Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai Family still couldn’t enfold the zeal every time they prepare and celebrate the annual Philippine-Japan Festival. The jaunty 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, Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku, PNJK Polyclinic, Japan-Philippine Volunteers Association, PNJK Polyclinic and Diagnostic Center, students, parents and members of the community in cooperation with the Consular Office of Japan in Davao, Japan Foundation, Tokyo Kichijoji Lions Club, Datu Uchida Development Foundation, Japan-Philippine Industry Council, Inc. ( JPIC) and Davao Japanese Association.
This year’s Philippine Japan Festival’s theme is “Philippine-Japan Festival: A Celebration of History, Cultural Heritage and Friendship.” 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 terrific celebration.
The week-long celebration started last October 6 – 10, 2015 with a thanksgiving mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Orlando Angelia and was followed by the medical mission and bloodletting activity organized by the PNJK Polyclinic and Diagnostics personnel was held on the second day. The following day, October 7, 2015, the motorcade was done at 8:30. 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 opening salvo of the PNJK-IS Drum and Lyre Corps and the Nikkeisians Pep Squad to the enjoyment of everyone. Traditional dances of Philippines and Indonesia, the hand mime, the Taiko and Omikoshi practice of Japan were presented by the PNJK family.
In the afternoon of October 7, 2015, was the Nihongo and Tagalog Singing Contest wherein pupils, students and employees showcased their knack in singing. Simultaneous with the Nihongo and Tagalog Singing Contest was a Lecture Nikkeijin History- Before, During and After the War for the college students; Cultural Differences for elementary and high school, as well as lectures on J-Pop for elementary and high school. The Eigasai and Filipino Movie Festival also started in the afternoon of October 7.
The Cultural Lessons were taught on October 8, 2015 where participants were given the chance to learn the cultures of both Philippines and Japan. The cultural lessons taught were the following:
• Japanese Food Cooking
• Filipino Food Cooking
• Laro ng Lahi
• Yukata Wearing
• Chopsticks Lessons
• Japanese Games
In the afternoon of October 8, 2015 was the Inter-School Quiz Bee for High School, which was attended by eighteen (17) schools, Intra-School Quiz Bee for PNJK-IS Junior High School students, Essay Writing Contest for Junior High School and College and On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest for the intermediate, Junior High School and College. A “Flea Market” was also organized and the garage sale ran from October 7-9, 2015.
The Nihongo Speech Contest was held in the morning of October 9, 2015 at the MKD Sky gym where contestants compete among themselves who is the best in speaking the Japanese language. In the afternoon was the Cosplay Competition and J-Pop Contest held at the PNJK-IS main gym. Simultaneous with the Cosplay and J-Pop was the Sumo competition held at the playpen of the primary building that was followed by the Awarding ceremony held at the PNJK-IS main gym. A Japanese Traditional Dance presentation was also showcased by selected PNJK staff and students which was headed by the master himself, Mr. Senju Einuju. 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.
The Philippine-Japan Festival 2015 ended with a feat as the Recorder Ensemble JHS division brought home the bacon for the team was adjudged as this year’s Champion in the Recorder Ensemble Contest held at PNJKIS Calinan Campus last October 10, 2015. The elementary recorder ensemble on the other hand bagged the 2nd Runner-up place.
Mrs. Ines P. Mallari, head of the Philippine-Japan Festival 2015 planning committee was very happy with the turn-out of the celebration; saying that another festival is successful because of the consolidated efforts of those people who poured out their time and effort just to have a successful program. Truly this is an indication that unity could be achieved if respect to others culture is practice. To the PNJK Family, omedetou gozaimashita for a very successful Philippine-Japan Festival! (L)