Board of Trustees and Officers



Honorary Advisers

Ambassador Koji Haneda
Minister Tetsuro Amano


Council of Advisers

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Ambassador Benjamin F. Sanvictores

CEAVirata Photo
Former Prime Minister Cesar E.A. Virata


Board of Trustees

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Francis C. Laurel

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Gerard B. Sanvictores

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Jose C. Laurel V

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Feliciano L. Torres

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Miguel Ma. Guerrero

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Eusebio V. Tan

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JJ Samuel A. Soriano



Francis C. Laurel

Gerard B. Sanvictores

Ma. Elena L. Loinaz

Jose Vicente E. Jimenez
Corporate Secretary

Glenda T. Ferma
Assistant Corporate Secretary

36th Philippines-Japan Friendship Dinner Awards Night (Aug 1, 2014)

Atty. Lilia de Lima, Director-General of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) was recently awarded the Philippines-Japan Society Medal of Merit.  She is the 37th person (the 19th Filipino) to receive this prestigious award.

DG De Lima is a multi-awarded public servant, whose presidential appointment by former President Fidel V. Ramos in 1995 has been extended by all succeeding three administrations, including the incumbent President Benigno S. Aquino III. The sterling performance of the PEZA is the obvious reason for this unprecedented trust and confidence bestowed on her by four Chief Executives over the last 19 years

DG de Lima earned her Associate in Arts from the Centro Escolar University and her Bachelor of Laws from the Manuel L. Quezon University.  She was conferred a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa by the same university (MLQU) and is a Fellow of the Academy of American and International Law of the Southwestern Legal Foundation in Dallas, Texas.

She began her career in public service as an elected delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention, representing the 2nd District of Camarines Sur.  From 1981 to 1987, she was Director of the Bureau of Domestic Trade, then concurrently serving as Executive Director of the Price Stabilization Council, Department of Trade & Industry.  From 1989 to 1994, she served as the Chief Operating Officer of the World Trade Center Manila, whereupon she was designated Commissioner of the National Amnesty Commission in 1994.  In 1995, she was appointed Director-General of PEZA, a position she continues to hold with distinction to date.

PEZA is the Philippines’ most successful vehicle for attracting foreign direct investments (FDIs) and since 1995, about a third of all locators in its ecozones have been Japanese corporations.  Today, the 804 Japanese enterprises that are PEZA-registered account for about 25% of over 3,000 companies located in PEZA ecozones.

PEZA enterprises have poured in almost P2 Trillion in FDIs since 1995 generating over one million direct jobs in 300 ecozones while creating another 2 million indirect employment opportunities in allied and supporting industries nationwide.  In 2013 alone, PEZA firms exported US$43 Billion which is projected to increase 10% annually.

PEZA is noted and highly regarded for its culture of Absolute Honesty and One-Stop Non-Stop efficiency; No Corruption, No Red-Tape, Only Red Carpet Treatment for its investors. PEZA has been cited by the World Bank as one of the best practices in ecozones management worldwide.  It is also known for catalyzing and building up a breed of exceptionally hardworking, world-class Filipino workers and professionals, as well as for creating a macro-environment that promotes and ensures peaceful, harmonious and proactive labor-management relations.

For her leading role in bringing hundreds of Japanese investors to the Philippines, the Government of Japan conferred on DG de Lima in 2006 “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star”, the highest award given to a non-head of state by His Majesty, the Emperor.


In Memoriam – Victor A. Lim (Jul 7, 2014)

The Philippines-Japan Society and the Philippines-Japan Friendship Foundation announced today the passing of one of its founders, Dr. Victor A. Lim.

Victor A. LimMr. Lim served as the Philippine High Commissioner to the 1970 World Expo World’s Fair held in Osaka, Japan.  He thus worked closely with Amb. Jose S. Laurel III, who was the Philippine ambassador to Japan then, and when the Philippines-Japan Society was established in 1971, Mr. Lim was one of its incorporators, eventually becoming its President from 1985 to 1992.

He was one of the founding Trustees of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Foundation, a position he held until his demise.  He was also a finding Trustee of both the Philippine Institute of Japanese Language & Culture Foundation, Inc. and the Nihongo Center Foundation Inc..

Dr. Lim was Chairman of the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee (PHILJEC) in 1991 to 1993 and served as Chairman/co-Chairman of the Joint Meetings of those years.  Mr.  Kazuo Haruna, Chairman of Marubeni Corporation and Mr. Hisamitsu Uetani, former Chairman of Yamaichi Securities served as Dr. Lim’s counterparts from the Japan-Philippines Economic Cooperation Committee (JPECC).

Dr. Lim held top management positions in various large corporations.  He was also a founding faculty member of the Asian Institute of Management – Faculty of Master in Management – where he pioneered the “case method” in the Philippines.  He was also a President of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Management Association of the Philippines and the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers. 

He served as Chairman of the Bases Conversion Development Authority from 1993 to 1996.  Dr. Lim is a recipient of the Third Order of the Sacred Treasure granted by the Emperor of Japan.

Mr. Lim is survived by his wife, Eloisa and his 8 children and grandchildren.  He was 90 years old.

PJS 36th Golf Tournament (Mar 7, 2014)


35th Philippines-Japan Friendship Dinner Awards Night (Jul 26, 2013)

The event was graced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Held on July 26, 2013



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