Thursday, March 31, 2011

What's In A Name?

Mario Pao - a humorous speaker, most improved toastmaster, first Div D Governor. Andrea Si - Bar Topnotcher, famous, rich. Jocelle Batapa - Speech champion, Public Servant, Healthy. What about Jess Quiatchon? Anyone?

Jess Quiatchon is Jess Quiatchon as Anna Dizon is Anna Dizon!

He is a certified educator. Whenever he attends a seminar, he always asks for certificates. His line, “May certificate na?” You may not be aware that Jess Quiatchon is a doctor minus the stethoscope. He is a doctor of philosophy in business administration and doctor of philosophy in educational management. So you can call him a 2-time doctor but not a two-timer doctor. So consider yourselves lucky. Every Saturday, not only you brush elbow with the first Division D Governor, see the twin brother of Piolo Pascual but you also get the chance to see a two-time doctor!

Jess holds the distinction of being President twice, year after year. Maybe because of  "second chaance"? Hehe. I do not really know. I was his VP Education last year but most of the time I bang the gavel during meetings! Why? Because he is a doctor and doctors are busy. Thank you Jess for making me feel how it is to be President while being the Vice-President. It is because of you that TM Lilian called me an overacting toastmaster. Although if TM Lilian is around in the meeting, I am "underacting".

TM Jam Grandea would always crtitic his sing-song speech. But that's mainly because he is a frustrated singer! Yes! Among the “tatlong itlog”, he always scores the highest in their karaoke sessions, singing “My Way”. He got 74 while Boy Sanchez and Ramon Granflor got only 50! When he ran for Barangay Captain, he lost because he sang “My Way” in rallies and meetings. Lesson learned. Delegate. Get me as your official singer and Mario as your dancer. You will win for sure.

Jess above all, is a strong believer of population control. No. I don’t mean family planning. I mean, he is still one of those dashing, head-turner, debonair women search for. His eligibility is beyond question. Meaning, he could be your prince charming or your knight in shining armour!

That’s Jess Quitchon. A certified educator with plenty of certificates. A two-time doctor. A two-time president with an overacting VP Ed. A singer of “My Way” and “My Way” alone, and of course, a dashing debonair.

Long Live Jess Quiatchon!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Past and Present

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Meet the Brave and the Daring!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

2011 Area 33 Speech Contest

If you think old toastmasters don’t feel the jitters in contests, think again!

I joined my first toastmasters contest in 2008. That was also the year I joined the organization. You are partly correct if you think that I don’t have a problem with self confidence. My first contest was the speech to evaluate and that marked my first taste of victory in public speaking being a TM. I was the Area 33 Champion in Evaluation.

Since then, joining contests becomes a yearly activity. I have a confession though. Every year, the nervousness is always there. Many would like to think that when you’re doing it every year, it becomes easier year after year. Not at all! Believe me. The more pressure there is when you are ahead of the others. One time, while we were at the lobby of Sugarland waiting for our turn to speak in the Table Topics, I remarked to another contestant, “Contest is torture and yet why are we here?”

Francis Kong shed light on that question. Taking risks stretches us. It makes us see a better picture of what we can possibly do. It makes us discover new things about ourselves. It makes us grow. It magnifies us.

So I decided this year to join in three contests; Table Topics, Speech to Evaluate, and Prepared International Speech Contests. This meant more standing that sitting down. This meant faster heartbeat than anyone else in the room. This meant more chances of winning. The more entries you send, the more chances of winning!

I could see the scrutinizing eyes of everyone present. I heard one said, "Ara na naman c Jay oh!"

The results of the contests are detailed below. Congratulations to the winners! Up next is the Division Contest – another round of being “On the Edge”.

Area 33 is one of the 3 areas of Division D, headed by Area Gov. Glory Hernia, ACB. It is composed of 4 clubs namely, Bacolod Square and Compass TMC, Lopez Sugar TMC, Kauswagan TMC, and my club Riverside TMC. The judges were DTM Ro Leonora (Chief Judge), ACB Meliton Sillador (Div D Governor), CC Lorna Espartero (Past Div Governor), CTM Cherrie Grace Abkilan (Immediate Past Division Governor, and ACG Melinda Sisles (Past Area 31 Governor).

Winners in the Table Topics Contest: Champion - CC Jay Cris Famoso (Riverside TMC); 2nd Place - CC Jackie Rubin (Riverside TMC)

Winners in the Speech to Evaluate Contest: Champion - CC Jay Cris Famoso (Riverside TMC); 2nd Place - CC Jess Quiatchon (Riverside TMC)

Winners in the Humorous Speech Contest: Champion - TM Oscar Esler (Bacolod Square and Compass TMC); ACG Pope Jalandoon (Bacolod Square and Compass TMC)

Winners in the Prepared International Speech Contest: Champion - CTM Mario Pao (Riverside TMC); 2nd Place - CC Jay Cris Famoso (Riverside TMC)