• Jazmin Jabines was hailed the champion in The International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC) in London
  • The IPSC is the largest public speaking competition in the world
  • She is the third Filipino who made a mark in the competition

A Filipina student beat over 50 students from all over the world to emerge as the best public speaker.

Jazmin Jabines, a junior Business major from the University of the Philippines Diliman was awarded the overall grand champion in The International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC) hosted by the English-Speaking Union in London, United Kingdom, last week, May 14-18.

During the final round, Jabines battled it out with other representatives representatives from China, Hong Kong, USA, Estonia, Lebanon, and South Korea. They were given just 5 minutes to make an impressive speech about the theme, “The only way to predict the future, is to invent it”.

Jabines impressed the judges with her speech about struggles of Overseas Filipino Workers and the families they left behind. She later on shared her winning piece on Rappler. An excerpt reads, “We rebuild our lives across the oceans, reinvent our ties with those we love, one hour at a time. Whether it’s the hours we spend on Skype calls, or the hours we spend with all our relatives back home for Christmas, or the hours we spend praying for those who are absent – every immigrant family invents its own unique way of sealing that distance and strengthening their love.”

On its 38th year, the IPSC is the largest public speaking competition in the world, involving over 600,000 young people in more than 50 countries. Jabines is the third Filipino who made a mark in the competition. Gian Karlo Dapul won in 2008 and award-winning journalist Patricia Evangelista won in 2004.

You can watch her and other contestants during the final round from the English-Speaking Union’s Facebook page.