The group is also famous for its 'Balagtasan,' a traditional poetic joust or poetry debate in Tagalog conceived by Francisco 'Balagtas' Baltazar, the father of modern Tagalog poetry. The poetry duel usually focuses on a social, political or cultural issue, and features a pro (in favor), a con (against), and a lakandiwa (moderator). The poet who gets a more enthusiastic and rousing reception at the end of the debate wins.
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