Inspirational Political Concession Speech by US Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton

Example of Inspirational Political Concession Speech

In what many have called the greatest upset in US political history, we can still find some inspiration in losing. Here is Hillary Clinton’s concession speech.

Thank you. Thank you all very much. Thank you so much.

Very rowdy group. Thank you, my friends. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so very much for being here. I love you all, too.

Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country.

I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans. This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, and I’m sorry that we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country.

But I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together. This vast, diverse, creative, unruly, energized campaign. You represent the best of America, and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life.

I know how disappointed you feel, because I feel it too. And so do tens of millions of Americans who invested their hopes and dreams in this effort. This is painful, and it will be for a long time. But I want you to remember this.

Our campaign was never about one person, or even one election. It was about the country we love and building an America that is hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted. We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America, and I always will. And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead. Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power.

We don’t just respect that. We cherish it. It also enshrines the rule of law; the principle we are all equal in rights and dignity; freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these values, too, and we must defend them.

Let me add: Our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years, but all the time. So let’s do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear. Making our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top, protecting our country and protecting our planet. And breaking down all the barriers that hold any American back from achieving their dreams.

We’ve spent a year and a half bringing together millions of people from every corner of our country to say with one voice that we believe that the American dream is big enough for everyone—for people of all races, and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people, and people with disabilities. For everyone.

So now, our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek. And I know you will.

I am so grateful to stand with all of you. I want to thank Tim Kaine and Anne Holton for being our partners on this journey. [Cheers and applause]

It has been a joy getting to know them better, and it gives me great hope and comfort to know that Tim will remain on the front lines of our democracy representing Virginia in the Senate. [Cheers and applause]

To Barack and Michelle Obama, our country owes you an enormous debt of gratitude.

We thank you for your graceful, determined leadership that has meant so much to so many Americans and people across the world. And to Bill and Chelsea, Mark, Charlotte, Aidan, our brothers and our entire family, my love for you means more than I can ever express.

You crisscrossed this country on our behalf and lifted me up when I needed it most—even 4-month-old Aidan, who traveled with his mom. I will always be grateful to the talented, dedicated men and women at our headquarters in Brooklyn and across our country.

You poured your hearts into this campaign. To some of you who are veterans, it was a campaign after you had done other campaigns. Some of you, it was your first campaign. I want each of you to know that you were the best campaign anybody could have ever expected or wanted.

And to the millions of volunteers, community leaders, activists and union organizers who knocked on doors, talked to their neighbors, posted on Facebook—even in secret private Facebook sites.

I want everybody coming out from behind that and make sure your voices are heard going forward. [Cheers and applause]

To everyone who sent in contributions, even as small as $5, and kept us going, thank you from all of us. And to the young people in particular, I hope you will hear this—I have, as Tim said, spent my entire life fighting for what I believe in.

I’ve had successes and I’ve had setbacks. Sometimes, really painful ones. Many of you are at the beginning of your professional, public, and political careers—you will have successes and setbacks too.

This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.

It is, it is worth it. [Cheers and applause]

And so we need—we need you to keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives. And to all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me: I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion.

Now, I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but some day someone will—and hopefully sooner than we might think right now. [Cheers and applause]

And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams. [Cheers and applause]

Finally, I am so grateful for our country and for all it has given to me.

I count my blessings every single day that I am an American. And I still believe, as deeply as I ever have, that if we stand together and work together with respect for our differences, strengthen our convictions, and love for this nation, our best days are still ahead of us.

Because, you know, I believe we are stronger together and we will go forward together. And you should never, ever regret fighting for that. You know, scripture tells us, “Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season, we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

My friends, let us have faith in each other, let us not grow weary and lose heart, for there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do.

I am incredibly honored and grateful to have had this chance to represent all of you in this consequential election.

May God bless you and may God bless the United States of America.

Two Secrets: A Wedding Speech by a Filipino father

A WEDDING SPEECH DELIVERED BY ANDREW OCAMPO IN PARIS, FRANCE

HELLO, EVERYONE!

LOVING. STRONG. CARING. THAT’S OUR CHILD MARY. AND STARTING TONIGHT, I FEEL SHE WILL BE EVEN MORE LOVING, STRONGER, MORE CARING.

BUT BEFORE I CONGRATULATE THE BOTH OF YOU, I PREPARED SOME NOTES—SOME MEMORIES AND STORIES THAT LED TO THIS DAY.

THIS WILL BE SHORT, DON’T WORRY. AND EVEN IF IT WOULD BE LONG, IT’S MY RIGHT AND PRIVILEGE AS A GENETIC CONTRIBUTOR TO THE BRIDE SO NO PRESSURE. MARY IS 50% ME.

IT WAS LIKE ONLY A FEW MONTHS AGO SINCE WE HAD THIS PASSIONATE, BY PASSIONATE I MEAN HEATED, CONVERSATION ON WHICH CAREER YOU WOULD TAKE AND WHETHER YOU WOULD TAKE PHILIPPINE AIRLINES OR EMIRATES. AND EVEN BEFORE THAT, HOW WOULD I EVEN AGREE THAT YOU WORK AS A FLIGHT ATTENDANT? I PAID FOR YOUR EDUCATION AS A NURSE. YOU ARE A REGISTERED NURSE.

I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED BUT NONETHELESS I AGREED THAT YOU BECOME A FLIGHT ATTENDANT.

IN MANY OCCASIONS THAT I DIDN’T EVEN REALIZE, SHE HAS WON MANY ARGUMENTS. BUT THINKING ABOUT IT, PERHAPS I SIMPLY GAVE IN. I LOST BECAUSE I LET YOU WIN!

THEN THERE WAS AN ISSUE ON WHETHER TO TAKE PHILIPPINE AIRLINES OR EMIRATES. I WANTED EMIRATES BECAUSE I WANTED YOU TO BE INDEPENDENT. YOU WANTED PAL BECAUSE YOU WANTED TO STILL BE WITH US.

BUT AS LOVING AS YOU ARE, YOU CHOSE TO AGREE TO TAKE EMIRATES. IT WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE DIFFICULT DECISIONS YOU HAVE MADE. TO BE ALONE WORKING AT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD AWAY FROM US IS SOMETHING I COULDN’T IMAGINE YOU’D TAKE. BUT YOU TOOK IT FOR US.

REMEMBER THE TIME YOU MADE AN APPEAL, CRYING TO YOUR MOM BECAUSE YOU REALLY WANTED TO STAY?

I WANTED YOU TO KNOW IT WAS TWICE AS DIFFICULT FOR US TO SEE YOU GO. WE DIDN’T WANT YOU TO LEAVE BUT IT WAS NECESSARY SO YOU CAN SEE THE WORLD OUTSIDE OUR CONFORT OF YOUR HOME.

BUT A YEAR LATER, I WOULD RECEIVE AN EMAIL FROM YOU TELLING ME HOW HAPPY YOU ARE IN YOUR JOB, THANKING ME FOR SENDING YOU OUT THERE. WE WERE RELIEVED. TO HAVE PUSHED YOU TO BE ON YOUR OWN WAS PAINFUL BUT IT WAS NECESSARY.

ONE DAY, I MADE A TRIP TO VANCOUVER TO VISIT MY ELDEST DAUGHTER. MARY CALLED AND ASKED ME IF I COULD SWING BY DUBAI FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS. SHE SAID, “I WANTED TO SEE YOU, DAD. I MISS YOU.”

AND HOW COULD I SAY NO TO THAT CLINGY LITTLE GIRL SO CLOSE TO ME EVER SINCE? SO I MADE THAT SIDE TRIP.

BUT IT WAS MORE OF A TRAP THAN A SIDE TRIP. AND I GOT RIGHT INTO IT. YOU KNOW WHAT WAS BEHIND THAT “I MISS YOU DAD” THING?

LO AND BEHOLD! A HANDSOME, GOOD-LOOKING GUY, SMILING AT ME, SEEMED TO ME LIKE A GOOD GUY, WASN’T SURE AT THE TIME. YOU KNOW FATHERS. WE ARE SUSPICIOUS JUST ABOUT EVERY GUY NEAR OUR DAUGHTER.

BUT THINKING BACK, MAYBE IT WAS NOT HER CAREER AT EMIRATES THAT SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT WHEN SHE SENT ME THAT EMAIL. MAYBE FORCING HER TO WORK AT EMIRATES LED HER TO MEET MAN OF HER DREAM.

SO THIS IS THE BEST TIME TO TELL ME THE TRUTH, MARY. (ASK HER AND LET HER ANSWER, ANTICIPATE LAUGHTER)

GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS AND I WE WOULDN’T HAVE GOTTEN TO THIS DAY IF NOT FOR THOSE DIFFICULT DECISIONS WE MADE.

SO MICHAEL, YOU SHOULD THANK US FOR FORCING MARY TO WORK ABROAD. AND THAT WOULD COST YOU SOME BOTTLES OF BEER.

BUT YOU KNOW WHAT IS EVEN MORE INTERESTING? YES, ANOTHER SECRET.

I CAN KEEP THIS A SECRET IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT. SO EITHER YOU PAY ME NOW, OR I WILL TELL THEM THE STORY.

ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS, I’LL SHUT UP. NO? THE STORY THEN.

ONE TIME, MARY AND MICHAEL WENT TO MANILA. WHILE MARY AND HER MOM WAS BUSY SHOPPING AROUND, MICHAEL AND I HAD A CUP OF COFFEE. OUT OF NOWHERE, MICHAEL SAID TO ME, “WILL YOU ACCEPT ME AS A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY?” I SAID, “WHAT? WELL, OF COURSE.”

BUT ALSO I WAS THINKING HOW ON EARTH CAN THIS GUY ASK ME FIRST BEFORE HE EVEN ASKS MARY. I ASKED MYSELF, “IS HE PROPOSING TO ME?”

SO MARY, JUST FOR THE RECORD, MICHAEL PROPOSED TO ME FIRST, THEN SHE PROPOSED TO YOU.

