Honoring Jose S. Laurel III—a Filipino Samurai—in New Book by Historian Dr. Rico Trota-Jose

The world knows the samurai as Japan’s warrior class who strictly followed the Bushido—a code of ethics characterized by loyalty, self-discipline, respectability, dignity, chivalry, valor, courage and honor. But there is a Filipino samurai who held true to these virtues and whose life is now chronicled in the new book “Filipino Samurai: The Life and Times of Jose S. Laurel III.”

The book—a work of love by Ambassador Laurel III’s children and written by renowned historian Dr. Rico Trota-Jose—was launched last August 27, 2019 at the Manila Polo Club, Forbes Park, Makati City. Mr. Antonio C. Laurel, the eldest son of Ambassador Laurel III, welcomed guests with his opening remarks followed by a message from Philippine Ambassador to Japan Jose C. Laurel V. 

The afternoon’s emcee, PIJLC & NCF President, Mr. Philip B. Sanvictores, shared the message on behalf of his father, Ambassador Benjamin F. Sanvictores, and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda gave a toast during the event. Dr. Rico Trota-Jose also graced the event and intimated some of his experiences while writing the book. 

PJS President, Mr. Francis C. Laurel, delivered his closing remarks to wrap up the momentous occasion. This was followed by a serenade of songs by Mr. Cocoy Laurel. 

Ambassador Jose S. Laurel III had a long-standing relationship with Japan and the Japanese people. He lived and studied in Japan for several years and eventually served as the Philippine Ambassador to Japan from 1966 to 1971. To the community of former Filipino students in Japan, Ambassador Laurel III is affectionately referred to as “Dai Dai Senpai” who established The Philippines-Japan Society and The Philippines-Japan Friendship Foundation and endeavored towards his lifelong advocacy of strengthening friendly relations between Filipinos and Japanese based on the principles of equality, mutual respect, and better understanding.


“Filipino Samurai: The Life and Times of Jose S. Laurel III” is only available for purchase at the PJFF office, 6th floor, Electra House Building, 115-117 Esteban Street Legaspi Village, Makati City. We only accept check payments payable to TERCERO REALTY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION. Strictly no cash payment.  

For inquiries, please call Frei A. Tan of PJFF at 02 892 4916 or 0917 596 2931.

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