PHILFEJA President Calls on ASJA Tokyo (Oct 30, 2014)

Asja TokyoPHILFEJA President Philip B. Sanvictores called on ASJA International on 29 October 2014 at its main office in Shinjuku, Tokyo.   Secretary-General Jiro Sato, Mr. Takumi Iwamoto, Ms. Chikako Hagihara met Mr. Sanvictores and his wife, Patricia Maribel.  They discussed various matters related to the 2015 ASCOJA Conference as well as the next ASJA Board meeting to be held in Tokyo on March 27, 2015.  They however dwelt heavily on the ASJA proposal to develop and maintain a new ASCOJA online communication platform, which is being proposed for inclusion in the FY2015 budget of ASJA.

While supportive of the idea, Mr. Sanvictores said he needs to officially refer the matter to the ASCOJA Board of Governors.  In this regard, he said it may be necessary to call a special meeting on this matter.  ASJA too, would need to be part of the said meeting, he said.

PHILFEJA holds Benjie Laurel Memorial during its General Members Assembly (Oct 11, 2014)

The Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA) held a Memorial Service for its late President Benjamin “Benjie” C. Laurel during the PHILFEJA General Members Assembly held on October 11, 2014 at the Dusit Thani Manila.

The meeting started with the recognition of officers and representatives of the various PHILFEJA Chapter Associations, Dir. Tatsuo Kitagawa of the Japan Information and Cultural Center (JICC), Amb. and Mrs. Benjamin F. Sanvictores representing the Philippines-Japan Society and OMNI Ventures (the group of wartime Filipino students to Japan known as the Nampo Tokubetsu Ryugakusei 南方特別留学生), Messrs. Jimmy Ng and Freddie Chia of the Japan University Graduates Association of Singapore (JUGAS) who came from Singapore to attend the Memorial, and members of the Laurel family, notably Ms. Auring Montano and Mr. Jingjong Laurel, son of Benjie Laurel and his wife Cristalle.

The first order of business was the induction of Mr. Philip Sanvictores as President of PHILFEJA, succeeding the late Benjie Laurel and who will serve the latter’s unexpired term until the end of fiscal year 2015 (i.e., March 31, 2016).

Mr. Philip Sanvictores then shared the eulogy he read during the necrological rites for Mr. Laurel during his wake as a tribute to his “senpai” and predecessor.  This was followed by speeches in memory of the departed PHILFEJA President by: Amb. Pete Firmalino, former Consul General of the Philippine Consulate in Kobe; Dr. Lydia Tansinsin of PHILAJAMES, Ms. Tina Francisco, past President of PHILCULTAROS, Mr. Rene Guatlo of SAPILNIP, Prof. Kenjiro Ogata of the PIJLC-NCF, and Mr. Jimmy Ng of JUGAS.  Finally, the eulogy given by Amb. Benjamin F. Sanvictores during the necrological service was read, where he reminisced about his long association with Benjie-san in the various PJS organizations since the mid-70s.

PHILFEJA President Philip Sanvictores then presented a Plaque of Recognition in honor of Mr. Benjie Laurel to Ms. Auring Montano and Mr. and Mrs. Jingjong Laurel, for his lifetime advocacy and leadership in strengthening relations between Filipinos, Japanese and peoples of ASEAN.

In closing, Gov. Jose C. Laurel, elder brother of the late Benjie delivered a response on behalf of the Laurel Family, expressing gratitude for the honor and recognition given to his late brother.

Merienda Cena was served upon adjournment of the meeting.

PHILFEJA Plaque of Recognition (Oct 11, 2014)


Manila, Philippines


By unanimous decision of the Board of Directors of the Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA), this Recognition is posthumously presented with deep and grateful appreciation to the Family of our dearly beloved President

Benjamin “Benjie” C. Laurel
August 17, 1953 – August 10, 2014

for his lifetime advocacy of and outstanding contributions in the promotion, enhancement and strengthening of interpersonal and institutional relations between the peoples of the Philippines and Japan, and of all the countries comprising ASEAN, through his steadfast and dedicated leadership in, among others, the following organizations:

1996 to 1999; 2012-2014


1996 to 1999; 2012-2014





Done this 11th day of October 2014 in the City of Makati, Metro Manila






CECILIA TOLENTINO, Secretary-General

Sanvictores Succeeds Laurel as PHILFEJA President (Sept 17, 2014)

The Board of Directors of the Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA) unanimously appointed Philip B. Sanvictores, PHILFEJA Executive Vice-President as PHILFEJA President succeeding the late Benjamin “Benjie” C. Laurel, who passed away on August 10, 2014.  Mr. Sanvictores also succeeded Mr. Laurel as President of SAPILNIP (Samahan ng mga Pilipinong Nag-Aral at Nanirahan sa Nihon, Inc.).

