Teachers and staff of NCF packed their bags for a 3-day, 2-night summer outing in La Union last May 24 to 26, 2019. They spent most of their first day swimming at Thunderbird Resort before visiting Poro Point Baywalk and Poro Point Lighthouse on the second day for a group/staff picture taking.
NCF holds its annual summer outing to encourage camaraderie among its teachers and staff and help them recharge and keep a positive energy at work.
PHILJEC held its Annual General Membership Meeting last May 16, 2019 at Electra House Building in Makati City. Chairman Atty. Aniceto G. Saludo, Jr. headed the meeting, which also included the election of new officers for the Board of Trustees and its organizational meeting immediately after the election.
The current officers of PHILJEC:
Gerard B. Sanvictores Chairman Edwin L. Umali Co-Chairman Richard Albert I. Osmond Co-Chairman JJ Samuel A. Soriano Secretary-General Ferdinand A. Ferrer Treasurer Atty. Jose Vicente E. Jimenez, Jr. Assistant Secretary Ma. Elena L. Loinaz Assistant Treasurer Glenda T. Ferma Coordinator
Annual reports on the activities of PHILJEC were also submitted by the Chairman and the Treasurer, and acts of the Board of Trustees and Officers from April 11, 2018 to 15 May 2019 were also ratified during the meeting.
The 11th batch of Filipino nurses and careworkers under the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) will soon head to Japan after completing their six months Japanese language training at NCF Manila. Completion Certificates were awarded to 105 trainees in a closing ceremony held at The Philippines-Japan Friendship Center in Manila last May 21, 2019.
Head lecturer, Josef Orillo-sensei, congratulated the trainees for their effort and perseverance and for working independently in their own private time to improve their language skills. He also acknowledged the huge role of the NCF staff and teachers in supporting the students and making sure that things were very well coordinated behind the scenes. As a final advice, Josef-sensei reminded the students to continue adhering to the good study habits they acquired during the program and to remember they are not alone in their journey. Their fellow trainees, family, and friends are always ready to help and give support.
Mr. Arnel Marzan Balangatan represented batch 11 and gave his message of gratitude during the ceremony. He said that “Learning the Japanese language wouldn’t be possible without the help of our amazing teachers. We had so much fun because of their incredible teaching skills and strategies not only in Nihongo but also in creating an effective study plan.”
Officials and representatives from various organizations supporting the EPA training were also present in the ceremony. These included Japan Foundation Director, Mr. Hiroaki Uesugi; Undersecretary of DOLE, Mr. Jacinto Paras; Director for POEA Welfare and Employment Office, Mr. Virgilio L. Carreon, Jr.; and First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan, Mr. Manabu Yasukawa.
The EPA Japanese language training program is organized by NCF together with Japan Foundation Manila and held at two other partner training institutions: TESDA and the Personal Ability Development Foundation (PAD).
On May 21, 2019, The Japan Government announced the conferment of The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays to former PJLA President, Ma. Elena Laurel Loinaz in recognition of her contributions to strengthening Philippines-Japan relations.
As President of PJLA for 13 years, Ms. Loinaz has championed various education and socio-cultural programs that promote exchanges between Filipinos and Japanese. She also leads the organization in various activities that help develop camaraderie between its members and non-members.
Besides leading PJLA, Ms. Loinaz also holds administrative positions in other important affiliate organizations promoting mutual understanding between Philippines and Japan. These include Philippines-Japan Society, the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee, the Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni, the Philippine Institute of Japanese Language and Culture, and the Nihongo Center Foundation.
The members of PJLA and the staff of all its affiliate organizations would like to congratulate Ms. Loinaz for this much-deserved honor. To read entire press release from Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), click here.
The Order of the Rising Sun was established by Emperor Meiji in 1875 and is awarded to individuals who have made distinguished achievements in international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, development in welfare or preservation of the environment.
PJLA Chorale members and Board of Trustees gathered on May 2, 2019 to give a surprise birthday party to Maestra Teresita A. Santos on her 89th. Held at the Dominion Building in Makati, the ladies also dedicated song performances to their maestra.
Atty. & Mrs. Herminio M. Alcasid Sr. sang “All I Ask Of You” with Tagalog medley songs, while Ms. Mikaela Victoria Aoki gave her rendition of “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You,” and Ms. Noriko Maruhashi sang a Japanese song. After the performances, chorale members also gave their warm birthday greetings and thanks to the maestra.
The celebrant and guests enjoyed a feast of Filipino and Japanese food such as fresh lumpia, rice noodles, kakanin, cassava cake, sushi, and Japanese traditional sweets. Also held before the party was the association’s board meeting where they presented a Plaque of Appreciation to former PJLA president, Mrs. Ma. Elena L. Loinaz.
The PJLA Chorale holds its practice every Thursday at the Ambassador Jose S. Laurel III Hall, Dominion Building, Makati City.