Google honors Josefa Llanes Escoda in 120th birth anniversary


Posted at Sep 20 2018 03:49 PM | Updated as of Sep 20 2018 04:28 PM

MANILA - Google honored the founder of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines, Josefa Llanes Escoda, on her 120th birth anniversary on Thursday. 

To pay tribute to her legacy, Google Doodle featured an image of Escoda, a hero during the Japanese Occupation period, in a green Filipiniana dress leading four girl scouts.

Escoda, a native of Dingras town in Ilocos Norte, was an active and dedicated social worker. She was also an advocate of women's right to suffrage at a time when only men were allowed to vote.

Aside from founding the Girl Scouts of the Philippines, she also founded the Boys' Town in Manila for the underprivileged boys of Manila and the National Federation of Women's Clubs.

Escoda, dubbed as the "Florence Nightingale of the Philippines," played a key role in providing aid to the prisoners of war during the Japanese Occupation period.

"Pepang" as she was fondly called by her peers, and her husband, Antonio, were both arrested in 1944 and was executed the year after. 

Now, Escoda's face appears in the P1,000 bill. A street in Manila was also named after her.