by Christian Lugo

After ruling last semester’s Midyear Convention, this year’s host, MSU-IIT’s Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (JPIA) achieved back-to-back championship against other competing schools in the NFJPIA Region X & CARAGA’s 25th Annual Regional Convention (ARC) held last February 24-26, 2017.

JPIAns had once again proven their supremacy in different academic and nonacademic competitions as they bagged several trophies and medals.

For the academic events, Jean Claire Polancos won 1st place in Cup 1 (Financial Accounting and Reporting), Floyd Cesar Tacbas also landed as 1st placer in Cup 2 ( Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting), Rizza Belle Maata won 3rd place in Cup 3 ( Management Advisory Services), Kristofferson Cariño won 2nd place in Cup 4 ( Regulatory Framework for Business Transacation), Maureen Ane Intang won 2nd place in Cup 5 (Auditing), Jeffrey Hipayo also won 2nd place in Cup 6 (Taxation), and Mark Anthony Rosales finished as 1st placer in both Cup 3 (MAS) and Cup 7 ( All Board Exam Subject). Jahaziel Mark Bahan, Frances Bequilla, Jovelyn Cabal, and Xaviery John Luna ranked 1st place in the Whizkids Competition and MSU-IIT was hailed Overall Champion for the academic events.

The participants also excelled in the nonacademic events as MSU-IIT won 3rd place in Mixed Table Tennis, 3rd place in Dobledoble Kara, 2nd place in Dance Sports Competition, 2nd Best Picture and Best Screenplay in CineJPIA for the short film entry “Duyog”, 1st place in Mixed Volleyball, Most Valuable Player Award (Basketball) for Mark Jison Sebog, 1st place in the Debate Cup with Bai Djanemah Macabangkit as the Best Speaker, 1st place in Pop Dance Competition, 1st place in the Acoustic Band Competition, and Overall First Runner-up for the nonacademic events.

For the year-end awards, Jeffrey Hipayo was recognized as this year’s Most Outstanding JPIAn and Charles Flores as the Most Outstanding Local Chapter President.

When asked about the winning secret of MSU-IIT, Mr. Flores said that the key words for their victory are “PLANNING” and “DISCIPLINE”. He further stressed that this success did not come overnight for in fact, the local chapter had spent months preparing, formulating plans A to Z, considering every contingencies and circumstances. “Then, it only took discipline to make things go as planned” he added.