A master under service

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Sunday, June 8, 2014


When they say one cannot serve two masters at the same time, they apparently forgot to count one person in the picture—or Arthur James Aliazon. He may have been too busy tending to his schedule during the headcount. He, after all, has been a scoutmaster for a decade and at the same time a masters of ceremony of about 200 events since 2010 to date.

James was under the direct mentorship of the great late scoutmaster Sergio P. Damazo Jr. at the University of San Jose – Recoletos. James was the last right hand of Damazo. With James’ passion and heart for service, he was immediately assumed into the position as the school’s scoutmaster. James only wished to serve his mentor as well as pass on his legacy.

All in all he attributes his upbringing to the training he has received in scouting.

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And as for hosting, James has never received any formal training when it comes to hosting stints. It all started from filling in dead air in class during his elementary days to emceeing high school programs to doing hosting favors for his friends’ celebrations.

“I came during the need of times,” James explained. Exposure and experience became his fuel to his events hosting career which sparked into full freelance just last 2010.

James is continually training himself in two different sets: a fatherly figure to his scouts without compromising discipline and authority, and going full-swing as a freelance host with the aim to imprint his signature style of being upbeat and lively during events. Being in an always changing environment—scouting as a movement with adventures and scouts to handle, and events sometimes being unpredictable, formal sort of thing—James’ ability to shift flawlessly depending on the need of times became an asset. That makes him the master not only to his scouts or the master of ceremonies to events but also the master to his own nature.

Although he has the scout movement to thank all his life for (molding him with values and to it being a stepping stone to the pedestal he is in now), he claims events hosting has also made a huge impact on his life. He has become more open to people from all walks of life and understanding them.

James has turned his opportunities into abilities that could touch lives. From there he got to where he is now, truly contented and ready with whatever life has to offer.

“Life has been wonderful,” he says, and measures his success not in the amount of events he has hosted or the amount he has received, neither from his freelance hosting career nor in the adventures he has conquered or the badges he has earned. But rather he measures his success on the smiles of affirmation by his guests and the success stories of his scouts. (

Maybe James isn’t really defying the “one master at a time rule,” because for one, he is the master; and two, it all boils down to mastering but one passion, and that is his passion to serve. The rest just came as a bonus. (Erika Lagunsa)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 09, 2014.

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