With his father Amb. Benjamin F. Sanvictores administering the oath of office, PHILFEJA President Philip Sanvictores was inducted into office on October 11, 2014 in the presence of his family shown here with his wife Mrs. Patricia Maribel C. Sanvictores.

Mr. Sanvictores began to discharge the functions of PHILFEJA President Benjie Laurel when the latter’s health began to fail.  The first occasion was as the personal representative of President Laurel at the dinner tendered by Amb. Toshio Urabe for the members of PHILFEJA on March 19, 2014.  Thereafter, as the representative of Mr. Laurel, Mr. Sanvictores chaired the 28th ASJA International Directors’ and ASCOJA Governors’ Meetings in Tokyo on March 28th, both of which Mr. Laurel was the presiding Chairman.

He was then appointed Executive Vice-President of PHILFEJA during the Board meeting held on April 22, 2014 and has since presided over PHILFEJA Board meetings on behalf of President Laurel.

Mr. Sanvictores holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts from the Ateneo de Manila University (class of 1975).   He graduated from the 10-month intensive Nihongo Course of Kokusai Gakuyu Kai 国際学友会 (International Students Institute) in Tokyo, Japan in 1982, under the short-lived Asahi Dow Chemical Co., Ltd. Japanese Language Scholarship and has since been active in Philippines-Japan Society affairs and activities. He is the Vice-President (and a Trustee) of the Philippine Institute of Japanese Language & Culture Foundation (PIJLC) and the Nihongo Center Foundation, Inc. (NCF) both of which he helped establish as the personal project assistant of the late Amb. Jose S. Laurel III in 1991 and 199_, respectively.  Mr. Sanvictores is an active member of the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee (PHILJEC) and has attended many of its annual Joint Meetings since the early 1990s.

He is President of Netmarks Philippines, Inc. – a joint venture company with Uniadex® Co., Ltd. of the Nihon Unisys® Group of Japan.  Netmarks PH is engaged in IT network systems integration.  He is also President of Lionapex Equipment (Phil.), Inc. which principally distributes and maintains Brother® CNC Compact Machine Tools widely used by manufacturers of precision machined parts and components for the HDD, electronics and automotive export industries.

He is the son of Amb. Benjamin and Mrs. Nennette Sanvictores, both of whom are prime movers of the various PJS organizations.  He is the younger brother of Gerry, Secretary-General of PHILJEC.  Philip is married to Patricia Maribel and they have four sons (two already married), one daughter and three grandsons.  His second son Raymond graduated from the Faculty of Policy Studies of Nanzan University 南山大学in Nagoya and is married to Megumi Murata who hails from Toyohashi, Aichi-ken.  Another son, Davey was an Ateneo exchange student at the International Christian University 国際クリスト教大学in Tokyo who later completed his Masters in e-Business at the International University of Japan 日本国際大学 in Niigata.

In Memoriam – Benjie Laurel (Aug 10, 2014)

Benjie Laurel

The Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA) announced the passing of its beloved President, Benjamin “Benjie” C. Laurel on August 10, 2014 after a lingering illness.  

Mr. Laurel was PHILFEJA President for two terms (1996 to 1999; 2013-2016), representing SAPILNIP. His incumbency coincided with the Philippines’ hosting of the 21st ASEAN Council of Japan Alumni (ASCOJA) Conference to be held in 2015.  By virtue thereof, Mr. Laurel took over the Chairmanship of ASCOJA from Vietnam which hosted the 20th ASCOJA Conference in Hanoi. In 2012, Mr. Laurel was also elected Chairman of the Asia Japan Alumni (ASJA) International for a two year term ending March 2014.  He was unable to preside over the 28th ASJA Board Meeting held in Tokyo on March 2014.  He then dispatched Mr. Philip Sanvictores to preside over both the ASJA Board Meeting and the ASCOJA Board of Governors Meeting on his behalf.

As a young man in 1974, Mr. Laurel joined Atty. Leocadio de Asis and Mr. Benjo Osias as emissaries of Amb. Jose S. Laurel III and PHILFEJA to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore with a mission to encourage counterpart Japan alumni associations to organize the ASEAN Council of Japan Alumni (ASCOJA) which was eventually established in 1975. Since then, Mr. Laurel had attended all ASCOJA Council meetings and Conferences that have been held in the various capitals of ASEAN member countries.  ASCOJA eventually expanded its membership to 10 countries, including Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei.

Benjie was 61.

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