Registrations for this international conference will start on Saturday August 15, 2020. Please tune in to this page for more updates.

Grupo Kalinangan Inc., in partnership with Japan Foundation Manila and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, will hold the very 1st Philippine-Japan International Conference on Shared Histories and Cultures on 6-7 November 2020.

The broad objective of this two-day international conference, which has the theme 文化遺産の交差点:日本とフィリピン (Bunka isan no kōsaten: Nihon to Firipin or Cultural Heritage Intersection: Japan and the Philippines), is to foster deeper mutual understanding of the shared history and cultural heritage of Japan and the Philippines. This will include various topics about the shared history, culture and heritage of Japan and the Philippines during colonial, modern, and contemporary times.

The conference also seeks to identify and explore possible solutions to major challenges faced by cultural heritage communities in Japan and the Philippines in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, the conference promotes a wide-reaching online exchange to assist cultural practitioners, scholars, professionals, academics, and students to continue their education and discourse amidst the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions that prevent meaningful face-to-face learning opportunities.

A number of local and foreign heritage and cultural experts, anthropologists, historians, architects, and other allied professionals who have studied the Japanese influences and historic events in Philippine cultural heritage and society, will conduct lectures and talks in this two-day conference, which will be held as a private and curated Zoom webinar.

The second day program will also include a roundtable discussion on addressing the challenges faced by the cultural sector in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, with panelists coming from different national cultural agencies and NGOs.

The conference is targeted mainly to students, professors, historians, cultural workers, and to the general public with interest on Filipino and Japanese culture, heritage and history.

Registrations for the conference will commence on August 15th on the Grupo Kalinangan Website at, with discounts for students, senior citizens, PWDs and Grupo Kalinangan members. Participants may conveniently pay for their tickets and conference kits online using credit/debit cards, GCash, GrabPay, bank transfer and check deposit.

This event is funded in part by Japan Foundation Manila and is sponsored by Asia Society Philippines. The conference is also part of the ongoing celebrations in solidarity with the 500th year of the coming of Christianity of the Philippines, being organized by the National Quincentennial Committee and the Local Historical Committees Network.

For more information about the conference, as well as sponsorship and partnership inquiries, contact Mr. Miguel Alvaro Karaan, Conference Marketing Head at, or call +6379020988 or +639662161758