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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Pochology Academy Conducts Public Speaking Workshop for PLDT Employees Credit Cooperative

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On November 26, the PLDT Employees Credit Cooperative, Inc. or PECCI organized a one-day workshop on Public Speaking and Effective Communication, held at its headquarters in Universal Re Building in Makati City. Over 20 PECCI officers and PLDT managers attended the workshop to hone their skills in public speaking, which will be useful in their business presentations, board meetings and even their everyday communication within the organization.


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Pochology Academy was invited to conduct the workshop, led by its founder Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales. After some introduction and welcome remarks, the workshop began with a motivational talk by the VoiceMaster on how to speak so people will listen. During his presentation, the VoiceMaster demonstrated and shared the tools and techniques that he uses that made him one of the country’s most sought-after speakers. He emphasized that the first thing speakers need to develop is the mindset that they are public speakers in all shapes and forms, and that they should see speaking engagements as a two-way communication with the audience, instead of a lecture.


The VoiceMaster also inspired the participants to look at public speaking not just as a way to communicate their message to an audience, but also as an avenue to express what they are passionate about in a way that is inspiring and motivating to their audience. He also spoke about the power of the voice, and encouraged the participants to look at their voice as the “force” that can transform the lives of those that would receive their message.


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After the VoiceMaster’s inspirational talk, Pochology Academy trainer Ada Cuaresma started the workshop proper with a group activity. She gave the participants a mini-workshop on voice, and gave them tools, techniques and exercises to develop their vocal power, and tips on how to take care of their most valuable tool in public speaking.


The voice training was followed by another mini-workshop, this time on managing public speaking anxiety and engaging the audience. The participants were led through a series of fun activities to help them become more confident, and to enable them to speak naturally and spontaneously in front of their audience. They were also given 4 elements that they can incorporate into their presentations to better involve the audience in their public speaking.


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The day capped off with the participants lining up to have the VoiceMaster sign their copy of his book, “Gusto Kong Maging Voice Talent,” which was given to the participants by PECCI as a token.


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Monday, November 28, 2016

The VoiceMaster Inspires IT Students in Bulacan State University’s 6th IT Congress

The Society for the Welfare of Information Technology Students (SWITS) of Bulacan State University organized the 6th IT Congress last November 25. Over 2,000 IT students filled the KB Gym in Malolos, Bulacan, to learn from the invited speakers regarding the ICT industry.


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Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was one of the resource speakers for the event. His talk was preceded by a segment they called “Creative Voice” – a voice acting and fun dubbing contest. Several contestants were grouped together to do a fun dub of scenes from popular anime. The winners were decided as the audience applauded for their favorite group.


After “Creative Voice,” The VoiceMaster came onstage to speak about the art of voice acting in the Animation and ICT industry. He shared the story of his company, Creativoices Productions, to the audience, and how he built his company to open the first and only voice acting school in the country. Pocholo amazed the audience by doing an ensemble of character voices. He then challenged the students to discover their own talents and passions so that like him, they can also live a life where their passion comes into play.


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The VoiceMaster also showed the audience the world-class talent of Filipino voice artists, as he showed video after video clip of international video games and animations that were voiced by Filipinos. He also showed video clips of some of his TV features in local and cable television, as he spoke about the art of voice acting. The VoiceMaster then emphasized that he is showing his company’s accomplishments not just to brag about their achievements, but to demonstrate the limitless opportunities in the voice acting industry – not just for voice artists, but also for ICT professionals. “As technology grows, the need for voiceover grows,” were the wise words of the VoiceMaster. He discussed how animation has become a billion-dollar industry, and how other emerging media have increased the demand for voice artists.


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In the end, the VoiceMaster took the opportunity to promote his book, “Gusto Kong Maging Voice Talent,” the first and only voice acting book in the Philippines.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

The VoiceMaster Talks About Passion-Driven Business at the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit in CDO

The Department of Trade and Industry – Misamis Oriental organized the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit held on November 24 at the N Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City. About 300 students from different schools attended the summit, all eager to learn about entrepreneurship from distinguished speakers and young entrepreneurs.


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The Philippine Center for Entreprenuership (PCE), more popularly known as Go Negosyo, was represented by one of its awardees and Angelpreneurs – Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales. At age 25, he started his own voiceover services company, Creativoices Productions. Having mastered the art of voice acting, he envisioned the Philippines to become the center of voiceover excellence in Asia, and went on to build the first and only voice acting school in the country, the Philippine Center for Voice Acting. Since 2005, the school has produced more than a thousand graduates, and gave an opportunity to aspiring voice artists to get into what was once an elusive industry.


