To all who have become a Grandmaster of the School of Debaters, to serve and to share knowledge in Debate to students of a former College ( College of Economics Finance and Politics ) is a very fulfilling experience.
On March 8, 2008, I was invited by Professor de Guzman to be a Guest Lecturer in his class Argumentation and Debate in CEFP. He invited me to discuss my expertise in competitive debating and to elaborate debate strategies. I was so excited that time because I'll be meeting debate enthusiasts who are great in their own right. And I know, that I am serving my purpose of making everyone in PUP a great debater.
During my Grandmastership in CEFP, debating has been very open to everyone. The road towards that end have been difficult because not all masters of SOD would want to make SOD available to other Colleges due to some reasons about possible negative effects and issues of practicability. Fortunately, with the help of my very able Masters Rofylyn Lagundino and Paul Francis Jamarolin, we have convinced everyone that success in debating is measured on how you extend that skill to other Colleges of the PUP community. A PUP debate society needs to be filled by students not only coming from CEFP but also from students of other Colleges as well.
Our principle during that time is to make debate available to all members of PUP who wants to learn debate. We train not only our beloved College CEFP, but also other Colleges like College of Business, COABTE, Engineering, PUP Taguig, etc. I also remember during that time that CEFP have a very strong friendship with College of Accountancy and College of Languages and Linguistics. I further remember competing in one debate competition where the composition of three speakers of PUP team consisted of CEFP (me), CLL and College of Accountancy. During that time, PUP debate exercise is very united.
All these I recalled when I lectured in CEFP.
During my lecture, the spirits are very high. I can see in the eyes of the students how interested they are to learn strategies in debate. Students are very participatory and are very active in seeking knowledge.
I lectured to them the best strategies on how to properly define motions, how to do good preparation and case building, how to construct killer arguments, how to do good rebuttals and how to make a reply speech which is totally different from a rebuttal speech. I also lectured to them strategies in raising, recieving and giving killer POIs. And I shared to them my template in ensuring a seven minute speech for beginners.
This is again an achievement in debating. And forever will I extend my knowledge in debate to all students from every Colleges of PUP which is one of the guiding principles of the School of Debaters as a debate society not by CEFP alone, but by PUP.