Philippine Schools Debate Championship
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The Philippine Schools Debate Championship (PSDC) is an annual English-language debate tournament for high school-level teams from the Philippines. It is hosted by Ateneo de Manila University's Ateneo Debate Society (ADS) and its debates are conducted in the British Parliamentary Style. From its inception in 2002, it has become one of the two most prestigious Philippine national competitions for high school debaters, the other being the National Asians High School Debate Championship (NAsHDC) hosted by De La Salle University-Manila's La Salle Debate Society.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer became the primary sponsor of the tournament in 2003, at which point it was called the Inquirer-2bU! Interscholastic Debating Championship (IISDC). Recently the Inquirer ended its long-standing agreement with the ADS and the name reverted to PSDC in 2007. It is also regularly sponsored by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
PSDC Debates are held in the British Parliamentary Style. The tournament uses the Swiss system for deciding matchups between competing teams in the preliminary rounds. The 32 highest scoring teams then advance (or "break") to the finals series, where the first and second placed teams in each round advance to the next highest levels of competition. A team cap (or limit on the number of breaking teams from one institution) of FIVE teams is imposed.
In 2004 a regional championship for the PSDC was introduced, to give teams from outside Metro Manila more representation at the higher levels of competition. As these teams began to show in the regular break, this championship was discontinued.
An extemporaneous public speaking competition is also held alongside the debate rounds. This competition has its own preliminary, semifinal, and final rounds.
In 2008, a secondary tournament for the PSDC was introduced. Teams eligible for this final were those from institutions that never had a team in the final round of the PSDC. The round is a battle of the top four eligible teams. The final has been christened the Ana Alano Cup, in memory of the Ateneo Debater who had died defending her father in a hit against him for attempting to expose a hospital corruption scandal.
Speakers from teams who have broken in the tournament are considered eligible to try out for a slot in the Philippine team to the World Schools Debating Championships.
|Year||Champions||Team Members||Grand Finalists||Ana Alano Cup Champions||Team Members|
|2002||Ateneo de Manila High School||Marco Villacorta||Michael Biscocho|
|2003||Philippine Science High School - Diliman Campus||Anna Santos||Juanchi Pablo|
|2004||Ateneo de Manila High School||Michael Biscocho||Adrian Mundin|
|2005||Immaculate Conception Academy||Jennifer Ong||Krisha Borromeo|
|2006||Miriam College High School||Angelica Mangahas||Carla Sia||Xavier School (Peterson Poon/Patrick Cocabo), Immaculate Conception Academy (Ces Gotamco/Peidi Lee), Claret School Of Quezon City (Alistair Zosa,???)|
|2007||Xavier School||Evan Chen||Peterson Poon||Ateneo De Manila High School (James Soriano/Hansky Santos), Xavier School (Gabriel (Gavin) Kho/Kenneth Reyes), Miriam College High School (Valeri Inting/Pia Ranada)|
|2008||Colegio San Agustin-Makati||Joshua Lim||Allan Cabrera||Ateneo De Manila High School (Jovin Pizarro/Ben Bismark), PAREF Woodrose School (Mica Reyes/Nikki Cone), PAREF Woodrose School (Tabby Abela/Pat Austria)||La Salle Green Hills||Brian Llamanzares||Daryl Isla|
|2009||Ateneo de Manila High School||Henry Fernando||Bas Claudio||Immaculate Conception Academy (Jeanina Tee/Tiffany Uy), PAREF Southridge School (Justin Jabines/Marty Gonzaga), Ateneo De Zamboanga High School (Sanjeev Parmanand/Abbo Hernandez)||Silliman University||Julius Ragay||Jay Anderson|
|2010||Ateneo de Manila High School||Jovin Pizarro||Bas Claudio||Immaculate Conception Academy (Tiffany Uy/Joan Ongchoco), PAREF Southridge School (Lance Katigbak/Pempen Chiang), Immaculate Conception Academy (Mary Or/Andrea Cuartero)||San Beda College Alabang||Katherine Peralta||Adolfo Jose Montesa|
|2011||Immaculate Conception Academy||Joan Ongchoco||Denise Recomono||PAREF Southridge School (JV Valerio/Raffy Tanpho), Ateneo De Zamboanga University (Sanjeev Parmanand/Abbo Hernandez), Xavier School (Donald Felbaum/Nico Flaminano)||PAREF Springdale School||Miko Alazas||Ralph Gonzales|
|2012||Xavier School||Donald Felbaum||Raynard Lao||Ateneo de Manila High School (Vitto Pavia/Kiko Santos), Miriam College High School (Amaris Pulido/Alex Agcaoili), Xavier School (Marc Matsubara/David Gozali)||La Salle Green Hills||Andrew Escay||Patrick Kahn|
|2013||Immaculate Conception Academy||Vanessa Siy Van||Katrina Chan||San Beda College Alabang (Carlos Peñas/Kyle Atega), Ateneo De Manila High School (Jim Bulan/Miguel Ventura), PAREF Woodrose School (Jazmin Jabines/Cathy Cano)||St. Scholastica's College Manila||Nicole Tomas||Marty Ysaac|
Past best speakers in debate and public speaking
|Year||Best Speaker (Preliminary Debate Rounds)||Best Speaker (Debate Finals)||Best Speaker (Public Speaking)|
|2002||Charisse Borromeo (Immaculate Conception Academy)|
|2003||Charisse Borromeo (Immaculate Conception Academy)||Victor Tence (Southville International School)|
|2004||Michael Biscocho (Ateneo de Manila High School)|
|2005||Angelica Mangahas (Miriam College High School)||Anna Arcellana (Miriam College High School)|
|2006||Angelica Mangahas (Miriam College High School) and Peterson Poon (Xavier School)||Carla Sia (Miriam College High School)||Genica Endaluz (St. Theresa's College)|
|2007||Peterson Poon (Xavier School)||Peterson Poon (Xavier School)||Nicole Gaba (PAREF Woodrose School)|
|2008||Phillip Poon (Xavier School)||Allan Cabrera (Colegio San Agustin-Makati)||Mark Escay (La Salle Green Hills)|
|2009||Bas Claudio (Ateneo de Manila High School)||Henry Fernando (Ateneo de Manila High School)||Dwight Garvy Tan (Ateneo de Naga University)|
|2010||Tiffany Uy (Immaculate Conception Academy)||Tiffany Uy (Immaculate Conception Academy)||Mikey Onglao (PAREF Southridge School)|
|2011||Andrei Buendia (San Beda College Alabang)||Joan Ongchoco (Immaculate Conception Academy)||Raynard Lao (Xavier School)|
|2012||Miguel Ventura (Ateneo de Manila High School)||Donald Felbaum (Xavier School)||Kitkat Cuenca (PAREF Woodrose)|
|2013||Vanessa Siy Van and Abigail Yu (Immaculate Conception Academy)||Vanessa Siy Van (Immaculate Conception Academy)|