Nars Padilla, a CISVer since the 1970s

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Saturday, December 3, 2011


BAGUIO-born Narciso Padilla, fondly called as “Nars,” was a CISVer (Children’s International Summer Villages – an association of global friendship promoting peace) since the 1970s. He was a city councilor from 1992 to 1995. He is a sports enthusiast, a news columnist and television host, and a diehard boy scout among many others.

Padilla started as an assistant camp director of Nati Toribio (camp director) in an international village held at Mambucal, Negros Occidental from December 1970 to January 1971. This is one year after Daday Fullon and Margie Otero ‘officially’ started CISV in Baguio in 1969, making CISV Baguio seven years younger than the Philippine CISV.

In 1971, Padilla was also asst. camp director in a pre-camp held at Brent International School. Villages were sent to Japan, USA and Europe. He was also a leader and camp staff during this year in Great Britain. Child delegates under his care were Elvira Lopez, Regina Cariño, Frederick Fournier and Beaver Ledesma.

Padilla also served as the overall coordinator during the pre-village tour of the Philippine delegation to Athens, Greece; Rome, Italy; and Copenhagen, Denmark. During the post village tour, he brought his delegates to Marken, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Paris and Nice, France. Villages in Europe during that time were held in Germany, Norway, Austria and Great Britain. Padilla’s last CISV stint was an international village hosted by the Philippines in Iloilo City in December 1977 to January of 1978.

Padilla will grace the CISV Baguio Grand Reunion as guest speaker this December 29 at the Baguio Country Club Multipurpose Hall.

For dinner tickets please contact Mary Jane Gacad at 09189395674 (Grand Reunion Chairperson) and Brenda Lee Villanueva at 09178143709. Brenda Lee Villanueva with excerpts from the article of CISV Baguio president, Bing Bangaoet, in the 50th Year of CISV Philippines Coffee Table Book.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 03, 2011.

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