Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Meeting at the New Rel Lab Office

Attending today's meeting were: Gerry Ong, Mic Tuason and Les Aquino. Discussed briefly was a meeting to be scheduled in mid-December which will be the venue for an initial convention of those interested in joining Toastmasters. The media campaign was also briefly discussed and that in addition to that, officers will also be talking personally with the engineers with potential of joining the club. Here's a sample of the flyers and will be the first to be posted:

Friday, November 24, 2006

Meeting at Alfie's Room

Attending today's meeting were: Alfie Suarez, Dan Benig, Gerry Ong and Les Aquino. The survey drafted by Dan was sent out yesterday and the results were discussed today. The survey questions are as follows:

1) How do you find the OSPI Toastmasters club as a learning program?
2) What factors (or roadblocks, if any) keep you from participating actively?
3) Given a choice what schedule would you prefer for club meetings and why?
4) How can OSPI Toastmasters become more relevant to your own needs or your organization’s?
5) In what ways do you think you can contribute to help the organization succeed?

The replies/feedback to the above questions were assessed and it was concluded that the answers be best addressed in an initial meeting or convention of potential toastmasters members. Alfie also mentioned that joining the Toastmasters club and the sessions will NOT be a mandate of company management. So, the club is pretty much "on it's own" to revive the club and the sessions. It was then agreed that the club embark on a media blitz to campaign and promote the club to those who would be interested. Les accepted the job to spearhead the media blitz.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Meeting at ER Room

A meeting was held to discuss possible action items regarding the problems plaguing the club. This was brought about by the still unrenewed club dues for October. An email was sent by Area Governor Bobbie Galang on this.

Attending the meeting were Officers Gerry Ong, Mic Tuason, Dan Benig and Les Aquino. Also in the meeting was HR Mgr Alfie Suarez. Some of the items discussed was whether how better can the club serve the needs of employees. Gerry mentioned of an impression that those who can afford to attend Toastmasters meetings are those who have a light workload.

Agreed upon were the following:
1. Gerry Ong to ask Area Governor what will happen if membership dues are not immediately renewed.
2. Dan Benig to draft a survey form that will be sent out to previous and current toastmasters.

When Dan asked on how much support or influence can the club get from the Department Managers, Alfie said that the managers are a mixed group. Essentially, one-third of them do not and will not probably support Toastmasters. Another one-third do not know much about Toastmasters and these are the new managers. And the last third are a bit more neutral and may likely be swayed into supporting Toastmasers.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Evaluation at KCPI

KCPI once again invited Les Aquino to guest evaluate at their club. Unfortunately, Area Governor Lolet didn't make it so Les took the General Evaluator role. He also gave his 3rd advanced speech from the Entertaining Speaker manual - Make them Laugh, entitled "Motel 101". His speech was evaluated by Area 75 Quartethlon champion Leonor Cristobal. For his evaluation, Les took on TM Jun's 4th basic speech entitled "XXX".
Below is TM Felix leading the Word-of-the-Day segment.

Pres. Jess delivering an Impromptu Speech on the Table Topics segment.

It is this club's 19th meeting but these guys are definitely getting better and better.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Evaluation at NXP Calamba (formerly Philips)

Les Aquino was invited by Area 77 Governor Khris Albano to be a Guest Evaluator at the NXP (formerly Philips Calamba) Toastmasters Club meeting. He was later joined by ex-ONer Dr. Noy Josef. Les evaluated 2 speakers:
  1. SP#3 - "Show of Hands" by Marifel Espedido
  2. SP#3 - "The Boss" by Delia Aquino
Dr. Noy evaluated Emily Domingo for her SP#2 - "God's Precious Gift". The meeting started promptly at 6pm and opened by Club President Delia Aquino. The meeting ended before 8:00pm.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

ON Semi TMC Sees Action in Division K Quartethlon

Ernesto "Jun" Lomuntad Jr. from Area 76 won the Overall Championship while Voltaire "Volts" Victoria became Runner-Up in today's Division K Quartethlon. This means Jun advances to the District level (Philippines) competition on October 7 in Antipolo. Congratulations, guys!

The Division Quartethlon was held at the Forum Hall of the Casino Filipino in Paranaque and started at 8:30am. In Impromptu Speaking, the table topic was:

If you were at a party abroad, who would you be most interested in talking to: a billionaire, a hollywood actress or an Olympic gold medalist.

Norrie chose the billionare (Microsoft's Bill Gates); Les chose the athlete (Ian Thorpe, Olympic Swimmer); Jun chose the athlete (Lance Armstrong, Tour-de-France Cyclist); and Volts chose the actress (Marlyn Monroe).

