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HISTORY OFSUPREMO CONSEJO DEL GRADO 33o PARA FILIPINAS and Gran Logia Nacional deFilipinas

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HISTORY OFSUPREMO CONSEJO DEL GRADO 33o PARA FILIPINAS and Gran Logia Nacional deFilipinas


The Supremo Consejo del grado 33o para Filipinas after having complied with therequisites for the organization was incorporated under the laws of thePhilippines in 1924 and the existence as a private corporation with itsjuridical personality is of public notice. It enjoys the distinction of beingthe first of its kind in the Orient.

With the advent of the Philippine Sovereignty resulting from the declaration ofthe Philippine Republic on July 4, 1946, the legal status of the SupremoConsejo del Grado 33o para Filipinas as an independent masonic power becamemore apparent. But to be politically and masonically independent is not enoughfor international recognition as such is sufficient. In the same way that thePhilippines sought membership in the United Nations Organization and is granteda seat in that body, so the Supremo Consejo del Grado 33o para Filipinas. Forthe Philippines is seeking a seat in the Confederation of the Supreme Councilsfor the obvious reason of bringing about more effectively its works in theimprovements of our moral lot through fraternal attachment to foreign bodies.


For the Glory of the Grand Architect of the Universe, this Masonic power hasworked incessantly for the last sixty-four years thru the will of Him whoregulates the destinies of men and all his creations. In this day (July 4th,1988 of its Diamond Jubilation) the Supremo Consejo del Grado 33o paraFilipinas for the Philippines A.’.A.’.S.’.R.’. first in the Far East expressesits heartfelt sympathy and goodwill to all masons and to all recognized SupremeCouncils of the World, and we hope that this Supremo Consejo del Grado 33o paraFilipinas shall continue its efforts and avowed principles for the ameliorationof humanity.


With its complete A.’.A.’.S.’.R.’. rituals, laws and regulations compatible tothe administration of ancient usages, customs and Land Marks, this MasonicPower exercises control over its symbolic degrees. Ineffable degrees,Historical and Philosophical degrees and Chivalric degrees, or from symbolicaldegrees up. All the symbolic Lodges under the Jurisdiction of the NationalGrand Lodge of the Philippines, the superior bodies, such as the Grand Lodge ofPerfection Lopez Jaena No. 1, the Chapter of Sovereign Princes of Rose-Croix deH-R-D-M- Emmanuel No. 1, the Council of Kadosh Sinukuan No. 1, and theConsistory of Sublime Princes of the Royal Secrets, Dimasalang No. 1, havepledge their unconditional support for the life and glory of this Masonic Powerin the Republic of the Philippines.


The members of this jurisdiction are mostly Filipinos. They are veryenthusiastic in the study of the A.’.A.’.S.’.R.’. rituals, because they areconvinced that such rituals are replete with the highest moral standard andardent love for the brotherhood of men which inspire them to form the sublimestthought and idea of the Highest and Immortality.


We pray to our kind indulgent Father of the Great Family of Men! SupremeIntelligence, Author of Life and Light! to aid us in our efforts to make thisworld more worthy of Thee, and bless with Thy favor our brother who marches torestore the light those who have forgotten These and Thy truth! For theinfinite love Thou bearest to Thy suffering children, aid him and us in ourwarfare against ignorance, and against those who mislead, impose upon, anddeceive Thy people; and make the light of Thy knowledge shine in all thecorners of the earth, Amen.


OUR PAST EFFORTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS


We wish to reiterate that the Masonic culture and civilization long cultivatedin this Archipelago have enriched and broadened the thinking power of theFilipinos and taught them that peace, order and liberty are the aims of everynation and people.


The work accomplished by the Philippine Masonry from 1756 up to the present wasintensified by tireless lovers of progress and emancipators of theircountry-Rizal, Del Pilar, Lopez Jaena, Aguinaldo and others-throughout their lives.The mission was continued with zeal, constancy and ferventness by Timoteo Paezand his Colleagues in 1892, until said Paez together with Felix Polintan andDr. Jose Elchico, all possessing the degree of 33, founded and constituted theaforementioned Supremo Consejo del Grado 33o para Filipinas.


