Financial Incentive for December 2019 JLPT Passers

PILJC and NCF students taking the JLPT on December 1, 2019 can receive a registration fee rebate upon passing the test. Those who are currently enrolled or have finished a course in 2019 are eligible for this financial incentive.

Interested students are requested to submit their exam voucher by November 29, 2019. A check equal to the registration fee paid will be issued by NCF within a month after receiving the student’s score report and certificate.

For complete details on how you can avail of these financial incentives, please read the mechanics below or you may also contact NCF or PIJLC branches.

NCF, PIJLC Accepting Speech Entries for 9th Kake Speech Contest

NCF and PIJLC are now accepting speech entries for the 9th KAKE International Japanese Speech Contest scheduled on September 14, 2019 at NCF Manila. The contest is open to currently enrolled students of NCF and PIJLC and to high school students from any local Philippine school.  This year’s theme is「オリンピックがもたらすもの」“What the Olympic Games Bring About.” 

The top winner of this regional leg of the competition will receive a 5-day educational trip to Japan and will compete in the grand final contest in Okayama for a chance to win a 2-year scholarship from KAKE Educational Institution. The Japan leg of the competition is scheduled from November 27 to December 1, 2019.

Interested individuals are requested to e-mail their 4 to 5-minute speech together with their CV on or before July 19, 2019 to |

For questions, please contact 892-4916 to 19 (Makati) or 735-3179 / 735-3005 (Manila).

NCF Goes to La Union for Summer Outing 2019

Teachers and staff of NCF packed their bags for a 3-day, 2-night summer outing in La Union last May 24 to 26, 2019. They spent most of their first day swimming at Thunderbird Resort before visiting Poro Point Baywalk and Poro Point Lighthouse on the second day for a group/staff picture taking. 

NCF holds its annual summer outing to encourage camaraderie among its teachers and staff and help them recharge and keep a positive energy at work. 

NCF-PIJLC Student Spotlight: Roselda Nomura

Our former student, Roselda Nomura, is now able to use her Japanese while living in Japan with her family and working as the PTA President at her child’s elementary school.

Roselda-san took Japanese Elementary 1 & 2 under Frances Mendoza Sensei, Elementary 3 & 4 under Jon Espiritu Sensei, and Intermediate 1 to 4 under Alfred Sensei.

We’re proud of you, Roselda-san! 頑張って!


Click on the links below to watch a recording of her televised interview:

EPA Batch 11 Completes Japanese Language Training for Nurses and Careworkers

The 11th batch of Filipino nurses and careworkers under the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) will soon head to Japan after completing their six months Japanese language training at NCF Manila. Completion Certificates were awarded to 105 trainees in a closing ceremony held at The Philippines-Japan Friendship Center in Manila last May 21, 2019.

Head lecturer, Josef Orillo-sensei, congratulated the trainees for their effort and perseverance and for working independently in their own private time to improve their language skills. He also acknowledged the huge role of the NCF staff and teachers in supporting the students and making sure that things were very well coordinated behind the scenes. As a final advice, Josef-sensei reminded the students to continue adhering to the good study habits they acquired during the program and to remember they are not alone in their journey. Their fellow trainees, family, and friends are always ready to help and give support.

Mr. Arnel Marzan Balangatan represented batch 11 and gave his message of gratitude during the ceremony. He said that “Learning the Japanese language wouldn’t be possible without the help of our amazing teachers. We had so much fun because of their incredible teaching skills and strategies not only in Nihongo but also in creating an effective study plan.”

Officials and representatives from various organizations supporting the EPA training were also present in the ceremony. These included Japan Foundation Director, Mr. Hiroaki Uesugi; Undersecretary of DOLE, Mr. Jacinto Paras; Director for POEA Welfare and Employment Office, Mr. Virgilio L. Carreon, Jr.; and First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan, Mr. Manabu Yasukawa.

The EPA Japanese language training program is organized by NCF together with Japan Foundation Manila and held at two other partner training institutions: TESDA and the Personal Ability Development Foundation (PAD).

EPA Batch 11 Closing Program
EPA Batch 11 Photo Album
Mr. Arnel Marzan Balangatan Speech
Mr. Josef Orillo Speech
Mr. Hiroaki Uesugi
Mr. Manabu Yasukawa Speech
Mr. Virgilio Carreon Speech

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