Joint PIJLC-NCF Annual Meeting Held (Jul 30, 2015)

The annual membership meetings of the Philippine Institute of Japanese Language & Culture Foundation (PIJLC) and the Nihongo Center Foundation (NCF) were held on July 29, 2015 at the Board Room of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Foundation. The Chairman of PIJLC and NCF, Ambassador Benjamin F. Sanvictores presided over the meeting. The President, Mr. Philip B. Sanvictores submitted and discussed the 2014 Joint Report for PIJLC and NCF to the members, which was unanimously approved.

The following Trustees were reelected for the ensuing year 2015:


Thereafter, the following were reelected to positions opposite their respective names:

  4. Secretary: MRS. GLENDA T. FERMA
  5. Academic Advisor: PROF. KENJIRO OGATA

Ms. Carmencita Biscarra was appointed Manager of the Faculty Development Program which is the centerpiece of the new strategic direction for PIJLC and NCF.

Besides the abovementioned Trustees and Officers, others in attendance were Ms. Betty P. Mojica (retired Vice-President for Academic Affairs), Prof. Kenjiro Ogata (Academic Advisor), Mrs. Ysa Laurel-Dimayuga, Mr. Homer Aniceto and Engr. Reggie Ofrin.

37th Philippines-Japan Friendship Dinner & Awards Night (July 24, 2015)

The 37th Philippines-Japan Friendship Dinner and Awards Night was held on 24 July 2015 at the Solaire Resort & Casino in Parañaque City, with former the Honorable Makoto Katsura, former ambassador of Japan to the Philippines as Awardee and recipient of the Philippines-Japan Society Medal of Merit1 .

In his Opening Remarks, President Francis C. Laurel noted that the first treaty between the Philippines and Japan on Trade, Amity and Navigation was signed and ratified in 1973, while the second, the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement was signed in 2008 or 37 years later. He said that the “latter has become the new platform for our two countries to work together to achieve a mutually beneficial future”.

He then stressed that these milestones in the two countries’ bilateral ties “would not have been possible had it not been for the hard work of a few good men”. “One of these is our awardee in the person of Ambassador Makoto Katsura, whose tireless dedication ultimately produced the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement,” President Laurel said.

Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa, the current Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Philippines also conveyed his greetings and appreciation to the Philippines-Japan Society for hosting this annual dinner and awards night for the last 37 years. He said that he had attended one such dinner in 2013 as a member of the official entourage of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who was then visiting Manila and who upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport immediately proceeded to the Intercon Hotel to address the 35th Philippines-Japan Society Friendship Dinner. He added that he never thought then that he would one day address the same Annual Dinner as Japan’s ambassador to the Philippines.

After the sumptuous dinner, the Philippines-Japan Ladies Chorale performed the Dinner’s traditional intermission number2 with three beautifully rendered songs, “Katakataka” – a joyful Filipino song; “Anata” – a Japanese song; and “Maria Elena” – a Spanish ballad. Special numbers were also given by Mr. Yu Miyoshi playing the Koto, Ms. Mariko Saito – flutist, and Ms. Maasa Kawasaki, vocalist. The famed Manila Glee Club of the Japanese Association Manila also rendered their impressive songs acapella.

Atty. Jose Vicente Jimenez, Corporate Secretary of the Philippines-Japan Society read the 1,189 worded Citation, while Ambassador Makoto Katsura stood at the dais, flanked by his wife, Mdme. Yasuko Katsura, Mr. Francis C. Laurel and Mr. Gerry B. Sanvictores, President and Vice-President respectively of the Philippines-Japan Society. The Medal of Merit was donned on Ambassador Katsura, assisted by Mdme. Katsura. The Plaque with the Citation engraved thereon was also presented to Ambassador Katsura.

Thereafter, Ambassador Katsura delivered a heartfelt Response, the full text of which can be read at this link.

The program thus ended, commemorative photos were taken which can be viewed at this link: 37th Philippines-Japan Friendship Celebration Photo Gallery.

Mr. Raymond C. Sanvictores served as the Master of Ceremonies.

Opening Remarks links:
Mr. Francis Laurel
Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa

1The Philippines-Japan Medal of Merit is conferred annually to Filipino or Japanese nationals who have distinguished themselves in the promotion of friendship, trust, understanding, goodwill, mutual respect and shared benefits. See Medal of Awardees

2The Philippines-Japan Ladies Choral has regaled all the Philippines-Japan Friendship Dinners with Filipino and Japanese songs since 1979, under the direction of Maestra Teresita Agana-Santos.

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6th Asian Business Summit at Tokyo, Japan (Jul 13, 2015)

The 6th Asian Business Summit was held in Tokyo on July 13, 2015 attended by delegates from 13 business organizations from 11 Economies across Asia. The business leaders discussed the major challenges for Asian economies in view of the emerging global economic realities. The delegates agreed to playan active role in realizing the goals laid down at the Summit and to provide actionable inputs to the policy makers of their respective Economies.  A Joint Statement was issued at the end of the Summit reflecting the expectations and aspirations of the Asian business community, and delineates the future role of the privuate sector in sustaining Asia’s economic dynamism.

Dr. Sadayuki Sakakibara, Chairman of Keidanren, chaired the Summit. The Summit discussed several issues affecting the Asian Economies such as regional economic integration, human resource, infrastructure, environment, and security issues. The Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee (PHILJEC) delegation to the Summit was led by Chairman Roberto L. Castillo, Co-Chairmen Atty. Aniceto G. Saludo, Jr. and Gerard B. Sanvictores, Secretary-General JJ Samuel A. Soriano, and PHILJEC Advisers and former chairmen, Tomas I. Alcantara and Atty. Eusebio V. Tan. Mr. Sanvictores delivered a presentation on “Perspectives on Human Resource Development” to kick-off the discussions on this topic.  The delegation was ably supported by its Secretariat composed of Ma. Elena Laurel-Loinaz, Glenda T. Ferma and Ma. Salvacion Saludo.

The Joint Statement was presented to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was the special guest of honor during the reception at the end of the Summit.

At the Luncheon, two distinguished guests, namely, H. E. Mr. Yoichi Miyazawa, Minister of METI and Mr. Kazuyuki Nakane, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, delivered their greetings to the 6th ABS delegates.

 Photos taken by KEIDANREN can be viewed at this link

Mdme. Yuko Ishikawa hosts luncheon for PJLA (July 7, 2015)

Madame Yuko Ishikawa, the wife of Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa hosted a Luncheon for the Board of Trustees and Advisers of the Philippines-Japanese Ladies Association (PJLA). It was held at the Ambassador’s Residence in Forbes Park on July 3, 2015.

Photo above shows, seated L-R: Mrs. Marilen Laurel-Loinaz (PJLA President), Mdme. Yuko Ishikawa, Mrs. Tomoko Nakagawa; standing L-R: Mrs. Soonduk Amano, Mrs.Amelia Lapeña, Mrs. Alice T. Guerrero, Mrs. Herminia L. Alcasid, Mrs. Bernadette B. Sanvictores, Mrs. Haruko Murakami, Mrs. Yoshiko Suzuki and Mrs. Hiroko Fukui.

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