University of the Philippines Los Baños
Friday, 27 April 2018 08:45

Japan-educated UPLB profs are new PHILAJAMES officers, members


The Philippine Association of Japanese Government Scholars, Inc. - South Luzon Chapter (PHILAJAMES-SLC) welcomed its new members and officers, majority of whom are from UPLB, during an induction ceremony on Apr. 20 at the ICOPED Auditorium, UPLB.

The newly inducted members from UPLB are Dr. Dalton Erick Baltazar from Kyoto University; Dr. Rodmyr Datoon from Nagoya University; Dr. Ronilo Flores and Dr. Walter Lavina from Osaka University; and Dr. Juan Carlos Gonzalez, who attended bird migration studies from Yamashina Institute for Ornithology. Joining them are Michel Basister, Omar Lamina, and Dr. Jualim Vela from Hiroshima University, who serve at various capacities in educational institutions in the country.

Meanwhile, almost all of the PHILAJAMES-SLC’s new officers for 2018-2019 are from UPLB: Maria Claret Tsuchiya, incoming president; Dr. Marloe Sundo, first vice president; Emmanuel Ryan de Chavez, second vice president; Dr. Evalour Aspuria, treasurer; Dr. Baby Richard Navarro, auditor; Dr. Allan Abraham Padama and Dr. Vachel Gay Paller, board members; and Dr. Lotis Mopera, ex-officio member and outgoing president. Dr. Carina Tanzo, a medical doctor, is the chapter’s new secretary.

In his welcome remarks, UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., himself a PHILAJAMES-SLC member, referred to the PHILAJAMES alumni as embodiment of success. He recognized the opportunities that the Japanese government has given them to further realize their strengths and potentials.

Chancellor Sanchez, a past president of the chapter, also hoped that PHILAJAMES-SLC’s new members and officers would uphold the spirit of cooperation and partnership that Japan has been promoting.

UP President Danilo L. Concepcion, guest speaker, reminded the PHILAJAMES members how fortunate they are to have been given the opportunity to study in a country as disciplined and advanced as Japan. He described the PHILAJAMES alumni as living proof of the university’s success in molding both quality professionals and leaders who have chosen to serve the country.                                                

Dr. Cristino Collado, member of the PHILAJAMES’ National Board of Directors, said that PHILAJAMES-SLC is the chapter with the most concentration of PhD holders. He expressed confidence that the SLC chapter will live up to the expectation of their senpai (senior) and sensei (teacher) in Japan to become good members of the academic community.

Present during the event were Atty. Gabriela Concepcion, professorial lecturer at the UP College of Law and wife of President Concepcion; Dr. Simplicio Medina, director of the Office of International Linkages; other PHILAJAMES members from UPLB; and Japanese exchange students of UPLB and UPRHS.

PHILAJAMES, Inc. was founded in 1972. Its five regional chapters – Northern Luzon, Southern Luzon, Visayas (based in Iloilo), Cebu, and Mindanao – have continued to strengthen its linkages with each other and with Japanese institutions abroad.(KEAraguas with information from