11th World Jamboree Scout Memorial

Satellite image of the 11th World Jamboree Scout Memorial in Quezon City.

Ever wondered why several streets in Quezon City near Timog Avenue and Tomas Morato have “Scout” in their names? It’s because these streets were named after the 20 boy scouts, 2 veteran scouts, and 2 chaperons who died en route to the 11th World Jamboree in Marathon, Greece. The plane they were riding on crashed into the Arabian Sea near Bombay, India on July 28, 1969 1963, thirty-nine forty-five years ago today.

In their honor, several streets in Quezon City were renamed after them, one for each of the slain: scouts Albano, Bayoran, Borromeo, Castor, Chuatoco, Delgado, de Guia, Fuentebella, Gandia, Limbaga, Lozano, Madrinan, Magbanua, Rallos, Reyes, Santiago, Tobias, Torillos, Tuason, and Ybardolaza; veteran scouts Fernandez and Ojeda; Dr. Lazcano, their physician; and Fr. Martinez, their chaplain. Other related streets in their honor include Marathon and 11th Jamboree. In addition, Barangay Laging Handa is found in that area; Laging Handa (Always Prepared) is the motto of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. (Scout Albano Street has since been renamed as Eugenio Lopez Street—boo on ABS-CBN and the Lopezes!)

Close-up look at the Scout Memorial. Photo by Butch Bustria Jr.

Finally we get to our featured sight, the 11th World Jamboree Scout Memorial rotunda. This circular monuments has 24 statues bearing the likenesses of the 24 delegates. It can be found at the intersection of Timog and Tomas Morato Avenues. In 1988, President Aquino declared July 28 of every year as Scout Memorial Day.

For more on the history of the 11th Jamboree delegates, read this tribute webpage on Geocities.

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July 29, 2008
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  1. stacy keibler wrote on September 4, 2008 @ 08:09PM

    the details are very interesting.but i have a question why do the scouts of the phil.go to other country.and what is the whole story

    stacy

  2. christy hemme wrote on September 4, 2008 @ 08:17PM

    hey!good ang kumpleto.daming matutuhan.wow naman kung sino man ang gumawa nto cool!dude!so sino ba si sct albano,sino ba ung pinakabata sa kanila dba may bata.lahat ba sla namatay nung bumaksak ung airplane.t.y

    chichi

  3. CHRISTY wrote on October 30, 2008 @ 01:28AM

    i’m sorry my dear but it happened on july 28, 1963
    not 1969. 45 years ago not 39 years ago. during the time of Pres. Diosdado Macapagal. please check it out. thank you.

    FYI

  4. cristy lopez wrote on October 30, 2008 @ 01:58AM

    im sorry my dear but it happened in 1963 not 1969 and that was 45 years ago not 39. world jamboree takes place every 4 years except the 8th in 1955 held in austria, the 9th in 1957 held in UK and the 10th in 1959 held in Los Banos, Phils—-which have a 2 yrs. interval. 22nd world jamboree will take place in 2011 in Sweden and in 2015, the 23rd in Japan.

    please check it out. FYI, thanks…

  5. Eugene wrote on October 31, 2008 @ 12:25AM

    Cristy, thanks for catching that error! I really can’t remember why I wrote 1969 when my sources say 1963. Thanks, again.

  6. virginia CASTOR wrote on April 11, 2009 @ 02:17PM

    Im thhe mother of scout ROBERTO CASTOR if you dont mind i can give you a souvenir program
    its contain the life and histories of each boy scout you can contact me at 7497138 or 4157447. More power. God bless

  7. matt wrote on April 29, 2009 @ 05:43AM

    Ang unahang bahagi ng 11th Jamboree Street mula EDSA hanggang Timog Ave. ay ginawa ng GMA Network Drive sa bisa ng resolusyon ng Quezon City Council. — Boo too on GMA Network and the Gozons!

  8. Nerissa Molejon wrote on May 8, 2009 @ 07:39AM

    Eugene, do you have other information about the tragedy, aside from those available in the Internet? Any information about the scouts, or contact info of their families… I want to listen to their stories and get firsthand information.

    Pls contact me at this email: neri18@gmail.com or at this number: 09185166737. Thank you.

    Btw, I am very interested about this event, esp. that I know two persons who would
    have been part of the group but had backed out. One is my friend’s father and the other one is a prof at UP Diliman.

  9. Nerissa Molejon wrote on May 8, 2009 @ 07:48AM

    Dear Virginia Castor:

    Can I ask for a copy of the souvenir program, history of the event, and stories about the scouts? I have an assignment about this.

    I am also very interested about this event, knowing two persons who would
    have been part of the group but had backed out. One is my friend’s father and the other one is a prof at UP Diliman.

    You can contact me at neri18@gmail. com or at 09185166737.

    Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Nerissa Molejon
    UP Diliman

  10. Ba Captain Tomas Castor wrote on July 17, 2009 @ 09:34AM

    On July 28, 2009 the 46 th Year will be the
    memorial day of the 20 Boyscouts and 4 scouters. July 19, 2009 mass at Sacred Hearth will be held and On july 26, 2009 will be the flower offering at Timog Monument of the 24 Th scouts heroes. located at Timog Morato St. Were inviting anyone who is interested .
    For more informations and details contact Star
    Untalan 4157447 or 7497138. Thanks and see you.
    More power and God bless.

