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UP-VSB Team Wins Deloitte Philippines Risk Intelligence Challenge

posted May 28, 2017, 7:35 PM by Zike Baoy

Fourth year BSBAA students of the U.P. Virata School of Business (UP-VSB) Ysabel A. Chua, Aitana K. Kaw, Kyle T. Kua and Nathaniel O. Lim won First Place in the National Finals of the Deloitte Philippines Risk Intelligence Challenge (RIC) held on 25 May 2017. Mr. Al-Habbyel Yusoph mentored the winning team that will represent the country in the Southeast Asian Finals in Thailand in July 2017.

Deloitte Risk Intelligence Challenge (RIC) is an inter-university risk competition which aims to nurture entrepreneurial efforts in combination with risk analysis. The competition seeks to provide risk awareness and to offer undergraduate students a glimpse into the risk industry. RIC encourages participants to deliver new insights on risk management. The competition also aims to foster independent learning via logical, innovative and creative thinking. (From Deloitte Invitation Material).

This year's competition on the theme: “Risk Mitigation through Innovation,” required students to conceptualize innovative solutions to Uber Philippines' key business challenges and mitigate its risks.

Six national finalists (two of them from UP-VSB) from various collegiate teams with written submissions were selected to present and respond to questions from a panel of judges. UP-VSB students Kijmie Hao, Sheena K. Lorenzo and Chloe Sy, mentored by Mr. Diogenes C. Dy., placed 2nd Runner-Up and was awarded as the Best Presenter Team.

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited is represented in the Philippines by Navarro Amper & Co.

Toribio Honored with Natatanging Mag-aaral Award in 2017 Gawad Tsanselor

posted May 23, 2017, 7:10 PM by Zike Baoy   [ updated May 25, 2017, 3:09 AM by UP Virata School of Business ]

Jose Rafael L. Toribio, a fourth year BS Business Administration student, was one of the four recipients of the 2017 Gawad Tsanselor para sa Natatanging Mag-aaral (Outstanding Student Award) held on 27 April 2017 at the UP Diliman Institute of Biology Auditorium.

Toribio has a curriculum weighted average grade (CWAG) of 1.33 (magna cum laude standing) as of the 1st semester AY 2016-17. He is an outstanding student leader. On his freshman year, he served as the Virata School of Business representative to the University Freshmen Council. This schoolyear, he is one of the 12 councilors in the UP Diliman University Student Council. In the Student Council elections held on 6 April 2017, he was elected as Vice-Chairman after he obtained 6,272 of 11,951 votes cast.

Toribio has also participated in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, debate, marketing, start up business ideation, among others.

UPVSB Wins HSBC/HKU Asia Pacific Business Case Competition 2017 Philippine Finals

posted Mar 31, 2017, 12:25 AM by Zike Baoy   [ updated May 25, 2017, 3:09 AM by UP Virata School of Business ]

A team of graduating BSBA and BSBAA students topped the National Finals of the HSBC Asia Pacific Business Case Competition held on 25 March 2017 at the Ateneo de Manila University.

The team composed of Chelsea Jae P. Ngie (BSBAA V), John Alexander O. Soriano (BSBAA V), Marco G. del Valle (BSBA IV), and Christine Darla A. Bautista (BSBA IV) bested teams from 11 other Philippine universities to clinch the National Championship title. Prof. James Ryan O. Jonas mentored the team.

Ateneo de Manila University placed second, while Silliman University came third. The UPVSB team received PHP120,000 cash prize and will represent the Philippines in the Asia-Pacific Finals to be held in Hong Kong on 7-9 June 2017 where they will be competing with teams from 24 universities.

The competition, sponsored by HSBC and organized by the Asia Case Research Center, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Hong Kong (HKU), required students to develop and present a strategy for two business cases that were given to them on the spot. Teams were given 2.5 hours to analyze each case and to prepare their 25-minute presentation. There were 16 judges from HSBC in the two rounds of the case competition.

