On Thursday, the American search engine Google paid tribute to the late Josefa Llanes Escoda, founder of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines, on her 120th birth anniversary.
In line with her legacy, Google Doodle featured an image of Escoda in a green Filipiniana dress leading four girl scouts. She was known for being a Filipino advocate of women’s right of suffrage during the Japanese Occupation period. Escoda was a prominent civic leader, social worker, and Filipina war heroine. Aside from founding the GSP, she also founded the Boys’ Town in Manila for the underprivileged boys of Manila and the National Federation of Women’s Clubs.
Josefa and her husband, Antonio, were both arrested in 1944 and were executed the year after.
Now, together with José Abad Santos and Vicente Lim, she is memorialized on the Philippines’ 1,000-Peso banknote depicting Filipinos who fought and died resisting the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during the Second World War.