11th World Scout Jamboree Memorial Rotonda

The 11th World Scout Jamboree Memorial Rotonda, also known as the Boy Scout Circle, is a roundabout in Quezon City, Metro Manila, the Philippines. Located at the intersection between Timog and Tomas Morato Avenues, it serves as the boundary between Barangays South Triangle, Laging Handa and Sacred Heart.

11th World Scout Jamboree Memorial Rotonda
Boy Scout Circle
Location
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Coordinates14°38′5.5″N 121°2′7.97″E
Roads at
junction
Timog Avenue
Tomas Morato Avenue
Construction
TypeRoundabout
Maintained byDepartment of Public Works and Highways

A monument stands in the middle of the roundabout which commemorates the members of the ill-fated Philippine contingent to the 11th World Scout Jamboree that was among the casualties of the United Arab Airlines Flight 869 crash of 1963.[1] The monument consists of a circular pedestal with bronze statues positioned around the structure, in the likenesses of the 24 members of the Philippine delegation (22 Boy Scouts, 2 veteran Scouters, and 2 chaperons). In 2007, the Quezon City government performed a 20 million renovation on the monument that included the addition of an obelisk on top of the structure honoring Tomás Morató, the first mayor of Quezon City and the one after whom Tomas Morato Avenue is named.[1][2]

Tragedy

Flags at the Jamboree were placed at half-mast in mourning after the bulk of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines contingent died in the crash of United Arab Airlines Flight 869 (1963) at 0150 hours on 28 July 1963, in the Arabian Sea nine nautical miles from Madh Island, Bombay (now Mumbai), India.

One Scout from the Agusan Council, Alex Kwan, completed the pre-jamboree training and was scheduled to attend, but was told days before the departure date that he would not be able to attend because of problems securing a passport. Nevertheless, the BSP sent a token delegation of three Scouts[3] to Marathon some days after the crash, in addition to several BSP officials[4] who had arrived in Greece ahead of the accident.

On behalf of the parents of the Scouts, Antonio C. Delgado, father of Scout Jose Antonio Delgado (and later Chairman of the World Scout Conference, 1971-1973), gave a response during the state memorial service weeks after the crash: "For this is the other side of the coin of grief. The glory. The honor. The triumph... In the forefront of these boy's minds were always held as shining goals the noble ideals of the Scout Oath: 'honor... duty... God... Country.' These boys kept their honor; and they kept the faith; and they gave their all for their country... and I am sure they kept themselves in the friendship of God."

Members of the fallen BSP contingent

Scouts
No. Section Rank Name Council
1.Air ScoutObserverRamón Valdés AlbanoManila
2.Air ScoutObserverGabriél Nicolás BorromeoManila
3.Boy ScoutFirst Class ScoutRoberto Corpus CastórQuezon City
4.Boy ScoutFirst Class ScoutVictór Oteyza de Guia, Jr.Baguio
5.Boy ScoutLife ScoutJosé Antonio Chuidian Delgado[5]Manila
6.Boy ScoutFirst Class ScoutFelix Palma Fuentebella, Jr.Manila & Camarines Sur
7.Boy ScoutFirst Class ScoutPedro Hermano Gandia, Jr.Manila
8.Boy ScoutFirst Class ScoutAntonio Mariano LimbagaZamboanga
9.Boy ScoutFirst Class ScoutJosé Fermín Gonzales MagbanuaNegros Oriental
10.Boy ScoutStar ScoutRomeo Rafaél RallosQuezon City
11.Boy ScoutStar ScoutWilfredo Mendoza SantiagoManila
12.Boy ScoutFirst Class ScoutBenecio Suarez TobiasTarlac
13.Boy ScoutEagle ScoutAntonio Rios TorilloCavite
14.Boy ScoutStar ScoutAscario Ampíl Tuason, Jr.Manila
15.Boy ScoutFirst Class ScoutRogelio Celis YbardolazaQuezon City
16.Senior ScoutPathfinderPatricio Dulay Bayoran, Jr.Pasay
17.Senior ScoutPathfinderHenry Cabrera ChuatocoManila
18.Senior ScoutPathfinderPaulo Cabrera MadriñánPasay & Laguna
19.Senior ScoutPathfinderFilamér Santos ReyesCavite
20.Rover ScoutPathfinderRoberto del Prado LozanoDagupan
Scouters
No. Rank Name Council
1. Contingent Scoutmaster and Physician Bonifacio Vitan Lazcano, M.D. National Headquarters
2. Contingent Assistant Scoutmaster Librado L. S. Fernandez Manila Council
3. Contingent Assistant Scoutmaster Florante Lirio Ojeda Agusan Council
4. Contingent Chaplain Fr. Jose Agcaoili Martinez, S.J. Misamis Oriental Council

Surrounding buildings and structures

The area around the 11th World Scout Jamboree Memorial Rotonda is largely made up of dining and entertainment establishments. Tomas Morato Avenue is known for its large variety of restaurants, concentrated along the stretch to the southwest of the roundabout,[6] while near the northeast corner was the site of the 1996 Ozone Disco Club fire.

References

  1. "11th World Jamboree Scout Memorial". vistapinas. 29 July 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  2. "Shrines and Monuments". Quezon City Official Website. Quezon City Government. Archived from the original on 2016-08-15. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  3. Nicasio Fernandez, Guillermo Flores, and Luís Santiago.
  4. P&CS Gabriél A. Daza, VP Hermenegildo B. Reyes, VP José Plaridél A. Silvestre, NSE Godofredo Palencia Neric, Vicente F. Delfín, Miguél Gatusláo, Benjamín C. Limso, Pedro I. Malonda, Loreto Vallora, and Fernando S. Vinzons.
  5. Son of Antonio C. Delgado.
  6. Galarpe, Karen (June 29, 2014). "Those little food places in the Tomas Morato area". GMA News and Public Affairs. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
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