Tokyo PE Highlights Heart-to-Heart Relationship at the ASEAN Festival 2019

The Philippine Embassy supported the ASEAN Festival 2019 organized by the ASEAN Youth Network in Japan (AYNJ) at the Hollywood University in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo on 27 October 2019.

The ASEAN Festival is held annually and is now on its 14th year. With the theme “ASEAN to the World”, the ASEAN Festival 2019 aimed at showcasing the culture, food and talent of ASEAN to the international community through the perspective of ASEAN youth studying in Japan.

Second Secretary and Consul Jan Kenneth E. Bolante together with representatives from ASEAN Embassies in Japan, the ASEAN-Japan Center and the Festival’s major sponsors

During the opening ceremony, the Philippine Embassy highlighted Japan’s heart-to-heart relationship with ASEAN as articulated by former Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda, now famously known as the Fukuda Doctrine, and emphasized how this heart-to-heart relationship can extend its borders between ASEAN and the world through the youth.

Representing the Philippines at the Festival was the Association of Filipino Students in Japan (AFSJ), which set-up a Philippine booth as well as participated in various activities, including in the cultural performances, fashion show, and singing competition.

Members of the Association of Filipino Students in Japan at the Philippine booth (above); youth participants in the parade of countries (lower left); models garbed in traditional Filipina (lower right)

The AYNJ was formally established in 2006 as a platform among ASEAN students to cooperate on a number of initiatives, facilitate youth exchange and strengthen the relationship between the youth of ASEAN and Japan. The AFSJ is a member of AYNJ’s Executive Committee.