Sixteen schools all over Mindanao participated in the 27th Mindanao Parliamentary Debate Championship (MPDC) which was held here in Cagayan de Oro last February 23-24, 2013. The event was hosted by Capitol University.
The 27TH MPDC followed the Asian Parliamentary debate format in which each team has three speakers. After a series of debate rounds, two Ateneo schools; The Ateneo de Zamboanga University Team B and the defending champion Xavier University Team A battled for championship which was held last night at Flamengo Hall, Pearlmont Inn.
Xavier University and Ateneo de Zamboanga clashed in a motion “This house believes that human rights should be negotiated rather than universalized.” XU defended the motion while ADZU was the opposition. Both teams had powerful arguments but at the end, Ateneo de Zamboanga emerged as the champion. The best speaker was given to Ruby Jane Calletos of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University.
Individual awards were also given. The top ten best speakers and top ten adjudicators of the 27th Mindanao Parliamentary Debate Championship are as follows:
First – Emiko Escovilla of Ateneo de Davao University Team B
Second – Paolo Cansino of Ateneo de Davao University Team A
Third – Nizam M. Pabil of Mindanao State University Marawi Team B
Joseph Jalotjot of Ateneo de Davao University Team B
Ruby Jane Calletos of Ateneo de Zamboanga University Team B
Sixth – Carmela Cua of Xavier University Team A
Aries Paye of Xavier University Team A
Paolo Alberto Martinez of Mindanao State University Team B
Ninth – Sarah Gail Galvan of Ateneo de Zamboanga University Team B
Glenn William Alcala of Ateneo de Zamboanga University Team B
Queenie Jala of Western Mindanao University Team B
Gabriel Billones of Mindanao State University-IIT Team A
Suhaini Nasher Pagadilan of Mindanao State University Marawi Team B
Top ten adjudicators or tournament judges are as follows:
First – Lee Arvin Gogo of Xavier University
Second – Giano Libot of Xavier University
Third – Carmela Victoria Olipas of Ateneo de Davao University
Fourth – Khalej N. Lutian of Western Mindanao State University
Fifth – Fredrick Amiel Lasnarias of Ateneo de Davao University
Sixth – Ahmadjan Musa of Western Mindanao State University
Seventh – Christian Lloyd Espinosa of University of Mindanao
Eighth – Frederick Omalza of the University of the Philippines Mindanao
Ninth – Nitish Khemani of Ateneo de Davao University
Tenth o Shaira Pios of Mindanao State University Iligan Institute of Technology
The participating schools are: Xavier University, Capitol University, Ateneo de Davao University, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Mindanao State University Marawi, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, Mindanao State University Science High School, University of the Philippines Mindanao, University of Mindanao, Bukidnon State University, Father Saturnino Urios University, Holy Cross Davao College, Al Khwarizmi International College, Ibn Siena Integrated School, Southern Baptist College, and Western Mindanao State University. Congratulations Mindanao debaters for a job well done!