August 2, 2011 – Five students and two faculty members of the Tokyo Tech High School of Science and Technology arrived last August 2, 2011 at De La Salle Canlubang to engage in an exchange program with De La Salle Canlubang Integrated School. The Tokyo Tech students represented their school to engage in a cultural and technological exchange with the Philippines. The five students were: Asako Iida, Anna Takahashi, Kei Kunimatsu, Shiori Fujisawa and Taichi Ito, accompanied by their teachers: Mr. Suguru Suzuki, English teacher, and Mr. Yoshiro Nichizawa, Information Systems teacher. Prof. Nobuaki Otsuki, Tokyo Tech High School Principal also joined the delegation and stayed until August 3, 2011.
Each Tokyo Tech student stayed in the homes of five Grade 9 DLSC students. These generous students were: Jerald Nobles, Ken Ueda, MG Dandan, Shina Wasan and Jacyn De Leon. With this program, Tokyo Tech students had a first-hand experience of Philippine living and culture.
Standing from left: MG Dandan, Shina Wasan, Jacyn De Leon, Shiori Fujisawa, Anna Takahashi, Asako Iida, Taichi Ito, Kei Kunimatsu, Ken Ueda and Jerald Nobles. Seated from left: Ms. Trish Castro, Mr. Yoshiro Nichizawa, Prof. Nobuaki Otsuki, Mr. Suguru Suzuki and Mr. Raffy Reloza.
Embassy of Japan orients Tokyo Tech
August 3, 2011 – Last August 3, 2011, Mr. Yusuke Takagi, Researcher/Adviser of the Embassy of Japan, accompanied by Ms. Jenny De Jesus, arrived at the campus to orient the Tokyo Tech delegation on the Philippines-Japan relationship and Philippine culture. On the side, Ms. Jenny De Jesus was also able to orient five Grade 10 students who will be visiting Tokyo Tech this October as part of the Exchange Program.
Back row from left: Mr. Raffy Reloza, Mr. Yusuke Takagi, Prof. Nobuaki Otsuki, Mr. Suguru Suzuki, and Mr. Yoshiro Nichizawa. Front row from left: Shiori Fujisawa, Anna Takahashi, Asako Iida, Taichi Ito, and Kei Kunimatsu.
Tokyo Tech students interact with DLSC Students
Tokyo Tech students joined the English classes of Grade 9C and 9E last August 3 and they participated in group activities where they are supposed to play roles for an interview session with DLSC students. The interaction went very well, giving the Japanese students an opportunity to hone their skills in speaking the English language.
Tokyo Tech students interact with Grade 9 students.
DLSC and Tokyo Tech students visit Honda, Shin-Etsu; Amazing Race
August 4, 2011 – As part of the technological exchange objective of the program, Tokyo Tech students and teachers, with their host students, visited the Honda Cars and Shin-Etsu plants at Laguna Technopark. The delegation was able to go through the process of manufacturing cars from assembly, painting, engine assembly, vehicle quality check and other tests. Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) emphasized the manual manufacturing process of cars in the Philppines plant compared to the fully automatic production of cars in Japan using robots. Mr. Delfin De Guzman of HCPI proudly proclaimed that Honda cars made in the Philippines are actually handmade.
The delegation also visited Shin-Etsu Magnetics Plant 5 and was welcomed by Mr. Nagamiya, who also personally toured the Tokyo Tech delegation around the plant. A hearty Japanese lunch was served to everyone in the tour.
Tokyo Tech and DLSC students with Mr. MJ Encina visited the Shin-Etsu plant last August 4, 2011.
As a token of appreciation for the two plants, DLSC gave a seedling to each of the two corporations to promote DLSC’s mission in taking care of the environment and they also received a token from Tokyo Tech.
To culminate the day, Tokyo Tech and DLSC students paired up and formed 5 teams to participate in the inter-cultural Amazing Race prepared by the Office of Sports Development through the organization of Ms. Loi Gervacio, PE teacher, and Grade 9B students. Each pair has to perform challenges that are unique to each culture. Some of the challenges were origami making, patintero, sipa, and transferring of beans using chopsticks.
