Christmas is the most awaited and celebrated time of the year, the period to acknowledge and thank God for giving us His Son Jesus Christ for the Salvation of those who would believe as in John 3:16 (The Bible).

As anticipated everyone are all set to showcase their talents in a party themed A Christmas Carol Karaoke night at President Jose P. Laurel Hall 4/F in PJF Bldg., on Friday 18th December 2015 from 6PM onwards.

Every Candidate and NCF Staff displayed their inventiveness by presenting themselves wearing decorated and colourful Christmas attire in Red, White or Green.

The host, Mr. Josef Orillo encouraged everyone to participate in the games, singing, dancing, exchanging of gifts, to have a fantastic time and announced that dinner is served so everyone could enjoy sumptuous mixed of Oriental favourite meal and juices as a treat before we start the program.

Ms. Maria Lynn Canlas, Building Administrator opened the party with a thanksgiving prayer and Mr. Kenjiro Ogata, Head Lecturer welcomed everyone, and officially started the party.

The party began with 6 Christmas Carol Karaoke Presentations from each class, choices of music are: Kisyuugumi Videoke Carol (Class 1), 12 Days of Nihongo Benkyoushimasu (Class 2), Star ng Pasko (Class 3), I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (Class 4), Thank you for the Love & Merry Christrmas Happy Holidays Medley (Class 5) and Merry Christmas Dance Carol (Class 6). Judges were Mr. Kenjiro Ogata, Head Lecturer; Ms. Glenda Toral-Ferma, Deputy Adminitrator and Ms. Betty Mojica, Lecturer, Japanese Culture and Society with the following criteria for judging: Mastery and Timing, Choreography & Unity, Costume & Props and Christmas Relevance, such had made every presenters excitingly challenged. Every candidate performed with their all, and as a result every audience and judges were astonished! They are indeed handpicked.

Games made the night filled with fun and happiness too, we relayed messages via facial expressions, painted real life portraits of Christmas stories and played the stone, paper, and scissor twenty to share match.

The highlight of the evening is the exchanging of Christmas gifts with a twist – laughter, shouting, dancing and rejoicing  filled the room as we pass along gifts to the left, right, across, behind as instructed to the beat of  Hillsong’s  We Have A Saviour Born Is The King ‘It’s Christmas’ this activity was amazingly crazy and F.U.N. as per Mr. Ogata!

There were prizes aplenty as sponsored by NCF Management and Mr. Ogata were given away for the game winners and Presentation’s top 3 winners, as announced by Deputy Administrator Ms. Glenda Toral-Ferma. Winners came forward as called, they were: Class 3-3rd Placer, Class 4-2nd Placer and Class 2-Grand Winners who really made their presentation unique, personalized and relevant.

A planner with a character pen was also distributed as NCF’s token of appreciation, for each Administrators, Lecturers, Workforce and Candidates who are part of this enormous and triumphant year.

The party concluded as each of us observed a moment of stillness with a prayer thanking the Lord Jesus Christ the reason for the season, undeniably.

Symposium on Monozukuri – Jakarta, Indonesia (Dec 18-20, 2015)

By: Gian M. Vibal – PHILCULTAROS

Day 1

After arriving at Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, we were picked up by the hosts from Indonesia together with Malaysian delegate, Law Yean Kok. Despite the long trip from Manila to Kuala Lumpur, to Jakarta, we were pleased by how organized the airport pickup was. Not to mention, the scrumptious boxed meal of Indonesian desserts that we received while waiting for our ride to our hotel.

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Inside the cab, we had the chance to chat with the driver and Mr. Law Yean Kok about the similarities between Bahasa and Tagalog which kept us busy while braving the traffic. Soon enough, we reached an uphill leading us to the drop-off point of our accommodation—Hotel Sultan.


That was the first word that came to our minds upon entering the lobby. We were provided keys to our own separate rooms as we registered for the event. The hosts welcomed us warmly with genuine smiles and handshakes.

Warm welcome– check.

Lavish accommodation– check.

Spacious room for one–


After appreciating our individual rooms and freshening up for the welcoming dinner, the participants and hosts came to the dining hall batch by batch.

At 7 PM, The “Persada” formally opened the event. There were round tables and a decent array of Indonesian cuisine to choose from. Delegates from different South-East Asian countries took this chance to network and talk about our involvements, our respective alumni societies—milestones and plans, even our common interests, ending up with casual pictorials. Sato Jiro Sensei thanked all participants for attending the event. After his speech, the hosts requested each participant to introduce himself in front of everyone and state the alumni society he/she represents. Moreover, we were pleased to have cultural exchanges with other participants which helped us better understand some differences and similarities among South-East Asian countries.

It was a fun dinner coupled with collaborative talks among delegates and this prepared us well for another information-packed day to come.

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Day 2

Getting up from a cozy room, we had buffet for breakfast and immediately prepared for the symposium proper. All of us were picked up by a bus to Darma Persada University where the symposium will take place. The ride was convenient.

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Upon arriving at 8:45 in the morning, we were welcomed by the student hosts in charge of the registration. There were seat designations and each participant was provided an ID and a kit that includes the compiled presentations of the speakers.

