UP holds memorial ceremony for victims of Japan earthquake, tsunami and nuclear 

The University of the Philippines (UP) will hold a memorial ceremony on April 11 
(Monday) for the victims of the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear 
accident in Japan.

The event will be held at the Quezon Hall Lobby in UP Diliman, Quezon City from 
1:00 to 2:30 pm. A minute of silence will be observed at exactly 1:46 pm 
(Manila time) which was the time when the earthquake hit Japan, followed by the 

The event commemorates the first month of the tragedy that left more than 27,000 
dead or missing. Simultaneous ceremonies will be held on April 11 in Japan and 
other parts of the world. 

UP President Alfredo Pascual and Director Takeuchi Kiyoshi Takeuchi of the Japan 
Information and Cultural Center (JICC) will speak during the ceremony.

Earlier, in his message of sympathy, Pascual expressed confidence that "the 
strong collective will and spirit of the Japanese people, and the solidarity of 
the international community will help [them] overcome this tragedy.”

A significant number of UP officials, professors and researchers obtained 
advanced degrees and received research grants in Japanese universities. The 
Japan alumni in UP organized the ceremony to express their sympathy and 
solidarity with the Japanese people. 


Danilo A. Arao
Assistant Professor
Department of Journalism
College of Mass Communication Plaridel Hall
University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, Q.C. 1101
Telephone: (+632) 920-6852, 981-8500 loc. 2672
Fax: (+632) 920-6852
Mobile Phone: (+63908) 866-ARAO
Email: danilo.arao@up.edu.ph
Website: http://www.dannyarao.com

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