25 Negrense-scholars pass JLPT in Japan 

Gov. Bong Lacson together with HOUEI Group Chairman Yutaka Shimizu, NOSP head Karen Dinsay, and the Negrense scholars during the governor’s visit in Japan in 2019. (Capitol PIO file photo)

By Dolly Yasa


BACOLOD City – Twenty-five Negrense-scholars passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Level 2 and Level 3 in Japan last January 25, 2021.

A press statement from the Office of the Governor Thursday said that these scholars are senior high school students, nurses, physical therapists and midwives who went to Japan to study in 2018, 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Topping the list of passers is Lyrine Ortiz, a nurse from Himamaylan City who is the only passer of JLPT2 or N2. She is currently studying at the Houshin School of Healthcare taking up a two-year Vocational Careworker Course while working part-time at the healthcare facilities of HOUEI Group in Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture.

The Passers of JLPT3 or N3 from Batch 1 and 2 are Melbourne Crispo from San Enrique, Don Vetsky Decena from Hinobaan, Mary Grace Joan Ebro from Talisay City, Edson Pakingking from Murcia, Cherie Mae Semeña from Binalbagan, Jaime Padrid, Jr. from Himamaylan City, Tracy Lane Rubio from Pontevedra, Jazmin Ferrer from Cadiz City, Ferlie John Argando from La Castellana,  Kevin Clyde Catequista from Sipalay City, Loies Celiz from Himamaylan City, Caroline Gamo from Bago City, Kristine Grijaldo from Pontevedra, Coleen Angela Ong from Talisay City and Ma. Feliza Santillan from Bago City.

Senior high school scholars who passed N3 include Nicole Marie Bersales and Johanna Rica Lorenzo from Sagay City, Joanna Villanueva from Cadiz City, Krizzel Dooma from Silay City, Megumi Cleo Gelogo from Pontevedra, Reynaldo Victorama from Bago City,  Darlyn Blancia from Don Salvador Benedicto, Faustinne Mar Bulanon from Talisay City and Trishia Marie Lucio from San Carlos City.

Bersales, Lorenzo, Villanueva, Dooma, Gelogo, Victorama and Blancia will be graduating from Miyakonojo Higashi High School next month. They will continue their studies in Japan after graduation.

Passing the N2 means a better chance of getting a working visa with compensation like a Japanese national while passing N3 means that they can work as specified skilled workers in Japan.

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose V. Lacson said that “the Japanese language is one of the most difficult languages in the world, but I am very happy with the results of the JLPT because more Negrense-scholars are now considered Japanese language proficient.”

He added that being Japanese language proficient is a gift, it is an extraordinary skill that will provide greater opportunities to our scholars in Japan.

This program is handled and managed by the Negros Occidental Scholarship Program Division headed by Karen Dinsay, under the Office of the Governor. (With a report from Capitol PIO)