In celebration of National Children’s Month, BATA AKO PH organized the BATA AKO Conference 2016, held on November 6-8 at the Smallville 21 Hotel in Iloilo City. Hundreds of parents, teachers and students attended the event to learn about various issues affecting today’s children, such as their rights, health and welfare, especially in the age where they are exposed to too much information, too soon. There were also topics discussed in the seminar that tackled children’s media, such as children’s books, animation and television.
Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales graced the event as a panelist and a speaker during the conference, sharing his knowledge about the voice and its importance in storytelling. According to the VoiceMaster, storytelling is a timeless manner of passing on history, tradition, and even moral values from one generation to another. As a youth advocate for 20 years, the VoiceMaster has worked closely with young people and has seen how technology has greatly transformed how children think, learn and behave in their environment. As a Filipino futurist, he also shared his foresight about how technology will continue to evolve, and how the education sector should adapt to these changes.
In his talk entitled “Voice Acting for Effective Storytelling,” the VoiceMaster shared his experience and expertise in voice acting that parents and teachers can apply in storytelling. He talked about the voice as the most powerful human instrument, and how voice acting techniques can greatly improve how one’s story is heard and received. The VoiceMaster also encouraged the audience to tell their story in a manner that will inspire and motivate other people. Of course, the VoiceMaster amazed the audience by demonstrating his voice acting talent through a repertoire of character voices, and by doing a live radio drama, voicing multiple characters!
The BATA AKO Conference’s speaker lineup included Daisy Atienza of National Council for Children’s Television, Tarie Sabido of Philippine Board on Books for Young People, Glory Moralidad of Bata Ako PH, and Rose Gonzales of the Animation Council of the Philippines.
BATA AKO also organized other activities for the month such as a medical mission, storytelling session, games and film showing to celebrate National Children’s Month.