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Holy Angel University Hosts Kansai University of Japan

Dr. Toshihiro Sawayama, Associate Professor, Division of International Affairs of Kansai University in Osaka, Japan led a delegation of eight students fromKansai University and four Japanese public school teachers in visiting Holy Angel University on August 16, 2012.

No less than University President Arlyn S. Villanueva received the guests to a warm welcome during their courtesy visit at the President’s Office following their tour of the campus and cultural exchange with HAU students.

Prof. Robert P. Tantingco, Vice-President for External Affairs and Corporate Communications, introduced the visitors to President Villanueva who presented to Dr. Sawayama a copy of the book, Destiny and Destination: The Extraordinary Story and History of Holy Angel University, 1933-2008, as a token on Kansai University’s visit.

Kansai University traces its beginnings in November 1886 as Kansai Law School and was granted the title Kansai University in 1905. Last year, Kansai University marked the 125th year of its foundation. It has 13 faculties, 12 graduate schools and three professional graduate schools spread over campuses in Osaka.

The foreign visitors toured the University Library, the University Theater, the Chapel of the Holy Guardian Angel, the Vicente Manansala Museum, and the Center for Kapampangan Studies (CKS) Museum. They also dropped in on an on-going English class and interacted with HAU students.

During the campus tour, Mr. Ronaldo M. Lapis, Coordinator for International Affairs and Alumni Relations, briefed Dr. Sawayama on the various on-going and future campus development projects and plans. He also discussed with Dr. Sawayama the international affairs programs of the University, of which establishing partnership with foreign higher education institutions is a major thrust.

At the short program held at the CKS Theater, Kansai University and HAU acquainted one another through audio-visual presentations which narrated their respective history and present standing.

As part of the cultural exchange activities, the HAU Rondalla and the HAU Chorale presented inspired interpretations of Philippine folk and pop songs.

The visiting delegation, in turn, performed a traditional Japanese fishing dance and rendered a Japanese pop song. They also conducted a short demonstration on the Japanese art of calligraphy for a group of Holy Angel Travel Services (HATS) interns who attended the event.

The Japanese guests were in Angeles City for one week as Kansai University international cooperation volunteers for the Philippine Children Project (PCP) and were accompanied by PCP Director Ricci Lalic. PCP has been teaching elementary school pupils and children in orphan ages in Metro Angeles how to play Japanese “recorders”, or flutes, since 1999.

An informal reception held at the Executive Lounge capped the visit by Kansai University which, short as it had been, proved to be an enriching afternoon of student interaction and cultural exchange.

The visit ended with expressions of interest by both universities in the possibility of expanding that brief afternoon liaison into a full-term international partnership and cooperation.

Date Posted: 08-15-2012