Editorial: Spread the Word

As an association of Filipino alumni of different Japanese universities PHILAJAMES faces the same challenges other alumni associations face. In 2017 Alumni Spaces surveyed 398 alumni groups and found that their top challenge was “Getting members to attend events” (chosen by 78% of the groups surveyed). The study notes "That is likely related to the fact that almost a quarter (22%) have trouble telling members about events, creating a cyclical challenge where members don’t attend activities they aren’t aware of." We are no different.


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Grand Reunion

PHILAJAMES will be celebrating it's 50th anniversary in 2022. It's still a few years from now but we want to gather as many of us together for a grand reunion so it's best to start preparations early.

First thing we need is a new directory. Our last one was in 2000 so all members must provide updated personal information. Active members for 2018-2019 and those who took part in the recent JICC Survey this Oct. have provided some updated personal information. We will be preparing a more comprehensive form for our directory and association needs however so keep visiting our website or closed group PHILAJAMES Facebook page for the announcement on this.


Call for Contributions

Do you have old PHILAJAMES newsletters, photos, and souvenirs? Do you have information or knowledge regarding studies, policies, advocacies, conferences or courses worth sharing with our members? Do you have any good news concerning any of our members? Do you hold events or join activities with other alumni of the Japanese university you attended? Do you have a project in mind that our members might be interested to help out with?

If you do by all means contact us. We need contributions in the form of materials, information and ideas.


  • PHILAJAMES General Assembly 2019 will be held on Jan. 26, Saturday, at Kamay Kainan along Kalayaan, Quezon City, from 11 AM. Latecomers (such as those with morning classes or appointments) can catch up, within reason. Elections will be held. Those who have not paid their annual fee of P500 can

  • There will be a meet up for PHILAJAMES members in the National Capital Region (NCR) on Nov. 30, 2018, 10:30 AM, at ECHOstore, Eton Centris, as announced in the PHILAJAMES NCR Facebook page. The main agenda is to organize members to make PHILAJAMES NCR a strong support group for the

  • Dr. Carla B. Dimalanta, Professor 10 at the National Institute of Geological Sciences and Asst. Vice President for Academic Affairs (Research) of University of the Philippines, Diliman, is one of Metrobank Foundation’s ten Outstanding Filipino Award recipients in 2018. She is an alumnus of the University of Tokyo, where she

Recent Events

  • A record 67 MEXT scholars were given a pre-departure orientation at the JICC Hall in September. Minister and Consul General Atsushi Kuwabara congratulated the scholars, advised them to make the most out of the opportunities given to them, and expressed the hope that their work will contribute to the furthering

  • Despite the heavy rains more than thirty members, many coming from as far as Baguio, Laguna, Catanduanes, and Davao, gathered at the JICC Hall for this year’s induction program. Dr. Resty Collado welcomed all those present. JICC researcher and adviser on scholarships, Mr. Toshiyuki Taguchi, swore our Executive Officers into

New Features

  • Not many know that the Fukuda Doctrine marker unveiled at the Manila Hotel last Oct. 1, 2018 was designed by Dr. Marloe B. Sundo, the Director of the University Planning and Maintenance Office of UPLB and our current 1st VP, at the suggestion and initiative of UPLB Chancellor Fernando C.

  • Zaan Japanese Tea House describes itself as a “cozy bistro.” In fact it’s a tea house, bistro, and more. Japanese tea houses were traditionally kept simple and plain to enable the host and guests to fully appreciate the inner experience of drinking tea in an atmosphere of refinement and respect.

  • JICC took over the screening of applicants from the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1967. Part of my work at the Japan Information and Cultural Center is the Monbusho or Monbukagakusho Scholarship Program thus, from 1967 until my retirement in 2005, I was privy to the screening, studies in Japan

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