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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Sir Garrido Camps to His Final Ground

Sir Garrido in camping mood
Sir Garrido in camping mood

Former Scout Council Executive Rogelio “Dondon” H. Garrido of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Negros Occidental made his final camping to the ground of municipal cemetery of Isabela, Negros Occidental on May 1, 2016. He is one of the pillars of the scouting movement in Negros Occidental. He died at the age of 75.

A funeral mass was offered for Sir Garrido at the San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church at 9 in the morning. It was well attended by the supporters, friends of Sir Garrido in the scouting movement, especially in the Negros Occidental Council.

Earlier, the BSP Negros Occidental Council Training Team Members led by Council Executive Bert Provido Maguad conducted the last campfire rites for Sir Garrido and brought him to his final camping ground after the memorable tribute.

Sir Garrido and training team members
Sir Garrido and training team members
Charit Gangoso, Council PR Commissioner at Boy Scouts of the Philippines and Mentor/Coach at DepEd of Bago City posted on her Facebook account by saying, “Our last Gathering with SWBH Rogelio H.Garrido, BSP NOC former Council Scout Executive. We your Scout children are your legacy. Our salute to you will last till eternity.”

“Never had i seen such DRIVE in a man. SCOUTING is a LEGACY you left fr US Sr. I salute you… a Father he was to us all. Ultra- service Oriented. He gave his all to the hilt,” she concluded.

Likewise, Scouter Dax Montealegre of Hacienda Regalado, Panubigan, Canlaon City, Negros Oriental. honored Sir Garrido by posting in his FB an image of a campfire with a caption, “Lit this campfire for the late Scouter DonDon Garrido. Rest in Peace and May the great-great Scout leaders be with us, till we meet again.”

Josef Sulla Padoga of Biliran, Leyte also expressed his feelings through his FB account, "may the great scout master of the old good scouts and scouters, as it was in the past, so be it in the future, be with us all till we meet again"... thank you for radiating the scouting humble selfless task of developing the young of every generation.. I Salute to you sir!!!

And SWBH Roberto Provido Maguad finally expressed, “Sir Dondon H. Garrido happy trip to our Creator and you will be remembered by all Scouts and Adult Leaders in BSP Negros Occidental Council.”

Sir Garrido and me
Sir Garrido and me
My Memories with Sir Garrido

The first time I met Sir Rogelio was in the first Negros Occidental Council Jamborette in Rafael Salas Pavillon, Guintubdan, Bago City.

Our campsite was near at the Quarter of the BSP, Neg. Occ. which was at the hill of the Bago Pavillon. I overheard him leading the group of Wood badge holders in their grand reunion.

And last time I met him was on the second day of the BSP Jamborette ( October 27 – 30, 2014), Gawahon Eco-Park, Victorias City, Neg. Occ. He greeted me when we met at the entrance of the said park. He was with his group of scouters embarking their personal belongings.

On the third day, we had our souvenir picture taking in the front gate of the swimming pool where the boy scouts were having their swimming activities.

And the fourth time I heard about him was that he took his final camping with the Lord as I noticed it in the FB account of Bert Maguad.

Sir Dondon Garrido is well remembered by scouts and Scouters all over the Negros Island Region. The scouters who have got acquainted with him are all united in the legacy of service to others. “Scouts are we. Service to others is our legacy.”

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NB: This is a repost from Serendipity 2016 owned and authored by this blogger.

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