  11. Fe Pangan wrote on July 24, 2009 @ 12:24PM

    SCHEDULE of the activities re 46th Anniversary

    July 26, 2009 televised mass at Channel 4 7:30 AM flower offering at Timog corner
    Morato in Monument of the 24th Boyscout

    July 28, 2009 at Alaala 9:00 mass and flower offering near Dimasalang and chinese Hospital for more info call 4731616 Fe Pangan . or teks to 09228909353.

  12. joey wrote on September 26, 2009 @ 12:16PM

    hi, may website ako dti n npuntahan and i read the whole story about their death, andun din ung mga pictures ng lahat ng scouts pti information s knila very interesting how i wish someday ma isa pelikula yung istorya ng pag crashed ng eroplano nila. most of them are so young. pag naging director nga ako gusto ko ako gumawa ng movie na ito. the kids in our generation must be aware sa pangyayaring ito.

  13. Miding Terona wrote on March 2, 2010 @ 04:14PM

    please update and hope the city of Manila
    coould give back to the 24 scot heroes the alaala place where the herous was burried . Kudos to Mayor Lim if he can amke it happen
    uts the inspiration of youth

  14. joshua j. matubis wrote on May 12, 2010 @ 02:26PM

    what is the hole story of this ….pero khit hnde complete story cool yan

  15. bryan j. matubis wrote on May 12, 2010 @ 02:33PM

    sino ang pilot ng airplane na sinakyan ng mga scout….

  16. matubis_war_joshua wrote on May 12, 2010 @ 02:40PM

    sna poh hwag pbayaan ang rebultng yan …pra mbigyan nman ang ating scout of the philippines (bayani)

  17. skahangrup^24 wrote on June 8, 2010 @ 12:02PM

    what is the hole story of this ??? & why is bsp not ride in a safe plane

  18. Neil wrote on June 17, 2010 @ 08:30AM

    It’s sad to think that big telecom companies such as ABS-CBN and GMA Networks would desecrate the sanctity of the street names honoring the scouts whose youths were taken in the action of representing our country. Is it because they have the money??? In fact, we should expect that they’ll be the ones to lead and sponsor acts that would bring remembrance for these fallen ‘heroes.’ And whoever were in the City Council (including the Mayor) during those times the streets were renamed should share the shame for those deeds. Kudos to the author of this website. Mabuhay ang Scouts!

  19. Lapu Rizal wrote on December 10, 2010 @ 02:45AM

    after the 10th world jamboree in Mt. Makiling,the host country becomes the special guest contingent at the next jamboree, 11th jam. in Marathon, Greece. Most of the 24 scouts/scouters are from the Philippines Airlines’ Air scouts troop.The youngest scout is Wilfredo Delgado(14 yrs old), son of Antonio Delgado jr, former ambassador to Rome, BSP chairman. Scout Fuentibella-son of Camarines sur Governor. Scout Albano’s family, change the name of their hospital in Tondo-from Sta. Rita Hospital to Scout Albano Memorial Hosp.Their remains are entomb at Manila’s North Cemetary, next to the Philippines Chinese Hospital, Pres. Magsaysay tomb, and in front of Claro M. Recto’s burial site.http://www.mbcenter.org/history/world11jam.php

  20. tommy lazcano wrote on September 12, 2012 @ 10:16AM

    Dr.lazcano lolo ko s tuhod… Actually tga mlbon sya…

  21. fe castor pangan wrote on October 28, 2012 @ 04:52AM

    we are preparing for the 50th anniversary on Aug 2013 , kung maya kakilala relatives and friends please contact 09321893601 or 09178682188,or 09396578741 or 2672319

  22. Ernesto Goingo wrote on February 5, 2013 @ 04:27PM

    I am interested to know more about this incident because I used to work with the father of one of the scouts.That was a big news back then.

  23. Jovic Gonzales wrote on March 4, 2015 @ 01:28AM

    In honor of the scoutmaster and troop physician Bonifacio V. Lazcano M.D. A street of Brgy. Tugatog, Malabon, where he is from, was named after him, Dr. Lazcano St. And Bonifacio St.

  24. Joan Alcala-Basco wrote on June 23, 2015 @ 08:21PM

    I was really glad to tell the story of these fallen scout heroes to my husband (5 years my junior, I am now 33 years old) when we happened to pass along Tomas Morato. I saw the names of the scouts in the streets, then out of nowhere asked my husband, “Do you know the history behind the names of these streets, and why there are Scouts on their names?” Then he was surprised of the answer because he only knew about it through me, though I wasn’t born on that time yet, and never have heard of it until then!

    How i wish Ms. Nerissa Molejon would have written the compilation of the stories of each parents of the delegates by now, and share it. Thanks!

    And to Mrs. Virginia Castor, I hope you can send to me also the souvenir program telling the lives of each hero-scouts! Thank you so much!

    My e-mail is alcalajoan@yahoo.com.
    I am living here in U.A.E.

  25. Danilo D. Rpyol wrote on April 29, 2018 @ 11:08AM

    I have some good news, the street renamed after Eugenio Lopez of ABS CBN which they totally desecrated, as of this date, it was reverted back to its original name Scout Albano Street from EDSA to Panay Avenue. I think th Albano Family has won the long running case against ABS CBN and the QC Council, if so we’re happy that justice has been served and the legacy of the Scouts will live on.

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