BUT I KNEW FROM THAT CONVERSATION. MARY WOULD BE IN GOOD HANDS.

HERE’S ANOTHER SECRET.

A FEW MONTHS AFTER THE PROPOSAL, MICHAEL PAID US ANOTHER VISIT EN ROUTE AUSTRALIA. APPARENTLY, HE NEEDED HELP TO FIND AN ENGAGEMENT RING. IT TURNED OUT, I WAS ONCE AGAIN INVOLVED.

AS A PARENT, I’M AFRAID THAT MY DAUGHTER WOULD MAKE A WRONG CHOICE OR A BAD DECISION. THAT INCLUDES MARRYING A WRONG GUY.
MICHAEL IS AN EXCEPTION. WITH ALL THOSE ACTIONS, BODY LANGUAGES, SPOKEN INTENTIONS, SINCERE GESTURES, I’VE KNOWN HIM TO BE THE GUY WHO I CAN FULLY ENTRUST MY DAUGHTER.

SO THANK YOU, MICHAEL.

MARY AND MICHAEL, YOUR UNION TODAY IS A SPECIAL GIFT TO US. YOU HAVE MADE US PROUD.

TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU, THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS AN EXTRA SPECIAL OCCASION.

TO MICHAEL’S PARENTS AND FAMILY, YOU ARE MOST WELCOME WHENEVER YOU ARE IN MANILA.

ONE MORE THING BEFORE I END.

I’VE ALWAYS KNOWN IT WOULD COME TO THIS DAY—THAT MY DAUGHTER WOULD HAVE TO LEAVE US FOR GOOD SO SHE CAN START A LIFE OF HER OWN. I NEVER THOUGHT THOUGH THAT IT WOULD REALLY BE DIFFICULT IN REAL LIFE. BUT WITH THE PROMISE OF LOVE YOU MADE TO EACH OTHER, I COULND’T ASK FOR MORE THAN A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE AHEAD.

ALL THE BEST TO YOU TWO. WE WILL ALWAYS BE HERE FOR YOU, NO MATTER WHAT. CONGRATULATIONS. MAY GOD BLESS YOU.

AND MICHAEL, DON’T FORGET THE BEER.

Graduation Keynote Speech in Gen. Santos City

Never be afraid

Graduation Speech delivered by Kate Gayap on the occasion of Commencement Exercises in General Santos City

THANK YOU. MARAMING SALAMAT PO SA LAHAT NG PUMALAKPAK. (AS IF SHOUTING) NAG-EEXPECT AKO NG MAS MALAKAS NA PALAKPAK.

GUSTO KONG MARINIG ANG PALAKPAK NG NAGSASABING, # WALANGFOREVER! SA WAKAS, NATAPOS NA RIN.” WELL, HINDI PA TAPOS HANGGA’T HINDI PA AKO TAPOS SA SPEECH NA ITO. SO SIT BACK AND SLEEP. I’LL WAKE YOU UP WHEN I’M FINISHED.

(MODERATELY SLOW) MADAM PRINCIPAL _____________; OTHER VIP NAMES; TEACHERS; NON-TEACHING STAFF; PARENTS; GRANDPARENTS; GREAT GRANDPARENTS; SOON-TO-BE PARENTS; KIDS; SOON-TO-HAVE KIDS; STUDENTS OF THE BEST SCHOOL IN THE ENTIRE GENERAL SANTOS CITY; AT SA LAHAT PO NG MGA NANDITO NGAYON KAHIT HINDI NAMAN IMBITADO AT PINILIT PA RING MAKARATING DITO; GOOD AFTERNOON!

(A BIT COCKY) AND OH! I ALMOST FORGOT. SA LAHAT NG NAGAGANDAHAN AT NAGGAGWAPUHANG MEMBERS NG graduating class of 2016, I’M AFRAID THE WORD CONGRATULATIONS IS STILL AT THE TAIL-END PART OF THE SPEECH SO JUST HELLO TO YOU!

FOR NOW, WE ALL HAVE TO WAIT FOR THAT MAGIC WORD.

(PREACHY) NO ONE IS GETTING THEIR BLANK DIPLOMA UNLESS I AM DONE SO SIMULAN NA PO NATIN.

BACK IN OUR GRADUATION RITES SOME YEARS AGO, WALA AKONG NATANDAAN SA SINABI NG COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER NAMIN. HINDI KO ALAM KUNG HINDI BA AKO NAKINIG O HINDI LANG MAAYOS ANG SPEECH NIYA. AND SINCE WALA SIYA RITO NGAYON, SIYA NA LANG ANG SISIHIN KO.

OPPPS, WAIT A MINUTE. UHMMM, I THINK I REMEMBER NOW WHAT HE SAID BACK THEN. (AS IF THINKING). YES, HE SAID: THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.

SO THIS SPEECH WILL BE VERY, VERY SHORT, PRETTY SIMILAR WITH HIS SPEECH SO YOU WILL REMEMBER:

HERE WE GO. LISTEN UP: THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.

BUT I’M NOT GOING TO LEAVE YOU WITHOUT ANY SUBSTANTIAL LESSON SO LET’S GET STARTED.

WHEN I GRADUATED FROM THIS INSTITUTION, I DIDN’T JUST GRADUATE. I GRADUATED ON THE TOP OF MY CLASS OTHERWISE KNOWN AS VALEDICTORIAN. I ALMOST DID NOT ACCEPT THE HONOR BECAUSE MAHIRAP BIGKASIN AT MAHIRAP I-SPELL. BUT I ACCEPTED IT ANYWAY.

MY CLASS STANDING AT THE TIME WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE PROUDEST MOMENT NOT NECESSARILY OF MY LIFE BUT OF THE LIFE MY PARENTS. I MADE IT BECAUSE SOMEHOW, I NEEDED TO MAKE MY PARENTS PROUD OF ME.

HINDI KO NAMAN SINASABI NA KAPAG HINDI KA PART NG HONOR ROLL AT HINDI NA PROUD SA ‘YO ANG PARENTS MO. BUT I GUESS WHAT I’M SAYING IS KAPAG MAY HONOR KA, MAS PROUD SILA.

AND IT’S DIFFICULT TO ADMIT THAT GRADUATION IS REALLY NOT ABOUT THE GRADUATES. IT’S ABOUT THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE GRADUATES. SO PALAKPAKAN NATIN ANG TUNAY NA GAGRADUATE NGAYONG HAPON: PARENTS AND TEACHERS.

BUT BEING NUMBER ONE IS SOMETHING THAT DOESN’T LAST FOREVER. IN OTHER WORDS #WALANGFOREVER. HINDI PORKE NUMBER KA, WALA KA NANG KINATATAKUTAN AT WALA KA NANG KAKATAKUTAN.

AFTER GRADUATION, I WAS SET TO LEAVE PLACE THAT NURTURED ME, THE PARENTS WHO LOVED ME TO INFINITY AND BEYOND, THE TEACHERS WHO GAVE AN EXTRAORDINARY HIGH GRADES.

LIVING IN GENSAN GAVE ME A LOT OF COMFORT AND SECURITY AND ASSURANCE THAT EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE SIMPLY BECAUSE HELP IS JUST WITHIN YOUR REACH.

KAPAG NAUBUSAN KA NG PERA, MAY PARENTS KA. KONTING ISTORYA LANG AT DRAMA, MAGKAKAPERA KA NA. KAPAG NAGMAHAL KA AT NASAKTAN, MAY BARKADA KA. KONTING SHARE MO LANG SA KANILA, MAY ADVICE KA NANG MAKUKUHA SA SA KANILA. KUNG MAY PERA PA ANG IYONG BARKADA, BAKA NAGKA-INUMAN PA. KUNG MAY PROBLEMA KA SA PAG-AARAL MO, MAY MGA TEACHERS NA PWEDE KANG HINGAN NG TULONG.

IN SHORT, THERE WAS NO OTHER PLACE I’D LIKE TO CALL HOME THAN GENSAN. THERE WAS NO OTHER WORLD. THERE WAS NO OTHER PLACE I WOULD RATHER SPEND THE REST OF MY LIFE IN. AGAIN, THE PLACE IS CALLED GENSAN.

BUT REALITY STRUCK ME. MY PARENTS WANTED ME TO GO OUT THERE AND EXPERIENCE THE BIGGER WORLD. INIISIP KO NGA NUN, BAKIT NILA AKO PAPAALISIN SA LUGAR NA ITO. AYAW NA BA NILA SA AKIN? PARA FEELING KO, PINAPALAYAS NILA AKO.

ISIPIN MO BA NAMAN, GANDA-GANDA NG BUHAY DITO, TAPOS PAPALUWASIN KA NG MAYNILA AT DUN KA PAPAG-ARALIN. HELLO, AYAW KO NGA!

BUT THERE’S NOTHING I COULD HAVE DONE. SA KADULU-DULUHAN, KAILANGAN KONG MAG-IMPAKE NG AKING MGA DAMIT AT KAGAMITAN, TULUYAN NANG IWAN ANG GENSAN PARA MAKIPAGSAPALARAN SA KAMAYNILAAN (PALAKPAKAN NAMAN DIYAN).

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, I WAS AFRAID. I WAS HELPLESS. I WAS ALONE.

FOR SOMEONE NA NASANAY NA MAY KASAMA, NAIBA NA. AKO NA LANG MAG-ISA. SA MAYNILA, SA UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES SA DILIMAN, WALA AKO KAKILALA. WALA AKONG KAIBIGAN. WALA AKONG MGA MAGULANG.

PROBLEMA KO, SOLUSYON KO. KUNG MAGKULANG ANG ALLOWANCE KO, PROBLEMA KO. ISKOLAR NAMAN AKO PERO SA SOBRANG EXPENSIVE NG MGA BILIHIN SA MAYNILA, NAPAKAHIRAP MAG-BUDGET. KUNG HINDI KA MARUNONG MAG-BUDGET, MAGUGUTOM KA. KUNG HINDI KA MAGUGUTOM, MANGUNGUTANG KA.

