U.P. MINDANAO DEBATE SOCIETY (UPMin DebSoc) competed in the 19th National Debate Championship for the first time on 16-21 December 2017 at Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City.
Overall, the UPMin teams ranked in top 20 in the eliminations and qualified for the open breaks; eventually the UPMin teams reached the Open-Quarterfinals. In the Union Cup, UPMin ranked in the top 4 in the Qualifiers and competed in the Union Cup Grand Finals.
In the Open Octofinals, UPMin faced Far Eastern University-Team A, University of San Carlos-A, and Western Mindanao State University-A. UPMin-A debated as Closing-Government on the motion "This House, as the European Union, would impose quotas on its member states for accepting Libyan Refugees". UPMin won and thus proceeded to the Quarterfinals.
In the Open Quarterfinals, UPMin faced UP Diliman-A, University of Sto. Tomas-A, and University of San Carlos-A. The motion was "This House would not require businesses to create products and designs which are against their religious beliefs". UPD-A won 1st place. It was a close fight for 2nd place between USC and UPMin but the judges needed a consensus placing USC at 2nd place and UPMin at 3rd place, thereby ending the UPMin run in the open-breaks.
In the Union Cup Semifinals, UPMin faced USC-A, South Luzon University-A and San Beda College-C. The motion was, "This House would abandon all future direction of gene-editing technology". USC placed 1st and UPMin placed 2nd, sending both to the Union-Cup Grand finals.
In the Union Cup Grandfinals, UPMin-A faced USC-A on the motion "This House would allow criminals to choose mind-wiping as an alternative to criminal punishment". The debate was hotly argued and the initial result was a 4-1 vote in favor of USC. One judge had voted for UPMin but since British Parliamentary rules required a consensus in the panel, the judge eventually conceded to the rest and USC was proclaimed champion in the Union Cup.
The UP-Mindanao contingent was composed of Bryle Bacatan (BS Food Technology), Hyacinth Tiffany Jungco (BA Communication Arts), Wolfe Schievener Ote (BACA) [back] Sarika Rey (BA English), Andres Karl Segovia (BACA), Kimberly Cabantug (BACA), Frederick Omalza (BS Biology), Michael Bacus (BSB), Nissa Caderao (BS Agribusiness Economics), Rezo Polinar (BACA), Karl Tristan Butalid (BA Anthropology).