This year’s search for the best impromptu speaker in the 2nd Voice of Asia speech Competition international finals is slated for April 2 at the Tanghalang Yaman Lahi auditorium of the Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) in Manila.
The Department of Education (DepEd), jointly with The Manila Times College (TMTC), and The Manila Times, and in cooperation with EAC, successfully concluded the national leg of the speech contest on October 16 last year, paving the way for the holding of the international finals next month.
The Voice of Asia speech competition is an extemporaneous speech contest for students from Grades 9 to 11. It encourages the youth of Asia to take part in inter-cultural discussions, share ideas on various topics on education, using the English language, as they represent their respective countries.
Contestants from the region, including South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the Philippines will vie for this year’s awards.
The 2nd Voice of Asia competition began in August last year with the school and division level selection. It was open to Filipinos in 3rd- and 4th-year high school or Grades 11 and 12 for senior high model schools.
Each region was entitled to send two representatives to the national finals—one from a public school and another from a private school.
“This contest gives an opportunity to students to shine and show their best in articulating ideas on various topics on education,” said Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC.
The contestants are given each three minutes to deliver an impromptu speech about a topic known to them three minutes before their turn on stage. The contestants are judged based on content (50 percent) and delivery (50 percent). This year’s theme is internationalizing education.
The winner in the national finals—Hannah Faith Saab from Oriental Mindoro—will represent the Philippines in the international finals on April 2 after slugging it out with 20 other contestants from the different regions. Saab will be vying in the 2nd Voice of Asia championship with Joanne Guo of Taiwan, Jang Min Woo or Kevin Jang of South Korea, and Nguyen Hung Binh of Vietnam, among others.
“The international competition serves as a good venue for inter-cultural appreciation and understanding, which will foster camaraderie among the peoples of Asia,” Luistro said.
For the 2nd Voice of Asia competition, the contestants who have so far been declared as official country representatives are:
– Hannah Faith Saab, a student at Oriental Mindoro National High School in Calapan City, Philippines.
– Joanne Guo, a 16-year-old Grade 10 student from Shin Min High School in Taichung, Taiwan.
– Kevin Jang, 15-year-old student from South Korea has lived in the Philippines for 10 years and is now enrolled at the Korean International School in the Philippines.
– Nguyen Hung Binh from Vietnam is a 14-year-old Grade 9 student of Cau Giay Junior High School in Hanoi.
Among the competition’s participating sponsors are One Meralco Foundation, SM Supermalls, and Pag-IBIG Fund.
The 1st Voice of Asia champion, Aloysius Bresnan from Naga City, competed with 19 other contestants from different schools across the Philippines before going to the international finals where he bested finalists Frinsen Johnny Hutagalung of Indonesia; Feras Abdulrahman Al Anazi for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Dzung Hoang of Vietnam; Ye Eun Park of South Korea; and Liu Hui Tse of Taiwan.
Bresnan was awarded full scholarship for a dual-degree program from the EAC and TMTC.