FEU debater to represent PH in 2019 English Speaking Union


Far Eastern University’s John Rafael Faustino emerged as the 2019 champion of the Search for Philippine Representative to the International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC) of the English Speaking Union (ESU) held on February 9 in FEU Makati.

The AB English Language major and senior debater of the Oratorical and Debate Council (ORADEC) bested 97 contenders from all over the country. The competition organized by ESU Philippines and hosted by FEU Student Development had four levels of screening: the heats, semifinals, pre-finals, and the grand finals. Of the 97, only 21 speakers advanced to the next round, then 7, and finally 3. The first three rounds were run last February 2. Faustino defeated Hannah Banocnoc of the University of the Phililpines Diliman and Wynona Galvez of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. The theme of the elimination rounds is “A lie has speed, but truth has endurance” while the grand finals theme is “Nature is a common language.”

Faustino will be the fourth FEU-ORADEC speaker who will carry the Philippine flag in London for the international contest. His predecessors are Ryan Kaliph Buenafe in 2001, Weber Amores in 2007, and One Carlo Diaz in 2017.

Faustino received coaching from Felyrose Manaois, Joeven Castro, Etheldreda Ferrer-Dadulla, and Lourdes Ignacio who are faculty members of the Institute of Arts and Sciences.

The IPSC is arguably the world’s most prestigious public speaking tilt that uses the English language. The Philippines has been participating in this competition since 2001. Last year’s winner Jazmin Jabines of UP Diliman emerged as the global champion.