In 2009, Pocholo was awarded as Go Negosyo’s Most Inspiring Bataeno Microentrepreneur. His achievements in the voice acting industry, coupled with his life-long advocacy to inspire and empower the youth made him a perfect fit to be the resource speaker at the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit.


Pocholo’s main advocacy on Youth Entrepreneurship is centered on helping young people build what he calls a “passion-driven business.” His life and business is a perfect testimony of how building a business based on one’s life purpose is the best way to thrive as an entrepreneur. He believes that if you create a business for the purpose of making MEANING instead of making MONEY, the business becomes a vehicle to live one’s full potential while bringing value to others and the world.


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During the first half of the summit, Pocholo came onstage to speak about “Unlocking the Entrepreneurial Mindset.” He talked about the 12 qualities of a person who thinks like an entrepreneur, like “being focused,” “committing to their why,” and “knowing how to prioritize.” He believes that everyone has to think, act and live like an entrepreneur, focused on serving others with their greatest passion and highest skill.


After lunch, the VoiceMaster spoke on another topic, “How to Invest in the Right Business.” He started by sharing the staggering statistics that 50% of startups fail within 1 year, and 96% never get to survive to a decade.  He challenged the participants to reframe their mindset regarding business – to ask the right questions and seek the right answers. He advised the participants to go beyond starting a business that is trending or money-generating, but instead start a business that will enable them to express the best version of themselves. To better help the students start their entrepreneurial journey, Pocholo also led the participants to an activity where they choose their passion and skills from a list of many possible talents that they may possess.


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The Youth Entrepreneurship Summit also featured other speakers to speak about various business opportunities – Ms. Katrina Jereza on franchising, Queritess Queja on agri-business, Roselle Machate on service-related business, and Viel Jose on manufacturing. An open forum with the speakers capped off the very successful summit.


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With his passion to inform, inspire, involve and empower the Filipino Youth, Pocholo founded Negosyo Kabataan, a group of young entrepreneurs whose mission is to empower and enable young people to start their own passion-driven enterprises. As PCE’s youth arm, it launches the Youth Entrepreneurship Academy, which features training and mentoring programs to support the Youth Entrepreneurship Act (R.A. 10679) of Sen. Bam Aquino.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The VoiceMaster at PSICom’s Book Signing in Mystical Rose School of Caloocan

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In celebration of National Book Week and English Month, Mystical Rose School of Caloocan held a Book Selling and Book Signing event in partnership with Psicom Publishing. Hundreds of Junior and Senior High students filled the school’s gymnasium to buy their favorite Psicom books, and to meet and greet some of the authors.


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The event started with a writing workshop by one of the authors, Melai Quilla, author of the book “Bukas na Lang Kita Babastedin.” Melai shared basic tools and tips on how to create characters and plot for fiction book. She also led the students through some activities to practice their writing skills before the end of the workshop.


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After the workshop, a representative from Psicom introduced the authors present for the book signing – Melai Quilla, Bryan Olano (“Mga Hugot Para Sayo”), Marco Pile (“Eh Kasi Mahal Ko Pa”), Youtube sensation Lloyd Cadena (“Eng Serep Megwele”), and Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales (“Gusto Kong Maging Voice Talent”). Each author introduced themselves and had the opportunity to introduce themselves and perform in front of the audience.


Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales came onstage and introduced his book. He briefly explained what voice acting is, and how every person can bring out their talent through his book. The audience were treated to the VoiceMaster’s repertoire of voices – from cartoon characters to famous personalities and celebrities.


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During the book signing, the VoiceMaster delighted the students who bought his book by approaching them to sign the book, and to take pictures with them. Dozens of students were entertained and inspired by the VoiceMaster, and look forward to pursuing their voice acting career through the help of his book.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

The VoiceMaster Teaches Voice Acting to Animation Students

On November 19, Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales conducted a 3-hour voice acting workshop for the Animation students of iAcademy in Makati City. Over 30 participants attended the workshop to learn about the art of giving life to animation through the use of voice.


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The VoiceMaster shared the story of his journey in the voice acting world. He told the story of how he discovered his talent and inclination for the craft, and how it has given birth to his vision to make the Philippines the center of voiceover excellence in Asia. He also talked about the opportunities that await those who want to get in to the industry, as well as the future of voice acting amidst all the technological advancements today.


