Salamat Po Kai Foundation

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Years ago I was just like any blessed student who depends on his/her scholarship to finish college. Every semester I receive stipend from my scholarship. Most were paid for enrollment. What’s left is mine to spend.

I was a scholar of Salamat Po Kai Scholarship. It  is a non-government organization, sponsored by generous Japanese individuals and organizations, which aims to help Filipino students finish their studies. The Tagalog phrase “Salamat Po” means “Thank You” while, the Japanese word ‘Kai’ means ‘foundation’.

Scholars were chosen among student applicants who passed the weighted average grade requirement. As gratitude, we scholars give cards/letters to our sponsor on important occasions such as Christmas, Birthdays and Easter day, and maintain good academic standing.

I have known the scholarship from a good friend – Janus Cabazares, whose been an SPK scholar since highschool. Together with another good friend – Milrose Salazar, we applied, and we were fortunate to receive the scholarship grant. All scholars have their own sponsor either an individual or an organization/school. My sponsor was Mrs. Ruiko Kawai, a married Japanese mother whose age at the moment is around 60 years old. I haven’t thought before that there are Japanese individuals at her age who are generously helping Filipinos.

It’s easy to boast the scholarship(s) that we receive especially when it was given out of academic performance, hardwork and perseverance. However, as I recall my college years, I feel guilty knowing that there were times that I didn’t perform at my best, and there were moments that I forgot to be grateful and even to say thank you. And even up to this very moment, I feel the heavy load for not communicating with my sponsor anymore, for not sending pictures of my graduation, and even giving a simple Thank You card as a sign of gratitude.

Salamat Po Kai Scholarship bridged me to my sponsor. Mrs. Ruiko Kawai was indeed God’s blessing to me. I may not have expressed well my thanksgiving for all the financial support she has given me but I’ll forever be grateful to SPK and my sponsor.

Maraming Salamat Po Mrs. Ruiko Kawai! Thank you Salamat Po Kai!


36 Responses to “Salamat Po Kai Foundation”

  • February 26th, 2009 4:51 am
    vic brazal

    Hello…its nice to know that there are many scholars of Salamat po kai.. I’m also the first beneficiaries of Salamat po kai in Ateneo de Naga (1993-1997). Thanks to my benefactor Ms. Hidaka Kanako who is 3 years Older than me, from Kyoto and taking up Medical Technician in Kyoto University…we lost contact when I entered PMA in 1997…Everything I achieved was because of her and the organization…with the nature of my training and work, I wasn’t able to say THANK YOU, since i don’t have her address or even the address of the organization…with this, I hope I could say THANK YOU to ALL BENEFACTORS and to the organization…I hope that I can find the missing link of the organization.. I believe also that it’s time to share what we have…not to only to our benefactors but to those filipino who can’t afford to go to school… Thank You Guys and God Bless to all of you..


  • August 22nd, 2009 4:48 am
    Rochelle Mercado-Asuncion

    hi…just like you,i am a recipient of the scholarship when i was in college, that was 13 years ago. Without it its really impossible for me to finish college. I am married now with two kids, employed in one of the renowned university here in southern mindanao, and on my 2nd year in PhD Business Management. I lost contact with my sponsor and I have been wanting to get in touch with them. I think your the best person who could help me. Can you please give me the address of the salamat po kai office? So that I can write to my sponsor thru them. Please email me at I would gladly appreciate it if you can grant my request the soonest possible time. Thank you so much…and God bless all Japanese who always extended their helping hand to Filipinos especially the less fortunate.


  • October 1st, 2009 4:49 am
    Relyn Elbanbuena-Norbe


    I am a volunteer staff of Salamat Po kai – Negros Occidental Chapter. Whatever communication you wish to your sponsor, send it through your chapter’s office. Remember also to put your sponsorship number.

    God bless.

    Ms. Relyn


  • October 5th, 2009 4:49 am
    Ronnie Rodriguez


    im one of the scholars graduated last 2003,is it true we have a get together party to come? do you know the website of salamat po kai?


