Ateneo students bag Asian British debate championship

Ateneo Asian British debate championship
The Ateneo de Manila University bags back-to-back wins for the Philippines in international debate tournaments. Photo from Ateneo Debate Society FB.

The Ateneo de Manila University has won the Asian British Parliamentary Championship following its historic first win for the Philippines in the World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC).

The Ateneo Debate Society’s BS Applied Mathematics majors David Demitri Africa and Robert Nelson “Toby” Leung took home the championship title and best speaker honors at this year’s competition in Bali, Indonesia.

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The Ateneo team was the opening government (OG) for the motion, “This House prefers a world where valourised national heroes in history are morally flawed instead of morally good.”

Ateneo’s Rivaldo Aquino and Bea Cuizon also made a finals appearance alongside Africa and Leung.

Here are the members of the school’s debate team who bagged best speaker honors at the tilt:

  • Quintin Chua was awarded as 7th Best Speaker
  • Aly Barranda was awarded as 6th Best Speaker
  • David Africa was awarded as 2nd Best Speaker
  • Tobi Leung was named the overall best speaker of the tournament

This year’s Asian British Parliamentary Championship, held from January 9 to 14, 2023, is one of the major varsity-level debating tournaments that form the bedrock of the Asian debating calendar.


Every year, the championship invites universities in the Asian continent to meet in one place to face off in the British Parliamentary debating format.

The Ateneo de Manila University made history as the first Philippine team to win the World Universities Debating Championship and the first Asians to win the Cambridge Union Schools Debating Competition in the United Kingdom.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to the Ateneo de Manila University for winning the Asian British Parliamentary Championship in Bali, Indonesia!

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