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Monday, December 14, 2015

The VoiceMaster Speaks at the 6th Bicol Youth Congress in IT

Almost 1,000 Information Technology students from all over the Bicol region attended the 6th Bicol Youth Congress on Information Technology (BYCIT) on December 10-12, held at the Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges in Nabua, Camarines Sur. With the theme “WEBeyond: Widening Experience Beyond ICT,” the seminar aims to equip the IT students of the region with additional knowledge in their field as well as about their future career in Information Technology.


The VoiceMaster Speaks at the 6th BYCIT in Camarines Sur


Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales brought the house down with his talk about “The Art of Voice Acting in IT”. The young crowd watched in amazement as the VoiceMaster did one character voice after the other – from cartoon characters to famous personalities. He even played a short radio drama for the audience where he voiced all the characters and sound effects!


The VoiceMaster with BYCIT Participants


More than mesmerizing the audience with his voice acting skills, Pocholo captivated the students’ hearts with inspiration and words of wisdom on how they can make the most out of their youth by being an inspiration to their fellow students. He challenged the students to become the modern-day Jose Rizal, whom he considers the epitome of greatness and excellence in every Filipino. He also challenged the students to go beyond thinking about their future career, but more importantly, thinking of the LEGACY they can create by pursuing their passion and living their dreams.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

The VoiceMaster Speaks at the 11th Philippine Blogging Summit

The 11th Philippine Blogging Summit, dubbed as #iBlog11, was held on December 4 and 5, 2015 at the UP College of Law in Quezon City. This 2-day event is a gathering of novice and veteran bloggers, where they get to learn tips and techniques from speakers on various blogging topics.


The VoiceMaster talks about importance of podcasting and video blogging


Over a dozen featured speakers shared their expertise on topics such as social media, blogging for beauty products, podcasting, blogger ethics, among many others.


Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was one of the speakers on the first day of the summit, with the topic “Opportunities & Challenges in Podcasting and Video Blogging”. In a short span of time, the VoiceMaster presented valuable information on how bloggers can utilize podcasting and video blogging to effectively reach their audience on the internet. Being an expert on the use of voice, he also shared how powerful the voice is in sending out messages – even on the web – that can move and change the world. Pocholo labelled himself as the “Proadcaster,” and further went on to say how he is a combination of a podcaster and broadcaster in his advocacies, like Voice of the Youth Network.


Pocholo the VoiceMaster Gonzales at the 11th Philippine Blogging Summit


Of course, the audience would not let the VoiceMaster off the hook with his sample character voices, to which he gladly complied.


#iBLog11 was sponsored by GMA Network, Payoneer, Vibal Foundation, Rufo’s Famous Tapa, TravelBook.ph, The Dailypedia, Lazada Philippines, Bitstop Network Services, Unbox.ph, Villar Foundation, KKK Coffee, and Alfox Printing Services.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Discovering the Extra in your Ordinary: a Motivational Talk for Banking and Finance Students

On December 4, over 200 Sophomore students of Banking and Finance in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sta. Mesa gathered at the COC Theater for a unique seminar experience which was entitled “Discover the Extra in your Ordinary.” This half-day seminar was organized by the section officers, which aimed to bring learning to the students not just for their respective field, but also in their personal well-being.


Discover the Extra in your Ordinary seminar


Two speakers were invited to speak on the event, sharing their knowledge and experience on living an extraordinary life. The first speaker was Herald “Kyut” Villarca. Kuya Kyut, as he is fondly called, started his talk with a couple of games to break the ice and raise the energy of the crowd. He then went on with a funny yet insightful talk, sharing the stories of famous personalities in history that he considered extraordinary – Princess Diana, General Antonio Luna, Mark Zuckerberg, among many others. He also told his own life story, including the hardships of putting himself through school as a working student in order to fulfill his dreams. He inspired the audience to live an extraordinary life by holding on to their vision and never giving up.


Ada Cuaresma Speaks on the Science of Happiness


The second speaker for the event was Voice Care Philippines Executive Director Ada Cuaresma. After an intermission number, Ada briefly talked about the Science of Happiness, and how positivity can make an ordinary day extraordinary. She briefly told the story of her life, then went on to talk about attracting positivity by maintaining a positive attitude. Ada also shared 5 simple yet powerful tips on how to harness one’s positive emotions – embrace change, be intentional, be grateful, seize the day, and smile. She ended her talk with a strong statement: HAPPINESS IS AN INSIDE JOB.


The half-day motivational seminar ended on a positive note with showcase of talents, games and raffle.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

The VoiceMaster Teaches Bloggers about Personal Branding

Following the success of the first networking event in February, Pinoy Blogger held its 2nd meetup event, which also served as their Christmas party, on December 2, 2015 at the Asgard Suite, Victoria Court in Malate. About 30 bloggers attended the event where they enjoyed networking with their fellow bloggers, a sumptuous dinner and great raffle prizes.


Speakers of the 2nd Pinoy Blogger Meetup


The bloggers were also treated to a night of learning as 4 prominent personalities in the blogosphere shared their blogging expertise and advice: Digital Marketing Guru Janette Toral, famous Filipino tour guide and cultural activist Carlos Celdran, veteran voice artist and motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales, and historian and TV personality Xiao Chua.


