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scouts’ honor

Posted in architecture, artifacts, events, food, lifestyle, locales, people with tags , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2009 by mijodo


sprucing up the scout rotunda 

(Another article from

There is this swath of an area at Quezon City that is almost bounded by the main arteries of Timog and Epifanio De Los Santos Avenues. This is where the gentrified homes of the 60s and the 70s have been slowly but surely swallowed up by the bursting commercialism and the exuberance of night time entertainment these days.


Before the 90s, this area had this genteel quality that signified sterile upper middleclass family living.  Homes then were considered palatial to today’s standards with large manicured gardens lined up upon streets after streets.  Peculiarly the streets have the last names of certain Philippine Boy Scouts hence the name Scout Area. However the area’s original name was Project One, particularly before the early 1960s.


During that time, Max’s at Scout Tuazon was the ultimate family dining experience, as everyone got honest to goodness spring size fried chicken with bread roll on the side. Of course, if one wants to go classy, then there was Alfredo’s Steak House owned by the Araneta Family at Morato Avenue corner  and Scout De Guia Avenue to partake some juicy t-bone steak.


And during the middle 80s there was a section of  the Scout Area along Morato Avenue where ”tiangges” (flea markets) sold garage sale wares (movie posters, movies in betamax format), hard to find food favorites (espasol, lechon baka), and ready to wear branded export items.(original or not).


Although the Scout Area is a relatively joyous neighborhood, many still may not know, that its streets are named after young Boy Scouts who had come from prominent families and perished while en route to a supposed momentous occasion. In 1963, among the many youths who had been screened, twenty were chosen to participate in the 11th  World Jamboree which was held in Greece. They were given a send-off ceremony at the then Manila International Airport. The scouts together with their Doctor and Scout Master, Dr. Lazcano wore their uniform but were in salakot (native hat) as they boarded the KLM plane. However on July 28th, after they had transferred plane, all 24 members of the Philippine Boy Scout contingent plunged into the waters of Bombay, India on board United Arab Airlines.


As the fatalities involved young men, the news shocked every Filipino. To the scouts’ respective families, it was an assault to the budding aspirations and dreams of the lost loved ones. Masses and necrological services were offered for their untimely demise. In their honor, eventually, a mausoleum was erected at North Cemetry. And in time, streets were named after each member of the contingent. And finally, a fitting monument was put in place at the rotunda of Timog and Morato Avenues.


Today, commercial establishments have sprouted at the area sometimes even encroaching streets that are purposedly for residential use. Exclusive cafes, bars and restaurants dot the area and close even at past midnight. New forms of relaxation and entertainment have emerged significantly in the spot such as karaoke joints, comedy bars and spas.  At least two television and radio networks have chosen this vicinity to create empires of stars and celebrities.


Although it can still be debated whether the changes through the years have given honor and respect to the 24 scouts whose lives were cut short, still through the years, the Scout Area has been a prime and important section of Quezon City for its cityfolks.