New Millenium Highlights

New Millenium Highlights

The years that followed saw numerous other milestone achievements. Bro. Enrique Locsin was elected Grand Master for the year 1997-1998. The Lodge commemorated its 25th Anniversary in 1999 with a Yearbook project that documented the first comprehensive accounts of the History of the Lodge and of the Masonic life of Jacobo Zobel y Zangroniz himself. The arrival of the New Millennium prompted the Lodge to cope with the times. On April 1, 2004, Bro. Noel Baluyot developed the Lodge’s first ever Internet website. Although short lived, the website would be resurrected much later with its own domain name by Bro. Jing Iya, et.al. November of that same year, in commemoration of the Lodge’s 30th Anniversary, a quarterly newsletter was likewise initiated.

That too became short-lived in favor of the more effective Internet-based communication. The years 2004 and 2005, the terms as Worshipful Masters of VW Horacio Gonzalez and WB Porfirio Pasay respectively, also saw the formation of the Jacobo Zobel Y Zangroniz Memorial Foundation as a non-profit organization that would expand the activities of the members of the Lodge beyond and outside the confines of the Masonic fraternity. It was even supported by the Zobel de Ayala family as signed by Don Iñigo Zobel. In 2012, during the occassion of the Remembrance Rites for Hero-Masons at the Jacobo Zobel Masonic Temple, another milestone was to take place after the ceremonies.

The street that housed the said Temple was afterwards officially renamed from Dao Street to Jacobo Zobel Street. The move was first initiated by Bro. Richie Rodtriguez, et.al., along with the officers of the Lodge that year. The unveiling of the new street sign was attended by GLP Centennial Grand Master, MW Santiago Gabionza Jr., along with other District and Grand Line officers. At present, most of the American members from years passed have long since returned to the US. The Lodge, however, continues to grow and produce prominent and well-mannered members. Thanks to the efforts and determination of the elder members whose contributions are still being enjoyed today. It can be said that Jacobo Zobel Memorial Lodge has gone a long way for the past 43 years. Trials and hardships may have been experienced along the way, but the Lodge utilized them as the building blocks of its success. The Lodge today enjoys a quality membership that spans the wide spectrum of good men coming from all walks of life, working together for the common good of Freemasonry and Society.