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The VoiceMaster also went beyond the topic of voice acting and also highlighted the importance of voice as the most powerful human instrument. He shared how voice is what makes an animation human, and that voice is what enables us to move the world with our message. The VoiceMaster drove the point home as amazed the audience with a repertoire of character voices that he has done and imitated – cartoon characters, famous personalities and celebritites. He also performed a one-man live radio drama for the participants, and afterwards asked the students to draw the characters that they heard in the radio drama.


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The VoiceMaster’s talk was not only informative, but more importantly, a very inspirational one. His story of how he made it in the voice acting industry was not only a testament of his talent, but also of his passion and commitment to be true to the life mission he has discovered for himself. He encouraged the students to identify their life purpose – their calling – and dedicate their life to pursuing and living that calling.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

The VoiceMaster Hosts the Launching of Oyayi, the Children’s Show of the Millennial Filipino

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The Department of Education, National Council for Children’s Television, and CBN Asia have joined forces to bring a historical milestone to Philippine television – the rebirth of values-oriented TV shows. “Oyayi,” is ABS CBN’s newest children’s program, which airs every Sunday at 9:15am.


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The grand launch of Oyayi happened on November 18, at the Mind Museum Exhibit Area. The half-day event was attended by dozens of students from nearby schools, parents, teachers, and honorable representatives from DepEd, NCCT and CBN Asia. The program was hosted by veteran ABS CBN news anchor Jing Castaneda, and Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales.


After an icebreaker and the opening ceremonies, Jing and Pocholo led the audience through a morning of fun and learning. They brought the parents and teachers down memory lane as they talked about the timeless children’s show Batibot, which was a fun source of learning and good values back in the 80’s. Pocholo also amazed the audience as he did sample character voices from the show, as well as the entire ensemble of the Spongebob Squarepants cast!


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The kids were in for a treat as one of Oyayi’s characters, Telebobby, led them through a game he called “Dok Pil in Da Blanks.” The game was soon followed by an on-stage interview with NCCT Council Member Mr. Bong Osorio, and Oyayi director Mr. John Valdez Tan. Bong and John shared the vision of the show, and what the audience can expect from the characters and the episodes. After the interview, the audience caught a glimpse of the show with the showing of one of Oyayi’s episodes, which was focused on disaster preparedness.


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The highlight of the event soon came as the cast of Oyayi came onstage to meet and greet with the audience, led by Kuya Maki, the main character of the show. They led the audience to the “Oyayi Dance Craze,” which was soon followed by a photo opportunity with the hosts and the cast.


The word “Oyayi” means lullaby in Filipino, and was based on an award-winning story of the same title by Fernando Rosal Gonzales.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

The VoiceMaster Speaks about the Power of Voice Acting in Storytelling at the BATA AKO Conference

In celebration of National Children’s Month, BATA AKO PH organized the BATA AKO Conference 2016, held on November 6-8 at the Smallville 21 Hotel in Iloilo City. Hundreds of parents, teachers and students attended the event to learn about various issues affecting today’s children, such as their rights, health and welfare, especially in the age where they are exposed to too much information, too soon. There were also topics discussed in the seminar that tackled children’s media, such as children’s books, animation and television.


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Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales graced the event as a panelist and a speaker during the conference, sharing his knowledge about the voice and its importance in storytelling. According to the VoiceMaster, storytelling is a timeless manner of passing on history, tradition, and even moral values from one generation to another. As a youth advocate for 20 years, the VoiceMaster has worked closely with young people and has seen how technology has greatly transformed how children think, learn and behave in their environment. As a Filipino futurist, he also shared his foresight about how technology will continue to evolve, and how the education sector should adapt to these changes.


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In his talk entitled “Voice Acting for Effective Storytelling,” the VoiceMaster shared his experience and expertise in voice acting that parents and teachers can apply in storytelling. He talked about the voice as the most powerful human instrument, and how voice acting techniques can greatly improve how one’s story is heard and received. The VoiceMaster also encouraged the audience to tell their story in a manner that will inspire and motivate other people. Of course, the VoiceMaster amazed the audience by demonstrating his voice acting talent through a repertoire of character voices, and by doing a live radio drama, voicing multiple characters!


The BATA AKO Conference’s speaker lineup included Daisy Atienza of National Council for Children’s Television, Tarie Sabido of Philippine Board on Books for Young People, Glory Moralidad of Bata Ako PH, and Rose Gonzales of the Animation Council of the Philippines.


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BATA AKO also organized other activities for the month such as a medical mission, storytelling session, games and film showing to celebrate National Children’s Month.

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