"One thing that separates goals and visions from reality is opportunity. We are always taught that when we have goals and dreams, we work on it and work hard for it. It's true and it's good. There's a better way to do it though and that is to create opportunities. By doing such we do not only make our own goals and visions a reality but we also pave the way for the achievement of other people's goals."
That's an excerpt from my welcome message during our PechaKucha Night Iloilo Volume 3 last November 25, 2018 at Horn Pub. It was our first as organizers and we are honored to see the venue filled with enthusiastic crowd, savoring the gist of each presentation delivered by our great presenters, while ejoying their free bottle of beer or iced coffee that goes with the ticket they paid for only a hundred and eleven pesos (P111.00)
I stayed in Dumaguete for work for over 4 years and when I decided to return to Iloilo 4 months ago, I listed down goals to accomplish before 2018 ends. I wanted to do more speaking engagements outside work, attend informative and fun seminars, socialize more with the community and lastly, do regular charitable activities. These are too many goals to achieve in less than 6 months but I was too determined to be defeated by my pessimistic thoughts.
I was enjoying the seaside atmosphere in Siaton, Negros Oriental one morning when a light bulb moment occured. I found a way to achieve all these goals in the best way possible. While in Dumaguete, I was introduced to PechaKucha and I immediately loved the idea. I did a little research with the help of Abi and found out that the previous organizers of PechaKucha Night in Iloilo didn't renew their yearly agreement from the PKN headquarters in Tokyo after 2 volumes in 2015 and 2016. I got psyched at an instant to apply as organizer and after a week, I luckily received a handshake agreement to continue running PechaKucha Nights in my favorite city, Iloilo City.
The next step was to build a team and it was an absolute breeze. Even during that crisp day at the beach of Siaton, I already have people in mind. They are the people who I believe share the same passion and who are willing to commit part of their precious time in making the visions become reality. My heartfelt gratitude goes to the PKN Iloilo organizers for all the hardwork and dedication during the preparation of our first event, PKN Iloilo Volume 3. Salamat guid Abigail Flores Ay-leen Lachica Danna Mercine, Nel Agustin Buensuceso, Drew Ramones, German Ray P. Gonzales Jr. Ronel Kirby Tingzon Sevee Eslabra and Christopher Raye
Four months of preparation involved meetings on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, reaching out to possible presenters, sponsors and partners, creating our social media platforms and designing and posting our catchy pubs. It was 4 months of not only fun afternoon meetings and chitchats but endless learning opportunities for us, first timers in the field of organizing an event.
I would like to personally thank our sponsors and partners for the support to our first event. Joseph Aloysius Montelibano of Aloysius Worldwide, you are simply amazing. Your support to the Ilonggo arts and culture is greatly appreciated. We look forward to have you as one of our presenters in the future to talk about your worldwide success. To Donna Mercine's family who runs JALD and Associates (and their interns too) and the owners of LoCo, thank you so much for taking part by furthering our event. We, from PKN Iloilo owe you big time. Our collaboration with Dwayne Muyuéla and the rest of the partners and staff of Horn Pub was smooth and we are definitely looking forward to more events with you as our event partner. Same appreciation goes to Project Iloilo our media partner and Willowdell Learning & Development Center, our partner for our post-event charity that will happen in December.
Lastly, handpicking the presenters for our first event was one hell of a job. We painstakingly selected the speakers because they carry the biggest responsibility- to make or break the show. Dear presenters, we can't thank you enough for sharing your time, knowledge, skills and experience to the audience. Early Sol Gadong, Mowneeq Mabasa Muyargas, Dave Frozt, Hermz Gacho, Carm Novilla and Judah Ism (and Marge of Sons and Daughters for the awesome musical number) you are all amazing. You set the bar high enough and you encourage and inspire us to continue what we have started. Until next time, Ma'ams and Sirs.
After the success of PKN Iloilo Vol 3, we have started to create an opportunity for great people to speak and inspire the audience with their knowledge and wit, skills and experience. We paved the way for people to have an opportunity to listen to great presentations and get inspired. We also created an avenue for the Ilonggos to socialize by meeting other people that may share the same interest as theirs. And lastly, this may not be part of the goals of the Pecha Kucha Night Global Organization but PKN Iloilo will make a difference by facilitating a post-event charity for kids in December to commemorate the spirit of Christmas. Proceeds of the PKN Iloilo Vol 3 will benefit selected children of Pediatric Ward at Western Visayas Medical Center. Thank you Fheb Mark Lapastora, RN for making arrangements with the Medical Center Chief to have our intent to help get approved. We might need additional volunteers so let us know if you want to join us.
I am Alexander San Pedro, Chief City Organizer of PechaKucha Night Iloilo, thanking you all for an awesome PechaKucha Night. Here's to more opportunities and more PechaKucha Nights.