Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Club Hopping at JPhil TMC as Guest Evaluator

It was my first time to visit the JPhil Toastmasters Club today at the Madrigal Business Park in Alabang. Finally!

Upon Pres. Abelle's invitation way back when we first met at Metro South Alabang in 2018, I've been wanting to visit the club. But with Area Director duties for my 5 area clubs and a club I was mentoring, I didn't find the time.

Attending in today's lunch meeting were: (L-R) Genesis Isidro, Leslie Ann Moreno-Marcelino, Abelle Cruz, Ken, Eds Castillo and me.


(photo credits: Genesis Isidro)

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Election of Club Officers for 2019-2020

It was no ordinary Toastmasters meeting today at my home club, the BF Community Toastmasters Club. Today, we had the Election of Club Officers for the Toastmasters year 2019-2020.

Attending in today's meeting were (L-R): First row: Me, Leonzo Escolar, Ching Bognot, Glendy Artes, Sugar Loise Banez, Ed Ramirez and Cristina Yung. Second row: Russell Santos, Alvin Panghulan, Marilyn Malinao, Beth Pableo, Dolly delos Reyes and Ellen de Guzman. Third row: Pam Patacsil, Leah Catapia, Tanya Chloe de Guzman and Jude Ola. Nelle Cirjules had to leave earlier.

(photo credits: Ching Bognot)

Friday, May 17, 2019

Omega Toastmasters Club Visit - 4th (Second Round Visits)

By the time I arrived at International Pharmaceuticals Inc., I was already running late by 10 minutes. Ed was already there and the meeting was about to start. I later found from the program that it was club officer election day and they wanted to start quickly.

Attending in today's meeting were (L-R): Joshua Villegas, Kathrine Acaylar, guest Janver Romagus, Mario Maghinay, Gabriel Achacoso, Ed Ramirez, Jun Carlo Leop, Edwin Villamor, Jheng Basallo, me, Bam Gularan, Rendum Domingo, Winston Rodilla and Christian Abad.

(photo credits: Jheng Basallo)

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Delivery of DTM Pin in the Mail (Post Office)

Alright. After I received the DTM Badge in the mail last May 3, 2019, I have been awaiting, with bated breath, the DTM Pin.

Well, today, something arrived. No, not the pin, but a claim stub from the postman. Yeah, apparently, this time around, I needed to personally (or by rep) go to the post office and pay Php 112 to claim a parcel. Shown below is the parcel.


Saturday, May 4, 2019

May 4, 2019 Toastmasters Meeting

Once in a blue moon, I get to attend a regular club meeting without taking an evaluation role. Such happened at today's meeting when a couple of MSATC stalwarts, Anne and Raul, joined us.

Attending in today's meeting were (L-R): 1st row: Marlon Sanchez, Ed Ramirez, Anne "Gorgeous" Macalintal, Leah Catapia, Dolly delos Reyes, Ching Bognot, me, Michelle Santos, Russell Santos, Alvin Panghulan, Ellen de Guzman. 2nd row: Leonzo Escolar, Marilyn Malinao, Cristina Yung, Loise Banez, Abelle (guest), Nelle Cirujales. 3rd row: Chloe de Guzman and Raul dela Vega. Eric Advincula delivered a speech but had to leave earlier.

(photo credits: Ching Bognot)

Friday, May 3, 2019

Delivery of DTM Badge in the Mail

Today, I received a package from a courier guy. The dogs were barking and as I looked out, the guy was wedging a package on the gate grills and soon left.

I was surprised that he didn't even wait for someone to retrieve it. When I held it, the package was very lightweight, like it didn't have anything inside. Here's the package.


Saturday, April 6, 2019

Suit Jacket or Blazer with Floral Shirt

Some people describe me as one with poor fashion sense. The summer (hot or dry season) had intensified recently and I thought to myself, "hmmm, maybe it's time to take out the floral shirt I have". Haha.

I wasn't sure though if wearing the blazer (or suit jacket) to go with the shirt was a good idea. After all, in all my previous meetings wearing the blazer, I'd have a plain print or plaid shirt underneath.

