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.