Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales spoke at the Regional Leadership Congress 2017 held on February 26 at the Camarines Sur National High School in Naga City. With the theme “Young Minds in Motion: Leadership by Service – Act. Plan. Dream. Believe,” the event creates a platform for the 100 student leader participants to realize their capacity to support Philippines 2030 on youth development.
Pocholo was the first speaker of the event. In his talk entitled “The Future Filipino: Be an Inspiration,” Pocholo talked about how today’s youth can be an inspiration to their fellow youth. He started by sharing his own story of how at a young age, he discovered his passion and talent in voice acting, which became his starting point of building his brand as the VoiceMaster. Pocholo also talked about how he became a youth advocate, and how he eventually became a Filipino motivational speaker with his desire to inspire and empower the people around him. He also wanted the students around him to succeed in life and get their dream careers. He also talked about how education was really important. And that improving their English skills such as knowing complex helping verbs ,nouns, or any other aspects of important subjects would really the students succeed.
Pocholo talked about his journey as a youth advocate. He talked about the orgnization he founded, Voice of the Youth Network, and how he has empowered his fellow youth by giving them a voice on issues that affect them. Pocholo also talked about how he looks up to national hero Dr. Jose Rizal as the epitome of Filipino greatness and excellence. He shared a lot of stories about Rizal – his travels, his books, the love of his life – and challenged the audience to put themselves in high standards in living their life.
Pocholo also talked about his career as a voice artist. He showed the audience the projects he has been involved in – commercials, anime, video games – and even amazed the audience by performing a live one-man radio drama of his childhood favorite, Gabi ng Lagim. He also made the crowd go wild by doing his voice impressions of famous cartoon characters and celebrities.
On a serious note, Pocholo then shared what he calls “8 to be Great” – which are the 8 things that a person must have in order to become great. He talked about passion, faith, purpose, and opportunity, among many others, that would propel a person to his/her greatness. He then encouraged the audience to pay it forward by sharing this learning to their fellow youth.
Pocholo also shared the stage with fellow Filipino motivational speaker and a good friend, Lloyd Luna.