A Research on District 75 Toastmasters International

Yesterday, I met Mr. Joseph Adonis “Dodong” Baduel, District Governor of TI Philippines in 1983. He was one of my interviewees for a research I did on Toastmasters International almost a decade ago. We were supposed to meet after my research so I could give him a hardbound copy of the research, but I changed…

Petty

So it’s just two (2) days before the national elections in the Philippines, and people are still actively exchanging views on social media in support of their candidates and to attack other runners, and thoughts are swirling in my head. But instead of writing them down, I thought of writing something petty on a Saturday,…

What’s in it for me?

I remember in school, when speech writing and delivery was discussed, one of the things emphasized was “What’s in it for me?” According to our prof, you should think of the audience and what they can gain from your talk. In that way, she said, they will pay attention and listen more. After several years,…

Still Thinking of Taking the FSOE?

I wrote about this topic in two previous entries. But there were a few queries I received recently about FSO life; that’s why I thought of writing a few tips again. Also, I have an upcoming online career talk in a university, where I will share some insights to students about foreign service as a…

Finding a Home in the City of Lights

Home is a feeling, not just a place. Author’s Note: This was my contest piece during the International Speech Contest Area Level Contest, Toastmasters International, Manila on 19 Feb. 2022. The last time I competed was in 2011 so it felt great joining the contest again. Honestly, I was thinking of backing out a few…

Face to Face with Covid-19

Two weeks ago, I exhibited the first symptoms of Covid-19–fever and chills. I did not know then that I caught the virus. In fact, since it would be the first workday of the year the next day, I brushed my health concern off thinking that a good night’s sleep would cure me. However, I was…

1, 2, 3

December 29, 30, 31. Are these days any different from the rest? I believe so. For many people, it is a time for many things: self-reflection (without consciously doing so), recreation, preparing a list of New Year’s resolutions or the more practical tasks such as cleaning up your bodega and disposing of unnecessary stuff in…

The Grinch

There are days when you have to try harder — to smile, to meet others, or even simply to get up from bed. There are days when the temptation is strong to simply lie under the covers, shun conversations, be in the company of books all day, surf the net mindlessly, or do a solitary…

#AfterSix

I came across this #AfterSix series of interviews this year and I must say I was impressed. Hosted by Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Chairman Jaime A. Zobel de Ayala, the series features “key changemakers who share their journey towards building a better Philippines.” The interviews are 15-minute long, fast-paced, straightforward and informative. They…

Kumusta?

Kumusta is a Tagalog word used to ask “How are you?” Or if you’d like the sentence to be complete grammatically, you can ask “Kumusta ka?” We usually ask other people this question. But have you asked yourself “Kumusta ka?” “Okey ka lang ba?” (Are you okay?) I hope that you can readily answer “Mabuti!”…