Freemasonry, an intellectual movement with roots tracing back to 1717 England, spread across Europe fueled by nationalist ideals. In the 19th century, it emerged in the Philippines as a civic movement, fostering fraternity and good works. Notable figures like Emilio Aguinaldo, the first Philippine president, and national hero Jose Rizal were associated with Freemasonry, reflecting its impact on the nation’s history.

Today, Freemasonry continues as a volunteer association focused on self-improvement and moral, intellectual, and spiritual growth. Martin Ozaeta, a successful entrepreneur, shares his journey into this brotherhood:

  • The Spark of Curiosity: Ozaeta’s initial curiosity, sparked by a friend’s conversation, led him to explore Freemasonry further.
  • A Journey of Self-Discovery: Through attending orientations and becoming a Master Mason, Ozaeta found a deeper understanding of himself and the values of humility, unity, and openness.
  • Inspiration from Humble Professionals: Ozaeta was inspired by the lodge members, successful individuals who embodied humility and a strong sense of community.
  • Personal Growth, Not Personal Gain: His aspiration was not about titles or benefits but about learning from others and growing as a person.
  • A Destiny Unveiled: Ozaeta believes his path to Freemasonry was destined, leading him to greater self-awareness and personal development.
  • Family Support: Ozaeta’s wife, Emmar, and son, Maro, have been pillars of support in his Masonic journey.
  • Values of Unity and Charity: Ozaeta was drawn to Freemasonry’s emphasis on unity, brotherhood, and charitable contributions to society.
  • Building Better Men: The organization’s focus on building a strong foundation for personal growth and making a positive impact resonated with him.
  • A Higher Calling: Ozaeta’s faith played a significant role, believing God led him to Freemasonry for a purpose.
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Martin Ozaeta’s story exemplifies the power of Freemasonry. It’s a journey of self-improvement, guided by the principles of brotherhood, humility, and a commitment to making a positive difference in the world. As the Masonic saying goes, “Good men made better.”

In Ozaeta’s words, “My inspirations and aspirations of becoming a Mason was not only driven by the greatness of the brotherhood, but it was driven and it is still driven, by continuous self-improvement that I get from the brotherhood.”

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