Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Nihongo Fiesta 2015: 42nd Nihongo Speech Contest

Wazzup Pilipinas!

The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) in pursuit of its objective of promoting cultural exchange through Japanese Language Education in the Philippines, announces the Nihongo Speech Contest to be held on Saturday, 28 February (TIU Theater, Mile Long Compound, Amorsolo cor. Dela Rosa Sts., Makati City). The speech contest, now in its 42nd year, is one of the major events of the 9th Nihongo Fiesta which will feature the Nihongo Quiz Bee, and a lot more activities on Japanese culture.

The Nihongo Speech Contest is an ideal platform for Filipino students and professionals to demonstrate their linguistic skills through articulating an original composition written by themselves on a theme of their choice. It continues to attract high caliber contestants from the country’s numerous language institutes, colleges/universities and other organizations offering Japanese language courses.

The Champion and the Outstanding Performance Awardee will both take part in an all-expense-paid week-long study tour in Japan; all qualified contestants will receive consolation prizes.

The deadline for submission to the Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) of the duly accomplished application form with a written copy and a recording of the speech (time limit – within 5 minutes) will be on Wednesday – 14 January 2015 for Davao/Mindanao applicants; and, Wednesday – 21 January 2015 for NCR / Luzon applicants.

Pre-screening in Davao is tentatively scheduled (subject to confirmation) on Friday - 23 January (1:00 p.m., Silver Room, Apo View Hotel, 150. J. Camus St., Davao City - tentative); and, at the JFM on Saturday, 31 January2015.

For details/clarifications on the contest, other cultural projects/grant programs and the Nihongo Fiesta activities, please contact The Japan Foundation, Manila – 23/F Pacific Star Bldg., Makati Avenue, Makati City (telephone # 811-61-55 to 58 and fax # 811-61-53; e-mail: / website:

In consonance with the promotion of Japanese Language Education, a similar event will be held in Cebu City that will also serve as the regional pre-screening for the Final National Contest in Manila. The13th Nihongo Speech Contest in Cebu will be held on Saturday, 7 February 2015 (tentatively at SM Conference Room AB, Cebu City) for inquiries on the submission of entries and other details, please contact the Japanese Association Cebu, Inc., 5/F Clotilde Commercial Center, M.L. Quezon St., Casuntingan, Mandaue City; tel. # 032-343-8066 / fax # 032-343-7663).

We hope to see you there.

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