Paz Q. Arguelles Abasolo

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Paz Q. Arguelles Abasolo was a pioneer Girl Scout troop leader, educator, social worker, community leader, and mother.

Early Life and Education

Abasolo was born in Ivisan, Capiz on 20 January 1899. She was the youngest child of Telesforo Arguelles and Abdulia Quiachon. She graduated from the University of the Philippines, with degrees of H.T.C. and B.S.E. She was sent to the National Catholic School of Social Service in Washington, DC in 1926 on a scholarship offered by the Archdiocesan council of San Francisco, California. She earned her master's degree from the University of America and a Diploma in Social Work in 1928 from the National Catholic School on Social Service, where Girl Scout was a phase of the physical education and leisure time activities. She found it fascinating that in the summer of 1928, she attended a training course for Girl Scout leaders at Camp Edith Macy in the Katskill Mountain in New York. However, she failed to complete the course because she was forced to rush home due to her mother's sudden illness.

Achievements

Upon her return to the Philippines in 1928, she taught at the Capiz High School. After two years, she got married to Maximino F. Abasolo, a fellow-teacher she had previously met in Washington. While teaching at the Capiz High School, she organized her Girl Scout troop, and some of its most active members were Felipa Belo, Mary Andrada, and Mary Ubas. Thus, she earned the distinction of being the First Filipino Girl Scout leader to accomplish such feat.

She became President of the Catholic Women's League, the Women's Club, Legion of Mary (Leyte Comitium), and Hermana Mayor in the feast of the Miraculous Medal in 1944. She also became the first Dean of the College of Education of the Divine Word University (formerly St. Paul College) in Tacloban City.

In 1955, when the Abasolo children were finishing their secondary course, the family decided to move to Manila. With all the children in college and her husband a disabled veteran, Abasolo opened a boarding house on España Street and succeeded in sending all her children through college. They all became successful professionals.

As a mother, Abasolo impressed upon her children that nothing is impossible with prayer; that it would be better for one to go hungry rather than do something morally wrong; and that success is not always measured by material gains, but by how one can look into another man's eye and be proud of not having done anything wrong.

Reference

de Guzman, Jovita V., Vicente A. Santiago, Remedios T. de Leon, and Teresita E. Erestain. 1967. Women Of Distinction: Biographical Essays on Outstanding Filipino Women of the Past and the Present. Philippines: Bukang Liwayway.Citation==Citation==

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