Accountancy students and professionals convened through the DLSU Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants’ annual EXCEED2023: Accounting Convention for Business Leaders last March 5, 11, and 18 to listen to industry talks and compete in accountancy contests held online and at the Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium.
Students from participating universities nationwide went head to head in the Business Case Competition, Junior and Senior Cup Quiz Bees, and Virtual Amazing Race of the event’s Accounting Challenge.
Team Obelisk, composed of Brix Cervantes, John Renz Oliveros, and Ren Gabriel Velasco of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, bagged the championship title in the Business Case Competition along with the award for best-written proposal. University of San Carlos’ Team JAQ was recognized as the best oral presenter.
Team Tadasig, composed of Hanielyn Belaro, Joemar Box, and Lauren Ragunton from the University of Caloocan City-North, won first place at the Senior Cup Quiz Bee. Enrico Bolasoc, Hannah De Vera, and Vincent Pacaña of Team SANA-MAKA-9K from the Kingfisher School of Business and Finance secured gold at the Junior Cup Quiz Bee.
Mindanao State University’s Nasif Amer Pandita, Abdul Rahim Mambuay, and Abdulrahman Macacua took home the victory in the Virtual Amazing Race.
Meanwhile, executives from the top five local accounting firms gave industry talks that tackled recent trends in the accounting profession, as well as the role of accountants amid digital developments gradually making the practice easier to automate.
KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co. Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer Emmanuel Bonoan mentioned, “A 21st century accountant has to be a trusted advisor—trusted by his clients, colleagues, and community.”
“Accountants should not stop at being an advisor, but [at] being [an agent of change].” Allan Ocho, SGV & Co. business consulting partner, added.