2 Oro studes top CPA board exams-A A +A
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
RANKING 5th and 7th place in the Certified Public Accountant licensure exam whose result came out on Monday has not been easy for Ryan James Bangot Aban who scored 92.14 percent and Richard Joseph Pestillos Baja Jr. with 91.57 percent.
Aban, 20, and Baja, 24, studied well in their undergraduate years and reviewed hard to pass the exam, and topping is a bonus.
Both knew the result would be out on October 21, and their families waited for it with thrill and excitement.
Aban got a message from a batch mate on Facebook’s chat box that he ranked 5th in the CPA exam. “I doubted it, I couldn’t believe that I got the 5th place because the week before the exam I had fever and intense back pain and I felt depressed that I was unwell and it could affect my board exam,” Aban told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.
Aban consoled himself that "if passing would be for me, it would be for me."
For Baja, his sister messaged him on his mobile telling him that he topped in the exam. “I felt so happy. I only thought of passing it and more than that I topped. I could hardly believe it. It was a difficult exam. Even if I reviewed hard, I still considered I could fail until the results are out,” Baja said.
During the last round of their pre-board exam, Aban and Baja landed on the 8th and 3rd places respectively.
Both reviewed in a known accountancy review center in Manila. After the pre-board exam, they had been offered to work at the country’s top auditing firm, the SGV and Co.
“I just can’t believe it they hired me and I signed the contract the week before the results came. They were so certain I would become an accountant. The company has been so confident on me and I wasn’t, I was moved,” Aban said.
Aban will start working on November 18 while Baja who also signed the contract will start working in December.
Both of them considered the job offer a privilege and they were honored to get the offer.
But still, they didn’t allow it to get into their heads and prayed so hard for God’s intervention. For them, they already worked so hard and things could still go ugly, thus, prayers were their refuge as they took the exam.
Only 4,246 passed the exam of the 10,396 who took it.
“It is the dream of many accountancy students to top the board exam, if possible, I am one of those students who aspired to be a topnotcher, but it came to a point where I thought it was impossible to become one. So, I just prayed to God that He would give me what my hardwork deserves and thankfully God gave me this achievement,” Baja said.
Baja further said: “When taking the board exam, you can never be certain whether you will pass or not the only thing you can do is to increase your chance through preparation.”
Aban also aimed at topping the board exam. However, one of the subjects was so difficult, he lost his confidence.
Aban graduated cum laude at Xavier University in March 2013 and Baja was awarded summa cum laude at Liceo de Cagayan de University also in March 2013.
They completed their primary and secondary education in public schools. They graduated as valedictorians. Thus, when they entered college they were awarded with academic scholarships.
Baja enrolled in the electronics and communications engineering program and lost his scholarship. He stopped going to school for two years and contemplated on the degree to pursue. When he came back to school, he took accountancy which he really wanted to take up, but he was lured to engineering instead.
“Since I lost my scholarship, I paid for my first semester, but in the following term I already regained my academic scholarship until I graduated,” Baja recalled.
When asked how he hurdled the difficulties in college, Baja said he planned and prioritized things since accountancy involves many activities that require time management.
Aban said topping the board exam isn’t a guarantee of a good life that waits ahead. “It’s not really a guarantee of a secure future. It is the quality of work we do in the actual world. It is an advantage to be hired in a prestigious auditing firm but the bottom line here is performance.”
Baja lives in Balingoan, Misamis Oriental while Aban hails from Gingoog City.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 23, 2013.