I felt so awkward when the unexpected plaque was presented I can only blurt "Maraming salamat po" when Kuya Ramon asked me to speak.
But after things have settled down and reflecting on such humbling moment, may I just spit out what I could have said:
"May I first express my gratitude to Kuya Boy who rightly or wrongly deemed me deserving of such a recognition. But it would be presumptuous for me to receive this distinction since there are far more better men than I am in the Lodge. May I then accept this plaque in behalf of the brethren of Model Lodge No. 373 whose companionship I cherish, whose devotion to the craft continue to inspire me, whose unselfishness made things easy, and who are far more outstanding masons than I am."