Gen. Artemio Ricarte, on 25 February 2011 - 09:04 AM, said:
I find this very interesting, Xangreal, since MSU DeMolay Club and the UPLB DeMolay Club shares very similar roots. Like the MSU DeMolay Club, the UPLB DeMolay Club existed before the local chapter was instituted. The Club was created in 1979 in UPLB and it eventually "gave birth" to Mt. Makiling Chapter in 1984. And also, the sisters (both Job's Daughters and Rainbow) who were students of the University joined together and established the Nexus Filiae Sorority, which became the counterpart of the UPLB DeMolay Club.
The interesting part is that while the Club remained as an exclusive organization for DeMolays, the NF evolved and now also accepts females who are not members of JD or Rainbow; it still exists up to now, even after the establishment of Ma. Makiling Assembly.
And another similarity would be the sometimes strained relationship with the sponsoring body. I think it must be due to the "distinct character patterned after the fraternity tradition of the campus"; fortunately, it has never reached a point where Makiling Lodge withdrew its sponsorship of the Chapter. I even feel that, due to the strained relationship brought about by the "crisis" of the late 80s and early 90s, this even strengthened the lodge since a lot of residents at that time resolved to join the lodge later on to ensure that its sponsorship of the chapter would not disappear. This is just my opinion, though.
Keep the stories coming.
PS. I have a cousin who is married to a brother from University Chapter. You might know him. Alam mo naman, maliit ang mundo.
Indeed bro., in fact I suppose most campus based DeMolay formations, like in UPLB, MSU, Siliman, etc...share common experiences. Of the same mold and breed ika nga, hehehe. Perhaps the environment of being enclosed and living together in one campus, sharing the same day-to-day life experiences and facing common challenges contributed to the cohesion and deeper appreciation of what fraternal ties and brotherhood is all about. We experience on a day to day basis the concept of sharing - from relationship problems, toothpaste, cologne, yosi, clothes, to codigo and exam answers, etc... In the campus we have no one to depend on for care and protection except our Brothers. Our Order became our family, our home away from home. And because of this, our strong fraternal ties extend even beyond our campus life.
Admittedly, like any DeMolay Chapter we had a roller-coaster relationsip with some members of our sponsoring lodge before. A relationship that is typically a "father-son-love-hate" relationship. A relationship that any DeMolay will understand better when he becomes a Dad Mason. I am just glad that there are Senior DeMolays from our extinct Chapter who are now members of our Sponsoring Lodge, in fact their newly installed Worshipful Master is a pioneering Senior DeMolay of the erstwhile MSU DeMolay Club. Now the Lodge had reaffirmed its commitment to the DeMolay movement by sponsoring again the new DeMolay Chapter in the campus. I admire the UPLB DeMolay Club for maintaining their organization as well as the Nexus Filiae - a most positive innovation to the Philippine DeMolay movement we should all learn and appreciate.
I might know that brother from University Chapter who is married to your cousin, that is if he survived before or with the batch of year 1987. I was already out of campus in 1988. Can you please PM me or give me hint about his identity, as we are currently tracing the whereabouts of our DeMolay University Alumni.
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