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The symposium was divided into three sessions—The Philosophy of Monozukuri, Monozukuri from Industrial Practitioner Point of View and The Future of Monozukuri.

For the first session, Mr. Heru Santoso talked about Monozukuri in Indonesia; while Mr. Daiki Kasugahara discussed it from JETRO’s point of view; Dr. Dadang Solihin talked about Darma Persada’s Monozukuri education while Dr. Ruttikorn Varakulsiripunth tackled Monozukuri education in Thai Nichi Institute.

For the second session, Mr. Takao Yajima, Mr. Eichi Abe, Mr. Hartaman Ariesanto, Mr. Makoto Takahashi, Mr. Petrus Tedja Hapsoro and F.X. Sri Martono talked about the existence of Monozukuri in their respective companies (Flex Japan Group, EPSON, Indonesia Mold & Dies Industry Association, ASTRA)

Lastly, for the third session, Mr. Tatsuhiko Hayashi shared how Industry 4.0 affects the future of the Auto Industry and Mr. Takuya Shimura ended the symposium with his talk on “HRD and Monozukuri”.

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Every after portion, we were given coffee breaks and lunch breaks furthering our chances to network and talk with other people. The speakers explained the concept of monozukuri in different ways coming from their own perspectives and experiences. It was a privilege to attend the event with such an interesting topic. We learned a lot about the Japanese concept of about how to create things not focusing on the item but on the person’s skills and on his/her innovative method of making it. Moreover, there is also this concept of hitozukuri which focuses on the person and how he/she undergoes a process that manifests the ingredients of personal maturation needed to improve one’s craftsmanship. Through the talks, we have somehow seen how these principles are reflected in the speakers’ work environments and realized how the application of these concepts perpetuates innovation in manufacturing. The symposium ended at around 5 PM.

PHILCULTAROS (Philippine Cultural and Technical Association of Returned Overseas Scholars), a member association of PHILFEJA represented the Philippines in the ASJA-Persada Symposium on Monozukuri held from 18-20 December 2015  in Jakarta, Indonesia .  This article is the full report of Mr. Rayo to PHILFEJA on his participation in the Symposium and is published in this website with his permission.

PHILFEJA, PHILJEC host Kansai Keizai Douyukai Study Mission (Dec 3, 2015)

The Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA) and the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee (PHILJEC) hosted a Dialogue with members of the Asia Human Resource Committee of the Kansai Keizai Douyukai 関西経済同友会, held December 3, 2015 at the Ambassador Jose S. Laurel III Hall, 3rd Floor Dominion Building, Makati City.

 Kansai Keizai Douyukai dispatched a study mission to Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines to assess human resource development needs, especially in light of shifting demographics in Japan and ASEAN.  Of particular interest to the Japanese visitors was the state and direction of Nihongo training in the Philippines.

 The dialogue was moderated by PHILFEJA President Philip B. Sanvictores.  The panelists who engaged in the Dialogue were:

Name Company Designation Organization / Position
1 Mr. Roberto L. Castillo EEI Corporation President/CEO PHILJEC. Chairman
2 Mr. Gerard B. Sanvictores Quantum Group Chairman/CEO PHILJEC. Co-Chairman
3 Mr. JJ Soriano Soriano Projects & Ventures CEO PHILJEC. Sec-Gen
4 Atty. Eusebio V. Tan ACCRA Law Managing Partner PHILJEC. Former Chairman
5 Atty. Jose Vicente E. Jimenez JG Law – Bello Valdez Caluya & Fernandez Senior Partner PHILJEC. Trustee
6 Atty. Carrie Bee Hao Romulo Mabanta Law Office Partner, Japan Desk PHILJEC. Trustee
7 Mr. Richard I. Osmond Science Park of the PH, Inc. Executive VP & GM PHILJEC. Trustee
8 Mr. Philip B. Sanvictores Netmarks Philippines President PHILFEJA. President
PHILJEC. Trustee
9 Engr. Ernie Abrenica Abcor Industrial President PHILFEJA. Former President
10 Mr. Domingo Go Metrobank Vice-President PHILFEJA. Director
11 Mrs. Marilen L. Loinaz Philippines-Japan Friendship Foundation, Inc. Administrator PHILJEC-PHILFEJA  Secretariat
12 Mrs. Glenda T. Ferma Deputy Administrator
1 Mr. Yoichi Kobayashi Itochu Corporation Senior Advisor Committee Chairman
2 Mr. Mamoru Tanaka MIRAIT Technologies Senior Corporate Officer Committee Member
3 Mr Yoshitaka Saga Osaka Gas Co., Ltd/ Manager Committee Member
4 Mr. Fumitada Ito Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Kansai Corporate Adm & Development Dept Committee Member
5 Mr. Kasuya Sumita NTT West Corp Manager Committee Member
6 Mr. Kazushi Kono Itochu Corp Manila Branch General Manager Committee Member
7 Ms. Yoshiko Matoba Itochu Corp Gen Manager, Adm & Devt Dept Staff
8 Ms. Masako Tsukada Itochu Corp Adm & Devt Dept Staff


After the dialogue, PHILJEC Chairman Bobby Castillo graciously hosted dinner for the conferees at the El Cirkulo restaurant.