Also, with the heat, is it even practical to wear the blazer? Well, what the heck, I thought. I have this customized Toastmasters shoulder briefcase bag that I use as a carry-on for my blazer. I'll just keep it there until it's time to take it out.

Apr 6, 2019 Toastmasters Meeting

Today's meeting was a bit extraordinary in that we had the Division H champions who came to practice at our club. They will be representing the division in the forthcoming District Contest in Cebu on April 27, 2019.

Attending today's regular meeting were (L-R): Standing: Porsh Maliksi, Annette Tayao, Jude Ola, me, Ed Ramirez, Pam Patacsil, Tzarina Saldana, Rea Muncada, Alvin Panghulan, Chloe de Guzman, Nona Hermogenes, Ida Sih, Raul dela Vega, Ellen de Guzman and Cristina Yung. Seated: Dolly delos Reyes, Ching Bognot and Leah Catapia.


(photo credits: Porsh Maliksi)

Friday, April 5, 2019

Omega Toastmasters Club Visit - 3rd (Second Round Visits)

It's been a while since the Omega last met. I believe their last meeting was in December, 2018 (last year). I did visit the IPI office though just recently to give the pins and trophy earned by Omega Toastmasters.

Attending in today's first meeting for the year were (L-R): Charlie Dar, Christian Abad, guest, Lydie Pancho, Bam Guilaran, Ed Ramirez, Edwin Villamor, Suzette Uy, Dolly delos Reyes, me, Rendum Domingo, Jun Carlo Leop and Joshua Villegas.


(photo credits: Charlie Dar)

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Toastmasters Document Briefcase - Customized!

I've recently found out that the Toastmasters Document Briefcase that was gifted to us (Area Directors) by District Director Benz Lim, could alternate as a garment bag. In other words it would double as a shoulder bag for a suit jacket or blazer.

But if the main compartment would be used for storing the blazer or jacket, then the outside pockets need to be modified a bit to contain other items like documents, notebooks, etc.

As it is, the outside pockets are just that - outside open pockets. There's no cover or closing mechanism that would secure contents and prevent them from sliding or falling out.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Shoulder Bag / Briefcase for Suit Jacket or Blazer

For quite some time now, I've been wearing a blazer (sometimes called a suit jacket) in most of my Toastmasters meetings. This is regardless whether the meeting is in my own home club at BF Community TMC or in other clubs or in Toastmasters events that I visit.

The first time I wore a blazer was when I gave a lecture on Body Language and Gestures at the 2018 Speakers Summit. But the wearing of a blazer became the norm when I did my round of club visits as an Area Director.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Alabang Community Toastmasters Club Visit - 2nd (Second Round Visits)

It's back to the Cafe 8 at the Crimson Hotel for me to visit the Alabang Community Toastmasters Club. This was after visiting the IPI Office to drop off items for the Omega TMC.

Shown below flanking me at the left are ACT Club President Neetu Singh Chadha and Sigma TMC President JD Morales. At the right are Fort Bonifacio TMC President James Isaac Exequiel and Past ACT Club President Loreta de los Reyes.


(photo credits: Ella Coors)

Trophy and Pins Delivered to Omega TMC

It was high time that I gave the Rookies trophy and the membership pins due to some members of the Omega TM. I would have wanted to give these items in a regular Toastmasters meeting but I still don't know when that would be.

Since there was a lull between my Table Topics Talk at the Vivere Hotel and my second club visit to the Alabang Community Toastmasters club, I decided to pay the IPI Office (Omega TMC venue) a visit.


Table Topics Talk for Vivere Speechcraft

It was my first time today to attend a Speechcraft session. This Speechcraft was being organized by Anne Macalintal for the Vivere Hotel staff in Alabang.

Shown below, I'm listening to Ed Ramirez's speech entitled, "Saving the Day". He was the Test Speaker. Raul de la Vega beside me was taking down notes for his evaluation.


(photo credits: Anne Macalintal)

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Ordering the DTM Badge and Pin from Toastmasters

A couple of days ago, I was musing about getting the DTM pin and badge. Well, I finally bit the bullet and said the myself, "I'm gonna get me that Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Badge and Pin."

How about the DTM plaque and the DTM medallion (with pin-back ribbon or neck ribbon), you might ask?


