Friday, May 6, 2016

Filipinas in History: Josefa Llanes Escoda

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Get to know the only lady on the P1,000 bill.

Josefa Llanes Escoda said that “the youth of the Philippines was not being completely served if there was only a Boy Scout organization; there should also be a Girl Scout Movement.” That’s why every September 20, the Girl Scouts of the Philippines celebrate the birthday of the woman who created an avenue of self-growth and service for girls nationwide.

Escoda started the GSP after coming back from Girl Scout training in the United States. With the help of other civic-minded individuals and the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, she set up a program focused on community, service, and preparedness.

Besides her contributions to the Girl Scouts, she worked as a teacher and a social worker for the Philippine Chapter of the American Red Cross. She was also a well known advocate of women’s right to suffrage. During the Japanese occupation, she gathered a group of women to help war casualties, and she and her husband smuggled medicine, food, clothing and personal messages to prisoners in concentration camps.

Josefa was imprisoned in Fort Santiago in August 1944, where she was interrogated and tortured. She was last seen alive on January 6, 1945; after which, it was assumed she was executed and buried in an unknown grave.

Article by Rio
Art by Sean

Rio is (trying to be) an engineer-in-training, an athlete and a singer, with her love for science, sports, and music in that order. She's also (trying to be) a writer, with her trusty laptop/phone, sour cream-flavored chips and/or strawberry ice cream. (Whether or not she succeeds is another story altogether).

Sean is a 15-year-old muggle-born who is proud to say that he is perfectly abnormal, thank you very much. Peculiar in many ways, he is a far cry from that common stereotyped teenager.  He has a great passion for art, and would love to do nothing more than making collages and other creative thingamajigs. 


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