Girl Scouts of the Philippines to honor founder-A A +A
Monday, September 17, 2012
JOSEFA Llanes Escoda Hall will be dedicated on September 20 at the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) national headquarters on Padre Faura, Manila.
On this day, the GSP honors its founder, Josefa Llanes Escoda, on her 114th birth anniversary.
Escoda was a suffragist and an advocate for women's rights. Escoda Day's theme this year is "Remembering Our Great Founder."
A heroine of World War II, Escoda is known for her sacrifices in helping Filipino soldiers endure the difficulties of prison life. She was last seen on January 6, 1945, in Manila, where she died in a concentration camp.
GSP observes Josefa Llanes Escoda Day each year on September 20 with fitting celebrations nationwide by virtue of Presidential Proclamation 1214.
GSP members contribute to the Josefa Llanes Escoda Memorial Fund, which supports travel expenses of Girl Scouts and Troop Leaders who attend international events representing the GSP. (PR)