VSB News

UPVSB bags back-to-back Championship at the 18th PANAnaw Awards

posted Nov 15, 2017, 11:31 PM by Zike Baoy

The UP Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business (VSB) emerged as champion in the Philippine Association of National Advertisers Foundation’s (PANAF) 18th PANAnaw Awards held at the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City on 11 November 2017. 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 nine times. This marks the third series of back-to-back successes for VSB after winning last year.

The PANAnaw Awards is an integrated marketing communications (IMC) intercollegiate competition organized by PANAF. This year’s competition called on teams to build a two year-long, single-minded advocacy campaign to strengthen Philippine arts and culture through the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), with a budget of only PHP 5 million. The VSB team’s Kwentuhang Art2Art envisioned a country united under an appreciation of Philippine arts and culture and sharply targeted millennials who constantly sought validation on social media. The campaign introduced a central online database of Philippine art that encouraged millennials to be influencers and advocates for all forms of local art they favored, increasing exposure and understanding among their peers. The team’s presentation was praised for its in-depth research on art’s value to culture, engaging online and on-ground components of the campaign and development of executions in line with NCCA’s vision.

The campaign was presented by BSBA and BSBAA seniors Maria Helena A. Badiola, Alexander Matthew S. Dy Juanco, Andrew Justin D. Escay, Monica Beatrice A. Morales, Rhema Victoria S. Que, Laurenz Carlo G. Salindong and Marielle Mae S. Tan. Completing the champion team are Nicole Regina H. Chiong, Kenneth Harold N. Fontela, Gabriel Martin C. Herrera-Lim, Bettina Anne O. Songco and Joshua Timothy A. Sonza. Assistant Professor Luis Diego D. Lee served as team coach and adviser.

2017 UPVSB Distinguished Alumni Awardees

posted Nov 15, 2017, 11:26 PM by Zike Baoy

UPVSB and P&G Student Awards for Excellence in Finance 2017

posted Sep 21, 2017, 6:28 PM by Zike Baoy

Dr. Daniel Vincent H. Borja, Chairman, Department of Accounting and Finance and Mr. Miguel Alfonso M. Solidum (BSBAA magna cum laude 2014), P&G Philippines Sales Finance Manager, awarded certificates and cash awards to eight outstanding senior BSBAA students on 2 September 2017 at the UP Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business.

The eight outstanding finance students were chosen from the senior students after undergoing tough qualifying exams and presentations. The student awardees are: Ysabel Dominique Chua, Susanna Ruth Gruyal, Benedict Allan Guinto, Kyle Isaac Kua, Minette Megino, Miriam Celine Miciano, Justin Pucyutan and Miguelito Tolipas. An award for the best presenting team was also granted to the team of Ysabel Dominique Chua, Kyle Isaac Kua, Miriam Celine Miciano and Miguelito Tolipas

This partnership between UP-VSB and P&G Philippines in the Student Awards Program in Finance is now on its seventh year.

SGV and UP-VSB Continue Partnership in the Student Excellence Awards in Accounting Program

posted Sep 21, 2017, 6:26 PM by Zike Baoy

Ms. Eleanore A. Layug, SGV Assurance Partner, and Dr. Daniel Vincent H. Borja, Chair of the UP-VSB Department of Accounting and Finance, awarded certificates and cash awards to 10 outstanding graduating BSBAA students at the UP Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business.

These 10 awardees were selected from 71 graduating BSBAA students after undergoing rigorous exams and mock CPA Board Examination. The top SGV and UP-VSB Student Excellence Award in Accounting was given to Joh Lester H. Aratea. Completing the top 10 were:  Edison Jeffrey C. Chow (2nd), Aileen Jennifer C. Cu (3rd), Erica Camille U. Lau (4th), Ivy D. San Juan (5th), Christine Joy C. Jacinto (6th), Carl Louise G. Chan (7th), Liezl Rose G. Lomibao (8th), Kathrynne Rose A. Pizarro (9th) and Bryan Neil G. Domingo (10th).

The partnership between SGV and UP-VSB in the Student Excellence Awards in Accounting Program is now on its fifth year.  Mr. Brad Neiel T. Dela Cruz and Mr. Mikhael Anjelu B. Magana coordinated the Awards Program.  College Secretary Prof. Manuel C. Manuel III and Dr. Arthur S. Cayanan also joined in the awarding program.

Espenilla Speaks at the Launch of VSB Master’s Programs at UP Bonifacio Global City

posted Sep 7, 2017, 8:15 PM by Zike Baoy   [ updated Oct 5, 2017, 1:16 AM ]

Newly-appointed Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Nestor A. Espenilla, Jr. (MBA’82, DAA’07) was guest of honor and speaker during the launch of UP Virata School of Business master’s programs and orientation of new master’s students at the UP Bonifacio Global City on 4 September 2017. Governor Espenilla discussed risk-based regulations of BSP-supervised institutions enabling them to innovate business models and adopt digital financial services including his advocacy for an efficient, inter-operable, and consumer-friendly digital payments system. Likewise, he supports regulations that promote more financial inclusion and consumer protection.  He is also talked about his experience as an UP MBA student in early 1980s.

The well-attended program celebrates the opening of Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Finance programs in the central business districts of Bonifacio Global City in Taguig and Makati. Classes started on 13 July 2017. The program was preceded by an orientation of the new students by Master’s Programs Director Dr. Lorna I. Paredes.
The guests included former Prime Minister Cesar E.A. Virata, Senator Cynthia A. Villar, UP President Danilo L. Concepcion, former UP Presidents Emerlinda R. Roman and Alfredo E. Pascual, Executive Vice President Teodoro J. Herbosa, UP Diliman Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Evangeline Amor, former Deans of the Virata School of Business, Jaime C. Laya, Emmanuel T. Velasco, Magdaleno B. Albarracin, Jr., Elvira A. Zamora and current Dean Ben Paul B. Gutierrez. They were joined by Distinguished alumni awardees, present and former faculty, non-teaching staff and students of the School.

A photo exhibit showcased the buildings that housed the master’s programs of the School from the 1920s to present. Attached is the full-page advertisement that was placed at the main section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

2017 UPVSB Alumni Homecoming “Call for Nominations: UPVSB Distinguished Alumni Awards”

posted Aug 23, 2017, 6:26 PM by Zike Baoy   [ updated Aug 28, 2017, 11:26 PM ]


Nominations for the 2017 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 2, 2017 (09:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) at the UPVSB Building. This year, the honoree classes are: 1967 (Golden), 1972 (Sapphire), 1977 (Ruby), 1982 (Coral), 1987 (Pearl), 1992 (Silver), Classes of 1997 (China), 2002, 2007, and 2012. All MBA, MS Finance, MS Management, PhD graduates and graduates of Classes 2003-2016 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 2017 UPVSB Homecoming Committee (c/o The Dean’s Office, U.P. Virata School of Business, Diliman) not later than Friday, 20 October 2017 at 5:00 PM.

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.

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