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Midcon 2015 Videos

To those who missed the 2015 Midyear Conference in Bulacan, here’s a short video of what happened on the 2-day conference. The videos were able to capture a lot of the fun moments we had during the conference and part of the winning speech of the Impromptu Speech Champion from Division F – Leo Nogas.

MIDCON 2015 DAY 1

MIDCON 2015 DAY 2

The 2016 District Conference is going to be on April 28-30 at the Grand Convention Center, Cebu.

Registration Rates:

  • 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.

-Alex

 

Toastmasters Midyear Convention 2015 – Bulacan (Day 2)

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.

contest host alex zetaPhoto 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.

midcon 2015 toastmaster hero sha nacinoTest 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

evaluation champions

  • 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.

toastmasters philippines midcon 2015 jonathan yabutThe 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.

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toastmasters philippines midcon 2015 maid to madeRebecca 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.

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SPECIAL AWARDS

  • 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

IMG_5310Toastmaster of the Year 2014 – Pearl Villamarzo

midcon 2015 + toastmasters area gov of the yearArea 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 Gov of the yearDivision Governor of the Year 2014 – Division A Governor Lito Baldisimo

midcon 2015 day 2Toastmasters from Division F

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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 commiteeDiscon 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.

Registration Rates:

  • 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.

-Alex

Midcon 2015 Impromptu Speech Winners

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Impromptu Speaking is something that most people fear, because when you stand up to speak in front, your brain has a tendency to stop functioning. But here in Toastmasters, we’ve not only perfected it (almost). We made it into a contest. Now you may be thinking, who’s crazy enough to join an impromptu speaking contest? Who would subject themselves to such torture?

Well apparently, there are a lot of crazy people in Toastmasters. And I’m one of them. Please don’t judge me.

For this years Midyear Conference, we got the chance to witness the best impromptu speakers of the 11 divisions in District 75, compete for the championship in Table Topics.

The contest quote was:

It is in moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.

-Tony Robbins

All the contestants did an awesome job. But there can only be one winner.

TABLE TOPICS CONTEST WINNERS

midcon 2015 table topics winners

(Left to right) Michael Malazarte,  Leonardo G. Nogas Jr.,  Daryl Ponard

  • Champion: Leonardo G. Nogas Jr. – Division F (Iligan TMC)
  • 1st Runner Up: Michael Malazarte – Division C (PICPA Cebu TMC)
  • 2nd Runner Up: Daryl Ponard – Division G (Pines City TMC)

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The newly hailed Table Topics Champion with the District Trio (District Director Boi Archie,  Program Quality Director Dulce Ranosa, Club Growth Director Chin Talaver) and PDG Vic Navales.

leo nogas table topics championPhoto by Ed Fabonan

table topics championLeo and his Division F family (Photo by Alden Llona)

toastmasters philippines table topics championPhoto by Alden Llona

And it’s a back to back win for Division F! Leo and I won in the Table Topics contest in the same year so we have the exact same trophy :)

In fact, our Back to Back Victory Party is this Sunday.

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It’s a great thing to win contests yourself. But it’s another thing entirely to help someone else win. I wasn’t as nervous when I competed in the Table Topics Contest (read full post HERE) in the District Conference in Palawan. But seeing my mentee step up on stage, it almost gave me a heart attack. But I shouldn’t have been nervous. Leo gave an awesome performance. I’m glad the perpetual trophy is staying with Division F!

Congratulations to all the contestants and to the winners!

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex