Manila Not-So-Mini Global Round


Six times a year we invite qualified teams from over 130 regional rounds to join us at Global Rounds that bring together our entire worldwide community.

The Not-So-Mini Global Round in Manila (September 6-11) will be centered at the Newport Performing Arts Theater. Our hope is to offer a more affordable and accessible Global Round experience to qualified delegations that may not have been able to join us at one of the larger Global Rounds earlier in the year.

Just as at the larger Global Rounds, you’ll experience scavenger hunts, keynote speeches, panel discussions, our signature Scholar’s Ball, and, of course, all the competitive and community-building events that drew you to the World Scholar’s Cup in the first place, from the Debate Showcase to the Scholar’s Bowl.

Just as at our other Global Rounds, many of the top teams will earn invitations to our annual Tournament of Champions at Yale University, and participants will learn, debate, and build new friendships among fellow scholars from all over the world.

Discounted Hotels

We encourage all participants to stay at one of our recommended hotels, all within easy walking distance of the Newport Performing Arts Theater. Special negotiated rates include WiFi and breakfast.

Official Hotels:
Marriott Hotel Manila | From PHP 8107 per night | Email Events Manager Anna Tayoto
Savoy Hotel | From PHP 5000 per night | Download Booking Form
Belmont Hotel | From PHP 4880 per night | Download Booking Form | Online Reservations
Holiday Inn Express, Newport City | From PHP 4660 per night | Download Booking Form

Important Information
1. An adult is required during check in.
2. A refundable security deposit will be charged by the hotels.
3. A letter from the school mentioning the names of all delegates needs to be submitted to the hotel during check in.

Airport Transfers

Airport transfers are available through Sharp Travel Service, our official ground partner for the Manila Global Round.
Download booking form

Optional Excursions

We encourage teams to take the optional tours on the days they are not "in play." The tours include a city tour of Manila and a visit to Ocean Park. The tours are being organized by Sharp Travel Service, our official ground partner for the Manila Global Round.
Download tour brochure
Download booking form

Invitation Letters and Visa Information

If you qualified for the Global Round at a regional round and now need an official letter of invitation to show your school or potential sponsors, please email us at [email protected]. An invitation letter for visa purposes will be sent only to those delegations that have registered and paid the registration fee.

Important Information
Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG)

Under Section 29(a) (12) of the Philippine Immigration Act, children below fifteen (15) years of age who are unaccompanied by a parent or not coming to a parent in the Philippines, can be excluded entry to the Philippines. However, unaccompanied children may be granted entry with a Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) from the Bureau of Immigration upon arrival at the Philippines.

The WEG is a formal permission of at least one of the parents of the child(ren) to travel to the Philippines. The WEG is a requirement of the immigration authorities of the Philippines.

The adult accompanying the child(ren) must bring the documentary requirements and upon arrival at the airport of entry in the Philippines, obtain application forms for the Waiver of Exclusion (WE) from the Immigration Duty Supervisor (IDS). The accomplished WE application form and documentary requirements will be submitted to the IDS. A waiver fee will apply for each child. Please contact your local embassy or consulate of the Philippines for more information and the list of required documents.

Global Round Alternatives

Can't make it to Manila? Learn more about our Astana and Durban Mini Global Rounds! Held in July and September, the both Rounds offer the same events and Tournament of Champions qualification opportunities as in Manila. Scholars can also choose to join us at our Beijing, The Hague, and Sydney Global Rounds!

Teams From New Countries

Are you from a country looking to join us for the first time? Email us to request a special exceptional berth and other assistance.