• Nihongo Fiesta 2017 -- 44th Nihongo Speech Contest (Saturday, 25 February) Students, Professionals and other Non-students

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      Download:  2017  Nihongo Speech Contest Guidelines and 2017  Speech Contest Application Form

      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 2017to be held on Saturday, 25 February (Shangri-La Plaza Mall, EDSA, Mandaluyong City).  The speech contest, now in its 44th year, is one of the major events of the 12th Nihongo Fiesta which will feature live performances, Nihongo Quiz Bee, film showing 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 will take part in an all-expense-paid week-long study tour in Japan; all qualified contestants will receive consolation prizes.

      The deadline forsubmission 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 – 11January 2017 forDavao/Mindanao applicants; and, Wednesday – 18 January 2017 for NCR / Luzon applicants.

      Pre-screening in Davao is tentatively scheduled (subject to confirmation) on Friday – 20 January (1:00 p.m., Silver Room, Apo View Hotel, 150. J. Camus St., Davao City; and, at the JFM on Saturday, 4 February 2017.

      For details/clarifications on the contest, other cultural projects/grant programs and theNihongo 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: email@jfmo.org.ph / website: www.jfmo.org.ph)

      In consonance with the promotion of Japanese Language Education, a similar eventwill be held in Cebu City that will also serve as the regional pre-screening for the Final National Contest in Manila. The15thNihongo Speech Contest in Cebuwill be held on Saturday, 4 February 2017 (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).