We should be taking the opportunity to launch service projects towards strengthening our links with scouting. Article by Felix J. Marinas PNP

I had an opportunity to visit the APO BSP Office and I have to say I was very touched. Maganda at maayos ang opisina na airconditioned pa. It is located at the second floor of the BSP Bldg in Manila fronting the SM mall and just a hundred steps or so away from the Manila City Hall. There is a signage at the glass front of the office which says Alpha Phi Omega Commission on Scouting. The Chairman of this CBL created commission is Brod Roy Tamani. There is a small but comfortable reception area and a small but useful conference area. There is a glass enclosed bulletin board which shows the organizational structure of APOPhils and on another wall are two maps, one of the Philippines and the other of the world showing our collegiate chapters and alumni groupings. Drop by for a visit if you happen to be in the area.

The president of BSP Phils. is Brod Jojo Binay, Eta ’60.

I understand that October is scouting month. We should be taking the opportunity to launch service projects towards strengthening our links with scouting.The principal role of APO as envisioned by the Commission on Scouting is that of being Rover Scouts. I would enjoin all alumni to become Rover Scouts. As a matter of fact we can have a tie-up of many of our programs with the BSP so that we are able to pursue these programs using BSP resources. Every applicant to APO is required to have undergone first-aid training, for the more senior members we have advocated training in rescue operations (hence the Rescue 1925), for the alumni associations we encouraged eco-camps and father and son campings. As Rover Scouts, our alumni can have a direct access to high school seniors/scouts giving them a first hand look at APO and providing them the APO option as a continuation of their scouting. And brothers really looked sharp in scout uniform. I’d like to see the APO Rovers parading in force in full regalia. They could be some of APO’s Finest well-trained, disciplined, and embodying the best in our ideals.

A mural on the stairs landing between the first and second floors shows what I think were the scouts who perished in a plane crash on their way to an international jamboree. They have subsequently been immortalized with streets named after them in Quezon City and in the Morato-Timog Rotunda is another monument in their honor. Not known to many is that one of the scouts is a blood brother of Brods Tonette Tuason, Theta (also a founder of Gamma Kappa and a very active Mason) and Angel “Bobby” Ampil Tuason, Eta ’71 (GC SY75-76 and APOPhils EVP DY79-81) hence the street name Scout Tuason.

I once asked Jojo if APO can adopt the BSP Morato-Timog Rotunda as a service project but he was noncommittal. Maybe we ought to give this a second try.

They said that BSP severed its links with APO in the early 60s because of the hazing and the rumbles. Maybe it was the other way around when we became embarassed of our roots and we took the violent path to assert our campus supremacy. We have come full cycle to reclaiming our legitimacy and our birthright. The purpose of this organization now as before is to train our youth for leadership, friendship and service. With them we will build a new tomorrow.

Let us embrace our destiny.

Comments

Know more about us... add us on social media!

News & Articles

APO Online Concert for a Cause

APO Online Concert for a Cause

APO PH Collegiate presents ONLINE CONCERT FOR A CAUSE on October 31, 2020 at 4pm with Chocolate Factory from Pampanga, featuring our APO Bands: Hijack, A Pound of Cleverness and Fleur-de-Lis. Beneficiaries will be selected 17 public schools. Read More
October 23, 2020 / Comments
Statement on the untimely demise of National Trustee for Alumni Affairs Bro. Dolfs Llorca, Rho’76

Statement on the untimely demise of National Trustee for Alumni Affairs Bro. Dolfs Llorca, Rho’76

We mourn the untimely demise of our dear Brod Police General (Ret.) Rodolfo “Dolfs” Asejo Llorca, 61 (1958-2020), APO-Rho (CCP-QC) 1976. COD: Brain aneurysm at 10:25 p.m., Mon 07/27/2020. Brod Dolfs was a ten outstanding policemen of Manila awardee (2005) and national trustee for alumni affairs (2019-21) of Alpha Phi… Read More
July 28, 2020 / Comments

APO brod appointed DOLE Assistant Secretary

Congratulations Brod Atty. Philip A. Paredes Eta'74 for your appointment as Assistant Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment!
July 11, 2020 / Comments

NCR Community Quarantine NAO Schedule

National Administrative Office Schedule during this NCR Community Quarantine due to the pandemic. Please be guided accordingly. Read More
July 9, 2020 / Comments
APO honored as one of the Top Filipino Scientists for 2019

APO honored as one of the Top Filipino Scientists for 2019

Congratulations Brod Dr. Landonn A. Ocampo, PhD of Alpha Mu chapter on your accomplishment. Read More
June 30, 2020 / Comments
APO Sis make it to top 10 of PMA Masidlawin Class of 2020

APO Sis make it to top 10 of PMA Masidlawin Class of 2020

Congratulations to Sis. Dencel Aina M. Bayaca '15 of Alpha Phi Omega - Omicron Chapter (UP Clark) for making it to the Top 10 of PMA Masidlawin Class of 2020. Alpha is for Leadership! Read More
May 23, 2020 / Comments
APO Bar Passers 2019

APO Bar Passers 2019

Congratulations to all brods and sis who recently topped and passed the Bar. Read More
April 30, 2020 / Comments
APO brod Bar topnotcher for 2019

APO brod Bar topnotcher for 2019

Congratulations to Brod Jun Dexter Rojas (Iota Eta) for Placing 9th in this year’s Bar Exams. He is the 4th Alpha Phi Omegan to bring this honor to APO. The three others are: Sis Haydee B. Yorac (Eta '59) - 8th Place, in 1962, Sis Celia C. Librea-Leagogo (Alpha Zeta) –in 5th Place and Brod Omar B. Redula (Eta ’68) – in 8th Place, both during the 1981 Bar exams. Read More
April 29, 2020 / Comments

Urgent APO Protocol for Corona Virus (NCOV19)

March 11, 2020 / Comments

Collegiate Congress Luzon leg

March 10, 2020 / Comments