Ronjie & I were fortunate to be invited to the Filipino Community gathering with President Noynoy in Tokyo last Sunday. PNoy arrived in Japan that day for a 4-day official working visit and his first stop was meeting with the Filipino community here. We were instructed to arrive early for the event--registration was at noon--and to come in business attire (coat & tie for the men). Seats were limited, tickets were allotted 2 weeks in advance, and security was strict.
We got to Tokyo a little past 11am and got our tickets from our friend Ate B. Then we had lunch at the nearby Tenya. Ronjie & I ordered the same tendon (short for tenpura-donburi) and miso soup set.
|Yum. I loved my lunch.|
Returned to the Japan Education Center a bit after 12, in time to register. Our seats were in Row 21.
|the stage set up for the mass|
(Row 21, Seat 16)
|the choir getting ready to sing the 'Lupang Hinirang' before PNoy made his entrance|
The whole auditorium was so happy to see President Noynoy when he finally got onstage. :) PNoy gave a speech, reporting to "his boss"--us, the Filipino people, and charmed the crowd. Ambassador Manuel Lopez also gave a speech, we watched some slideshows, and some tokens were presented. The gathering ended with a photo session with the President. Since we were a total of 800 who all wanted a photo with the President, the organizers "divided" the whole group into 9 smaller groups, based on our seats, and set an orderly flow for the group photo session onstage. That's around 100 people per group shot. Personal cameras weren't allowed; the official photographers were in charge of taking the group shots (a compilation of all their photos was going to be made available to us in a few days). At para hindi na tumagal pa, bawal din makipagkamayan sa pangulo.
Well, we decided to video our photo session instead. Check it out! :) It's 3 minutes long; fast-forward to the last 45 seconds to save time.
Some TFC (The Filipino Channel) people were distributing Piolo fans when we exited the auditorium. And there was free food waiting for us outside--yummy sandwiches and fried chicken. It was a good day. :)
check out the old school ceiling fan in the train we hopped on going back to Atsugi