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Debate Soc in 3rd Davao Intervarsity, 2018

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UP MINDANAO DEBATE SOCIETY competed in the 3rd Davao Intervarsity which was held in Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) on July 6-8, 2018. Ten universities, namely UP Mindanao, AdDU, UP Manila, UP Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University Senior High School, University of Mindanao SHS, Mindanao State University-Iligan, Bukidnon State University, MSU Marawi, and Xavier University, participated in the tournament which adopted the British-Parliamentary debate format. Two teams (with 2 debaters in each team) from UP Mindanao competed and were recognized after the four preliminary rounds. UP Mindanao Team #1 composed of Allin Joy Camile (BA Anthro 2015) and Frederick Omalza (4BS Bio) made it to the pre-semifinals round and were tied for the award as 7th best speaker of the tournament while UP Mindanao Team # 2 which was composed of Michael Bacus (BSBio 2018) and Andres Karl Segovia (4 BACA) were recognized as reserve breaks. UP Min adjudicator Aleimar Villabrille (4 BSCS) was also part of the reserve breaks for the adjudicator category. Also present during the tournament were alumni Renzo Polinar (BACA 2018) and Karl Tristan Butalid (BA Anthro 2018) as swing team and Candy Latoza (3 BSCS) as competing adjudicator. The prelimenary round which was composed of four rounds were set for debaters to argue on the themes of politics and health, pop culture, international relations, and LGBT+ issues. During the pre-semifinals round, UP Min Team #1 was assigned to defend the economics motion "This house supports the adoption of protectionist economic policies by the US" but failed to advance to the next round.This year, Ateneo de Davao University emerged as champions while Xavier University's Lee Arvin Gogo was named as Tournament's best speaker. The Davao intervarsity is an annual debate competition hosted by the Ateneo de Davao University where debaters accross the country (whether in college or alumni) are allowed to debate and team up regardless of university affiliation as it envisions to be a platform for new debaters to learn from their experienced counterparts who are no longer eligible in collegiate and high school championships.

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