WITH an 86 per cent overall passing rate, the University ranked first among schools with more than 100 examinees in the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure examinations this month.

In addition, Shayne Laparan led the batch of the new Thomasian accountants, placing fifth with a grade of 89.14 per cent. Alumnus Alan Roque placed sixth with a score of 88.57 per cent.

The other Thomasians in the top 20 were: Grace Macabanta and Manny Tan (88 per cent, ninth); Diana Espiritu and Jake Estorque (87.71 per cent, 11th);magna cum laude graduate Sherlyn Antonio and Gretchen Villarica (87.57 per cent, 12th). Carla Tolentino (86.86 per cent, 17th); Helenne Lucas (86.71 per cent, 18th); Rizza Roxas (86.57 per cent, 19th); and Desiree Buhain (86.43 per cent, 20th).

In registering its most impressive passing rate in a decade, UST had 150 graduates out of 175 Thomasian examinees passing the test. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila was second in the category with 36 per cent. FEU placed third with 35 per cent.

According to College of Accountancy college secretary Prof. Minerva Cruz, the University has consistently improved its performance in board exams.

“The trend (in the passing rates) is really increasing,” Cruz said. “This is the highest (score) in 10 years.”

The national passing rate was 25.18 per cent as only 1,675 out of 6,551 examinees passed nationwide.

Last May, UST registered an overall passing rate of 59.70 per cent. It also had a topnotcher in Jhoanna Go, the first Thomasian to top the CPA board since Linda Uy 27 years ago. Edsel Van T. Dura and Marlene H. Elmenzo

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