UP alumni conferred Accountancy Centenary Awards of Excellence and Recognition Awards

| Written by Celeste Ann Castillo Llaneta

Alumni of the 精东影业 (UP) were proclaimed recipients of “Centenary Awards of Excellence” and “Recognition Awards for the Board of Accountancy Members” during the celebration of the Centenary Year of the Accountancy Profession in the Philippines, led by the Professional Regulatory Board of Accountancy under the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

The awardees were announced on March 6, 2023, by the PRC Accountancy Board, with awarding ceremonies held during the Grand Centenary Celebration on March 17 at the Manila Hotel. Nominations were made by the different sectors of the Accountancy profession鈥攖he public practice, commerce and industry, education, and government sectors. Following recommendations by the Screening Committee, the PRC Board approved the official list of “Centenary Awardees for Excellence,” recognizing their “unquestionable integrity, exemplified by their outstanding contributions and unparalleled dedication in advancing the Accountancy profession and remarkable participation in national development.”

The UP alumni, both living and deceased, who have been named among the 100 Accountancy “Centenary Awardees of Excellence” are:

  • Estelita Caleon Aguirre, first and only female President of the Asian Federation of Accountants; former Deputy Commissioner of Internal Revenue; former Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Executive Director;
  • Manuel S. Alba, former Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary;
  • +Emilia T. Boncodin, former DBM Secretary;
  • + Vicente F. Fabella, educator, economist, civic leader, and the first Filipino certified public accountant;
  • Aurora D. Geotina-Garcia, President of Mageo Consulting Inc.;
  • Jaime C. Laya, former Minister of Education, Culture and Sports; former DBM Secretary; former Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor;
  • Conchita L. Manabat, founder and first woman Chair of the Deloitte practice in the Philippines; President of the Development Center for Finance;
  • Felipe M. Medalla, former Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA); incumbent BSP Governor;
  • Raul C. Pagdanganan, President and CEO of Cardinal Santos Medical Center; member of the UP Board of Regents;
  • Josefe C. Sorrera-Ty, former PICPA National President; Commissioner of Legal Education Board Philippines;
  • Joel L. Tan-Torres, a former member of the Board of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); Chair, Board of Accountancy; BIR Commissioner;
  • Maria Gracia M. Pulido-Tan, first woman Chairperson (equivalent to Auditor-General) of the Philippine Commission on Audit’s 115-year history;
  • Manuel (Manny) B. Villar, House Speaker and then President of the Senate, the first Filipino to hold both posts;
  • Guillermo E. Torres, Sr.;
  • Rosario Sevilla Santiago-Bernaldo;
  • Herminio V. Dagohoy;
  • Carlota G. Piczon-Valenzuela;
  • + Belen E. Gutierrez;
  • + Washington Z. Sycip was conferred a Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa, by UP Diliman in 2001.

UP alumni members of the Board of Accountancy, past and present, who received “Recognition Awards” are:

  • + Antonio P. Ferrer;
  • Lucila C. Tarriela;
  • Betty C. Siy-Yap
  • Carmelita G. Salgado;
  • Clemente Q. Uson;
  • Luis A. Ca帽ete;
  • + Ruperto P. Somera;
  • Elvira P. Pacis-Atanacio;
  • Luis C. Liwanag II;
  • Jose V. Ramos;
  • +Filadelfo M. Inocentes;
  • Gregorio G. Centeno;
  • Isagani O. Santiago

The conferment of the Accountancy “Centenary Awards of Excellence” and “Recognition Awards for the Board of Accountancy Members” marks the culmination of the year-long celebration of the Centenary Year of the Accountancy Profession in the Philippines, which was declared by then President Rodrigo Duterte through Proclamation No. 1333.

With reports by the UP Office of Alumni Relations.