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Bicol stude to represent PH in Voice of Asia contest

By Fatima Cielo Cancel
Bicol Mail

The Manila Times chairman emeritus Dante Ang 2nd (3rd from R) shares the stage with the winners of the Voice of Asia speech contest – grand champion Aloysius Francis Bresnan (4th from R) of St. Joseph School, Naga City, and the four other finalists. Also in photo are Dr. Isagani Cruz, President of The Manila Times College (3rd from L), and judges Frank Rivera (2nd from L), Neslie Tan (2nd from R) and Michael Shotey (R ). Photo by EDWIN MULI

A STUDENT from St. Joseph School in Naga City will represent the Philippines in the coming Voice of Asia Speech Competition set on April 17, 2013 at the Emilio Aguinaldo College Auditorium.

Aloysius Francis Bresnan, a fourth year high school student from St. Joseph School here, will challenge contestants from other countries. Joining the international competition on April 17 are 9th to 10th graders from countries in Southeast Asia.

Bresnan, who bested students from various Philippine schools, received P50,000 and a gift pack from Globe Telecoms. He was also offered full scholarship at The Manila Times College.

Third and fourth year high school students from various regions joined the first Voice of Asia National Competition held at the TanghalangYamanLahi of the Emilio Aguinaldo College last March 19, 2013.

Nineteen students delivered three-minute impromptu speeches for the elimination round. The topic given to the contestants was “Why is college important/not important.”

Those who joined the competition were Tristan Piosang (Region II); Rubielyn Diaz (Region III); John Pauleen Balbadores, and Raphael Angelo Domingo (Region IV-A); Ruby Claire Prima and Aloysius Francis Bresnan (Region V); Zen Alfred Nemezo and Erin John Esdrelon (Region VII); Maria Elena Luna (Region VIII); Angelu Muriel Solis (Region XVI); ShaimeLatap and Chi EmyEpi (Cordillera Administrative Region); Catherine Joyce Brillantes and TheaMadrilejo (NCR); Dizierly Love Bayure (Region XI); JissyleVay Clamor and Kenneth Eugene Maliwat (Region XII); and Michael IruhFaune (Caraga).

Only five of the 19 finalists made it to the final round—Diaz, Nemenzo, Bresnan, Piosang, and Luna.

For the final round, the five contestants were asked to listen to a One-minute speech and then continue it.

The other winners were Nemenzo (2nd) who got P40,000 and full scholarship from TMTC; Diaz (3rd) who received P30,000, a Globe giftpack and a full scholarship from TMTC; Luna (4th) who was given P20,000 and partial TMTC scholarship, and Piosang, who got P10,000 and partial scholarship from TMTC.

The Manila Times and TMTC Chairman Emeritus Dante Ang said he was impressed by the students’ performance, adding that speech is also relevant in a country’s development.

“Speech molds people, speech gives you an idea on where you are going and so if delivered correctly it can be a very powerful tool in changing people, in changing events.” Ang said.

EAC president Jose Paolo Campos also said that he was happy that EAC is part of the competition.

“I think the concept is very good. I like the fact that it has an international dimension focused on Asia. First of all a speaking competition is something that is good for the Philippines because we have a culture that we don’t encourage kids to speak their minds, to raise their opinions. . . basically you only speak when you are made to speak otherwise we don’t talk too much. Talking too much is sometimes viewed as being disrespectful so being able to communicate what’s on your mind is very important. I am also happy that they are opening this to students from public schools. Emilio Aguinaldo is very happy to be one of the supporters of this kind of competition,” he said.