Florendo Receives Dangal ng Bayan

posted Jan 10, 2017, 4:38 PM by Zike Baoy   [ updated Jan 10, 2017, 5:41 PM by UP Virata School of Business ]

Assistant Professor Joselito G. Florendo of the UP Virata School of Business received the Dangal ng Bayan Award from President Rodrigo R. Duterte during the Outstanding Government Workers Awards Rites held on 19 December 2016 at the Malacañan Palace. The Outstanding Public Officials and Employees Award or the Dangal ng Bayan (DnB) is conferred to an individual for performance of an extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior on the basis of his/her observance of the eight norms of behavior provided under Republic Act No. 6713, otherwise known as the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.” The Civil Service Commission manages the government’s Honor Awards Program every year.

Prof. Florendo is the Vice President for Planning and Finance of the University of the Philippines. His award citation reads:

For his devotion to public service, using his financial acumen to boost the state university's resources and help attain prosperity. As Vice President for Planning and Finance, he made possible improvements of the university's financial status so that it can continue to be a leader in higher education and to fulfill its social responsibilities. He chose to also share his expertise on financial literacy to the ordinary Filipino -- the prison inmates, small store owners, midwives, mothers, business process outsourcing employees, and overseas Filipino workers so they can effectively manage their finances.

UPVSB bags Championship at the 17th PANAnaw Awards

posted Nov 20, 2016, 10:32 PM by Zike Baoy

The UP Virata School of Business regained the championship in the Philippine Association of National Advertisers Foundation’s (PANAF) 17th PANAnaw Awards held at The Elements Eton Centris in Quezon City on 19 November 2016. The team won the championship trophy, individual medals and PHP 75,000 cash prize. Since the competition’s inception, the School has won the championship eight times, the most recent in 2013. Twenty eight schools from all over the Philippines joined this year’s competition.

The PANAnaw Awards is an integrated marketing communications (IMC) intercollegiate competition organized by PANAF. This year’s competition challenged teams to pitch a strategic and timely advocacy campaign on responsible use of social media among millennials. The team’s campaign, Kada Like, Kada Share, ‘Kada-chieve, targeted millennial bullies and bashers online by crafting executions designed to be shared and acted on by their most powerful influencers, their own friends. The message of the campaign was lauded for its focus and single-mindedness of a key insight – if millennials wouldn’t bully or bash their own ‘kada, they had no reason to do it online. The target market were then encouraged to flag their own friends who post without fact-checking and use ad hominem arguments, and eventually channel their passion and energy for social issues into positive change offline. The resulting campaign presentation gained positive response from the judges, who highlighted the team’s careful segmentation, purposeful selection of media channels, and sharp presentation as the key reasons for the victory.

The champion team is composed of BSBA seniors Christine Darla A. Bautista, Marco G. del Valle, Alan Joseph E. Luga, Angela L. Rayos del Sol and Cedric Jose S. Reyes (BSBAA). Assistant Professor Luis Diego D. Lee, who recently obtained his marketing master’s from the City University of Hong Kong, acted as team coach and manager.

Another reason to celebrate at the Centennial Alumni Homecoming on 3 December 2016 (10am) at the North Alumni Court of the UP Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business building, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

UPVSB and P&G Student Awards for Excellence in Finance 2016

posted Nov 20, 2016, 10:29 PM by Zike Baoy   [ updated Dec 13, 2016, 3:33 AM by UP Virata School of Business ]

Dean Ben Paul B. Gutierrez and Mr. Miguel Alfonso M. Solidum (BSBAA magna cum laude 2014), P&G Philippines Financial Services and Solutions SRAP Analyst, awarded certificates and cash awards to 10 outstanding senior BSBAA students at the UP Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business.

The 10 outstanding finance students were chosen from the senior students after undergoing tough qualifying exams and presentations. The student awardees are: Angela Louise Aquino, John Lester Aratea, Jill Eileen Cabais, Edison Jeffrey Chow, Katrina Marie Ilagan, Lean Irene Inocencio, Erica Camille Lau, Dick Dazzle Mercado, Kathrynne Rose Pizarro and Ivy San Juan.

This partnership between UPVSB and P&G Philippines in the Student Awards Program in Finance is now on its sixth year.

Two Special Awards in the UPVSB Centennial Alumni Homecoming on December 3

posted Nov 17, 2016, 12:43 AM by Zike Baoy

Two special awards will be given during the UP Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business Centennial Alumni Homecoming to be held at the North Alumni Court of the UPVSB building, UP Diliman on December 3, 2016. Registration starts at 9:00am.