All those present in the Constitutional Assembly approved unanimously theconstitution of a Supremo Consejo del Grado 33o para Filipinas and there wasfavorable reaction on the part of the whole masonic population all over thePhilippines. The will of the masonic population triumphed. VOX POPULI VOX DEI.Pike in his Morals and Dogma, Chapter IV recognizes the validity of the will ofthe people, “But that law which is the fair expression of the will and judgmentof the people is the enactment of the whole and of every individual. Consistentwith pure and abstract right as tempered by necessity and the generalinterests, as contra-distinguished from the private interest of individuals, itis obligatory upon all, because it is the work of all, the will of all, thesolemn judgment of all from which there is no appeal.”


The sixty four years of humanitarian accomplishment of this Supreme Council isa sufficient moral and spiritual guarantee that is masonic personality, powerand independence among the recognized masonic powers in the world, deserveutmost recognition.


The progress, advancement and complete political emancipation of thePhilippines are the products of Masonic principles and teachings implanted inthe heart of the Filipinos and the commendable work performed by our brethrenhere and in the United States, the foremost among them were Rizal, del Pilar,Lopez Jaena, Aguinaldo, Bonifacio, Mabini, Pres. Quezon, Pres. Roosevelt, Pres.Truman and Gen. MacArthur. The many centuries of fearful preponderancemaintained by the friars over this country had been gradually but surelyobliterated out of the people’s minds by inculcating in them the truth andright thinking.


The Philippines is an IndependentCountry:


The Philippines is now a free and independent country. On July 4th, 1946, theindependence of the Philippines was proclaimed by the United States of Americaand recognized by the nations composing the United Nations. The Republic of thePhilippines maintains consular and diplomatic relations with the mostprogressive countries of the world. Its delegates to the United NationsOrganization, headed by Carlos P. Romulo, champion the cause of democracy, andadvocate the closest attachment of all the countries for the permanent peaceand order of the world. We humbly and ardently announce to all Masons of theWorld and to the Confederation of the Supreme Councils, A.’.A.’.S.’.R.’.convoking the generous assistance of the G.’.A.’.O.’.T.’.U.’., that is ourdesire and intention to absorb and shoulder the responsibilities involved inthe maintenance of the Highest Masonic Power (Universal Masonry, PhilippineFamily, First in the Far East), in the Republic of the Philippines, and to workside by side with those Supreme Councils, serve humanity and bring the“sunshine of masonry” to all the world, within the fold of that August Body,The Confederation of the Supreme Councils of the World. This Supreme Council isbut too anxious to help mold the universal morality of men and to propagate anddiffuse masonic principles with her sisters Supreme Councils of theConfederation.

Proclamation of the Constitution:


After the constitution of the Supremo Consejo del Grado 33o para Filipinas onJuly 4th, 1924, following all formalities required for the organization, andall its constituent bodies duly formed, the proclamation of its existence wasduly made and pronounced to the four corners of the world. The proclamationtook place on December 30, 1924 and the whole masonic world took notice of theexistence of a Supremo Consejo del Grado 33o para Filipinas since then.

Sole Masonic Power in the Philippines:


At the time, this Supremo Consejo del Grado 33o para Filipinas was constituted,there was no other Supreme Council or any of its kind, in the existence in thePhilippines. It was founded sixty four years ago amidst the acclamation ofFilipino Masons.

Filipino Masons, believed it is their right to constitute a Masonic Power inthis territory of their birth, they therefore, proceeded to organize forthemselves a Supremo Consejo del Grado 33o para Filipinas.


The Reorganization of the SupremeCouncil:


On April 30, 1927, the “Supremo Consejo del Grado 33o para ESPANA Y SUSDEPENDENCIAS”, clothed ‘Pow.’. Bro.’. W. BRUGGMANN, delegate of that SupremeBody in the Philippines, with authority to reorganize the Supremo Consejo delGrado 33o para Filipinas in order to duly conform to the requirements of thegrand constitutions regulating proceedings of all the recognized MasonicSupreme Power all over the world. The “BREVE MEMORIAL MASONICO” published bythis Supreme Council in the year 1927, graciously include the minutes of thereorganization as

Appendix “A”.


Incorporated Under the Laws of the Philippine Islands:


The Supremo Consejo del Grado 33o para Filipinas was organized and incorporatedon the 4th day of July, 1924 by the incorporators whose names appear in theIncorporation Papers incorporated hereto as Appendix “A”.


The Article of Incorporation states that this Supremo Consejo del Grado 33opara Filipinas is a non-stock corporation and “that the purpose for which thiscorporation is formed are:


“(a) To inculcate the principles of ancient, free and accepted Masonry.


“(b) To issue Charters to, and preservethe regularity of all Masonic Lodges within the Philippine Islands; and


“© To acquire, own, administer, sue and transfer such real and personalproperty as may be necessary for the use of the corporation.”


