The United Print Media Group and Creativilla organized the first-ever Youth Print Media Congress, on December 10 at the Manila Bulletin Convention Hall in Intramuros. Around 200 students from various colleges and universities attended the event, which was aimed to encourage the appreciation of reading and writing among the youth, albeit the proliferation of touchscreen and voice-activated devices.
Noteworthy speakers from various sectors – government, PR and marketing, technology and media – were invited to share their experiences on the importance of print media in the age of digital technology.
Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was one of the speakers in the event, who spoke about “The Voice of Reading.” In his short but sweet presentation, the VoiceMaster introduced the industry of voice acting to the audience. He shared the story of how he got started with voice acting, including the challenges he met that led him to build his company and the first and only voice acting school in the country. He encouraged the audience to discover their passion, and to use it as a fuel to overcome obstacles in pursuit of their life purpose.
The VoiceMaster also talked about the art of storytelling, and encouraged the audience to read and expose themselves more to the stories of the greatest men and women of history. He emphasized the importance of voice in bringing stories to life, and even demonstrated it by doing a quick one-man live radio drama performance! In the end, the VoiceMaster left the audience with a message of inspiration and motivation – to make sure that they live their life to become a story worth telling.
In the last few minutes of his presentation, the VoiceMaster called onstage his son, Patrick Gabriel Gonzales. Dubbed as the country’s youngest broadcaster and motivational speaker, Patrick amazed the audience with a quick yet powerful speech on how they should believe in their capacity to succeed, as long as they dedicate their lives to their passion.
The United Print Media Group (UPMG) is the premier association of major publications in the Philippines, including major newspapers, tabloids and magazines.