In the Evaluation Speech Contest, the test speaker was Aret Esconde from DHL and the title of her speech was "A 15 peso ride and a Free Movie". Her speech was about her observations in an MRT ride. It was humorous and all the evaluation speeches were good. Les won the Runner-Up Award in this category.

Here are the contestants (area champions) in today's division contest (left-right): Les from Area 78, Volts from Area 77, DivGov. Rema, Jun from Area 76 and Norrie from Area 75.

Here's the awarding for the Evaluation Speech Contest (left-right): Bobbie, Khris, Rema, Jun, Les and Lolet.

Here's a part of the audience that attended the event (Seated left-right: Grace, Mabel, Aret Esconde (Test Speaker) and Irene; Standing left-right: Volts, Khris, Lolet and Les)

Overall, the competition was very close and was definitely a good show. Chief Judge was Christine Temblique DTM and the other judges included Raul dela Vega and Jimmy Pamintuan.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Demo Meeting at Amkor Technology Philippines

A Demo Club Meeting today was held at Amkor Technology Philippines, formerly Amkor Anam Philippines Inc at 5 to 6pm. The venue of the Demo Meeting was at the Bayanihan Conference room at P2. Lee Manalaysay from Organizational Development HR welcomed the guests. The Demo meeting was held to enable the Amkor audience to appreciate what goes on in a typical Toastmasters Club meeting. By having themselves participate in some of the segments like Impromptu Speaking, they get a feel of what it's like to run a Toastmasters meeting.

The theme for the day was "Learning the Basics". Dr. Noy was the General Evaluator of the meeting. Les delivered his speech "That Extra Mile" as a demonstration prepared speech. Brookes Loomis DTM was the Toastmaster of the Day and his wife Dina Loomis DTM evaluated Les's speech. Gov. Beth Pableo ATM-S was the Table Topics Master.

In the Table Topics portion, several Amkor employees were asked to "volunteer". Greg Fisher talked about his greatest fear while Joel Gonzales talked about his unforgettable experience.

A part of the audience that witnessed a Toastmasters Demo Meeting. In the foreground are Greg Fisher (left) and Joel Gonzales (back to camera) from Amkor. Others seated in the front row are: Dina Loomis (wearing hat), Brookes Loomis (in blue shirt) and AreaGov. Beth Pableo (rightmost)

Dr. Noy giving his evaluation as a General Evaluator to the Amkor audience. Behind him is the chart showing the several Impromptu Speaking formats: PREP (Point Reason Example Point), SMG (Story Message Gain), PPF (Past Present Future), AIDA (Attention Interest Desire Action) and PROBE (Praise Request Options BestOption Explain). These formats were earlier explained by AreaGov. Beth Pableo.

Before the meeting closed, Brookes asked for 4 volunteers to give their Icebreaker speeches in the next meeting. He said that in his experience with other clubs, it is rare that all 4 will be able to deliver and with that note, he challenged the group to prove him wrong. What a challenge indeed!

Club Meeting - Farewell to Dr. Noy

Today we had our farewell meeting for Dr. Noy. We had 3 guests from Meralco South: Area Gov. Bobbie Galang, Aldo and Edu. Breakfast was courtesy of Dr. Noy. Toastmaster of the Day was Maricel. Table Topics Master was Mic Tuason. Les was the Grammarian and Edu from Meralco gave the Timer's Report.

DTM Dr. Noy delivering his farewell speech entitled "From Curing to Caring" while Maricel listens.

Our three guests from Meralco South listening intently to Dr. Noy's speech (left-right): Edu, Area 78 Gov. Bobbie Galang and Aldo (Area 78 Runner-Up).

Bobbie gave a surprise roast-of-a-toast for Dr. Noy that sent him reeling from laughter. In the business matters portion, Club President Gerry Ong and VP Education mentioned that a change in the club meeting's schedule is in the offing. Folks from RDC and some engineers were requesting a change because Wednesday's morning slot (7:00am) is much too early especially for those who stay back at the office every night.

Good Luck Dr. Noy and God Bless !!!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

ON Semi TMC Sees Action in Area Quartethlon

The Area Quartethlon Contests for Areas 75, 76, 77 and 78 were held in the Mini Theater of the Lopez Building at Meralco, Ortigas. The Contests for Area 75 and 76 were held in the morning while Area 77 and 78 had theirs in the afteroon. In the morning, VP Education Mic Tuason did an excellent job as the Contest Chair for the Evaluation Speech Contest.

