April 21, Friday (Day -1) - Nine of us boarded a plane from Winnipeg to Vancouver in the evening of April 21, 2012. Travelling with us were: RWB Doug Webster, SGW, and Lady Valerie Webster; RWB George Mann, PDDGM, and Lady Joanne Mann; WB Roy Van Luven; WB Grant Jago and Bro Raul Bulaong. Our Air Canada flight was delayed for a little over two (2) hours. The layover at Vancouver was originally three (3) hours so we made it to our connecting flight from Vancouver to Manila. Well, there were a lot of Winnipeg passengers on the Manila flight so Philippine Airlines (PAL) waited. It was a 13-hour flight from Vancouver to Manila. We had two (2) meals and two (2) snacks and a lot of time to sleep and prepare for our trip-of-a-lifetime. The main objective of the trip was to attend the 96th Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Philippines to be held in Naga City from April 26 to 28.
In the back of the picture above are, from L to R: Bro Raul Bulaong (L, standing); RWB George Mann; and Sis Joanne Mann. In the foreground of the picture above are Sis Valerie Webster (L) and RWB Doug Webster (R).
In the second picture are WB Roy Van Luven (L) and WB Grant Jago (R), showing the books they started to read.
We arrived in Manila at past 6 AM, "losing" a day in the flight to the west.
You can access more information about this beautiful memorial by clicking here.
Bro Conrad Cabrera points to a Cabrera listed on the wall.
Here are pictures of the Chapel in the Cemetery.
He was detained in a cell in the Fort from November 3 to December 28, 1896, charged with rebellion, sedition and formation of illegal societies (including Masonic Lodges). His court sentence was read at 6 AM on December 29, after which he was kept in an improvised chapel until he walked to Bagumbayan Field, where he was executed.
It was a very long day for all of us from Winnipeg. Thus ended our first day in the Philippines - an excellent start of our two-week sojourn.