As the first speaker, Janette came upfront to discuss the life cycle of a blogger, and the stages of being a digital influencer. She talked about how a blogger can become an “agitator” all the way up to being a “celebrity,” which means the blogger has a strong, loyal following.


Up next was Carlos Celdran, who made an informal presentation in a Q&A format. The bloggers were given the opportunity to ask Carlos about his thoughts on certain socio-political issues. He also shared his good and bad experiences in social media, and ended his talk with the encouraging challenge to meet and communicate with people on a more personal level, both online and offline.


The VoiceMaster Teaches Personal Branding to Bloggers


Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales talked about personal branding. He shared his expert advice on how a blogger can find his or her “keyword” in life, so that they can brand themselves in their own blog criteria. He also talked about how blogging can be used not only for personal gain or monetary rewards, but also to push for advocacies and express passion through writing.


Last but not the least was historian and TV personality Xiao Chua, who shared his own experience in blogging and teaching history. He talked about how his interest has started, and shared some tidbits about the Philippine history that are not widely known.


The evening was capped off with a hearty dinner of Filipino cuisine, and a raffle of amazing prizes.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The VoiceMaster Motivates Broadcasting Students in Legazpi, Albay

The JAG Center for Professional Development conducted the International Seminar-Workshop on Campus Journalism on November 27-30, 2015 at the Concourse Convention Center in Legazpi, Albay. Over 200 students, teachers and school heads specializing in Journalism came together to attend the event. With the theme “Local Writing for Global Competence,” the seminar provided a venue for an enriching learning experience for those who intend to pursue and further their career in Journalism.


The seminar featured speakers who are highly recognized in the field of Journalism and Broadcasting – TV hosts and news anchors Atom Araullo and Paolo Bediones, Youth Media advocate Rhyan Malandog, and the founder of the largest Youth Media organization in the Philippines, Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales.


The VoiceMaster Speaks at the International Seminar-Workshop for Campus Journalism


On the second day of the seminar, Pocholo treated the participants to a whole day of motivation, empowerment and practical learning on broadcasting. Pocholo shared his journey in establishing Voice of the Youth Network, the largest Youth Media organization in the country that aims to encourage every Filipino youth to believe in themselves in creating positive social change. Having started his profession on radio, he also shared his learning in using the combined powers of broadcast media and social media to inform, inspire, involve and empower the youth.


Pocholo also taught practical application of his own learning through a mini-workshop on Broadcasting. He gave exercises that stretched the creativity of the participants, and also gave them tips and techniques on how they can write stories that can become a source of “good news” to the society.


International Seminar-Workshop for Campus Journalism


Most importantly, Pocholo motivated the participants to reach their full potential in pursuing their passion for Journalism by bringing out the greatness in themselves and others.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Pochology Academy Teaches Personal Branding in San Pedro College of Business Administration

Over 300 Junior and Senior students of San Pedro College of Business Administration in San Pedro, Laguna gathered at the Elmer A. Ching Hall for an afternoon filled with fun and learning on the subject of personal branding. The event, “Soar High, JBEA!” was organized by SPCBA’s Junior Business Executives Association for Marketing and HR students with the theme “Establishing your Personal Brand.”


Ada Cuaresma on Soar High JBEA Seminar


Three speakers were invited to each share their knowledge and expertise on personal branding. After some opening remarks and a song number from one of the students, the seminar began with Voice Care Philippines’ Executive Director, Ada Cuaresma. Ada shared her inspiring story on how she went from living a so-called normal life, to living her passion of training and motivational speaking. She also set an example of personal branding by talking about Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales, and how he established his VoiceMaster brand not only because of his voice acting expertise, but because of the people he inspired and empowered with his voice, through training, radio broadcasting, and motivational speaking.


Venchito Tampon Speaks at JBEA Seminar


Up next is Sharp Rocket’s Co-founder and CEO, Venchito Tampon. As a young entrepreneur at the age of 22, Venchito has a lot of experience and learning when it comes to establishing a brand, for both himself and his company. Not only did he entertain the audience with his funny jokes and stories, but he also motivated them to find their passion and build their personal brand around it.


Both Ada and Venchito are member speakers of Pochology Academy – Pocholo’s team of trainers and motivational speakers that are dedicated to inspiring people towards greatness, excellence and success.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Pochology Academy Holds Teambuilding for Makati City Hall’s YSDD

Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales has taken his motivational speaking and training expertise to the next level with POCHOLOGY ACADEMY, his very own training organization that aims to inspire every ASEAN citizen towards greatness, excellence and success. Composed of young, vibrant, energetic trainers and motivational speakers, Pochology Academy offers seminars, workshops and teambuilding events, teaching life skills that will not only inspire and motivate, but also empower people to reach their highest potential.


The VoiceMaster motivates Makati City Hall's Youth and Sports Development Department


On November 27, 2015, Pochology Academy travelled to the beautiful La Virginia Resort in Batangas to facilitate a half-day capacity building seminar for Makati City Hall’s Youth and Sports Development Department. Together with his team, Pocholo taught the 100-staff department on building an effective team.


The seminar started with Pocholo’s motivational talk entitled “Purpose-Driven Work.” He started by sharing his experience as a professional, as an entrepreneur and as a leader, and how he has developed his skills with the belief that there is greatness inside of him that he can impart to everyone he works with. His talk focused on self-development, and the essential elements that makes a person successful. He shared the importance of setting goals, having the right attitude and being open to learning, in order to develop one’s self as a well-rounded individual, consequently making him a great contributor to a team. Pocholo also shared his experience on working with the youth, and how YSDD can build better programs that would help young people develop and use their skills and talents towards positive social change.