  • October 14th, 2009 4:50 am
    Alma Bumal-o

    hello! I’m Alma from Baguio City. It’s so nice to know that there are so many Salamat Po Kai scholars just like me all over the Philippines. I hope there will be a get together and an organization to be formed so that we can also give back the blessings given to us by our Japanese sponsors. If you know of such events, please get in touch with me at my email address – God bless!


  • November 16th, 2009 4:50 am
    Dang Tonedo

    Its nice to find other scholars like you…I’m also one of the beneficiaries of Salamat Po-Kai Intl Scholarships. Please send me any updates. Thanks.


  • December 9th, 2009 4:50 am
    aivan navallasca

    hello..,i’m also one of the scholars of salamat po kai here in negros,,, plz contact me in my email address,


  • March 30th, 2010 4:51 am

    Hello guys,,,, I am also a Salamat po kai scholar way back SY 2000 – 2004….. It’s so good to know my fellow scholars are on the net,,,,, Im from Baguio and I graduated in Saint Louis University …. the last time i joined the CAR scholars way back October 2009, there were more scholars now than during my time… And i was really very happy to know that the scholarship was extended to Nueva Vizcaya and Isabela…. I really hope that more scholars will be granted… for CAR Scholars, email me at… more power to the generous Japanese for sponsoring our education!!!! Thank you, Ms. Hiroko Ishikawa, my sponsor….


  • May 31st, 2010 5:25 am
    Larrie Bernd Rocha

    Nice to hear your comments and stories my fellow SPK scholars. Honestly, I have no more communication to the foundation. As much as I want to contact my sponsor, I don’t think the foundation would allow us. Will they?

    If I’ll be able to get in touch I’ll surely post it here and let you know.



  • June 15th, 2010 9:26 am
    gelai adan

    Hi everyone! I’m also an SPK scholar (H group) from high school until college. I feel the same sentiments like what the author have written. I’m currently taking my MA at Miriam College and I have a project to undertake that deals with adopting an organization. I will make a phone call later and ask Fr Nishimoto if I could have SPK as my subject. It will be also a good opportunity for me to ask your questions if I get to visit the office. ^_^

    FYI – the general assembly of scholars, which is held every other year, is postponed this year.


  • August 25th, 2010 11:57 am

    hi. i understand that spk founder fr. toro nishimoto recently died. spk zbga is organizing an activity. we would be glad to receive pictures of fr. nishimoto if any of you scholars have. thanks.


  • August 30th, 2010 1:56 pm

    good day! i have been looking for the official website of the salamat po kai foundation. i really want to apply. i am not a beneficiary. i want to continue my studies in college but unfortunately, my parents’ income are not sufficient. how do i apply for this? thank you so much


  • October 24th, 2010 9:02 pm
    jaydene mae lino

    sir/madam good day i’am jaydene mae lino. I am interested in applying for scholarship this coming semester since my parents can no longer afford to pay for my tuition fee. I am a graduating student at our lady of fatima university. how can i apply for scholarship? my e-mail address is can you give me your contact numbers and address. looking forward for your kindest guidance. GOD BLESS


  • October 25th, 2010 6:37 pm
    Jaydene Mae

    HI! I’m a nursing student here in Philippines. And I found out about this website. I want to apply for a scholarship. I want to continue my studies. I had already finished my first semester for the fourth year level. But unfortunately, we had a financial problem. Due to this fact, I can’t continue my last semester. I really want to graduate to help. How can i apply for a scholarship. Thank You. I will really appreciate your reply. GOD BLESS.


  • October 28th, 2010 8:07 am
    Michael Balitian

    Hello Fellow SPK Scholars. I am from Albay, Bicol and was also a fortunate beneficiary of the said foundation. I graduated in 2000. Probably it would be great if we can have a common avenue to discuss things, perhaps a fb page. Just a suggestion..

    Nice meeting all of you. 🙂


  • January 8th, 2011 6:46 pm
    Macaraig, Eleazar

    Hello, good evening….

    I really need a help to continue my studies, i came from a poor family…..and I’m looking someone who can sponsor my studies…I’am 2nd yr. working students….please help me.


