“I realized that nothing is impossible for someone who believes and wants to achieve greatness and excellence if he adds hard work, focus, and commitment to it.” (Realization on being a topnotcher)
A DECADE TO REMEMBER
May 2017 specifically sets a decade period since May 2007. For a decade period, SLU’s performance in the May 2017 was the sixth highest passing rate of 57% (109/192); the tenth greatest number of Louisian passers of 109; the sixth least number of Louisian takers of 192; and the second highest difference of +22% when compared to the national passing rate. Furthermore, SLU’s performance in the October 2017 was the sixth lowest passing rate of 39% (99/255); the tenth least number of Louisian passers of 99; the seventh greatest Louisian takers of 255; and the eleventh least difference of +8% when compared to the national passing rate.
While the national performance in the May 2017 for a decade period was the seventh lowest passing rate of 35% (3,389/9,645); the ninth greatest number of national passers of 3,389; and the seventh greatest number of national takers of 9,645. Also, the national performance in the October 2017 was the sixth lowest passing rate of 30% (4,511/14,813); the fourth greatest number of national passers of 4,511; and the greatest number of national takers of 14,813.
SLU’s performance all in all in the year of 2017 for a decade period was the seventh highest passing rate of 47% (208/447); the sixth greatest number of Louisian passers of 208; the sixth greatest Louisian takers of 447; and the highest difference of +14% when compared to the national passing rate.
On the other hand, the national performance in the year of 2017 for a decade period was the second lowest passing rate of 32% (7,900/24,458); the second greatest number of national passers of 7,900; and the greatest number of national takers of 24,458.
“At least there had been an improvement in the list of our topnotchers. I hope to see more names in the next decades.” (Significant changes for a decade)
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED TO SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES
Every day is a new beginning, a fresh start, and another chance to correct our mistakes, and failures done and undone in the past. Indeed, no one can judge a person based on his past only. As the saying goes, expect the unexpected.
For a decade period of 2007-2017 CPALE, there were eight Louisian topnotchers. Kevin Cuti Bango, a man from Lagawe, Ifugao, was one of them. His 91.33% rating made him secure the fifth spot of the May 2017 CPALE. Among the eight Louisian topnotchers, he was one of the four topnotchers who had 90% and above rating.
During Kevin’s first undergraduate enrollment, he was supposed to enroll an Engineering program. Even if he had no idea of the track of becoming a CPA during that time, he changed his program to Accountancy at the last minute.
During Bango’s college years, he struggled to pass the Political Science 1 (Politics and Governance with Philippine Constitution) course. His hard work and perseverance were tested. Then, he did not give up on the said course and eventually passed it on his third take. He even experienced having a 65% grade on a term at SLU. These challenges built his character and helped him in becoming who he is right now. When asked if he regretted something in his life, he asserted, “I do not regret anything in my life, even the bad choices I made, because those decisions taught me and helped me to achieve my goals in life.” He said that Ma’am Bernadette Adelaida Cope was his most remarkable teacher. “Ma’am Cope was my teacher in Accounting 202 (Financial Accounting 2) and P1 review (Accounting 602: Integrated Course on Financial Accounting Theory and Practice). At first, she did not like me because oftentimes, I failed to attend her classes. In spite of that, she somehow acknowledged my skills. During my review in SLU, she believed in me even though I was not excelling on my subjects. That is why I am very thankful to her who believed that I could still do much more. Thank you Ma’am!,” he added. GOD, his family, his friends, and his failures are his motivations in life.
“I got delayed for a short-term and graduated without Latin honors,” Bango explained. That is why he invested his time to review for the CPALE twice to have more time to study and prepare. On his first review in Review School of Accountancy (ReSA), he ranked 200+th place and 568th place on the first and final pre-board examinations, respectively. On his second review also in ReSA, he ranked first place and fifth place on the first and final pre-board examinations, respectively.
To avoid the stress of waiting for the results, Bango turned off his gadgets. But his siblings were called by their cousins relaying that he was one of the topnotchers of the May 2017 CPALE. He got his highest rating on Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting (AFAR) and a low rating on Regulatory Framework for Business Transactions (RFBT).
BITS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
“Alam ko marami sa atin ang nahihirapan sa accounting, lalo na kapag sumabay pa sa mga mabibigat na problema natin sa buhay. All of us have problems but, do not allow it to hinder us to succeed. Let us learn to handle them well so that these problems may not affect our studies. Marami siguro sa atin ay nasubukan nang bumagsak, nasubukan ko rin naman. Failing is not really a bad thing as long as you do not put it to waste. Learn from it and make it a ticket in fulfilling your goals. Sabi nga nila, ‘Failure is a part of the success equation,’ kaya wag sana tayong susuko just because we failed some subjects. Someday those failures would bring you to where you want to be so do not let it break you. Finally, mahirap maging CPA, it requires a lot of time and efforts kaya mag-aral kayong mabuti. Learn to focus on your goals. And if along the way, you find it really hard to cope up with your studies, try changing your ways but never change your goal!” (Pieces of advice to students)
“Focus is the key. Do not be distracted. Commit to your schedules. Surround yourself with supportive people.” (Tips while reviewing)
“When answering questions, always make it a habit to use concepts in answering.” (Message to the next CPALE takers)
“Do not put a limit to yourself. Be the best that you can be.”
Article by Josiah De Guzman Bito
Digital Art by Stephanie Dulay Sierra
***Special thanks to Tiffany Alexis Rivera Catbagan, Kimberly Mae Joy Frendol Estepa, and Rinette Ambrose Dizon Cura