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by Anna Que, II BA Political Science

The UP Debate Society in cooperation with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, John Robert Powers and Belle de Jour, and with partner organizations UP School of Economics, College of Arts and Letters Department of English and Comparative Literature and School of Economics Student Council, will be hosting the Philippine Inter-Collegiate Debating Championship 2011 The Philippine Daily Inquirer Cup in UP Diliman from April 6-11, 2011.

For ten years now, PIDC has been the largest and most prestigious debate tournament in the Asians Parliamentary format in the Philippines. This year, it promises to continue exceeding expectations by providing its participants with efficient logistics, exciting socials, intelligent discussions and a quality tournament experience.

Efficient logistics is what will make PIDC 2011 run. The convening room will be at the School of Economics Auditorium. Debate rooms will be located in the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. In order to transfer from one building to another, participants will enjoy an Ikot ride in the duration of the tournament. Furthermore, PIDC 2011 will make use of the most efficient tabulations system to quickly and accurately come up with the results of the debate rounds.

Exciting socials await debaters and adjudicators of PIDC 2011 . Participants will experience the warmest welcome through the Opening Dinner to be held at the University Theater. They will also have the chance to party hard and dance to infectious beats after grueling debate rounds in Blacklight, PIDC 2011’s break night party, wherein the teams who will move on to the finals series will be announced. Finally, PIDC 2011 will also have its Championship Dinner in the Quezon City Sports Complex wherein the top ten best speakers and adjudicators will be known and the national champion will be crowned.

Beyond fierce debate rounds, PIDC 2011 will be a home for intelligent discussion through an issue forum featuring the topic “How secular is the Philippines?” This issue forum will be open to the public.

PIDC 2011 is all about a high-quality tournament experience. With 300 debaters and adjudicators battling for the title and internationally-renowned debater Neha Prakash from the National University of Singapore in the adjudication core and internationally-renowned adjudicator Tasneem Elias joining the pool of adjudicators this year, participants can only expect the best and fiercest debate rounds of their lives.

This year’s PIDC is spearheaded by fourth year BS Economics student Angelo Paolo Kalaw. For more information about PIDC 2011, please visit http://www.pidc-online.com. For questions and concerns, feel free to contact Communications Director, Alistair Jan Zosa (09277938874) by sending an e-mail to pidc2011@gmail.com.


 


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05/03/2011 01:17

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05/08/2011 19:32

Exciting socials await debaters and adjudicators of PIDC 2011 . Participants will experience the warmest welcome through the Opening Dinner to be held at the University Theater. They will also have the chance to party hard and dance to infectious beats after grueling debate rounds in Blacklight, PIDC 2011’s break night party, wherein the teams who will move on to the finals series will be announced. Finally, PIDC 2011 will also have its Championship Dinner in the Quezon City Sports Complex wherein the top ten best speakers and adjudicators will be known and the national champion will be crowned.

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