Celebrate Philippines-Japan Friendship this weekend1 min readReading Time: < 1 minute
Eiga Sai, one of the month-long festivities in celebration of the Philippines-Japan Friendship month, is ongoing.
It kicked off last August 2 with the showing of the first Japanese movie, “The Chef of South Polar”, at the Ayala Center Cinema 4 in this city. Four hundred eighty-six people watched the movie and the opening ceremony.
One of the first comers, Abigail Alayacyac, said, “I came here at 5 p.m. with my friends in order to have good seats. We came two hours before the movie starts, but it is just a short time since we are so excited.”
Japanese Consul Yoshiaki Hata gave the opening remarks. He welcomed everyone and encouraged them to have good will and mutual understanding between Japan and the Philippines through Japan-made excellent films.
He showed appreciation to Filipino people for giving consolation to Japanese people when earthquake and tsunami hit Japan last March.
Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpare and Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama also delivered their speeches.
“I’d like to say thank you to government of Japan for bringing this Journey of living, the Eiga Sai. No matter what, no one will regret to watch the movie. This Eiga Sai will always bring all memories of how life it is in Japan. And in the end, we discover we are the same that we love, we have the same feeling. There will be no such thing as festival if there is no learning each other’s culture. Let the film bring you to Japan,” said Rama.