  • March 15th, 2011 6:36 pm

    Hi! i was a beneficiary of SPK from high school to college. I lost the contact number of spk office in malate.. can anyone tell me the number pls? thanks


  • May 29th, 2011 6:22 am
    Airies R. Bangilan

    hello fellow SPK scholars, does anybody know the official website of SPK? im in beirut now and i already lost my communication to my sponsor Mrs. Yabuki, i would be glad if someone can help me find way to communicate with her again, thank u


  • July 19th, 2011 1:50 pm

    me too I am the one of the scholar of salamat po kai today and my sponsor is Ms. yukie saito but my question is How can I know Her face or even her phone number or address in japan so that i will be direct to send her my message of gratitude and Every semester I only receive the amount of 5000 pesos only.


  • September 27th, 2011 11:36 am

    Hi! This is Odette Solis of Salamat Po Kai (SPK) office in Manila. We are currently trying to communicate with our SPK graduates to ask for updates on their life. For your information, SPK will close its offices in 2015. Also, for your information, our beloved Rev. Fr. Toru A. Nishimoto, CSsR, has joined our Lord Jesus Christ and Mama Mary in heaven last Aug. 21, 2010.


  • September 27th, 2011 11:43 am

    Please email me Would really appreciate your cooperation. We need the ff. info:
    PRESENT WORK (designation, company name & address and nature of business)
    CIVIL STATUS (if married, name of spouse & number of children)
    CONTACT NUMBERS (landline, cellphone, email address)
    Odette Solis
    SPK Manila staff


  • September 27th, 2011 11:50 am

    SPK Manila office: travellers life bldg., 490 t.m. kalaw st., ermita, manila
    tel nos: 5253517 or 5243635 fx 5219991


  • October 25th, 2011 3:28 pm
    Felicia Christina Pacis Magno PEP285

    I am forever grateful to Salamat Po Kai and my sponsor Tokuko Mori for helping me in my education (from 3rd year Med. Tech until i graduated in Med. School). I’ll try to visit her for the very first time this Dec. I’m looking forward to it.

    Salamat po Kai Scholars, i found this site in FB. Im not the admin but maybe we can use this to communicate..


  • February 26th, 2012 1:01 pm
    Alvin S. Paterno

    Is it true that you’ll be shutting down the foundation by 2015? there’s still a lot of kids who need the help. I also benefited from the spk scholarship in my younger years. My Sponsor was Mrs. Keiko Hayashibara I wanted to thank her for the help she gave me even though I lost the scholarship when I went to high school because I fell below the required grade average due to some personal issues. But I am still thankful. So I hope someone who knows my sponsor might be able to read this and pass along my words of gratitude even if it was a long time ago


  • April 15th, 2012 2:07 pm
    veronica bhey gaw dulay

    a pleasant afternoon to you all, im veronica dulay, a first year high school student and currently studying in Immaculate Conception Academy of Manila(ICAM), i have heard some rumors that the salamat po kai foundation are giving financial support to those unfortunate filipino children who are willing to finish their studies, and im one of these filipino children.
    i would like to apply scholarship in SPK to support my financial needs. i really wanted to finish my studies but my parents don’t have enough salary to finance my needs. im expectiing that you can help me in this kind matter and hoping i can get your response soon. please contact me: 09234117322


  • May 14th, 2012 6:26 pm

    i am also one of spk scholars in Davao .. i’m so grateful to my sponsor TAICHI MIYASHITA for helping me finish my studies…i’m so much eager to contact Him, just to THANK HIM FOR EVERYTHING… But sad to say,i don’t have even his email.address….please help me….


  • August 14th, 2012 8:11 am
    Tomas Lomotan Jr.


    Wow!!! that’s how it’s great that SPK has been there for so many years for I myself is in “C” bracket. I am very thankful for the great courses I have been choosed for it is very demand that time, then it is a way ticket to become a USNAVY, so far so good so and I would like to thank so much to SPK and my sponsors fujigaoka kindergarten school students.

    I also would like to give thanks to Father Nishimoto who makes great difference to where we are stand now, although he’s gone but the memory stay and live forever. Thank you is not enought but another way to express gratitude especially SPK are about to close door.


