Philippine Daily Inquirer

July is Philippine­s-Japan Friendship Month


THE EMBASSY OF JAPAN AND Japan Foundation Manila (JFM) in cooperatio­n with various partner organizati­ons are co-presenting to celebrate the longstandi­ng friendship between Japan and the Philippine­s.

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

There is something for everyone to enjoy and take part in in the various cultural events and activities to fete the Philippine­sJapan Friendship­Month:

Eiga Sai ’10: A choice lineup of Japanese films will be shown in Manila (until July 11, Shangri-La Mall Cinema 4, Mandaluyon­g City), Davao (July 23-25, Gaisano South Mall), Cebu (Aug. 3-8, Ayala Center Cebu, Cinema 4), and UP Film Institute (Aug. 18-21, Diliman, Quezon City). Admission is open to the public and free of charge. (For film screening schedules, visit or call 811-6155 to 58.)

2010 J-Pop Anime Singing Contest: Now in its second year, the J-Pop Anime Singing Contest will once again showcase the raw musical talent of 10 groups from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao as they vie to emerge as this year’s J-Pop, JRock and anime singing idols at the Cyberzone Event Center of SM North Edsa on July 24. The audience will also be treated to other activities such as animemakin­g demonstrat­ion by Toei Animation Philippine­s, musical performanc­e by the Embassy of Japan’s “No Plan” Band, special booth of Hero TV, meet-andgreet with Doraemon and photo ops with colorfully-garbed cosplayers. This event is co-organized by the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation Manila with the cooperatio­n of SM Supermalls, SM Cyberzone, Toei Animation Philippine­s, Nihongo Center Foundation, Center for Pop Music, Yoshinoya, Animation Internatio­nal Licensing, Heritage Hotel, Ajinomoto, Canon, Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba, Yakult and HERO TV and MAX FM 103.5 as media partners. (For inquiries, call 5515710 loc. 2318.)

Out of the Ordinary/Ex- traordinar­y–Japanese Conwill be presented in this hortempora­ry Photograph­y Exhiror/comedy play featuring four bition: See the beauty and comJapanes­e ghost stories by De La plexity of the world filtered Salle University Manila stuthrough the lenses of 11 condents at theWilliam Shaw Little temporary Japanese photograTh­eater, De La Salle University phers. The photo exhibit is coon July 15 (7 p.m.) and 16 (3 organized by the Japan Foundap.m. and 7 p.m.). (Call the DLtion Manila and the Embassy of SU Cultural Arts Office at 524Japan with the cooperatio­n of 4611 loc. 702 or 737.) the Metropolit­an Museum of Asia in My Pocket: The Asia Manila. (Call 811-6155 to 58.) Society and Business Etiquette

Virgin Lab Fest: Now in its Training Series for Young Prosixth year, the Virgin Lab Fest fessionals: A training program continues to stage new plays by for young profession­als to give emerging and well-known playthem a better grasp and underwrigh­ts, directors and actors. standing of Japan’s country proGet ready for a provocativ­e linefile, culture and business etiup of one-act plays that is sure quette will be held at the Dusit to entertain both the young and

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