A Filipino college student won the 38th International Public Speaking Competition held in London on May 18, beating 51 other contestants from countries around the world.
Johanne Jazmin Tan Jabines, 20, a third-year student at the University of the Philippines Diliman, won against six other contestants who made it through to the grand final of the International Public Speaking Competition organized by the English-Speaking Union, Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.
The other six contestants were Harpreet Singh from Hong Kong, Andrew Chanho Kim from Korea, Alison Ruth Cohen from the US, Xiong Ziqing from China, Kamel Ali Wehbe from Lebanon and Markus Aksli from Estonia.
Jabines’ speech titled ‘One Hour at A Time’ spoke about the lives of overseas Filipino workers and undocumented immigrants. She spoke, for just five minutes, about the sacrifices that Filipino workers make for their families.
“What inspired me to write the speech was really the degree of sacrifices that overseas workers have to make, a reality that is often undermined by the government,” Jabines said.
Jabines is the third Filipino to win the competition, following Gian Karlo Dapul, who won in 2008, and Patricia Evangelista in 2004.
The latest winner said she was inspired by her aunt, who worked as a teacher in Thailand.