Gab Hutalle Testimonial for the American Institute for English Proficiency, Makati and Quezon City, Philippines


You know that one day you woke up and realized that you can do something to make yourself better?  I often hear from most people that I know that they have this moment when they learned that they do need to improve, that they have a lot of things they still need to learn.

Like for myself when I got back from my internship from the U.S. , I saw my self craving to improve my communication skills, specifically in English, which reminds me of this quote from a pizza restaurant that I always remember, “Only dead fish swims with the flow.”  Like a fish that lived and learned to swim strong by knowing the struggles of enduring the current, we should use those struggling moments we had as a reflection of what is it in us that needs improving.

I will share to you, my three moments at the American Institute for English Proficiency (Quezon City branch) that helped me in my continuous evolution.

It was my first day, and I decided to enroll in the Saturday class.  As expected, I was asked to talked about myself, but what I didn’t expect is that I was given a topic, and I should discuss it in front of everyone.  I was nervous as usual, but it’s a good thing that I know a little bit about the topic which is “genetics.”  That moment, when I heard all the reviews from my instructor and other students, fueled my desire to learn and be in class every time.

And there was the time when I decided to attend the weekdays class.  I was given another topic because I was new with the class, and it was about “mastery.” Unlike before, I already had an experience, so I used what I learned from my Saturday class.  And there was again more things that were said to me that I didn’t even know I was missing all those time.  I thought I just enrolled to build a “hut of confidence,” enough to make my communication skills better, but they made me realize I could build even more.

Every time I remember AIEPro, it’s not just lectures, quizzes, speeches, and activities. I also remember one of the most important thing I gained, connections, connections that I built with my classmates and instructors that is strong, so strong that I don’t see it breakable.  We’re like islands connected with a bridge where we can send each others help to improve our own islands. This connection is what we call friendship.

These experiences at AIEPro contributed to who I am today and that is what I am so grateful about. People might say it’s just an institution, but here I am telling you to experience AIEPro and see for your self.