J-pop Culture highlighted in the ‘60 Years of Philippines-Japan Friendship Celebration’

Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) - Press Release No. 70 - 2016

Around 4,000 delighted fans and spectators gathered at the Market!Market! Activity Center last Sunday, December 4, 2016 for the ‘60 Years of Philippines-Japan Friendship Celebration.’   The well-attended event featured lively performances from Japan’s top idol group, AKB 48 Team 8 and Japanese girl group STARMARIE.  The program also had an “Introduction to Japanese Culture” segments which featured anime trailer previews, anime-inspired dance performances, and a cosplay event.

AKB48 Team 8 performs their well-loved hits for their fans

The ‘60 Years of Philippines-Japan Friendship Celebration’ is among a yearlong series of events organized to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Philippines-Japan Friendship and further promote cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the two countries.  This event was organized by the Embassy of Japan with co-organizer, Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. in cooperation with Ayala Malls Market!Market!

STARMARIE in their fantasy-inspired number