In the afternoon Les Aquino bagged the Overall Championship while Arnaldo Tayao took the Runner-Up for Area 78. The Quartethlon is a gruelling speech contest made up of 4 events and all contestants are entered in those 4 events. The four events in their order of sequence are: Impromptu Speaking, Evaluation Speech, Singing Contest and Prepared Speech. The Quartethlon is both mentally and physically demanding.

Here is the complete set of contestants in the afternoon session (Area 77 and 78) with the governors:

(Left-right: Les Aquino(ON Semiconductor), Arnaldo "Aldo" Tayao (Meralco South), Marty (Proctor & Gamble Cabuyao), John Paul de Guzman (Diageo), Area78 Governor Bobbie Galang, Roel Macarrubo (Philips Calamba), Division K Governor Rema Manzano, Dang (Exel), Voltaire Victoria (IAME), Area77 Governor Khris Albano, Area75 Governor Lolet Gabay and Area76 Governor Beth Pableo.

In the Impromptu Speaking Category, the topic given was:

The Road to the Head is through the Heart.

Les won the Runner-Up award in this category. In the Evaluation Speech, TM Erlinda from Bloomfield Academy was the Test Speaker and her speech was entitled "To Be or Not to Be - A Toastmaster". It was an uplifting story of her challenges and truimphs in Toastmastering. For the Singing Contest, the theme for this year was "60's and 70's Rock 'n Roll". This category was highly entertaining and everybody enjoyed it as the contestants sang AND danced to their pieces. For Area 78, Dang from Excel sang "Happy Together"; Marty from Proctor & Gamble Cabuyao sang "Twist and Shout"; Aldo from Meralco South sang "When I'm Sixty-Four" and Les from ON Semi sang "You Can't Hurry Love". Les won the first place for Area 78 in Evaluation, Singing and Prepared Speech.

Here are the winners for Area 78 with AreaGov. Bobbie Galang. Chief Judge for this event was Pam Castro and the other judges included Gina Mapua and Jimmy Pamintuan.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Evaluation at Diageo Toastmasters Club

Les and Dr. Noy went to the Diageo Toastmasters Club at their office in Diageo at Laguna Technopark. Not many know that Diageo is the maker of known liquors like Gilbey's Gin and Smirnoff Vodka. Toastmaster of the Night was Khris. The theme for tonight's meeting was "United We Stand, Divided We Fall" and everybody was given a chance to give a few words on the theme.

Les evaluated Fritz's Speech Project #3 entitled "Filipinos and Music". Fritz's speech was about the seemingly natural and exceptional talent of Filipinos with singing and music in general.

Dr. Noy evaluated John Paul Guzman for his Speech Project #3 entitled "Hip-Hoppin". The speech showcased John Paul as an accomplished Hip-Hop dancer as he explained the various Hip-Hop terms with dance moves. Outstanding! John Paul will be Diageo's representative in the Area 77 Quartethlon on Sept. 9.

Les delivered "The Extra Mile" as Speech #2 in The Entertaining Speaker - Resources for Entertainment. His speech was evaluated by Khris Albano. This will be Les' contest piece for the Prepared Speech Category in this year's Quartethlon.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Evaluation at Philips Calamba

Today, Dr. Noy and Les motored all the way to Calamba to attend the Philips Calamba Toastmasters Club Meeting with AreaGov. Khris. Welcoming the guests at the lobby was Roel Maccarubo who used to be a Motorolan. Roel Maccarubo is the club's contestant under Area 77 in the Area 77-78 Joint Quartethlon on Sept. 9.

For tonight's meeting, Les evaluated TM Lingua for his speech "The Missing Day in the Earth" which was an attempt to explain a claimed missing day through some bible verses. Dr. Noy was the General Evaluator. VP for Education Viselle handled some business matters. She is actually the wife of Vic delos Reyes, one of our associates.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Club Meeting at Rizal

Club President Gerry Ong isn't about to hurl the eraser to an inattentive member. No, there just was no gavel available. So Gerry made the Call to Order with a @#$%^&* whiteboard eraser! :)

KT Orfianno led the Invocation and Toastmasters' Pledge. That was a very well prepared Invocation!

VP Education Mic Tuason as the ever reliable Toastmaster of the Day.

Maricel delivered her Speech Project #3 entitled "The Nursing Profession" and described how it is to be a nurse. Dr. Noy delivered his speech entitled "Beginning with the End in Mind" which told the inspiring story of Dr. Noy's perseverance to attain his goals in life. Les evaluated Dr. Noy's speech.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Charter Installation of Kimberly-Clark Phils. TMC

Tonight was the Charter Installation of the Kimberly Clark Philippines Toastmasters Club. The meeting was held at the Poquito Mas Restaurant at Westgate Alabang. Theme for the club meeting was "Genesis" and a very apt word for the event. Attending the event from ON Semiconductor were Dr. Noy and Les. Richard from Metro Drug was also there. Governors in attendance were Rema Manzano, Khris Albano, Beth Pableo and Lolet Gabay.

