VSB News

UP-VSB regains championship in the 20th FINEX Inter-Collegiate Finance Competition

posted Nov 27, 2018, 9:56 PM by Zike Baoy

The UP Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business (UP-VSB) team composed of 5th year BSBAA students, Adrian Jericson Jimenez, Raphael Don Tantan, Allan Tripon Jr. and Kelvin Derick Yu won first place in the 20th Inter-Collegiate Finance Competition (ICFC) sponsored by the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX). 

The top 21 Philippine schools from the elimination round in October competed with two teams from the University of Guam in the finals held at the auditorium of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in Manila on November 23, 2018. This is UP-VSB’s 11th Championship win during the ICFC’s 20-year run. UP-VSB Instructor Mr. Ramon Carlo Pio Roda is the Manager of the Champion Team.

The competition was joined this year by 99 Philippine universities and colleges and the University of Guam.

2018 UPVSB Distinguished Alumni Awardees

posted Nov 22, 2018, 7:19 PM by Zike Baoy

UP-VSB Produces 69 CPAs in October 2018 Licensure Examinations

posted Oct 24, 2018, 12:11 AM by Zike Baoy

UP Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business ranked 1st in the top two performing schools with 50 or more examinees and with at least 80% passing percentage after obtaining 94.52% passing percentage in the board examinations for Certified Public Accountants (CPA) given in October 2018. 

A total of 3,616 of 14,355 accountancy graduates passed the October 2016 licensure examinations, for a national passing rate of 25.19%.

UP-VSB summa cum laude graduate, Joanne Lynsley T. Go, made it to the Top 6 with a rating 90.00%.

UPVSB and P&G Student Awards for Excellence in Finance 2018

posted Oct 18, 2018, 11:12 PM by Zike Baoy   [ updated Oct 18, 2018, 11:13 PM ]

Dean Ben Paul B. Gutierrez, Ms. Emina Jacqueline G. Chan (BSBAA magna cum laude 2000), P&G Business Planning and Analysis Group Manager and Mr. Miguel Alfonso M. Solidum (BSBAA magna cum laude 2014), P&G Philippines Sales Finance Manager, awarded certificates and cash awards to twelve outstanding senior BSBAA students on 8 October 2018 at the UP Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business.

The twelve outstanding finance students were chosen from the senior students after undergoing tough qualifying exams and presentations. The student awardees are: Adrian Jericson Jimenez, Allan Tripon Jr., Carissa Andrea Lim, Celine Paula Calma, Chinarah Agatha Tayamora, Gabriel Lahoz, Kelvin Derick Yu, Krissia Sison, Nicole Angela Mallari, Raphael Don Tantan, Rodwick Matthew Go and Yale Brendan Catabay.

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

UP Virata School of Business welcomes its 136 freshies

posted Sep 13, 2018, 12:27 AM by Zike Baoy

On August 3, 2018, 136 freshies entered the portals of the U.P. Virata School of Business (VSB). About 83,000 high school seniors took the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) in October 2017 at various testing centers around the country. Of the total examinees, 52,367 applied to UP Diliman.

VSB’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accountancy (BSBAA) program received the most number of 1st choice applicants, 9,733 for its 100 available slots. Its selectivity ratio (acceptance rate) or the number of final course qualifiers to number of 1st choice applicants is 1.03%. Only 87 of 100 BSBAA qualifiers officially enrolled.

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) program received the 4th most number of 1st choice applicants of 2,444 for its 100 available slots. Its selectivity ratio is 4.09%. Only 49 of 100 BSBA qualifiers officially enrolled.

The attractiveness of VSB’s undergraduate programs continues after first year of studies when about 400 shiftees from UP’s other degree programs apply to be admitted to VSB every year. In August 2018, VSB admitted 40 transferees from other UP Diliman academic units and five from other UP regional campuses. 

SGV and UP-VSB, on 6th year of partnership in Student Excellence Awards in Accounting program

posted Aug 30, 2018, 11:25 PM by Zike Baoy

SGV Advisory partners Mr. Warren R. Bituin and Ms. Maria Kathrina S. Macaisa joined UP-VSB Department of Accounting and Finance Chairman Dr. Daniel Vincent H. Borja, Undergraduate Program Director Dr. Ivy Suan and Instructor Mr. Mikhael Anjelu B. Magana in awarding medals, certificates and cash awards to 10 outstanding BSBAA graduates of the U.P. Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business held at the CPA Review School of the Philippines, Sampaloc, Manila on July 18, 2018. These 10 awardees were selected from 74 graduating BSBAA students after undergoing rigorous exams and mock CPA Board Examination on May 12-15, 2018. 

The top SGV and UP-VSB Student Excellence Award in Accounting was given to Renz Elli J. Chavez. Completing the top 10 were:  Susanna Ruth A. Gruyal (2nd), Miriam Celine J. Miciano (3rd), Joanne Lynsley T. Go (4th), Querubin Anne C. Yap (5th), Minette B. Megino (6th), Gorgonio R. Angeles, Jr. (7th), Carla Pauline L. Cauntay (8th), Mhaan Leoniza S. Pascual (9th) and Jana Sue M. Santoyo (10th).

The top performers in each subject of the examination were:

Renz Elli J. Chavez
Renz Elli J. Chavez
Miriam Celine J. Miciano
Gorgonio R. Angeles, Jr. (tie)
Minette B. Megino (tie)
Carla Pauline L. Cauntay
Querubin Anne C. Yap (tie)
Lawrence Matthew Q. Santos (tie)
Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting
Management Advisory Services
Financial Accounting and Reporting
Financial Accounting and Reporting
Regulatory Framework for Business Transactions
Regulatory Framework for Business Transactions

The partnership between SGV and UP-VSB in the Student Excellence Awards in Accounting Program is now on its sixth year.

