“Balagtasan” is a form of debate in poetic form which began and prospered in the 1920s. This contest aims to promote and remind us of the role of culture and the arts in society, in line with the goals of UP as an educational institution.
The finalists are from San Pedro High School Hagonoy, Bulacan (Northern Luzon), Nabuslot National High School Pinamalyan, Oriental Mindoro (Southern Luzon), UP High School Iloilo (Visayas), and Molave Vocational Technical School, Zamboanga del Sur (Mindanao).
Each team is composed of two “mambabalagtas,” one “lakandiwa” and a coach. They will compete and perform for 20-30 minutes based on these topics:
1. Nakatutulong ba ang mga call center at iba pang outsourcing sa bansa?
2. Dapat dagdagan ng isa pang taon ang hayskul.
3. Lumalala ang sitwasyong pangkapayapaan sa bansa.
4. Dapat bang magkaroon ng uniporme sa eskuwelahan o wala?
The criteria for judging revolve around the Piece (60 percent) and Delivery (40 percent). The National Champion will receive P20,000 and a Tropeong Angara.
A major output of this event is the publication of the Balagtasan pieces of the contest to be used as reference for teachers, trainers, students, scholars and for future-related events.
This event is organized by UP Sentro ng Wikang Filipino through Sen. Edgardo Angara, together with UP Diliman, UP College of Arts and Letters, Department of Education and National Commission for Culture and the Arts.