Attending the event from ON Semiconductor were Dr. Noy and Les. Richard from MetroDrug was also there.

Immediate Past Div.H Governor Dr. Noy delivered the Keynote Address which also served as his Farewell Speech. He assured the club that they were in "good hands" with the present crop of governors and officers. Club President Jess Mariano in his Inaugural Speech exhorted the officers and members to continue being committed to the club. His delivery was overflowing with excitement and enthusiasm that the speech exceeded the time allotment. :)

Dr. Noy was the General Evaluator for the night and Les evaluated a Prepared Speech Speaker - Hanika Dimaano. The title of her speech was "Ma Flamme" (French for "My Passion"). Midway, Les' evaluation turned humorous when he said "When I went through your body, (pause), no, not YOUR body..." Of course he was referring to the body of the speech, but that didn't stop the audience from breaking into laughter. The laughter took so long that Les' evaluation speech went on overtime. There was a vote for the Best Speaker and adjudged as the speaker of the night was Bernadette Villanueva. The KCPI Toastmasters were very happy in their Charter Installation and gave out tokens to the guests. The meeting ended at 10:30pm.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Guest Evaluation at Alabang Community Toastmasters Club

AreaGov. Lolet Gabay invited Les to guest evaluate today at the Alabang Communit Toastmasters Club at the 2nd floor of the Gloria Maris Restaurant in Alabang Town Center. DivGov. Rema Manzano was also there to guest evaluate. Club President Dr. Neil Carranto and VP Peter Almonte were there to welcome to guests.

The theme of the meeting was "Taking the Club Seriously". Les took on the Table Topics evaluation for 4 speakers: Neil, Viviene, Peter and Anne. He also evaluated 2 Prepared Speech speakers Viviene Vargas and Dr. Neil Carranto. A speaker very fluent in the English language, Viviene delivered a remarkable Icebreaker Speech entitled "The Swan". Dr. Neil's speech was entitled "The Ant" and talked about his keen observations on the characteristics of the ant.

For his part, Les delivered his Advanced Speech Project #2 - Speaking to Entertain from the Professional Speakers Manual and was evaluated by Lolet. His speech took 12 minutes to deliver although the required limit was 15 to 20 minutes.

AreaGov. Lolet in turn gave a stirring delivery of her Advanced Speech #4 - A Touching Story and was evaluated by Rema. Her speech, which was a story about her struggles and challenges with her deaf son simply brought the audience to tears. The club meeting ended at 9:15pm.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Guest Evaluation at Kimberly-Clark Philippines

Les Aquino today was invited by AreaGov. Lolet Gabay as Guest Evaluator at the KCPI Toastmasters Club. At the same time, he delivered his Advanced Speech #1 from The Entertaining Speech Manual. The title of his speech is "That Extra Mile". The speech is a story about his unforgettable experience upon arriving in the United States for the first time. Les evaluated Jon De Padua, a prepared speaker for his Speech Project #2 Organize Your Speech. His speech was entitled "Sari-Sari Store" and was a call for entrepreneurship among Filipinos. It was an interesting speeech that was virtually a subject on "Business 101".

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Division H and K Turnover Ceremonies

Sunday, August 6, was a memorable day for District 75 (Philippines) as it heralded the formal splitting of Division H and the alignment of its Areas and Clubs into a new division called Division K. The event was held at the Horizon Club of Casino Filipino in Paranaque City.

Our very own April Dionela TM (2005-2006 Division Quartethlon Champion) was one of the emcees together with Edith dela Cruz ATM-G. Highlights of the event were the following:
  • Launching of Division K and the unveiling of the Charter by Immediate Past District Gov. Elisa Tay DTM.
  • Installation of Division and Area Governors by Lt.Gov. for Education Gina Mapua DTM.
  • Awarding Ceremonies by Elisa Tay and Immediate Past Div.H Gov. Noy Josef DTM.
  • Installation of the 2006-2007 Club Officers by District Governor Alan Olmilla DTM.

Here's the exuberant Dr. Noy Josef entering the hall.

Dr. Noy Josef presenting Division H's stellar accomplishments.

The new Division K Gov. Rema Manzano receiving the award from Dr. Noy Josef.

April Dionela receiving recognition from Past District Governor Elisa Tay.

