By Katrin Anne A. Arcala
THE SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (SU JPIA) bagged its first overall championship title in the Dumaguete City Chapter’s Accountancy Week Celebration 2013.
Its two-day jampacked culmination was the highlight of the National Accountancy Week held last July 14-22. SU JPIA bested chapters from Foundation University (FU), Negros Oriental State University (NORSU), Saint Paul University Dumaguete (SPUD) and Asian College.
Apart from celebrating their overall championship, SU JPIA also brought back its title on one of the accountancy week’s main events which was the quiz bowl. The last time SU won the said battle of the brains was in the ‘80s when representatives brought home a perpetual trophy. Justin Agpangan and Evince Columnos who competed for this year were personally reviewed and mentored by their faculty members.
“Its time to bring back the glory days of Silliman accountancy,” said SU JPIA president Joshua Ryan Salaveria.
Crowned Mr. JPIA and Ms. JPIA first runner-up were Zachary Siayngco and Shaneen Tadeja, respectively. Representatives also bagged the first place for Mixed Volleyball and Women’s Basketball and second runner-up for Men’s Basketball. The SU JPIA Sessionistas won the Acoustic Competition. Salaveria added that this year, there was an increased participation from their members. This contributed to the reasons why they finally grabbed the victory for the accountancy week. SU JPIA wants to underscore their goal to change the student body’s perspectives of council
orgs. Salaveria said that they want academic organisations, such as JPIA, to be known not only for collecting college fees and fines but as a venue to learn and have fun.
“We want to be an arm extension of the curricular program and a supplement to classroom learning,” Salaveria added. The event was hosted by FU. Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) and its student counterpart, JPIA were the organizers of the celebration.