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Press Office - PR#56–2012, July 6, 2012


Celebrate Philippines-Japan Friendship Month this July!



To celebrate the 56 years of longstanding friendship and cooperation between Japan and the Philippines, the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines and the Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) with various partner organizations are co-presenting an array of remarkable cultural festivities.


Philippines-Japan Friendship month is celebrated in the month of July to commemorate the designation of July 23 as the Philippines-Japan Friendship Day in the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the diplomatic relationship between the two countries in 2006.


As this year marks the 5th anniversary since Philippines-Japan Friendship Month began to be celebrated in July, “Japan Day” will be held on July 21-22 at SM Mall of Asia to provide for opportunities for endless discovery of Japanese Contemporary Pop Culture. In addition, this year's Friendship Month is characterized by its reach out to wider provinces, with many events to be held in Baguio, Cebu, and Davao.



Japanese Film Festival 2012 – EigaSai 2012


Venue and Schedule:

Cinema 4, Shangri-La Plaza Mall,

Mandaluyong City

July 5-15, 2012


UP Film Institute

Diliman, Quezon City

August 15-21, 2012



Gaisano South Citimall, Davao

July 20-22, 2012



Cinema 4, Ayala Center, Cebu City

August 7-12, 2012


Movie goers and film enthusiasts will be delightedly entertained by the ten specially-selected contemporary films from respected Japanese film makers to be screened in this year's most awaited EigaSai (Movie Festival) to be held in Manila, UP Film Institute, Baguio, Cebu and Davao. Admission is open to the public and free of charge. For the detailed list of films and film screening schedules, please visit www.jfmo.org.ph or call the Japan Foundation, Manila at 811-61-55 to 58.



Aki and Kuniko Concert


Venue and Schedule:

Abelardo Hall, UP College of Music

Diliman Quezon City

July 13, 2012


Conspiracy Garden Café,

Quezon City

July 14, 2012


University of the Cordilleras Theater

Baguio City

July 16, 2012


2Jazz ‘n Bluz Bar and Restaurant

Cebu City

July 20, 2012


Ayala Center

Cebu City

July 21, 2012



Enjoy the fascinating fusion of acoustic guitar by the dynamic duo, Aki and Kuniko as they perform in a series of shows using a Japanese traditional instrument, koto. The tandem's ingenuity combined with their soulful melody captivates their listeners and lead them into a greater sense of musical appreciation. For inquiries, please call the Japan Foundation, Manila at 811-61-55 to 58.



Sharaku Interpreted by Japan's Contemporary Artists


Venue and Schedule:

Ayala Museum, Makati City

July 10 to September 9, 2012



Inspired by the woodblock masterpieces of Toshusai Sharaku, one of the greatest masters of woodblock printing in Japan, the contemporary artists will stage an exhibit to showcase their artwork. The exhibition is divided into three sections, “Reproductions of Sharaku”, “Sharaku in Graphic Art”, and “Homage to Sharaku”.For inquiries, please call the Japan Foundation Office at 811-6155 to 58.



Japan Day

“Japan Endless Discovery”

Fifth anniversary of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month


Japan Endless Discovery

The Embassy of Japan in cooperation with various organizations celebrate the Japan Day this July in commemoration of the 5 th anniversary of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month since 2007 to celebrate the longstanding friendship between the two countries.


“Japan Day,” a two-day fun-filled festivity in July 21 and July 22 showcase the best of Japanese music, film and the arts by staging once again the 2012 JPOP Anime Singing Contest, the display of the exceptional creativity of cosplayers in the Mini Cosplay event, the exciting film screening of two anime films, Fullmetal “Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos” and “Detective Conan: The Lost Ship in the Sky,” and the concert of Japan's hottest pop-opera band, Le Velvets.


“Japan Day,” aims to bring the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month events to a wider audience and further promote friendship and Japanese culture appreciation among Filipinos.



2012 J-Pop Anime Singing Contest and Mini Cosplay Event


Venue and Schedule:

Music Hall, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City

July 21, 2012, 1 – 5 PM



Now on its 4th year, the 2012 J-Pop Anime Singing Contest continues to entice the youthful and energetic talents from all over the Philippines. The 2012 J-Pop Anime Singing Contest finalists will take the center stage as they showcase their best performance to be this year's J-pop Anime Singing Idols.


Alongside with the 2012 J-POP Anime Singing Contest Grand Finale is the awarding ceremony of the Mini Cosplay Contest where fifteen finalists will have a chance to display their most creative and alluring costume as they imitate the signature move of their favorite anime characters.


The audience will also be entertained by a musical performance by the Embassy of Japan's own music band, the “No Plan Band”. Various engaging activities are in stored for all Japanophiles such as anime-making demonstration by Toei Animation Philippines, meet and greet session with Doraemon and Nobita, and Japanese food tasting by Yashinoya.


Immediately after the J-Pop Anime Singing Contest Grand Finale, there will be free screening of Japanese animation films in SM Mall of Asia, Cinema 6.


This event is co-organized by the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation, Manila with the cooperation of Animation International Licensing Philippines, Center for Pop Music, Nihongo Center Foundation, SM Mall of Asia, Toei Animation Philippines, Yoshinoya, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Philippines, Inc., Ajinomoto, Canon, Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba, Yakult, and HERO TV as the media partner. For inquiries, please call the Embassy of Japan at 551-5710 loc 2318 or send an email to jicc-mnl@ma.mofa.go.jp.



