Toshiba Youth Club Asia (Mar 17, 2015)

written by Ms. Keli Biscarra

With the aim of creating a network of young Asian leaders, Toshiba International Foundation, together with the joint sponsor Toshiba Thai Foundation and executor BeGood Café, organized the Toshiba Youth Club Asia (TYCA) Program, an all-expense paid one-week Exchange Camp to be held at the National Olympic Memorial Youth Center in Yoyogi, Tokyo. In this program, 16 students from Japan and 6 ASEAN countries will gather from March 23 to 30, 2015, to think about critical issues such as world energy, disaster prevention, and advanced technology. The program also includes visits to museums and various Tokyo landmarks, cultural activities, several workshops including one with students from Keio University Shonan Fujisawa High School.

The Philippine representatives, who were selected on the basis of a qualifying essay and interview, are Sydney P. Mateo of Marikina Science High School and Mark Ulysis Romulo of City of Mandaluyong Science High School. They will be accompanied by their adviser, Carmencita Biscarra, a Japanese-language instructor of Nihongo Center Foundation and Japan Foundation Manila. Other participants who will join the program are from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, and Japan.

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PHILFEJA holds 2015 Shinnen Kai (Jan 24, 2015)

PHILFEJA held on January 24, 2015 its annual New Year Party (Shinnen Kai 新年会) at the Philippines-Japan Friendship Hall (3rd Floor Dominion Building, A. Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City).  More than 50 guests were in attendance, led by the Deputy Chief of Mission of Japan to the Philippines, Min. Mitsuru Amano, Ambassador Benjamin F. Sanvictores – PHILFEJA Advisor, Mr. Francis C. Laurel – President of the Philippines-Japan Society, Director Tatsuo Kitagawa – Japan Information & Cultural Center (JICC) and Director Shuji Takatori – Japan Foundation Manila.  Also present was Mr. Seiki Furudate, First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Manila.

The 2015 Shinnen Kai was made even more memorable by the attendance of high-ranking representatives from member associations comprising the ASEAN Council of Japan Alumni (ASCOJA) as well as officials of the Asia Japan Alumni (ASJA) International of Japan who met earlier in the day for a Special ASCOJA-ASJA Consultative Meeting at the AIM Conference Center. The special meeting tackled issues pertaining to the forthcoming 21st ASCOJA Conference which will be held on October 2-4, 2015 at the Dusit Thani Manila. PHILFEJA is hosting and organizing this major event.

Representatives from the five chapter associations of PHILFEJA were likewise present, led by Mr. Philip B. Sanvictores – President, PHILFEJA; President – SAPILNIP.  As PHILFEJA President, Mr. Sanvictores concurrently serves as the Chairman of ASCOJA.  PHILAJAMES, PHILCULTAROS, APPAJU and JAAP were all represented at the affair.

PHILFEJA President Sanvictores welcomed all the guests at the start of the party.  In his opening remarks, he enjoined everyone to support the 21st ASCOJA Conference which, his predecessor, the late PHILFEJA President/ASCOJA Chairman Benjie Laurel had looked forward to hosting.  He also said that as ASCOJA Chairman, Mr. Laurel had pushed for a new Vision-Mission for ASCOJA, which he was happy to announce, was drafted during the just concluded special ASCOJA meeting.

Over the dinner buffet, a medley of songs was rendered by a trio of UP College of Music students.  They sang and played Filipino love songs and ballads.  A special “Koto” performance was rendered by Mr. Yu Miyoshi, a Manila-based business executive who plays this special traditional Japanese stringed instrument as his art and hobby.  Later, he was joined by Mr. Gazan Watanabe – master Shakuhaku 尺八artist – who is Mr. Miyoshi’s personal friend and fellow-artist and who had just arrived from Tokyo for several performances in Manila.

The high point of the evening’s entertainment was the impromptu and awe-inspiring rendition by the UP tenor of the popular Pilipino love song “Ikaw” seamlessly accompanied by Mr. Miyoshi on the Koto and Watanabe-san on the Shakuhaku.

Min. Amano was then asked to address PHILFEJA in the New Year 2015 and he pledged the full support of the Embassy of Japan, especially for the 21st ASCOJA Conference.  This was echoed by Mr. Francis C. Laurel who committed to PHILFEJA the full support and assistance of the Philippines-Japan Society and all its affiliate organizations, to the rousing applause of the audience.

