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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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Friday, October 23, 2015

The Dynamic Duo Speaks at Philippine Normal University

The Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences of the Philippine Normal University held its Lecture Series on Wednesday, October 21. With the theme “The Student Motivation in 21st Century,” over 300 students filled the audio-visual room to learn from public speaking’s Dynamic Duo – Venchito “SEO Kid” Tampon and Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales.


VoiceMaster talks about Generation Z in PNU


The VoiceMaster opened the event with his talk about Understanding the Generation Z. He gave an entertaining yet interesting talk about how the young people of today are greatly influenced by technology. He also entertained the audience with his wit, humor, and of course, voice acting talent.


The VoiceMaster’s talk was followed by SEO Kid Venchito Tampon, who talked about The Real Secret to Success and Happiness. Venchito shared his journey and life lessons learned as he treaded the path of being a young entrepreneur.


venchito tampon


The Dynamic Duo has indeed entertained, inspired and motivated the students of PNU with their short but meaningful talks.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

500 Teachers Learns Voice Care from the VoiceMaster

On October 18, Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales flew to Iloilo together with the AIB Training group to speak at the Teacher Induction Program for the teachers at DepEd’s Iloilo Division.


The VoiceMaster Teaches Voice Care in the Teachers Induction Program


Over 500 teachers gathered at the Sarabia Manor Hotel to hear some of the best speakers in the country to help them cope up with the demands of the 21st century classroom – from leadership to their image and, of course, voice care.


Pocholo spoke for almost 2 hours about how teachers can take care of their voices. He started by talking about how voice is the most essential but most often overlooked instrument of teachers in fulfilling their vocation. He also shared his experience as a voice professional, and even showcased his talent of making character voices!


Teacher Induction Program DepEd Iloilo Division


Pocholo also taught the teachers various exercises that they can use on a daily basis to prevent strain on their vocal folds. He then shared tips on what habits to develop in order to take care of the voice – such as drinking plenty of water, taking “voice naps” and avoiding caffeinated drinks.


The teachers were also asked to share their most common voice problems in writing, which is essential in helping Pocholo and his team in strengthening their advocacy for teachers’ vocal health.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

The VoiceMaster at the CALABARZON MassComm Convention

Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales has yet again inspired and motivated hundreds of Mass Communication students, and this time, it’s at the CALABARZON Mass Communication Convention held at the Lyceum of the Philippines University, Batangas, on October 3, 2015. Organized by the Mass Communication Students Association, the theme of this year’s convention is “Mass Media and New Media at the Forefront of ASEAN 2015.”


The Participants of tbe CALABARZON MassComm Convention


The VoiceMaster talked about “Advertising and New Media at the Forefront of ASEAN 2015.” He basically discussed the modern trends that impact the way businesses market their products and services with the technology of today. He started his talk with energizing activities to liven up the crowd, and introduced his topic with a little background of his own experiences as an entrepreneur. Pocholo also imparted what he had learned about marketing and branding his business on the internet, and how he used Search Engine Optimization and social media to make his company, Creativoices Productions, the number one Philippine voiceover services online.


The VoiceMaster Speaking at the CALABARZON MassComm Convention


Being the motivator he is, Pocholo’s talk would not be complete without his words of inspiration and empowerment to the youth. He talked about his visions for the young people of the society, and how he founded Voice of the Youth Network to fulfill those visions. He talked about how the members of his organization – all volunteers – have done great things through VOTY, since it became a venue for them to express their passion and skills. The audience was filled with motivation and empowerment to go out there and pursue their ultimate calling in life.

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JAMS Past Forward: Celebrating the Timeless Saga of Marketing

On October 2, 2015, the Junior Achievement Marketing Society (JAMS) held its General Assembly with the event entitled “Past Forward: Celebrating the Timeless Saga of Marketing.” The event gathered hundreds of JAMS members from various schools all over the Philippines to learn about the latest trends that lead to marketing success. The half-day event was held at the FNRI Auditorium of the Department of Science and Technology in Taguig City.


JAMS Past Forward


The event featured 2 speakers, both proteges of Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales. The first speaker was Voice Care Philippines’ Executive Director, Ada Cuaresma, who talked about Personal Branding. Ada started by energizing the crowd with an ice-breaker, then went on to share her story on how she found her purpose in life through broadcasting and motivational speaking. Ada gave tips on how one can establish their personal brand, and how branding one’s self is linked to being able to respond to life’s calling.


The second speaker was Sharp Rocket’s Founder, Venchito Tampon. Venchito also shared his experience in life and in business as a young entrepreneur, and also imparted the lessons he learned along the way. He talked about social media ethics, and gave insights to the audience on how social media can be used to their personal and professional advancement.


Overall, Past Forward turned out to be a huge success for JAMS.

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The VoiceMaster Motivates Entrepreneurs at the SME Business Expo 2015

Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales inspired and motivated over 200 hundred SME business owners and enthusiasts on the first day of the SME Business Expo 2015 on October 2nd, at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.