YSDD Teambuilding Activity - House Rules


The teambuilding proper commenced after Pocholo’s talk. The facilitators – Ada Cuaresma, Andrew San Fernando and Joan Banagan – led the group in activities that reinforced creativity, collaboration and teamwork. The activities were followed by a reflection, where some volunteers shared their insights on the importance of communicating with their colleagues to come up with ideas, foster camaraderie and work together towards a shared vision.


YSDD Group Photo with the VoiceMaster


The YSDD team left the seminar with a more positive vibe and excitement in carrying out their work in the department.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

The VoiceMaster on Market Analysis and Digital Marketing on the Asia E-Commerce Expo 2015

TAG Media and Public Relations has yet again held another successful event at the SMX Convention Center, and this time, it’s for digital marketing enthusiasts. The Asia E-Commerce Expo 2015 happened on November 25, 2015 with the theme “Empower. Connect. Inspire. Learn.”


The VoiceMaster at the Asia E-Commerce Expo 2015


The event featured distinguished speakers, panelists and moderators, discussing e-commerce topics such as digital marketing, e-payments, CRM, and startup online innovations. Speakers and panelists include premier digital marketer Janette Toral, Payoneer Brand Ambassador Allan Donato, Constantin Roberts of Zalora, well-known motivational speaker Chinkee Tan, and James Jimenez of COMELEC, among many others.


Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was the moderator of the second panel with the topic “Market Analysis and Digital Marketing.” The panel consists of Camille Montejo of Tree Top Adventure, motivational speaker and author Chinkee Tan, Jacqueline Van Den Ende of Lamudi, Kristian Melquiades of Viber, and James Jimenez of COMELEC.


Panel on Marketing Analysis and Digital Marketing


The panel focused on how each organization utilizes digital marketing strategies and how it benefits their business. Pocholo started the discussion with a question on how they utilize digital marketing to market to the youth, since young people are the ones who spend most of the time in social media. They also discussed how the companies use the internet for customer service, and how it helps in advocacies for organizations such as COMELEC, and physical businesses like Tree Top Adventure (which is an amusement park). There were also some questions from the audience, where the panelists got to share tips and success stories in terms of online advertising, social media and search engine optimization.


Although light and conversational, the panel was very insightful and informative, as it gave various perspectives on approaching market analysis for digital marketing, given the diversity of the industries of the panelists.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The VoiceMaster Speaks at the ASEAN Youth Expo

On November 20-24, 2015, thousands of young people from the different ASEAN countries gathered at the Pluit Village in Jakarta, Indonesia for the 2015 ASEAN Youth Expo.


ASEAN Youth Expo 2015


The government of Indonesia, in partnership with the OTP Foundation, held the ASEAN Youth Expo 2015 with the aim to encourage the young people of the ASEAN to contribute to their dreams in fostering great unity to ASEAN countries and cultivate its strengths. With the theme “The ASEAN Action,” the lineup of activities centered around marine life and how it can be cultivated through different aspects such as modern entrepreneurship, youth capacity development, team work, and marine ideologies.


The week-long event featured cultural performances, workshops, education and scholarship opportunities and a marine expo.


The VoiceMaster Speaks at the ASEAN Youth Expo in Jakarta Indonesia


Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was invited to speak at the expo for the public talk show they called “The Golden Pitch,” which happened on November 21st. He was joined by other youth leaders and entrepreneurs onstage to share their expertise on how to pitch in an idea that can be turned into a business, advocacy or social enterprise. The VoiceMaster talked about personal branding, and shared his expertise on how someone needs to be able to communicate WHO THEY ARE in order for people to buy in to the idea that they are pitching. He delivered some inspiring and motivating words to the young audience, especially on how each person can live out their passions and aspirations in order to inspire other people to do the same. The VoiceMaster encouraged the audience to take action and bring out the greatness that’s within them. Of course, the VoiceMaster was prodded to showcase his voice acting talent by imitating famous cartoon characters.


With the ASEAN Integration, events such as the ASEAN Youth Expo becomes another step towards achieving the ASEAN vision 2020 – to become  a concert of Southeast Asian nations, outward looking, living in peace, stability and prosperity, bonded together in partnership in dynamic development and in a community of caring societies.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Voice Care for Teachers Workshop: 1 Year Ago

First Voice Care for Teachers Workshop November 2014November 17, 2014, the first-ever Voice Care for Teachers workshop was held at the Creativoices office in Makati. It was a free workshop in celebration of World Teacher’s Day. The workshop only had 3 participants, the first 3 Voice Care Ambassadors.


Fast forward to a year after, the Voice Care Philippines training team has travelled to various parts of the country to teach the Voice Care for Teachers workshop. From Luzon (Baguio, Pampanga, Tarlac, Bulacan, Bataan, Cavite), Visayas (Iloilo) and Mindanao (Bukidnon, Zamboanga), thousands of teachers have learned the science and art of voice, and how it can be applied to their vocation.


