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 their new positions, and did the same for our Board of Directors (Executive Officers and Chapter Heads). Our newly inducted Pres. Dr. Collado then administered the membership oath to about a dozen new members who were able to come to Manila. (Many members are usually sworn in by the regional Chapter they join.)
In his opening remarks Taguchi-san said the JICC received 600 MEXT scholarship applications, a new record. He thanked PHILAJAMES for helping to disseminate information about MEXT scholarships. Two newly inducted members, both secondary maths instructors, then spoke before the group.
Ms. Robelyn Alagano of Miriam College, Quezon City, shared experiences and insights from the teacher training program she completed at Nara University of Education barely three months before. She said that culture is key to the success of Japan’s education system, but agreed that discipline can also make a difference. She ended her talk on a positive note: “I am really glad to hear my professor will visit our school for future research. I am hopeful and excited with the idea that it may be the beginning of a continuous collaboration.”
Dr. Darwin Polido of Los Amigos National High School, Davao City, an alumnus of Akita University, and the young Chapter Head of our Mindanao Chapter gave a brief overview of their chapter’s plans for the year. These include a SPED seminar they scheduled for the second quarter (July to Sept.)
After the program wagashi from Zaan Tea House were served. They were so beautifully wrapped attendees were a bit hesitant to unwrap them. Cold matcha latte was the beverage for the event. Members caught up with old friends and made new ones. Join us next year so you, too, can warmly welcome new members into our association and show your support for our new officers.