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School of Accountancy Receives Award

By: Alvin B. Felix

On June 22, 2009, the School of Accountancy, represented by the incumbent Dean Dr. Leopoldo A. Valdez and the former Dean Mrs. Cecilia B. Valdez, received an award as the national third top performing school in Category C with 26-50 examinees. SMU posted a 50% passing rate (13 passers out of 26 takers) in the CPA Licensure Examination given by the Professional Regulation Commission in May 2009.. This was during the Oath-taking Ceremony for the new Certified Public Accountants at the Plenary Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center. The award was given by the Philippine Institute of CPAs and the Board of Accountancy. This is first in the history of the SMU School of Accountancy.

Thirteen new Marian CPAs joined the 1,231 out of 4,262 examinees nationwide who passed the May 2009 CPA Board exams. They are the following:
  1. MICHELLE C. CADIENTE, CPA
  2. KAREN KAYE L. DAMIAN, CPA
  3. JONEF D. DULAWAN, CPA
  4. KIMBERLY J. FERNANDEZ, CPA
  5. CATHERINE D. GARCIA, CPA
  6. MARIA CELESTE CARMELA R. PILOTIN, CPA
  7. MARIA CECILIA LOURDES R. PILOTIN, CPA
  8. JIMSON CLOYD G. QUINTUA, CPA
  9. TEDDY A. RAMOS, CPA
  10. NIÑA G. REYES, CPA
  11. MARK ANTHONY B. SAQUING, CPA
  12. GRACIA SHIELA ANN URBAN, CPA
  13. PAULO I. VINO, CPA
Ten out of the thirteen new CPAs were 2009 graduates. On the other hand, three of them were graduates in earlier years: Ms. Niña G. Reyes graduated in 1999, Ms. Catherine D. Garcia in 2000 and Ms. Gracia Shiela Urban in 2003.

Earlier, during the summer 2009 Commencement Exercises, SMU gave a similar certificate of recognition to the School of Accountancy for the same achievement. This was signed by the SMU President Rev. Manuel D. Valencia and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Rev. Fr. Romeo Nimes.

On June 27, 2009, a motorcade from Bayombong to Solano and vice-versa was held to honor the new Marian CPAs. Eight of the ten new CPAS who belong to the 2009 batch attended the program. They were Michelle Cadiente, Karen Kaye Damian, Jonef Dulawan, Maria Celeste Carmela Pilotin, Maria Cecilia Lourdes Pilotin, Teddy Ramos, Mark Anthony Saquing, and Paulo Vino. A program was held at the UB Park after the motorcade. Here, the new CPAs shared their experiences during their studies in SMU and during their review. They also inspired and gave tips to the Accountancy students on how to pass the CPA Licensure Examination.

Dean Leopoldo Valdez gave an inspirational closing remarks, excerpts of which are reprinted below:

Today is a fateful day. It’s a day of jubilation and rejoicing not only for the new Marian CPAs but also to all of us in the School of Accountancy in particular and SMU in general. For the first time in history of SMU and the Accounting or Accountancy curriculum which was the first course in the School of Business offered more than fifty years ago, we have received an award for being the third top performing school in the Philippines in the CPA Board Licensure Examination-Category C.

Some of you, even the honorees today would say, tsamba. Yes, it’s a matter of chance may be. But I would be a hypocrite if I do not admit that I really prayed for it. I prayed that all the Marian CPA Board takers would pass. But I know that all that we pray is granted by God. But I am thankful because we have a 50% passing rate and that’s something to rejoice for because we received an award for it. . For that we have to thank our faculty members for a job well done. For without them who inspired and challenged our new CPAs, they might have not made it to success.


Dear Accountancy student, I hope you listened to the sharing of our new CPAs. I hope you learn from their experiences. Remember, success is not a matter of chance, but a matter of choice. Think that you will become CPAs and you will become what you always think of. As long as you work hard for it, As long as you pray sincerely for it.

To our new MARIAN CPAs, I know you are still in cloud 9 thinking and feeling that you are now a CPA. But becoming a CPA is not the end but just the beginning of your life as a professional. You should not just make your CPA certificate as a decoration hanging on your wall but make it a passport for a gainful employment and for better service to God and your fellowmen.

“It is not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know” Most people already know what they have to do in order to have a more fulfilling career. Knowing what to do however is not half as important as doing what you know. Journeying on the path of career success requires that you act on the knowledge you have already obtained, and grow from there.

According to Stephen Covey, “Effective people are not problem-minded; they’re opportunity minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems” Do you only ever complain about what isn't right with the company you work for? When you see something isn't working, what do you do about it? Most people only know how to moan and complain about the environment they work in, but they never take the responsibility to improve it. Successful people understand that there is no empowerment in blaming, so instead, they look for the opportunities in every situation. There exists countless opportunities in your work environment for you to make a difference. Become the solution.

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called The Present. Cherish it” That’s what Spencer Johnson said. Learning to stop doing what is not working is vital in any successful person’s life. You need to overcome how you feel about the past, so that you can empower yourself for the future, and that starts by making a change today.

To the new Marian CPAs good luck in your career. To our Accountancy students, good luck in your endeavor to follow the footsteps of these successful Marians CPAs. To my fellow Accountancy faculty members, thank you for your unquestionable passion and commitment to your job as Accountancy teachers. God bless us all.
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