MY BEING A CLASS VALEDICTORIAN, MY GOLD MEDAL, MY CLASS STANDING, DIDN’T HELP TO ESCAPE THE FEELING OF BEING AFRAID.

SO HERE’S WHAT I’D LIKE YOU TO REMEMBER: YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENT TODAY WILL NOT DEFINE YOU BUT YOU CAN EVENTUALLY DEFINE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENT.

NEVER LET YOUR MEDALS, AND TROPHIES, AND HONORABLE MENTIONS, AND RIBBONS, AND AWARDS GET INTO YOUR HEAD. NEVER LET YOUR DIPLOMA GET INTO YOUR HEAD. IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANY OF THESE ORNAMENTS, NEVER LET IT PULL YOU DOWN. THE GOOD THING ABOUT THOSE WHO DIDN’T GET AN HONOR IS YOU YOU DON’T HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE. SO STAY COOL.

IT IS NOT YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENT THAT WILL SAVE YOU FROM FEAR. IT IS YOUR WILL AND ABILITY TO ACCEPT REALITY.

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SOMEHOW I SURVIVED MY FIRST YEAR IN COLLEGE. IT WAS A STRUGGLE BUT I MADE IT. BUT THE FINANCIAL CHALLENGE POSED AN EVEN GREATER THREAT TO MY STUDIES. MY COURSE REQUIRED ME TO BUY A LOT OF BOOKS. BUT MY ALLOWANCE WAS ONLY THREE THOUSAND PESOS, NOT ENOUGH TO COVER IT.

SO, KUNG WALANG PAMBILI, DAPAT MADISKARTE. AT ALAM NIYO NA ANG DISKARTE KAPAG WALANG PAMBILI NG LIBRO. KUNG WALA KANG PAMBILI NG AKLAT, MATUTO KANG MAGPA-XEROX KATULAD NG GINAGAWA NG LAHAT.

PERO MAHIRAP DIN NA PURO XEROX. SO FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, I DID SOMETHING THAT I THOUGHT I COULDN’T DO: I STARTED A BUSINESS.

YES. WHEN I SAW NA LAHAT NG COMPUTER SHOP SA U.P. AY NAGSASARA NG ALAS-10 NG GABI, NAISIP KONG MAGPA-RENT NG COMPUTER. KINAUSAP KO YUNG NAGBABANTAY SA DORM NAMIN AT HUMINGI AKO NG PERMIT NAG MAGLAGAY AKO NG ISANG DESKTOP COMPUTER SA DORM ROOM KO AT MAGPAPARENT AKO.

YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED? PINAYAGAN AKO. AT DUN NAG-UMPISA ANG PAGIGING NEGOSYANTE KO.

MY ACCOMPLISHMENT IN HIGH SCHOOL, THOSE HIGH GRADES, DIDN’T HELP ME AUGMENT MY INCOME. HINDI ANG GRADES MO ANG MAGDADAGDAG NG PERA SA BULSA MO KUNDI ANG ABILIDAD MONG MAG-ISIP NG PARAAN PARA IKAW AY MAY MAPAGKAKITAAN (PALAKPAKAN NAMAN ULI DIYAN).

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AT DAHIL PUMALAKPAK KAYO, MAY NAISIP AKONG GAWIN NGAYON. PARA HINDI NAMAN TOTALLY MAGING BORING ANG MAINIT NA HAPONG ITO, LET’S HAVE SOME FUN. PWEDE BA YUN?

BAGO AKO SUMAKAY NG EROPLANO PAPUNTA RITO, MAY ISANG BAGAY AKO BINILI NA SABI KO EH BAKA IKATUWA NINYO.

IN MY HAND NOW, A BRAND NEW IPAD NA IPAMIMIGAY KO. AT TANONG KO: SINO ANG MAY GUSTO NG IPAD NA ITO?

(HOLD IT UP UNTIL SOMEONE GETS IT.)

ANO ANG GUSTO KONG ITURO SA INYO SA PAMAMAGITAN NG MAIKLING ACTIVITY NA YAN?

KUNG GUSTO MONG MAKUHA ANG ISANG BAGAY, KAILANGAN MONG IWAN ANG IYONG UPUAN.

MARAMI SA ATIN ANG NANGANGARAP NG MAGANDANG BUHAY PERO IILAN LANG ANG GUMAGAWA NG PARAAN PARA ITO’Y MAISAKATUPARAN. MARAMI SA INYO ANG GUSTO NG IPAD, PERO DAHIL SA TAKOT NA KAYO AY MAPAHIYA AT MASABIHAN NG EPAL, OKEY NA LANG ANG YELLOW PAD.

I WAS THINKING KUNG HINDI AKO NAG-ARAL SA MAYNILA, MAGIGING GANITO KAYA ANG BUHAY KO NGAYON? MAY MGA NEGOSYO KAYA AKO NGAYON? MAY HAPPY FAMILY KAYA AKO NGAYON? MAKAKARATING BA AKO SA IBA’T IBANG BANSA PARA MAGBAKASYON? MAGKAKAROON BA AKO NG MAGANDANG POSISYON SA SHELL NA ISANG MALAKING KORPORASYON?

KUNG PINILIT KO MAG-STAY DITO AT PILIIN KONG MATAKOT KAYSA MAKIPAGSAPALARAN, MAGIGING MAUNLAD KAYA ANG BUHAY KO?

HINDI KO SINASABING KAILANGAN NINYONG IWAN ANG BAYAN NA ITO PARA MAGTAGUMPAY KAYO DAHIL MAY MGA UMALIS DIN DITO NA HANGGANG NGAYON HINDI PA RIN MAGANDA ANG BUHAY NILA.

BUT IN MY CASE, ANO KAYA ANG NANGYARI KUNG HINDI KO HINARAP ANG AKING TAKOT?

AYAW KO NANG ISIPIN. I’M SURE IT WILL BE DIFFERENT. IT MAY BE MORE SPECIAL. IT MAY NOT BE MORE SPECIAL. PWEDENG NAG0SUCCEED AKO. PWEDE RING NAG-FAIL AKO.

BUT THE FIRST STEP THAT YOU NEED TO TAKE AFTER THIS GRADUATION RITES IS FACE YOUR FEARS. DON’T BE AFRAID TO EXPLORE. GO OUT THERE AND SEE WHAT YOU CAN BECOME.

LIFE WILL NOT ALWAYS BE GOOD TO YOU. IN FACT, MOST OF THE TIME, IT GIVES YOU SITUATIONS THAT ARE TOO MUCH TO HANDLE. SOMETIMES, YOU WANT TO GIVE UP ALREADY.

PERO YUN ANG BUHAY. IT GIVES YOU SOMETHING AND THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN SUCCEED IS NOT BY AVOIDING IT. IT’S BY FACING IT.

JUST LIKE YOU, I’M NOT SURE WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN TO YOU. MAGTUTULOY PA BA KAYO SA SENIOR HIGH. TITIGIL NA BA KAYO DAHIL WALA NANG PANG-SUPPORT SA PAG-AARAL NIYO. MAG-AASAWA NA BA KAYO. MAY MABUBUNTIS NA BA SA INYO.

I DON’T KNOW. AND IT’S IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO KNOW.

BUT WHATEVER HAPPENS, ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT LIFE MOVES ON. YOU KNOW WHAT, AFTER THIS CELEBRATION, YOU WILL WAKE UP THE NEXT DAY THINKING WHAT IS WAITING FOR YOU OUT THERE.

WHO KNOWS? I THINK IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT AWAITS YOU. I THINK WHAT MATTERS IS YOUR WILL, YOUR DETERMINATION, AND YOUR RESOLVE TO FACE YOUR FEAR.

IT’S FUNNY TO THINK HOW PEOPLE CAN JUST JUDGE US BY WHAT WE POSSESS NA KAPAG MAY NEGOSYO KA OR SASAKYAN KA O MANSYON KA, AUTOMATIC SUCCESSFUL KA NA. I DON’T THINK THAT IS SUCCESS.

JUST LIKE MANY OTHERS WHO HAVE ACHIEVED SOME GREAT THINGS IN LIFE, I ALSO HAD MY OWN SHARE OF MISTAKES AND FAILURES.

WORKING SO HARD IN SHELL, I WAS ASSIGNED TO MAKE A BUSINESS TRIP TO JAPAN. ON THE SAME DAY, MY CHILD WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. THE DOCTORS COULDN’T DIAGNOSE WHAT WAS WRONG WITH MY DAUGHTER. I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. I WAS THERE THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY, WORKING FOR MONEY, AND ON THE OTHER SIDE, MY BABY WAS BATTLING IN THE HOSPITAL.

YOU KNOW THAT I DID? I DECIDED TO FLY BACK HOME KAHIT PA MAWALAN AKO NG TRABAHO. I CAN FIND A NEW JOB BUT I CAN’T FIND ANOTHER BABY AS (NAME OF YOUR BABY).

WHEN LIFE ASKS YOU TO CHOOSE, CHOOSE YOUR FAMILY BECAUSE REGARDLESS OF YOUR ISSUES, THEY ARE YOUR FAMILIES.

I WAS AFRAID TO LOSE MY JOB. BUT I WAS ALSO AFRAID TO LOSE MY CHILD. BETWEEN MY CAREER AND MY DAUGHTER, I CHOSE MY DAUGHTER.

BUT YOU KNOW SHELL DIDN’T FIRE ME. BUT MONTHS LATER, I DECIDED TO QUIT ANYWAY BECAUSE I HAD TO BE A MOTHER.

YOU WILL BE AFRAID. MANY TIMES YOU WILL BE AFRAID. MANY TIMES, YOU WILL BE UNASSURED AND UNCERTAIN ABOUT THINGS. MANY TIMES YOU WILL BE CONFUSED.

