The nationwide search for outstanding accounting students in the country is on.

In the photo (from left) : Michael Gallego, P&A Foundation Inc. Trustee and P&A Grant Thornton Partner for Advisory Services, Leonardo Cuaresma, Jr., P&A Foundation Inc. Trustee and P&A Grant Thornton Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer, Jill Santos, PICPA Vice President for Operations, Walter Abella, Jr., ACPACI National President. and Edward Roguel, ACPACI Former President and P&A Grant Thornton Partner for Tax Advisory and Compliance.

P&A Foundation Inc., Philippine Institute of Certified Accountants (PICPA) and the Association of Certified Public Accountants in Commerce and Industry (ACPACI) recently launched the 22nd Search for Outstanding Accounting Students of the Philippines (SOASP) with the signing of Memorandum of Agreement on 22 October 2020 at the PICPA office.

Present during the signing were P&A Foundation Inc. trustees Leonardo Cuaresma, Jr. and Michael Gallego, PICPA Vice President for Operations Jill Santos and ACPACI National President Walter Abela Jr. and ACPACI Past President Edward Roguel. Virtually present were PICPA President Lope ‘Jun’ Bato Jr., PICPA Executive Director Estelita Aguirre and PICPA National Sectorial Director for Education Allan Frank Silva.

The Search for Outstanding Accounting Students of the Philippines is an annual nationwide competition for accountancy students. It aims to recognize the best accounting students in the country through a series of qualifying written and oral examination.

“We are hoping that they will be future leaders of our profession. Let’s continue to give them inspiration and hope that it will all weigh down to the betterment and upliftment of our profession,” said Cuaresma, P&A Foundation Inc.’s trustee and P&A Grant Thornton’s Managing Partner and COO.

In the coming weeks, a formal invitation will be sent to the deans or accountancy chairpersons of the participating institutions to nominate candidates for the competition. To be eligible, these candidates must be formally endorsed to represent the academic institution and currently enrolled, at a minimum, as a 3rd year B.S. Accountancy student in good moral standing.

The competition will be conducted in four qualifying examinations, and all the events will be done virtually. The remote contest rounds will commence across the country beginning January 2021 and end by April 2021.


As published in Manila Bulletin, dated 17 November 2020