Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai Family still couldn’t contain the fervor every time they prepare and celebrate the annual Philippine-Japan Festival. The jovial celebration was the result of the consolidated efforts of the human resources from the Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai Inc., Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International School ( Main Campus and Calinan Campus), Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku, PNJK Polyclinic and Diagnostic Center, Japan-Philippine Volunteers Association, PNJK Multi-Purpose Cooperative, students, parents and members of the community in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, Japan Information and Cultural Center, Japan Foundation, Tokyo Kichijoji Lions Club, Consular Office of Japan in Davao, Datu Uchida Development Foundation and Davao Japanese Association.
This year’s Philippine Japan Festival’s theme is “Philippines-Japan: Two Nations Bridging Cultural Diversity with One Desire towards Success”. Spearheaded by the school directress Mrs. Ines P. Mallari, the members of the Philippine-Japan committee dedicated much of their time just to come up with a very exciting and remarkable celebration.
The week-long celebration started last October 6, 2014 with its free medical clinic and blood-letting activity. The medical mission was organized by the PNJK Polyclinic and Diagnostics personnel. The following day, October 7, 2014, the motorcade was done at 8:30 wherein a number also joined the said motorcade. It was followed with the Kick-off Program which served as the avenue where one could take a look at the diverse cultures of Asia. The kick-off program showcased different presentations which started with the cheer dance presentation to the amusement of everyone. Traditional dances of Philippines and Indonesia, the hand mime, the Taiko and Omikoshi practice of Japan were presented by the PNJK family. Dance Master Senju
Einojo also presented a traditional dance during the program. The kick-off program was graced by prominent national and local personalities like Honorable Abdullah Zawawi Tahir – Malaysian Consul General, Mrs. Masumi Yagi – President, Japan-Philippines Volunteer Association, Japanese friends and visitors, members of the Board of Trustees of PNJKIS, local government officials and other invited guests.
In the afternoon of October 7, 2014, were the Nihongo and Tagalog Singing Contests wherein pupils, students and employees showcased their knack in singing. The Nihongo Singing Contest was also participated in by contestants from other school like Yagi Method Children’s Academy. Simultaneous with the Nihongo and Tagalog Singing Contests was a Lecture on Philippine-Japan Relations and J-Pop Culture at the MKD AVR and PNJK-IS AVR. The Eigasai and Filipino Movie Festival also started in the afternoon of October 7.
The Cultural Lessons were taught on October 8, 2014 where participants were given the chance to learn the cultures of both Philippines and Japan. The cultural lessons taught were the following:
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[li type=”glyphicon-arrow-right”]Laro ng Lahi[/li]
[li type=”glyphicon-arrow-right”]Yukata Wearing[/li]
[li type=”glyphicon-arrow-right”]Chopsticks Lessons[/li]
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In the afternoon of October 8, 2014 was the Inter-School Quiz Bowl for High School, which was attended by nine (9) schools namely Assumption College of Davao, Bangoy National High School, Davao City National High School, Holy Cross of Davao College, University of Immaculate Conception, Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International School, Davao Christian High School, Colegio de San Ignacio and Sta. Ana National High School. Simultaneous with the inter-school quiz bowl were Essay Writing Contest for College and High School and On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest for intermediate and high school. A “Flea Market” was also organized which ran from October 7-10, 2014.
The Nihongo Speech Contest was held in the morning of October 9, 2014 at the MKD Sky gym where contestants compete among themselves who is the best in speaking the Japanese language. In the afternoon was the Sumo competition held at the primary department’s playpen.
In the evening of October 9 was the Noh Dance presentation held at SMX. Noh is a drama in which dance and music play an important role. The story is told not just through a dialogue but also through singing, musical accompaniment and dance. It’s like a musical from the fourteenth century.
The 23rd Recorder Ensemble competition was done at the PNJK-IS Calinan campus in the morning of October 10 for which both the Recorder Ensemble for elementary and high school bagged the second place in their respective categories. Added to the activities was the COSPLAY competition for high school students done in the morning also of October 10 at the PNJK-IS main campus. The Awarding Ceremony was held in the afternoon of October 10 that was followed by the Japanese Traditional Dance presentation held at the PNJKIS covered court.
During the awarding ceremony, pupils, students, parents and members of the PNJK Family were already wearing their Yukata and Happi in anticipation for the much awaited “Bon Odori”. Pupils, students, parents, alumni, PNJK family and visitors, old and new, shared the same excitement and thrill even though some are no longer neophytes to the said ceremony. The “Bon Odori” is one of the highlights of the entire celebration of the Philippine-Japan Festival. It is the most anticipated ceremony of the entire PNJK family, parents, alumni and even students from other schools in the region.
Mrs. Ines P. Mallari, head of the Philippine-Japan Festival 2014 planning committee was again very delighted with the turn-out of the celebration; saying that because of the consolidated efforts of those people who poured out their time and effort just to have a successful program, the festival was again successful just like in the previous celebrations. Truly this is an indication that unity could be achieved if respect to other’s culture is practice. To the PNJK Family, omedetou gozaimashita for a very successful Philippine-Japan Festival! (L)