Outstanding Scouts, Axis of Filipino Civilization

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Outstanding Scouts, Axis of Filipino Civilization


Byline: Mayor JEJOMAR C. BINAY JR. National President, Boy Scouts of the Philippines

(Address delivered during the awarding ceremonies for the 2005 Ten Outstanding Boy Scouts of the Philippines, October 1, 2005, Session Hall, Makati City Hall.)

I BEGIN with an advice to the finalists of the Search for the 2005 Ten Outstanding Boy Scouts of the Philippines: Be strong, be proud, you are the axis of the Filipino contemporary civilization. This I say with full confidence on the spirit that comprises each of the finalists. They represent the fiber of the culture that longs to be great again, amidst societal trials that test the character of the patriot, of the human being, of the ultimate servant of our people.

The saga of the 2005 Search for the Ten Outstanding Boy Scouts of the Philippines represents the continued search for the heroes of the time. And before all of us come the 27 fine, young men of our race, whose wealth of experience, breath of hope, and a myriad versions of sterling youthful charm, I declare, is the sentinel of the country's hope for responsible leadership.

Unto your shoulders is the duty to start the parade of reinvented youth blessed with intellect and initiative to deliver the rest of our countrymen out of the land of oppression, of ignorance, of apathy, of mediocrity, of suicidal submission to the flow of polluted tides of political and economic mockery.

You, the grand legion of 27 outstanding Scouts of the country for this year, are pushed to the wall, at all cost, to defy the present as tomorrow's best, or worse, to decline, to reject, that today is the price of yesterday's heroic history! You, with all your potentials, determine the direction of the country. Your instincts to change, to dream, to aspire for higher plane of lives are primordial in defining the next round of conflicts to confront the folds of national interests. Your drive to compete and excel will reshape the philosophy of winning and defeat, bring the warmth of celebration a movable feast for the deliverance of the Filipino nation from the boring news of the day that speaks of slavery by inaction.

The legacy of the Search for the 10 Outstanding Boy Scouts of the Philippines is an annual task of putting the worthy men at the axis of civilization. Axis, as in their destiny shall be the powerful force that should provide the venue for developing new paradigms for life, new forum for the free exchange of ideas to invent new models for competitive advantage among trading peoples... new chamber of causes to debate and resolve classic and emergent issues affecting rights and obligations among civilized men... and to put in place new frontiers that measure what is best for the techno-Filipino who shall speak in digitized language for the understanding of the world at large.

This is the big challenge for the celebrated Filipino Scouts in our midst today: To represent the best in us as a nation, to speak for the words that the poor cannot, to behave like statemen that defy war not because it ends a life, but because it closes the door to a second chance to be great again, and more importantly, to fulfill the role of the wounded healer. Remember you had lived out of your way to be different from other Scouts in your places. To be outstanding, you had provided new standards for excellence. You have elected to be different, and I know it caused you much pain.

But now you all become prophets in your own right. You have carved out a niche in your respective lifetimes to be the practical proof to the refutation against that adage that kills the benefit of the young - prove to the world that indeed, that it takes a David like you to combat goliaths of the new age. Just pray, just pray, that your strengths be not wasted for selfish ends. Then and there, you are doomed to fail.

Be not afraid though. Listen to these words: You have with you, from now on, a family of dedicated men and women in the BSP, to help you achieve your mission. …

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