No, not interested. Firstly, I have no office and I've practically no place to hang them. If ever I did, they'd just be gathering dust.

Also, who wears that DTM medallion, anyway? Certainly, not here where I am. It kinda looks goofy for club meetings. It may look good on a captain of ship for a gala dinner, or maybe the graduate who's just been awarded at school or a contest.

Secondly, I think the badge and the pin are way cooler. They look more elegant and I can wear them anytime to Toastmasters meetings or events if I wanted to.


Sunday, March 10, 2019

DTM Badge and Pin - Worth Getting?

When once I was thumbing through the Toastmasters.org product catalog long before its online shop counterpart, I was fascinated at the pins and badges that were promoted.

Occasionally, I would receive recognition pins as awards. Of course, I was happy that I received them. I probably wore them once or twice in meetings, but that was it. Thereafter, they've been stored away somewhere.

But a DTM pin? And a DTM badge? Those are something else.


(photo credits: Toastmasters.org)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

QSI Toastmasters Club Visit - 4th (Second Round Visits)

Although we started a bit late in today's meeting (room was occupied), I thought the club meeting was productive and enjoyable.

Attending today's club meeting were (L-R): Jay Recomendable, Aldous Pring, me, guest Jayson, Mark Viriña, guest John, Noel Marcelino, Tess Sulapas, Joel dela Cruz, Jannine Montesines, Martin Bas and Norman Paje.


Saturday, March 2, 2019

Mar 2, 2019 Open House Meeting - Part 2

With the success of the first Open House meeting held last Sep 22, 2018, the BF Community Club held another Open House meeting today.

Attending the Second Open House meeting were club members and guests. Seated (L-R): Roma, Cristina Yung, Duchess Marie Munsayac, Sugar Loise Bañez, Ching Bognot and Leah Catapia. Standing: Chloe de Guzman, John Wallis, Ellen de Guzman, Glenn Desquitado, Mimi, James Exequiel (Fort Bonifacio), Earl, Julie Ann Lumaban, Glendy Artes, Basher Toboot (Maharlika), Gigi Santos, Nelson Salazar (Alabang Community), me, Porsh, Camille and Marlon Sanchez.


(photo credits: Duchess Munsayac)

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Division H Toastmasters Speech Contest 2018-2019

Once again, the BF Community Toastmasters Club showed its full support, this time for its contestants at the Division H Contest held at the Willis Towers Watson in BGC, Taguig City.

Shown below are the delegates from the BF Community Toastmasters Club (L-R): Front: Ellen de Guzman, Julie Ann Lumaban, Sugar Loise Bañez, Leah Catapia, Russell Santos, Ching Bognot, Glendy Artes with son, and Ed Ramirez. Back: Chloe de Guzman, Cristina Yung, Beth Pableo, me, Jude Ola and Mark Nuqui.

(photo credits: Sigma Toastmasters Club)

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Feb 16, 2019 Toastmasters Meeting - Manage Projects Successfully, Second Speech

After being absent in the last meeting to attend my High School's 40th Year Anniversary reunion, I attended today's meeting ready to deliver my second speech entitled, "By the Book", to complete my Level 4 of Innovative Planning.

Attending today's club meeting were (L-R), Seated: Me, Glendy Artes, Rema Manzano, Ching Bognot, Leah Catapia, Cristina Yung and Ellen de Guzman. Standing: Jude Ola, Gigi Santos, Julie Ann Lumaban, Mark Nuqui, Alvin Panghulan, Marlon Sanchez, Raul de la Vega, Chloe de Guzman, Ed Ramirez and Russell Santos.

(photo credits: Cristina Yung)

Manage Projects Successfully 2nd Speech-Sample IP4, "By the Book"

This is my 19th prepared speech under Pathways. The speech was delivered at the BF Community TMC in Las Piñas City in the Feb 16, 2019 Toastmasters Club Meeting.


By the Book
(Manage Projects Successfully 2nd Speech, Feb 16, 2019, BF Community TMC, Cassalu Restaurant, Las Piñas City. Evaluated by Rema Manzano DTM)

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Joint Area Contest for Division H 2018-2019

From the club contest level, the club winners advanced to the Joint Area Contest today. That means clubs under the different areas will be competing against each other.