Voice Care for Teachers is the flagship training program of Voice Care Philippines, a training organization whose mission is to equip professional voice users with knowledge and tools to save their voice, save their career. The organization was founded by Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales – veteran voice artist, experienced radio broadcaster, internationally-awarded youth advocate, author and highly sought-after motivational speaker and trainer. With an innate passion to teach and pay forward, Pocholo has high respect for teachers and recognizes the importance of their role in nation-building.


“When I started thinking about how I can be of service to teachers, I took 2 of the things that I do best – voice acting and motivational speaking – together and created a program called ‘Voice Acting for Effective Teaching’. The goal was to help teachers use voice acting techniques to capture and sustain their students’ attention, especially with the young people today having short attention span and access to more information than they know what to do with.”


Pocholo recalls how the program had a very short lifespan. “I only did the workshop ONCE, in March 2, 2013. After my talk, a teacher approached me and said (with a hoarse voice), ‘This is great, but how can I (teacher) use voice acting if I don’t even have voice to begin with?’ That question struck me, and I realized that more than being able to PLAY with their voice, teachers have a much bigger need to learn how to TAKE CARE of it. Right there and then, Voice Care Philippines was born.”


Voice Care for Teachers Workshop all over the PhilippinesSeveral months of research made it clear to Pocholo that there’s practically no one teaching professional voice users how to take care of their voice and prevent voice problems, especially for teachers, whose occupation places a great demand on their voice compared to others. In 2014, Pocholo formed the Voice Care team, including Ada Cuaresma, who became the Executive Director, and Andrew San Fernando, who is one of the trainers of the workshop. Both Andrew and Ada were Pocholo’s students in Voiceworx, his basic voice acting and dubbing workshop.


Voice Care for Teachers is a 2-day workshop that teaches teachers the science of taking care of the voice, and the art of voice acting for effective teaching in the 21st century. In June 2015, the workshop was also brought into written form with Pocholo’s book, “Voice Care for Teachers.”


As a true visionary, Pocholo sees the country as the center of vocal health education in the ASEAN. “We have been hearing about ASEAN Integration, and education is crucial in ensuring that we are building a strong and forward-looking ASEAN community. I would like to do my part in making that happen through Voice Care Philippines. Helping teachers protect their primary teaching tool will not only save their career, but also save the future of the ASEAN region.”

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

SME’s Unite! APEC SME Summit 2015

APEC SME Summit 2015


Leaders of different sectors from all over the world flew to Manila for the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation or APEC on November 17-19. With the theme “Building inclusive economies, building a better world,” APEC 2015 aims to prioritize economic policy thrusts of the member economies in the Asia Pacific region, including human capital development, small and medium enterprises (SME’s) in regional and global markets, sustainable and resilient communities, and enhancement of regional economic integration.


The first day of APEC 2015 opened the doors for SME’s to participate in this international forum with the APEC SME Summit. Hundreds of SME’s, political and economic leaders, media and other organizations filled the Green Sun Hotel in Makati to witness a whole day of exhibits and conferences. The theme of the event is “Innovation and Big Ideas: Pushing Boundaries.”


Selected delegates were given access to “The Eye,” the main hall where the conference happened. The conference featured speakers from various industries to share their knowledge and expertise on innovation in relation to building and managing a business. His Excellency, President Benigno S. Aquino III graced the event with his presence to deliver the keynote address.


The speaker lineup included top-rated CEO’s like Tony Fernandes of Air Asia, Wendy Kopp of Teach for All, Sheila Marcelo of Care.com, Bill Barhydt of Abra, Jonathan Swanson of Thumbtack, and our very own Maria Ressa of Rappler. Representatives from multi-national companies also joined the lineup like Karen Reddington of FedEx Asia Pacific, Barbara Navarro of Google, and Scott Anthony of Innosight. Newscaster and TV host Karen Davila was the moderator of the afternoon’s panel discussions. There was also a Zumba break in between to energize the crowd.


The exhibit on the ground floor included organizations that support SME’s like Open Online Academy, Tuldok Animation, Kickstart Ventures Inc., Impact Hub Manila, and Ideaspace Foundation.


The APEC SME Summit 2015 was organized by APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (Go Negosyo), and Asia Society Philippines.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The VoiceMaster Inspires Junior Marketers in PJMA’s Juan Big Idea in Baguio

On November 15, 2015, Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales inspired and motivated over 3,000 marketing students in PJMA’s Juan Big Idea – North Luzon Edition, held at the University of Baguio Gymnasium. With the theme “A Voyage Towards Marketing Eminence,” the event featured 3 distinguished speakers who shared their knowledge and expertise on the topic of personal branding.


The VoiceMaster Speaks at Juan Big Idea North Luzon Edition


The VoiceMaster energized the afternoon as he took the stage to do his talk entitled “Personal Branding: Social Media Management.” As with every talk, his energetic and dynamic presence on stage easily captivated the audience, coupled with his “sample” of an army of character voices. But of course, he also shared his knowledge and expertise in line with the event’s theme. As a personal branding expert, Pocholo shared how he has established himself as an authority in the field of voice – not only in voice acting, but also in broadcasting and motivational speaking. He shared tips on how anyone can brand themselves, their business and their advocacy simply by having an online presence especially in social media. Furthermore, he also shared his knowledge about reputation management, as it is important not only to be easily found online, but to also make sure that what they find is remarkable.


