The Manila leg of the 21st STI College National Youth Convention was held on February 2-5 at the Aliw Theater in CCP Complex, Pasay City. Tens of thousands of STI students from all over NCR and nearby provinces in Northern and Southern Luzon gathered to learn about the convention’s theme “I Will Innovate.” Each session featured 3 speakers, each one speaking about different facets of innovation: spirit, character, and creativity.
Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales has inspired more than 5,000 STI students as one of the speakers on both morning and afternoon sessions of the convention’s third and fourth day. With the topic, “Innovator’s Creativity,” the VoiceMaster talked about how innovation is a mindset more than it is an idea executed into a product or service. His talk was a combination of energetic humor, inspiring stories, memorable “hugot lines” and lessons to develop the mindset of an innovator. He motivated the audience to innovate not only their ideas, but also their own personality. He set himself as an example as to how he has continually developed himself especially when it comes to the voice – expanding his capabilities not only in voice acting, but also in broadcasting, training and motivational speaking.
The VoiceMaster also motivated the participants to be innovators not only for themselves but for the good of the country. He also encouraged them to become like Dr. Jose Rizal, and to use their available resources to be able to make a difference in the society, just like our national hero did despite his lack of technology and freedom.
The VoiceMaster also entertained the audience with his voice acting superpowers, imitating their favorite cartoon characters and celebrities.
Towards the end of each session, the VoiceMaster gave his last message to the audience and reminded them to pursue their passion while they are young, and to never waste an opportunity to be an inspiration to their fellow youth.