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Thursday, March 31, 2016

The VoiceMaster Comes Home to Inspire Graduates in his Pre-School

The Saint Nicholas Child Care Center Learning Center of Mariveles celebrated its Commencement Exercises and Recognition Rites at the Mariveles Peoples’ Park on March 30, 2016. About 50 students – together with their parents, relatives and teachers – gathered to celebrate this significant moment in the students’ lives.


The VoiceMaster as Commencement Speaker at the St Nicholas Child Care Center Graduation


Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was invited as the Commencement Speaker for the event. As an alumnus of the school during his pre-school years, Pocholo shared how he is delighted to be reunited with his former teachers and to be able to inspire the youth in his own hometown. In his talk which he called “I Heart M.A.R.I.V.E.L.E.S.,” Pocholo shared his meaning of the town’s name by giving each letter a meaning to motivate the students to become great and excellent citizens of the country. He took a trip down memory lane by sharing how Mariveles became his roots for developing his voice, until he moved to Manila to become one of the most respected and the greatest in his work. Pocholo also shared his talent to the audience by showcasing a repertoire of character voices he has done.


Pocholo also recognized and thanked the people who shaped his life – his family, relatives, and former teachers. He encouraged the students to always look back to what formed their skills, passions and values, no matter how far they get to go in their life’s journey.


Patrick Gabriel inspiring the graduating students


One of the highlights of his talks was when he called his own son onstage, Patrick Gabriel Gonzales. Patrick, the country’s youngest broadcaster and motivational speaker, inspired the students by sharing his life principles. He mesmerized the audience with his wit, voice acting talent, and moving words of wisdom.


Guest of Honor Pocholo Gonzales


Pocholo ended his speech with a “vision exercise,” where each student projected into the future and congratulated each other for having been successful in their own chosen field. He then asked the graduates to approach their teachers and parents, hug them, and thank them for the hard work and dedication of putting them through to school.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Voice of the Youth Network Forms a Partnership with DZXL

March 22, 2016 marks an important milestone for Voice of the Youth Network and DZXL 558AM – a partnership to bring the Filipino youth to AM radio.


Voice of the Youth Network (VOTY) Founder Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales and DZXL Manila’s Station Manager Jenil Demorito signed a Memorandum of Agreement to formalize the partnership between the two organizations.


MOA Signing Between Voice of the Youth Network and DZXL - RMN Manila


As part of the partnership, VOTY’s newest radio program, RADYO KABATAAN, will launch on April 2 in DZXL. The show will air every Saturday from 9 to 10am. Hosted by the energetic and dynamic broadcasters of VOTY, the show will feature various segments focused on VOTY’s thrust to inform, inspire, involve and empower the Filipino youth. Radyo Kabataan’s program lineup includes a news segment, featured student achievers, announcements of local and international youth programs, and empowering tips and tricks for the youth. Every other week, the program will also include a kids’ segment called “Radyo Bulilit,” with a radio drama focused on values formation.


Aside from the co-produced radio program, the partnership between VOTY and DZXL also includes the rollout of VOTY’s Radio Broadcasting Academy. The academy is a series of workshops on various topics that help develop the skills of young broadcasters – scriptwriting, radio programming, interviewing for media, broadcasting ethics, among many others. Through its parent company, Radyo Mindanao Network, VOTY’s Radio Broadcasting Academy will be brought to schools all over the Philippines, to give Communication students an opportunity to be exposed to real-life radio broadcasting.


VOTY Founder Pocholo Gonzales with DZXL Manila Station Manager Jenil Demorito


The Memorandum of Agreement is effective until the end of 2016, and is the beginning of a fruitful partnership between VOTY and DZXL.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The VoiceMaster Speaks in Pampanga for “Juanders of Marketing”

The Junior Managers and Marketing Council of the Systems Plus College Foundation in Angeles City, Pampanga held its first Marketing 101 seminar entitled “Juanders of Marketing” on March 19, 2016. The event aimed to develop students as future marketing professionals and business leaders of the country through the featured speakers who shared their hands-on experience and life lessons in their respective fields.


