The PHILAJAMES Southern Luzon Chapter held its Induction and Awarding Ceremony last April 29, 2019 at the UPCO Social Hall, University of the Philippines Los Baños. UPLB Chancellor Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., a former president of PHILAJAMES-SLC, gave the welcome address to more than 50 members in attendance. Mr. Toshiyuki Taguchi of JICC served as guest speaker and inducting officer. The event’s highlight was the awarding of members who unstintingly led SLC in preserving the distinctive values of Japanese education and promoting better relations and understanding between Filipino and Japanese professionals.

All past twenty (20) Chapter Heads were given a Hashira Leadership Award. The hashira is the column part of the torii that symbolizes honor and pride. Dr. Evalour Aspuria, who has been serving as treasurer since 2004, and Dr. Nimfa Torreta, who served as secretary from 2004 to 2018, were both given the Nuki Outstanding Service Award for their many years of dependable service. The nuki is the horizontal part of the torii that symbolizes stability and coordination. Last but definitely not the least, the Daiishi Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Dr. Priscilla C. Sanchez for her significant contribution to the promotion of goodwill and excellence in the association. The daiishi is the stone base of the torii that symbolizes a strong foundation. Song performances by the internationally renowned UPLB Choral Ensemble made the event feel even more special.

From Left to Right: Mr. Toshiyuki Taguchi (Inducting officer and PHILAJAMES adviser), Dr.Marloe Sundo (Chapter Head), Dr. Ronilo Jose Flores (1st Vice Chapter Head), Dr. Ria Mae Borromeo (2nd Vice Chapter Head), Dr. Carina Tanzo (Secretary), Dr. Evalour Aspuria (Treasurer), Dr. Jomar Rabajante (Auditor), Dr. Allan Padama (BOD), Dr. Dennis Marvin Santiago (BOD), & Dr. Maria Claret Tsuchiya (Ex-Oficio). Photo courtesy of past president Dr. RJ Ducusin.
The PHILAJAMES-SLC 2019 Awardees from Lower Row (L-R): Niece of the late Dr. Liza Carascal, Dr. Vachel Gay Paller, Dr. Evalour Aspuria, Mr. Toshiyuki Taguchi (Inducting Officer), Dr. Cristino “Resty” Collado, Wife of the late Dr. Reynaldo Tan, Dr. Maria Claret “Lalet” Tsuchiya, Dr. Nimfa Torreta, Dr. Dwight Eusebio. Upper Row (L-R): Dr. Marloe Sundo (award giving body), Dr. Jose ”Dong” Camacho, Dr. Salvador “Dong” Catelo, Dr. Delfin Suministrado, Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez Jr., Reps of Dr. Leo Padua, Dr. Sammy Medina, Dr. Antonio Rayos, & Dr. Rio John Ducusin. Other awardees not shown in the photo are Dr. Maribel Dionisio-Sese, Dr. Maria Bella Cruzana, & Dr. Richard Navarro. Photo courtesy of past president Dr. RJ Ducusin
2019, Apr. 29: SLC Induction and Awarding Ceremony

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