To our GOHS, Very Worshipful Roberto B Fajardo, PGSB who will be properly introduce later; the ever dynamic VW Reynaldo A. Garcia, District Deputy Grand Master of NCR-E; the multi tasking guru VW Federic G. Sagario, District Grand Lecturer; the ever supportive, kind and jolly WB Ato Ponce, GLI; VW sirs, Worshipful sirs, dignitaries on the floor, brethren, relatives of frankies, friends of masons, good afternoon.
I have only four things in mind, but this is not the four encounter rules that we have. This is my rule, hehe.
First, I would like to thank the people who in one way or the other helped, inspired and made me of what I am today. Of course, my parents, 2Lt Victor C Magno, Sr (PC Ret) and his better-half Normalita, who came all the way from Oceanside, California. The joy of my life; Ma. Christine, my wife, please stand to be recognized (without your approval then, during my knocking period, for sure there will be no “Together Brethren” for me to say. Thank you and I love you) and our four loving sons; Gian Carlo, Albert II, Julian Wyatt and Maximus Martin. I hope someday when you are able, you will also ask how to see the light and how to become one. I will not recruit you guys, you should ask me or ask your daddies out there. To VW Belli Tamayo, kuyang sir, thank you very much. I owe you my craftsmanship. VW Belli was the one who vouched for me almost four years ago. Take note, he did not recruit me, OK? Thank you for your trust sir. Of course the members of the Outstanding Lodge, Frank Reed Horton Memorial Lodge # 379, please stand to be recognized, thank you for keeping your faith in me (you may now take your seats). And to the members of Philippine National Police Academy Patnubay Class of 1995, please stand to be recognized. Thank you also for keeping your faith in me as your Class President. Thank you bords as well as kuyangs for joining me on this momentous day of mine.
Second, as I now sit in the oriental chair, rest assured my dear Frankies that the prestige and outstanding accomplishments that was set upon by our Past Masters (please stand to be recognized), will be continued. I believe the Master’s chair is nothing without your chair, my elected and appointed officers. So let us make this Masonic Year 2016 a fruitful, memorable and enjoyable one. We have so many things to do, especially for those children of Brgy Saplad, Minalin, Pampanga (adlib). Yung mga mumunting ngiti na sumasalubong sa atin sa tuwing tayo ay dadalaw, nakakapawi nang pagod. Let us always be of service brethren. This year, we will also serve those who serve.
Third, let us embrace the changes that are being undertaken by the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines. For all we know, the circulars and edicts were crafted for our common good and for us to become “More Better”. Let us bear with the wisdom of our Grand Master and the forthcoming Grand Master.
Fourth and last. For the members of the craft, particularly the Frankies, let us continue preserving the time valued Masonic Solidarity that has been set forth by our fore brothers, by being Stronger Together and United as One.
And I end with a quote from an anonymous writer: And I say,
“Life is a journey with problems to solve, lessons to learn, but most of all, experiences to enjoy.”
Let us focus on the journey not the destination. Thank you and magandang gabi po.