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P&A Grant Thornton scholars top CPA exams

THE Covid-19 pandemic stalled many of their plans, but it did not deter three of P&A Grant Thornton's scholars from pursuing their dream of being Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).

The firm's scholars, Emmanuel Jerusalem of Bicol, Christian Dominic Amoncio of Davao and Ron Niño Loon of Cebu, even placed 6th, 7th and 9th, respectively, in the recent CPA Licensure Examination (CPALE) held last May.

P&A Grant Thornton provided scholarship grants to the three CPA topnotchers as part of its continuing support for accounting and audit professionals in the country. Under its "Go Beyond" campaign, it also helps open new avenues for the professional growth of its people, which have grown to a thousand-strong with 24 partners across its nationwide network.

The newly minted CPAs joined P&A Grant Thornton, one of the leading audit, tax, advisory, and outsourcing firms in the country, as tax and audit associates across its different provincial offices. Behind their successful trek to the top 10 of the CPA board exams, the three scholars each have to contend with their own personal struggles that almost scuttled the pursuit of their dream.

Ron postponed full-time studying for the CPA exams to work online as a financial planning assistant.

This was also true in the case of Emmanuel who had to earn his keep as an online tutor after his father stopped working as a vendor due to quarantine restrictions.

For Dominic, mental exhaustion creeped in after the exam got cancelled twice in October 2020 and May 2021, and cancellation rumors started swirling again in late 2021 due to rising Covid cases in the country.

"By going beyond number crunching, we add more value to our clients' businesses and become a force for social good," said Jess Obana, senior managing consultant of the Advisory Services Division of P&A Grant Thornton.


As published in The Manila Times, dated 11 July 2022

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