Thursday, May 10, 2018

Creating Effective Visual Aids-Sample Speech IP3, "Who's the Lucky Juan?"

This is my 9th speech under Pathways. The speech was delivered at the Continental GBS in Net Lima, BGC in the May 10, 2018 Demo Meeting. With me in the demo team were Jeffrey Ganaba, Raul dela Vega and Leah Catapia. Raul evaluated me for this speech.

Who's the Lucky Juan?
(Creating Effective Visual Aids, Level 3-Innovative Planning, May 10, 2018, Demo Meeting, Continental GBS, Bonifacio Global City. Evaluated by Raul dela Vega)

Imagine yourself in a time machine... We turn back the hands of time and you are in the year... 1883... in Madrid, Spain. We find an obscure Filipino painter laboring on a huge painting in a dimly-lit studio that’s probably 3 or 4 times the size of this room. The name of the Filipino painter is Juan Luna. Good evening, everyone.


One night, after an exhausting evening work on a huge painting, Juan Luna decided to give himself a special treat. He’s been working on the painting for several months now and wanted his favorite dishes at an expensive restaurant.

After finishing his big dinner, Juan Luna reached for his pockets for his wallet so he could pay. But then he realized, he had left his wallet at the studio. All he had at the restaurant was his big bag of brushes and paints.

At the side (move right), was a Spanish waiter, coincidentally named Juan, for Juan Cortez. He noticed Juan Luna and became suspicious. “Will this Indio be able to pay?”, he thought.

(move left) After a few minutes of thinking, Juan Luna came up with a brilliant idea. “This must be my lucky day!”, said Juan Luna to himself. He asked the Spanish waiter to come over. “SeƱor, un momento, por favor”, he said. The waiter comes over and with a raised eye brow.

Juan looks up to the waiter and said, “Quiero cerveza, una cerveza por favor?” And with that, the waiter, Juan Cortez, went to the kitchen (point right) to get a tall glass of beer for Juan Luna.

After being served the cerveza, Juan Luna put his big bag on the table. He positioned his big bag to hide what he was about to do. (pause) He took a napkin and proceeded to wipe the dinner plate clean and dry (wipe dinner plate prop with napkin). He then took some brushes and special paints from his bag.

And then, while very slowly sipping on his beer, Juan Luna started painting on the dinner plate. And what do you think did he paint on the dinner plate? Was it a portrait of a nearby beautiful lady? No, no. A bunch of fruits displayed on a table? No, no. He proceeded to paint money on the dinner plate. He painted setenta y cinco pesetas bank notes on the dinner plate.

This represented the bill for his dinner plus a few more for tips! How was he able to do this? Well, you must know that Juan Luna has been living in Madrid for 6 years. He had an eidetic memory, which others call photographic memory, and was able to replicate those bank notes.

By the time he finished sipping his beer, the paint had dried and his painting was done. Below the money painting, he signed the dinner plate, as he always did – “LUNA”.

When Juan Luna saw the waiter busy with the other tables, Juan Luna quickly slipped out the door (point left). Now, in those days, it was quite customary to leave your payment on the table or on the dinner plate especially if you didn’t expect change.

(move right) Upon seeing Juan Luna leave, the waiter was about to chase Juan Luna but then saw money on the dinner plate. Or so, he thought! When he went over (move left) to get the money, he was dumbfounded to see it was just a painting on the dinner plate. But he was so impressed with the realistic rendition that he decided to keep the dinner plate, never allowing anything to scratch it.

In the following year, in 1884, the huge painting that Juan Luna was laboring on for 8 months back at the studio was finished. It was entered in the 1884 Madrid Exposition and won the Gold Medal. The Exposition at that time was like the Olympics for the Arts and Sciences. That huge painting was... the Spoliarium.

Measuring 4 meters high and 7 meters wide, it was an instant hit. It bested hundreds of entries from all over Europe, notably the Spanish, French and Italian painters at the time. Juan Luna’s name and face was in all the papers in Madrid and Paris. He was an international celebrity.

And the waiter, Juan Cortez? We don’t know whatever happened to him but suffice it to say that the waiter became the proud and lucky owner of a Juan Luna original. Rumor has it that he sold it later for a hefty sum.

Which Juan was the lucky one? Was it Juan the painter, or Juan the waiter? I don’t think Juan Luna was lucky. I think it took sheer talent, persistence and determination to win the gold medal - not luck. He won, despite all odds, including racial discrimination back then.

And Juan Luna proved to the world that the indios, despite their supposed “barbarian” race, were far better artists far better than the Spaniards who colonized them. What about you, fellow Toastmasters? Which Juan do you think, was the lucky one? Toastmaster of the Evening.