The Tragedy of the 11th World Scout Jamboree
The 11th World Scouts Jamboree was held at Marathon, Greece in August 1963. The Philippine contingent, boy scouts from ages 14 to 19, represented the best of the generation and the idealism of the Philippine youth.
On 28 July 1963, the Eqypt Air plane that was carrying the Filipinos crashed on approach to Bombay Airport into the Indian Ocean. Their bodies were never recovered. Three Filipino scouts were sent as a token delegation, days after the tragedy. In remembrance of the scouts and scouters, a cenotaph (an empty tomb) was erected inside the Manila North Cemetery in the Philippines the year after the accident. Also, street in Quezon City’s Baranggay Obrero, Laging Handa and Paligsahan, bear the names of the fallen.
Ramon “Chito” Valdes Albano was born on 3 September 1947. He was the the fifth child and fifth son of eleven children of Dr. Paulino E. Albano and Dr. Pilar Valdes-Albano. The couple owned and managed what was once called the St. Rita Maternity Hospital in Gagalangin, Tondo, Manila. He attended the Immaculate Concepcion Academy and the Colegio de San Juan de Letran, where his interest in the Cub Scout movement grew. In 1955, he was dubbed the Letran’s “Cub Scout King” by Yvonne de los Reyes, the reigning Miss Philippines. An Air Scout for the Manila Council, he was in the drum and bugle corps and enjoyed the outdoors. He was 15 years old in 1963. A street and the school owned by his family were named in his memory. View his family tree.
Patricio “Tec” Dulay Bayoran, Jr. was born on 17 November 1944 in Manapla, Negros Occidental. He was an Explorer Scout from the Pasay City Council; and was a senior patrol leader. He was 18 years old in 1963. The Bayoran Memorial, erected in Manapla, Negros Occidental, also bears the names of the other members of the Philippine delegation to the 11th World Scout Jamboree. View his family tree.
Gabriel “Gabby” Nicolas Borromeo was born on 24 March 1949. He was an Air Scout from the Manila Council. He was 14 years old in 1963.
Roberto “Bontsie” Corpus Castor was born on 28 April 1949. He was a First Class Scout from the Quezon City Council. He was 14 years old in 1963. View his family tree.
Henry C. Chuatoco, Explorer Scout, Manila Council – Born 16 September 1945
Victor O. de Guia Jr., First Class Scout, Baguio Benguet Council
Jose Antonio C. Delgado, Life Scout, Manila Council – Born 11 August 1949
Felix P. Fuentebhella Jr., First Class Scout, Camarines Sur Council – Born 19 July 1948
Pedro H. Gandia, Star Scout, Manila Council – Born 06 February 1948
Antonio M. Limbaga, First Class Scout, Zamboanga City Council – Born 14 June 1948
Roberto P. Lozano, First Class Scout, Dagupan City Council – Born 7 February 1944
Paulo C. Madrinan, Explorer Scout, Pasay City Council – Born 26 January 1943
Jose Fermin G. Magbanua, First Class Scout, Negros Oriental Council
Romeo R. Rallos, Star Scout, Quezon City Council – Born 22 April 1946
Filamer S. Reyes, Explorer Scout, Cavite Council – Born 16 June 1942
Wilfredo M. Santiago, Star Scout, Manila Council – Born 28 May 1949
Benecio S. Tobias, First Class Scout, Tarlac Council – 23 August 1946
Antonio R. Torillo, Eagle Scout, Cavite Council – 10 July 1946
Ascario A Tuason Jr., Star Scout, Manila Council – Born 28 November 1947
Rogelio C. Ybardolaza, First Class Scout, Quezon City Council – Born 9 September 1946
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