The last debate competition I joined was two years ago and it was held in DLSU-D against a team of my school mates who were leaders of the various student organizations in school. Though I’ve forgotten what the exact proposition was, the topic was about women’s use of makeup and it’s in conformity with the dictates of society. It was an intense debate of which I was relieved that our side won.
Things would be on a whole new level come Saturday because I’d be joining my team mates from Vox La Salle Debate Society to face the UP Manila Debate Circle from UP Manila and Philippine Normal University’s Debate Society at the 25th Campus Debate at UP Los Baños.
To be honest, I’m still wreaked with mixed feelings of excitement and nervousness, as this will be my first inter-collegiate debate competition in a long while.
The debate competition is organized by the UP Alliance of Economics and Management Students from the College of Economics and Management of UP Los Baños. It carries the theme “Mapanuri, Malaya at Napapanahong Talakayan ng mga Isyung Pang-Ekonomiya at Sosyo-Pulitikal sa Progresibo at Nagkakaisang Bayan.”
During my research on the propositions we would be debating on, I found out that there was no such thing as House Bill No 1529 that had a title of “Open eLearning School System Act of 2007”. I even asked help from Rep. Mong Palatino of KABATAAN Party-list to obtain a copy of the supposedly proposed law but they also found none in the Lower House.
Good thing that it was an honest mistake on the part of the organizers and so the proposition will now be “Resolbahin na dapat isulong ang Open e-Learning School System sa Bansa” of which we are on the affirmative side against the negative side of the PNU-Debate Society in the 3rd Round.
I’d be spending the next two days doing research and planning with my team mates to prepare and be really prepared for the competition. It will not be easy, but it will sure be a fun, exciting and learning experience we would work hard to win. Good luck to us all!