The VoiceMaster Motivates the Youth to Innovate


Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was one of the speakers during the event. In his talk entitled, “Innovation is my Motivation,” Pocholo talked largely about having the right mindset when it comes to marketing and being a marketing professional. He inspired the youth to develop the mindset of an innovator, which means that they have to constantly think about self-development and improvement. He advised the participants to become “futurists” – to act today with the future in mind.


Pocholo also shared his own personal journey towards innovating himself and establishing his brand as the VoiceMaster. He told of how he started as a voice artist to becoming an icon of his own industry, not because of his talent, but because of how he has honed and developed the skills and talents of other people. He also talked about how he has founded one of the largest volunteer youth organizations in the country, Voice of the Youth Network, and why young people hold a special place in his heart.


Juanders of Marketing Seminar at the Systems Plus College Foundation Pampanga


Pocholo shared his own three rules on innovation, which all boils down to striking a balance between taking control of one’s life, and having faith that things turn out for the best. Of course, the VoiceMaster’s talk would not be complete without his repertoire of character voices, which left his audience amazed and mesmerized.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

The VoiceMaster Educates Elementary School Heads on Voice Care

On March 16, over 900 Elementary School Heads of the Iloilo Schools Division gathered at the Sarabia Manor Hotel for the 2016 Conference Training for Elementary School Heads. With the theme “Ignition for Greater Action,” the conference featured speakers who spoke various topics geared towards the holistic development of the academic heads in primary schools.


The VoiceMaster Teaches Elementary School Heads on Voice and Communication Management


Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was the first speaker of the day, who energized the morning with a 2-hour workshop on the voice. With his talk entitled “Voice of the Teachers: Mastering Your Voice,” Pocholo taught the audience about the power of the voice, and its importance in the field of teaching. He started by sharing his story about how he started his career as a voice artist, which led to him being the most recognized and respected coach and trainer in the field of voice. He also talked a little bit about his advocacies on voice, particularly Voice Care for Teachers.


Pocholo gave the participants a glimpse of his Voice Care for Teachers program by doing a workshop during his talk. He started by discussing about the “Generation Z,” the young people who are dominating the classrooms of today. He described this generation of young people to give a better understanding of how to deal with them, especially in the classroom. He then went on to say that the VOICE is a teacher’s greatest tool in reaching out to these students, so they need to know how to use it effectively.


The VoiceMaster on Mastering the Voice for Effective Teaching


Pocholo centered his workshop around 2 important keys to mastering the voice – vocal power and vocal variety. Through various posture, breathing and vocal exercises, Pocholo taught the participants a handful of techniques that will not only make them effective speakers, but will also enable them to preserve and take care of their most valuable teaching tool.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

The VoiceMaster Speaks at the Success Speakers Club Workshop

Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales has inspired and motivated about a dozen of the “Ambassador” members of Arun Gogna’s Success Speakers Club on March 10, 2016 at the AIM Conference Center. Success Speakers Club is an international organization where members get to learn all about public speaking through newsletters, video courses and live workshops.


The VoiceMaster begins Public Speaking Workshop with an Energizer


The 2-hour workshop started with Pocholo’s inspirational talk about the importance and the power of the voice, not only in public speaking, but even in everyday life. He shared his own story about how he used his voice not only to create character voices but also to inspire, motivate and empower his fellow Filipinos. He also gave the participants a “glimpse” of the future, and how the voice would remain to be the human race’s most powerful tool no matter how much and how fast technology may evolve.


After Pocholo’s talk, he called on stage Ada Cuaresma, also known as the “Voice Care Queen”. Ada did a mini-workshop about the role of the voice in public speaking. With the premise that “it’s not WHAT you say, but HOW you say it,” Ada focused on how the elements of the voice can be used to create what is called vocal variety. Vocal variety is about using the elements of voice to bring a speech to life. Ada also explained the concept of vocal image, and encouraged the participants to consider their voice as part of their entire image as a public speaker. She also discussed voice projection and tone, and had the participants go through exercises to simulate how the voice affects and alters the meaning of their speeches.