2018 UPVSB Alumni Homecoming “Call for Nominations: UPVSB Distinguished Alumni Awards”

posted Aug 28, 2018, 11:36 PM by Zike Baoy


Nominations for the 2018 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 8, 2018 (09:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) at the UPVSB Building. This year, the honoree classes are: 1958 (Diamond), 1963 (Emerald), 1968 (Golden), 1973 (Sapphire), 1978 (Ruby), 1983 (Coral), 1988 (Pearl), 1993 (Silver), Classes of 1998 (China), 2003, 2008, and 2013. All MBA, MS Finance, MS Management, PhD graduates and graduates of Classes 2004-2017 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 (see below) and Justifications should be submitted to the 2018 UPVSB Homecoming Committee (c/o The Dean’s Office, U.P. Virata School of Business, Diliman) not later than Monday, October 29, 2018 at 5:00 PM.

VSB revises its curriculum for both BSBAA and BSBA programs

posted Jul 5, 2018, 7:18 PM by Zike Baoy   [ updated Jul 12, 2018, 7:14 PM by UP Virata School of Business ]

Effective academic year 2018-2019, incoming freshmen who have completed the K+12 basic education curriculum shall follow the revised BSBA/BSBAA curriculum. The average age of these freshmen is 18 years because of the additional two years of senior high school. 

The revisions in the BSBAA program are three-fold: (1) reduction in the total number of units from 183-184 units to 166 units; (2) reduction in the total General Education (GE) units from 47-48 units to 30 units; and (3) reduction in program length from 5 years to 4-1/2 years. Six units in accounting are added to measure up to the expanded C.P.A. licensure examinations coverage of the Board of Accountancy (BOA) of the Professional Regulation Commission. BOA also requires an internship course with a credit of 6 units.

The revisions in the BSBA program include: (1) reduction in the total General Education (GE) units from 47-48 units to 27 units and (2) addition of seven required business courses, viz., introduction to research in business, investments, business taxation, project management, international business, risk management and insurance, and corporate governance and business ethics. Two of the seven required business courses were reclassified from elective to required while the remaining five are newly instituted courses. The new business courses will broaden the competency, international perspective and skill sets of future BSBA graduates. The program length of the BSBA program is retained at four years with the same number of total units at 145 units.

Riza Mantaring speaks before UP-VSB Class 2018

posted Jun 20, 2018, 12:25 AM by Zike Baoy

Ms. Rizalina G. Mantaring, Chair of the Sun Life Financial Group of Companies in the Philippines, is the guest speaker during the recognition ceremonies of the U.P. Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business to be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, 24 June 2018 at the University Theater. Mantaring has an M.S. Computer Science from the State University of New York at Albany and a B.S. Electrical Engineering (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines. She is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute (with distinction) and one of the U.P. College of Engineering’s 100 Most Outstanding Alumni of the past century.

There are 346 graduates with 134 BSBA, 74 BSBAA, 102 MBA, 32 MS Finance, two MS Management and three PhD. Leading the graduates are Joanne Lynsley T. Go, BSBAA, summa cum laude, and Diego Alberto B. Nepomuceno, BSBA, summa cum laude. There are 185 honor graduates (89% of Class 2018):  two with summa cum laude honors, 57 with magna cum laude honors and 126 with cum laude honors. 

Among the graduates is UP-VSB assistant professor Maria Regina Lucia M. Lizares who will graduate with two degrees, a Master of Science in Management and a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration.

Jabines wins global public speaking competition*

posted May 24, 2018, 11:10 PM by Zike Baoy

Jabines receives her award from Alan Johnson, the former Home Secretary
of the UK, who was Chair of the Board of Judges. Photo credit:  ESU

Johanne Jazmin Tan-Jabines, a third year business administration and accountancy student of U.P. Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business, bested 50 other contestants from 49 different countries to win the English Speaking Union's International Public Speaking Competition (ESU IPSC) in London, England on 18 May 2018.

Entering the Royal Institution room with grace and a certain elan, Jabines delivered a speech titled “One Hour at a Time” about overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and undocumented migrants. Organizing her speech around her one-hour meeting with her teacher-aunt in transit at the Manila airport for Bangkok, Thailand, she talked about re-inventing the relationships we build with our migrant family members and making the most out of them.

“Whether it’s the hours we spend on Skype calls, or the hours we spend with all our relatives back home for Christmas, or the hours we spend praying for those who are absent—every immigrant family invents its own unique way of sealing that distance and strengthening their love,” she said.

“We pick up the pieces they’ve left behind and invent a new kind of dream for ourselves and for them.”

A plus-point for Jabines was her ability to engage the British audience when she responded to three questions after her short speech.**

Jabines is the third Filipino to win the global public speaking competition. Patricia Evangelista won in 2004 while Gian Karlo Dapul duplicated the feat in 2008.

Earlier, Jabines won over 80 other participants in the February 2018 national search for the Philippine Representative to the ESU IPSC organized by ESU Philippines.

*Adapted from the article by Jhesset O. Enano (Philippine Daily Inquirer), 23 May 2018. Retrieved from:

**You may view the almost 2-hour competition at: achievers/654202/up-student-bags-top-prize-in-london-speaking-contest-with-speech-on-overseas-pinoys/ story/ You may read Jabines’ speech at: You may read Chancellor Michael Tan’s May 25 Pinoy Kasi column at the Philippine Daily Inquirer at:

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