16 Sep I.D.E.A. 2015 by Rotary Club CDO Premier – Invitational for Debate, Essay and Art
The Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro Premiere recently conducted I.D.E.A. 2015, this being an acronym for Invitational for Debate, Essay, and Art. The event was held last September 11 and 12 at the Liceo de Cagayan University campus. The event featured different secondary schools from all over Northern Mindanao participating in the competitions for debate, essay writing, acrylic painting, and editorial cartooning.
I.D.E.A. – “Peace in Mindanao”
The invitational event’s theme is “Peace in Mindanao” and the central component of the theme and event centers on the creation of the Bangsamoro Basic Law and the eventual formation of the Bangsamoro Region in Mindanao. The focus of I.D.E.A. 2015 tackles one of Rotary International’s area of focus, this being “The promotion of peace and conflict resolution.”
The Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro Premiere being the brainchild for this brilliant IDEA decided to have this event using debate, acrylic painting, editorial cartooning, and essay writing in order for students to tackle and better understand this ongoing peace process in Mindanao. Likewise, the event is also one small way to broaden other people’s awareness of the issue.
It also gives a chance for the youth to come out with their perspectives of the BBL as well as platforms for them to voice their points of view and opinions. I.D.E.A. 2015 therefore is not just an academic competition, but also a means for further public information and awareness on an issue that affects every Cagayanon and Mindanaoans in general.
The “Premiere” Behind I.D.E.A.
The Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro Premiere is the youngest Rotary Club in the city to date, having been chartered only in April 2015. It is now one of the 45 clubs that compose Rotary International District 3870 in the Philippines. The young club is composed of 30 young professionals, some whose parents are also Rotarians. This first major event and successful venture is a harbinger for great things to come and be achieved by this young club and its young members.
Having invited more than 100 secondary schools from all over Northern Mindanao, the number and component of schools that responded to the competitions is very impressive:
Alubijid National Comprehensive High School
Angelicum Learning Centre (Cagayan de Oro)
Bright Rock School (Cagayan de Oro)
Cagayan de Oro National High School
Capitol University Basic Education Department (Cagayan de Oro)
Corpus Christi School – Macasandig Campus and Pueblo Campus
Gusa Regional Science High School (Cagayan de Oro)
Initao National Comprehensive High School
Laguindingan National High School
Liceo de Cagayan University
Lourdes College (Cagayan de Oro)
Malaybalay City National High School
Malaybalay City National Science High School
Marymount Academy (Cagayan de Oro)
Merry Child School (Cagayan de Oro)
Misamis Oriental National High School (Balingasag)
Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School (MOGCHS)
Molugan National High School (El Salvador)
Montessori de Oro (Cagayan de Oro)
Oro Christian Grace School (Cagayan de Oro)
Philippine Southfield School (Cagayan de Oro)
Cagayan de Oro College – PHINMA
PROIS International Christian School (Tagoloan)
Philippine Science High School – Central Mindanao (PSHS Lanao del Norte)
Sacred Heart Academy – Bugo
Salay National High School
St. Joseph Academy of El Salvador
St. Mary’s Academy of Carmen (Cagayan de Oro)
St. Mary’s School (Cagayan de Oro)
Talisayan National High School
Villanueva National High School
Xavier University High School
I.D.E.A. Day One
The first day of the competitions featured the preliminary rounds of the debates, the acrylic painting competition, and the essay writing competition.
The preliminary debates were held in air-conditioned classrooms using a revised form of “Parliamentary” form of debate that included 3 judges and an umpire/timekeeper and carried on until early evening.
The acrylic painting contest took up most of the day, while the essay writing contest lasted the whole afternoon.
I.D.E.A. Day Two
The morning of the second day was occupied by the editorial cartoon drawing competition. The whole morning and early afternoon saw the quarterfinals and semi-finals for the debate.
At 1:30 p.m. the Rotarians of CDO Premiere conducted an auction of the Acrylic Painting Entries at the hallway entrance to the Rodelsa Hall.
One particular entry that was actually the 2nd place winner from Liceo de Cagayan University recorded the highest bidding price. Bidding price started out at P500. At 4:00 p.m., the Debate Grand Finals and eventual Awarding Ceremonies was held inside the Rodelsa Hall.
The Competition Winners
CHAMPION – St. Mary’s School (Cagayan de Oro)
Lorenzo Lagamon, Jibrail Pandi, and Joseph Emmanuel Argayoso
RUNNER-UP – Philippine Science High School – Central Mindanao Campus (Lanao del Norte)
Patricia Bobadilla, Reian Cristopher Paraguya, and Jadel Dungog
FINALS Best Speaker – Lorenzo Lagamon (St. Mary’s School)
Tied for BEST SPEAKER for the Preliminary Rounds – Kyla Marie Ibarra (Liceo de Cagayan University) and Lorenzo Lagamon (St. Mary’s School)
1st Place – Ericka Faith Ruizal (Philippine Science High School – CMC, Lanao del Norte)
2nd Place – Celes Patricia Tero (Xavier University High School)
3rd Place – Earl Hans Abellanosa (Corpus Christi School – Macasandig)
1st Place – Kenneth Tupag (Initao National Comprehensive High School)
Tied for 2nd Place – Justyn Clear Salise (Philippine Southfield School)
Tied for 2nd Place – Carmela Emmeline Gabiana (St. Mary’s School)
3rd Place – Jamayla Julia Narvasa (Corpus Christi School – Pueblo)
1st Place – Hazel A. Carillo (Xavier University High School)
2nd Place – Jonathan C. Dizon (Liceo de Cagayan University)
3rd Place – Kim Liam Andre C. Nale (Corpus Christi School – Macasandig)
The debate finals will be televised through delayed telecast with a selected station, the essays and editorial cartoons will be published in local and national newspapers, and the paintings will be displayed at the Centrio Ayala Mall.
Congratulations are in order for the winners of the competition as well as the entire Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro Premiere for a very successful competition and informative event.
Academic and artistic competitions may come and go, but the I.D.E.A. 2015 has proven that these competitions can actually come together under one momentous occasion. Aside from this, it has given both participants and the general public points of view over an issue that most seem to ignore and thus, puts it on the forefront of awareness because it is an issue that will affect the future of Cagayan de Oro and Mindanao as a whole.