Ada Cuaresma Speaks about Power of Voice in Public Speaking


The workshop ended with a Q&A where Pocholo and Ada answered questions about taking care of the voice, and shared their best practices on how to use the voice in a proper way.


Arun Gogna is a sought-after international lay preacher of The Feast. He has also been invited by organizations and schools all over the country as a resource speaker, and an in-house author of the Abiva Publishing Corporation.

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Monday, March 7, 2016

The VoiceMaster Inspires his Fellow Volunteers at the Go Volunteer Expo

On March 5 and 6, 2016, iVolunteer Philippines held a 2-day event to celebrate volunteerism in the Go Volunteer Expo 2016. The 2-day event was filled with activities, talks and performances from various volunteer organizations. Hundreds of volunteers joined the event that was held at the Glorietta Activity Center.


The VoiceMaster Inspires Hundreds of Volunteers at the Go Volunteer Expo


Speakers from various volunteer organizations were invited to inspire and motivate the volunteers who attended the expo. Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales capped off the expo as the last speaker. In his talk, “My L.I.F.E. as a Volunteer,” the VoiceMaster shared his experience as a volunteer for over 20 years – as a voice artist, broadcaster, youth advocate and motivational speaker – and how volunteering has helped him become a leader and an inspiration, especially to his fellow youth. He told of his story about how he started in his voice acting career, how he championed a competition on radio among 10,000 auditionees, and how he has volunteered and lent his voice to various projects, all for his love for the craft. Of course, the VoiceMaster had to showcase a few of those character voices, which really entertained the audience. Pocholo also acknowledged the members of his volunteer organization, Voice of the Youth Network, who were present during the expo.


The highlight of Pocholo’s talk was when he called onstage his son, Patrick Gabriel, to also inspire the audience with his own experience as a volunteer. As the country’s youngest broadcaster and motivational speaker, Patrick shared his “volunteerism principles,” wise words from a 10-year-old. “I have been volunteering ever since I was a fetus… and you all do too. We volunteer to walk, we volunteer to talk, I volunteered to stand here and talk to you, and you volunteered to sit there to listen to me. That’s why we have voluntary muscles.” Patrick mesmerized the audience with his wit and genius in the few minutes that he was onstage.


The VoiceMaster Shares the Stage with his son Patrick Gabriel


Go Volunteer Expo 2016 was presented in partnership with The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), 2nd Avenue (Solar Entertainment), ABSCBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation and co-presented by Ayala Malls.

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

The VoiceMaster Inspires Teachers to Master their Voice

On March 4th, over 500 teachers from all over Metro Manila and nearby provinces filled the Marikina Convention Center to participate on the first day of St. Matthew’s Publishing’s event, dubbed as “UnlockED 2016.” As a pioneer in the educational publishing industry for preschool and elementary school books in the Philippines, St. Matthew’s Publishing holds this annual event to unlock the potentials of the teachers as well as to maximize their skills as educators. With this year’s theme “Designing Dynamic Learning Environments,” the seminar featured speakers that teach the participants various ways to make learning fun through creativity.


The VoiceMaster teaches Voice Care in UnlockED 2016


Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was the last speaker, who spoke about one of his advocacies, VOICE CARE FOR TEACHERS. In his hour-and-a-half talk, he emphasized the importance of the voice as a teacher’s primary tool in carrying out their teaching vocation. Pocholo discussed the different factors that made teachers prone to voice problems, and gave tools, exercises and techniques that would help them prevent voice problems in the future with the proper production of the voice.


Another important part of Pocholo’s talk was about mastering the voice, and how teachers can consciously cultivate habits that will not only prevent them from developing voice problems, but also how they can use their voice effectively in teaching today’s youth – also known as the Generation Z – who easily get distracted and bored, and have a short attention span of 4-6 seconds. He also shared his knowledge in voice acting, which teachers can also utilize in the classroom to make their teaching fun, memorable and meaningful. The VoiceMaster proved how voice acting can make a huge difference in engaging learners, by showcasing his own voice acting prowess.


