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Four Cebu graduates land in top 10 in CPA exams

CEBU CITY, May 25 -– Four accounting graduates from Cebu universities finished among the top 10 in the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) examinations this month.

They are second placer Antonio Dandan Sanchez Jr. from the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R), who scored 92 percent; and fourth placers Hegino Javellana Chua Jr. and Viktor Xenin Oliva Lequin and sixth placer Gilson Ycong Pino, all from the University of San Carlos (USC).

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced Tuesday, a day after the last day of exams, that 2,130 out of 5,259 passed the licensure examination given by the Board of Accountancy in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo and Legazpi.

The topnotcher comes from Saint Paul’s Business School-Palo, Marwin Agamon Baldevia, who gained a 92.14 percent rating.

Three of the topnotchers from Cebu have received job offers from Manila-based accounting firms that are considered among the best in the country.

USJ-R College of Commerce Dean Edgar Detoya said Sanchez, who graduated cum laude, will receive a cash incentive of P100,000 from the school and a laptop.

Sanchez always topped the pre-board exams given by the school, Detoya said.

Sanchez said his father is unemployed and his mother is in Manila working as a domestic helper. He was a working student in the university’s accounting office.

USC School of Business and Economics Dean Rene Paquibot said the USC topnotchers will get a laptop and the President’s Solidarity Award, which entitles one beneficiary, chosen by the topnotcher, to a scholarship in the university.

Chua, 21, is the only son of a real estate agent and a housewife. Chua is a USC Magna Cum Laude graduate.

Lequin, 22, graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors last March. He tied with Chua for fourth place, with a 91.57 percent rating.

The third child of an accountant and a housewife, he said that part of the reason he picked the course is to follow in the footsteps of his father, accountant Viktoriano Lequin Jr.

Pino, 22, is the youngest of three siblings. He gained a 90.71 percent rating for the examinations, garnering him sixth place. (PNA) DCT/LAM/EB/re

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