RP debaters sweep Asian Universities Debate Tournament

Philippine debaters scored major victories in the recent Asian Universities Debating Championship (AUDC) that pits different schools from nine countries against each other.

Estelle Ople Osorio, a member of the De La Salle Debate Society and granddaughter of the late Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas F. Ople, was unanimously re-elected as the Chair of the Asian Universities Debating Union and is the first woman to hold the position and the first chairperson to do so in succession.

The Asian Universities Debating Union is the governing body of the Asian Universities Debating Championship (AUDC), the most competitive debating tournament in Asia. Members of the Union include the top universities from Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, China, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Ateneo De Manila University won three out of four championships, losing only this year to Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University by a 5-4 decision. De La Salle University’s Philip Binondo also brought home the much-coveted title of Best Public Speaker in Asia while Ateneo’s Glenn Tuazon was named this year’s Best Debater.

PERSONAL NOTE: CONGRATULATIONS TO MY DAUGHTER, ESTELLE, AND HER EQUALLY BRILLIANT DEBATE FRIENDS FOR BRINGING PRIDE TO THE COUNTRY! HEAR! HEAR!

Author: Susan Ople

Susan "Toots" Ople is the President of the Blas F. Ople Policy and Training Institute. She's an OFW and labor advocate based in the Philippines.

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  • joy

    Hi Estelle!!!!

    Congratulations…you rock!!! And sis..you really did a good job in raising her… Oh and training her for the debate team 😉 lol.

    Miss talking to you both!!!

    frynx

  • Manang-mana!

  • ned

    hi.. wow i guess Estelle is your relative. lol. anyway, do you have any updates as of 2009 or 2010?