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Open Day (Bunka no Hi) (Mike Yap)
Fundraising for victims of Ondoy (Nicolle Comafay)
KAPS Balitaktakan (Nicolle Comafay)
KAPS Commemorates Philippine Independence Day 2009 (Nicolle Comafay)

Open Day (Bunka no Hi) by Mike Yap

Culture Day (文化の日, Bunka no hi) is a national holiday held annually in Japan on November 3 for the purpose of promoting culture, the arts, and academic endeavour. Festivities typically include art exhibitions, parades, and award ceremonies for distinguished artists and scholars.

For the third straight year, KAPS took part in the festivities' food sale. This year's menu consist Chicken Barbecue, Adobo-donburi, Turon, San Miguel Beer, Mango and Kalamansi Juice.

The day was unusually cold, but there was enough sunshine to brighten early autumn colors and make everyone smile. 'Till next year!



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Fundraising for victims of Ondoy by Nicolle Comafay

KAPS held a fundraising activity for the victims of typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy). KAPS members collected donations at Sanjo-Kawaramachi and in front of Kyoto Station.

Proceeds from this fundraising activity were sent to the Philippine National Red Cross and SALT Payatas Foundation. The SALT Payatas Foundation helps impoverished communites near the payatas dumpsite in quezon city.

Thank you very much for your help.

(in Japanese)




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KAPS Balitaktakan by Nicolle Comafay

Kyoto Association of Pinoy Scholars (KAPS) is holding its first ever KAPS forum, the KAPS Balitaktakan, on July 29, 2009 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University. The goal of this forum is to provide a venue to KAPS members to discuss their research and present their academic achievements. The forum is open to the public to promote academic dissemination of important research findings by Filipino scholars in various disciplines. So, we invite everyone to join this forum and see the research accomplishments of KAPS members and participate in the discussion. We encourage other Filipino scholars from other universities, not member of KAPS, to participate in this forum.

This month two KAPS members from Kyoto University will discuss their research findings. The two scholars are working in the field of Semiconductor Physics.

Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
July 29 July 2009 18h30 - 20h00

Dr. Ryan Banal
Department of Electronic Science and Engineering, Kyoto University
Realization of New Type of Light Emitters in the Deep-Ultraviolet Region through AlGaN Nitride Semiconductor >> abstract

Michael P. Delmo
Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University
Large Magnetoresistance Effect in Silicon >> abstract

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KAPS Commemorates Philippine Independence Day 2009 by Nicolle Comafay

This year KAPS celebrates the 111th Philippine Independence Day by holding a Filipiniana-themed costume party.  As always, this year’s celebration was hosted by one of KAPS advisers, Professor Casilda Luzares of Doshisha University.

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