The Embassy of Japan, in cooperation with The Japan Foundation, Manila, celebrated the 60 Years of Philippines-Japan Friendship and the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month this July by treating Filipinos with the 2016 J-Pop Anime Singing Contest Grand Finals on July 23 at the SM CINEMA Centerstage, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.
The event was headlined by this year’s fifteen finalists: Acel, Akano, Ana Enriquez, CMKC, Elle Genovata, Eugene Pachejo, Happy Kevin, Jena-Chan, Jhona Sacramento, Johannie Velasco, Nessie Bonite, Shielah Faye Labadan, Victoria Albo, Vinar Takumi, and Yna Sebastian. Winners of the contest will received exciting prizes including an all-expense paid trip to Japan as the grand prize.
The program also included special performances from the Embassy of Japan’s No Plan Band, Kawaii 5, Doraemon and Friends, and 2015 J-pop Anime Singing Contest Grand prize winner, Maychell Hernandez.
J-pop music is deeply embedded in the hearts of Filipino fans due to the popularity of Japanese Anime and Manga. Recently, Japanese artists have held concerts in Manila and movies of popular anime titles have been screened in local cinemas, both to sold-out seats. It is a testament to the young Filipinos growing fascination with Japan and its culture.
Now on its 8th year, the 2016 J-pop Anime Singing Contest further promoted J-pop, anime, Japanese language and culture appreciation among Filipinos and strengthened the longstanding friendship between Japan and the Philippines through the common love for J-pop music and anime.
The event was organized by the Embassy of Japan, in cooperation with The Japan Foundation, Manila, (JFM), and with the support of All Nippon Airways, Animation International, Ajinomoto Philippines, Bandai Namco Philippines Inc., Bobson, Canon Information Technologies, Inc., Canon Marketing Philippines, Center for Pop Music Philippines, HERO TV, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Philippines, Inc., Lotte Confectionery Pilipinas Corporation, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Manila, Nihongo Center Foundation, Panasonic Philippines Corporation, SM Cinema, SM Mall of Asia, Sony Philippines, Toei Animation Philippines, Inc., Yakult Philippines, and Yoshinoya.