Sunday, January 31, 2021
394th Meeting: Boost Your Confidence
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Filcom Takes it to the Stars!
“Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars” – said by Casey Kasem. Filcomites stayed online but shined brightly and reached for the stars in the Area 25 Toastmasters Annual Speech Contest 202. The contest with the theme AD Astra was held online for the first time via Zoom on 15th January 2021. The champs of each club in Area 25 – Filcom International, Ooredoo and Hamad Toastmasters club, faced-off using their serious analysis, tongue-in-cheek replies, motivational messages, and comicality that they’ve mastered as Toastmasters. It was the most anticipated contest and the virtual stage each Toastmaster determined to conquer – Per aspera ad astra, i.e., through adversity to the stars.
The first contest was the Evaluation Contest where test speaker delivered a speech and evaluations were delivered by the contestants. Grace Moran, DTM was the evaluation contest chair who shined with glam and poise virtually. In the end, it was Joseph Amande, DTM who emerged victorious and impressed the judges with his comprehensive evaluation, and Swetha Raghuraman bagged the second place for her motivating and analytical assessment of the test speaker’s speech.
Following by the Evaluation Speech Contest was the Humorous speech contest, drowned the audience in laughter as each contestant dueled with humor. Deepti Potnis, the humor queen of Filcom was the contest chair for the Humorous Speech Contest. Leo Ortega, DTM made his audiences and judges laugh till their stomach hurt. He bachelorhood story with vodka shots blew away everyone with laughter and joy, through his speech “Why Single?”. He was declared the first-place winner. Rinku Saha rocked the virtual stage and snatched the second place as she shared her fun filled adventurous love story “Fall in Love” .
Next was the Table Topics Contest where contestants competed with their quick-thinking skills. The enthusiastic Michelle Macaraig took over the reins of this segment as the Contest Chair. It was Stella Sabangan’s justified opinion on the selected topic and punchy conclusion showcased her as the wittiest as she reached to the top. Joseph Amande, DTM followed suit by taking the second place.
Last but not the least was the icing on the cake - the International Speech Contest in which the contestants warred with words in the battle to find the most inspirational speaker of them all. Beautiful and bubbly, Mai Abu-zainah of Hamad Toastmasters served as the Contest Chair of this segment. It was Joseph Amande, DTM who emerged as the most Inspirational speaker of as he persuaded his audience how to remove their judgmental inner “Mask” that won judges and the audiences hearts. The charismatic CJ Rojas reminded everyone - “You are Shining” no matter what role you do as he emerged as the first-runner up.
Along with the contestants were our stalwart Filcomites, without whom this area contest wouldn’t have reached the stars. The proud Area 25 Director Felipe Catinoy welcomed the Toastmasters dignitaries and guests and cheered for the winners and participants towards the end for the successful contest. Diana May Tangente dazzled and entertained everyone as the Master of Ceremonies. The meticulous and jolly Filcomites - Michelle Macaraig and Yvonne Cabang were the timers and timed the contest to perfection. Ever-smiling and diligent Filcomites – Satish Shah and Felipe Catinoy served as the Tally Counters.
Filcomites took it AD ASTRA as the club prepared to grow and glow at the SynerG division contest on 25th and 26th February 2021! Shine on, Filcomites!
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Filcomite of the Month - December - Ginalyn Garcia
393rd Meeting: What's New?
Monday, January 4, 2021
The Filcomites Dazzle Online!
"If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull” as quoted by W.C Fields. As the contest season begins, so does the preparation behind the scenes, within the scene and beyond it. Filcom is no exception and dazzles in every single aspect of the contest prep. However, contest preparations during the current term were relatively easier to prepare for. Filcom held the first-ever Club Contest online. Although, what was missing was the absolute stage experience where the contestants, role-players and the audience could have enjoyed a live stage experience in person. However, the experience that never left the contest was a moment, a microphone and a spotlight to shine! The thirst for this shining moment, became the theme of Filcom’s club contest – DAZZLE. Dazzle Part 1 and Part 2 took place on 12th and 19th of December respectively.
Reins of the club contests were in the able hands of Filcom’ s ever enthusiastic and dazzling – TM Dennis Mujana, Immediate Past President and TM Michelle Macaraig, Club Treasurer during the Part 1 and Part 2 of the contest, respectively. The were supported by ebullient role players. TM Philp Cherian and Pavithra Philip, DTM to the helm of the Chief Judge during the Part 1 and Part 2 of the contest, respectively. Kit Barritt, DTM served as the Zoom Master who guaranteed the ultimate online contest experience.
The Part 1 of the contest has given us many heart-warming and inspirational stories, and, made us realize the power of Feedback i.e., the International Speech and Speech Evaluation Contest, respectively. The Contest Manager – TM Dennis Mujana, opened the Contest and TM Michelle Macaraig took the virtual screen as the Master of Ceremonies. Along with her were the International Speech Contest Chair – Grace Moran, DTM and Evaluation Contest Chair – TM Alaa Afify.
Six Dazzling Filcomites competed in the International Speech Contest – Joseph Amande, CJ Rojas, Leo Ortega, Diana May Tangente, Hieu Huynh and Rinku Saha. These Filcomites bedazzled us through their inspirational stories. In the end, Joseph emerged as a winner followed by CJ as the first runner up and Diana as the second runner up.
Following the International Speech Contest was Speech Evaluation Contest. Eleven enthusiastic Filcomites competed in this segment – Joseph Amande, CJ Rojas, Leo Ortega, Diana May Tangente, Hieu Huynh, Fouad Al Fares, Deepti Potnis, Shyam Sundar, Swetha Raghuraman, Stella Sabangan and Nadim Bitar. The test speaker presented an informative speech and all the contestants reminded us about the importance of Feedback. It was Joseph who bagged the first place, followed by Swetha and CJ as the second and third place winners, respectively.
The Part 2 of the contest gave the audience lots of laughs and tested our quick-thinking skills i.e., Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest. TM Michelle Macaraig filled in the shoes of a Contest Manager and the entire show was run by TM Vidal Bagas as the Master of Ceremonies. Vidal was supported by two vibrant Filcomites : TM Ginalyn Garcia as the Humorous Speech Contest Chair and TM Dennis Mujana as the Table Topics Contest Chair.
Six funny-boned Filcomites contested for the Humorous contest – Joseph Amande, Leo Ortega, Diana May Tangente, Hieu Huynh, Rinku Saha and Deepti Potnis. All the contestants made us gag and proved that laughter is indeed a best medicine. Joseph triumphed once again, followed by Rinku and Deepti.
The final segment of our club contest was the Table Topics Contest and this time seven spontaneous Filcomites contested – Joseph Amande, Leo Ortega, Diana May Tangente, Hieu Huynh, Deepti Potnis, Swetha Raghuraman and Stella Sabangan, and tested their wits on the topic – “ Less is more, or more is less. What is your choice? All the contestants were spontaneous and articulate in this session. Once again, Joseph waltzed to victory by being placed first, Stella as the first runner up and Diana becoming the third runner up. All is well that ends well! Both Part 1 and Part 2 was as galvanizing as the other. All the contestants, role-players and many who worked behind the scenes have Dazzles and Bedazzled everyone! So what’s next? The area contest/ division contest or the District. Wherever it is and Whatever we do. The Filcomites are all set the Dazzle again!