Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni, Inc (PHILFEJA)
For Former Foreign Students
The Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA) or Moto Nihon Hiripin Ryugakusei Renmei is the active cultural Philippine-Japan friendship conglomeration of eight (8) organizations of former students and graduates of Japanese universities and colleges including grantees and trainees of science and technology in highly advanced institutions of Japan. PHILFEJA was organized on July 19, 1976, under the initiative and guidance of Ambassador Jose S. Laurel III, a ryugakusei before the war and former Philippine Ambassador to Japan. Its incorporators are Jose S. Laurel III, Benjamin F. Sanvictores, Monico R. Vicente, Leocadio de Asis, Simplicio Z. Misa, Benjamin C. Osias, Jose G. Diaz, Bayani I. Gutierrez, Serapio A. Bravo, Diampo J. Lim, Benjamin C. Laurel and Halim R. Abubakar.
The following are the objectives of PHILFEJA:
The Board of Directors of PHILFEJA is composed of the presidents of the 8 member associations, namely:
|OMNI VENTURES, Inc. (OVI)||1947||NAMPO Tokubetsu Ryugakusei|
|Philippine Association of Japanese Ministry of Education Scholars (PHILAJAMES)||1972||Former Mombusho Scholars|
|Philippine-Japan Fellows Association (PHILJAFA)||1977||Government employees who went to Japan on a train program under JICA|
|The Philippine Cultural and Technical Association of Returned Overseas Scholars (PHILCULTAROS)||1965||Trainees in Japan under the auspices of the Association of Overseas Scholars (AOTS) and the Asian Students Cultural Association (ASCA)|
|The Philippine-JASCAA Youth Club (PJYC)||1976||Participants of the JASCAA Programs|
|Philippine Association of Japan Airlines Scholars (PHILAJALS)||1980||Participants of the JAL Program at Sophia University|
|Association of Philippine Private Alumni of Japanese Universities (APPAJU)||1991||Filipinos who studied in Japanese universities either on private funds or scholarships other than the Mombusho|
|Samahan ng mga Pilipinong Nag-aral sa Nippon (SAPILNIP)||1993||Filipinos who studied and lived in Japan for at least one year and who are not members of an alumni association within PHILFEJA|
The Board of Directors holds a term of two years. The positions of President, Vice President and Treasurer held by members of the Board are rotated every two years among the 8 member associations. At present, the president is Dr. Virgilio delos Santos of OMNI VENTURES. The Vice President is Atty. Jessie John Gimenez of PHILAJAMES and the Treasurer is Atty. Ernesto P. Martinez of PHILJAFA.
PHILFEJA spearheaded the establishment of the ASEAN Council of Japan Alumni (ASCOJA) on June 11, 1977, composed of the alumni associations of the original member countries of ASEAN:
|PERSADA|| PERHIMPUNAN ALUMNI DARI JEPANG
Association of Indonesian Alumni from Japan
|JAGAM||JAPAN GRADUATES' ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA|
|PHILFEJA||PHILIPPINE FEDERATION OF JAPAN ALUMNI MOTO NIHON FIRIPIN RYUGAKUSEI RENMEI|
|JUGAS||JAPANESE UNIVERSITY GRADUATES ASSOCIATION OF SINGAPORE|
|OJSAT||OLD JAPAN STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION THAILAND
(Under the Patronage of His Majesty the King)
The Brunei Association of Japan Alumni (BAJA) of Brunei Darussalam also joined ASCOJA immediately after it became a member of ASEAN.
In the year 2000, upon the initiative of PHILFEJA President and ASCOJA Chairman, Mr. Albert A. Zenarosa, the new member countries of ASEAN-Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam-were invited to attend the 14th ASCOJA Conference hosted by PHILFEJA in July 2001 as observe countries of ASCOJA.
The chairman of ASCOJA holds a term of years. The Vice Chairman becomes the Chairman of the next Conference. The first chairman of ASCOJA is Dr. Leocadio de Asis.
Through the years, PHILFEJA has been undertaking the following activities to attain its objectives.
Uploaded on 27th November 2001