Acquaintance Party 1516A
Walter Fuentes, Batch Bentou
It has been almost a month since the start of the school year. Last August 24, 2015, Monday, The University of the Philippines – Philippines-Japan Friendship Club, more commonly known as UP Tomo-Kai, held its awaited acquaintance party. The event took place at Jollibee Katipunan around 5 in the afternoon. Every year, Japanese exchange students enrolled in UP come together to this party to get to know the members of the organization – both old and new. Despite being a yearly event, it always has something unique and special to offer to the members and Japanese guests.
To officially start things off, the president of the organization went in front and showed a presentation that gave each and every one in the room a glimpse of what the organization is and what it promotes by doing all sorts of activities and events throughout its impeccable 25 years of existence.
After that, the hosts welcomed everyone and selected two to three random persons from each table to introduce themselves. When all of the introductions were made, it was the time for an ice breaker. It was a game of getting other people to laugh without making any physical contact while saying these sweet words: “Honey, I love you.”
As we exchanged smiles and giggles, we all felt comfortable with one another after the game.Dinner was then served. This was the time when org members took the opportunity to get along with Japanese students. As people ate, there were two group performances. The first group twisted their hips with a dance number while the second one offered their rendition of a Filipino and a Japanese song.
As soon as the wall clock hit 6:45, the hosts announced the closing of the party and asked everyone to gather in front for a group picture. All in all, the event was a success. It did not just offer a space for camaraderie but also a moment that will last for a lifetime.