TFCU ignites youth passion in the first "TFCU Talks Sydney"

Speakers Marco Andre Selorio, Gretchen Ho, and Eman Rodriguez shared stories that encourage the youth to pursue their passion, find their purpose, and to keep moving forward
By: ABS-CBN Australia Pty Ltd.
SYDNEY - May 17, 2018 - PRLog -- The air of excitement was immediately felt upon entry at the ballroom of Blacktown Workers Club in New South Wales, Australia as young students and professionals gathered for the very first "TFCU Talks Sydney", which happened last April 7.

TFCU is an initiative which aims to connect, inspire, and empower Filipino college students and young professionals through the TFCU Talks event which features industry professionals and personalities who share their stories to inspire the younger generation to realize their full potential while embracing their cultural identity.

TFCU Talks Sydney follows the trail of a series that began in the U.S. and which include the following:  "TFCU Breaking the Mold" which featured Food Network's "The Great Food Truck Race" season four winner Lanai Tabura; "TFCU Talks Carson: Rise Up" where actress and philanthropist Monique Coleman shared her inspiring journey; and "TFCU Talks Embracing Identity" where comedienne and YouTube personality Christine Gambito (happyslip) was one of the speakers.  TFC U Talks have also been held in the Philippines featuring tech millionaire and adventure journalist Garrett Gee, computer engineer and innovator Aisa Mejeno and digital marketer Jonathan Joson.

"We started empowering young people in America, but I felt the need to empower the younger generation in a greater way because we all have a dream, we all have a gift, and we all have something to share," said Romeo Marquez Jr., TFCU program director, during his welcoming remarks at the "TFCU Talks Sydney".

He further added, "The intention today is for you to receive a message, a message that hopefully will inspire you in a greater way."

Anchoring on the theme "Pursuing Your Passion", TFCU Talks Sydney tapped Marco Andre Selorio, Gretchen Ho, and Eman Rodriguez to talk about their journey to self-discovery that led them to their respective careers.

Set Your Goal

Just like in Selorio's favorite sport basketball, there were a lot of obstacles that prevented him from making that winning shot when his company HOOPDREAMZ started organizing events. One event failed after the other which made people around him, including his parents, say that it is time to give up — advice he decided not to take.

"If you are passionate about your dream or what you want to do, don't let anybody tell you that you can't do anything, because if you are passionate, you'll get it," Selorio said.

Now, his company has organized events like the renowned dance competition "World Supremacy Battlegrounds", and the talent show "Urbanstar Talent Quest" where international singer Iggy Azalea and "Pinoy Big Brother Teens" winner Ylona Garcia joined at the beginning of their careers.

Selorio also emphasized the importance of embracing the unknown, but at the same time setting a goal. "Step out of that comfort zone and have a goal and see what happens. For me, I'd rather fail than not see what is going happen down the track. I don't want to regret anything," he explained.

Finding Your Purpose

Five years ago, Ho never imagined herself being a host. Now, she is a regular host of the news program "Umagang Kay Ganda (A Beautiful Morning)" and ANC's lifestyle program "Modern Girls". Transitioning from being an athlete to a host was not easy, but embracing the uncertainty carved out the path towards her purpose.

"It is so refreshing to be in the face of the unknown, to know that anything can happen the next moment, that things can change years from now and you can grow into somebody that you never thought you would be," Ho encouragingly said.

Discovering your passion is great, but for Ho finding one's purpose is better. "Purpose is what makes us stick and what makes us commit to whatever we love because we know why we do it--that makes your work more meaningful," she explained.

Her word of advice for those still looking for their purpose: "Keep on experiencing life." There will be times that one will make the wrong choices, but Ho reminded them that "our failures teach us so much more about ourselves. You only really fail when you don't learn."

Keep Moving Forward

At a young age, Rodriguez already knew that his passion was dancing, and the greatest highlight of his career was when he joined the dance group Justice Crew and competed in "Australia's Got Talent" in 2010 where they emerged as winner.

Before the success, Rodriguez recalled how he had to go through a lot of rejection, but he did not let this dishearten him and just kept moving forward. "Move on, take that straight away before it goes deep into 'I'm not good enough.' It is not about having a break, it is about working harder," he said.

Alongside triumphs and pitfalls, the most important lesson that Rodriguez learned and would like to share with everyone is to keep believing in yourself. "A lot of people will drag you down but you just have to keep lifting that burden off and know your purpose and to keep on driving it," he concluded.

Providing a lit performance is the JMA Dance Crew with Eman Rodriguez that was choreographed by Maurice June, one of the founders of JMA Entertainment, the talent agency behind the popular Australian dance group Justice Crew.

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