The VoiceMaster speaks to more than 500 teachers in St Matthews Publishing UnlockED 2016


Pocholo is the founder of Voice Care Philippines, a training organization whose mission is to equip professional voice users, like teachers, with the knowledge and tools to “save their voice and save their career”. His high respect for the teaching profession, as well as his innate passion for teaching, Pocholo prioritized the teachers in this advocacy, thus, creating the first-ever voice care workshop called “Voice Care for Teachers,” which he also wrote a book on with the same title. Voice Care Philippines also has voice care workshops for call center agents, as well as sales and marketing professionals.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

The VoiceMaster’s 4th Leg in the STI National Youth Convention in CDO

As summer season starts, the 21st STI College National Youth Convention concludes in the beautiful province of Cagayan de Oro. About a thousand students filled the SM City Cagayan de Oro cinema as they were treated to a half-day of fun and learning. With the theme “I will innovate,” the students learned all about innovating for the 21st century from 3 very talented and passionate speakers.


The VoiceMaster with the other Speakers and STI Events Manager Mhel Garrido


Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales spoke in both the morning and afternoon sessions in his 4th leg at the NYC. With his topic “The Innovator’s Creativity,” the VoiceMaster focused his talk on how innovation is not just about coming up with new ideas, but also having the MINDSET of an innovator. The innovator mindset is one where a person is always curious, and always on the lookout for opportunities to do things in a different way. He challenged the students to “remove the box” instead of just thinking outside of it. “When you remove the box, you will only see endless opportunities to make things better.”


Being the inspirational speaker that he is, the VoiceMaster inspired the crowd with his own personal story on innovation, especially how he has established himself as the VoiceMaster of the Philippines. He shared his struggles when he was starting out as a voice artist, and how the challenges he faced ignited a passion in him to be the one that opens the voice acting world to those who aspire to become part of it. He spoke about his voice acting school, his youth advocacies, and his travels around the Philippines to speak to the youth. “I’m sharing this not to brag, but to motivate you to do something great for yourself and other even if you’re still young. You need to do something today that your future self will thank you for” were the wise words from the VoiceMaster.


The VoiceMaster Inspiring STI College Students in Cagayan de Oro


Of course, the VoiceMaster’s talk would not be complete without the entertaining showcase of his character voices and a barrage of “hugot lines” that left the audience energized all throughout.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The VoiceMaster Inspires Future Innovators in Mindoro

On February 29, 2016, ComGuild held the 1st Regional Power Conference of IT, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Education and Social Science Students in Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology in Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro. With the theme “Innovations, Social Awareness and Responsibilities in the Digital Age,” the conference aimed to educate the students on the many ways to innovate, especially in the age of internet, social media and touchscreens.


The VoiceMaster Speaks at Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology


As early as the beginning of the event, the audience was immediately energized by the first speaker, Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales. Pocholo, with his repertoire of character voices, impersonations and “hugot lines,” had the crowd roaring in laughter and amazement. In his talk entitled “Innovate Yourself Today,” the VoiceMaster inspired the students to become innovators in their own way. He introduced the concept of being a FUTURIST – someone whose actions are based on the future they intend to create. One of his quotable quotes from the talk was “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” He reminded the audience to be more intentional with their future, and that knowing how to innovate will get them there.


Pocholo went on to share his personal journey towards becoming the VoiceMaster of the Philippines, and how innovation has helped a lot in getting them there. From being a voice artist to radio broadcaster to motivational speaker, Pocholo has learned to innovate his personal brand by taking existing concepts in his fields of expertise and doing something new. Pocholo also learned to develop the learner mindset, where he continuously acquires new knowledge and skills in line with his interests and passion. He encouraged the students to use their youthfulness to your own advantage by becoming an inspiration to other people.


The VoiceMaster Speaks at ComGuild Event in Mindoro


The event was hosted by Mr. Bobby Yan and Ms. Loriejane Rey. The other speakers invited were Erwin Globio, Mae Paner and Michael Lobrin.

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