Xavier U dominates the Secretary Cup National Debate Tilt

Xavier University Parliamentary Debate Circle brought home the bacon as the champion of the first ever The Secretary’s Cup, a debate championship open to university students in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. XU dominated the cup as Xavier University Team A battled it out against Xavier University Team B in the championship match which was held at Century Park Hotel Manila last Saturday, March 16, 2013.

They debated the motion “This house believes that the Philippines should shift to a tax-funded National Health Service as opposed to one funded by social health insurance.” XU B defended the motion while XU A was the opposition. Arvin Gogo of XU A was the finals best speaker.

 

There were also six top speakers awarded for each regional qualifier and they are as follows:

 

1st Luzon Qualifier – Jake Bustos of University of the Philippines Los Baños

2nd Luzon Qualifier – Garie Ouano of University of the Philippines Diliman

1st Visayas Qualifier – Teresa Purzuelo of University of the Philippines Visayas in Iloilo

2nd Visayas Qualifier – Harold Ondogan of Cebu Institute of Technology

1st Mindanao Qualifier – Gian Marlon Libot of Xavier University

2nd Mindanao Qualifier – Yana Gutierrez of Ateneo de Davao University

 

In the semi-final rounds, Xavier University A met University of the Philippines Los Baños A while Xavier University B met Ateneo de Davao University B. There were 96 debate teams that competed in the different regional qualifier rounds and only 16 teams proceeded to the break rounds in Manila namely (in alphabetical order):

Ateneo de Davao University A

Ateneo de Davao University B

Cebu Institute of Technology B

Cebu Institute of Technology C

De La Salle University A

Far Eastern University A

Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) A

Southern Baptist College A

University of the Philippines Diliman A

University of the Philippines Los Baños A

University of the Philippines Manila B

University of the Philippines Visayas I A

University of the Philippines Visayas M A

Xavier University A

Xavier University B

Xavier University C

Kudos to Xavier University Parliamentary Debate Circle for another exemplary performance! With this momentum, we hope to have another great news from you guys on your next tournament.

 

Photos from The Secretary’s Cup Facebook Page