The first UPVSB Centennial Loyalty Award goes to BSBA Class 1966, the golden jubilarians, for contributing the most number of faculty members and over 80 years of full time faculty service to UP Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business (formerly College of Business Administration).

The second UPVSB Centennial Loyalty Award will be accorded to Jose L. Poe’s family for having the most number of alumni from the UP Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business.

The other awards in this year’s UPVSB Centennial Alumni Homecoming include the Distinguished Alumnus Awards, Certificate of Achievement for the alumni with 100% passing percentage in the October 2016 CPA licensure examinations and the awarding of medals to the jubilarians: Class 1956 (Diamond), Class 1961 (Emerald), Class 1966 (Golden) Class 1971 (Sapphire), Class 1976 (Ruby) and Class 1991 (Silver)..


posted Nov 15, 2016, 7:35 PM by UP Virata School of Business

The Board of Judges for the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards (DAA) composed of Dr. Emerlinda R. Roman, Chair, with Dr. Victoria B. Jardiolin-Villa (DAA 2001) and Ramon B. Segismundo (DAA 2015) selected the following for the awards:

The awarding of the DAA is one of the highlights of the Alumni Homecoming to be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the U.P. Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business, Diliman, Quezon City.

The School will also honor the successful examinees in the October 2016 CPA Licensure Examinations as well as the BSBA/BSBAA Classes of 1956 (Diamond Jubilarians), 1961 (Emerald Jubilarians), 1966 (Golden Jubilarians), 1971 (Sapphire Jubilarians), 1976 (Ruby Jubilarians), 1981 (Coral Jubilarians), 1986 (Pearl Jubilarians), 1991 (Silver Jubilarians), 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011, as well as MBA, MS Finance, MS Management, DBA and PhD Alumni.

UP-VSB Produces 69 CPAs in October 2016 Licensure Examinations

posted Oct 21, 2016, 6:16 AM by UP Virata School of Business

UP Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business obtained 100% passing percentage in the board examinations for Certified Public Accountants (CPA) given in October 2016.

A total of 5,249 of 14,390 accountancy graduates passed the October 2016 licensure examinations, for a national passing rate of 36.48%. UP-VSB is ranked 1st in the top six performing schools with 50 or more examinees and with at least 80% passing percentage.

Two UP-VSB graduates made it to top 10 in October 2016: Fredrick Daniel D. De Guzman, 8th and Julie Ann A. Francisco, 10th.

2016 UPVSB Alumni Homecoming - Call for Nominations: UPVSB Distinguished Alumni Awards

posted Sep 2, 2016, 3:23 AM by UP Virata School of Business   [ updated Sep 2, 2016, 11:38 PM ]


Nominations for the 2016 UP VSB Distinguished Alumni Awards is now open.

Kindly fill up the Nomination Form attached herewith.

The school will honor its alumni who have outstanding accomplishments in the field of Business Management or Entrepreneurship, and/or have rendered outstanding public service.

The awardees will be honored during the annual alumni homecoming on Saturday, December 3, 2016 (09:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) at the UPVSB Building. This year, the honoree classes are: 1966 (Golden), 1971 (Sapphire), 1976 (Ruby), 1981 (Coral), 1986 (Pearl), 1991 (Silver), Classes of 1996 (China), 2001, 2006, and 2011. All MBA, MS Finance, MS Management, PhD graduates and graduates of Classes 2002-2015 are also cordially invited.

We look forward to seeing you again at our School!


Selection Criteria
  1. The nominee must have demonstrated outstanding achievement as a professional manager in an industry, or;

  2. The nominee is a successful entrepreneur whose firm has a respectable size in terms of Total Assets and/or number of personnel; or

  3. The nominee has rendered distinguished public service.
Those who have been given awards by the School in the past for their achievements will no longer be considered for the Alumni Awards.

Nomination forms and Justifications should be submitted to the 2016 UPVSB Homecoming Committee (c/o The Dean’s Office, U.P. Virata School of Business, Diliman) not later than Friday, 21 October 2016 at 5:00 PM.

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