Aurora Dobashi was one of the first Filipinos to become English teachers in Japan and has been teaching for three decades since then. She has worked as an ALT for Saitama Board of Education since 2010. She also trains for Oxford University Press and the British Council in Japan. Before becoming an ALT, Aurora worked as a curriculum developer and trainer for Shogakukan Inc., TV announcer and university lecturer in the Philippines.
Aurora is from Laoag in northern Philippines and finished her Mass Communication degree at St. Louis University in Baguio City. She took MA units in Education. She started FETJG and gave workshops at her home in Saitama to help Filipinos become English teachers more than ten years ago. The organization grew and now has twenty-four chapters in Japan and the Philippines. Aurora is one of the most in demand trainers in Japan including for EFL Teaching Techniques, Teaching Guidelines and Advanced Teacher Training seminars.
Ms. Dobashi’s hobbies are reading a book and surfing the Internet. She also likes to go to a hot spring. She is interested in teaching and learning, developing teaching materials, and lifelong learning. Aurora loves to share her knowledge in language teaching and to help her fellow Filipinos.
Marife Carpio has a PhD in Communication and Media from Osaka University where she also earned her master’s degree of the same course. She took her BS Development Communication at University of the Philippines.
She is an English teacher at Ritsumeikan Junior and Senior High Schools in Kyoto. She has also worked as an ALT and as a business English teacher at various schools since 2011. As the vice-president, Marife has a shared responsibility in shaping the organization’s agenda with the president. She manages the internal affairs of the organization and makes sure that every officer is doing their work happily.
She has done several workshops for FETJG including Storytelling, Powering up teaching, materials with MS PowerPoint and Grammar workshops. She also speaks on topics in TG and ATT seminars.
Marife likes a lot of things including reading, blogging, cooking, baking, photography, boxing and arts and crafts. She is interested in ICT-based learning, online and technical writing, lifelong learning, learning material production, storytelling in ESL, and disaster/risk management.
Loretta Ramirez Ligon
Loretta Ramirez Ligon is language teacher for Saitama Board of Education while working at English cram schools and English camps on the side. She has trained for several FETJG workshops including Teaching Guidelines Seminar, Homebased English Teaching and Theme-based workshops like Halloween, Christmas and Easter lessons. As the treasurer, Ms. Ligon has an important role in taking care of FETJ funds and expenses.
She is from Bulacan and has a degree in Medical Technology. She is a passionate runner and has run in Tokyo Marathon for years.
Elma Rosario Cruz
Vice-President for External Affairs
Elma Rosario Cruz has decades of experience in EFL teaching in Japan. She has taught in all levels from kindergarten to university. At present, she teaches at Shiga Polytech College while doing corporate classes, English conversation classes for YMCA, kids’ classes at St. Joseph’s Kindergarten and the Global English Program for ISA.
Elma got her MBA and BSBA Major in Management and Marketing from Philippine School of Business Administration. She uses her managerial skills to organize FETJG’s Study Program abroad and to provide liaison to FETJ Philippines. She is also an on-demand trainer for FETJG especially for Resume Building and Mock Interview workshop, Basic Grammar, Business English, Basic English Communication and Pronunciation Practice workshops. She assists Ms. Dobashi and the other TGS and ATT trainers during these seminars.
Ms. Cruz is from Quezon City in the Philippines and she likes Photography. She was a member and has done exhibits with Nagoya Foreign Artist Exhibition. She also into adrenaline pumping extreme sports.
Maria Theresa Niibori
Eastern Japan Coordinator
Maria Theresa Niibori is an ALT for Matusudo City Board of Education. She has earned MBA units and has a bachelor’s degree in English. She is the immediate past president of FETJ-Global heading the organization from 2017 to 2019. Maria does the grammar overview workshops for FETJG.
Before being elected president, Maria served as secretary and Chiba 1 chapter president. She is from Angeles City, Pampanga in the Philippines. She likes watching movies and going out with friends.
Shinichi Hirata is an ALT for Nagano City Board of Education. Before being elected as national secretary, he served in different capacities in various chapters with Nagano Chapter president being the latest.
Shin is from Sta. Maria Bulacan in the Philippines and he studied BS Commerce in Marketing at Far Eastern University. He is into EDM and Harry Potter. On his bucket list is to visit all 47 prefectures of Japan. He is also a YouTuber! Find him on YouTube: shinTVJAPAN.
Mariz M. Endoh
Mariz started FETJG Okazaki more than five years ago that gave way to founding of more chapters in Western Japan. She has served as Okazaki chapter president and Western Japan coordinator before being elected as auditor. She enjoys auditing all financial records of FETJ-Global quarterly. She also ensures the necessary safeguards in the administration of the funds of the organization.
Ms. Endoh had her own eikaiwa classes in her home in Okazaki. She was also a nutritionist for Slimmer’s World International and a Fitness and Wellness Consultant and COO for The Slim Shop Inc. in the Philippines. Now, she is a Skin Care Practitioner at Skin and Body Basics (SABB) at her own clinic in Okazaki.
She is from Navotas – Malabon Metro Manila and has a BS Nutrition and Dietetics degree from University of Santo Tomas. She likes reading, singing and watching TV. Her strengths are sales and marketing, and Skin And Body Wellness Research.
Patricia Leonelle Badival-Yamashita
Leonelle is an ALT at Iwata City Board of Education. She also teaches English at Fukurui City Rodosha Welfare Center Life. She is from Baguio City in the Philippines and has a degree in BS Accountancy from St. Louis University.
Leonelle also served as Hamamatsu Chapter president before being elected national auditor. She likes listening to music, keeping up with current events, and playing word games.
Training Manager for Eastern Japan
Ms. Salazar is one of the drivers of FETJG who stayed with the organization from its younger years until it became what it is today. She served as its national president a few years ago and has trained for the organization including the flagship Teaching Guidelines and Advanced Teacher Training seminars. She manages trainings for Eastern Japan as part of her new position.
Sampaguita is from Negros Occidental in the Philippines and has a degree in BS Commerce Major in Personnel Management. She has worked as an international speech coach and as a Sunday school teacher. Currently, she works as a Native English Teacher for Saitama Board of Education. She enjoys playing scrabble in her free time.
Phillip Louie Barbosa Antinero
Western Japan Coordinator
Phillip has been a Native English Teacher at Peppy kids club since 2016. He also teaches part-time at Cecil English School in Nagoya. He worked as an ALT in Aichi in 2014 and 2015. Prior to moving to Japan, he was a high school chemistry teacher in Muntinlupa City in the Philippines which is also his hometown.
He graduated with a bachelor of secondary education degree major in General Science from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa. He also earned MAED units in educational management at Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Taguig.
Eliseo F. Vargas, Jr.
Ellie - as people in FETJG call him - is an EFL teacher at Hinode Gakuen Elementary School in Chiba. He worked as an ALT for Toyohashi Board of Education for six years. He studies MA Linguistics (TESOL) at Sophia University in Tokyo.
He served as Okazaki president before being elected to his present position. Ellie has done several workshops in Okazaki including grammar and phonology workshops and pioneered the first and only Internship Program for Teaching Young Learners in FETJG if not in Japan where teacher-trainees have the chance to apply what they have learned from the lectures in the morning to their own classes with Japanese students in the afternoon.
Ellie earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and communication and media studies from the University of the Philippines. He's into photography and videography.