Solidaridad Lodge No. 23

The Name

                Solidaridad is Spanish for "solidarity." It was the name of a review published by Filipino patriots in Spain, and the name of two old lodges founded by Filipinos in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain.

The Lodge

                In 1910 the lode under the Gran Oriente Espanol-Taliba, Balagtas, and Lusong Lodges -suffered reverse be kwa they agreed to merge as one lodge to Solidaridad code.It was the same name which the members of the Propaganda Movement in Spain gave to the lodge that they founded in Barcelona and to that which they established in Madrid. On January 11, 1911 Grand Delegate Valentin Polintan of the Gran Oriente Espanol authorized the constitution of the lodge pending receipt of its charter from Spain. The following May, the charter was issued and on the 19 of said month the lodge was officially installed.

                 In February 1917 following the unification of Philippine Masonry, the lodge transferred it allegiance to the Grand Lodge of the Philippine Islands and became known as Solidaridad Lodge No. 23

                Solidaridad had 81 members in 1917 but thereafter it roster decreased and fluctuated between 30 and 50 in number Nevertheless, it had several prominent members of the community on its rolls. Among them were Bernabe Bustamante it Master in 1911 who was with Marcelo del Pilar in Spain, Jose Generoso, it Master in 1920 und 1921 who became a Senator and later sat on the Supreme Court, and Faustino Aguilar, Undersecretary of Labor and author of best selling Tagalog novels, Guillermo F Pablo, later Supreme Court Justice. The others were Eugenio Benitez, Victor Buencamino, Fidel A Reyes, Emilio Pestano, Felino Simpao, Francisco Tolentino, Enrique Teotico, Juan del Rosario, Fabian Regodon, Jose Gammad. Pastor de Guzman, Ricardo San Agustin, Federico Thomas, Geronimo D. Ascue. Leandro Ronquillo, David Baltazar and Avelino Baltazar.

                Shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, Solidaridad Lodge lost several members. In 1940, it had only 26 on its rolls. It was reactivated when peace was restored, but the members found it hard keeping the lodge alive. In 1950, therefore, Solidaridad Lodge consolidated with Dalisay No. 14 and the two became Dalisay-Solidaridad No. 14. In 1951, however, the member decided to drop Solidaridad, so the lodge is now known simply Dalisay Lide No. 14