As one of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, KSearch continues to engage the students of the College of International Relations (CIR) of the Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila to compete in an oratorical contest where eloquence and communication prowess are unleashed and awareness of social issues are tested. Now on its seventh year running, Dean Ambassador Reynaldo Arcilla welcomed the participation of contestants from the colleges of Arts and Sciences and Business Administration. Eight finalists vied for top spots last Monday, 10th February, to speak their minds on this year’s topic, i.e., the leadership (or probably lack thereof) of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.
The views of the finalists varied to some extent. Bianca Malonzo, a participant from the College of International Relations, cited the current administration being somewhat inconsistent in its anti-corruption actuations, oftentimes observed as being protective of the President’s schoolmates, friends and allies. The other speakers had practically similar perceptions. Some lamented the President failing to live up to the Filipino peoples’ expectations, he having inherited the iconic reputations of both his parents as champions of democracy. Most of the speakers have, however, conceded that notwithstanding the President’s perceived shortfalls, the country has experienced during his watch economic growth levels not seen before. The only problem, though, is that said economic growth is seen to have not trickled down to the benefit of the masses; at least, not yet. The consensus among the eight speakers, it seemed, was one of disappointment over the President’s overall performance but all have remained hopeful of positive change yet forthcoming.
Michelle Marie Manese from the College of Arts and Sciences reigned as champion of this year’s contest. She quickly wowed the panel of judges when she smartly used metaphors and witty remarks to address how a “last name” is not enough to define a leader. Her conversational style laden with irony and provocative witticisms engaged the audience that moved them to give her a loud applause.
It was a truly a remarkable event, to be sure. The finalists all rose to the task, demonstrating how aware they were about our country’s state of leadership. The student audience were obviously captivated, the judges well impressed, and, once again, this wonderful collaboration between KSearch and the Lyceum’s College of International Relations has yielded a new batch of capable public speakers – not to mention having again succeeded to create further awareness on the importance of being proficient in the use of the English language.
CIR, Batch 2012, Lyceum PU