A COLLEGE of Education (CE) senior placed first in a national public speaking contest at the Far Eastern University (FEU) last Jan 28.

Claude Despabiladeras, a fourth-year English major student, took the top spot in the oratorical category during “The 1st Dr. Nicanor Reyes Challenge,” an inter-school public speaking contest sponsored by the FEU Oratorical Debate Council, in line with the university’s 75th founding anniversary.

The category was based on the theme “Resolving the Dehumanization of the Common Academic Mission Today.”

The contest was divided into four catogories in both English and Filipino, which included elokusyon, madamdaming pagbasa, extemporaneous speech and oration.

Some 24 universities and colleges nationwide joined the contest.

UST sent two other participants in Ilaw Gelmar Cruz for the madamdaming pagbasa category and Jun Arbie Bello for the extemporaneous speech category. Both are from the Faculty of Philosophy.

“It feels really good. This is not just for (the College of Education) but also for the University,” Depabiladeras said. Ma. Cristina S. Lavapie

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