  • August 14th, 2012 10:36 pm
    Tomas Lomotan Jr.

    Ms Solis,

    Good morning.
    I would like to set a meeting with the main office in Tokyo Japan, I will be in Yokosuka an hour to get to Tokyo which I would like to pay them visit as a gratitude on November 2012. mind if I ask the address in Tokyo office? thank you very much.


  • July 23rd, 2013 6:22 pm
    rosario asuncion

    Ms. Solis.
    Good day!
    I am separated for almost 5 years and since then i have been looking for scholarship that could help even my youngest daughter who is now on her second year high school.I have my maintenance since 1994 due to my kidney infecion and I do not want to make this a reason not to pursue their dreams. I heard that SPK Foundation extend their help to lot of students who aims to be successful someday.I hope that your foundation can help my daughter to finish in her studies in any simple way that you can.

    God bless you and your foundation (SPK).


  • October 18th, 2013 10:37 pm

    I am also SPK scholar. I finished B.S. Accountancy here in Davao City class 1996. I am hoping that the Davao Scholar will have a reunion. I miss them a lot!


  • February 2nd, 2014 5:47 am
    Aldrin Amaro

    Hi guys. I’m blessed that i too became one of the beneficiaries of Salamat Po Kai Scholarship. I will not be able to study in Ateneo De Naga High school from 1992 to 1996 if it was not for my benefactor Mr. Tatsuhiko Ikeda. He visited me twice during my school years but we never got to contact again since then. I just want to say thank you to him and his family for providing my tuition then. I owe my education to him. May he have been blessed more because of his generosity. Thank You also to Salamat Po Kai.
    Aldrin Amaro, ADEN HS 96 ; ADENU BSA 2000. contact me at


  • May 1st, 2014 12:20 am
    emylou batulan

    hi emylou batulan and i am also a scholar of spk..i just graduated last march 22, 2014
    from university of san-jose recoletos with the degree of bachelor of science in management accounting. i’m from langub, asturias, sponsor is Mrs. Onishi Mitsuko…thank you for making this site and i will be forever thankful to salamat po kai foundation..and here’s my e-mail


  • July 2nd, 2014 11:16 am
    Darlene Bermejo - Cardenas

    Hi, I am a recipient of the scholarship since High School (1990) to College (1997). I am married now with two kids, employed as Government Employee at Q.C. Thanks to my benefactor, Mr. Yoshio Kataoka of Tokyo Japan for helping me finish my studies. Everything I achieved was because of Mr. Kataoka and the organization. Thank you very much and God Bless!


  • July 29th, 2014 7:11 am
    raquel katigbak hernandez

    I am forever grateful to the SPK foundation. I take pride that once a certain Mrs. Sadako Aoki pledged to support my studies in college. When she died, her daughter continued that support I badly needed that time. After graduation, I was not able to get in touch with the foundation…and I really feel guilty about that…I surf the net and happened to find this out…I also received an e-mail from ms odette solis about the update..I really miss those times of get-together…wish there will be another in the coming days…


  • September 21st, 2014 10:56 am
    Kristoffer James Abanto


    I would like to say thank you so much to my sponsors. Hayashi Chitose and Takijii Miyako.
    They contributed a really big help in achieving my dreams.I graduated last 2011, and now I’m currently working in a Japanese firm for almost 3 years. Right now I’m having my training here in japan. It will take 10 months and i will be staying here until March next year. I still haven’t got a chance to say thank you personally to them because i don’t have neither their addresses or numbers.
    If i will be given a chance to say thank you to them personally during my stay here in Japan, I will really be happy for that. I’d like to say thank you to the foundation, you’ve made a big difference to many lives. Godbless you all. 本当にどうもありがとうございました


  • March 24th, 2015 6:33 pm
    Grace C. Llagoso

    Hi I’m Grace from Cebu. I am also lucky to be one of the scholar of Salamat po Kai. I will be graduating this year. I’m really grateful to be part of SPK. It’s good to know that there a lot of Filipino Scholars who is now successful with their careers because of the help our compassionate Japanese Sponsors. I hope to see all of you on April for the get together of all SPK scholars. 🙂 God bless 🙂