10T attend Cebu-Japan celebration

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Monday, August 11, 2014

CEBUANOS and Japanese nationals based in Cebu relished each others’ cultures during an event celebrating the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month in Mandaue City last Friday and Saturday.

Cultural presentations entertained the attendees at the Aboitiz Football Field in Barangay Subangdaku, including Japanese nationals who are on a study tour.

Mayor Jonas Cortes, who graced the event last Friday night, said both countries should strengthen their cultural ties and cooperation in other fields.


“We expect more exchanges of cultural presentations by both countries and stronger cooperation,” he said in a speech.

Kengo Tanaka, spokesperson for the Philippines-Japan Exchange Committee, said the crowd at last Friday’s event was overwhelming.

“We did not expect the big turnout,” he said. “This means that Filipinos are interested to know the Japanese culture.”

Tanaka said they expected to gather 5,000 attendees but about 10,000 showed up.

Booths were set up in the venue, displaying or selling Japanese products, including delicacies. Organizers also showed Japanese films on big screens.

The city’s dancers also performed the Panagtagbo Festival dance, which depicts the reunion of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph.

Major activities celebrating the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month included the Japanese film festival or Eiga Sai at the Ayala Center Cebu from Aug. 6 to 10.

The Philippines-Japan Friendship Month is held during the month of July to commemorate the designation of July 23 as Philippines-Japan Friendship Day, but activities extend until August. RSB

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 12, 2014.

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