4 AJHS Boys Rank Among PSDC’s Top 10 Best Speakers in PH

January 10, 2017
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AJHS Debaters

(L-R) Coach Tres Yap, Matthew Mercado, Ryan Oquiza, Matti Tan, David Africa

Four Ateneo Junior High School debaters are included in the list of Ten Best Speakers in the Philippines in the recently concluded Philippine Schools Debate Championship (PSDC): Matti Tan (Pamplona/10-Mayer) is the Seventh Best Speaker, while David Africa (Pamplona/10-Mayer), Ryan Oquiza (La Storta/10-Owen), and Matthew Mercado (La Storta/10-Southwell) all tied as the 8th Best Speakers in the Philippines.
 
PSDC is an annual British Parliamentary debate tournament hosted by the Ateneo Debate Society of the Loyola Schools. It was held in the Loyola Schools campus from January 5-8, 2017.  
 
AJHS A (comprised of Matti Tan & David Africa) and AJHS B (comprised of Ryan Oquiza & Matthew Mercado) both reached the quarterfinals stage. The team of AJHS C, comprised of Gabe Apostol (Pamplona/10-Mayer) & Benj Dy Quiangco (Pamplona/10-Mayer), reached the octofinals stage of the tournament.
 
In total, 6 ASHS teams and 3 AJHS teams broke in PSDC 2017.
 
The moderators of the AJHS Debaters is Mr. Joel Falgui. The teams were coached by Miguel Ventura, Isaac Lee, Mahar Mangahas, Henry Fernando, Tres Yap, and Josiah Encinas throughout the competition.
 
In the coming months, the Ateneo Debaters will be participating in a series of several tournaments, and hope to continue to reap more awards and success for the school.