Shown below are the delegates from the BF Community Toastmasters Club (L-R): Duchess Marie Cruz Munsayac, Leah Catapia, Ching Bognot, Sugar Loise Banez, Russell Santos, me and Ed Ramirez.


(photo credits: Leah Catapia)

Friday, January 25, 2019

Charter Installation of First Balfour Toastmasters Club

At long last, the First Balfour Toastmasters Club had their Charter Presentation and Installation today. This was a few months after we, the demo team, gave a Demo Meeting for First Balfour last Oct.26, 2018.

Attending as guests in today's Charter Presentation were (L-R, seated): Area 71 Director JK, me (representing Div H Director Dolly), ACT VP-Education Lolet de los Reyes, ACT VP-Membership Estrella Coors and her guest.

(photo credits: Adrienne Nicole Bernal)


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Jan 19, 2019 Toastmasters Meeting - Manage Projects Successfully, First Speech

It was our first regular club meeting for the year 2019 today, although we just met at the recently concluded Club Contest last Jan. 5, 2019. Some of us even met each other in the recent Club Officers Training 2 last Jan. 12, 2019.

Those who attended in today's meeting were (L-R): Lorenzo Vergel de Dios, me, Nona Hermogenes, Leah Catapia, guest Tess, guest Atsuko, Bea Indonto, Loise Banez, Ed Ramirez, Marlon Sanchez, Jude Ola, Russell Santos and Ching Bognot.

(photo credits: Marlon Sanchez)

Manage Projects Successfully 1st Speech-Sample IP4, "A Successful Club Contest"

This is my 18th prepared speech under Pathways. The speech was delivered at the BF Community TMC in Las Piñas City in the Jan 19, 2019 Toastmasters Meeting.


A Successful Club Contest by Jan 5, 2019
(Manage Projects Successfully 1st Speech, Jan 19, 2019, BF Community TMC, Cassalu Restaurant, Las Piñas City. Evaluated by Nona Hermogenes DTM)

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Continental Manila TMC Visit - Jan 17, 2018

The order of the today's meeting was the reintroduction of the Pathways Learning Sessions to the club members. It did catch me a little off guard though because I thought it would be a regular meeting.

Some of the club members, two of them speakers, had conflict with today's meeting and had to beg off. But was I disappointed because of the last minute change in agenda? Not at all!

(photo credits: Jeffrey Lim)

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Club Officers Training 2 for 2018-2019

Attending the Club Officers Training 2 from the BF Community Toastmasters Club were eight members: Ching, Ed, Loise, me, Cristina, Dolly, Duchess and Marlon. We were the biggest delegation in the training, second only to the host club, the Dasmariñas City Toastmasters Club.


(photo credits: Ching Bognot)

Saturday, January 5, 2019

BF Community Toastmasters Club Contest 2008-2019

It was a two thumbs-up for me as we concluded the Speech Contests for BF Community Toastmasters Club today at the club's regular venue in Las Piñas City. Our efforts to prepare for this in the Dec.22 Club Contest Planning with Pres. Ching paid off!

Attending the club contest were (L-R): Standing: DTM Nona Hermogenes (Test Speaker), Leah Catapia, Nelle Cirujales, Ed Ramirez, Marlyn Malinao, guest Bianza Escolar, Russell Santos, AD Anne Macalintal, DTM Raul de la Vega, Loise Bañez, Bea Indonto, Leonzo Escolar and me. Seated: Ching Bognot, Dolly de los Reyes, Duchess Munsayac, DTM Rema Manzano, Cristina Yung and DTM Beth Pableo.

(photo credits: BF Community TMC)


Friday, January 4, 2019

Toastmasters Document Briefcase from District Director

During the Power Dressing Seminar, Division Director Dolly handed to me what looked like a small package.

When I opened it, the package turned out to be a Toastmasters Document Briefcase. And inside the briefcase were a couple of promotional bookmarks and button pins. The package was a gift from our District 75 Director, Benz Lim.

As of this writing, the item description as advertised in the TI website is shown below: