Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko during their State Visit to the Philippines. (Photo from the Manila Bulletin, courtesy of Dr. Emilio C. Yap III)
Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko during their State Visit to the Philippines. (Photo from the Manila Bulletin, courtesy of Dr. Emilio C. Yap III)

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On November 5 – 10, 1962, for the first time in history, Crown Prince Akihito, successor to the Chrysanthemum throne, came to the Philippines on a five-day state visit. President Diosdado Macapagal hailed the royal visit as the beginning of a new era in the relations between Japan and the Philippines and expressed the hope that “the keynote of those relations will always be harmony and peace.”

Crown Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko arrived on November 5, 1962. In the evening, President Macapagal hosted a state dinner at the Malacañan Palace. Crown Prince Akihito was conferred the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Raja by President Macapagal. On the other hand, President Macapagal was conferred the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum with the rank of Grand Cordon by Crown Prince Akihito, in behalf of his father, Emperor Hirohito.

On November 6, 1962, the royal couple visited the Rizal Monument and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Libingan ng mga Bayani. They also specifically visited President Emilio Aguinaldo in his residence at Kawit, Cavite. The following day, they visited the University of the Philippines in Diliman and the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra in Quezon City for a Gala symphony concert. On November 8, they arrived at the Mansion House in Baguio and visited St. Louis College. The following day, they attended a parade held at the Philippine Military Academy in Fort del Pilar.

On their last day, November 10, 1962, the Macapagal first family led the thousand Filipinos who came to wish the royal couple a pleasant trip as they return to Japan. On arrival at the airport, they were accorded military honors by a composite battalion of the Armed Forces. A 21-gun salute boomed as the Philippine and the Japanese national anthems were played.

November 5, 1962

Crown Prince Akihito gives a speech upon his arrival in Manila in 1962. (Photo from Manila Bulletin, courtesy of Dr. Emilio C. Yap III)
Crown Prince Akihito gives a speech upon his arrival in Manila in 1962. (Photo from Manila Bulletin, courtesy of Dr. Emilio C. Yap III)
Arrival Ceremonies, Manila International Airport (4:15 p.m.)
  • Crown Prince Akihito, together with Crown Princess Michiko and the members of their official suite, was fetched by Education Secretary Alejandro R. Roces, chairman of the committee on state visits. They were given a 21-gun salute as the PAF band played the Kimigayo, Japan’s national anthem.
  • They were welcomed by President Diosdado Macapagal, Mrs. Macapagal, Vice President and Mrs. Emmanuel Pelaez, Senate President and Mrs. Eulogio Rodriguez, acting speaker and Mrs. Salipada Pendatun and Chief Justice Cesar Bengzon.
  • President Macapagal delivered a welcome remarks and Crown Prince Akihito delivered a response.
  • Crown Prince Akihito was presented the key to the cities of Pasay and Manila[1]
Crown Prince Akihito is conferred the Order of Sikatuna by President Diosdado Macapagal. On the first night of his 5-day State Visit to the Philippines, Crown Prince Akihito of Japan was conferred the Order of Sikatuna, rank of Rajah, by President Diosdado Macapagal. (Photo from Manila Bulletin, courtesy of Dr. Emilio C. Yap III)
Crown Prince Akihito is conferred the Order of Sikatuna by President Diosdado Macapagal. On the first night of his 5-day State Visit to the Philippines, Crown Prince Akihito of Japan was conferred the Order of Sikatuna, rank of Raja, by President Diosdado Macapagal. (Photo from Manila Bulletin, courtesy of Dr. Emilio C. Yap III)
State dinner at Malacañan Palace
  • His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Akihito was conferred the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Raja by President Diosdado Macapagal.
  • President Diosdado Macapagal was conferred the Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum[2] by his imperial Highness Crown Prince Akihito. [3]

November 6, 1962

Wreath-laying at the Rizal Monument, Luneta (10:00 a.m.)
Wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Libingan ng mga Bayani at Taguig (10:15 a.m.)[4]
Crown Prince Akihito raises the right arm of former President Emilio Aguinaldo at the Independence Balcony of the Aguinaldo Mansion in Kawit, Cavite during the Crown Prince’s state visit on November 5-10, 1962. In the photo: Irene Viola-Roces, Crown Prince Akihito, President Aguinaldo, and Crown Princess Michiko, and Secretary of Education Alejandro Roces. (Photo from Manila Bulletin, courtesy of Dr. Emilio C. Yap III)
Crown Prince Akihito raises the right arm of former President Emilio Aguinaldo at the Independence Balcony of the Aguinaldo Mansion in Kawit, Cavite during the Crown Prince’s state visit on November 5-10, 1962. In the photo: Irene Viola-Roces, Crown Prince Akihito, President Aguinaldo, and Crown Princess Michiko, and Secretary of Education Alejandro Roces. (Photo from Manila Bulletin, courtesy of Dr. Emilio C. Yap III)
Visit General Emilio Aguinaldo, Kawit Cavite (11:20 a.m.)
  • Crown Prince Akihito gave General Emilio Aguinaldo a ceremonial tray bearing the symbolic chrysanthemum and framed pictures of themselves and of Emperor Hirohito. In return, General Aguinaldo presented a set of piña handkerchiefs for Princess Michiko and a pair of mahogany book-ends for Prince Akihito.
Luncheon at the Taal Vista Lodge, Tagaytay City (12:30 p.m.)
  • Crown Prince Akihito discarded his business suit for Barong tagalog presented to him by Vice President Emmanuel Pelaez who hosted the luncheon.
  • Bayanihan dancers sang “Sakura,” a song about Japan’s national flower. Prince Akihito was so interested in the nine dance numbers that he put on his glasses, a thing which according to Japanese sources, he rarely does in public functions. [5]
Visit residence of the Ambassador of Japan, Quezon City (5:45 p.m.)
  • Prince Akihito and his wife Princess Michiko were presented a plaque as a testimonial of appreciation and gratitude by the members of the Filipino-Japanese Parentage Welfare Association of the Philippines.[6]

