‘Square Off' holds special exhibition debate


Posted at Oct 19 2008 01:53 PM | Updated as of Oct 25 2008 10:41 AM

Square Off: The A.U.D.C.


Best Speaker Lucia Pietropaoli of Team Australia


Asian Parliamentary Debate

Team Philippines (L-R): Charisse Borromeo, Eliseo Claudio, and Sharmila Parmanand



"Square Off: The A.U.D.C." follows the Asian Parliamentary Debate format. In this setup, the House will consist of government and opposition teams of three members each. Each team will be given thirty minutes to prepare.

Each speech will last five minutes. Between the second and fourth minutes, members of the opposing teams may stand up to raise points of information (POI) lasting no more than 15 seconds.

Three judges will deliberate on the winners of the debate based on matter, manner, and method. A best speaker will be declared, not necessarily from the winning team.

Watch "Square Off: The A.U.D.C." every Wednesday at 8 p.m. only on ANC.

"It was a very close debate and it was hard at first to decide but eventually the opposition took the debate," chief adjudicator Ashok Rai said.

"You [Team Philippines] needed to push that a bit more, maybe be a bit less defensive. Be happy to torture as you said in your introduction," adjudicator Logan Balavijendran said.

Adjudicator Jason Jarvis commended Team Australia’s Lucia Pietropaoli for paying attention to detail which he said was what handed them their win.

Pietropaoli was given the Best Speaker award for the exhibition match.


ABS-CBN News Channel’s (ANC) debate program, "Square Off: The A.U.D.C.", embarks on a new season as champion student debaters vie to find out who is the most worthy to represent their school and the country.

College-level teams will be competing in the series, with the winners representing the Philippines in the 2009 Asian University Debating Championship (AUDC) to be held in Bangladesh.

As a season opener, a special exhibition match was held Wednesday between past AUDC champions, Team Philippines and Team Australia.

In the first AUDC, the team made up of Ateneo de Manila University students went on to take first runner-up honors in the regional tournament in Thailand.

Sharmila Parmanand, one of Ateneo’s most acclaimed debaters, opened the floor with the motion for legalization of terrorist suspects. Despite Team Philippines’ very strong arguments, however, the Australians emerged victorious in the exhibition round.