ASJA-ASCOJA Symposium Series Launched

ASJA International of Japan announced in early October the schedule of four symposia to be held in association with counterpart ASCOJA associations in Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore.

Highlights of the Series –

ASJA-ASCOJA Symposium Series for FY 2015 (ending 31 March 2016)


Country JAV
Date 10-13 December 2015 (F) 18-19 December 2015 (F-Sn) 19-20 February 2016 (F-Sn) 4 March 2016 (Sat)
Venue ULIS-SUNHWA, University of Languages & Intenational Studies (VNU), Hanoi Graha Wikta Bakti Hall, Darma Persada Univeristy, Jakarta Kingpetch Room, Asia Hotel, Bangkok Japanese Association, Singapore
Theme Japan ASEAN International Symposium on Education Implementation of Monozukuri Spirit for Local Industries in ASEAN Contemporary Japanese Language Teaching in ASEAN and Possible Roles of ASCOJA Chapters in Promoting Japanese Language for Business Practices under AEC Talent Management and Globalization – the impact on ASEAN and Japan

All ASCOJA Chapter Associations are invited to attend the 2015 ASCOJA Symposium Series, where travel and lodging costs for two (2) official delegates from each country-association will be provided by ASJA International. PHILFEJA will be participating in these symposia with nominations to be provided by the following associations:

Country JAV
Date 10-13 December 2015 (F) 18-19 December 2015 (F-Sn) 19-20 February 2016 (F-Sn) 4 March 2016 (Sat)
Theme International Symposium on Education Monozukuri for ASEAN Industries Contemporary Japanese Language Teaching in ASEAN Talent Management and Globalization

Click this link for a more detailed prospectus of the Series.

NIYE Junior Program 2015 (Nov 8, 2015)

By Mrs. Bernadette Hieida, Delegation Advisor-Attendant

I always believe that EXPERIENCE is the BEST TEACHER!

Today’s generation is blessed, especially these six high school students who represented the Philippines in the NIYE Junior Program 2015.


We had a very busy 10-day schedule to maximize the objective of the program which is to foster future leaders of Japan and respective countries in ASEAN. The journey was not easy.   Waking up at 6am (or earlier) was a challenge everyday with an average temperature of 8°C.  Our day would usually end at 10pm. We had to think and move fast. We are grateful for all the activities prepared for us because they combined pleasure and education, with a twist of something new. I’ve been an attendant or faculty adviser of different exchange programs and the learning never ends. We expected something but our experience was extraordinary. We started with some frustrations but came back home fulfilled and better Filipinos.

 Please enjoy the journey of each student in this program by clicking on this link.

Six Filipinos Participate in 2015 NIYE Japan Exchange Program (Oct 20-28, 2015)

NIYE 2015 Write up for PHILFEJA

The NIYE (National Institution for Youth Education) Junior Program invites students from ASEAN countries to visit Japan with the aim to deepen mutual understanding and broaden view of the youth and foster the next generation of leaders.  The Program is held annually at the start of autumn in late October.

The Program provides delegates the opportunity to learn more about Japan and its people, as well as their fellow delegates from other ASEAN countries. The students engage in various activities such as school visitation, courtesy calls on the City Mayor and some government offices, as well as a few days of “homestay” with Japanese families.

Chosen by the Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA), the six members of the Philippine Delegation to the 2015 NIYE Program are:

Name School
Alfonso A. Ballesteros (Hikki) Espiritu Santo Parochial School
Mayumi Kara M. Buot (Mayumi) South Hill School, Inc.
Stefhanelle Jeanne Marie A. Laurel (Stefhie) De La Salle Santiago Zobel School
Regina Coeli C. Legaspi (Rina) International British Academy
Joshue Markees R. Malamug (Markees) St. Mary’s College Quezon City
Nelson Matthew P. Tan (Matti) Ateneo De Manila High School

They will be attended to by Mrs. Bernadette S. Hieida, Asst. Professorial Lecturer of Del La Salle University Manila.


Pre-departure preparations:

Despite their busy schedules, the students were personally involved in the preparation for the program. Each student designed his/her own brochure page, contributed in developing the choreography for a traditional Filipino dance and wrote a script for a mini play, which they will be present during the Program.

Stefhie designed the cover page of the brochure, while Rina designed the badge for the official NIYE jacket of the Philippine group.

Japanese language lessons and culture-related lectures were also conducted to equip the students with basic information of Japan.


2015 Junior High School Students in ASEAN Member Countries for Youth Exchange Program

October 20 (Tue) Arrival at Chubu Centrair International Airport
Arrival at National Norikura Youth Friendship Center
October 21 (Wed) Courtesy Call at Takayama City Hall
Field Trip to Sirakawago
Culture Lesson: History of Takayama City
October 22 (Thu) School Visit
Brainstorming for the Tokyo Report
October 23 (Fri) Sorano Apple Orchard Visit
Authentic Japanese Native Food Cooking Demo
Takayama City Field trip
October 24 (Sat) Interactive discussion with Japanese Students
Meeting the host family
October 25 (Sun) Culture Lesson: Lifestyle in Japan
Preparation for the Tokyo Report
October26 (Mon) Fieldtrip to Shin Hotaka Ropeway
Preparation for the Tokyo Report
October 27 (Tue) Summary of training
Making of flower rice cake
Final Preparation for the Tokyo Report
Farewell Party with Host Family
October 28 (Wed) Leave for Tokyo
Courtesy Call – Philippine Embassy in Tokyo
Arrival at National Olympics Memorial Youth Center
Cultural Party with all delegates
October 29 (Thu) Final presentation of each delegation
City Tour
October 30 (Fri) Departure for Manila

21ST ASCOJA Conference Featured In Philippine Media


JUGAS Celebrates 45th Year on Sept 5, 2015

The Japan University Graduates Association of Singapore (JUGAS) celebrates its 45th Foundation Anniversary with a series of activities and programs culminating in a Gala Dinner to be held on September 5, 2015 at the Concorde Hotel in Singapore. The Guest of Honor will be none other than the Immediate-Past Prime Minister of Singapore and Emeritus Senior Minister GOH CHOK TONG.

JUGAS President TAN KAY GUAN who leads the celebration festivities has extended invitations to all ASCOJA Governors, including PHILFEJA President Philip B. Sanvictores. In an email to MR. JIMMY NG, JUGAS Honorary Secretary, Mr. Sanvictores has accepted the invitation of JUGAS for him and his wife Mrs. Patricia Maribel Sanvictores to attend the Gala Dinner in his concurrent capacity as President of PHILFEJA and Chairman of ASCOJA.

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