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FREE: Eiga Sai 16th Film Festival 2014 in Manila, Davao and Cebu

One of my favorites, the 16th Japanese Film Festival is coming in Manila, Davao and Cebu. Would you believe for the past  3 years I have not missed not one season of this? Probably because I am just a stone's throw away to the Shangrila Plaza Boni that's why.
Anyway, here's the list of schedule:

 Shang Cineplex Cinema 2 (July 3 to 13)
 Abreeza Mall, Davao (July 25 to 27)
 FDCP Cinematheque, Davao City (July 29 to August 3)
 Ayala Center Cinema 4, Cebu City (August 6 to 10)

As always, admission is FREE and English subtitles are provided.

Tickets for the Eiga Sai Film Festival 2014 are released 30 minutes before each screening but I suggest be there at least an hour before especially during peak hours because of the long line. For more details you may check the official Facebook event here.


Japanese brand TAGAI launches top-of-the-line driving eyewear in the Philippines

Affiliated with Paris Miki Inc., Japan’s largest optical chain store with more than 800 stores established in Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA, TAGAI is now launched as the newest top-of-the-line eyewear brand offering the best options in driving eyewear to the very meticulous consumers here in the Philippines. TAGAI comes from the Japanese character 互 which means “unity”. In Japanese, TAG = fold and AI = love.

Japan in Philippine History

Japayuki and comfort women… these are the usual words associated when we talk about any connections we have with Japan in Philippine history. Ambeth Ocampo, a public historian and currently a visiting professor in Sophia University, Tokyo says that history is all about connections. In his talk Before the Japayuki: Japan in Philippine History, it is in every little bits of information that Japan and the Philippines in common we connect each other’s history.

Japayuki
is a term referred to Filipina women in 80’s and 90’s who went to Japan as cultural entertainers however later on it had a negative connotation that when one is referred as this it meant a prostitute. Comfort women, are those who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II and the majority are from the Philippines and a few Asian countries.

Ambeth also says that to find connections it requires appreciation of useless information. We call a bottled cap of any kind “tansan” in Tagalog. In Japan, there is a brand called “Tansan” which is a bottle of carborated water. The mosquito killer emitting a pungent smoke we call it “katol”. Japan call it katori-senkou. We believe we are the ones who invented the halo-halo but as early as 16th century they already have this kakegori – shaved ice topped with sweet kinds of syrup. The scissors and paper game, we have a local version of it we call “Jack en Poy “. Japan call their version “Janken Pon”.

Many local historians and history lovers reacted when our current P1,000 bill’s back part showed the map of the Philippines not including the Spratly’s islands and Sabah, Borneo which we have dispute territory claim against China and Malaysia. Indonesia however in one of their money bills they show their map with some islands which other countries own but they say “traditionally this land is ours”. So how can we teach the young ones of today to fight for what is ours historically when we are too polite and playing safe for things we need to stand for no matter what? Why is it that the story of comfort women are not found in textbooks and not even mentioned in Wikipedia when they are also part of Japan in Philippine history?

Eiga Sai 2011 at Shangri-La Plaza Edsa



"Eiga Sai,” which means "film festival" is now on its 13th year is organized by the Japan Foundation, Manil, a Embassy of Japan, The Shangri-La Plaza Corporation, UP Film Institute."Departures" is their cream of the crop movie for the year,   winner of the 81st Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009.

All films have English subtitles. Admission is free. Screening venues are at the

Shang Cineplex Cinema 4 (July 1 - 10)             Gaisano Grand Citimall, Davao (July 22 - 24)   Ayala Center Cinema 4, Cebu (August 2 to 7) UP Film Institute (August 17 to 20)

For more information you may visit Japan Foundation, Manila, you may click here or call  +632) 811-6155 to 58.