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Channel surfing on this very, very hot 35 something degree afternoon, I stumbled upon a rare opportunity for aspiring singing groups to get a Japanese Language Scholarships! Yes, you heard it right! Your group of three or more just need to submit a cd or tape with 2 Japanese Songs in it, may it be an Anime soundtrack or a J-Pop track. According to the Japanese Embassy:

The Embassy of Japan invites J-Pop and Anime fans to participate in the J-Pop Anime Singing Competition, in celebration of the 2009 Philippines-Japan Friendship Month.

The Singing Competition is open to all Filipino amateur singing groups composed of three to ten members. Application forms are available at the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) Library, Embassy of Japan , 2627 Roxas Boulevard , Pasay City or can be downloaded at http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp .

A duly accomplished application form along with a CD or cassette tape demo of the participant’s rendition of two (2) Japanese songs can be hand-carried or mailed to the JICC Library. Registration starts on February 9, 2009 and ends on April 20, 2009 .

The ten (10) best groups who pass the screening process would be invited to perform in the J-Pop Anime Singing Competition Grand Final, scheduled to be held on July 25, 2009 at the Activity Center of Market! Market!. The competing groups will perform one (1) Japanese song popularized in anime or J-Pop. Embassy of Japan Certificates and Japanese Language Scholarships from the Nihongo Center Foundation await the top three winners.

The J-Pop and Anime Singing Competition is co-organized by the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation Manila in partnership with HERO TV, TOEI Philippines, Inc., Max FM103.5, Ayala Malls Market! Market! and Nihongo Center Foundation.

The J-Pop Anime Singing Competition aims to further promote appreciation of the Japanese language and culture among Filipinos and to strengthen the long-standing friendship between Japan and the Philippines .

For contest mechanics and further details, please visit http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp or email jicc-mnl@japanembassy.ph or call 551-5710 local 2318.

After reading this ad, I wanted to contact my old college buddies! I miss those good ol’ days… Darn! Maybe I’ll just leave this to the young ones… LOL!


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