The History of the Jacobo Zobel Memorial Lodge is a tale that is still being told. It is an ongoing saga with chapters yet to be written. However, like any good story, we must attempt to retell the tale from the very beginning.
The Birth of the Lodge
In early 1973, many Masons residing near and within Makati decided to set up a new Masonic Lodge in their area. They were Bros. Ruperto Demonteverde Sr. (then Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the Philippines or GLP), Ruperto Demonteverde Jr., Simeon Rene Lacson, Ernesto Gonzales Sr., Teotimo Juan, Eduardo Gonzales, Norberto San Mateo Jr., and Antonio Beltran. They filled the petition to the Grand Lodge of the Philippines on December 20, 1973 in forming the said new Lodge under the name of a Mason who was the patriarch of the Zobel De Ayala family – the most prominent land owners and developers of Makati. The name was Jacobo Zobel y Zangroniz.
A Dispensation was granted by then Grand Master, Bro.Ruperto Demonteverde Sr. on January 11, 1974, and the said Lodge Under Dispensation soon opened on February 21, 1974 at the Plaridel Temple of the GLP, and with Bro. Ruperto Demonteverde Jr. as the presiding Master. A resolution was also made to inform Don Enrique Zobel de Ayala that a Masonic Lodge honoring his grandfather was being created.During the GLP’s Annual Communication for that year,the Charter to formally create the said Lodge was finally approved. It was Bro. John Wallace, the new Grand Master for the ensuing Masonic Year, who granted a Dispensation on June 20, 1974 for the Lodge to continue temporarily at the Pio del Pilar High School.
On November 15, 1974, the Lodge was officially constituted and its Charter received. Thus was born the Jacobo Zobel Memorial Lodge No. 202. The occasion, held at the Hotel InterContinental in Makati, included the installation of the Charter Officers of the Lodge. It was likewise graced by Don Enrique Zobel de Ayala himself as Guest Speaker.