Last weekend, I, along with a few other Toastmasters from Division F, flew to Manila to attend the 2015 Midyear Conference of Toastmasters held at St. Agatha Resort in Bulacan. I was excited for this conference because I’ve never been to Bulacan. I was also excited for our contestants to win in either the Evaluation or Impromptu Category. As the Club Extension Chair for Mindanao, I had to be there. I was hitting many birds with one stone.
The program started with a parade of the members from all Divisions, the District Officers and Midcon and Discon Chairs. It was then formally opened with a short message from District 75 Director Boi Archie. The message was short and sweet mainly emphasizing the theme for his term, Change Your World.
Then the Impromptu Speech Contest came after, followed by numerous educational and break out sessions and the District Council meeting.
The Toastmasters of The Day for Day 1
TABLE TOPICS CONTEST WINNERS
- 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)
Education Talk No. 1: Heroism on Communication
PJ Lanot is a TV and events host, commercial model, restauranteur and motivational speaker. He is a leadership, marketing and communications speaker for DTI, Trainstation and AIB Training.
Education Talk No. 2: Heroism on Community Development
Raul S. Manuel is the National Director for Convoy of Hope Philippines, a faith-based organization that leads in humanitarian initiatives across the Philippines. Through Convoy of Hope, thousands of malnourished children get food to eat, medical screenings and more.
Breakout Session #1:
- Global Accent for Global Toastmasters
- Mastering Protocols
- Crafting and Delivering Tall Tales
Breakout Session #2:
- Improv Storytelling
- District Council Meeting (District Officers, Club Presidents and Vice Presidents for Education)
Day 1 ended with a bang with Fellowship Night: Heroes Cosplay. I had so much fun running around and taking photos with the different super heroes. There were the usuals – Superman, Spiderman and Batman. And there were the more creative ones like Super Inday and Ironman – Leo’s version of it anyway. Photo by Ed Fabonan
And this is it for Day 1 of the Midyear Conference! Day 2 post coming soon!
For those who want to join the next Toastmasters Conference in Cebu, you may contact me for details. I guarantee, you wont regret it!