The Saint Nicholas Child Care Center Learning Center of Mariveles celebrated its Commencement Exercises and Recognition Rites at the Mariveles Peoples’ Park on March 30, 2016. About 50 students – together with their parents, relatives and teachers – gathered to celebrate this significant moment in the students’ lives.
Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was invited as the Commencement Speaker for the event. As an alumnus of the school during his pre-school years, Pocholo shared how he is delighted to be reunited with his former teachers and to be able to inspire the youth in his own hometown. In his talk which he called “I Heart M.A.R.I.V.E.L.E.S.,” Pocholo shared his meaning of the town’s name by giving each letter a meaning to motivate the students to become great and excellent citizens of the country. He took a trip down memory lane by sharing how Mariveles became his roots for developing his voice, until he moved to Manila to become one of the most respected and the greatest in his work. Pocholo also shared his talent to the audience by showcasing a repertoire of character voices he has done.
Pocholo also recognized and thanked the people who shaped his life – his family, relatives, and former teachers. He encouraged the students to always look back to what formed their skills, passions and values, no matter how far they get to go in their life’s journey.
One of the highlights of his talks was when he called his own son onstage, Patrick Gabriel Gonzales. Patrick, the country’s youngest broadcaster and motivational speaker, inspired the students by sharing his life principles. He mesmerized the audience with his wit, voice acting talent, and moving words of wisdom.
Pocholo ended his speech with a “vision exercise,” where each student projected into the future and congratulated each other for having been successful in their own chosen field. He then asked the graduates to approach their teachers and parents, hug them, and thank them for the hard work and dedication of putting them through to school.