The Bachelor of Elementary Education students of St. Bridget College, Batangas City conducted a seminar entitled “Inspiring Greatness and Excellence in Every Filipino Youth” on February 20, 2017. Around 500 students from various universities and colleges in Batangas City filled the school auditorium for an afternoon of fun, learning and inspiration.
Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales – also known as the “Pochologist” – was invited as the resource speaker for the seminar. Pocholo came onstage after some introduction and opening remarks. He started his talk with an icebreaker to set his audience off at a high energy. He told the story of his 20-year journey in the voice acting industry. He shared how he won a competition on radio when he was 16 years old, and how this win jumpstarted his career as a voice artist. He also shared to the students the struggles and challenges he met along the way, and how he used those to fuel his personal life mission to make other people better and happy with his talents and skills.
Pocholo talked about Dr. Jose Rizal, whom he considers to be the epitome of Filipino greatness and excellence. He took the students down memory lane as he shared interesting tidbits about the life of Rizal. He encouraged the audience to learn more about our national hero, and learn to imbibe his standards of excellence.
Pocholo then gave the audience a sneak peak of his voice acting career. He got the crowd roaring wild as he did voice impression upon voice impression – of cartoon characters, commercials, and famous personalities. He also performed an excerpt of his favorite childhood radio drama, Gabi ng Lagim, and did the voices of all the characters.
Pocholo then transitioned into inspiring the audience, to take the time to discover their passion and purpose. He challenged them to move beyond the goal of making money, and instead pursue things for the purpose of meaning. “Don’t just aim to be happy. Aim to be GREAT,” Pocholo said, as he shared what he calls “8 to be Great.” He talked about the 8 things that make people great, and how the students can unlock the greatness that is within them.
Towards the end, Pocholo challenged the students to commit to a lifelong quest to discover their purpose and dedicate their life to making other people better and happy.