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Japanese university offers scholarships for Filipino students

A renowned international university in Japan is aggressively recruiting Filipino students and beefing up its international student profile. Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) will provide qualifying Filipino students scholarships to pursue international degrees on its campus in Beppu, Oita Japan. APU belongs to the esteemed school system of the Ritsumeikan Academy, of which Ritsumeikan University and other primary, junior and senior high schools are integral institutions.

“Among the over 90 nationalities currently enrolled in APU, many Filipinos have successfully and consistently received 100% tuition reduction scholarships,” says David Evans, APU Admissions Counselor.

Representatives from APU will conduct an information session on October 1 at Dusit Thani Hotel between 10 am and 12 pm to meet Filipino students who wish to earn international degrees, and to explain to participants about the school and its programs, admissions policies and procedures, as well as scholarship opportunities. APU alumni and current students will also be there share their University experiences. Registration is free.

APU offers degree programs in International Business and a range of Social Sciences at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Degree programs in the undergraduate are taught using a bilingual system. International students typically enter on an English basis (although students can also enter on a Japanese basis) and for the first year of undergraduate study, they will learn the Japanese language. In short, there is no need to know Japanese to enter APU, students study for their degree in English, but will also learn Japanese once they are there. Proficiency in both languages prepares students to take their courses in either English or Japanese when they reach third and fourth year of studying. Meanwhile, degree programs at the graduate level are taught exclusively in English.

Minimum requirement for qualification to APU undergraduate programs is completion of K-12 education or an International Baccalaureate, or completion of at least second year college courses. For the graduate programs, completion of at least 16 years of education is required.

Currently, there are 25 Filipino students on campus, and 21 have since finished their courses. The enrolment ratio of local to foreign students is 53% Japanese is to 47% international students making the university one of the most international and multicultural campuses in the world.

Information about APU may be accessed through its website at For registration inquiries, contact 782-5599 or email


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Do you or someone you know deserve to be nominated to be a recipient of the Rizal Awards?

Nobody can replicate what the Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal has done for our country but we can give recognition to people who have made great great leaps and bounds, risked their lives to fight for what is right and just, for the good of the country.

If you have someone in mind who has the distinction of being that and more, then you can nominate him/her to the Rizal Awards, a project of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines in celebration of the commemoration of 150 years of Dr. Jose Rizal.

Two categories:

  • Individual category where ten Filipinos and three foreigners will be given awards
  • Organizational category where ten institutions, societies, or organizations that qualified in the terms stated would be awarded.

Individuals and groups to be nominated should…

  • have or had projects supporting the Rizalian concept of love of country and fulfillment of the duties as Filipino citizens
  • in their capacities and involvement in various professions, promote, teach and disseminate competence for the benefit of the people they serve in the light of Rizal’s teaching and way of life
  • be models of responsible citizenship who have not misused wealth, rank, influence and power

Nominations can be sent to National Historical Commission of the Philippines or NHCP Office or  e-mail them at on or before March 15, 2012.

Dir. Serena Diokno, Chairperson of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines said “What strikes me most about the man, every time I read him in a different stage of my life, whether as a Filipino, or as a historian, I have a different reading of him. Every time I come into contact with something he has said or written, there’s something new that resonates. There is much to learn from him. He played a pivotal role of what it meant to be a Filipino,” Diokno further enthuses, “and it is very important that we recognize the people and organizations of today who remain faithful and who continue to live by what the national hero has started.”
To know more about Rizal@150 and the Rizal Awards, log on to or call the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (02) 524 9952.
About NHCP:
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (formerly known as the National Historical Institute), is an arm in the culture and development agenda of the government, with the objective of promoting the Philippine history and cultural heritage through research, information dissemination, conservation, site managements and heraldry works. It also aims to promote awareness and appreciation of the ideals of our nation’s heroes and other illustrious Filipinos, to instil pride in the Filipino race and rekindle the Filipino spirit through the lessons of history.

CALLING ALL YOUNG PEOPLE WITH POSITIVE IDEAS aimed to promote health and wellness in their community: UNILAB Ideas Positive is inviting you to join their idea-generating contest on social marketing programs that will address, yes,  health and wellness issues.

Unilab Ideas Positive

Unilab Ideas Positive started last year because of the increase in problems affecting communities regarding hygiene and sanitation, nutrition, disease prevention and intervention, as well as environmental care and protection.

Through the Filipino trait of Bayanihan spirit,  that of working together to achieve a common goal, Unilab knows that these problems can be given solution when two or more teams or organizations work together.

Unilab aims to not just provide these youth groups with the venue for them to make themselves heard but to help them turn thier ideas into reality. The youth groups then are able to be more creative in shaping their ideals and sense of social purpose in looking for solutions with the problems they see regarding health and wellness in their communities.

