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MKD: A Bridge to Philippine-Japanese Ties

    Yesterday was July 23, the official day to celebrate Japanese-Philippines Friendship Month. Today happens to be my birthday, which always reminds me how lucky I am to be celebrating an occasion alongside with two nations fostering good relations with one another. There many ways and symbols both Japan and the Philippines have to testify their friendship. Here, I'd like to tell you about one symbol, a bridge, of their bond: MKD, Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku.


 

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MKD (Mindanao International College) overlooking the " Philippine-Japanese Friendship Monument "sculpture

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF MINDANAO KOKUSAI DAIGAKU:

    Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku (or Mindanao International College) is located in Davao City, Philippines and it is a school that specializes in teaching the Japanese language Japanese cultur. This school is also a symbol to Japanese-Philippine ties, since it is the only educational institution that is owned and operated by Nikkei-jins or Japanese descendants. It is often seen as a bridge that connects the two nations of the Japanese and the Dabawenyos [1] together.

    MKD , as it is commonly known, stands next door to Philippine Nikkei-Jin Kai International School, a similar educational institution for students of elementary and highschool levels. MKD was built to honor Mrs. Ayako Uchida whose husband is Datu-Bago Tatsuo Uchida, considered as "The Father of Nikkei-Jin" in Davao CIty.

     

DAVAO CITY: HOME TO THE MANY FILIPINO NIKKEI-JINS

    Davao City has a history with local residents of Japanese ancestry: the city alone holds the most number of Nikkei-jins in its entire country. Many of these Japanese descendant Filipinos were born from grandparents or parents who immigrated to the Philippines during the pre-war years of 1903 to early 1940's in search of a better life in the country. During those years, the economy offered plenty of opportunities. Many Japanese saw the Philippines to be a rich country during that time. The influx of Japanese immigrants though would later prove to be burden for national interest.

    After the war, the Japanese overtook the city's economy to the point that the locals had virtually no control over the businesses. But soon, local Dabawenyos took matters on their own hands and created reforms and solutions lets everyone benefit from building up the economy together. Today, many Nikkei-jins are welcome to create business here in the city, just as much as anyone is. There are some scattered throughout different parts of Mindanao, but there is still a large percentage found in Davao City. Because of this, The local educational institutions of MKD and Nikkei Jin Kai make it a part of their Mission/Vision that exchange between the two nations are to strengthen each others' weak points and strong bonds.

 

A MONUMENT FOR PHILIPPINE-JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP

    MKD is sure to update its majors and courses to address societal concerns and to reflect good relations between Japan and Philippines. It upholds the aforementioned statements through offering scholars cultural exposure trips between the two countries and original teaching materials for proper Nihonggo education. One of the latest additions of the school is a sculpture crafted by the local, Mindanao artist, Kublai Milan[2].


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Plaque made to commemorate Kublai Milan's sculpture; Text engraved in both English and Nihonggo (Japanese)

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The Philippine-Japan Friendship Monument stands tall and proud right by the college gates, showing off the eccentric and unique style found in many of Kublai Milan's other sculptures.

 ©Photos by marimariakutsu

 

PERSONAL NOTES FROM THE AUTHOR:

    I've taken a few basic Nihonggo lessons here for the college was only a stone's throw from where I initially lived. The school is always open to give opportunities to its students to learn more about Japan and Philippine relations. Many of its students get employed by Japanese companies both, here and abroad, and participate in fun events like the 'National Nihonggo Speech Contest[3].' This school has a lot to offer if you are truly interested in the Japanese language and culture.

 


NOTES:

[1] 'Dabawenyo' is a colloquial term for 'one who lives in Davao'

[2] Kublai Milan is a prolific artist who is skilled in many mediums—from photography to sculptures. He first made artworks for his family's hotel, the Ponce Suites, before graduating Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines and eventually dedicating himself to creating artworks here in his home in Mindanao.

Sources:

Davao City has the largest number of Japanese Descendants in Mindanao: www.nscb.gov.ph/ru11/products/…

Brief history; Philosophy: www.mkd-edu.com/indexMKD.html

About Davao: Historical Brief: ww.davaocity.gov.ph/davao/prof…

 Kublai Milan: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kublai_M…

Davao City: Culture and Heritage- Japan: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davao_Ci…

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:iconisangsimaronbatis:
IsangsimaronBatis Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so helpful to know! Thank you!!
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eyrahsama Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
Salamat po sa article ! Napaka-informative at saka di ko po akalain na may ibig sabihin po pala yung sculpture :)
Tanong ko lang po,  I want to study in MKD, pero medyo worried ako sa expenses. Medyo may kamahalan po ba ang tuition? International studies po sana kukunin ko. 
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marimariakutsu Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I'm so glad to find someone interested in taking the course I am in as well :D
Okay back to the heart of the reply, I'm glad you have taken an interest in MKD~
I have to say that compared to the top schools in Davao (i.e. San Pedro and Ateneo *coughhellsaexpensive*) MKD is more affordable than the schools I've mentioned. The staff are Japanese descendants or straight from Japan. Those who do good in the academics of the MKD curriculum are often guaranteed jobs in Japan upon graduating~ 

I'm not familiar with the scholarship programs in MKD yet but I'm sure they have it. Want me to check?
Also, a little tip if you want to pursue International Studies: keep yourself updated in the news (from local to world) and read...a lot~ :3 Good luck, my friend~ GAMBATTANE! 
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eyrahsama Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
Salamat po sa response! I'll give your suggestions a try. Gambarimasu~! 
Last nalang po na question, if you don't mind. How much po yung tuition sa isang semester? at saka ilang years po yung Int'l Studies?

