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.

Symposium on Monozukuri – Jakarta, Indonesia (Dec 18-20, 2015)

By: Gian M. Vibal – PHILCULTAROS

Day 1

After arriving at Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, we were picked up by the hosts from Indonesia together with Malaysian delegate, Law Yean Kok. Despite the long trip from Manila to Kuala Lumpur, to Jakarta, we were pleased by how organized the airport pickup was. Not to mention, the scrumptious boxed meal of Indonesian desserts that we received while waiting for our ride to our hotel.

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Inside the cab, we had the chance to chat with the driver and Mr. Law Yean Kok about the similarities between Bahasa and Tagalog which kept us busy while braving the traffic. Soon enough, we reached an uphill leading us to the drop-off point of our accommodation—Hotel Sultan.


That was the first word that came to our minds upon entering the lobby. We were provided keys to our own separate rooms as we registered for the event. The hosts welcomed us warmly with genuine smiles and handshakes.

Warm welcome– check.

Lavish accommodation– check.

Spacious room for one–


After appreciating our individual rooms and freshening up for the welcoming dinner, the participants and hosts came to the dining hall batch by batch.

At 7 PM, The “Persada” formally opened the event. There were round tables and a decent array of Indonesian cuisine to choose from. Delegates from different South-East Asian countries took this chance to network and talk about our involvements, our respective alumni societies—milestones and plans, even our common interests, ending up with casual pictorials. Sato Jiro Sensei thanked all participants for attending the event. After his speech, the hosts requested each participant to introduce himself in front of everyone and state the alumni society he/she represents. Moreover, we were pleased to have cultural exchanges with other participants which helped us better understand some differences and similarities among South-East Asian countries.

It was a fun dinner coupled with collaborative talks among delegates and this prepared us well for another information-packed day to come.

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Day 2

Getting up from a cozy room, we had buffet for breakfast and immediately prepared for the symposium proper. All of us were picked up by a bus to Darma Persada University where the symposium will take place. The ride was convenient.

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Upon arriving at 8:45 in the morning, we were welcomed by the student hosts in charge of the registration. There were seat designations and each participant was provided an ID and a kit that includes the compiled presentations of the speakers.

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The symposium was divided into three sessions—The Philosophy of Monozukuri, Monozukuri from Industrial Practitioner Point of View and The Future of Monozukuri.

For the first session, Mr. Heru Santoso talked about Monozukuri in Indonesia; while Mr. Daiki Kasugahara discussed it from JETRO’s point of view; Dr. Dadang Solihin talked about Darma Persada’s Monozukuri education while Dr. Ruttikorn Varakulsiripunth tackled Monozukuri education in Thai Nichi Institute.

For the second session, Mr. Takao Yajima, Mr. Eichi Abe, Mr. Hartaman Ariesanto, Mr. Makoto Takahashi, Mr. Petrus Tedja Hapsoro and F.X. Sri Martono talked about the existence of Monozukuri in their respective companies (Flex Japan Group, EPSON, Indonesia Mold & Dies Industry Association, ASTRA)

Lastly, for the third session, Mr. Tatsuhiko Hayashi shared how Industry 4.0 affects the future of the Auto Industry and Mr. Takuya Shimura ended the symposium with his talk on “HRD and Monozukuri”.

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Every after portion, we were given coffee breaks and lunch breaks furthering our chances to network and talk with other people. The speakers explained the concept of monozukuri in different ways coming from their own perspectives and experiences. It was a privilege to attend the event with such an interesting topic. We learned a lot about the Japanese concept of about how to create things not focusing on the item but on the person’s skills and on his/her innovative method of making it. Moreover, there is also this concept of hitozukuri which focuses on the person and how he/she undergoes a process that manifests the ingredients of personal maturation needed to improve one’s craftsmanship. Through the talks, we have somehow seen how these principles are reflected in the speakers’ work environments and realized how the application of these concepts perpetuates innovation in manufacturing. The symposium ended at around 5 PM.

PHILCULTAROS (Philippine Cultural and Technical Association of Returned Overseas Scholars), a member association of PHILFEJA represented the Philippines in the ASJA-Persada Symposium on Monozukuri held from 18-20 December 2015  in Jakarta, Indonesia .  This article is the full report of Mr. Rayo to PHILFEJA on his participation in the Symposium and is published in this website with his permission.



