A multicultural celebration
by Jun S. Florendo
The cameras clicked at every move to capture happy moments. Everyone is in high spirit, dancing to the beat of the contemporary music. Smiling faces lit the room. The night was filled with magic as guests, dressed in their traditional costumes met old friends and made new ones. It was a night of celebration as the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) bid goodbye to Scouting friends and delegates of the 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Conference during the International Night and Farewell Dinner.
The evening showcased cultural and traditional dances of the Philippines, performed by Sindaw Philippines Performing Arts and other National Scout Organizations (NSOs) like Pathfinder Scouts Association of Vietnam and Bangladesh Scouts.
Scout leaders from several NSOs were honoured with awards in recognition for their Scouting contributions. For example, Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia (PPM) Deputy National Chief Commissioner Dr. Awang Zaini was bestowed the International Friendship Award. “This recognition is a great honour. The relationship between BSP and PPM remains strong and committed as both our NSOs share common identity and values. On behalf of PPM, I thank BSP for this wonderful occasion.”
BSP National President Atty. Wendell E. Avisado together with WOSM Scout Committee Chairman Craig Turpie, Secretary GeneralAhmad Alhendawi, APR Scout Committee Chairman Paul Parkinson, APR Director J.R. C. Pangilinan, BSP Secretary General Engr. Rogelio S. Villa, Jr. and other equally significant WOSM and NSO personalities, joined for a toast to a productive, fruitful and successful hosting of the conference.