Anime Film Showing


Venue and Schedule

SM Cinema 6, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City

July 21, 2012, 7PM – Full Metal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos

July 22, 2012, 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM - Detective Conan: The Lost Ship in the Sky



The anime fever continues to rise as the legendary hero, Detective Conan, is involved in another fast-paced exploit to conquer deadly bacteria while his arch nemesis Magic Kid is set to steal a jewel from Lady Sky.

Meanwhile, the famous Fullmetal Alchemist, Edward Elric take on another daring adventure with his brother. They are off to a dangerous journey to Table city to pursue a fugitive escaped from the Central Amestris Prison.

So anime fanatics mark your calendars and watch these two exciting films. For inquiries, please call the Embassy of Japan at 551-5710 loc 2318 or send an email to jicc-mnl@ma.mofa.go.jp.



Le Velvets Live in Manila


Venue and Schedule

The Atrium, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City

7 PM, July 22, 2012



Le Velvets, Japan's hottest pop-opera group will captivate their audience with their incredible voices and undeniable charm. Their music is an exciting blend of opera music, contemporary pop and music of many genres that will capture the hearts of the Filipino audience. For inquiries, please call the Embassy of Japan at 551-5710 loc 2318 or send an email to jicc-mnl@ma.mofa.go.jp.


For the first time, the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month events are catering such big events in a much larger audience in Cebu and the second time in Baguio with the help of the local government and various organizations.



Philippines-Japan Friendship Month in Baguio


Venue and Schedule:

Japanese Film Festival

July 2&3 University of Baguio

July 5&6 Benguet State University

July 7&8 Baguio Cinematheque

July 11&12 University of the Cordilleras

July 14&15 Baguio Cinematheque

July 26&27 UP Baguio

August 3 & 4 Saint Louis University

August 7-12 Baguio Museum


Philippines-Japan Friendship Day

Ceremony and Cultural Exchange

July 21, Baguio City National High School


Traditional Dances

Cultural Exchange and Study Tour

July 23, Benguet State University


Tanabata Festival 3

Photo Exhibit “Overcoming the Disaster”

Cosplay/Anime/Art Exhibit

August 5 to August 28, 2012

Baguio Museum



The Embassy of Japan in cooperation with the Japan Foundation Manila, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and the Japanese Association of Northern Luzon have lined up various cultural activities for the City of Pines to enjoy for the Philippines-Japan Friendship celebration.


“Can You See the Lights?: First Film Festival after the Tsunami” and “Setting Sail from the Ruins”, two documentaries about Great East Japan Earthquake recovery, headlines films lined up for the festival. The other featured films to be screened are: “Fukushima Hula Girls”, “Wanko- the story of me, my family and my dog”, “Éclair”, “Haru's Journey”, and “Quartet.” Free screenings will be held at the following venues: University of Baguio, Benguet State University, Baguio Cinematheque, University of the Cordilleras, UP Baguio, and Saint Louis University, and the Baguio Museum. These venues are selected in order to accommodate a bigger audience.


The Aki and Kuniko Concert and Workshop which will provide an opportunity for the City of Pines to witness the acoustic duo with their sensational skill on playing the acoustic guitar and koto, a traditional instrument of Japan. This event will take place at the University of Cordilleras Theater.

The Traditional Dances and Cultural Exchange Program will feature students from universities in Kyoto and the Benguet State University.


The 3rd Japanese Tanabata Festival 2012 is set to launch with the themes: “Prayer to the Stars” and “Overcoming Disaster”. This exhibit will feature remarkable photos about the colorful Tanabata Festival. It will also include an Origami Workshop and Cosplay and Anime Activity. All of these wonderful events will take place at the Baguio Museum.

For more information, please contact, Mr. Oguni at 0910 411 3306 and Gemma Estolas (444-7541) Baguio Museum, for more information.



Philippines-Japan Friendship Month in Cebu


Venue and Schedule:  

Japanese Film Festival

Cinema 4, Ayala Center Cebu

August 7-12


Wakodaiko Drum Club

Ayala Activity Center, Cebu City

August 11-12, 2012



The Japan Festival 2012, the first time for the City of Cebu, will have the Wakodaiko Drum Club from Saitama as the main attraction from the list of events scheduled to amaze the Queen City of the South. Two performances will be held by the group at the Ayala Activity Stage Center.


Japanese and Filipino dancers will also perform the tradional Awa Odori. The Karaoke Sing-along Competition also features Japanese and Filipino participants. More cultural events such as a Karate Show , Cosplay , and Sushi and Japanese noodles Eating Contest are scheduled all for the enjoyment of the citizens of Cebu.


As part of the Japanese Film Festival or “EigaSai” , 10 Japanese films will also be screened for free from August 7 to August 12 at Cinema 4, Ayala Center Cebu.


This event is organized by the Consular Office of Japan in Cebu, in cooperation with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Cebu, Inc (JCCI-CI), Japanese Association Cebu, Inc. (JACI), Japan Foundation Manila (JFM), Japan International Cooperation Agency Philippines (JICA), Japanese Association of Travel Industries in Cebu (JATIC), Philippine Association of the Japanese Ministry of Education Scholars Cebu Chapters (PHILAJAMES), Ayala Center Cebu, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, With the support of Cebu City Government. For more Information please contact 231-7321 to 7323.



All Philippines-Japan Friendship Month activities are open to the public. For more information on the program contacts, please visit:


http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp (Embassy of Japan)

http://www.jfmo.org.ph (Japan Foundation, Manila)