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At 40 Years of Age, PHILCULTAROS is Still Moving Forward. The year 2005 marked 40 glorious years for the Philippine Cultural and Technical Association of Returned Overseas Scholars (PHILCULTAROS). It was originally formed under the name ABK (Asia Bunka Kaikan) Dosokai in 1963 which eventually changed into PHILCULTAROS two years later, under the leadership of Mr. Ko “Benito’ Kiam Tiu, ’64-’66, the organization’s first President. Succeeding presidents were Alberto B. Periquet, ’66-‘68, Rogelio R. Martinez, ’68-’70, Alberto A. Abanilla, ’70-’72, Moises Mañego, ’72-’76, Benjamin F. Pateña, ’76-78, Serapio A. Bravo, ’78-’80, Delfin H. Torres, ’80-’82, Larry Azurin, ’84-’86, Lucio Lim, ’86-’88, Ernesto V. Abrenica, ’88-’95, Gaspar R. Andres, Jr. ’95-’96, Cristina E. Francisco, ’96-’00, Lorentti T. Velasco, ’01- ’13 and Alex N. Ventura ’13-’14.

PHILCULTAROS was born out of the desire to develop mutual cooperation and maintain friendship among the former residents of ABK, former trainees of Association of Technical Scholarships based in Tokyo, Japan, and other AOTS Alumni Societies. At the same time sharing their knowledge acquired in AOTS trainings to their fellow countrymen. It is a living testimony to the spirit of cooperation between the Philippines and Japan, driven by the single purpose of establishing common values and interests anchored in collaborative efforts to contribute to national progress through human resources development.

In cooperation with AOTS, seminars, workshops, and various discussion groups or lectures on various relevant topics, ie. Total Quality Management, 5S, Gemba Kaisen, Total Production Management, Behavioral Problem Solving, Information Technology and many others are conducted. Socio-cultural projects are likewise pursued. We have strengthened our networks on the international level by, among others, establishing membership with several Japanese-affiliated organizations like the Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA) and Federation of Southeast Asian AOTS Alumni Societies (FOSAAS). We have participated in the Asian Local Training Program (ALTP) and the World Network of Friendship Program (WNF). In an effort to bolster net-working among our members, we have launched our own newsletter, called News Net.

Membership strengthening is likewise at the core of PHILCULTAROS’s priorities. Chapters in different areas in Luzon have been organized and quarterly meetings and get-together like golf tournaments and bingo socials were being held regularly every year.

To further strengthen our human resource training activities, two Partnership Agreements between PHILCULTAROS and AOTS were ratified on 30 October 2003. Under the first agreement, PHILCULTAROS is the collaborating organization responsible for the recruitment, recommendation, pre-departure orientation and sending of trainees for AOTS training courses in five training centers in Japan. As the collaborating organization for the second agreement, PHILCULTAROS is responsible for planning, organizing, recruitment and implementation of training seminars here in Manila, Clark and Cavite industrial zones with Japanese experts as lecturers and with employees from Japanese and Japanese affiliated manufacturing companies as trainees.

Today, PHILCULTAROS accounts for about 70 percent of the 6,000 Filipinos who have been trained under the auspices of AOTS. Equipped with technical knowledge, skills and managerial know-how gained through in-plant training in Japanese companies and factories, they support the industrial development of the Philippines and are the foundation of the major industries of the country, particularly in Philippine-Japanese joint venture corporations.


President : Cynthia Reyes
Vice President Internal : Luisito Gutierrez
Vice President External : Brando Barrantes
Secretary/Membership : Ma. Kristina Velasco
Treasurer : Marcelino Yu
Assistant Treasurer : Evangeline Ang
Auditor : Albert Tanching
Public Relations Officer : Ma. Luisa Mascardo

Ways & Means : Manuel Arturo Sanvictores
Edilberto Gallor
Recruitment : Artemio Baylosis
Continuing Education : Ma. Salvacion Saludo
Internship : Elisa Arriola
Socio-Cultural : Edward Nell Landicho
Constitutional Amendments : Reynaldo Espino


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