PHILFEJA holds hybrid General Assembly meeting after pandemic

The Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA) held its first Hybrid General Assembly Meeting on the 19th of August 2023 at the PJFF Office at Electra House Makati. 

Representatives from the five (5) affiliate Associations attended. Special guests were Mr. Shigehiro Matsuda, Director and First Secretary of the Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan who was also the Inducting Officer and Dr. Lydia Tansinsin, who at ninety-years old, is still active in her profession, representing the early batch of Monbusho scholars and one of the living Founders of PHILAJAMES.

After the Annual Report of the President, the Officers and Trustees for 2023-2024 were elected: Mr. Domingo Go (APPAJU) as President, Mr. Rommel Roque (SAPILNIP) as Vice-President, Dr. Neil Tan Gana (PHILAJAMES) as Treasurer and as Trustees: Ms. Junelyn Pangunsan (JAAP) and Ms. Cynthia Reyes (PHILCULTAROS).  Ms. Cecilia Tolentino remained as Secretary-General.  Mr. Rommel Roque, President of SAPILNIP and elected Vice-President of PHILFEJA was in Los Angeles, USA at that time but he attended the Meeting and was inducted by Zoom.  The Accounting Firm of Diaz, Murillo, Dalupan and Company was also re-appointed as external auditor of PHILFEJA for fiscal year 2023. 

After the Oath-taking, Director Matsuda gave his congratulatory speech with some phrases in the Filipino language.  Other guests who were requested to give remarks were former Trustee and PHILFEJA Director for ASJA, Mr. Philip Sanvictores, and Dr. Lydia Tansinsin.

The guests enjoyed the sumptuous lunch and the fellowship afterwards.



 Website: PHILAJAMES – Philippine Association of the Japanese Government Scholars, Inc.

Facebook Page: @philajamesnational 



The Philippine Association of the Japanese Government Scholars, PHILAJAMES, Inc. was conceived in 1972 by University of Tokyo alumni, Mr. Jovencio D. Torres, who invited 5 other ex-Monbusho (former name of Monbukagakusho) scholars. They met on a Saturday night in the summer of 1972 at the Butterfly Restaurant near the present Quezon City Memorial Circle. The five other alumni were Prof. Jose G. Diaz, Dr. Felipe P. Calderon, Mr. Cesar Lopez, Dr. Efren C. Flores and Mr. Larry M. Azurin.

Several months later, in January 1973, several alumni members met at the audio-visual room of the Japan Information Center, Embassy of Japan (then located at the Filinvest Bldg., Taft Avenue near the corner of present Quirino Avenue) to elect the officers of the Association. The former name of the Association was “Philippine Association of the Japanese Ministry of Education Scholars.” Induction of the first set of officers was hela on April 7, 1973 at the Sulo Hotel in Quezon with the Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines, Ambassador Toshio Urabe, as Inducting Officer and Guest Speaker.

The idea to incorporate the Association with the Securities and Exchange Commission was initiated during the term of Dr. Paciente A. Cordero, Jr. as President from 1978-1979. However, not until the term of Mr. Nestor D. Garcia as President in 1980-1981 was PHILAJAMES finally incorporated with SEC under Registration No. 92936. To meet the challenges of the new millennium, the Board during the term of Dr. Lydia G. Tansinsin (1997-2000) amended the By-Laws and applied for SEC approval. Approval was granted on the 27th of September 1997. During the term of Dr. Benito M. Pacheco (2002-2005), the name of the Association was modified after the ratification of its By-Laws by the members and was incorporated with the SEC on May 9, 2003.

PHILAJAMES in the new millennium has tried to attune itself to the new challenges. Its five Regional Chapters – Northern Luzon, Southern Luzon, Visayas (based in Iloilo), Cebu and Mindanao Chapters – have continued to strengthen its linkages and networks with each other and with Japanese institutions abroad. The regional Chapters have acted as central points in the nationwide celebration of the annual Philippine-Japan festivals. Lecture forums on Japanese education and scholarship programs, orientations in Manila, Iloilo, Cebu and Davao for the annual outgoing Japanese Government scholars are being conducted every March and September each year, a PHILAJAMES website was developed, and participation in PHILFEJA and ASCOJA activities has been regularly maintained.


President                                  : Ronillo Jose Flores

1st Vice-President                   : Anderson Villa

2nd Vice-President                 : Neil Tan Gana

Secretary                                  : Precious Gamboa

Treasurer                                 : Hazel Saez


Nappy Navarra

Darwin Polido

Cherry Ballescas

Jane Amar


South Luzon                              : Marloe Sundo

North Luzon                              : Crispin Ramos Jr.

Cebu                                            : Cherry Ballescas

Iloilo                                            : Philip Ian Padilla

Davo                                            : Darwin Polido


ADDRESS: PHILIPPINES-JAPAN ALUMNI CENTER (PJAC) #823 Sergio H. Loyola St., Sampaloc, Manila

Challenges of Space Science Education in the Philippines (Mar 6, 2014)


UP NISMED in collaboration with PHILAJAMES and the Embassy of Japan will hold a Public Lecture on the “Challenges of Space Science Education in the Philippines”
Date: March 6, 2014
Time: 1:30 PM
Venue: Auditorium, Dolores Hernandez Hall, UP NISMED, Dilman, Quezon City
Featured Speaker: Dr. Rogel Mari Sese (Tsukuba University, 2009)

PHILAJAMES General Assembly 2013 (Dec 7, 2013)

Christmas Party / General Assembly / National Elections / Welcome Party for Returning Scholars


This event was held at the Diamond Hotel, Manila on December 7, 2013. There were about forty-three (43) participants to this event. To start the activity, the members were asked to introduce themselves to everyone since not everybody know each other due to diversity of memberships.

After the introductions, a mini-forum on Disaster Resiliency was conducted, in order in view of the recent happening, which is the supertyphoon Yolanda, the strongest typhoon recorded in the planet Earth, which hit the Visayas region of the Philippines. The speaker who gave the talk was Dr. Marqueza Reyes, ASEAN Advisor on Disaster Risk and Reduction Management.

5th National Teacher Training Conference (Nov 16, 2013)

November 16, 2013

This activity was held at the NISMED Auditorium at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. Due to the recent super typhoon Yolanda that devastated a large part of Visayas, primarily Samar and Leyte (Nov. 8, 2013), only forty (40) of the expected 100 participants were able to attend.

The theme of the conference was on the “Multicultural Approaches to Basic Education. There were four speakers invited to tackle issues namely: Dr. Amelia Fajardo, Dr. Ferdinand Pitagan (both of the College of Education, UP-Diliman); Dr. Richard DLC Gonzales, President and CEO (DSI-Consulting); and Dr. Eleanor Diaz (UP Diliman College of Education). All speakers gave interesting presentations on their respective topics regarding multicultural approaches in teaching.

Mr. Kiyoshi Takeuchi, Mr. Shinichiro Kato and Ms. Jenny de Jesus were the only guests from JICC.

The program started at 9:30 AM, with a prayer and the singing of national anthems of the Philippines and Japan. Welcome remarks was given by the PHILAJAMES President, Ms. Grace P. Sapuay. Dr. Maria Lourdes Munarriz, PHILAJAMES Secretary, emceed the event. Mr. Kiyoshi Takeuchi, JICC Director, gave the opening remarks to the delighted audience.

It was only a half day event, but as the conference started a bit late, the presentations and discussions were extended until 2:00 pm.