Juan Big Idea at the University of Baguio


Aside from being entertaining and insightful, the VoiceMaster’s talk was also inspiring, as he spoke a lot about bringing out the greatness inside each person. He talked about having dreams and visions that not only develop one’s self, but also to improve the community and the nation. His final challenge to the young marketers, “Do not waste the opportunity to be an inspiration to other people.”

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Holy Child Academy Teachers Got Positive Vibe in their In-Service Training

What better way to start a brand new day and a brand new week than with positive vibes?


On November 16, teachers of the Holy Child Academy from its different branches gathered in the Novaliches campus for their In-Service Training. Over 100 teachers filled the multimedia room for a whole-day training. The INSET started with a morning energizer, where the group was led to an aerobic dance. The opening ceremonies followed, including opening remarks from HCA Novaliches School Head, Mrs. Elizabeth Robledo.


Ada Cuaresma Inspiring and Making the Teachers of Holy Child Academy Laugh


The highlight of the morning was a back-to-back talk on “Positive Attitude in the Workplace” from Voice Care Philippines’ Executive Director Ada Cuaresma, and Sharp Rocket’s Founder, Venchito Tampon.


Ada started her talk with a standup comedy-esque scene as she entertained the teachers with her wit, sense of humor and jokes. She then went on to tell the teachers that it is possible to start each morning with such positivity by learning the secrets of the Law of Attraction. Carrying the humor all throughout, Ada gave the audience an understanding on how to attract positive things, people and situations in their life. She ended her talk with tips on how to harness this principle and apply it in everyday life.


Venchito Tampon on Positive Attitudes in the Workplace


Shortly after, Venchito took the stage to share his knowledge on how to create a positive atmosphere in the workplace. He talked about the traits that positive people possess and contribute to their organization, such as passion and excellence.


Overall, the Holy Child Academy teachers were motivated and given a huge dose of positivity with the morning talk, getting them ready to face the rest of the school year.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

The VoiceMaster’s Homecoming: Voice Care for Teachers in Mariveles, Bataan

For the first time in his 15 years as a motivational speaker and trainer, Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales comes back to his hometown in Mariveles, Bataan, to inspire and motivate his fellow Bataenos!


The VoiceMaster on Understanding the Generation Z


On November 13, 2015, hundreds of elementary teachers gathered in the covered court of Alasasin Elementary School as Pocholo and his team conducted a whole-day Voice Care for Teachers workshop. The program started with some opening remarks and introduction from one of Pocholo’s good friends in high school – now school principal – Elda Afable. She recounted her memories of the VoiceMaster back when they were students, and expressed her excitement to witness him become Bataan’s pride with all that he has accomplished. The VoiceMaster’s own father, Luis Gonzales, also took the stage to share his own introduction and remarks about his son.


After the opening ceremonies, Pocholo took the stage and delivered a motivational seminar entitled “Understanding the Generation Z.” He shared his knowledge and expertise in dealing with the youth, and inspired the teachers to be open and embracing of the new generation’s mindset and their need to be taught differently in the classroom. Pocholo also inspired the teachers to become an inspiration to their students, not by bombarding them with information, but by providing guidance and motivating their students to cultivate their talents and pursue their dreams.


Posture Exercise


Right after the VoiceMaster’s motivating and memorable talk, it was Voice Care Philippines’s Executive Director Ada Cuaresma’s turn to deliver the Voice Care for Teachers workshop. She started her talk with an activity to remind teachers to come up with creative ways to approach classroom teaching. She then went on to discuss the science of voice, and taught the participants exercises to correct posture and observe proper breathing. She ended her talk with helpful tips on how to take care of the voice.


Voice Care Philippines Training Tea


Last but not the least, Andrew San Fernando did a talk on “Voice Acting for Effective Teaching.” He taught the basic elements of voice that teachers can utilize to make their teaching more engaging in the classroom. He also gave exercises where teachers got the chance to “play” with their voice and create fun characters.


Gonzales Family Witnessing the VoiceMaster's Talk


The whole-day event ended with impactful and inspirational words from the VoiceMaster. He expressed how happy and grateful he was to be given the opportunity not only to speak in his hometown, but more importantly, to be witnessed by his parents as a motivational speaker for the first time. The VoiceMaster also left the teachers with a challenge to become a pride of Mariveles, by using their teaching vocation to inspire and bring out the greatness in the young people of the country.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Voice Care Philippines Conducts Public Speaking and Voice Care Workshop for Future Teachers

The Speech and Theater Arts Guild in Education (STAGE) of the Philippine Normal University organized a lecture series called “PASSCODE: 3P – Pagsasalita. Pagkukuwento. Panonood.” The series aims to educate the students how performing arts skills such as speaking and storytelling can be used in the classroom.


Ada Cuaresma teaches Public Speaking in Passcode Pagsasalita


On November 14, the first leg of the series, Pagsasalita, was held at the MB Auditorium. Around 50 students attended as the trainers of Voice Care Philippines taught about the importance of voice in teaching. In the morning, Voice Care Philippines’ Executive Director, Ada Cuaresma, delivered a talk entitled “Pagsasalita: Public Speaking 101,” where she shared her knowledge about effective public speaking. Ada started her talk with a dose of motivation, by sharing her journey as a motivational speaker and how she fulfilled her dream of becoming one. She then discussed the common fears in public speaking, as well as how to use the pitch, volume and tempo to create a more impactful presentation.