BUT IT IS THE SAME NUMBER OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU TO SHOW YOUR COURAGE, YOUR FAITH, AND YOUR GREATNESS.

WHO SAYS BEING AFRAID IS BAD? BEING AFRAID ISN’T BAD. IT IS WHEN YOU DON’T DO SOMETHING TO OVERCOME IT THAT IS BAD.

(SLOWLY with feeling) ONE DAY SOMEONE WILL STAND HERE IN FRONT TO SHARE HIS OR HER STORY.

WHEREVER LIFE WOULD TAKE YOU NEXT, YOU CAN ALWAYS CHOOSE TO BE BRAVE. GO OUT THERE AND FIGHT.

FIGHT FOR A BETTER LIFE. FIGHT FOR YOUR FAMILY. FIGHT FOR YOUR DREAMS.

I CAN’T ASSURE YOU THAT YOU WILL WIN EVERY TIME. JUST LIKE OUR VERY OWN MANNY PACQUIAO, YOU WILL GET KNOCKED OUT OCCASIONALLY. BUT YOU CAN GET UP AND FIGHT ANOTHER TIME.

TO THE GRADUATING CLASS OF 2016. MABUHAY KAYONG LAHAT. MARAMING SALAMAT PO.

(SMILING and excited) AND NOW HERE’S THE MAGIC WORD: CONGRATULATIONS!

THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.

Inspirational Opening Remark on Single Parenting

E ANO KUNG SOLO PARENT KA?

Inspirational Opening Remark on Single Parenting delivered by Eufemia Dacayo, Mayoralty Candidate in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya

 

MAGANDANG ARAW PO SA INYONG LAHAT / BATIIN PO NATIN ANG ATING MGA KATABI / NG ISANG MAGANDANG ARAW / SABIHIN NYO PO SA KATABI NYO SA KANAN / MAGANDANG ARAW / MUKHANG GUMAGANDA KA / SABIHIN NYO PO SA KATABI NYO SA KALIWA / IKAW NAMAN / ANONG NANGYARI SA YO? / MARAMING SALAMAT PO /

SA LAHAT PO MAGIGITING NA TWO-IN-ONE, NANAY NA, TATAY PA, NA NANDITO NGAYON, MAGANDANG ARAW PO. ISA PONG MALAKING KARANGALAN NA AKO AY INYONG MAIMBITAHAN. SALAMAT PO SA PAGKAKATAONG ITO.

NASAAN PO ULI YUNG MGA SOLO PARENTS? AYAN MARAMI NAMAN PO PALA KAYO SO HINDI KAYO TALAGA SOLO. UULITIN KO, MARAMI KAYO!

AT YAN DIN PO ANG LAMAN NG MENSAHE KO SA INYO NGAYONG ARAW NA ITO, HINDI DAHIL SOLO KA, KAILANGAN MO NANG MAG-ISA.

AT ANG PAGIGING SOLO AY MAYROON DIN PONG ADVANTAGE. KUNG GUSTO NYO PONG MALAMAN KUNG ANO YUN MGA ADVANTAGES NG ISANG SOLO PARENT, PALAKPAK MO ULI NG MALAKAS.

UNA, KUNG SOLO KA, WALA KANG KAAGAW SA REMOTE CONTROL NG TV. IKALAWA, WALA KANG STRESS SA PAG-IISIP KUNG NASAAN NA SIYA DAHIL ALAM MONG MATAGAL NA SIYANG WALA. IKATLO, MAS MABABA ANG KURYENTENG BABAYARAN MO.

PERO SERYOSO NAMAN PO TALAGA ANG CASE NG ISANG SOLO PARENT. KUNG ANG PAGIGING INA KO NGA PO MINSAN NAHIHIRAPAN AKO, E YUN PA KAYANG INA NA, AMA PA.

KAYA SALUDO PO AKO SA MGA TAONG SOLO. SERIOUSLY, PAANO NYO PO NAGAGAWA ANG MGA BAGAY NA YAN?

MARAHIL ANG KARAMIHAN PO SA INYO AY TINANGGAP NA ANG PANGYAYARING YAN SA BUHAY NINYO. ANG IBA NAMAN AY MARAHIL NAGHIHINTAY AT UMAASA PA RIN. ANG IBA NAG-GIVE UP NA. ANG IBA NANANALIG PA RIN.

PERO ANG PAGIGING SOLO AY HINDI NANGANGAHULUGAN NA KAYO AY MAG-ISA. AT WAG NINYONG ISIPIN NA KAYO AY NAG-IISA. SOLO KAYO PERO HINDI KAYO NAG-IISA.

OPO, NAGMAHAL KAYO. OPO, NAGKAMALI KAYO. OPO, NASAKTAN KAYO. OPO, NAGMAHAL KAYO, NAGKAMALI AT NASAKTAN. PERO HINDI YUN ANG KATAPUSAN. BUMANGON KAYO. NAGSIMULA ULI. IPINAGPATULOY ANG BUHAY. ITINAGUYOD ANG INYONG MGA ANAK KAHIT WALANG KARAMAY. HINDI NAGING MADALI PERO NASANAY NA RING NGUMITI.

MAY MGA TAONG MAY PARTNER. PERO HINDI MASAYA. MAY MGA NAGSUSUTENTO PERO NAABUSO. MAY MGA NAGMAMAHAL DAW PERO PATULOY NA NILOLOKO. MGA ISTORYA NG MAY KASAMA KA NGA PHYSICALLY PERO EMOTIONALLY SEPARATED NAMAN.
ANG PAGIGING SOLO AY HINDI KAKULANGAN. LAGING NYO PONG TATANDAAN NA SOLO KAYONG IPINANGANAK. MAY KAKAMBAL KA MAN, ONE AT A TIME PA RIN ANG INYONG PAGLABAS SA SINAPUPUNAN NI NANAY.

KUNG WALA KANG PARTNER, HINDI KA KULANG. BUO KA PA RIN. KAYA MO PA RIN. MAHIRAP MAN PERO KAKAYIN DIN.

PARA PO SA INYONG LAHAT NA SOLO PARENTS, NANDITO PO AKO PARA MAKINIG SA INYO. HANDA AKONG PAKINGGAN ANG KWENTO NINYO PARA MARAMDAMAN NINYO NA HINDI KAYO NAG-IISA AT NEVER NA ULI KAYONG MAG-IISA.

BILANG PANGWAKAS, SUPORTAHAN PO SANA NATIN ANG ISA’T ISA. WAG NATING HUSGAHAN ANG ISA’T ISA KUNDI TULUNGAN SILA SA BUHAY NA KINAHAHARAP NILA.

TAO PO TAYO. NAGKAKAMALI. PERO TAO RIN PO TAYO NA MAARING ITUWID ANG PAGKAKAMALI SA ANUMANG ORAS NA GUSTUHIN NATIN.

HULING PAALALA LANG PO. BANTAYAN ANG PUSONG YAN. ALAGAAN ANG INYONG MGA SARILI. AT WAG SUMUKO DAHIL SA INYO KUMUKUHA NG LAKAS NA LOOB AT TIBAY NG DIBDIB ANG INYONG MGA ANAK. KUNDI NA LANG PARA SA ATIN, MAGING MATATAG TAYO PARA SA ATING MGA ANAK.

MARAMING SALAMAT PO! PAGPALAIN TAYO NG DIYOS! MABUHAY ANG BAYAN NG SOLANO!

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Solano Bowling Center Inauguration Speech

UNANG STRIKE

Inspirational Speech delivered by Eufemia Dacayo on the Opening of the Bowling Center in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya on October 28, 2015

 

MARAMING SALAMAT PO. MARAMING SALAMAT PO SA LAHAT NG PUMALAKPAK. WALA PO BANG MAS MALAKAS NA PALAKPAK DIYAN?

SA ATIN PONG (PANGALAN NG MGA IMPORTANTENG TAO SA AUDIENCE) SA ATING MGA KAIBIGAN MULA SA SOLANO WOMENS CLUB, MGA SENIOR CITIZENS, MGA NANGANGARAP NA MAGING SENIOR CITIZEN, MGA KABATAAN, AT SA LAHAT PO NG HINDI NAMAN INIMBITA PERO NANDITO NGAYON; MAGANDANG ARAW PO.

ANG OKASYON PONG ITO AY MAHALAGA HINDI LANG PO SA AKIN KUNDI SA BUONG BAYAN NG SOLANO DAHIL ANG BINUBUKSAN PO NATIN AY ISANG LUGAR NG KASIYAHAN, PAGKAKAIBIGAN, AT PALIGSAHAN.

PARA SA MGA KABATAAN NA PAGKATAPOS NG MAHIRAP NA MGA EXAM SA SCHOOL, THIS BOWLING CENTER IS A PLACE FOR RELAXATION.

PARA SA MGA MANGGAGAWA NA PAGOD SA BUONG ARAW NA PAGTATRABAHO, THIS BOWLING CENTER IS A PLACE TO REST AND ENJOY.

PARA SA PAMILYA NA NAGHAHANAP NG BAGONG LUGAR PARA MAKAPAG-BONDING SILA, THIS BOWLING CENTER IS A PLACE PARA MAS MAGING MATATAG ANG PAMILYA NILA.

PARA ISANG BARKADA NA AYAW NANG GUMIMIK AT SAWA NA SA pag-inom ng ALAK, THIS PLACE IS A PLACE TO CONNECT WITH FRIENDS.

THIS PLACE IS NOT JUST A BOWLING CENTER. THIS IS NOT JUST A BUSINESS. THIS IS A CENTER FOR FRIENDSHIP, CAMARADERIE AND COMPETITION.

KATULAD PO NG ATING BAYAN, ANG MAGANDANG BUKAS PO AY LABAN NG BAWAT SOLANOAN NA NAGHAHANGAD NA ITULOY ANG PAG-AALAGANG TAPAT, SAPAT AT NARARAPAT.

