Toastmasters District Convention 2015 – Puerto Princesa, Palawan

If there is one thing I love to do – it’s to travel. And if I can travel and still learn at the same time, that’s even better. That’s why when I learned that the 34th Toastmasters District 75 Conference was going to be in Palawan, I immediately registered. First, I’ve never been to Palawan. Second, I wanted to go to Palawan! <3 Besides, Toastmaster Discons are always fun. And since I was going, I decided to compete in the Table Topics Contest. Talk about “sulit”.

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34th Toastmasters District 75 Conference Venue at Aziza, Puerto Princessa, Palawan

(Photo by Ed Fabonan)

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Photo by Ed Fabonan

For those who are not familiar with Toastmasters, it’s an international organization that helps develop your communication and leadership skills. There are different clubs all over the Philippines. A group of clubs form an area, a group of areas form a division. We have 11 Divisions in the Philippines and they form one District – District 75.

We have 2 conferences a year. The District Conference in April and the Midyear Conference in October. The highlight of these conferences are the speech contests.

There are 4 Speech Contest Categories in Toastmasters:

  • International Prepared
  • Humorous
  • Evaluation
  • Table Topics (Impromptu Speaking)

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Division F Toastmasters with our new banner from District 75

For this Discon, the 2 contests were International Prepared and Table Topics Speech Contest. The Humorous and Evaluation Contests are scheduled in the Midyear Conference. If you win the International Prepared Speech Contest, you get to attend the Toastmasters International Conference held annually every August for free. This year it’s going to be in Las Vegas, USA.

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 Toastmasters from Division F

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It’s basically two and a half days of learning sessions plus the speech contests plus FUN! We were so lucky to be able to listen to Ed Tate – the 2000 World Speech Champion share about his experiences and how we can be better influencers. We also had a host of other speakers including two of my good friends Sha Nacino and Coen Tan.

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Edward Tate 2000 World Speech Champion (Photo by Ed Fabonan)

District 75 officers

Lt Gov for Educ Boy Archie, Chief Ambassador Johnny Uy, District Gov Dotty Du, Lt Gov for Marketing Dulce Rañosa (left to right)

The Big 3 – District 75 Officers and our REP Chief Ambassador Johnny Uy

Here’s a summary of the learning sessions during the District Conference:

  • Keynote 1: Influence and Lead without Authority by Edward Tate, DTM – 2000 World Speech Champion, Trainer, Author

district conference palawan coen tanCoen Tan, DTM – Trainer Communications Coach

  • Plenary Session 1: How to Capitalize on your Speaking Skills to Turbocharge your Career by Coen Tan, DTM

district conference toastmasters REPJohnny Uy, DTM – Chief Ambassador, PIP (Photo by Ed Fabonan)

  • Plenary Session 2: Revitalized Education Program by Johnny Uy, DTM

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 The REP Ambassadors of District 75 with our Chief Ambassador Johnny Uy

I was outside the room when the REP ambassadors got called on stage that’s why I’m just on the screen in the back. lol

DTM patrick district 75 district conferencePatrick Oie, DTM  (Photo by Ed Fabonan)

  • Plenary Session 3: Taking the Leadership Challenge by Patrick Oie, DTM

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Edward Tate 2000 World Speech Champion (Photo by Ed Fabonan)

  • Plenary Session 4: Story Finder: A Workshop on How to Create New Stories in Minutes by Edward Tate, DTM – 2000 World Speech Champion

district conference palawan sha nacinoSha Nacino, ACS, CL – Inspirational Speaker, Author

  • Breakout Session: How to Write and Publish a Book by Sha Nacino, ACS, CL
  • Keynote 2: Manage Things, Lead People by Edward Tate, DTM – 2000 World Speech Champion, Trainer, Author

Of course a Discon wont be complete without the speech contests. Here are the 2015 winners for the Table Topics and International Prepared Speech Category.

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Table Topics 2015 Contestants (Photo by Ed Fabonan)

TABLE TOPICS CONTEST

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Desiree Balota, Alessandra Zeta, Adrian Baloyo (left to right)

Photo by Ed Fabonan

Table Topics Winners

  • Champion: Alessandra Victoria D. Zeta (Iligan TMC – Division F)
  • 1st Runner Up: Desiree L. Balota (Queen City TMC – Division C)
  • 2nd Runner Up: Adrian Carlo P. Baloyo (Health Care Circle TMC – Division D)

INTERNATIONAL PREPARED SPEECH CONTEST

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Hyacinth Jade V. Malaca, Vincent C. Juan, Nedo L. Sasing (left to right)

International Prepared Speech Winners

  • Champion: Vincent C. Juan (Bench and Bar TMC – Division E)
  • 1st Runner Up: Nedo L. Sasing (BAVI TMC – Division L)
  • 2nd Runner Up: Hyacinth Jade V. Malaca (Cebu TMC – Division C)

Partying is also something that we at District 75 are good at. And it’s all in the name of good clean fun :) The Fellowship Night was scheduled on the first night and the Governors Ball was scheduled on the second.

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Fellowship Night (photo by Ed Fabonan)

For the fellowship night, we had to wear something neon. There was a lot of food, great music and exemplary company. Although the table topics contest was set at 8am the following day I could not resist staying till the very end.

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Governors Ball (With Toastmaster friends from different Divisions)

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The whole conference was a success! There was group of toastmasters who came all the way from Singapore to join the Discon and they kept on saying our Discon was so much fun! What can I say? It’s really more fun in the Philippines!

Kudos to Sucit, the Discon chair, and to the entire team for a successful conference. The next conference is going to be in Cebu and I’m definitely joining!

Discon 2016 Rates:

  • 4,500 php – early bird rate (1st 53)
  • 5,500 php – regular rate
  • 6,500 php – onsite registration

See you all next Discon!

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

 

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