The coat of arms of the 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Conference is created based on two (2) rudiments – the ‘bayanihan’ as the core essence of the Filipino culture and the integral components of the Philippine flag. The Filipino culture of ‘bayanihan’, derived from the Filipino word ‘bayan’ which means nation, town or community, or literally as ‘being in a bayan’, refers to the spirit of communal unity, work and cooperation to achieve a particular goal. The three stars and a sun, taken from Philippine flag, originally a symbol of the ‘Katipuneros’ fighting for the independence of the country, is a symbol of sovereignty, solidarity and understanding.
As we mark the 26th installment of the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Conference we honor the instrument of unity that binds us – the Scout Movement – a global movement that continuously reinvents itself to better serve the young people and contribute to nation building; an organized entity that evolves to adapt to the changing times, emphasizing social justice and freedom for all. And although the Movement will transform significantly in the years to come, the Scout Leaders and members, shall remain truthful to the Scout Promise and Law, emphasizing integrity above all.