PSHS-EVC hosts Japan-Philippine Student Exchange Program

Palo, Leyte — PSHS Eastern Visayas Campus (EVC) hosted the Japan-Philippine Student Exchange Program last January 5-8, 2015.  The program’s theme is: A Perspective in the Philippine Culture, Resilience, and Environmental Awareness.

Twenty (20) Japanese students from Ritsumeikan Senior High School in Kyoto, Japan came to Leyte to participate in this program together with their school Vice-Principal Mr. Hirofumi Takenaka and teacher Ms. Misa Takanishi.  Also included in the participants were three American Field Service German delegates, 13 PSHS-EVC scholars, and the faculty and administrative staff of EVC.

Mr. Takenaka said: “this project is part of our Super Global Forum Philippine Study Tour.  We have chosen PSHS-EVC as partner in this exchange program because we have established long relationship.

Comprising the exchange program were Academic and Cultural Immersion, Community Immersion, and Global Forum.  The participants toured PSHS-EVC, listened to a talk about the Philippines- its Culture and Language, and watched cultural presentations.  They also visited Yolanda survivors and listened to their stories of struggle and survival.  Dr. Garnace gave a talk on caring for our environment where he emphasized, “the earth is our home, we take care of it.

Ms. Takanishi mentioned, “we are grateful for this rare opportunity to exchange culture and forge friendship.

Yuto Miwa, a student of Ritsumeikan Senior High School, shared: “this is the most enjoyable exchange program I have attended.

Meanwhile, when asked of his learning from this program, Sean Ballais- a scholar of PSHS-EVC answered, “we pledge to be the vanguards of our creation.

Mr. Takanishi and Dr. Garnace with the scholars of PSHS-EVC and students of Ritsumeikan Senior High School
Above photo:  Mr. Takanishi and Dr. Garnace (center) with the scholars of PSHS-EVC and students of Ritsumeikan Senior High School.

Last November 2014, PSHS-EVC Campus Director Dr. Reynaldo B. Garnace and three scholars went to Japan to give a talk and present their research studies during the Japan Super Science Fair 2014.

Later this month, 14 faculty and administrative staff of PSHS-EVC are going to Japan for the Global Summit and Forum.

Part of the PSHS System’s goal is to establish / strengthen linkages here and abroad to promote a Culture of Science by exchanging expertise and learning from the best in other lands.