Monday, February 28, 2011

19. 1959 Boy Scouts of the Philippines 10th WORLD JAMBOREE Memorabilia

On invitation of President Carlos P. Garcia, the 16th International Scout Conference held at Cambridge, England, in August 1957, unanimously approved to hold the 10th Boy Scout World Jamboree in the Philippines.

This was the first time in the history of the Scouting movement that an international gathering of this kind  was held in the East. Eight of the previous World Jamboree were held in Europe: one, the eight in Canada.

The 10th World Jamboree was  held on a 300-hectare sprawling country side at the Makiling National park, Los BaƱos Laguna home of the proving of the foremost Filipino hero, Jose Rizal. The Jamboree site was 1000 feet above sea level and the only about 2 hours ride from Manila road.

12,000 Scout and Scouters 4,000 from over seas Scout Association and 8,000 Filipinos from 69 countries attended the Jamboree.

The theme of the Jamboree was “Building Tomorrow Today” which underscores the popular idea that the youth of today will be leaders of tomorrow.

Below are some souvenirs during the World Jamboree.


Twill Patch

Printed Patch

Embroidered Patch

Small Embroidered Patch

Round Printed Pocket Patch

Round Printed Pocket Patch w/ yellow trimmings on side



Printed Tag

Triangular Back Patch

Misamis Oriental Contingent Patch

Boy Scout of America Contingent, 10th World Jamboree Patch
1st World Conclave Patch


Staff Medal

Metal Tag for Participants

Red Round Pin
Yellow Round Pin
I Support Pin

Belt Buckle


Souvenir Album

Boy Scout Notebook and Diary

10th World Jamboree Report

Autograph Book

Administration Organization Manual for Staff

Activities Program

Pre-Jamboree Program

Postcard sponsored by Pepsi

10th World Jamboree Campaign Fund Poster

10th World Jamboree Poster

Manila Bulletin Newspaper featuring the 10th World Jamboree

Gold Sticker


Souvenir of Attendance made of Wood and Aluminum

Felt Pennant

Different Kinds of Souvenir Pennants
Souvenir Plaque for Campers


Turn-of-the-century postcards featuring an artist rendition of what the Americans has considered the colonized Filipinos to be - “The White Man’s Burden”.  Pretending earlier to be good friends and allies of the Filipinos in their common fight against the Spaniards, the American had no qualms double-crossing the unsuspecting Aguinaldo and is hapless leaders and followers in the pursuit of its colonial policy.  And after successfully inflicting on the Philippines its imperialist design which has nurtured since the star of the Spanish-American War, Uncle Sam has the gall and the territory to add insult to injury by labeling its poor victims, the colonized Filipinos, as a “white man’s burden”. 

 Other insulting postcards about the Filipinos

17. GEN. EMILIO AGUINALDO in a Swiss Chocolate Card

An unusual Swiss chocolate card featuring Gen. Aguinaldo and his army battling the Spanish force.  The Filipino revolutionary  soldiers were depicted like African native using bow and arrows in their battle. At that time most European counties viewed the Filipinos as unsophisticated citizens incapable of self-rule and independence

Gen. Aguinaldo leader of the Filipino Army

Card made by PH. SUCHARD Neuchatel

16. CEDULA during the Revolution

The CEDULA during the Spanish colonial period, was an identification card and residence tax certificate that had to be carried at all times. A person who could not present his or her cedula could be arrested and imprisoned by the Guardia Civil.

Photo courtesy of GMA 7

On August 23, 1896, a crowd of katipuneros was gathered around their Supremo, Andres Bonifacio, in Kangkong, Balintawak. Bonifacio spoke of how the secret organization had been betrayed to the Spanish authorities and warned of the dangers they all now faced. Armed revolution against the Spanish colonizers was the answer, someone suggested, and the Katipunan should start it. A few members disagreed but were outvoted by the rest.

The crowd shouted their approval. They tore their cedulas  and declared themselves free from Spain. The cedula had until then been the people's only passport to freedom in their own country.

The air rang with the people's jubilant cries: "We are free from slavery!" "Long live the Tagalogs!" 

The katipuneros decided to wrest Manila and the Tagalog region from the Spaniards and achieve final and lasting independence for the nation. The attack on Manila was set for midnight of August 29.

Here are samples of cedulas during the Spanish and American wars.

1896 Cedula Personal issued in Manila.  This is similar to the cedula torn by the Katipuneros

1896 Provincial Cedula Personal issued in Iba, Zambales
1896 Cedula Personal complete and unused
1898 Cedula Personal issued to Chinese residents by Aguinlado's revolutionary government in Pangasinan

1898 Cedula Personal issued by Aguinaldo's revolutionary army in Santo Tomas, La Union
1900 Certificate of Registration used by the US Military Government in the Philippines. (Melvin Lam Collection)   

1896-1897 Cedula Personal issued in San Fernando, La Union

Source: 100 Events that shaped the Philippines by Adana Book Service and National Centennial Commission.