The third paragraph of the decision of the Securities and Exchange Commissionfor the re-construction of the document states:


“The evidence would, likewise, show that the records of the corporation werebeing kept in the house of its Librarian, located at Calle Bilbao, Tondo,Manila, in front of the Templo Solomon. During the fight for the liberation ofManila sometime in February, 1945, the house of the Librarian was burnedincluding all the records of the corporation that were being kept by him. Inthe search made for its lost records, printed copies of the by-laws were fortunatelyfound. It appears that in reconstructing the articles of incorporation, Atty.Valentin B. Encarnacion, whose assistance was solicited used principally asreference the said printed by-laws in addition to the information furnished himby the Secretary General and the Vice-President of the corporation. One of thecopies of these printed by-laws adopted and submitted as the reconstitutedby-laws of the corporation. In the meeting held on March 23, 1947, the saidreconstructed articles of incorporation as true and complete reproductions oftheir lost originals as far as they could honestly and faithfully recall, andthe same were, likewise, certified to as such by a majority of the members ofthe Board of Directors, the President and the Secretary.”


The Fourth paragraph of the decisionprovides:


“After a careful consideration of the foregoing, the Commission is of theopinion, and so holds, that the reconstructed articles of incorporation andby-laws of the Supremo Consejo del Grado 33o para Filipinas should be, and thesame are hereby filed, in lieu of the originals thereof which were lost ordestroyed as a result of the past war.”


After it was incorporated, this association immediately engaged in theactivities for which it was organized and was never dissolved.”

As shown above, the Supremo Consejo del Grado 33o para Filipinas, is clothedwith juridical personality and enjoys that distinction in the light of thePhilippine law as the first of its kind in the Orient and no other masonicpower with similar or the same name can invade her territory without violatingthe law of the Forum.

Our Part of the Work:


As a vanguard of Masonic Doctrines in the Territory of the Republic of thePhilippines, this jurisdiction shall always endeavor the prostration ofignorance, ambition and hypocrisy.


We consider all men our brethren, irrespective of race, nationality, position,religion or political adherence. We believe in the liberty of thought andconscience as an inherent right of every human being.

The promotion of true justice and progressive civilization is the end of oureffort, which we believe the base of social justice and the instruments thatrender contentment and happiness to every individual.


The function of Masonry are multifarious. We systematically inculcate virtuesto our initiates. The philosophy of Master Mason’s degree is stressed plainlyand effectively for the better understanding of duties, function andobligations of every master mason and to conduct him to the threshold ofperfection.


We aim, too, to labor side by side with the Confederation of Supreme Councilsfor the amelioration and upliftment of mankind, and the effective propagationand diffusion of Masonic ideals, faith and ancient usages.


We love and revere God, the First Cause, the Giver of light and life. Webelieve in Him, who is the giver of human energy without which all humanefforts are futile.


This jurisdiction is ready to assume any other responsibilities God and theAugust Confederation of Supreme Councils may impose.

The Constitution of Another isInconsistent:


The revised constitution of 1875 provides that the power vested on Frederickalone as Fraternity’s World Chief, with the Title of Grand Inspector General.Should be transferred in each country (except in the United States where twocouncils are allowed), to one Supreme Council.


The Supremo Consejo del Grado 33o para Filipinas the jurisdiction of which isco-extensive as that of the area of the Republic of the Philippines, hasalready been exercising its power in the jurisdiction for the last sixty fouryears continuously and in accordance with the existing masonic laws andregulations.


This jurisdiction cannot be regarded as clandestine for its constitution wasopen, public and circular letters sent to all masons and published in fourdailies of wide circulation. So much so, that it can not be spurious, for itsconstitution was headed by three brethren possessing 33 degrees legallyinvested by the Supreme Council of the 33rd Degree for Spain.


We wish to reiterate that before the constitution of this Supremo Consejo delGrado 33o para Filipinas there were already several brethren possessing theGr.’. of 33.


This Supreme Council’s organization is complete – with Lodges under a GrandLodge, a Grand Lodge of Perfection (4o to 14o), a Chapter of Rose Croix (15 oto 18o), a Council of Knights Kadosh (19o to 30o), a Consistory of SublimePrinces of the Royal Secret (Gr.’.31 to Gr.’.32) and the Supremo Consejo delGrado 33o para Filipinas which administers, supervises and regulates allinferior bodies, and all are established with seats in the PhilippinesTerritory. This Supremo Consejo del Grado 33o para Filipinas forms thegovernment of the A.’.A.’.S.’.R.’. in the Republic of the Philippines.


