On December 4, over 200 Sophomore students of Banking and Finance in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sta. Mesa gathered at the COC Theater for a unique seminar experience which was entitled “Discover the Extra in your Ordinary.” This half-day seminar was organized by the section officers, which aimed to bring learning to the students not just for their respective field, but also in their personal well-being.
Two speakers were invited to speak on the event, sharing their knowledge and experience on living an extraordinary life. The first speaker was Herald “Kyut” Villarca. Kuya Kyut, as he is fondly called, started his talk with a couple of games to break the ice and raise the energy of the crowd. He then went on with a funny yet insightful talk, sharing the stories of famous personalities in history that he considered extraordinary – Princess Diana, General Antonio Luna, Mark Zuckerberg, among many others. He also told his own life story, including the hardships of putting himself through school as a working student in order to fulfill his dreams. He inspired the audience to live an extraordinary life by holding on to their vision and never giving up.
The second speaker for the event was Voice Care Philippines Executive Director Ada Cuaresma. After an intermission number, Ada briefly talked about the Science of Happiness, and how positivity can make an ordinary day extraordinary. She briefly told the story of her life, then went on to talk about attracting positivity by maintaining a positive attitude. Ada also shared 5 simple yet powerful tips on how to harness one’s positive emotions – embrace change, be intentional, be grateful, seize the day, and smile. She ended her talk with a strong statement: HAPPINESS IS AN INSIDE JOB.
The half-day motivational seminar ended on a positive note with showcase of talents, games and raffle.