The VoiceMaster Speaks at SME Business Expo 2015


The expo featured several industry thought leaders with the aim to empower small and medium enterprises to become competitive in the ASEAN economic community. This annual event is now on its third year.


The VoiceMaster talked about the value of leadership in business. He shared his personal definition of leadership and the non-negotiable ingredients that sum up a great leader – influence, passion, inspiration, vision and purpose. He also talked about how he has established his own business, Creativoices Productions, at a very young age, and how he has held on his vision of the Philippines becoming the center of voiceover excellence in Asia.


The VoiceMaster Speaks at SME Business Expo 2015


Of course, the talk would not be complete without the audience hearing Pocholo’s imitation of various cartoon characters and famous personalities. More importantly, the audience was served with a handful of words of wisdom from the VoiceMaster.

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

The VoiceMaster Talks about Guerrilla Marketing at “I am the BRAND”

I am the Brand Personality Development Seminar


Despite heavy rains and suspended classes, more than 500 marketing students managed to fill the gymnasium of Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Taguig for the “I am the Brand” Seminar on October 2, 2015.


The half-day event featured 3 speakers who spoke about personal branding and marketing – SEO Kid Venchito Tampon of Sharp Rocket, the VoiceMaster of the Philippines Pocholo Gonzales of Creativoices Productions and Voice of the Youth Network, and Chief Awesome Officer Al Ian Barcelona of AIB Training.


As the second speaker, Pocholo wowed the audience as soon as he came onstage with his high-energy icebreaker. He then introduced himself and shared his story on how he became the VoiceMaster – his struggles and how he pushed on with the belief in his own dreams and visions. He briefly introduced his voice acting career and showcased his talents with the various voices he can create and imitate.


Above all, the VoiceMaster inspired and motivated the crowd of young people by encouraging them to bring out the greatness within. He encouraged the audience to believe in their own capacity, to keep dreaming big dreams despite what other people might say. He also talked about Voice of the Youth Network, what the organization does, and how it can be a venue where the youth can discover their passion and actually live it.


After the VoiceMaster’s talk, the audience was filled with enthusiasm and motivation to pursue their dreams and be an inspiration to their fellow youth.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Global Youth Forum 2015: Youth on the Move

On October 1, 2015, hundreds of Tourism students from all over the country filled the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center for the first day of the Global Youth Forum 2015.


The VoiceMaster Inspiring Hundreds of Young People in the Global Youth Forum


With the theme “Youth on the Move,” the 3-day forum aims to support the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization 2015 theme “One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities. It is organized by the International School for Sustainable Tourism, under the care of the founder Dr. Mina Gabor. The first day was filled with prominent speakers, including DOT Undersecretary Benito Bengzon, Pacific Asia Travel Association’s Vice Chairman Andrew Jones, and former President Fidel V. Ramos.


After lunch, a session about “Getting Youth into Tourism Jobs” was opened by the keynote speaker, DLSU-Benilde’s Program Chair for Hospitality Management Mr. Gil Acuna. It was followed by 3 presentations to support the topic – Author and Public Speaker on Youth Culture Mr. Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales, Lyceum of the Philippines’ Dean Bob Zozobrado, and Homestay Philippines Inc. President Ms. Rose Libongco.


The VoiceMaster Receives Certificate of Appreciation as one of the Speakers


The VoiceMaster inspired the youth to be ambassadors of the country to promote tourism. He also spoke about Jose Rizal as the epitome of greatness and excellence of the Filipino people, and how each of us can become the present-day Rizal in our own right. Dean Zozobrado shared LPU’s programs and activities to promote Philippine tourism, while Ms. Libongco discussed the benefits of working in a hotel.


The first day of the Global Youth Forum was a huge success, with participants gaining new friends and experiences that definitely shows, it’s more fun in the Philippines!

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

The VoiceMaster Teaches Public Speaking to Medical Students

In celebration of FEU’s Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation’s Medicine Week, Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales conducted a Public Speaking Seminar on September 30, 2015 at FEU-NRMF’s Alfonoso Hall. Over 200 students were entertained, inspired and motivated as Pocholo and his team of motivational speakers gave tips and techniques on how to become effective public speakers in the medical profession.


The seminar began with Voice Care Philippines’ Executive Director, Ada Cuaresma, who shared her journey on working with the VoiceMaster to become a motivational speaker and trainer. She also shared the life lessons she has learned along the way, especially as a volunteer. Her public speaking tips were about how to connect with the audience, whom she regarded as the most important part of any public speaking event.


Ada then introduced another member of their organization, JC Garcia, who is Creativoices’ main Talent Manager and Coordinator. As a trainer and host, JC shared tips and techniques on how to carry one’s self on stage during presentation – how to stand, move on stage, and how to use hand gestures for effective public speaking.


Last but definitely not the least, the VoiceMaster finally came up on stage to motivate and inspire the students not only in public speaking, but in pursuing the medical profession with passion and the heart of service for others. He also talked about his career as a voice artist, and his journey to being the VoiceMaster. He also showcased his voice acting talent by imitating famous characters on TV, celebrities and news reporters.


Overall, the public speaking seminar was definitely informative, insightful and meaningful.

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