Graduate of unknown college tops CPA exams


Karim Gonzales Abitago of Universal College located in Paranaque City (Metro Manila) topped the May 2016 CPA licensure examinations with a 92.17 percent rating.

Abitago was among the 2,967 out of 6,925 graduates who passed the examinations given by the Board of Accountancy in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo and Legazpi, the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) announced on Tuesday.

Universal College was established in 2005 as Universal College of Nursing and is little known outside of Parañaque City.

Next to Abitago was Kimjames Sarapanan Manalo of COR Jesus College (Holy Cross of Digos in Davao) who scored 91.83 percent for second place.

Others who made it to the Top 10 were Jayvee Faust Bugtai Anga, University of San Jose-Recoletos, 91.67 percent, third; Trisha Claire Yu Cabanlit, University of San Carlos, 91.33 percent, fourth; Ervin Michael Bendulo Cavalida, University of San Carlos, 91.17 percent, fifth; Clare Monica Gako Pilapil, University of San Carlos, 90.83 percent, sixth;

Blessy Batausa Doylabo, University of Mindano-Davao City; Adrianne Paul Ignacio Fajatin of University of Manila; Jomar Leona Lumagba, Eastern Visayas State University; and Elyzzah Kaye Cadalin Torre, University of San Jose-Recoletos, who tied for 7th place, with a 90.67 percent rating.

They were followed by Shenen Mae Talaboc Goc-On, University of San Jose-Recoletos, 90.33 percent, eighth; and Patrick Villaluz Cipriano, De La Salle-Araneta University; Joshua Abundo Echivarre, University of San Carlos; Marc Raphael Nazareno Ong, University of San Carlo; and Kenny Tabilaran, University of San Jose-Recoletos, who tied for 9th place, with a 90.17 percent rating.

Sarah Mansueto Balisacan from the University of San Carlos was the 10th placer with a 90 percent rating.

The PRC said De La Salle University in Manila emerged as the top performing school as 54 out of its 58 takers passed the CPA examinations.

It was followed by University of Santo Tomas also in Manila, with 84 passers out of 93 takers.

The third-best performer was University of San Jose-Recoletos, with 108 passers out of 133 takers.


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