Voice Care for Teachers Workshop in PNU


In the afternoon, the participants were treated to a mini-Voice Care for Teachers workshop, with Ada back on stage. She talked about the importance of voice, and the factors that make teachers prone to voice problems. Ada then walked the participants through exercises to correct posture and practice deep breathing. She ended her talk with useful tips on how to take good care of the voice.


After Ada, it was Andrew San Fernando’s turn to conduct his module, “Voice Acting for Effective Teaching.” Andrew started his talk by sharing his experience as a voice artist, and even showcasing his talent in imitating voices of some famous characters and personalities. He then taught the voice acting workshop proper, where he gave the students warm up exercises to explore pitch range, resonators and many more. He also explained how creating characters can help in teaching effectively in the classroom.


The “Pagsasalita” leg of the lecture series is, indeed, a success.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

The VoiceMaster Inspires 5,000 Student Leaders at CLASS-PAM 1.0

The Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando, Pampanga was jam-packed with 5,000 student leaders from several public and private schools in Central Luzon for the Central Luzon Assembly of Student Leaders – Pampanga 1.0, or “CLASS-PAM 1.0.” The event was held on November 5, 2015 with the theme “Diversity on the Road to Convergence.”


The VoiceMaster Inspiring 5000 Young Student Leaders in Central Luzon


CLASS-PAM 1.0 was greeted with an entertaining and captivating talk from Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales, who was the first speaker for the event. His talk entitled “Inspiring the Youth Today for a Motivated Future” centered around leadership principles to inspire young people towards becoming a person of influence in their own way.


After breaking the ice with a simple yet energizing activity, the VoiceMaster shared his own journey as a youth leader – as a student all the way to founding one of the biggest youth media organizations in the country, Voice of the Youth Network. He also talked about Dr. Jose Rizal, our national hero, and introduced Rizal’s qualities and accomplishments that make him a timeless epitome of greatness and excellence of the Filipino people. With this in mind, he challenged the youth to become a modern-day Rizal in their own right, by becoming an inspiration to their fellow youth.


The VoiceMaster also inspired the participants to find their calling in life, and take action to its fulfillment. He ended the talk with his famous Pochology quote, “Availability is your best ability,” which served as a final commission to the student leaders to respond to the opportunities they encounter in life.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Bulacan Teachers Get a Second Serving of Voice Care for Teachers Workshop

Over 100 Elementary and High School teachers of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan gathered at the conference hall of Grotto Vista Resort on November 2, 2015 for the 1-day “Voice Care for Teachers” workshop. The team of Voice Care Philippines came back to teach the second batch of teachers regarding voice care, following the success of its first run last September.


The VoiceMaster on Understanding the Generation Z


After the opening ceremonies and welcome remarks, the workshop began with an inspiring and motivating talk by Voice Care Philippines founder, Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales. He brightened the morning with his wit, charm, humor and even voice acting prowess. The highlight of his talk, however, is on understanding the Generation Z – the new generation that fills the classrooms of today. With his extensive experience of working with the youth, Pocholo shares his learning through research and experience regarding the lifestyle and behaviors of this new breed of young people, and how to best motivate them to learn. The teachers learned about the language, applications, games and many other tools that kids of today use, and caught a glimpse of their ‘virtual world’. Pocholo also motivated and inspired the teachers to love their vocation, which he considers the most influential vocation in the world.


Voice Care Philippines Executive Director Ada Cuaresma on Voice Care


Shortly before lunch break, Voice Care Philippines Executive Director Ada Cuaresma took the stage to do the Voice Care workshop proper. Ada opened with an icebreaker to remind teachers to expand their horizons when it comes to teaching the Generation Z. She then went into the science of voice, and gave the teachers a simple yet helpful explanation of how voice is produced. She also gave tips on how to take good care of the voice.


After lunch, another one of Voice Care Philippines’ trainers, Andrew San Fernando, facilitated a workshop on “Voice Acting for Effective Teaching.” Andrew shared his journey to the voice acting world – starting from when he became one of the VoiceMaster’s protégé, up to establishing his own name and career. He then talked about the elements of the voice that make a teacher sound more confident and effective in teaching their students. He also gave voice exercises for the participants to explore their vocal range and release tension from facial muscles that are essential to producing voice.


Voice Monster Andrew San Fernando teaches Voice Acting for Effective Teaching


Overall, it was a day of fun-filled and memorable learning for the teachers, who have paid attention this closely to their voice, perhaps for the first time in their lives.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

‘Your Voice, My Future’ – a Voice Care for Teachers Workshop in Zamboanga

Over 200 teachers from various schools in Zamboanga City filled the HRDC multi-purpose hall for a whole-day seminar entitled “Tu Voz, Mi Futuro (Your Voice, My Future): A Voice Care Seminar/Workshop for Teachers”.


Voice Care Philippines and JCI Zamboanga La Bella


Organized by the DepEd Zamboanga City Division in partnership with Junior Chamber International Zamboanga La Bella, the workshop aimed to equip the teachers with the knowledge and tools to protect and care for their most essential tool for teaching – their VOICE.


The workshop began with a motivational talk from Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales, who not only entertained the audience with his wit, humor and voice acting talent, but also talked about the Generation Z – the young people who are the students of the modern-day classroom. He shared how these young people think, compared to the previous generations, and how their lives have been greatly influenced by touchscreens and the World Wide Web. He posed a challenge to the teachers to understand the mindset of this generation, if they were to be effective in fulfilling their role as children’s second parents.


