PJLA members celebrated Christmas ahead of the rush as they headed to the Yazaki-Torres Guesthouse in Calamba, Laguna for their Christmas Party on December 10, 2019. This year’s holiday celebration was hosted by PJLA President, Dra. Nora A. Torres from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and welcomed more than 20 guests.
To set the jolly mood of the party, the ladies gathered around and sang Christmas songs such as Silent Night, Pasko na Sinta Ko, and All I want for Christmas Is You with Maestra Teresita Santos playing the piano. A splendid buffet was served and the ladies enjoyed their time by playing various games and exchanging Christmas gifts during the party.
For their November activity, PJLA members were able to test their skills in the craft of Pearl Stringing guided by Mrs. Victoria Aoki. The activity started at 2 p.m. and was held at The Philippines-Japan Friendship Center in Makati. Mrs. Aoki demonstrated how to restring and lock severed necklaces and brought samples of different types of pearls that can be used for making accessories.
After the activity, cake was served to celebrate the birthdays of members who had their birthdays in September to November.
- Esttrellita Anastacio (2)
- Teresita Buhat (3)
- Ayako Hirakawa (9)
- Felicidad Gupit (10)
- Naomi Uesugi (13)
- Tomoko Nakagawa (18)
- Nozomi Hirayama (23)
- Masumi Togo (29)
- Yoshiko Suzuki (25)
- Herminia Alcasid (28)
- Yuko Iwai (28)
PJLA held its annual Family Bingo Social and White Elephant Sale last September 21, 2019 at The Philippines-Japan Friendship Center in Makati City. The annual special events are meant to raise funds to support the organization’s various socio-economic and cultural projects with the end goal of promoting and building stronger Philippines-Japan relations.
Corporate sponsors and friends of the organization provided prizes for the bingo games, which started from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Madame Ihoko Haneda and former PJLA President and Imperial Awardee, Ma. Elena Laurel Loinaz were among the games’ participants.
Members and advisers of the Board agreed to assess each member Php 1,000 for 5 bingo cards. Members also contributed unused items for the White Elephant Sale. Part of the proceeds of the activities will be donated to the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart (MSH Sisters) Academy in Marikina.
PJLA members gathered for their Annual Membership Meeting last August 8, 2019 at The Philippines-Japan Friendship Center in Makati City. The different activities and accomplishments of the organization so far for this year was summarized in a presentation led by PJLA president, Mrs. Nora A. Torres. The highlights included January 2019’s Shinnenkai, the Japanese cake and tea ceremony hosted by Madame Ihoko Haneda, and the conferment of the Imperial Award to former PJLA President, Ma. Elena Loinaz.
The afternoon event also doubled as a celebration for members who had their birthdays in July and who are celebrating it this month of August.
Maria Rita Baltasar (10)
Nora Torres (15)
Yoko Kurihara (23)
Glenda Ferma (5)
Alice Guerrero (6)
Yoko Iori (11)
Aurora Montano (22)
Joy Sanvictores (26)
Former PJLA President, Ms. Ma. Elena Laurel Loinaz, received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays Imperial award during a ceremony held on Friday, August 16, 2019 at the Japanese Ambassador’s Residence.
Ambassador Koji Haneda on behalf of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan conferred the award, which recognizes Ms. Loinaz’ contribution to promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the Philippines. PJS President, Mr. Francis C. Laurel, in his speech, congratulated his sister who is fondly called “Ate Marilen” by her family. Mr. Laurel added, “Ms. Loinaz’ work with the Philippines Japan Friendship Foundation spans over two decades. And like our Father (Amb. Jose S. Laurel III), she worked tirelessly with steadfastness and precision. She did her job well and never waivered at any time. She was the quiet and diligent worker. All in all, she got the task at hand done well.”
Ms. Loinaz has been leading the PJLA for 13 years and continuous to spearhead various education and socio-cultural programs that promote exchanges between Filipinos and Japanese. She also leads the organization in various activities that help develop camaraderie between its members and non-members.
Besides leading PJLA, Ms. Loinaz also holds administrative positions in other important affiliate organizations promoting mutual understanding between the Philippines and Japan. These include Philippines-Japan Society, the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee, the Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni, the Philippine Institute of Japanese Language and Culture, and the Nihongo Center Foundation.
The Order of the Rising Sun was established by Emperor Meiji in 1875 and is awarded to individuals who have made distinguished achievements in international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, development in welfare or preservation of the environment.
Ms. Ma. Elena Laurel Loinaz Speech
Ambassador Koji Haneda Speech
Mr. Francis C. Laurel Speech