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JFM in 2013

Akemashite omedetou!

2013 has been an interesting and busy year for JF Manila.  Aside from the yearly events such as Nihongo Fiesta and Philippines-Japan Friendship Month, JFM also presented events to celebrate the 40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.

Here are the some of the events in 2013:


“Tohoku: Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers” Exhibit held last January 30 to March 17, 2013 at the National Museum of the Philippines.


“Uchusentai NOIZ Concert” held last February 23, 2013 at the SM City North EDSA Sky Dome during the Nihongo Fiesta 2013.


“Time of Mime 2” featuring Iimuro Naoki held at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) last February 27 and 28, 2013.


Pantomime Workshop with Mr. Iimuro at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater) last March 1, 2013.

Oshaberi Salon: Let's make "Nihongo Friends Book" (May 3, 2013)

Oshaberi Salon: Let’s make “Nihongo Friends Book” (May 3, 2013)


Filipino dancer, Mia Cabalfin during the “Eiga Sai 2013” Opening Ceremony held at The Atrium, Shangri-La Plaza Mall last July 3, 2013.


“unit asia Concert with Noel Cabangon” at the Music Museum last July 9, 2013.


“Ukiyo-e: Art and Tradition” Exhibit Opening at the Museo Pambata last July 17, 2013.


Printmaking Workshop for Kids by the Printmakers Association of the Philippines (PAP) last August 3, 2013 at the Museo Pambata.


“Iza Kaeru! Caravan” held in Marikina City from August 2 to 3, 2013.


“Restaurant of Many Orders” by the Hiroshi Koike Bridge Project held last October 16, 2013 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater).


“Media/ Art Kitchen: Sensorium” Exhibit held at the Ayala Museum from November 7 to 24, 2013 featuring works such as “Mapping” by Fairuz Sulaiman (Malaysia).


“Biya” by Manny Montelibano (Philippines)


WSK.FM Radio at the Green Papaya Art Projects.


Performance by Tetsuya Umeda in 413 Escolta.

Oshaberi Salon: Making your own Nihongo Christmas Card (November 22, 2013)

Oshaberi Salon: Let’s make “Nihongo Christmas Card” (November 22, 2013)

It has been a memorable year for JFM with all the new projects and collaborations.  Looking forward to more exciting events in 2014.


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Nihongo Mondo at MOA in February

The office is now steaming ahead with preparations for the annual Nihongo Fiesta to be held at the SM Mall of Asia on Saturday, February 27.  It’s all things Japan with the good Pinoy stuff blended in.

It’s been meetings left and right, negotiations, a lot of please-s and more thank-yous. It’s energizing to be working with dependable partners and newfound allies. I hope that it will be a smooth run to the finish line.

Let me tell you about this year’s Nihongo Fiesta, which by the way, wouldn’t be possible without SM’s generous support.

When the SM Mall of Asia opens on February 27, Saturday, we hope to see you there bright and early because we’ll be having the 37th Nihongo Speech Contest, as the first offering of the Nihongo Fiesta, at the Cinema 2. Hear Filipino Nihongo learners deliver their speeches in Japanese and see if you can guess what they are talking about.

I once was able to observe the contest and some of the speeches really get dramatic. Nothing like a heartfelt story to tug on the judges’ hearts… but then, what is nerve-wracking is the question and answer portion. You know how it is. Answering questions during contests are precarious — and this is in English or Filipino. What more if it is in Nihongo?! Ayayay.

The 2nd Nihongo Quiz Bee for High School Student follow right after the speech contest. Nihongo learners should find this activity fun and educational.

The awarding of the winners of the Nihongo Speech Contest and Quiz Bee will be done at the Main Mall Atrium of the SM Mall of Asia. It’s a big deal because two winners of the speech contest will be given an all-expense paid trip ticket to Japan. The Quiz Bee winners will be awarded trophies and medals.

Still another contest will be awarded at this time — the Street Fashion Contest. We’ll be posting the details on how to join this contest but basically this activity involves all the SM MOA mall-goers. Cosplayers usually come by to our events in their finery, but in this occasion we hope to showcase street fashion — curb allusions to Naruto or any manga character, okay? We’re still refining the criteria and process of this contest but we’ll announce it very soon! Just expect the prices to be sugoi. 😉

The Street Fashion Contest is a complementary activity to the Japanese-Filipino Street Fashion Exhibition, which will feature photos from the Japan Fashion Association (for the Japanese sets) and Cecile Zamora van Straten and Jujiin Samonte (for all the Filipino and some Tokyo sets), curated by Team Manila! Pangalan pa lang, exciting na! Expect a dynamic exhibit on  Japanese and Manila Youth culture and lifestyle.

The cherry in the sundae, which is the Nihongo Fiesta, is the J-Rock Concert featuring Shonen Knife and Pedicab.

Shonen Knife is a rock phenomenon that has inspired many all-girl rock bands — I remember hearing their rendition of a Carpenters song and bobbing my head furiously, headbang I think it was called during that time… hehehe. And with Pedicab sharing the stage with them, it’s bound to be fun. Would they play together? You got to be there to find out. Ika nga, see and hear (in person) to appreciate 🙂

Ahhh… my bones… get ready.

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Isa Lorenzo’s Release 004

Catch photographer, artist, and curator Isa Lorenzo talk about her works in this exhibition sparked by her art residency in Japan, on November 21, Saturday, from 3-5pm at the Silverlens, 2/F YMC Building 2, 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City. She also talks with young curators at the UP Vargas Museum on November 24, Tuesday at 1:30PM.

