Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sir Aking, Stalwart in Local Scouting

The training team members of the Negros Occidental Council of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines paid a surprised visit to Sir Aking Torrefranca in his residence at Gan Subdivision, La Carlota City on the following day after they conducted the last camp fire to the late TTM Romeo Toda.

Sir Aking with his fellow Training Team members
Sir Aking with his fellow Training Team members
Sir Aking beamed upon seeing his fellow scouters in his humble home. Suffering from a stroke, he managed to welcome Sir Bert Maguad, Council Scout Executive; Sir Ben Fundador, Sir Allan Agraviador, Sir Antonio C. Biangco, and the four lady scouters, Mesdames Imelda Escobar, Lynne Brillo, Thelma Lamason Ortencio, and Charit Gangoso.

He moved by the aid of a cane. It was recalled that while he was giving a speech by proclaiming a school queen, he suddenly became unconscious and he was rushed to the hospital. At least he recovered but he couldn't perform his scouting routine anymore. In short, he was out for circulation as far as scouting activities are concerned. He just stayed at home, watching television.It seems nobody remember him anymore, but not his associates in the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Negros Occidental Council.

Sir Aking, Stalwart in Local Scouting


Sir Aquino Ignacio Torrefranca, a retired District Ill Supervisor, is a byword among scouts and scouters in Negros Occidental as far as scouting is concerned. Sir Aking aa fondly called by anyone who is well acquainted with him is a close buddy of the late Sir Roming Toda. As one of the stalwarts in scouting and like Sir Roming, he played a major role in training the boy scouts and the adult scouts.

He's well remembered by his signature scouting song, "Luningning". Sir Aking demonstrated it to his comrades in spite of his partial disability. He also did an action song like "I Love Scouting" and more. The following amateur video taken by Mam Thelma Lamaso signified that Sir Aking has stamina, the zest and the vigor of a true blooded scouter unaffected by his illness.

The Video




Mabuhay, Sir Aking.

Credits: Image by Bert P. Maguad; Amateur video by Thelma Lamason, used with permission.


11 comments:

  1. Oh.. It seems a legend is in his last lap of the life..

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    1. He is indeed. Sir Aking is a pioneer member here in our local scouting council. And he has extended his scouting skills and forte as far as training is concerned all over our province.

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  2. This is beautiful and touching! Its really rejuvenating for them when youngsters go and visit them and talk about their current scouting experiences!

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    1. Sir Aking's visitors are not youngsters or youths. They are adults. They are his fellow training team members in the scouting.

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  3. Sir Aking is admirable and adorable when he sang and made gestures for the songs. I hope he`ll be in better condition.

    ❀ Grace ❀

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    1. We are wishing and praying for his recovery. Only God wills.

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  4. The scoutmaster is known almost by everyone in school, well at least in our old school, since most everyone become scout. I was surprised when I returned to our old school more than 25 years later, and our old scout master still was able to call me by name.

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  5. This is so inspiring. I hope he gets better soon xx

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  6. Wow, this have touched my heart. A simple act of kindness like this can help a person suffering from illness. I like how thoughtful you all to have this surprise for him. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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  7. He has touch so much life in scouting. I hope him good health and wish that he can inspire more people.

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  8. It's touching how his friends from the local BSP troop still remember him. I hope the locals keep his legacy on. Scouting isn't the same anymore and I hope he serves as an inspiration.

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