(From the PHILAJAMES Newsletter, Dec. 1999 to April 2000)
On 13 November 1999, from 9 AM to 12 PM, at the North Wing of Marilen Gaerlan Conservatory Hall of De La Salle University (DLSU), the Association sponsored “Seminar on New Developments in Natural and Social Sciences” with about 150 teachers, professionals and students from dfferent schools in Metro Manila in attendance. The three speakers for the occasion were Dr. Matthew M. Santamaria (Ph.D., Kyoto University, 1999), who gave a lecture-demonstration on The Iemoto in Japanese Dance; Dr. Fem Julia E. Paladin (Ph.D., Osaka University, 1998), speaker on HIV Infections/AIDS in the Philippines; and Dr. Librado A. Santiago (Ph.D., Okayama University, 1993), who spoke on Free Radicals in Health and Disease. A one-hour question-and-answer forum drew an enthusiastic response from the audience. The program opened with welcoming remarks from Dr. Alexa Abrenica, Director of the Graduate School of the College of Liberal Arts, DLSU, followed by opening remarks from Engr. Lydia G. Tansinsin, President, PHILAJAMES. Ambassador Yoshihisa Ara of the Embassy of Japan surprised the group by coming to the forum and giving an inspiring message. Other Embassy officials who joined the Seminar were Counsellor Torao Sato, Director, and Mr. Toshihiro Kaneko, Special Assistant, both of the Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan.
Bulacan State University (BSU) was the next venue for another seminar on 19 November 1999. Aside from the lectures on Japanese society and culture by Dr. Richard Gonzales and Ms. Laureen Velasco, Mrs. Juliet Villasor talked about and demonstrated ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Mrs. Virgie Evasco and Ms. Teresita Cadiapa participated in the affair which was coordinated by Ms. Angie Cinco of BSU. As usual, the affair was headed by Engr. Lydia G. Tansinsin.
On 9 December 1999, some PHILAJAMES members gave a seminar at the Ateneo de Zamboanga. Dr. Matthew Santamaria of De La Salle University explained and demonstrated Japanese dance in full costume; Prof. Tito Valiente and Ms. Laureen Velasco were the other speakers. Another feature was an ikebana demonstration, again by Mrs. Juliet Villasor. This seminar was co-sponsored by the Japan Foundation Manila Office, which was represented by Mrs. Cecille J. Aquino, Cultural Officer.
The most recent symposium was on 14 Feb. 2000 at the University of the Philippines-Mindanao, which was held in cooperation with the PHILAJAMES-Davao Chapter. Engr. Lydia Tansinsin talked on Communication Japanese Style, Mrs. Laureen Velasco of DLSU spoke on Zen Buddhism and the Japanese Mind, and Prof. Tito Valiente of the Japan Studies Program, Ateneo de Manila University, gave a lecture titled Culture and Communication: Problematizing the Filipino-Japanese Concepts and Negotiations. The affair was emceed by Dr. Ruth Gamboa, President of PHILAJAMES-Davao Chapter; closing remarks on behalf of the Association were given by Ms. Teresita Cadiapa.