by Alexis Sybert Narvaez, B.S. Mechanical Engineering student
Accountancy students from Malayan Colleges Laguna’s (MCL) E.T. Yuchengco College of Business (ETYCB) emerged victorious in all three levels of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Laguna Chapter Accounting Quiz Bee held last February 22, 2021 via the Zoom video conferencing application. The six student representatives from MCL swept all the top places in the academic competition, winning as Champions and 1st Runners-Up in Basic Level for first year students, Intermediate Level for second year students, and Advanced Level for third year students.
Bagging the 1st place and the runner-up finish in the Basic Level category are Rhian Mico M. Fabella and Raiven S. Pabalan, respectively. Finishing in the first and second places in the Intermediate Level category are Christal Mae R. Villamin and Michael Antonio S. Santos. For the Advanced Level category of the quiz bee, Jana Marice O. Bercasio and Andrea Jane A. Arce won as the champion and the first runner-up, respectively. The coach behind the winning six-member pool of quizzers is Accountancy Program Chair Prof. Rizalina B. Ong.
The students however achieved this feat not without having to overcome challenges along the way, as this was their first experience taking part in a quiz bee held in a completely virtual environment. Also, they had to juggle between preparing for the competition and completing their course requirements as they took on the quiz bee on a short notice of less than a week of preparation.
“With the online setup, I was really worried about internet disruptions and other environment distractions,” shared Villamin. “However, our program chair kept saying that we should not worry because at the end of day, the experience is what really matters so we just have to enjoy it and give it our best,” said Bercasio. On the other hand, “It is a fulfilling experience to uphold the reputation of our institution and bring honor to it,” Santos stated.
With the excellent performance of garnering the top places in all levels in the PICPA Laguna Chapter showcase, our student representatives earned the right to participate in the PICPA Regional Accounting Quiz Bee on April 23, 2021.