“To alleviate the sufferings of differently abled children and assist them to be independent and productive member of our society.”
Masonic Charities for Crippled Children’s mission is to provide medical, surgical and rehabilitation intervention to differently abled children.
In 1908, Sis. Mary Johnston, wife of Bro. Daniel S.B. Johnston (who was a Freemason) established the Mary Johnston Hospital in Tondo, Manila. It is capable of housing 55 patients that accepts maternity and orthopedic cases. They started assisting Polio Victims during its outbreak in 1920’s. Freemason were inspired to organize the Masonic Hospital for Crippled Children, now Masonic Charities for Crippled Children, Inc. (MCCCI) on July 24, 1924.
Among the “Founding Fathers” of this corporation were Frederick H. Stevens and wife, Wenceslao Trinidad, William W. Larkin, Joseph M. Schmidt., Teodoro M. Kalaw, Sr., Manuel Camus, Vicente Carmona, and Gonzalo C. Go Quiolay. To this pioneering “Founding Fathers’ we owe the present institution. Majority of our Founding Fathers eventually became Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines.
The Masonic Ward for Crippled Children housed at the Mary Johnston Hospital opened its doors to five children on September 23, 1925.
The Masonic Charities for Crippled Children, Inc., is a non-stock and non-profit corporation. It is mainly supported by its investment income and the annual contribution of all Freemasons under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines. In addition, it receives donations and legacies.
The Masonic Ward is operated and maintained by Orthopedic Surgeons and other medical specialist with extensive training and experience here and abroad.
In partnership with Smile Train, Inc.-New York in 2006, MCCCI started to treat patients afflicted with Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate.
On May 23, 2014, a Twenty (20) Beds capacity Masonic Children’s Orthopedic Ward was inaugurated at the UP-Philippine General Hospital to house its beneficiaries and other Orthopedic Pediatric Patients.
MCCCI has Regional Units, in Baguio (administered by Fernando M. Lacsamana in cooperation with Medical Specialist Dr. James C. Paggao and VW Dr. Antonio T. Tactay), in Naga- Bicol (Unit Representative David Severo in cooperation with Benjamin Villanueva, Treasurer and Crisostomo D. Lacuesta, Medical Director) and in Legazpi-Bicol (Jerome C. Lee is the Unit Representative; Medical Director Dr. Karlo Jacob and Mr. Ryan Lim). MCCCI is the oldest institution dedicated to alleviate the plight of crippled children in the Philippines.
New MCCCI Board of Trustees
MW Abraham N. Tolentino- Chairman
RW Romeo S. Momo- President
RW Rolen C. Paulino- Vice President
VW Efren T. Arayata, Jr.- Corporate Secretary
VW Adriatico T. Tee- Assistant Corporate Secretary
VW Gregorio M. Monreal- Treasurer
VW Dennis L. Cunanan- Assistant Treasurer
VW Erwin Pio B. Bollozos- Internal Auditor
VW Alfonso A. Villaroman- Medical Director
MCCCI has been providing Medical, Surgical and Rehabilitation assistance to indigent patients afflicted with Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate, Juvenile Cataract, Club Foot, Blount’s Disease, Congenital Rickets, Scoliosis, Genu Varum, Genu Valgum, Chronic Osteomyelitis and other orthopedic cases since 1924.
MCCCI will continue to partner with Philippine General Hospital, Bicol Medical Center, Bicol Regional Training & Teaching Hospital and Smile Train until MCCCI thru the support of the Most Worshipful Grand lodge of the Philippines and other supporting clubs and affiliates will have its own Hospital.