“Ang kailangan natin ay ang mga pagbabagong para sa magandang kinabukasan. Hindi ampaw na pagbabago. Hindi atrasadong pagbabago. Ang tanong: Paano?” questioned Davies Davad in his 7-minute speech during the Talumpati ng Taon (TNT) 2017 contest last Aug. 14.
The 19-year-old accountancy student from Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental was declared champion of the 21st aTNT, defeating nine other orators who took stage at Luce Auditorium. In his speech, Davad made a distinction between “atrasadong pagbabago” or “backward change” and “pasulong na pagbabago” or “forward change.”
He expounded on the “backward change” society is facing, particularly the demoralization of the youth, addiction to social media, and the deteriorating standards in choosing a political leader.
In line with this, Davad challenged the audience to begin the change within themselves.
“Patunayan nating tayo pa rin ang pag-asa ng bayan; ang susi sa pagbabago. Marami tayong mga ideya at ito ang kapangyarihan natin, ngunit kailangan natin ng behikulo,” he said.
Davad pointed out that it is through the use of one’s own language that Filipinos could acquire “pasulong na pagbabago” or “forward change.”
“Karugtong natin ang ating wika kaya’t habang yumayaman at yumayabong ito ay ganun din sana tayo– pasulong, hindi paurong,” he said.
At the end of his speech, Davad urged everyone to advocate change and be proud of the Filipino language.
Davad was followed by Shaira Shannine Miramin (Junior High School) and Merilyn Morales (Senior High School) who garnered the second and third places respectively.
Carlisle Caroro, junior Political Science major and chair of Talumpati ng Taon 2017, said the event creates an appreciation for the Filipino language through the messages delivered by the finalists.
“The Filipino in us will never waver even amidst the changing times and an event like Talumpati Ng Taon ignites the spirit of us being a Filipino, one with each other,” she shared.