We are confident that the Supreme Council is sufficiently capacitated to carryon the burden ordinarily devolving upon it by virtue of its routinary dutiesand functions as Supreme Council. The constitution of another Supreme Councilwill only complicate matters and will create confusion among Filipino Masons.We pray to all masonic authorities all over the world to recognize the peacefuland orderly condition existing and enjoyed by Filipino masons in thisjurisdiction.


The Filipino Masons:


It cannot be doubted that Filipino Masons are always united in any patrioticmove. In many instances, they have shown their common interest for nationalism,they have worked harmoniously for the betterment and aggrandizement of theircountry, which Rizal, called “The Pearl of the Orient”. In thirty-sevenrevolutions against the foreign yoke, Filipinos fought as one single person. Inour last struggle for freedom which the Americans had generously granted to uson July 4th, 1946, we were united as ever.


Masonically, Filipino masons have common aspirations, ideals and spiritual lovefor their country not found or may be expected from any alien who came to thePhilippines for fortune’s sake.


The most outstanding Grand Lodges in the Philippines today are the GRAN LOGIANACIONAL DE FILIPINAS of this jurisdiction (The Supremo Consejo del Grado 33opara Filipinas) and the Grand Lodge of the Philippine Islands, connected insome way with the Supreme Council of the 33rd Degree for the SouthernJurisdiction of the United States which seat is in Charleston. The members ofthis Jurisdiction, except those newly admitted to the Order, and majority ofFilipino members of the latter Grand Lodge were all affiliated to the “GranLogia Regional de Filipina”, of the “Gran Oriente Espanol” before the fusion ofthe “Gran Logia Regional de Filipinas” and the Grand Lodge of the PhilippineIslands in February 15, 1917. These Filipino masons. Who mostly saw the lightof masonry from the “Gran Oriente Espanol”, shall ultimately be united byvirtue of the common sentiment that are within them and the love for theircountry, dignity and honor.


Our Lodges:


Record shows that our Lodges on February 28, 1925, hardly a year after theconstitution of the Supreme Council, were 33 in numbers. Their names follows:


1. Bagumbayan No. 1

2. Balagtas No. 2

3. Dalisay No. 3

4. Katipunan No. 4

5. Luzong No. 5

6. Sinukuan No. 6

7. Taliba No. 7

8. Pilar No. 8

9. Balintawak No. 9

10. Batingaw No. 10

11. Pinkian No. 11

12. General Luna No. 12

13. Talang Bakero No. 13

14. Moises Salvador No. 14

15. Matandang Sora No. 15

16. Lopez-Jaena No. 16

17. Raxa Soliman No. 17

18. Villaruel No. 18

19. Doctor Jose Rizal No. 19

20. Madre Filipinas No. 20

21. Marcelo H. del Pilar No. 21

22. Andres Bonifacio No. 22

23. Walana No. 23

24. Mutya Ng Silangan No. 24

25. Alimudin No. 25

26. Apolinario Mabini No. 26

27. Isagani No. 27

28. Solidaridad No. 28

29. Minerva No. 29

30. Libertad No. 30

31. Dapitan No. 31

32. Perla del Oriente No. 32

33. Ilaw ng Kalayaan No. 33


Before the World War II broke out in December 1941, there were 84 Lodgesreligiously and conscientiously adhering and supporting the National GrandLodge of the Philippines, under the auspices of the Supreme Council of the 33rdDegree of the Philippines.


Although most of the Temple and masonic halls of the Order had been demolishedor destroyed during the occupation (invasion by the enemies), which render mostof the our Lodges dormant and inactive, nevertheless, rehabilitation sinceliberation was so fast that many have already been reconstituted and new Lodgesfounded in different places of the Philippines under this Jurisdiction.


Those 33 aforementioned Lodges had 1,462 members in 1925, all regular masons ofthe Universal Masonry, Philippine Family. Before the World War II itsmembership reached the total of over 4,000 masons. In not very far distance,when our extensive rehabilitation work is over and completed our adherents willbe tremendously many. We shall continue working and will not be satisfied untilthe aims and purposes for which masonry is dedicated triumph this jurisdiction.


Special Points to be Considered:


In support of the foregoing facts and arguments, we beg to present to thatAugust Body, the Confederation of the Supreme Councils of the World, thefollowing authorities quoted in brief for Confederation’s consideration:


“DEUS MEUMQUE JUS” God and my right.

