Aris Canoy Espinosa was a 13-year-old Boy Scout from the Lanao del Norte (the Philippines) Council.

At around 1440 hours on January 30, 1994, a hand grenade was being played like a toy by some boys. When it was accidentally dropped near young children playing rubber bands, he jumped and covered the grenade with his body to protect those innocent children. When the hand grenade exploded, it caused his untimely death.

Truly, Aris was a young boy, but not an ordinary one… he has a big heart. At his very young age, he exemplified a deed not everyone can do. Because of this gallantry, he was awarded th Gold Medal of Honour by the National Court of Honour of the Boy Scout of the Philippines.


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