Exhibition dates: November 18 – December 12, 2009; 20Square, Silverlens Gallery

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Opening Baguio’s Melting Pot

Last week, JFM participated in an exhibition called, “Baguio’s Melting Pot”, in celebration of the city’s centennial. It was to feature the many cultures and nationalities that make up the proud city of Baguio, and one of the most active is the Japanese community there.

The exhibit opened on April 18 at the Baguio-Mt. Provinces Museum, located in the middle of the city (nearby the Convention Center, and a 5-7 minute walk away from SM Baguio).


During the opening, we were introduced to the many cultural communities that make up Baguio — the European, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Kalinga, Ibaloi communities were the ones present; not represented then were the American and the Korean communities.






The day before the opening, it was raining so hard that everyone was glad (and relieved) that the opening day was sunny and warm. There were the messages from the representatives of the different communities, as well as presentations. The Chinese community performed a lion dance, the Japanese community, an odori; the Indian community said a prayer; while the Kalinga and Ibaloi communities chanted and performed traditional dances. The host of the program was the European community and they did a good rendition of greetings from their respective countries.



The museum’s first floor chronicled Baguio’s history through a photo gallery of its mayors and various landmark events. The present mayor of Baguio, Mr. Reinaldo Bautista, was around to browse through the collections.



Present too, was the 94-year old curator of the museum, Ms. Leonora San Agustin, who is credited for establishing the museum and developing its collection.

The second floor housed the impressive permanent ethnographic collection of the museum. Unfortunately, I was not able to take any photos. I had the chance the day before, during set-up, but we were caught in installing and setting up our own exhibit at the third floor that by the time we wound down, it was already late at night and I didn’t feel all too comfortable taking pictures of mummies and the like… Anyway, you have to see it to appreciate it fully.

The third floor contained the Japanese materials, collated from the Japanese communities in Baguio, the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation. All these were integrated into the installation made by artist-curator, Chit Ramirez.




The fourth floor of the museum featured the lively and informative Chinese exhibition.



I could understand the enthusiastic participation of the Chinese and Japanese communities in Baguio, as both have deep roots in the city. The earliest Japanese settlers were the literally the builders of the city, carving the mountainside, paving what we now know (and use) as Kennon Road. Their hard work and dedication was truly one of the cornerstones of Baguio.



The exhibition, while engaging and informative, could still be enhanced in the following years to include displays of the other cultures in Baguio, to really relay the message of the city as a melting pot.

I also heard that the museum has also future programs to engage the public. This is an interesting development as it has been some time since there were new displays in the museum. I also noticed that while the museum has strong ethnographic collection, however, it is all competing for attention as they are all on display. Maybe with the new, temporary exhibits, there will be a chance for the permanent collections to be rearranged or reconfigured.

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Japan World Heritage Goes Round the Philippines


The traveling exhibition panels and materials are a lucky lot. Most of them have all gone round the world (as in the case of the Asian Cartoon Exhibition and others) and of course, here in the Philippines.

Tomorrow, we bring the Japan World Heritage Sites series to the Baguio-Mt. Provinces Museum and I’m happy to note that this would be its 16th local exhibition.

It first opened at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Intramuros, Manila – May 22 to June 30, 2006.



Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City – July 25-31, 2006

Iligan Capitol College, Iligan City – August 4-15, 2006

Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku (MKD), Davao City – August 16, 2006

Butuan City Library, Butuan City – September 2 – 15, 2006



University of Talamban -San Carlos, Cebu City – September 19-30, 2006


West Visayas State University, Iloilo City – October 3 -13, 2006


Leyte Normal University, Tacloban City – October 16-31, 2006

Museo Iloilo, Iloilo City – November 8-24, 2008

BIT International College, Bohol – December 4-15, 2006



Yuchengco Museum, Makati City – August 10- September 30, 2006

National College of Science and Technology, Cavite City – September 21 – October 19, 2006


Quezon City Memorial Circle, Quezon City- October 26- November 12, 2006

Lyceum of the Philippines University,  Intramuros, Manila – December 8-15, 2006

Eco-Products International Fair 2009, SMX Convention Center, Pasay City – March 19-22, 2009



If you notice, it made most of its rounds in 2006 as we then commemorated 50th anniversary of Philippines-Japan Friendship. There have been displays after 2006 (which I haven’t taken note of — yet), but this year it’s being revived and incorporated into a new installation by artist/ curator Chit Ramirez.

The installation in Baguio will be similar in concept to the SMX set-up but larger in scale — double–  and all on Japan World Heritage Sites. Rather than a conventional hanging display, the photos will be set up on multilevel stands which will be viewed as one walks across elevated wooden planks, which are assembled into some kind of meditative zen garden.

We’ve gotten some queer comments when we brought it to the SMX, as some visitors were expecting a massive exhibit like those beside our area, and were even asking what product the Japan Foundation was selling. (We’re selling the idea of cultural heritage appreciation, by the way.) But most visitors, got it right away, and that was pretty cool.

The Baguio exhibit, however, is not entirely on Japan, but all the other cultures which have contributed to the city, as Baguio looks back into it’s colorful past as a melting pot. Hope you can catch it. 🙂

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Baguio Hosts Japan World Heritage Sites Exhibition




The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) and the Kakehashi Foundation, in celebration of the Centennial of Baguio, bring to the City of Pines Japanese photographer Kazuyoshi Miyoshi’s Japan World Heritage Sites series at the Baguio-Mt. Provinces Museum from April 18 – June 30, 2009. The photographs will be displayed within an art installation by Mr. Chit Ramirez.




April 18- June 30, 2009

3rd Floor Mezzanine, Baguio-Mt. Provinces Museum

DOT Compound, Gov. Pack Road, Baguio City


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