“The Thirty-Third and Last Degree of the Ancient and Accepted ScottishRite”……..”


The Assembly is styled a Supreme Council, only one of which isallowed in any country except the United States, where there are two.”…. TheBook of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, By Charles T.McClenachan, 33o.

“We are gathered here to participate in one of the most unprecedented most farreaching events in all recorded history. Without the violence, bloodshed, therevolution which usually attend such happenings, a great people are to attaintheir complete freedom and independence, and a new nation is to be constitutedto take its place at the World’s conference table.”


“With the beginning of the Republic of the Philippines, a new example of humanjustice, human dignity and friendly relations between great people will havebeen established, and entirely new concept of international relationships willhave been given to all mankind. This is a great day for the people of thePhilippine Islands, but it is also a very great day for the United States ofAmerica. It is a great day for the friends of freedom all over the earth.” –(First two paragraphs of the speech of Senator Millard E. Tydings at theindependence ceremonies held at the Luneta on the morning of July 4, 1946)


PRAYER

WITH THE AID OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE AND IN VIEW OF THE FOREGOING, this SupremeCouncil hereby respectfully presents and submits its affiliation to theConfederation of Supreme Councils for the effective management and supervisionof the Masonry’s sacred design in the Republic of the Philippines andthroughout the world, where its humanitarian services may find pleasure to helpand assist. A seat in that August Body is accordingly solicited in order tocontribute in the designing of the moral rehabilitation of mankind; to profitby the deliberation of the Confederation of the Supreme Councils and to fullyvest the applicant with authority and materials necessary for the moral andspiritual perfection of humanity.

Manila, Philippines, July 4th, 1949.


El Gran Commendador


TIMOTEO PAEZ 33o


Manuel Paredes Luciano L. Bernabe

Isidoro de Santos Prudencio A. Remigio

Elias Asuncion Ruperto F. del Castillo

Vicente Liwanag Pascual Casimiro

Felix Polintan Pablo B. Herrera

Pascual Lintag Jose T. Santiago

Santiago Barcelona

Presidente de Altas Camaras Filosoficas

P. Casimiro

Pantaleon Garcia

Jose A. Ortega


El Gran Maestre de la Gr.’. Log.’. Nacional de Filipinas


P. Casimiro

Presidentes de las Camaras Simbolicos

Jose Ponce y Gonzaga No. 7

Candido L. Montales No. 18

Sinforoso B. Pedro No. 4

Emiliano Vicente No. 16

Luciano L. Bernabe No.6

Lamberto Claudio No. 11

Benigno Pabalan No. 14

Roman Custodio No. 15

Manuel Paredes No. 8

Tereso Solis No. 12

P. Casimiro No. 5

Emilio Dominguez No. 1

Dalmacio Monroy No. 19

Iluminado B. Planas no. 3

Vicente C. Unson No.2

Jose C. Santiago No.21

T. Gomez No. 20

Agustin P. Aquino No. 13

Elias Asuncion No. 9

C. Amante No. 10


Articles of Incorporation

of the Supremo Consejo del Grado 33o para Filipinas


KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:


That we, the undersigned, all of whom are residents of the Philippines Islands,have this day voluntarily associated ourselves together for the purpose offorming a non-stock corporation under the laws of the Philippine Islands.


AND WE HEREBY DECLARE:


FIRST. – That the name of the corporation shall be “Supremo Consejo del Grado33o para Filipinas”


SECOND. – That the purpose for which such corporation is formed are:

(a) To inculcate the principles of ancient free and accepted Masonry;

(b) To issue charters to, and preservethe regularity of, all Masonic Lodges within the Philippine Islands; and

© To acquire, own, administer, sell, and transfer such real and personalproperty as may be necessary for the use of the corporation.


THIRD. – That the place where the principal office of said corporation is to beestablished or located in the City of Manila, Philippine Islands.


FOURTH. – That the term for which said corporation is to exists is fifty (50)years from and after the date of incorporation.


Fifth. – That the names and residences of the incorporators of said corporationare as follows:


Name Whose Residence is at


TIMOTEO PAEZ Manila

JOSE T. SANTIAGO Manila

PRUDENCIO REMIGIO Manila

FELIX POLINTAN Manila

DR. JOSE ELCHICO Manila

PABLO B. HERRERA Manila

PASCUAL CASIMIRO Manila

LUCIANO BERNABE Manila

RUPERTO DEL CASTILLO Manila

VICENTE LIWANAG Manila


Sixth – That the number of directors of said corporation shall be five (5), andthat the names and residences of the directors who are to serve until theirsuccessors are elected and qualified as provided for by the by-laws are asfollows to wit.