ANG BOWLING PO AY ISANG SPORT AT TULAD PO NG LAHAT NG SPORT, IT IS A GAME OF CHANCE.

ANG DARATING NA ELECTION PO SA 2016 AY PAGKAKATAON PARA PUMILI SA DALAWANG MAGKAIBANG HINAHARAP. KATULAD NG BOWLING, IKAW BA AY LALAHOK O HINDI MAKIKIALAM?

UNA, NAIS PO BA NATING BUMALIK AT MAGSIMULA ULI SA ZERO AT MATIGIL ANG PROGRAMANG NAKIKINABANG NA ANG MGA TAO?

O GUSTO NATING MAITULOY ANG MAGAGANDANG SERBISYO AT MAPALAWAK PA ANG PANGANGALAGA SA INYO NG INYONG KASALUKUYANG GOBYERNO?

ANG PAGPILI PO NINYO AY DEPENDE SA INYO. PERO ANG LABAN KO PO AY LABAN NG BAWAT ISA NA NAGNANAIS NA ITULOY ANG MGA NASIMULAN NA NG ATING PAMUNUAN.

ITO PO AY LABAN NG BAWAT MAGULANG NA NAGNANAIS MAGKAROON NG MAS MAGANDANG BUHAY ANG KANILANG MGA ANAK.

JUST LIKE IN BOWLING, WE HAVE A CHANCE TO STRIKE AND PUT DOWN ALL THE PINS AT ONCE. PWEDE PO NATING MAITUMBA ANG KAHIRAPAN, ANG KAWALAN NG PAKIALAM, ANG KAWALAN NG KUMPYANSA AT TIWALA, ANG KAKULANGAN NG SILID-ARALAN, ANG KABABAAN NG KITA NG MGA MANGGAGAWA.

KUNG TAYO PO AY MAGSASAMA, PWEDE NATING MAITUMBA ANG LAHAT NG HAHARANG SA HANGARIN NG BAWAT ISA.

WE HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN IN THIS GAME. AND I AM WITH YOU IN WINNING INASMUCH AS I AM WITH YOU IN LOSING. ALAM PO NINYO ANG NILALAMAN NG PUSO KO.

HINDI PO AKO PULITIKO. WALA PO AKONG MARAMING AWARDS. HINDI PO AKO SIKAT. HINDI PO AKO NAG-ARAL MGA PRESTIGIOUS NA PAARALAN. WALA PO AKONG MAHABANG RECORD SA PUBLIC SERVICE. AT BAGO LAMANG PO AKO SA PULITIKA.

PERO AKO PO AY ISANG INA AT ASAWA. AND I ONLY HAVE A HEART THAT CARES AND THE WILL TO STAND WITH THE PEOPLE I LOVE NO MATTER WHAT. AT MAHAL KO PO ANG BAYAN NG SOLANO. AT MAHAL KO PO KAYO.

SUSUGOD AKO SA BAHA PARA MARATING KAYO. MAMALENGKE AKO SA PALENGKE KUNG NASAN KAYO. MAKIKISAYA AKO SA MGA PAGDIRIWANG NINYO. MAKIKIRAMAY AKO SA PAGDADALAMHATI NINYO. AT MANGANGARAP AKONG KASAMA NINYO.

MERON LANG PO AKONG ISANG CHANCE PARA MAKA-STRIKE PARA ITULOY ANG MGA PROGRAMANG TAMA AT NARARAPAT.

SA INYO PONG LAHAT NA NAGHAHANGAD MAKA-STRIKE, HANDA NA PO AKONG MAGLARO KASAMA NINYO. PILIIN PO NATIN ANG POLITICS OF PERFORMANCE AT MALASAKIT HINDI ANG POLITICS OF PERSONALITY.

CONGRATULATIONS PO SA MGA ORGANIZERS. AT SA INYO PONG LAHAT, ANG LUGAR NA ITO AY LUGAR NG KASIYAHAN, PAGKAKAIBIGAN, AT PALIGSAHAN.

SA PAGBUBUKAS NITO, MAGING BUKAS DIN SANA ANG PUSO AT ISIPAN NATIN SA MGA PROGRAMANG SAMA-SAMANG NATING GAGAWIN.

AND WHEN NO ONE ELSE SEEMS TO CARE, REMEMBER, EUFEMIA CARES.

THANK YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL. MABUHAY ANG BAYAN NG SOLANO!

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Declaration of Candidacy Speech, Acceptance Speech

TAMANG ALAGA

Inspirational Declaration of Candidacy / Acceptance Speech delivered by Eufemia Dacayo, Mayoralty Candidate in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya

 

MARAMING SALAMAT PO. MARAMING SALAMAT PO SA LAHAT NG PUMALAKPAK. WALA PO BANG MAS MALAKAS NA PALAKPAK DIYAN?

SA ATIN PONG (PANGALAN NG MGA IMPORTANTENG TAO SA AUDIENCE) SA ATING MGA KAIBIGAN MULA SA SOLANO WOMENS CLUB, MGA SENIOR CITIZENS, MGA NANGANGARAP NA MAGING SENIOR CITIZENS, MGA KABATAAN, AT SA LAHAT PO NG HINDI NAMAN INIMBITA PERO NANDITO NGAYON; MAGANDANG ARAW PO.

KUNG NAPANOOD PO NINYO ANG INABANGANG PAGKIKITA NI ALDEN AT YAYADUB SA PHILIPPINE ARENA, MARAHIL E SASABIHIN NINYONG SA WAKAS, NAGKITA NA RIN SILA SA TOTOONG BUHAY. MARAMING ARAW PO ANG BINILANG, MARAMING ORAS ANG HININTAY AT MARAMING TANGHALIAN ANG KINILIG DAHIL SA KALYESERYE PINAGBIDAHAN NG ALDUB.

MARAMI PO ANG NAGHINTAY SA TAMANG PANAHON. NGAYON PO, PANAHON NA PARA IPAKITA NATIN ANG KAKAYAHAN NG KABABAIHAN.

ANG ATIN PONG INAASAM-ASAM NA MAGANDANG BUKAS AY LABAN NG BAWAT SOLANOAN NA NAGHAHANGAD NA ITULOY ANG ALAGANG TAPAT, SAPAT AT NARARAPAT.

ANG DARATING NA ELECTION PO SA 2016 AY PAGKAKATAON PARA PUMILI SA DALAWANG MAGKAIBANG BUKAS. SASALI KA BA SA LABAN O HINDI KA MAKIKIALAM?

NAIS PO ba NATING BUMALIK AT MAGSIMULA ULI SA ZERO AT MATIGIL ANG PROGRAMANG NAKIKINABANG NA ANG MGA TAO?

O GUSTO NATING MAITULOY ANG MAGAGANDANG SERBISYO AT MAPALAWAK PA ANG PANGANGALAGA SA INYO NG INYONG KASALUKUYANG GOBYERNO?

ANG PAGPILI PO AY DEPENDE SA KAGUSTUHAN NINYO. PERO ANG LABAN KO PO AY LABAN NG BAWAT ISA NA NAGNANAIS NA ITULOY ANG MGA NASIMULAN NA NG ATING PAMUNUAN.

PWEDE PO NATING MAITUMBA ANG KAHIRAPAN, ANG KAWALAN NG PAKIALAM, ANG KAWALAN NG KUMPYANSA AT TIWALA, ANG KAKULANGAN NG SILID-ARALAN, ANG KABABAAN NG KITA NG MGA MANGGAGAWA.

TAMANG LEADER PO ANG ATING KAILANGAN—ISANG LEADER NA HINDI LANG PURO PORMA KUNDI NAGSASAGAWA NG MAKATAONG PROGRAMA.

KUNG TAYO PO AY MAGSASAMA, PWEDE NATING MAITUMBA ANG LAHAT NG HAHARANG SA HANGARIN NG BAWAT ISA.

HINDI PO AKO PULITIKO. WALA PO AKONG MARAMING AWARDS. HINDI PO AKO SIKAT. HINDI PO AKO NAG-ARAL MGA PRESTIGIOUS NA PAARALAN. WALA PO AKONG MARAMING AWARDS. WALA PO AKONG NAPAKAHABANG RECORD SA PULITIKA.

PERO PAGDATING SA PAGLILINGKOD AT PAGIGING PINUNO, HINDI PO NAGPAPAHULI ANG INYONG LINGKOD.

AKO PO AY ISANG INA. AKO PO AY ISANG ASAWA. AKO PO AY LEADER NA MAY PANGARAP AT HINDI PO BAGO SA AKIN ANG TAWAG NG TUNGKULING MAGLINGKOD AT MAMUNO.

BILANG ISANG INA, ALAM KO PO ANG KAHALAGAHAN NG ALAGANG TAPAT, SAPAT AT NARARAPAT—BAGAY NA HIGIT NA KAILANGAN NG ATING BAYAN.

SUMUSUGOD AKO SA BAHA PARA MARATING KAYO. NAMAMALENGKE AKO SA PALENGKE KUNG NASAN KAYO. NAKIKISAYA AKO SA MGA PAGDIRIWANG NINYO. NAKIKIRAMAY AKO SA PAGDADALAMHATI NINYO. AT NANGANGARAP AKONG KASAMA NINYO.

BILANG ISANG INA, DAMA KO ANG PAGNANAIS NINYO MAS UMUNLAD ANG BUHAY NG INYONG PAMILYA. ALAM KO NA MARAMI SA ATIN ANG NAGTATRABAHO PARA MAPA-ARAL ANG KANILANG MGA ANAK AT MAITAGUYOD ANG KANILANG PAMILYA. MINSAN KULANG MAN ANG NAIUUWI, NASA ISIP NATIN NA BUKAS NA LANG TAYO BABAWI.

DAMA KO ANG PAGTITIIS NG KARAMIHAN SA INYO. ANG SAKRIPISYO NG MGA INA NA NANGIBANG-BANSA NA MAKATULONG LANG SA PAMILYA. INIWAN ANG PAMILYA, HINARAP ANG LUNGKOT NG PAG-IISA, AT NAKIPAGSAPALARAN PARA SA MAS MAGANDANG BUKAS NG MGA ANAK NILA.

