ILOILO City – “Sinisigurado ko po na kumpleto ang tulog ko kasi tulog is life.”
Sleeping well was her secret to topping the recent board examination for certified public accountants (CPA), according to Khristeen Eve Debolgado, a graduate of the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV).
The 21-year-old Debolgado, a native of Cotabato City, ranked No. 10 with a rating of 87.33 percent.
“Di po ako makapaniwala,” said Debolgado, because the exam was difficult.
But how did she do it?
“Mas effective mag-aral kung kumpleto ang tulog mo. Mas madaling ma-absorb lahat ng inaaral kung ‘di mabigat ang mga mata,” she revealed.
The exam results were released on Oct. 21. According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 2,075 out of 14,492 examinees passed the exam.
Debolgado’s advice to board exam takers: “Bumalik ka sa textbook at intindihin nang maayos ang topic. Kung kailangan naman ng sanity break, pagbigyan mo ang sarili mo para hindi ka ma-demotivate sa dami ng dapat aaralin.”
The recent exam was truly a challenge, she said.
“Nahirapan po ako. Medyo alien ang mga tanong at saka iba ang wordings nila kumpara sa mga binabasa sa libro. Kinabahan po ako kasi baka may mali sa pag intindi ko ng mga tanong. Nagtiwala na lang ako sa concepts na natutunan ko,” said Debolgado.
She was happy that she did not only pass but landed in the Top 10.
“Dapat laging may common sense mga sagot mo. Game of strategies rin itong board exam. Pinakahuli at applicable kahit kailan, huwag kalimutang magdasal kay Lord. Hindi natin maaabot ang ating mga pangarap kung walang tulong galing sa kanya,”
Debolgado said she owed much to her parents.
“Lahat ng efforts na ‘to ay mostly para sa family ko. Sa umpisa pa lang, ine-aim ko na maging proud sa akin ang parents ko. Ito na lang din ang bayad ko sa lahat ng suporta nila sa akin,” she said.
Debulgado also thanked her UPV professors “na nag-inspire sa akin na mag-aral nang mabuti. Kung hindi dahil sa passion nila sa pagtuturo, hindi ko ito makakamit,” shetold Panay News.
What’s next for Debolgado?
She said she wanted to build her career at SyCip Gorres Velayo & Company, a Philippine multidisciplinary professional services firm employing professionals from various disciplines, including CPAs, legal professionals, economists, human resource professionals, engineers, statisticians, financial analysts, and other business and technical experts.
“I have yet to learn a lot of things from the real world which now requires aligning myself to a different perspective, and I think SGV is the best training ground for that,” Debolgado said.
Justine Louie Bautista Santiago of the University of Santo Tomas topped the board examination with a rating of 90.33 percent.
Marlou Borbon Alinsonorin of the University of San Carlos came in second with 89.67 percent, followed by Christian Lawrence Cruz Go of the De La Salle University-Manila with 89.50 percent.
Go is the son of Sen. Bong Go.
“I am very proud of my son. Hindi ko mailarawan ang kaligayahang nadadama ko ngayon,” the lawmaker told reporters in a statement.
“Matapos ang ilang taong pag-aaral, nagbunga din ang sakripisyo,” he said. “Sana magiging mas matagumpay pa siya sa kanyang buhay.”
The University of the Philippines Diliman was this year’s top performing school with a passing rate of 84.21 percent./PN