Shiori Fujisawa tries to get past a DLSC student in the Patintero challenge.
PHIVOLCS Director gives lecture to Tokyo Tech delegates
August 4, 2011 – De La Salle Canlubang was privileged to have Dr. Renato Solidum, Director of Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), to talk about his expertise to the Tokyo Tech delegates and Grade 7E students. In his talk, Dr. Solidum highlighted the similarities between Japanese and Philippine volcanoes and earthquakes.
Dr. Renato Solidum (4th from right), PHIVOLCS Director, gives lecture to Tokyo Tech and DLSC students.
Tokyo Tech Students visit DLSU-Manila and PHIVOLCS
August 5, 2011 – Five Tokyo Tech Students, two teachers and Mr. Tri Sunga, DLSC Science Coordinator, visited the laboratories at De La Salle University – Manila. The tour was organized in cooperation with the Office of Tokyo Tech based in DLSU-Manila headed by Engr. Ronaldo Gallardo. After that, the delegation proceeded to PHIVOLCS to learn about the different technologies that the Philippines have in terms of monitoring and analyzing earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Tokyo Tech delegates visit the Tokyo Tech Office based in De La Salle University – Manila. With them are Engr. Ronaldo Gallardo (2nd from right), Manager of the Tokyo Tech Office.
DLSC prepared a Send-Off Dinner to the TIT delegates and Host families
August 6, 2011 – De La Salle Canlubang, through the Office of the Chancellor, prepared a send-off dinner for the Tokyo Tech delegates and the host families. The delegates arrived at the DLSC Multipurpose Hall from a quick trip to Taal Lake and last minute shopping at SM Mall of Asia. They entered the room carrying bags of local delicacies like dried mangoes and banana chips. The program began with some words from Dr. Julius B. Maridable thanking the Tokyo Tech delegation for choosing DLSC and he also expressed his hope for the partnership to grow stronger.
Jerald Charlie C. Nobles, a host student, also gave a message to everyone mentioning the little ways his family tried to introduce Taichi Ito to the Philippine culture. Jerald also emphasized that not only did Taichi learned about the Philippines, but that he also learned about Japanese culture because Taichi taught him some traditional Japanese games and language.
On behalf of the host parents, Mr. Gerardo Dandan also expressed their joy to be able to host a Tokyo Tech student and how quickly they agreed to host.
from left: Dr. Julius B. Maridable, Jerald Charlie C. Nobles, Mr. Gerardo Dandan and Kei Kunimatsu.
After all the messages, the program proceeded to awarding the Certificates of Appreciation to the host families, host students and Tokyo Tech delegates. They have also received gifts.
In response to this undeniable Filipino hospitality, Mr. Suguru Suzuki, the head of the delegation, also expressed his warm gratitude to the school and the host families. He highlighted one thing that is very different between the Japanese and the Filipinos. He said that they learned how to smile from the Filipinos. According to him, whenever he passes along the corridors of DLSC, students always greet them “good morning” or “good afternoon” with a smile. This, he said, is one thing the Japanese can learn from the Filipinos.
After his message of thanks, a ceremonial giving of tokens took place. The Tokyo Tech students, carrying their tokens, stood on one side, and the host families on the other. The TIT students walked toward their host families and offered their tokens with a bow of respect and gratitude. Dinner immediately followed.
Mr. Suguru Suzki
Tokyo Tech students offer tokens to their host families.
To formally close the last night of the visitors, Mr. Rafael A. Reloza, DLSC Integrated School Principal, gave a short message. He quoted Kei Kunimatsu, a TiT student delegate, saying that that this is not an end, but rather a welcome dinner – A welcome celebration to a growing partnership between DLSC and Tokyo Tech. The night ended not with a goodbye, but also with a welcome.
The Tokyo Tech delegation left for Japan the next morning.