PHILFEJA consists of five (5) chapter associations: the Philippine Association of Japan Ministry of Education Scholars (PHILAJAMES), Philippine Cultural & Technical Association of Returned Overseas Scholars (PHILCULTAROS), Association of Philippine Private Alumni of Japanese Universities (APPAJU), JICA Alumni Association of the Philippines (JAAP), and the Samahan ng Mga Pilipinong Nag-Aral at Nanirahan sa Nippon (SAPILNIP).  It was first established in 1975.

2014 PHILFEJA Shinnen Kai (Dec 1, 2014)

The Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA) held its 2014 Shinnen Kai  新年会 on January 18,2014 at the Board Room, Dusit Thani Manila at the Ayala Center in Makati.  It was hosted by the Association of Philippine Private Alumni of Japanese Universities (APPAJU) headed by its President, Mr. Domingo Go.

The 2014 Shinnen Kai was graced by PHILFEJA President Benjie C. Laurel and his wife Auring, Amb. and Mrs. Benjamin F. Sanvictores, Amb. Pete Firmalino, former PHILFEJA Presidents Atty. Ernie Martinez, Engr. Erni Abrenica  and Mr. Ed Valencia.  Officials of the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) of the Embassy of Japan in Manila likewise attended the affair.  Other officers of PHILFEJA affiliated organizations joined the annual New Year party, i.e., PHiLAJAMES, PHILJAFA, PHILCULTAROS and APPAJU.

PHILFEJA President Benjie Laurel, though weakened by a lingering illness, bravely attended and made an impassioned speech, encouraging PHILFEJA to actively support the organization of the 21st ASCOJA Conference which is slated to be held in Manila in 2015.  He said that in his capacity as the President PHILFEJA, he is now the Chairman of both ASCOJA and ASJA International.  He sought the members’ all out support and cooperation as PHILFEJA performs its new responsibilities.  He also noted that this will be the last time PHILFEJA can occupy this position of leadership in ASCOJA, since its chairmanship rotates around all member countries, which now include all 10-member states of ASEAN.  The ASCOJA Chairman normally holds office for two years.


PHILFEJA President Calls on JAV and JAGAM (Nov 25, 2014)


PHILFEJA President Philip Sanvictores recently called on officials of the Japan Alumni of Vietnam (JAV) and the Japan Alumni Graduates’ Association of Malaysia (JAGAM), at the sidelines of a business trip to Hanoi and Kuala Lumpur.

On November 22, 2014, he met with Dr. Ngo Minh Thuy, JAV President and Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Binh, immediate past President of JAV at the JAV office within the sprawling Vietnam National University.  Also attending the meeting were Dr. Phang Trung Nghia (General-Secretary), and Ms. Nguyen Huyen Trang (Vice General Secretary).  They discussed various matters concerning ongoing plans for the ASCOJA 2015 conference which PHILFEJA is organizing.  Dr. Binh and Dr. Thuy shared valuable insights on their experiences when they hosted the 20th ASCOJA Conference in Hanoi in 2013.

The following Monday, November 24, Mr. Sanvictores met with Dr. Ooi Chee Kong and Dr. Goh Nge Seung at the Marriott Putrajaya Hotel, also to discuss the status of preparations for the 21st ASCOJA Conference to be held in Manila in late 2015.  Dr. Ooi pledged the full support of JAGAM and revealed plans of accelerating the 22nd ASCOJA Conference to 2016 (instead of 2017) which it will be hosting.  Dr. Ooi also suggested that Mr. Sanvictores call for a meeting of the ASCOJA Governors soonest to thresh out the many outstanding issues relating to the 2015 conference, ASCOJA projects and programs with ASJA International and other matters.




Board of Trustees

Cynthia M. Reyes
President , Philippine Cultural and Technical Association of Returned Overseas Scholars (PHILCULTAROS)


Domingo C. Go
President, Association of Philippine Private Alumni of Japanese Universities (APPAJU)


Philip B. Sanvictores
President, Samahan ng mga Pilipinong Nag-aral at Nanirahan sa Nippon (SAPILNIP)

Maria Lavinia Peñaverde
President, Philippine Association of Japanese Government Scholars, PHILAJAMES, Inc.

Junelyn A. Pagunsan
President, JICA Alumni Association of the Philippines (JAAP)

Cecilia P. Tolentino
Association of Philippine Private Alumni of Japanese Universities (APPAJU)

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