National Asians High School Debate Championship

National Asians High School Debate Championship

The National Asians High School Debate Championship, more popularly known as NAsHDC, is a debate tournament in the Philippines sponsored by the De La Salle University-Manila. It is one of two national debate tournaments in the Philippines, the other being the Philippine Schools Debate Championship sponsored by the Ateneo de Manila University.

Every year after its inception in 2003, NAsHDC has consistently expanded in participation and support. Former partners include the Children's Museum and Library Incorporated (CMLI) and the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung (FNS). The tournament is also consistently supported by the National Youth Commission (NYC) and endorsed by the Department of Education. In 2008, the tournament was renamed the Manila Bulletin National Asians High School Debate Championship in light of the Manila Bulletin being the NAsHDC co-presenter.

As of 2009, NAsHDC has reinvented itself as an international tournament, the Asian Schools Debate Championship.



NAsHDC aims:

  1. To HONE the potentials of the youth and unleash their talents;
  2. To INCULCATE the value of critical thinking and awareness to the future leaders of our country;
  3. To PROVIDE an avenue for academic discourse and cultural exchange amongst our youth;
  4. To CONTRIBUTE to the social, cultural and intellectual growth of the nation’s young generations; and
  5. To DEVELOP the youth’s English proficiency.

NAsHDC is part of a larger framework which is the Lasallian Education on Adjudication and Debate (LEAD). Under this program, LSDS envisions to educate Filipinos by spreading the culture of debating throughout the Philippines.

Tournament Format

NAsHDC uses the Asian Parliamentary debate format. It is a 3-on-3 parliamentary debate style that was founded in 1994 in University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia. There is a separate novice division and Public Speaking Category in NAsHDC.

Past Champions and Grand finalists

Year Champion Grand Finalist Champion Team Members Grand Finalists
2003 Immaculate Conception Academy-Greenhills A Claret School of Quezon City A Charisse Borromeo, Jennifer Ong, Larissa Co Wendell Batocabe, Dino de Leon, Paul Anido
2004 Ateneo de Manila High School A PAREF Southridge School A Miko Biscocho, Claude Gomez, Mikee Victoriano RG Macalinao, Mikki Albano, Miguel Reyes
2005 Miriam College B Xavier School A Angelica Mangahas, Anna Arcellana, Maita Guevara Jonathan Loh, Peterson Poon, Nathan Santos
2006 Xavier School A Claret School of Quezon City A Patrick Cocabo, Evan Chen, Peterson Poon Alistair Zosa, Jed Hernandez, Gemmo Fernandez
2007 Xavier School A PAREF Woodrose School A Peterson Poon, Evan Chen, Kenneth Reyes Abby Castelo, Chrissa Magat, Pat Austria
2008 Xavier School A Xavier School B Vito Borromeo, Carlo Borromeo, Martin Qui Walter Cheng, Gabriel Kho, Gregory Uy
2011 St. Scholastica's College, Manila A PAREF Southridge School A Mikee de Vega, Jari Monteagudo, Crissy Aquino JV Valerio, Mark Lozano, Raffy Tanpho

Past Novice Champions

Year Novice Champions Team Members
2006 University of Baguio Science High School A Janine Alexis Go, Rachelle Beatriz Malong, Dawn Elizabeth Niekamp
2007 Colegio de San Juan de Letran A Gian Carlo Labo, Jeffrey Arboleda, Juan Rafael Roque
2008 Makati Hope Christian School A Krisha Lim, Harvey Chua, Nicole Cordoves

Past Best Speakers

Year Over-all Best Speaker
2003 Anna Santos - Philippine Science High School - Diliman Campus
2004 Miko Biscocho - Ateneo de Manila High School
2005 Angelica Mangahas - Miriam College
2006 James Soriano - Ateneo de Manila High School
2007 Evan Chen - Xavier School
2008 Carlo Borromeo - Xavier School
2011 Anton Sison - Ateneo de Manila High School

External links

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