SA INYO PONG LAHAT NA NAGHAHANGAD NG TULOY TULOY NA SERBISYO AT PAGBABAGO, HANDA NA PO AKONG MAGLINGKOD SA INYO.

PERO AKO PO AY HINDI NAMAN BAGO SA PAMUMUNO.

BILANG ISANG LEADER NA MAGTATAPOS NG MASTERS OF MANAGEMENT SA UNIVERSITY OF MAKATI, NAGING VICE PRESIDENT PO AKO NG ISANG RURAL BANK. NAIS KO PONG DALHIN ANG AKING EXPERIENCE SA BANKO PAPUNTANG MUNISIPYO PARA SA BUDGET NA ANGKOP SA PANAHON NATIN NGAYON.

MAY MGA NEGOSYO PO ANG AKING PAMILYA NA AKO AY AKTIBO DING NAGPATAKBO AT NANGALAGA. KUNG PAANO KO PO NATULUNGAN PALAWAKIN ANG NEGOSYO, TUTULUNGAN KO PO LUMAWAK DIN ANG KAUNLARAN NG SOLANO.

AKO PO AY NANINIWALA SA LAKAS NG KABABAIHAN. AKO PO AY NAITALAGANG LIDER NG SOLANO WOMENS CLUB AT SA AKIN PONG LIDERATO, NGAYON PO AY HIGIT SA LIMANG LIBONG MIYEMBRO NA ANG NABIGYAN NG IBA’T IBANG BENEPISYO.

SA 2016, INAASAHAN KO PO NA AABOT SA MAHIGIT PITONG LIBO ANG MAGIGING KASAPI. ANG MGA KABABAIHAN NA NASA BAHAY LANG, NGAYON PO ANG MAGKAKAROON NG MALAKING ROLE SA PAGPAPAUNLAD NG ATING PAMAYANAN.

ANG LABAN KO PO AY LABAN NG KABABAIHAN NA NANINIWALANG HINDI KASARIAN ANG PAMANTAYAN KUNG SINO ANG MAMUMUNO SA BAYAN.

SA AKIN PONG PAMUMUNO, HINDI PO MAPAPANTAYAN ANG PINAKATAAS NA RECORD NG SCHOLARS NA NAKAPAG-ARAL. HINDI NA PO MABIBILANG ANG FEEDING PROGRAM NA ATIN PONG ISINAGAWA KASABAY NG PAGBIBIGAY NG BIGAS SA MGA KABABAYAN NATIN NAULILA.

MARAMI PO ANG NAKIKIBANG SA DUGO MO, BUHAY MO NA ATING SINIMULAN. HINDI PO NATIN PINABABAYAAN ANG MGA NANAY NA NAGSILANG NG KANILANG ANAK. BINIBIGYAN NATIN NG SILA BABY KIT PAGKATAPOS MAKAPANGANAK. NAPAKARAMI NATING LIVELIHOOD PROGRAMS AT MORTUARY AID.

LAHAT PO NG GASTOS AY PERSONAL KONG GASTOS. NANGGALING PO ANG PONDO SA PERSONAL KONG PERA AT HINDI SA KABAN NG BAYAN.

WALA PA MAN PO SA MUNISIPYO, NAGLILINGKOD NA PO AKO SA INYO. KUNG KAYA MAS LALAWAK PA ANG PAGLILINGKOD KO SA ORAS NA MAILAGAY PO AKO SA PWESTO.

HINDI PO SUKATAN NG LEADERSHIP ANG HABA AT DAMI NG TERMINO SA MUNISIPYO KUNDI ANG HABA NG PAG-AALALA AT PAGPAPAHALAGA SA TAO SA PAMAMAGITAN NG PROGRAMANG TAMA AT WALANG DAYA.

HINDI PO PORMA KUNDI PROGRAMA.

WALA PONG AWARD AT ANTAS NG PINAG-ARALAN ANG PAPANTAY SA SERBISYONG NANGGAGALING SA PUSO AT IPINAPADAMA SA TAO.

WALA PONG PANGALAN ANG HIHIGIT SA TUNAY NA MALASAKIT NG ISANG INA SA KANYANG MGA ANAK.

ANG POLITICS OF PERSONALITY AND POPULARITY AY HINDI HIHIGIT SA POLITICS OF PERFORMANCE AT MALASAKIT.

NASA PWESTO KA NGA, WALA KA NAMANG MALASAKIT AT HINDI KA MARAMDAMAN NG TAO SA ORAS NA KAILANGAN KA NILA. PARA SAAN PA AT INILUKLOK KA SA PWESTO?

HINDI PO AKO PULITIKO. AKO PO AY ISANG INA NA NAGNANAIS LAMANG ITULOY ANG MGA PROGRAMANG MANGANGALAGA SA KAPAKANAN NINYO AT BUBUO SA MGA PANGARAP NINYO. AKO PO AY ISANG LEADER NA WALANG IBANG HINANGAD KUNDI MAPABUTI ANG BUHAY NG AKING MGA KABABAYAN.

HINDI PO AKO BATIKAN SA KONSEHO O SA SANGGUNIAN. PERO APAT NA PO ANG ANAK KO AT KUNG PAANO KO SILA INAALAGAAN, IPINAGLALABAN AT MINAMAHAL, ITO RIN PO ANG ALAGA AT PAGMAMAHAL NA KAYA KONG IBIGAY SA ATING MGA MAMAMAYAN.

ANG ALDUB PO AY NAGSIMULA NANG HARAPIN ANG SUSUNOD NA KABANATA SA KANILANG BUHAY. SA ATIN PONG BAYAN, SA 2016 MAGSISIMULA ANG BAGONG LABAN.

ITATAYA MO BA ANG MAGAGANDANG PROGRAMA NA ATIN NANG NAUMPISAHAN O SASAMA KA SA AMIN PARA ITULOY ANG ALAGANG SAPAT, TAPAT AT NARARAPAT?

SA TAMANG PANAHON, IPINAKITA NI ALDEN AT YAYADUB ANG KAHALAGAHAN NG PAGHIHINTAY.

PARA SA MGA TAGA-SOLANO, NGAYON AY TAMANG PANAHON NA PARA ITULOY ANG MAGAGANDANG NASIMULAN. SA TAMANG PANGANGALAGA NG INYONG LINGKOD, MAS MARARAMDAMAN PO NINYO ANG MALASAKIT NG INYONG GOBYERNO NA HINDI PURO PORMA KUNDI MAKABULUHANG PROGRAMA.

AND WHEN NO ONE ELSE SEEMS TO CARE, REMEMBER, EUFEMIA CARES. MAASAHAN PO NINYO ANG PROGRAMANG TAPAT, SAPAT, NARARAPAT.

MARAMING SALAMAT PO! PAGPALAIN TAYO NG DIYOS! MABUHAY ANG BAYAN NG SOLANO!

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Inspirational Speech on Gender Equality by Eufemia Dacayo

MGA TUNAY NA REYNA

Inspirational Speech delivered by Eufemia Dacayo, Mayoralty Candidate in Solano, Nueva Vizacaya

 

MAGANDANG ARAW PO SA INYONG LAHAT / BATIIN PO NATIN ANG ATING MGA KATABI / NG ISANG MAGANDANG ARAW / SABIHIN NYO PO SA KATABI NYO SA KANAN / MAGANDANG ARAW / MUKHANG GUMAGANDA KA / SABIHIN NYO PO SA KATABI NYO SA KALIWA / IKAW NAMAN / ANONG NANGYARI SA YO? / MARAMING SALAMAT PO /

(PASIGAW) AT SA MGA TUNAY NA REYNA NA MAS MAGANDA PA SA AMING MGA TUNAY NA BABAE, MAGANDANG MAGANDA ANG MGA AYOS NINYO NGAYON! ANG GABI AY GUMANDA DAHIL SA INYONG PRESENSIYA. PALAKPAKAN PO NATIN ANG NAGGAGANDAHANG REYNA. ANG TUNAY NA REYNA NG GABING ITO! MALAKAS NA PALAKPAKAN PO. MAS MALAKAS PA!

NANG AKO PO AY MAIMBITAHAN, AAMININ KO PO NA NAGDALAWANG ISIP AKO DAHIL SA ISANG BAGAY. HINDI KO PO ALAM KUNG ANONG MAGIGING HITSURA KO KAPAG KATABI KO NA ANG MGA REYNANG ITO. SABI KO PO SA SARILI KO, SA GANDA NG MGA “BABAENG” (MAKE A QUOTE GESTURE) ITO, MALAMANG MAGMUMUKHANG KATULONG AKO.

PERO ANG GABI PONG ITO AY HINDI TUNGKOL SA AKIN SO HINDI NA BALENG MUKHA AKONG KASAMBAHAY NGAYON. ANG MAKAPAGSALITA PO SA HARAP NG MGA REYNANG ITO AY ISANG MALAKING KARANGALAN. MARAMING SALAMAT PO SA INYONG IMBITASYON.

ANG GABI PONG ITO AY PALIGSAHAN NG GANDA AT TALENTO. SIGURADO PO AKO NA MAY MANANALO NGAYONG GABI AT MAY UUWI RIN NA HINDI PAPALARIN. MAY UUWING MASAYA. MAY UUWING MALUNGKOT. MAY UUWING MAY TANONG KUNG BAKIT HINDI SIYA ANG NANALO. AT MAY UUWING ANG NASA ISIP AY NEXT TIME AKO NA ANG MANANALO.

MAGKAGAYON PA MAN, ANG GABI PONG ITO AY PALIGSAHAN DIN NG LAKAS NG LOOB AT TUNAY NA GANDANG NAGMUMULA SA LOOB.

