• The search is on for Asia’s best impromptu speaker

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    THE Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday formally opened its search for the best impromptu speaker in the 2nd Voice of Asia Speech contest which will highlight the capability of Filipino high school students to discuss a relevant issue that is exemplary in form and content.

    Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the search, which starts its selection at the school and division-level this August, will culminate in the International Finals in February 2014.

    “This is a good venue for inter-cultural appreciation and understanding, which will foster camaraderie among the peoples of Asia,” Luistro said.

    The contest is open to Filipinos in 3rd year or 4th year high school or Grade 11 or Grade 12 for senior high school model schools.  Each region is entitled to send two representatives to the national finals – one from a public school and another from a private school.

    Luistro said Filipino high school students will be given a chance to shine internationally in an impromptu speaking contest in English that also aims to develop the public- speaking skills of local students.

    “This is to give all students a chance to shine and show their best,” Luistro explained.

    The winner in the national finals will represent the country in the international finals. The top five contestants in the national and the top five in the international finals will each receive prizes in cash and in kind.

    Based on the DepEd Memo 147, series of 2013, the selection for division contestants will be from August 14 to 23. The regional search will run from August 28 to September 6, while the national finals will be on October 16. The international finals will be on February 19, 2014 in Manila.

    Luistro said each participant will be given three minutes to deliver an impromptu speech about a topic to be given three minutes before his/her turn on stage. The contestants will be judged based on content (50 percent) and delivery (50 percent).

    The national winner will receive P50, 000, the second placer will get P40, 000, the third wins P30, 000, the fourth placer brings home P20, 000 and the fifth gets P10, 000.

    In the international finals, the prizes are the following: US$5,000 (1st place), $4,000 (2nd place), $3,000 (3rd place), $2,000 (4th place) and $1,000 (5th place).

    The contest is being launched by the DepEd in cooperation with The Manila Times, The Manila Times College, Emilio Aguinaldo College and the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (Cocopea). NEIL A. ALCOBER

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