The VoiceMaster at Voice Care for Teachers Workshop in Zamboanga


The VoiceMaster also motivated the teachers and gave them a boost regarding the importance of their vocation in building a better nation. He talked about our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, who was and will always be the epitome of greatness and excellence in every Filipino. He once again challenged the teachers to not only mold today’s youth as the “hope of the nation,” but rather to mold them as the FULFILLMENT of the hope of the nation.


After lunch, Voice Care Philippines Executive Director Ada Cuaresma took the stage to do a mini-workshop on voice care. She shared valuable information about why teachers are at high risk of developing voice problems, and empowered the teachers not only with knowledge, but more importantly, tools and exercises that they can use to prevent vocal strain. She also shared tips on how to take care of the voice.


Ada Cuaresma teaches Voice Care for Teachers


The workshop was concluded with a speech from DepEd Region 9’s OIC – School Division Superintendent Pete Natividad, who challenged the teachers to share the knowledge they learned to their colleagues. He also expressed his gratitude to Voice Care Philippines for having developed the first and only workshop that teaches teachers how to take care of the voice, and expressed that the workshop is only the beginning of the partnership to reach all teachers in the region.

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The VoiceMaster Motivates Employees to a ‘Purpose-Driven Work’

On October 28, 2015, Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales motivated the employees of RCDG Construction Corporation during their teambuilding activity, held at the Nuevo Zamboanga College Laboratory Hotel in Zamboanga City.


The VoiceMaster Talks About Purpose Driven Work


In his motivational talk entitled “Purpose-Driven Work,” the VoiceMaster shared his experiential knowledge on how to have not just a positive outLOOK, but also a positive outPUT in the workplace. He shared anecdotes on success, happiness, focus, vision, and believing in one’s capacity to achieve greatness and excellence regardless of the kind of work they have.


He also shared his own story, and inspired the participants to dream big, not only for themselves, but for the organization they belong to. He reminded everyone that the monthly paycheck should not be the only motivation of an employee to do their work. Rather, each person in the company should think of the impact of their work to their colleagues, the organization, and even the nation.


The VoiceMaster Motivates the Employees of RCDG Construction Corporation


At the end of his talk, representatives from each department shared their biggest takeaway from the VoiceMaster’s talk. Many of them felt inspired and empowered, and committed to be more focused, grateful and enthusiastic about their work.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

The VoiceMaster Speaks at the 2015 International Social Science Camp in Iloilo City

Hundreds of delegates from all over the country and in neighboring countries gathered together for the 2015 International Social Science Camp, held at the Iloilo Central Elementary School in Iloilo City from October 24-28, 2015. The event was organized by the Borres Youth Leadership Institute in partnership with the University of San Agustin Social Science Department.


The VoiceMaster with 2015 International Social Science Camp Delegates


On its third year, the International Social Science Camp featured the theme “Eliminating Social Inequities towards Global Unity.” The camp aims to provide venues and opportunities for young people to develop their basic understanding of various social science disciplines in order to become a community of young and responsible global leaders of the future.


Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales took the stage on the 4th day of the camp, to speak about “The Role of Media in Eliminating Social Inequities.” Having started his broadcasting career at the young age of 16, Pocholo shared how he utilized the power of broadcast media to promote and develop his advocacy on empowering the youth, then and now. He also shared how to merge the power of broadcast media and social media in this day and age in order to become agents of positive social change.


The VoiceMaster Speaks at the 2015 International Social Science Camp


Pocholo also did what he does best onstage – inspired and motivated the audience to believe in their own greatness, and to use their talents and skills to make other people better and happy. He shared his humble beginnings as someone who started out as a dreamer, who then decided that young age is not an excuse for someone to not do what he’s meant to do in life.


Hundreds of young people have once again been inspired, motivated and empowered by the VoiceMaster.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Creativoices Celebrates its 10th Year

It all started with a dream. A dream to produce voice ARTISTS and not voice TALENTS. A dream to promote voice acting as an ART and not as a JOB. A dream to make the Philippines the center of voiceover excellence in Asia.


The Young VoiceMasterIn 2005, Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales would have reached the peak of his voice acting career. Nine years into the industry, he has already made a name for himself, having voiced literally thousands of projects – TV and radio commercials, dubbed telenovela and anime, AVP’s, audiobooks, video games – you name it, he’s voiced it. But for Pocholo, it was just the beginning.


His journey in the voice acting world was not a walk in the park. In fact, he’s met with several challenges, especially as someone who is starting out young as a voice artist. He experienced first-hand the politics and monopoly surrounding the industry, and was even told by the more tenured voice artists that he’s not good enough for the craft. For most people, that would have been the signal to fold up and give up on their dream, but for Pocholo, it became his fuel to do something bigger than what he would have been within the four corners of the recording booth.


Pocholo established his own voiceover services company, Creativoices Productions, in 2005. But more than just being another audio production house, Creativoices became the home of the first and premier voice acting school in the country, the Philippine Center for Voice Acting. This school, more popularly known as “Voiceworx,” became a hub for aspiring voice artists to develop their voice acting skills, and get their foot in the door of voice acting.