KAYO PO BILANG MIYEMBRO NG ISANG KOMUNIDAD NA MADALAS NA HINDI MAINTINDIHAN NG SAMBAYANAN, HINDI PO ANG MAKE UP AT KUNG ANU-ANO PALAMUTI ANG TUNAY NA MAGPAPAGANDA INYO KUNDI ANG INYONG BUSILAK NA PUSO PARA SA IBA.

ANG INYO PONG KAGANDAHAN AY MALILUMUTAN NG MGA TAO. PERO ANG INYONG KABUTIHANG LOOB NA NAGAWA PARA SA IBA AY ISANG BAGAY NA HINDI MAKAKALIMUTAN NG TAONG INYONG NATULUNGAN.

SA INYO PONG PAG-RAMPA NGAYONG GABI, MAHALAGA PO ANG TALENTO. MAHALAGA ANG TALINO. MAHALAGA NA MAPASAYA NATIN ANG MGA TAO. PERO MAHALAGA RIN PO NA SA BAWAT PAG-RAMPA, ISIPIN NATIN ANG MGA BAGAY NA MAITUTULONG NATIN SA IBA.

UNIQUE OR PAMBIHIRA PO ANG CASE NINYO. AT KUNG GAGAMITIN PO NINYO ANG INYONG KAIBAHAN PARA MAKATULONG SA IBA, MAS MAGIGING MAUNLAD PO ANG ATING BAYAN. SANA PO AY HINDI LANG KAYO MAGING AMBASADRESS OF BEAUTY. SANA PO AY KAYO AY MAGING AMBASADRESS OF KINDESS.

SA AKIN PONG PAG-RAMPA NGAYONG GABI, SANA PO AY MAG-ENJOY TAYONG LAHAT SA EVENT ITO. ANG MGA GANITONG PAGTITIPON AY HINDI PO ARAW-ARAW NANGYAYARI KAYA SAMANTALAHIN PO NATIN ANG PAGKAKATONG ITO.

PARA SA MGA TUNAY NA REYNA, DALANGIN KO ANG INYONG TAGUMPAY SA INYONG NAPILING “GENDER”. MALAKI ANG PWEDE NINYONG MAGING KONTRIBUSYON SA ATING BAYAN. GAMITIN NYO SANA ANG IMPLUWENSIYA NINYO PARA SA IKABUBUTI NG MARAMI NATING KABABAYAN.

BAGO PO AKO MAGTAPOS, ISANG MALAKAS NA PALAKPAKAN PO ULI PARA SA TUNAY NA REYNA AT NAGGAGANDAHANG DYOSA!

MARAMING SALAMAT PO! PAGPALAIN TAYO NG DIYOS! MABUHAY ANG BAYAN NG SOLANO!

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Inspirational Speech by Eufemia Dacayo, Mayoralty Candidate in Solano, Nueva Vizacaya

HASHTAG FOREVER

Inspirational Speech delivered by Eufemia Dacayo, Mayoralty Candidate in Solano, Nueva Vizacaya

 

MAGANDANG ARAW PO SA INYONG LAHAT / BATIIN PO NATIN ANG ATING MGA KATABI / NG ISANG MAGANDANG ARAW / SABIHIN NYO PO SA KATABI NYO SA KANAN / MAGANDANG ARAW / MUKHANG GUMAGANDA KA / SABIHIN NYO PO SA KATABI NYO SA KALIWA / IKAW NAMAN / ANONG NANGYARI SA YO? / MARAMING SALAMAT PO /

MAHALAGA PO SA AKIN ANG ARAW NA ITO DAHIL NAALALA KO PO ANG ARAW KUNG KAILAN SINABI KO ANG MGA SALITANG “I DO.” PERO MAS MAHALAGA PO SA AKIN NGAYON NA MAIBIGAY KO ANG IBA’T IBANG KAHULUGAN NG MGA KATAGANG ITO.

HUHULAAN KO PO KUNG ANO ANG POSIBLENG NARARAMDAMAN NG KARAMIHAN SA INYO NGAYON.

UNA, PARA SA MGA KABABAIHAN NA HINDI PA NAGSASAMA AT FIRST TIME NINYONG UUWI SA IISANG BUBONG, EXCITED PO KAYO DAHIL FINALLY, SIMULA SA ARAW NA ITO, IKAW NA LANG ANG NAG-IISANG BABAE SA BUHAY NG INYONG MINAMAHAL. EXCITED KAYONG MAGSIMULA NG ISANG BAGONG BUHAY.

SA ILAN NAMAN NA NAGSASAMA NA, MAHALAGA RIN PO ANG ARAW NA ITO DAHIL SA MATA NG DIYOS AT NG BAYAN, KAYO PO AY LEGAL NANG MAGSASAMA. MAS MALAWAK NA PO ANG PROTEKSYON NA IBINIBIGAY SA INYO NG BATAS.

ANG KALALAKIHANG FIRST-TIMER NAMAN, EXCITED NA MAGKAROON NG ISANG BABAENG UUWIAN. EXCITED NA MAY MAGHAHAIN PARA SA KANYA AT MAY MAG-AALAGA SA KANYA.

KUNG KAYO NAMAN AY BETERANO NA AT IN FACT MAY ANAK O APO NA, MAHALAGA RIN ANG ARAW NA ITO DAHIL NASA PAPEL NA ANG INYONG PAGSASAMA, MAGAGAMIT NA NG INYONG ASAWA’T MGA ANAK NANG WALANG HASSLE ANG APELYIDO NINYO.

IKALAWA, PARA SA MGA KALALAKIHAN, KABA. KINAKABAHAN NA PO ANG ILAN SA MGA ITO DAHIL ANG INYONG PAGSASAMA PAGKATAPOS NITO AY MAGIGING LEGAL NA. “ISASAKAL” KA NA AT MAKO-CORNER KA NA. IISA NA LANG ANG IYONG TUTULUYAN AT HOPEFULLY FOREVER KA NANG NAKATALI SA BABAENG YAN.

KAYA BAGO KA ITALI, PWEDE MO BANG TINGNAN ULI ANG BABAE NA YAN. O, BAKIT PARANG GUSTO NANG UMATRAS NG IBA?

PARA SA MGA MATAGAL NANG “NAKATALI”, MAY PAPEL NA PO NA MAGSASABING HINDI KA NA PWEDENG ITALI SA IBA KAYA PASENSYA NA.

KUNG IKAW NAMAN AY MATAGAL NANG KASAMA NG PARTNER MO AT MAY ANAK NA KAYO, KAKABAHAN KA PA BA? PWEDE, DAHIL PAGKATAPOS NG ARAW NA ITO, USAPANG LEGAL NA PAGSASAMA NINYO. MAY KAMAHALAN NA PO ANG SERBISYONG LEGAL SA MGA PANAHONG ITO.

PARA SA MGA KABABAIHAN, KABA NA MAY KASAMANG TAKOT DAHIL ONCE AND FOR ALL, TOTOO NA PO ITO. KAPAG NAKAPIRMA NA KAYO, ITO NA YUN. WALA NANG ATRASAN. WALA NANG BAWIAN.

ITO ANG ARAW NA MATATAKOT KA DAHIL HINDI MO ALAM ANG PWEDENG MANGYARI PAGTAPOS NG SEREMONYANG ITO.

EXCITEMENT. KABA. DALAWANG EMOSYON NA BUMUBUO SA PAGTITIPONG ITO.

PERO MAY EXTRANG EMOSYON NA PWEDE TAYONG MARAMDAMAN SA ARAW NA ITO: PAGMAMAMAHAL. ANG FEELING NA TAYO AY NAGMAHAL AT FEELING NA TAYO AY MINAHAL. FEELING NA NAGDALA SA ATIN SA LUGAR NA ITO.

SA INYONG PAG-UWI, REALIDAD ANG SASALUBONG SA INYO. AT ANG REALIDAD NG BUHAY, HINDI LAGING MASAYA, MINSAN MALUNGKOT. PERO KUNG ANG EMOSYON NG PAGMAMAHAL ANG INYONG PIPILIING MARAMDAMAN, MALULUNGKOT KAYO PERO MAIBABALIK NINYO ANG SAYA SA BUHAY AT BAHAY NINYO.

ANG REALIDAD NG BUHAY? HINDI LAGING MAGKASUNDO. MINSAN, AT WAG NAMAN SANANG MADALAS, MAG-AAWAY KAYO. MAY MGA BAGAY KAYONG HINDI MAPAPAGKASUNDUAN. MAY MGA BAGAY KAYONG PAGTATALUNAN. IINIT ANG INYONG ULO. TATAAS ANG BOSES NINYO. PERO KUNG PAGMAMAHAL ANG EMOSYON NA PIPILIIN NINYONG MARAMDAMAN, MAIBABALIK NINYO ANG KABABAANG-LOOB AT PILIT NINYONG UUNAWAIN ANG ISA’T ISA.

AT WAG KAYONG MAG-ALALA. SA ISANG PAGTATALO, KAPAG ANG BABAE AY HINDI PA TAMA, HINDI PA TAPOS ANG PAGTATALO. KAYA PARA SA MGA KALALAKIHAN, KUNG GUSTO NINYONG MATAPOS NA USAPAN, PAPANALUNIN NINYO ANG INYONG MAYBAHAY. SIGURADO AKONG TATAHIMIK PO ANG MGA YAN.

ANG REALIDAD NG BUHAY? HINDI LAGING SAGANA. MAY MGA PAGKAKATAONG MAGKUKULANG KAYO. AT KUNG DUMATING ANG PAGKAKATAONG ITO, BALIKAN NINYO ANG ARAW NA ITO NA IPINANGAKO NINYO NA LAGI KAYONG MAGSASAMA SA LAHAT NG HIRAP AT GINHAWA.

WALANG KAKULANGAN NA HINDI NAPUPUNAN NG PAGMAMAHAL. KUNG MAHAL NINYO ANG ISA’T ISA, AT YAN ANG DAHILAN KUNG BAKIT NANDITO KAYO NGAYON, MADALING MAGAGAWAN NG PARAAN ANG INYONG PINAGDADAANAN.

