Ateneo Debate Varsity (ADV), Ateneo de Davao University’s official debate and public speaking organization, in partnership with the Philippine Debate Union (PDU) hosted the Mindanao Philippine Debate Union Workshop at the school’s Finster Auditorium from May 9-10.
Notable lecturers and guest speakers of the workshop included experienced debaters Victor Baguilat, Jr. of the San Beda College of Law and Melchiezedeck Babilonia from the University of the Philippines Los Banos.
The workshop tackled various topics, including the basics in debating such as argumentation and framing, and more advanced lessons in terms of matter and information in debating and delivery of arguments.
Participants of the event included debaters from different educational institutions both from within and outside of Davao City.
“The PDU workshop is about bridging different generations of debaters and spreading debating across the country in order to deepen democracy.” said Baguilat when asked about the purpose of the workshop.
The Mindanao PDU Workshop is the third workshop hosted by the Philippine Debate Union this year. The first two were held in Luzon and Visayas during different dates.