Pocholo has revolutionized and professionalized the voice acting industry through Voiceworx. Not only did it provide opportunities for aspiring voice artists, but it also created an entire breed of voice artists who, like Pocholo, treats voice acting as an art instead of just another job, and also serve as an inspiration to other aspiring voice artists to realize their dream.


Pocholo’s voice acting school also became a venue for voice acting mentors to become part of this advocacy of bringing in new voices to the industry. Pocholo is joined by renowned dubbing directors and voiceover experts to teach this new generation of voice artists – Brian Ligsay, Alexx Agcaoili, Neil Tolentino and Danny Mandia.


Voiceworx


Ten years and 33 batches later, Voiceworx has produced more than 1,000 graduates, and almost half of them are actively making their name in the industry – as dubbers, voiceover talents, events host, broadcasters, and even trainers. What’s also noteworthy is that Pocholo has sponsored around 300 students as his scholars to the workshop.


Through Creativoices, Pocholo also brought the Filipino voice acting talent to the international scene when he closed several projects with the famous video gaming company, Sega. Pocholo became the voice director for arcade games such as Harley Davidson King of the Road, Golden Gun, Operation Ghost and Transformers. Those games all used Filipino talents for the voices of the characters.


A decade of talents discovered. Of passions ignited. Of dreams fulfilled. Creativoices Productions has truly paved the way for the world to hear the power of the Filipino voice.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Four Great Speakers for a Great L.I.F.E.

Four great speakers. Four great talks. One great Sunday in “Great L.I.F.E. 2015.”


The Most Sought After Young Motivational Speakers


Hundreds of students, professionals and entrepreneurs filled the SM Megatrade Convention Center on October 25, 2015 for an afternoon filled with inspiration, motivation and empowerment from the country’s hippest, coolest and most sought-after young motivational speakers of this generation: Al Ian Barcelona, Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales, Johner Fernandez, and Lloyd Luna.


The event highlighted L.I.F.E. topics – leadership, interpersonal skills, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Each of the four speakers captivated the audience with their wit, charm, and inspiring and motivating presentations.


AIB Training’s Founder, Al Ian Barcelona, opened the event with his topic “Leadership Disciplines that Guarantee Greatness.” He shared the qualities that define an excellent leader, as well as tips on how to be an effective leader.


The VoiceMaster Talks About Interpersonal Skills in Great LIFE 2015


Up next was the VoiceMaster of the Philippines, Pocholo Gonzales, who talked about “Interpersonal Skills and its Power to Conquer.” He started his talk by sharing his story as a voice artist, broadcaster, motivational speaker and trainer. He then shared valuable insights on communication – intrapersonal communication, listening, and do’s and dont’s for communicating effectively.


Mr. Enter-Trainer Johner Fernandez took the stage as the third speaker, who spoke about “Financial Breakthrough for Every Juan.” He shared his humble beginnings as a company janitor to being a successful entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. Johner spoke about what a financial breakthrough is, the signs that a person needs a financial breakthrough, and the steps needed to achieve it.


Last but not the least, Pambansang Inspirasyon Lloyd Luna talked about “Entrepreneurship, The Unexpected Journey.” He also shared his humble beginnings as he was building his career as a writer and motivational speaker. He also inspired the audience with his anecdotes about dreams, success and life.


Great LIFE Speakers


The result? A Sunday afternoon filled with newfound learning and newfound inspiration to achieve a GREAT LIFE!

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Voice Care Philippines Reaches the Province of Bukidnon

The training team of Voice Care Philippines flew to the beautiful province of Malaybalay, Bukidnon for the Voice Care for Teachers workshop, on October 22-23, 2015.


The VoiceMaster motivating the teachers of Bukidnon State University


Over 100 full-time faculty members of Bukidnon State University gathered for a 2-day workshop, expecting to learn about how to take care of the voice. They, however, learned about that and so much more.


Day 1 started with Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales giving a motivational talk, and introducing “Generation Z” to the teachers, who are the young people filling the classrooms of today. He shared their behaviors and mindset that influence how they treat their learning experience in the classroom.


Vocal Workout


In the afternoon, Voice Care Philippines Executive Director, Ada Cuaresma, opened the workshop proper. She discussed the importance of voice for the teachers, how voice is produced, and also gave numerous exercises to warm up the voice. She gave the teachers a self-assessment, and also tips on how to take care of the voice.


Ada’s session was followed “Voice Acting for Effective Teaching,” discussed by Andrew San Fernando, one of Voice Care Philippines’ trainers. Andrew shared his experiences on voice acting, gave the teachers exercises to explore their vocal range and experiment with making character voices. He also ended with a group assignment, where the teachers were grouped to perform a storytelling session to integrate what they learned about voice acting.


Teambuilding Activitiy


The second day of the workshop started with the group performance, where Ada and Andrew shared more tips on how to use voice acting for effective teaching in the classroom. After which, the VoiceMaster has yet again shared more meaningful and motivational insights to the participants not only on how to understand Generation Z, but more importantly, on how to empower them to believe that they can reach their full potential.


Towards lunch, Ada shared classroom strategies on how to engage students inside the class, through activities that involve active participation. The workshop was culminated with the teachers writing down their action plans to take care of their voice moving forward.


Indeed, it was a fruitful, fun-filled and memorable 2-day workshop for the teachers of Bukidnon State University.

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