Ronron Calunsod

For Ronron Calunsod's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Philippines man leads lonely quest to honor kamikaze pilots

Nov 5, 2014

Philippines man leads lonely quest to honor kamikaze pilots

Seventy years after Japan formed its first kamikaze unit in the Philippines, one local resident remains adamant that the suicide pilots were noble warriors who should be honored in the nation their military occupied. Daniel Dizon, 84, is co-founder of the Kamikaze Memorial Society ...

Japanese descendants in Philippines celebrate their cultural roots

Oct 15, 2014

Japanese descendants in Philippines celebrate their cultural roots

Filipinos of Japanese descent celebrated their native culture this week, with an annual “matsuri”-style festival on the southern island of Mindanao, aiming to foster links between the two cultures. “Our Philippine-Japan festival serves as an avenue to spread awareness to the public about the ...

Shrapnel in leg Leyte man's war memento

Feb 11, 2014

Shrapnel in leg Leyte man's war memento

Many elderly people in the Philippines have made it their task in life to tell the younger generation of their ordeals during World War II in a bid to prevent war from ever happening again. One of those survivors is 80-year-old Alejandro Devaras, who ...

School building opens for tribal Philippine kids

Sep 27, 2013

School building opens for tribal Philippine kids

A new school building funded by the Japanese government was recently opened for children of the B’laan tribe in the Philippines’ southern island of Mindanao. Around 80 percent of the 10,000 residents in Mindanao’s remote village of San Jose belong to the B’laan tribe, ...

Japanese-Filipino, 86, a survivor of bicultural ordeal

Aug 20, 2013

Japanese-Filipino, 86, a survivor of bicultural ordeal

Koichi Sakae was 14 and living on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and then hours later hit U.S. bases in the Philippines. Sakae, the sixth of eight children of Yamaguchi Prefecture native Naokichi Sakae and ...

Guam promoting its WWII sites for Japanese visitors

Jul 25, 2013

Guam promoting its WWII sites for Japanese visitors

Private tour guides, officials and residents of Guam are encouraging Japanese tourists to check out the Pacific island’s wartime memorial sites and not just spend time on its pristine beaches and shopping destinations. “History is so important for all who visit Guam . . ...