8 December 2006 – Dr. Celia Hernando Tobia-Bulán of the Department of Speech Communications and Theater Arts launched her book, MASAY: The Untold Story of the Japanese Woman’s Heroic Compassion Towards Her Fellowmen at the Special Collections Section of the University Library, UP Diliman.


Dr. Belén Calingación, the Chairperson of the Department of Speech Communications and Theater Arts lauded Dr. Tobia-Bulán for her work and urged her fellow faculty members and also librarians to do the same. Dr. Nanette García-Dungo and Dr. Consolación Rustia-Alarás read excerpts from the book, with Dr. Alarás finishing her reading with an inspiring song number.


The representative of the Japan Foundation in the Philippines, Ms. Hiroko Taniguchi also gave her thoughts on the book and encouraged more scholars and academics to write books regarding Philippine-Japanese Relations to cement the partnership between these countries. Mr. Jay Gomez, an alumnus of the UP College of Music serenaded the audience with his flute.


Friends and family of Dr. Tobia-Bulán were there to support the author who in turn gave a heartwarming speech to everyone who helped her in finishing the book.


Masay is a Japanese sensei sent to a pilot school in a Japanese community in Davao as a teacher of Nippongo. There she met a Filipino, Vicente whom she later married. They moved to Zambales where the war caught on with them and changed their lives. –ECLagrama