Tarlac City, Philippines
Taking the opportunity of a long weekend, the Asia-Pacific Regional Office of the World Scout Bureau went on an office outing to Bolinao, Pangasinan – around 275 kilometers North of Manila.
On our way to Pangasinan, we stopped over to have breakfast at Asiaten Hotel in Tarlac City. The breakfast was hosted by Mr. Dan Asiaten, who is a Scout volunteer from the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.
He served daing na bangus, which is popular in Province of Tarlac. He also served longganisa and chicken tocino together with fried rice. These are Filipino delicacies and it was, indeed, a happy breakfast meal for us.
Mr. Dan Asiaten (above, in red shirt), is an active Scout Leader and in fact, he is a member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. He is also a member of the council executive board of Tarlac Council of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, which has a Scout population of 30,890 (as of December 2008). In our appreciation, we presented him a Scout gift from the Asia-Pacific Regional Office.
Mr. Asiaten has seven children – five boys and two girls. Three of his sons are Eagle Scouts. His family also owns the Tarlac Montessori School, where Scouting flourish!
You may be wondering why I wrote an article about Mr. Dan Asiaten. One of the purpose of this blog is to introduce dedicated people, like Mr. Dan Asiaten, who continuously support the ongoing development of Scouting, especially at grass-root level.