Atty. Eusebio V. Tan, member of the Philippines-Japan Society (PJS) Board of Trustees and adviser of PHILJEC, received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon award during a ceremony held on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at the Japanese Ambassador’s Residence.
Ambassador Kazuhiko Koshikawa on behalf of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan conferred the award, which recognizes Atty. Tan’s contribution to strengthening the relations between Japan and the Philippines in the economic sector. Ambassador Koshikawa, in his congratulatory message, lauded the many efforts of Atty. Tan in promoting the Philippines as a viable investment location for a diversified manufacturing base which greatly encouraged and made possible the entry of several Japanese investors. Ambassador Koshikawa added that Atty. Tan assisted in the expansion of some Japanese financial institutions into the Philippines so that Japanese business sectors could be financially supported. In 2012 and 2013, Atty. Tan also served as co-chair of the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee (PHILJEC) and led several bilateral dialogues. To close his message, Ambassador Koshikawa expressed his hope that Atty. Tan will remain steadfast in helping further deepen bilateral relations between Japan and the Philippines.
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.
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 Sunwas 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.