The first took place on June 20, 2014 at the Conrad Hotel in Japan (read here). The event had Sayaka Akimoto who was promoted as the Tourism Goodwill Ambassador for both Japan and the Philippines. DOT Secretary Ramon Jimenez invited the Japanese people to see the pristine, natural attractions.
How do I view it as significant? Sayaka Akimoto is proud of her dual heritage. She went to the Philippines to visit her relatives after ten years. The whole significance behind it is that with a half-Filipino, half-Japanese accepting herself as is, it will show that peace can happen between the two nations. Sayaka's visit to the Philippines is one that links both countries together. Recently, even AKB48 will try to establish a base in the Philippines.
On August 7, 2014 after the mall event in SM Mandaluyong, one can see Takeru Sato, Emi Takei and Munetaki Aoki as Cultural Friendship Ambassadors. This is another way to acknowledge that Imperial Japan is long dead and that Modern Japan is an ally of the Philippines.
What was significant about it? It starts to show the decline of Filipino media and the need to improve it. At the same time, Takeru Sato has commented of the warm welcome and possible cultural exchange. More cultural exchange will definitely help the Philippines go from 2.5 to a better country. The Philippines still has hope and hopefully, the Yellow Media will stop their stupidity.
Hopefully the Philippines can learn what they can to truly make it more fun in the Philippines!