of Isarog lodge No. 33. Led by Eugene L. Ong,  Ludovico Madrid,  Tomas Reyes, Jesus Raquitico, Thomas T. Enrile, Pablo N. Roco, Hargun K. Ramchand, Dilip Lalwani, William Blevins, Cayetano Zantua, Lazaro Vargas and Rafael Flameno, the founders commisioned Eugene Ong, Tomas Reyes and Gorgonio Portuguez to present  to the  Grand lodge their petition for issuance of a dispensation to form a lodge.  The three met with incoming  Grand  Master  Simeon Rene Lacson on April, 1981 and  on  May  14, 1981, when  he was already the Grand  Master,  MW  Lacson  issued  the  requested dispensation.  Named Dispensation officers were Eugene L. Ong, Worshipful Master; Benito S. Ngo, Senior Warden and Pedro S. Pimentel, Junior Warden.

          Naga City  Lodge  had a running start. In less than a year it held twenty meetings, initiated ten petitioners, passed four brothers and raised three to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.  Based on its performance, the Grand Lodge granted it a charter during the annual communication held in April 1982 and assigned to it the number 257. On July 24, 1982, Grand Master Rudyardo V. Bunda, with the assistance of Grand Lodge officers and other Masonic dignitaries duly constituted Naga City Lodge.