Dr. Noy Josef receiving the highly coveted Division Governor of the Year Award. Presenting the award from left to right: Elisa Tay, Gina Mapua and Alan Olmilla.

Banners showing the old and the new Division H structures. Notice our very own Roxy Borromeo heading Area 74 as Area Governor in Division H. ON Semiconductor used to be under Area 74, Division H.

Banner showing the realignment of clubs into the new division Division K. The ON Semiconductor TMC is now under Area 78 of Division K and the Area Governor is Carina "Bobbie" Galang.

Mass Induction of Club Officers.

After the Induction, konting Indakan naman.

Lots a dancing. Hey Doc, sino ba iyang sexy na kasayaw mo?

Haaayy... nakakapagod. Tsibugan naman. Wow, Sarap!

More Dancing, Yeah baby! Just can't get enough of these dance moves...

A Luau to cap the evening.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Guest Evaluation at UPS Toastmasters Club

Today Les attended the UPS ACSC Toastmasters Club meeting as guest evaluator upon the invitation of DivGov. Dona Ado. The meeting was held at the 5th floor of the NOL Towers Bldg in the Madrigal Business Park, Alabang. Club President SB Lim and VP Education Denisse Lim were there to welcome guests. A stickler for time, SB Lim reversed the programme sequence and went ahead to discuss the club's business matters while waiting for the other guest evaluators to arrive. DivGov. Rema Manzano attended the meeting as General Evaluator.

There were 4 prepared speakers and 2 table topic speakers. Since Gov. Lolet and Beth didn't make it, it was up to Rema and Les to do the evaluation jobs. Les evaluated two prepared speakers: Anne Reyes and Cecil Cuapiaco for speech#1 and #2 respectively as well as the impromptu speakers Eva and Cris. Anne delivered an emotional Icebreaker Speech entitled "A Dream Come True". Cecil delivered AND sang her speech entitled "Simple Lessons Matter" where she used the mnemonic DKNY to structure and remember the points of her speech. How clever! It was a very enthusiastic and productive meeting. With everybody keeping within their alloted time, the meeting promptly ended at 8:00pm much to everybody's delight.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Club Officers' Training

The second batch of the Club Officers' Training for Toastmasters was held today at the 2nd floor of the Admin Building of the Bureau of Customs, Airport Road, Pasay City. The first batch had their training the previous day at the Meralco Mini Theater in Ortigas. In the second batch, the ON Semiconductor Toastmasters Club was represented by 4 members: Dr. Noy Josef, Agnes Cabalu, Ace Udarbe and Les Aquino. District officers included the current District President Allan Olmilla, outgoing District President Elisa Tay. The meat of the training was conducted by Lt.Governor for Education, Gina Mapua. She explained all the roles and responsibilities of the Club Officers as well as a presentation of the webpages of the website. Her training was very informative and comprehensive.

After the training, a session for case study discussion was announced. The audience was broken up into the groupings of club officership. This means the Club Presidents were grouped together, the VP's for Education were grouped together and so forth. Agnes and Ace joined the Secretary group while Les joined the VP for Public Relations group. Outgoing DivGov. Dr. Noy presided over the Case Study sessions. Case problems were given to the groups for them to work out. Right after the case study sessions, the groups created simple powerpoint slides which were later presented.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Graduation Speech at Engineers Workshop

A CTM graduation speech today was delivered by Les Aquino to cap the meeting in the Engineers Presentation Skills Workshop. The Engineers' Workshop was envisioned to help ON Semiconductor engineers in English proficiency as well as general presentation skills. Club Toastmasters Dr. Noy, Dan Benig, Gerry Ong, Mic Tuason and Roxy Borromeo as well as the engineers' supervisors helped in the coaching and mentoring.

In attendance in today's meeting were Gerry Ong, Mic Tuason, Dr. Noy Josef, Doris Asis, Leo Lim, Elvis Abellera, Ana Dichoso, Dino Pasturan and other engineers. Les' speech, entitled "In the Eyes of a Child, A Vision of Hope" was evaluated by Dr. Noy. The speech is #10 in the basic manual - "Inspire Your Audience". His speech described his personal experiences with the Worldvision program. Worldvision is an international organization with a goal of sponsoring children's education worldwide.

Later in the evening, Les and Dr. Noy attended the club meeting of the Kimberly-Clark Phils. in San Pedro, Laguna. Other guests attending the club meeting included AreaGov. Carina "Bobbie" Galang and Edu. Dr. Noy evaluated the Table Topics and was the General Evaluator while Les evaluated the second prepared speaker Machu Tavaranza.