Unilab Ideas Positive Award:

A seed fund worth PhP100,000 will be awarded to the winning team. This award money will be used for the implementation of the social marketing program for the communities they have chosen. The two runner-up groups will be given PhP75,000 for their programs.

Unilab Ideas Positive 2010 winner:

University of Asia and the Pacific’s (UA&P) Team Biggkas was last year’s winner. Their “farm in the city” concept, a hydroponics gardening program aimed to teach housewives in Barangay San Joaquin in Pasig City to have their own sustainable source of vegetables, was chosen. Last April, the moms were able to harvest lettuce and kangkong.

The local government of Pasig City has expressed a desire to replicate the same program in other barangays.

Unilab Ideas Positive includes these provinces for 2011: Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Bulacan and Rizal.

Unilab Ideas Positive

How to join: continue reading this entry »

Rizal @150

Yes, our Philippine National Hero Dr Jose Rizal is celebrating his sesquicentennial or 150th birth anniversary on June 19, 2011. To celebrate this 150th birthday, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has lined up a series of national and school-based activities. NHCP will spearhead commemorative programs in Calamba City (birth place of Jose Rizal),  Manila and Dapitan City in Zamboanga.

According to Maria Serena I. Diokno, a University of the Philippines professor and  Chairperson of the NHCP, “Jose Rizal is a very interesting character in Philippine history because he loved the country with a passion, wrote both fiction and poetry, practiced sports, and had his share of adventures from his extensive travels. In celebrating his 150th Birth Anniversary, NHCP aims to inspire a re-reading of his life, a little beyond what we have learned in our required courses in high school and college.”

Some of the events will have Cultural Center of the Philippines staging “Noli Me Tangere” with Ryan Cayabyab adapting Rizal’s Noli with the libretto by National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera. Rock Ed Philippines in partnership with NHCP will have an album out entitled Rock Rizal.

NHCP in partnership with the Philippine Postal Corporation held a stamp design contest called “150th Birth Anniversary of Jose Rizal Postage Stamp Design Contest” where students, amateurs and professional designers participated by portraying Jose Rizal‘s ideals and role as a national hero and as a Haligi ng Bayan in line with the development of the country.

Rizal Award is now accepting nominations for Individual and Institution Award. Click here for more details.

Jose Rizal Commemorative Coin

Furthermore, there will be a commemorative coin to be made for this celebration.

There will also be celebrations and events in different countries like United States of America, Germany, Belgium, Italy, and Spain.

For full information of Rizal@150, visit National Historical Commission of the Philippines website.

Posted by julie @ 3:48 pm
Shelved under In the News, Lessons in Life

Been so engrossed with Japan earthquake news since yesterday that I even dreamed about it last night. Maybe because I was able to catch the news a few minutes after the earthquake happened that made me anxious about it. The devastation is so enormous I wonder how long they will rebuild. Up until now, there are still so much destruction going on.

One of the things I noticed, the buildings were sturdy and withstood the shaking. Had it not been the tsunami, maybe, just maybe, the destruction and loss of lives would not be big in terms of statistics. I’ve seen the early footage via NHK and Al-Jazeera and it pained me to see these happen, live.

Japan is a country that gives a lot of help to our impoverished country. The hubby works in a company that works with Japanese people for country development. They’ve help a lot of countries and now it’s time we pay it forward. And if by no means the “only” help we can give are prayers, then we pray for them.

There’s so much devastation and for us who can’t offer them anything except prayers, we pray for their safety, for their recovery and for them to be strong amidst every chaos and worst case scenario.

At the supermarket a while ago, I heard a young girl muttering about the bath vanities in the restroom outside. I wanted to tell her that she should be thankful she can still go to where she wants to and buy groceries whereas people in Japan have lost their possessions.

I didn’t do it because I myself complained about the slow internet connection when I know deep in my heart I shouldn’t mind it was like so. Sigh…

Posted by julie @ 7:04 pm
Shelved under Bits and Pieces, In the News

We feel sad for fellow Filipinos affected by flooding during the past weeks just as we also feel sad for those in other countries like Australia and Brazil. Ondoy had us scarred and scared and the thought that there is a possibility that this will happen is not exactly something to look forward to.

Having easy access to news bits enables us to know what is happening to the other side of the world. As much as possible, I try to   involve the children in the discussion about events, whether negative or positive, that help shape the world. Sure, there may be issues that are too strong for them to grasp but then these are explained in simple terms.

I want the children to know what’s going on in a bigger picture and not just concentrate on what’s happening around them. I’ve talked to children who can name the latest games, gadgets, new and fun places at the malls, even name the latest movie and the best fat burners but are surprised that the there is so much happening that they don’t know about.

Sometimes we even watch viral videos trending in the web for more info.

Moms and dads, do you let your children watch the news? I do especially since they have once a week news reporting in class.

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