Prof. Catherine Terana, from the College of Education, secured the top spot in the JENESYS Photo Contest held online with her entry on making bento with her students which conveys one of the Japanese cultures. The awarding ceremony was held on March 19, 2022.
In 2017, Prof. Terana visited Japan as a Philippine delegate for the JENESYS program. The JENESYS (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth) Programme is an exchange project initiated by the Government of Japan to strengthen people-to-people connections among the youth in Japan and Southeast Asia.
For ten days, participants took part in cultural activities, site visits, and workshops that focus on a specific topic that aims to promote appreciation of Japan’s culture and society.
With the theme, Tsunagu: Reconnecting with Japan, all of its alumni are requested to share their way of upholding the JENESYS culture in which sharing their learning has been applied and pursued through a photo contest. JICE was able to hold this photo contest to reconnect all of the alumni from 2015 to 2019.
“I am always fascinated by the Japanese culture which is why I wanted to share with them (my students) some of the activities we did in my Nihongo class,” said professor Terana in an interview.-Sarah Jane Colina/ICPA Danao