RW Agapito S. Suan, Jr.
IN ONE OF THE SWIFTEST TECHNOLOGICALLY-ASSISTED ELECTIONS in recent memory, a new Senior Grand Warden hailing from the southern regions of the archipelago was elected in the person of Right Worshipful Agapito S. Suan, Jr. during the 100th Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines.
It seems that RW Suan was destined to be placed in the Grand South this year as he was among those that survived the nerve-wracking raffle in the selection of the final candidates—besting the supposedly early favorites, and had to go through two rounds of elections in under an hour to emerge as the true and uncontested victor in this year’s elections.
Born on november 20, 1958, rw jun as he is fondly-called is no stranger to success and hard work. as a working student-scholar at la salle university ozamis taking up BS Commerce majoring in Accountancy, RW Jun slowly worked the banking industry after graduation with employments at PBCom and Metrobank in Cagayan de Oro City and even worked as an internal auditor of the Mindanao hotel in the late 70s.
Now, our Right Worshipful brother is the accomplished head of his own business empire composed of substantial interests in companies such as Ultracraft Advertising Corporation, Ultrawinds Mountain Resort, Ultra Farms, DXRU Radyo Ultra, Jolibee Foods Corp. in Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, and Opol.
He sits on the Board of Trustee of La Salle University Ozamis and is affiliated with Rotary Club of uptown Cagayan de Oro (Paul Harris Fellow), Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry (former Board of Trustee), young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), (President 2012), Outdoor Advertising Association of the Philippines (OAAP) (Mindanao Chapter President: 2010–2012), and the Opol Livestock & Poultry Operators Association (OLPOA).
rw jun’s Masonic journey started when he knocked on the doors of Macalajar lodge no. 184 on august 18, 1984 and raised the same year as a Master Mason on the 25th of october.
in 1992, he ascended the worshipful Master’s chair of his mother lodge and was adjudged “Most outstanding worshipful Master in 1993. in 2001, he was appointed district deputy Grand Master during the administration of the late Mw napoleon a. soriano, PGM and was chosen as the “Most outstanding ddGM” the following year.
during the term of Mw eugenio s. labitoria, PGM the following year, he served as junior Grand lecturer for north central Mindanao. our present Senior Grand warden is a 33rd degree inspector General honorary of the ancient and accepted scottish rite of freemasonry, belonging to the Mindanao Bodies of cagayan de oro city.
he is also a member of the agila shriners as (divan) first ceremonial Master in 2014.
rw jun is married to our lovely sister clarissa Mae G. suan and is a proud father to a brood of four, namely, atty. lordan G. suan, lariza nieves G. suan, agapito eriberto G. suan, and Mary clarisse G. suan.
when asked about his plans and programs for the fraternity when he ran for his present position, rw jun said, “unfortunately at present, we have become too concerned with complicated issues that have brought controversies and conflict to the craft and we may have overlooked the real purpose of freemasonry. More emphasis therefore must be directed towards the observance of our traditionally held values, those which have made this fraternity strong, united and distinct from the rest for generations.”
rw jun said that his proposed program therefore will revolve around the principal tenets of our craft: “Brotherly love, relief and Truth.” it is his belief that this is where we have built the foundation of our institution and this is what we must at all times propagate. he cites that no intelligent man can question these universally accepted precepts, and yet ironically, our members often take them for granted.