November 7, 1962

Visit to Welfareville, Mandaluyong City (9:45 a.m.)
  • The Royal couple left electronic equipment consisting of radios and phonographs as their gifts to the inmates.
(Photo from Manila Bulletin, courtesy of Dr. Emilio C. Yap III)
(Photo from Manila Bulletin, courtesy of Dr. Emilio C. Yap III)
Visit to University of the Philippines, Diliman (11:00 a.m.)
  • Prince Akihito displayed keen interest in the UP Studies on ichthyology (science of fish) He also donated a set of books on fish partly written by his father, Emperor Hirohito and also some Japanese written books on the Philippines including a translation of Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo in Japanese.
  • Luncheon in honor of their Imperial Highness Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko, given by the UP President Carlos P. Romulo at the University Compound.
Visitors in Malacañang (2:20 p.m.)
  • Princess Michiko received two groups: Alumnae of Sacred Heart Convent in Tokyo and the second, war widows.
Gala symphony concert featuring the Philharmonic Orchestra, Quezon City
  • President and Mrs. Macapagal accompanied Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko to the gala symphony concert [7]
November 8, 1962
Arrival at the Mansion House in Baguio (1:50 p.m.)
  • The Royal couple went to Tutuban Railroad Station where they leave for Baguio City by the Presidential Train.
  • City government and civic officials led by Vice Mayor Norberto de Guzman met Crown Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko.
Visit to St. Louis College, Baguio City
  • Princess Michiko visited Mother Purisima, her classmate at the Sacred Heart convent in Japan.
Reception, Baguio Country Club (6:00 p.m.)
  • Hosted by the Chairman of the National Committee on State Visits and Mrs. Alejandro R. Roces [8]

November 9, 1962

Philippine Military Academy, Fort Del Pilar (10:00 a.m.)
  • Parade and review given by the cadets of the Philippine Military Academy[9]
State Dinner at the Fiesta Pavilion, Manila Hotel
  • President and Mrs. Macapagal attended the state dinner tendered in their honor by Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko[10]

November 10, 1962

Private breakfast with President and Mrs. Macapagal, Malacañan Palace (8:00 a.m.)
  • The President and the First Lady presented the royal couple several gifts including a shell flower arrangement framed with a beautiful inlaid capis shells, a Japanese shape low table also inlaid with capis shells, and oil painting entitled Planting Rice by R. Enriquez, one piña set, two autographed framed pictures of themselves, copies of the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, a book entitled New Hope for the Common Men with a personal dedication of the President, a bronze medallion with the Prince’s side view picture on one side and the President’s on the other, five pictorial albums, and several newspaper clippings on the royal couple’s visit.
  • Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko presented their host and hostess with a porcelain vase, a Japanese jewelry box and two Japanese-made cameras. [11]
Departure ceremonies, Manila International Airport, (10:10 a.m.)
  • President and Mrs. Macapagal led thousands in seeing off Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko, who left for Japan aboard a chartered Japan Airlines jetliner. [12]

Endnotes

[1] “Royal couple charms city,” The Manila Times, November 6, 1962, accessed on October 30, 2015

[2] From the Embassy of Japan.

[3] “DM says visit opens new PI-Japan era,” The Manila Times, November 6, 1962, accessed on October 30, 2015

[4] “Akihito visits shrines,” The Manila Times, November 7, 1962, accessed on October 30, 2015

[5] “Akihito pays tribute to PI,” The Manila Times, November 7, 1962, accessed on October 30, 2015

[6] “Testimonial plaque,” The Manila Times, November 9, 1962, accessed on October 30, 2015

[7] “Royal couple off to Baguio,” The Manila Times, November 8, 1962, accessed on October 30, 2015

[8] “Today’s schedule,” The Manila Times, November 8, 1962. Accessed on October 30, 2015.

[9] “Trooping the Line,” The Manila Times, November 10, 1962. Accessed on October 30, 2015

[10] Official Gazette of the Philippines, “Official Week in Review: November 4 – November 10, 1962”, accessed on October 30, 2015, link.

[11] “Prince Akihito says Sayonara,” The Manila Times, November 11, 1962. Accessed on October 30, 2015

[12] Official Gazette of the Philippines, “Official Week in Review: November 4 – November 10, 1962”, accessed on October 30, 2015, link.