Ronron Calunsod

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

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 . . ...

On Guam liberation day, 'colonial' U.S. riles

Jul 25, 2013

On Guam liberation day, 'colonial' U.S. riles

Guam this week marked the 69th anniversary of its liberation from wartime Japanese forces, holding a parade at the historic Marine Corps Drive in the capital. Several war memorial activities across the U.S. territory were organized in the runup to the liberation day last ...

Don't let isle rifts derail growth, expert tells Asia

Jun 21, 2013

Don't let isle rifts derail growth, expert tells Asia

Asian economies should be focusing on their growth and not on territorial disputes, a leading Singapore-based analyst said. Simon Tay, chairman of think-tank Singapore Institute of International Affairs, said the geopolitics of the region are changing, with China gaining more influence over the Asia-Pacific ...

Imelda Marcos: fan of Japan's culture

Apr 26, 2013

Imelda Marcos: fan of Japan's culture

One-time Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, who gained global fame for her flamboyance and extravagant collection of 2,700 pairs of shoes when her husband, the late Ferdinand Marcos, was president from 1965 to 1986, said she marvels at Japan because of its rise to ...

Japan builds on Philippine students' dreams

Mar 20, 2013

Japan builds on Philippine students' dreams

To some people, the seven-classroom facility used by elementary school students in the Muslim-dominated southern Philippine village of Bualan in the town of Pikit is just a building — though evidently a well-built one. But for the students in Pikit — whose education is ...

Guam eager to keep Japanese visitors coming

Feb 20, 2013

Guam eager to keep Japanese visitors coming

The government of Guam is desperate to keep Japanese coming to the island despite last week’s attack that left three tourists dead and 11 people wounded. “It goes without saying,” Antonio Muna of the Guam Visitors Bureau said when asked if the U.S. territory, ...

Young Filipinos with Japan benefactor pay it forward

Jan 23, 2013

Young Filipinos with Japan benefactor pay it forward

Bemel Grace Arnaiz, a 15-year-old girl from the conflict-torn town of Makilala on the Philippine island of Mindanao, has been able to attend school for the last three years because of a sponsor from Japan. In 2010, she was offered a scholarship by the ...