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marimariakutsu Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Youre welcome~
Hm, tbh, I'm not sure about the costs. But I took Nihonggo lessons there once and I remember the books needed costed 2000...but I forgot the total costs of the classes I went to (Sorry~)
As for Int'l Studies, its a short course lasting only an average of 4 years (if you study well). Afterwards you can pursue your masters and doctorates in Manila where larger institutions specialize in the field of your study (i.e. European studies, Japanese studies, Asian studies, American studies). Just make sure nothing goes wrong with your schedule and enrollment if you want to keep your int'l studies to four years. My classmates now have an extra year to fulfill due to enrollment errors :/ 
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eyrahsama Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
ok po. Salamat po ulit! 
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Aenyrhika Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Amazing! I've never heard of this before! Thanks for sharing! :D
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:icontanblaque:
TANblaque Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love Japan. xD
Long live Philippines and Japan!!!
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I did not know such a thing existed! :O I learned something today! :dummy: It's so cool how you guys have so many friendship days. :iconblush--plz:
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ExelionStar Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013   General Artist
OH mY GOSH!!! What are you saying? I think this tops my post :D

I wish I could go there and learn more of it. I'm learning nihonggo all by myself *insert music here
More information to store XD
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
How fascinating.. o.o

Albeit I heard MANY old timers are still bitter about Japan and WWII, so it is maybe to be relativised.
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marimariakutsu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.

That is pretty much to why schools and symbols and events like this were established. Not many would agree that everyone was friendly before but noone wont deny that it is currently a time to move on and nurture good relations to let go of the painful past.
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
It's a good idea. :)

Make me wonder if in the same way, there is the Alliance Française in Vietnam, hum...
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Dhanica02 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ang ganda pala no?

Sayang hindi ako nakitira sa Davao!!
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:iconmarimariakutsu:
marimariakutsu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ganda talaga ang Dabaw :love: Marami mga lugar na hindi nila ma-mention sa mga commerical

Wag mag-alala~ Wish ko makita mo ang Dabaw someday :meow: 
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:icondhanica02:
Dhanica02 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh..


...Salamat po..


Nakatira kaba sa Davao??
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:iconmarimariakutsu:
marimariakutsu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^^
Pretty much. I love my hometown :33
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:icondhanica02:
Dhanica02 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Uy talaga???
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:iconmarimariakutsu:
marimariakutsu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*nods* eh, bakit?
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:icondhanica02:
Dhanica02 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I live in Mindanao kaseh..
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:iconmarimariakutsu:
marimariakutsu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh~~~~♡
:glomp:
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thelightningdolt Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student General Artist
HBD! :)
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:iconmarimariakutsu:
marimariakutsu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :love: 
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:iconlois1cute:
lois1cute Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist
OMG! This places is so lovely! Nearer to home at that xD 
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:iconmarimariakutsu:
marimariakutsu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh didn't expect this~ 0w0 Oh yeah, you live somewhere in Mindanao's house! :iconpapmingplz:
Hope you see him soon girl! Btw, I'm glad you like this :meow:
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:iconlois1cute:
lois1cute Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist
Yeeeeezzzzz.....sir Mindanao is my neighbor....*cricket sound* Where does he live again? =3= 

And of course I'll love this. :D I mean, who wouldn't? A japanese school right here in Ph? Now that's awesome!
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marimariakutsu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe~ I keep bumping into this guy when i walk around the city: fav.me/d6eb165 :iconheplz: *frog croaks*

Yoshii! And it is here for a reason: strengthening bonds between two nations :meow:
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lois1cute Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist
I see what you just did there..... :iconjumpheplz:
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:iconmarimariakutsu:
marimariakutsu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What are you saying now? :iconpervyfranceplz:
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:iconnigihayamis:
nigihayamis Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
T- THIS IS asfjgkdfl !!
what a gorgeous place, i love thissss u v u

I WANT TO STUDY THERE.
SERIOUSLY. ; ;


ALSO THAT MONUMENT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING I HAVE EVER SEEN ; AAAA ;

thank you po Ateeeeee <3 <3 <3
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marimariakutsu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you liked this ^u^

i hope to see you there then ;A;

You are most welcome :3 :3 :3 
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nigihayamis Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
asfgjdkf not necessarily study there aHAHAHa. i just want to see the place for myself.
hopefully on my fourth year when we'll go shipboarding, there's a chance we can go to davao or something ;AAAAA ; i AM PRAYINGGGG

thank you po uleeet /hugs
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Sketchy-Hoodie Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow! Ang ganda ng lugar na iyan. Astig talaga!
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:iconmarimariakutsu:
marimariakutsu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ang ganda no? Salamat :iconheartrollplz: 
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:iconsketchy-hoodie:
Sketchy-Hoodie Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Talaga! Mabuhay ang Pinoy at ang Hapon! :D 
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adventvera16 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whooooo~! Friendships ahoy~!
....YUN PALA ANG MKD. XD. Oh God, ang layo ng iniisip ko nun. Pasensya na!
Pero wow! Unexpected nga pa rin ito~. Ang ganda talaga!
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:iconmarimariakutsu:
marimariakutsu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: Part nang surprise ay ang 'Big Reveal' :XD:
Hehe, layo but at least I alam mo na~

Oh, salamat ^u^ Matagal ko talaga itong naplano :meow:
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