On September 30, the Accounting Enrichment Society (AcES) of De La Salle University, Dasmarinas, held its seminar entitled “Speak Up: Communication Skills for Student Development.” The event is geared towards developing the communication skills of Accounting and Finance students of the campus, in order to become confident, effective and competent for the global workforce.
Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was invited to speak in the afternoon session, renowned for his contribution in training people on the power of voice. In his talk, “Your Voice, Your Force,” Pocholo proves that the voice is the most powerful human instrument, as it can be used to change or destroy lives. He started out by sharing how he has discovered the power of his own voice as a 7-year-old boy who loved listening to radio drama because they didn’t have television in their home in Mariveles, Bataan. His love for voice acting grew as he started imitating voices of cartoon characters, famous personalities, and even his school teachers! Pocholo mastered the art and not only became a professional voice artist, but also built his own voiceover company, and the country’s very first voice acting school, the Philippine Center for Voice Acting.
The audience were met with awe and amazement as Pocholo demonstrated his repertoire of voices – from the commercials and shows that he has lent his voice to, to the famous characters and personalities that he can imitate.
Pocholo’s journey in the industry led him to discover his passion to teach, motivate and empower, making him enter the world of youth empowerment and motivational speaking. He told the audience how, through the use of his voice, he was able to fulfill his mission and desire to make other people better and happy. Pocholo concluded his talk with a challenge to the participants, to discover and fulfill their life purpose, and to “never waste an opportunity to be an inspiration to their fellow youth.”