Every first Monday of the month, the employees of the Alcantara Group of Companies gather to keep abreast of updates, to touchbase across the team, and to also learn a thing or two on how they can become better in their line of work. On June 5th, Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was invited as the guest speaker to empower the employees about having passion in their work.
After an icebreaker, Pocholo shared about his journey to discovering his passion for voice acting at a very young age, growing up in the province of Mariveles, Bataan. He then talked about how he started to pursue that passion at age 16 in DZMM, as well as the challenges and obstacles he met along the way. Pocholo also shared how he built his company and his voice acting school, fueled not only by his passion for the craft, but also for opening the doors of the industry to those who aspire to become part of it.
Pocholo used his story as an example of how important passion is in carrying out one’s work. He spoke about passion as the fire that makes a person look forward to waking up and going to work everyday, the fuel that helps a person push forth in times of adversity. And yes, Pocholo wowed the audience by doing an ensemble of voice impressions – from cartoon characters to famous personalities and celebrities.
Pocholo also spoke about one of his favorite people, National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal, and set him as an example of a man of passion. Pocholo talked a little bit about the history of Rizal, and how he was able to write novels, meet people and travel the world despite his lack of technology and freedom. The mini-history class became a challenge to the audience to discover their own greatness and become the best version of themselves.
Pocholo then transitioned to his main topic, “8 to be Great”. He shared to the audience the 8 qualities that make a person great – including passion, purpose and gratitude. Towards the end, Pocholo encouraged the employees to aim not just to be happy but to be great.
Alcantara Group of Companies spans across a wide range of industries, including power generation, agribusiness, forestry, transportation, real estate and construction.