PJLA Members Spend Fun Day at Family Bingo & White Elephant Sale

PJLA held its annual Family Bingo Social and White Elephant Sale last September 21, 2019 at The Philippines-Japan Friendship Center in Makati City. The annual special events are meant to raise funds to support the organization’s various socio-economic and cultural projects with the end goal of promoting and building stronger Philippines-Japan relations.

Corporate sponsors and friends of the organization provided prizes for the bingo games, which started from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Madame Ihoko Haneda and former PJLA President and Imperial Awardee, Ma. Elena Laurel Loinaz were among the games’ participants.

Members and advisers of the Board agreed to assess each member Php 1,000 for 5 bingo cards. Members also contributed unused items for the White Elephant Sale. Part of the proceeds of the activities will be donated to the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart (MSH Sisters) Academy in Marikina. 

 

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PJLA Holds 2019 Annual Membership Meeting

PJLA members gathered for their Annual Membership Meeting last August 8, 2019 at The Philippines-Japan Friendship Center in Makati City. The different activities and accomplishments of the organization so far for this year was summarized in a presentation led by PJLA president, Mrs. Nora A. Torres. The highlights included January 2019’s Shinnenkai, the Japanese cake and tea ceremony hosted by Madame Ihoko Haneda, and the conferment of the Imperial Award to former PJLA President, Ma. Elena Loinaz. 

The afternoon event also doubled as a celebration for members who had their birthdays in July and who are celebrating it this month of August. 

July:
Maria Rita Baltasar (10)
Nora Torres (15)
Yoko Kurihara (23)

August:
Glenda Ferma (5)
Alice Guerrero (6)
Yoko Iori (11)
Aurora Montano (22)
Joy Sanvictores (26)


Former PJLA President, Ma. Elena Loinaz, Receives Imperial Award at Conferment Ceremony

Former PJLA President, Ms. Ma. Elena Laurel Loinaz, received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays Imperial award during a ceremony held on Friday, August 16, 2019 at the Japanese Ambassador’s Residence.

Ambassador Koji Haneda on behalf of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan conferred the award, which recognizes Ms. Loinaz’ contribution to promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the Philippines.  PJS President, Mr. Francis C. Laurel, in his speech, congratulated his sister who is fondly called “Ate Marilen” by her family. Mr. Laurel added, “Ms. Loinaz’ work with the Philippines Japan Friendship Foundation spans over two decades. And like our Father (Amb. Jose S. Laurel III), she worked tirelessly with steadfastness and precision. She did her job well and never waivered at any time. She was the quiet and diligent worker. All in all, she got the task at hand done well.”

Ms. Loinaz has been leading the PJLA for 13 years and continuous to spearhead 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 the 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 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.

 


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Ms. Ma. Elena Laurel Loinaz Speech
Ambassador Koji Haneda Speech
Mr. Francis C. Laurel Speech


Japan Government Confers National Decoration on Former PJLA President, Ma. Elena Loinaz

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 Hold Surprise Birthday Party for Maestra Teresita A. Santos

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.

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