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BS Chemistry students are JENESYS 2016 delegates

Christine Debbie Shanne Angeles at Ogaki Castle, Ogaki City. Photo by: Eric Lim Cardos (center) together with other Filipino delegates during the cultural presentation. Photo by: Mark Lester Padilla
The Philippine delegation together with JICC Researcher/Adviser Mr. Simon Kubota during pre-departure orientation (sitting farthest from the left is Angeles followed by Cardos). Photo by: Ed Geronilla Departure of Philippine delegation at Ninoy Aquino International Airport  (standing second from the left is Angeles and sitting third from the left is Cardos)   Photo by: Ed Geronilla

Ms. Christine Debbie Shanne Angeles and Ms. Harlene Cardos, fourth year BS Chemistry students of the College of Arts and Sciences, U.P. Visayas are among the 12 students and 10 young professionals from different parts of Philippines who flew to Tokyo, Japan to participate in the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths or JENESYS program. The 2016 program was held from November 28 until December 6, 2016 with the theme “Economics: Manufacturing Technology.”

The JENESYS program is being implemented by the Japanese Government through the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) and the Japan Information and Cultural Center (JICC) to promote a global understanding of Japan and the participating countries to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation.

In partnership with the National Youth Commission (NYC), Angeles and Cardos and the student delegates from the Philippines were able to explore Tokyo and Gifu prefectures as they experienced Japan’s industries, modern technologies, culture and tradition together with the delegates from India, Malaysia, and Singapore. They also visited local industries such as the Chikori Village and Kakuyama Seitosho and manufacturing companies such as Okuma Corporation and Feather Safety Razor Co., Ltd. According to them, their visit to historical landmarks such as Ogaki Castle and Ochobo Inari Shrine further enriched their knowledge about the Japanese culture.

The delegates also witnessed the Japanese traditional tea ceremony, martial art (iaido) and musical performance with the stringed musical instrument, koto. Moreover, they attended lectures on the Japanese culture, local government and economic organization and exchange.

At the end of the program, the participants presented their action plans to the organizers at the JICE office in Tokyo. They plan to share their experiences and learning in Japan through social media and online testimonies. (Sources: Ms. Harlene Cardos and Prof. Steve Janagap)

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