Various universities from all over Mindanao sent delegations to participate in the 33rd Mindanao Parliamentary Debate Championship (MPDC), which was held last Feb. 26 – 28 at the Ateneo de Davao University, Davao City.
The MPDC is held twice a year and is hosted by the Mindanao Parliamentary Debate Union (MPDU). The Ateneo Debate Varsity hosted this tournament in partnership with Sutherland Global Services and EDGE Davao.
The format adapted was the Asian Parliamentary Debate style of debating where two teams each composed of three people debate against each other.
The elimination rounds for the main category consisted of four matches. The result was that 16 out of 56 teams proceeded to the finals-series: three teams from Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU), three from Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), three from University of the Philippines-Mindanao (UP-Min), two from Xavier University (XU), two from Western Mindanao State University League of Debaters (WLD), one from Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU), one from Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), and one from Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU).
Meanwhile, 24 out of 57 adjudicators passed: four from AdDU, two from XU, two from San Pedro College (SPC), one from UP-Min, one from University of the Philippines –Manila (UPM), one from the WLD, one from AdZU, one from CSU, one from San Beda College (SBC), one from De La Salle University (DLSU), one from University of Mindanao (UM), one from Bukidnon State University-High School (BSU HS), one from MSU-IIT, and one from Father Saturnino Urios University High School (FSUU HS).
The tournament also had separate category for high school debaters. One team from the following high schools proceeded: Ateneo de Davao High School (AdDU HS), University of Immaculate Conception High School (UIC HS), BSU HS, and FSUU HS.
For the main rounds, the teams AdDU A and XU A faced off in the grand finals.
The teams debated on the motion “This House supports a successionist Bangsamoro” with XU A on the affirmative bench and AdDU A on the negative bench.
A nine-man panel judged the round. The decision was a 7-2 split in favor of the affirmative side.
For the high school grand finals, the teams UIC HS A and BSU HS A faced off. A nine-man panel also judged the round. The decision was a unanimous verdict in favor of UIC HS A.
Main Category Champion
XU A (Reine Luis Cabreira, Jaya Minorca Bautista, and Marianne Fatima Besas)
High School Series champion
UIC HS A (Melvin Gabriel Matus, Mary Gabrielle Barluado, and Jhane Inah Jandayan)
Top 10 Best Speakers (Main Category)
- Trisha Aliya Dulanas (AdDU A)
- Reine Luis Cabreira (XU A)
- Vanessa Kate Madrazo (AdDU A)
- Queenie Jala (WLD A); Arnold Bucoy (WLD B)
- Hazel Bergantinos (AdDU A)
- Kurt Recinto (AdZU A); Allin Joy Camile (UP-Min A); Wilson Lambiquit (WLD A)
- Gilson Po (AdDU B); Hannah Keziah Dela Cerna (AdDU B); Ronneil Bilbao (UP-Min A); Coleen Dolloso (WLD A)
Top 5 Best Speakers (High School Category)
- Mary Gabrielle Barluado (UIC HS A)
- Jhane Inah Jandaya (UIC HS A)
- Kyle Lantion (AdDU HS B); Melvin Gabriel Matus (UIC HS A)
Top 10 Adjudicators
- Gil Dulon (MSU-IIT)
- Lee Arvin Gogo (XU); Karlo Antonio (SBC); Dan Mejes (DLSU)
- Gabrelle Anne Boiser (SPC); Tong Ong (XU)
- Candance Tan (UPM); Jed Mendoza (UP-Min); Paolo Martinez (CSU); Roland Pereyra (WLD)
Finals Best Speakers
Reine Luis Cabreira (XU A)
High School Category
Mary Gabrielle Barluado (UIC HS A)