The search is on!

FOR THE ENGLISH SPEAKING UNION
PHILIPPINE REPRESENTATIVE

ABOUT THE CONTEST

On its 18th year, the Search for the Philippine Representative to the English-Speaking Union's International Public Speaking Competition 2019 will be organized by Far Eastern University's Student Development. It is inarguably the most prestigious in the country for three reasons:

It has produced three world champions, namely, Patricia Evangelista (2004) of UP Diliman, Gian Dapul (2008) of the Philippine Science High School, Jazmin Tan Jabines (2018) of UP Diliman

Participation of the national winner in the ESU international contest will be subsidized by ESU Philippines' sponsors.

It is a discursive platform for multicultural understanding and freedom of expression using the English language.

CONTEST DETAILS

SCHEDULES
February 2, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
University Conference Center, FEU Manila
February 9, 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Multi-Purpose Room, G/F, FEU Makati
Preliminary Round Grand Finals
Semi-Final Round
Pre-Final Round
THEME
Elimination Rounds (Feb. 2, 2019)
Contestants should prepare a 5-minute speech on the theme,
"A lie has speed, but truth has endurance"
Grand Finals (Feb. 9, 2019)
Contestants should prepare a 5-minute speech on the theme,
"Nature is a common language"
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Officially enrolled in a high school, college, or university
Between 16 to 20 (i.e. the oldest possible participant would turn 21 the day after May 17, 2019)
Passport holders or permanent residents of the Philippines
DEADLINE
Online Registration
ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 25, 2019 11:59PM, PH Time

OTHER CONTEST DETAILS

REGISTRATION

Register online on or before January 25, 2019 11:59PM, PH Time. Please bring school ID or official certificate of registration on February 2. Make sure you are officially endorsed by the Student Affairs head. Endorsement Letter will be required in case of conflict in school representation.

CAP

Each school can send a maximum of 3 contestants. The Search will have a cap of 60 contestants.

VENUE

The contest venue on February 3 is at the University Conference Center, G/F, Arts Building, FEU Manila.

FORMAT

Please read very carefully the International Public Speaking Competition Handbook 2019 for the mechanics. The search has added a fourth level of screening, starting 2014, to improve the practice of selecting the best Philippine representative. This Grand Finals will be judged by the Board of Directors of ESU Philippines and selected ESU winners.

ATTENDANCE

Your prompt attendance will be highly appreciated. Anticipate moderate to heavy traffic to FEU Manila.

PARKING & TRANSPORT

Observe carpooling or be dropped off instead. Parking on FEU facilities is on a first-come, first- served basis and subject to confirmation from the Organizing Committee. Paid parking spaces near FEU cannot be guaranteed as well.

FEU Manila is accessible by public transport.

MEALS

As of now, lunch for the contestants and judges will be provided. Coaches and guests may go to the canteens within the campus or to the chain of restaurants along Nicanor Reyes Street

GUEST LIST

Due to space limitations, each contestant is allowed to have a maximum of 8 guests (e.g., coach, relative, and classmates). Request for additional number of guests is subject to confirmation from the Organizing Committee.

For security, valid IDs may be required at the gate. Contestants must submit a guest list prior to the contest date.

SPONSORS

Sponsor 4

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chairman

Dr. Maria Luz Vilches
Vice President for the Loyola Schools,
Ateneo De Manila University

President

Gillian Virata
Vice President for Academic Affairs,
Roosevelt College Inc.

Vice President

Alfred "Krip" Yuson
Chairman
Writers Union of the Philippines

Corporate Secretary

Atty. Katrina Legarda
President and EIC
The Manila Times

Treasurer & Asst Secretary

Erlinda Panlilio
Chairman & President
D&E Realty Development Corporation

Director

Nicholas Thomas
Director, British Council Philippines

Director

Edgar Chua
Country Chairman
Shell Companies in the Philippines

Director

Jose Dalisay, Jr.
Professor, University of the Philippines

Director

Dr. Lourdes R. Montinola
Chair Emeritus
Far Eastern University

Director

Edgardo B. Maranan
Hall of Famer, Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards

Director

David Reynolds
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ORGANIZING COMMITTEE