FAST FACTS: The scouts behind Quezon City’s street names
Fifty years ago, their dreams were dashed in a plane crash. Now, they continue to be immortalized in the streets of Quezon City.

MANILA, Philippines – Behind the names of the streets where some of you live — or eat — is a scout whose dreams crashed 50 years ago.

On July 28, 1963, the Philippine delegation to the 11th World Scout Jamboree in Marathon, Greece perished in a plane crash at the Bay of Bombay near Mumbai, India.

Twenty Boy Scouts, aged 13 to 21, and 4 scoutmasters died in the tragic accident that shook the whole nation.

However, they continue to live on in Quezon City, where streets spanning 6 barangays – dotted with homes, cafes and offices — are named after them.

On April 14, 1964, the Quezon City Council approved Resolution 6692, which renamed these streets – currently in Barangay South Triangle, Laging Handa, Obrero, Paligsahan, Roxas and Sacred Heart – “to honor and perpetuate the memory” of the 24 scouts.

Click on the streets shaded orange and gray in the map below to know more about the scouts.

– with Caylene Canlas, Pia Ranada and Michael Bueza/

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