21st ASCOJA Conference a Stirring Success (Oct 2-3, 2015)

21st ASCOJA Conference a Stirring Success (Oct 2-3, 2015)

The 21st Conference of the ASEAN Council of Japan Alumni (ASCOJA) held on 2-4 October 2015 at the Dusit Thani Manila was a stirring success, according to Mr. Philip B. Sanvictores, President of the Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA) – host and organizer of the Conference. He cited several significant achievements:

  • The ASCOJA Vision-Mission was unanimously ratified by the ASCOJA Council;
  • The updated Objectives were likewise unanimously approved by the ASCOJA Council (both the Vision-Mission Statement and updated Objectives will form part of the amended Articles of Organization and By-Laws of ASCOJA);
  • Certain other amendments to the By-Laws were approved in principle by the ASCOJA Council subject to final reading and approval by the Board of Governors in its next meeting in Tokyo in end-March 2016;
  • A total of 318 delegates were registered, of which 171 (54%) were foreigners, i.e., from the nine other ASEAN countries and Japan. The rest were delegates from PHILFEJA member associations and guests;
  • Prominent dignitaries attended the Conference, namely:
    • E. Yasuo Fukuda, former Prime Minister of Japan
    • Toshiko Abe, Senior Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan
    • Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa, Ambassador of Japan to the Philippines
    • Tetsuro Amano, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in the Philippines
    • E. Cesar E.A. Virata, former Prime Minister of the Philippines
    • Ambassador Delia D. Albert, former Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines
    • Assistant Secretary Minda Calaguian-Cruz, Office of Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs
    • Director Hans Mohaimin L. Siriban, Northeast Asia Division, Office of Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs
    • Governor Jose C. Laurel V, Chairman – The Philippines-Japan Friendship Foundation
    • Ambassador Benjamin F. Sanvictores, Executive Trustee – The Philippines-Japan Friendship Foundation
    • Wilfrido V. Villacorta – former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the ASEAN Secretariat and Professor Emeritus – De La Salle University
  • ASCOJA Board of Governors
    • Philip B. Sanvictores, President – Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA); host organization;
    • Ooi Chee Keong, President – Japan Graduates Association of Malaysia (JAGAM);
    • Ismadji Hadisoemarto, Vice-President – Association of Indonesian Alumni from Japan (PERSADA);
    • Tan Kay Guan, President – Japanese University Graduates Association of Singapore (JUGAS);
    • Samran Chooduangngern, President – Old Japan Students’ Association Thailand (OJSAT);
    • Chin Wei Kah, President – Brunei Association of Japan Alumni (BAJA);
    • Si Si Shein, President – Myanmar Association of Japan Alumni (MAJA);
    • Vuthy Monyrath, President – Japan Alumni of Cambodia (JAC);
    • Dr. Ngo Minh Thuy, President – Japan Alumni of Vietnam (JAV); and
    • Bouasone Vongthavone, President – Japan Alumni of Laos (JAOL).
  • ASJA International
    • Ambassador Takashi Tajima, Director for Japan
    • Samran Chooduangngern, Chairman – ASJA International
    • Jiro Sato, Secretary- General
    • Chikako Hagihara, Secretariat Manager
  • Japan Stakeholders
    • Yoshihisa Ishikawa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) – Tokyo
    • Hideki Yonekawa, Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    • Yuichi Kondo, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)
    • Takayasu Omura, Japan Association for the Promotion of Internationalization
  • The Conference Theme – “ASCOJA in an Integrated ASEAN” – was thoroughly discussed in Keynote Speeches by Ambassador Albert and Villacorta; these were further discussed in three breakout sessions each presenting three papers from various ASCOJA Chapters focusing on:
    • Education, Research and Development
      • Education and Industry Collaboration by Adeline Pang Li Ching (BAJA)
      • Responding to Challenges in Internationalizing the National University by Fernando C. Sanchez (PHILFEJA)
      • Discourse on Issues and Approaches on How Children Acquire New Language Effectively by Ooi Chee Keong (JAGAM)
      • Moderated by Maricar Prudente, Professor of Science Education, De La Salle University
    • Economic Integration and Business
      • ASEAN Economic Integration through Sub-Regional Cooperation by Eko Cahyono (PERSADA)
      • Improving Business Policies and Infrastructure by Phouphet Kyophilavong (JAOL)
      • Development of Dynamic Capability for Venture Gestation by Goi Hoe Chin (JUGAS)
      • Moderated by Rosalina Tan, Professor of Economics, Ateneo de Manila University
    • Cultural Diversity and Social Integration
      • World Heritage (Pyu Ancient City of Sri Kestra) by Prof Si Si Shein (MAJA)
      • Rice and Tea: Cultural Exchange in ASEAN Countries and Japan by Navarat Laekhakula (OJSAT)
      • Independence and Integration as Parallel Movements in the History of Vietnam by Ngo Tu Lap (JAV)
      • Moderated by Rico Jose, Professor of History, University of the Philippines
    • Consolidation and Wrap-up Plenary Session moderated by Tereso Tullao, Jr., Director – Angelo King Institute for Economic and Business Studies, De La Salle University
  • The social functions and cultural events were very well attended:
    • Welcome Dinner on October 2, 2015
    • Ayala Walking Tour in the afternoon of October 3 for delegates’ spouses
    • Dinner Reception hosted by Ambassador Ishikawa on October 3
    • Golf game at South Forbes Golf Club on October 4
    • Tour of Old Manila on October 4 with luncheon at the Bayleaf Hotel
    • Farewell Dinner on October 4

