Philippines – Japan Friendship: Thoughts on 60 Years and Beyond

October 24, 2016

In commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of Philippines-Japan Diplomatic Relations, the Japan Foundation and Fukuoka Prize Committee, in cooperation with the Japanese Studies Program and Department of History of Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) will revisit history and development and explore its future achievements.
The symposium will engage Filipino “Fukuoka Prize Laureates” – Dr. Reynaldo C. Ileto (2003 Academic Prize), Mr. Kidlat Tahimik (2012 Arts and Culture Prize) and Dr. Ambeth R. Ocampo (2016 Academic Prize) as resource speakers;  Dr. Yoshiko Nagano (Specialist on Asia society and economic history, Kanagawa University) will share her views on the aforesaid theme. Dr. Wilfrido Villacorta (former Ambassador to the ASEAN and ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General) will be the moderator.

For details / confirmation of attendance – please contact the Japanese Studies Program of the Ateneo de Manila University (tel. # 426-6001 local 5248 / email : Admission is FREE but pre-registration is required thru this link:

【What is Fukuoka Prize?】
The Fukuoka Prize was established by Fukuoka City, Japan, in 1990 as an award presented annually to honor the outstanding work of individuals, groups and organizations to preserve and promote the unique and diverse cultures of Asia. The Prize aims to foster and increase awareness of the value of Asian cultures, and to institute a broad framework for exchange and learning among the people of Asia.  (

1:00 pm – Opening Remarks
1:10 pm – Lectures
                        Ambeth Ocampo (2016)
                        Reynaldo Ileto (2003)
                        Yoshiko Nagano
                        Kidlat Tahimik (2012)
2:30 pm – Coffee Break
3:00 pm – Discussion: Wilfrido Villacorta (Moderator)
4:15 pm – Closing Remarks: Karl Ian Uy Cheng Chua

Master of Ceremonies: Jina Umali