Timoteo Paez Director – Pres. Manila

Ruperto del Castillo Director Manila

Pablo B. Herrera Director Manila

Dr. Jose Elchico Director Manila

Vicente Liwanag Director Manila


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our hands and affixed the seal of thecorporation this …. day of July, 1924.


(SG.) TIMOTEO PAEZ

RUPERTO DEL CASTILLO

PABLO B. HERRERA

JOSE ELCHICO

VICENTE LIWANAG


SIGNED IN THE PRESENCE OF:

(SGD.) (SGD.)


UNITED STATES OF AMERICA )

PHILIPPINE ISLANDS ) s.s.

City of Manila )


On this ……. of ……………….., 1924, before me a notary public in and for the City ofManila, Philippines, personally appeared:

TIMOTEO PAEZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manila

RUPERTO DEL CASTILLO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manila

PABLO B. HERRERA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manila

JOSE ELCHICO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manila

VICENTE LIWANAG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manila


known to me to be the persons whose are subscribed to, and who executed the foregoinginstrument, and each of them acknowledge to me that he freely and voluntarilyexecuted the same.


IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of myoffices this …….. day of July, 1924, at the City of Manila.

(SGD.) NOTARY PUBLIC

_____________________________________

Republic of the Philippines

Department of Justice


SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

IN REPETITION FOR RECONSTRUCTION  OF THEARTICLES OF INCORPATION AND BY-LAWS

SUPREMO CONSEJO DEL GRADO 33o PARA FILIPINAS, PETITIONER


D E C I S I O N


On May 30, 1947, a sworn petition for the reconstruction of the articles ofincorporation and by-laws for and on behalf of the Supremo Consejo del Grado33o para Filipinas. Notice of said petition was duly published in the “LasNoticias”, a newspaper of general circulation in the Philippines, edited inManila, in its issue of June 2, 1947; inviting interested parties to inspectthe same, together with the other papers and documents relative to the case,and file their opposition thereto, if any. At the hearing of the petition heldon June 21, 1947 at 10:00 a.m. nobody appeared to contest the same.


From the evidence presented, it would appear that the Supremo Consejo del Grado33o para Filipinas was incorporated sometime in July, 1924, by ten persons fora term of fifty years, and was organized for the purpose, principally, “toinculcate the principles of ancient free and accepted Masonry”.


Five of the ten incorporators, Messrs. Timoteo Paez, Jose T. Santiago, FelixPolintan, Pablo S. Herrera and Luciano Bernabe are already dead and the rest,namely, Prudencio Remegio, Dr. Jose Elchico, Pascual Casimiro, Ruperto delCastillo and Vicente Liwanag are still connected as members. No amendmentwhatsoever has been made to the articles of incorporation and by-laws.Immediately after it was incorporated this association immediately engaged inthe activities for which it was organized and was never dissolved.


The evidence would likewise, show that the records of the corporation werebeing kept in the house of its Librarian, Located at Calle Bilbao, Tondo,Manila, in front of the Templo Solomon. During the fight for the Liberation ofManila sometime in February, 1945, the house of the Librarian was burnedincluding all the records of the corporation that were being kept by him. Inthe search made for its lost records, printed copies of the by-laws werefortunately found. It appears that in reconstructing the articles ofincorporation, Atty. Valentin B. Encarnacion, whose assistance was solicitedused principally as reference the said printed by-laws in addition to theinformation furnished him by the Secretary General and the Vice-President ofthe corporation. One of the copies of these printed printed by-laws was adoptedand submitted as the reconstituted by-laws of the corporation. In the meetingheld on March 23, 1947, the said reconstructed articles of incorporation andby-laws were approved by the majority of the members of the association as trueand complete reproductions of their lost originals as they could honestly andfaithfully recall, and the same were, likewise, certified to as such by amajority of the members of the Board of Directors, the President and theSecretary.


After a careful consideration of the foregoing, the Commission is of theopinion, and so, holds, that the reconstructed articles of incorporation andby-laws of the Supremo Consejo del Grado 33o para Filipinas should be, and thesame are hereby filed, in lieu of the originals thereof which were lost or destroyedas a result of the past war.


IT IS AS ORDERED.

Manila, Philippines, July 7, 1947.

 

 


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