The 21st ASCOJA Conference was featured in three dailies – the Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin and Business World. Copies of the press releases can be viewed in this link. Moreover, the conference was covered by Cignal TV® and featured in its newly launched Bloomberg TV™ (click here to view broadcast footage).

A 110-page souvenir program was produced for the conference. In addition, a Compendium covering all the presentations in printed, video and digital formats is under production, scheduled for release within the year. The 21st ASCOJA Conference was blessed to have a wide array of generous supporters, enumerated in this link to partners, sponsors and advertisers.

A final and all-important accomplishment of the 21st Conference was the determination by the ASCOJA Council of the schedule of annual conferences from 2016 to 2025, as follows:

Year Host Organization Country
2016 Japan Graduates Association of Malaysia (JAGAM) Malaysia
2017 Brunei Association of Japan Alumni (BAJA) Brunei
2018 Japanese University Graduates Association of Singapore (JUGAS) Singapore
2019 Japan Alumni of Cambodia (JAC) Cambodia
2020 Japan Alumni of Laos (JAOL) Laos
2021 Old Japan Students’ Association Thailand (OJSAT) Thailand
2022 Association of Indonesia Alumni from Japan (PERSADA) Indonesia
2023 Japan Alumni of Vietnam (JAV) Vietnam
2024 Myanmar Association of Japan Alumni (MAJA) Myanmar
2025 Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA) Philippines

Links to ASCOJA 2015 Sponsors and Advertisers

Japan Foundation BPI/MS Insurance Corporation
The Philippines-Japan Friendship Foundation Business Trends Philippines
GOLD EMS Components Assembly, Inc.
YKK Corporation
The Laurel Family
JG Law
SILVER The Law Firm of Ingles Laurel Calderon
SGV & Company Lunchbox Diet
Nanpou Tokubetsu Ryugakusei Lyceum of the Philippines University
BRONZE Mabuhay Vinyl Corporation
8990 Holdings, Inc. Netmarks Philippines, Inc.
Bank of the Philippine Islands Uniadex, Ltd.
BDO Unibank Nikkoshi Philippines Corporation
Bonita del Mar Optimum Securities Corporation
EEI Corporation PHILAJAMES Foundation / VastNet, Inc.
First Metro Investment Corporation PIJLC Alumni Batches 4, 5 and 6
Hino Motors Philippines, Inc. Prime Manpower
i-Cube Group, Inc. Quantum Group
Mitsubishi Corporation – Manila Branch Soriano Projects and Ventures Group
Mitsubishi Motors Philippines St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center & Cancer Institute
Servicio Filipino, Inc. Sumitomo Corporation of the Philippines
Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Trend Micro
Toyota Batangas, Inc. WestPac Solutions Factory, Inc.
 Toyota Camarines Sur, Inc. Lionapex Philippines, Inc.
DONORS Abiva Publishing House, Inc.
 Mr. Nelson Licup Eligardi Enterprises, Inc.
 Globe Telecom Toyota Manila Bay, Inc.
 Nihongo Center Foundation, Inc. VaxPlus Corporation

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