I wish I could say the 2nd day of the Midyear Conference dawned bright and clear. But I can’t because it didn’t . In fact, I woke in the midst of Typhoon Lando. I never really knew the meaning of commitment until that day. All I wanted to do was go back to sleep! But since I was the contest chair for the Evaluation Contest, I had to get up early so I could be at the Contestant Briefing at 7am.
Photo by Leo Nogas
As much as I love competing, I also love hosting. So when Sha asked me to chose between judge or contest chair, i chose the latter.
Test Speaker – Sha Nacino (Photo by Ed Fabonan)
The test Speaker, Sha Nacino, gave a speech entitled “Make Your Passion Your Profession”. It was a speech I could relate to since I also believe in doing what you love for a living. She was then evaluated by the 11 contestants in the Evaluation Contest.
EVALUATION CONTEST WINNERS
- Champion: Erika Ilagan – Division A (Mystique Coolture TMC)
- 1st Runner Up: Arthur Park – Division B (Diamond TMC)
- 2nd Runner Up: Raxel Ann Gonzales – Division D (Barangay TMC)
After the contest, there were 2 more Educational Sessions. Since the theme for the conference was Toastmaster Hero, we got to listen to two Filipino heroes tell us about their experience and how they managed to come out triumphant despite all odds.
The Apprentice Asia Challenge Winner – Jonathan Yabut (Photo by Ed Fabonan)
Jonathan Yabut is the first Apprentice Asia Challenge Winner. I learned 3 things from him that day.
First, work smart, not hard. According to Jonathan, he won the challenge not because he was smarter or better than the other contestants. He won because he chose to work smart.
Second, learn to say no. There are so many opportunities in the world today. If you want to succeed, you have to learn to say no to some of these opportunities. Because you can’t possibly take advantage of them all. The key to success is focus.
Third, leadership is about other people. It’s not about you. The true value of leadership is in stepping back, not standing out. It’s about allowing others to shine.
Rebecca Bustamante – Maid to Made (Photo by Ed Fabonan)
Once a domestic helper in Singapore, Rebecca Bustamante is now the founder and president of Chalre Associates, a multinational recruitment firm for senior management executive positions.
- Toastmaster of the Year 2014 – Pearl Villamarzo
- Area Governor of the Year 2014 – DTM Johnny Uy
- Division Governor of the Year 2014 – Division A Governor Lito Baldisimo
Toastmaster of the Year 2014 – Pearl Villamarzo
Area Governor of the Year 2014 – DTM Johnny Uy
DTM Johnny “Pawe” Uy led his area to be the first distinguished area in the world. Now that’s excellence.
Division Governor of the Year 2014 – Division A Governor Lito Baldisimo
Toastmasters from Division F
Midcon 2015 Working Committee
Midcon 2015 Chair – Gabriel Go Balauag
We all had a blast during the 2015 Midyear Conference. Kudos to Gabby, the Midyear Chair and the rest of the Midcon team for making this possible.
The best part of organizing the Midcon is everything that happens after it. I’ve been a Toastmasters since 2006 but it was only when I chose to actively lead when I found my greater purpose. Toastmasters is not only about attending two meetings a month. When you choose to lead, it can be so much more. For this conference, we focused on igniting the participants passion. To be more cognizant of the everyday heroes around us and become heroes ourselves. Through conventions, new leaders emerge.
-Gabriel Balauag (Midcon 2015 Chair)
Discon 2016 Promotion
I’ve been attending Toastmaster Conferences for years and they have always been a blast! The 2016 District Conference is going to be on April 28-30 at the Grand Convention Center, Cebu.
- P 4,500 – Until Oct 18
- P 5,000 – Oct 19 – Dec 31, 2015
- P 6,000 – January 1 – March 31, 2016
- P 6,500 – April 1 to onsite
Hope you can join us! It’s worth it.
Go live a Truly Wealthy life.