I learned from Robin Lucas of UP Manila about the recently concluded 9th National Debate Championships and its outcome, which would make an Ateneo grad like me proud but which, judging from his account, would make me shake my head in wonderment. I await the Ateneo account of events, though. That should provide a useful counterpoint.
Meanwhile, here are two web pages on what became the press highlight—the winner of this year’s impromptu (public) speaking competition. This is the Philippine Daily Inquirer account of a PMA cadet’s inconvenient truth—that his debate crush happened to have a boyfriend. And here is another perspective, from that of a debater from UP Diliman who adjudicated him in the impromptu speaking competition.
Incidentally, I learned about the identity of the debater crush in question, which of course I would not want to mention here. Suffice to say that I never met the person in question myself.
Incidentally, the Church of England calendar in Common Worship prescribes a break from “ordinary time” at this point, taking the eschatological implications of the Sunday liturgical readings from Scripture as a starting point for what an earlier version, found first in The Promise of His Glory and later in Celebrating Common Prayer, called the Season of the Kingdom. It runs from November 1 to the day before the First Sunday of Advent.
The change would be reflected in terms of propers and possibly in terms of liturgical color as well. It is possible to adopt white throughout November, or purple—possibly a more elaborate, gold-laced purple set of vestments or hangings to reflect the Kingship of Christ. The latter would be more in keeping with the Philippine tradition of remembering the dead on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, because of its funerary associations, but with the trend toward white as a funeral color in some places, it would not be a bad idea either. The book-end major feasts of November (outside St. Andrew’s Day, for which red is required) both require white vestments.