Project History (July 28)

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July 28, 1963

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Exactly 58 years ago, a great tragedy befell the Filipino delegates of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) at the 11th World Scout Jamboree in Marathon, Greece. United Arab Airlines (now EgyptAir) Flight 869 carrying 24 boy scouts and scouting officials failed to reach Greece after their plane crashed in the Bay of Bombay in India, past 1:50 a.m., Indian time. . All 52 passengers and eight crew of the said plane were killed, including all young Boy Scouts members aged 14 to 21.

Earlier, the said delegates were invited to a courtesy call by President Diosdado Macapagal at the Malacañang Palace. Flight 869 took off, carrying 24 young Boy Scouts from Hong Kong airport, and then made a temporary stop in Bangkok, Thailand on the night of July 27, and for some unknown reason, Flight 869 had flight problems. and then crashed into the Bay of Bombay. Since no wreckage was found in the crash of the plane, the puzzle is still the cause of the trouble of Flight 869’s flight to Greece. The possibility of sabotage during the flight was denied.

Of the 24 Boy Scouts members killed, only five of them were positively identified: Jose Delgado, Henry Chuatoco, Roberto Castor, Ascario Tuason, Jr., and Librado Fernandez.

The Boy Scouts killed that day were as follows:

  • Ramon “Chito” Valdes Albano, 15

  • Patricio “Tec” Dulay Bayoran, Jr., 18

  • Gabriel “Gabby” Nicolas Borromeo, 14

  • Roberto “Bontsie” Corpus Castor, 14

  • Henry C. Chuatoco, 17

  • Victor O. de Guia Jr., 16

  • Jose Antonio C. Delgado, 14

  • Felix P. Fuentebhella Jr., 15

  • Pedro H. Gandia, 15

  • Antonio M. Limbaga, 15

  • Roberto P. Lozano, 19

  • Paulo C. Madrinan, 20

  • Jose Fermin G. Magbanua

  • Romeo R. Rallos, 17

  • Filamer S. Reyes, 21

  • Wilfredo M. Santiago, 17

  • Benecio S. Tobias, 16

  • Antonio R. Torillo, 17

  • Ascario A Tuason Jr., 16, at

  • Rogelio C. Ybardolaza, 16

Here are the four scouting officials who died in the tragedy:

  • Dr. Bonifacio V. Lazcano

  • Dr. Florante L. Ojeda

  • Librado Fernández, at

  • Fr. Jose María Martínez, SJ.

Despite this, the BSP still sent its delegate to Marathon, Greece, which lasted from the first day to the 11th of August, 1963. The flag of the BSP headquarters was placed on half-mast when the bad news reached them. . A cenotaph at the Manila North Cemetery was erected in memory of the deceased Boy Scouts, while a memorial obelisk was erected in Quezon City as a tribute to the memory of the deceased youth.


July 28, 2020

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A year ago, Junrey Balawing of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte, the youngest person ever recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records, passed away at the age of 27. He passed away on this day just last year due to pneumonia.

Independence Day in 1993 when Junrey Balawing was born, the son of a poor family in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.

According to Balawing's parents, Junrey stopped growing on his first birthday, and he often got sick but his parents did not have enough money to treat him. At the age of 12 Balawing was diagnosed with proportionate dwarfism caused by failure of his pituitary gland. As a result, he could not stand or walk properly without support. Junrey's voice also diminished, as a result of his condition. Balawing's case reached the Guinness World Record, when he was only 23.3 inches tall when he was 18 in 2011. GWR certified Balawing as the smallest person alive, beating the record held by Khagendra Thapa Magal. of Nepal with a height of only 26.4 inches.

Tourism in Sindangan town has improved because of Junrey Balawing, and Balawing has become the center of attention of many. Junrey and his family's life has also improved as a result. But in 2012 Balawing lost the Guinness World Record when Nepal's Chandra Bahadur Dangi took the place as the smallest living person, with a height of 22 inches. But Balawing regained it when Dangi passed away in September 2015.

When the pandemic caused by COVID-19 broke out, Balawing's family was forced to move to Dapitan for fear of infecting Junrey with the deadly virus.

Until July 28 last year, the Dapitan local government confirmed the passing of Junrey Balawing.

Today Edward Niño Hernandez of Colombia holds the Guinness World Record as the smallest living person in the world.


July 28, 1571

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The people of Laguna province commemorate the 450th birthday of their province, as Laguna Day.

The province of Laguna was founded in 1571, and was formerly named La Provincia de La Laguna de Bay, from which the Spanish word Laguna means “lake” because of the lake it covers, the Laguna de Bay. The Bay was the original name of the lake, and became the name of the first capital of that province. The province of former La Laguna is part of the present provinces of Rizal, Quezon and the modern province of Laguna. Juan de Salcedo, a Spanish conquistador, occupied the land where this province now stands. In 1578, Franciscan missionaries began flocking to Laguna to spread Christianity among the natives. Since the founding of Laguna in 1571, the province has been divided into 10 towns, of which it is held by eight encomiendas, by order of Governor-General Gomez Perez Dasmariñas.

Laguna became one of the active centers of the Chinese uprising against the Spaniards, from 1603 to 1639, and it was also one of the largest members of Hermano Pule's Cofradia de San Jose in 1841.

The towns of Morong, Pililla, Tanay, Baras, Binangonan, Jalajala, Angono and Cardona separated from Laguna to become part of the province of Morong (now Rizal). The town of Calamba, derived from the word kalang banga, became the hometown of one of its greatest sons, Jose Rizal, who would later become one of the National Heroes of the Philippines, while from Biñan, Laguna his father Don Francisco Mercado. The province of Laguna was one of the provinces placed under Martial Law in connection with the Filipino revolution against the Spaniards in August 1896.

General Paciano Rizal, brother of Jose Rizal, Juan Cailles, Agueda Kahabagan, and Severino Taiño led the uprising in the province of Laguna from the Spanish occupation, and later General Rizal and Cailles defended Laguna from the Americans to in 1900, when the Americans finally occupied Laguna.

Juan Cailles, who had previously fought in Laguna, became the Governor of the province, and the Manila Railroad Company's railroad was extended to the town of Pagsanjan. Laguna became one of the active areas of the Sakdalistas, where in May 1935 the bloodiest suppression of the Sakdalistas took place in Cabuyao.

Laguna became an active center of Filipino guerrillas, despite the presence of the Makapili. In Los Baños, Laguna, Japanese war criminal General Tomoyuki Yamashita was hanged in February 1946.

Laguna is the 63rd largest province in the Philippines, with an area of ​​1,917.85 sq. Km. km, and it consists of six cities and 24 towns. Laguna is also divided into six districts, and the town of Sta. Cruz is the capital of Laguna. Apart from the provocative home of the Rizal family, Laguna also contains Pagsanjan Falls, the Underground Cemetery in Nagcarlan, the seven lakes in San Pablo, the beautiful sculptures of saint images in Paete and Pakil, the Makiling mountain, and the Los Baños campus of the University of the Philippines (UP). Laguna also found what is considered the oldest document found in the Philippines, the Laguna Copperplate Inscription (LCI) found in 1990. Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in the Philippines, is besides being a source of irrigation it is also a source of water resources. livelihood of the fishermen in the said province.


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