SA BANDANG HULI, PWEDENG KAYONG MA-EXCITE, PWEDE KAYONG KABAHAN. PERO PWEDE RIN NINYONG PILIIN ANG PAGMAMAHAL. AT KUNG PAGMAMAHAL ANG PUPUNO SA INYONG TAHANAN, WALANG PAGSUBOK ANG HINDI NINYO MAPAGTATAGUMPAYAN.

ANG INYO PONG GOBYERNO AY NANDITO PARA SA PAGSASAMA NINYO. NAUUNAWAAN NAMIN ANG PANGANGAILANGAN NINYO. NARIRINIG NAMIN ANG MGA ISYU NINYO. SA KASALANG BAYANG ITO, DALANGIN NAMIN ANG MASAYANG PAGSASAMA NG BAWAT COUPLE NA NANDITO.

NANINIWALA PO ANG INYONG PAMAHALAAN NA ANG LEGAL NA PAGSASAMA AY MAKAKAPAGBIGAY SA INYO NG PEACE OF MIND AT PAGKAKATAONG MABIGYAN NG SERBISYO TAPAT AT ALAGANG DAPAT NG INYONG GOBYERNO.

CONGRATULATIONS PO SA INYO. GOD BLESS YOUR MARRIAGE.

MARAMING SALAMAT PO! PAGPALAIN TAYO NG DIYOS! MABUHAY ANG BAYAN NG SOLANO!

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Fighting Stage Fright: Asking

Fear. That’s what keeps you from speaking in front of an audience. In fact, funny studies say that the people’s number one fear is public speaking. Fear of death comes a close second.

For this reason, we’d be probably better off dead than when delivering a eulogy during a wake. In one speech I prepared for a client who is a pioneering businessman in the garments industry, I wrote:

Na kung pupunta ka pala sa isang lamay / mas OK sa yo / na ikaw na lang yung nilalamay / kaysa ikaw yung magsasalita / at magbibigay ng eulogy / sa harapan /

Guilty ako / na takot akong magsalita / pero hindi ako guilty / na mas takot akong magsalita / kaysa mamatay / dahil pwede namang hindi ako magsalita / at least buhay pa ako /

So katulad ng marami sa inyo / hangga’t kaya ko / iiwasan kong magsalita / pag may invitation for me to speak / sasabihin ko busy ako /

Bakit ko naman gagawin / ang isang bagay na kinatatakutan ko / nakakahiyang mapahiya / kaya for the longest time / I was able to avoid / speaking in public / na-master ko / ang art of avoidance.

Asking and doing

By asking the question, “How do I overcome stage fright?”, you are halfway winning the battle and you are on to a good start in your public speaking career.

But the other half is not as easy as asking that question. It requires action, passion, and decision—a lot of them. Quite frankly, this is why many aspiring speakers give up. Although they ask the right questions and come up with the right answers, they don’t necessarily put into action those right answers. They may not necessarily be lazybones but for whatever reason, they simply don’t take action.

Knowledge is one thing and action is another. I can bet many people have read and researched a lot about public speaking and have fallen in love with its theories. But when they don’t take action and put them to practice, all of that reading and research are soon forgotten and just go to waste.

And if you are not decisive in pursuing a public speaking career, chances are you will falter at the very beginning and probably abandon your desire altogether in the middle of the game. In the end, public speaking would become one of your many unfulfilled dreams.

And for teachers, this book has a special chapter for you. Remember that your profession requires you to be good communicators, even if you do this mostly in the classroom with your students or pupils as your audience. You will therefore be most effective if you can develop yourself into amazing public speakers rather than just remain boring practitioners of the teaching method.

Everyone can overcome the fear of public speaking if the reason for doing so is much greater than that fear. As I always say,

When the desire of your heart is greater than your fear, your fear somehow becomes afraid of your desire.

Therefore, it’s either you’re afraid but you do it nonetheless, or you’re afraid and so you don’t do it at all.

Public Speaking Book by a Filipino Author

After an hour of motivational talk that I’d spice up with nonstop humor, the audience often just couldn’t get enough of me. They would shout “More! More!” in chorus and I would then oblige them by extending my talk for another 30 minutes or so.

Often, after only the first five minutes, the audience in a good many of such talks would rather that the speaker stop and leave the stage. Why then would they want an extension in my case?

Do they love my presentation? Do they love being entertained while being taught at the same time? Or do they just plain love me?

Make a guess. Because unless you see me on stage or watch me on YouTube, you won’t have a proper appreciation of how I do it.

But as tempting as it is to make this book about me, it really isn’t about me. It’s really about you. It’s just that I can only do it by talking about me. I just need to tell stories about me to make a point, that’s all. For this book is not a product of a routine Google search or the typical how-to that you find in the Internet. To teach you about public speaking, I can only talk about my own successes and failures in doing it. Indeed, this is about my real-life experiences in public speaking.

And I’ll tell you right off that my public speaking career has not always been a 100% success. There were failures, too, especially in the early years. And I made mistakes that I had to pay for heavily.

In the beginning, I can see now, my motivational talks must have tortured many people to death from boredom. I’m exaggerating, of course, but that’s the thought that always came to mind when I’d see them leave their seats one by one. The situation was such that when the last person was about to leave the room, I’d be almost tempted to run after him or her and say, “Hey, please wait for me. I’m about to leave as well.”

I’d get feedback from lots of people that I did great, only to hear later from friends that those very same people told them that I had messed up. It’s doubly painful to learn that some seemingly appreciative people would actually talk behind my back about my speaking performance.

Some give honest feedback, of course. But others would lie so you won’t get hurt. And if you’re not very mindful about the quality of your public speaking, you’d probably end up believing those who do lie about your performance.

The thing is that as a public speaker, you should know when people do like you and when they don’t. That way, you can further improve on what they liked and avoid repeating what they didn’t the next time around—assuming that you’d be given a second chance.

You are the best judge of your own performance.

And so, generally, this book is about you, you who bought this book (or borrowed this book by force from a friend because you didn’t have the money to buy a copy), you who probably have the same dream that I had many years ago—the dream of someday becoming a master of the stage in public speaking.

The road to effective public speaking and to dynamic presentations or simply amazing speeches is long and never-ending. Once you feel that you’re getting your rhythm and you’re already comfortable speaking before large audiences, you need to take time to review your performance and find out what you can still improve on. Complacency is your worst enemy.

In 2012, just when I felt I was already on top of my game, having already gained recognition as an outstanding young public speaker in the lecture circuit, I encountered someone who made me feel so amateurish.

This was in an event attended by more than a thousand people, an event that was supposed to highlight me as a superstar. But unexpectedly, one motivational standup comedian stole the thunder from me, making the audience fall from their seats in laughter and drawing great praises as he finished and left the stage.

His amazing performance got me so disoriented that when it was my turn to speak, I went totally out of focus. How could it be possible for someone to be better than me?

Speaking but thinking at the same time of how I could get the upper hand from that speaker and win back my audience, I left my strength zone, experimented on stage with all sorts of attention-getting contrivances, and eventually messed up.

It was a very long day for me. Honestly, I came up with probably the most physically tiring and emotionally draining speech I had delivered in years. I didn’t like my performance. I’m sure my audience didn’t like it, too. Nobody liked it.

Thinking about it now, that performance was a disaster waiting to happen. When I had already arrived at my comfort zone, and when I allowed the accolades and high praises for my public speaking at that point get into my head, that was the beginning of my fall.

Call it a wake-up call. When a perceived stardom drowned me, failure struck me and I was forced to bring myself back to where I needed to be—reality.

This is what this book on public speaking is all about—reality. Because the truth is, you can’t fake it in public speaking. Sooner than later, people would know or feel if you’re genuine or fake, if what you say is true or not, if you are really sincere or just making a business out of your craft.

In this book then, I will share real lessons, real stories, and real experiences in public speaking. I hope to put them together and present them in a narrative that is interesting and compelling enough to encourage you to speak like no other.

I wrote this book with no intention of making you become like me. No, I don’t expect you to be like me—not even close. It would be unfair to you. Instead, I sincerely want you to become better in public speaking than I am.

As a public speaker or a presenter or a teacher, your privilege to speak and influence a lot of people comes with it a responsibility to make the presentation worth their time, effort, and money. Listening to a boring and uninteresting presentation given by an equally boring and uninteresting speaker is wasted time for both the speaker and the audience.

When you get that rare opportunity to hold the microphone behind a podium during a special gathering, do your presentation with all your energy, with all your attention, with all your genuine intention, and with all your heart—or don’t do it at all.

Save yourself from disgrace and spare yourself from the disgust of judgmental audiences that silently curse you even as you speak.

Prepare for a magical performance that will amaze everyone in your audience. Develop your unique set of skills for keeping their eyes and minds open, wanting for more from you. Grow your own innate talent for capturing the heart of the people watching and listening to you. Celebrate your own style for keeping audiences awake and alive. Always be a better version of yourself one speaking engagement after another. Keep on improving your presentation. Tirelessly upgrade yourself, level up, and stay cool.

And keep in mind that public speaking is not only an art form. There is some science in it as well. Who knows if there is some mathematics, music, history, geography, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and economics in it, too?

How you will fare in blending the art and the science and all those other stuff in public speaking will definitely define you as an amazing public speaker.

Think of yourself as the light that shines through every person in front of you. A river that flows in their veins. A blanket that gives them comfort. A compass that gives them direction.

Never fail the people that have given you their time, money, energy, and opportunity to be heard and to be seen. You owe them that honor and privilege.

Lastly, the prospect of public speaking stardom can be realized only if you have the purest desire to serve the people. You speak not because you want to be a star. You are a star so that’s why you speak. You shall have truly become an amazing speaker when your light shines in the hearts of those who stop, look, and listen to you.

Lloyd A. Luna
November 6, 2015
Makati City, Philippines

 

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