A COR Jesu College of Digos (CJC) made history after landing second in the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Board Licensure Examination, the first time for CJC to break into the top 10 for the CPA exams.
Kimjames Sarapanan Manalo was among the seven of nine takers from CJC who passed the May 2016 exams.
He garnered a score of 91.83 percent, just a few percentage points lower than the No.1 Karim Gonzales Abitago of the Universal Colleges of Paranaque who got 92.17 percent.
The other CPA passers from CJC are: Roel Barreto, Kristine Louise Manucay, Rechel Sardido, Ivy Jane Soberano, Julivie Mae Javian, and Charlene Sampilo earning CJC a passing rate of 77.78 percent, higher than the national average of 42.84 percent and placing CJC among the top accounting schools in the region.
Kimjames from from barangay Dulangan, Digos City and is a product of public education from elementary to high school, graduating as salutatorian at Ruparan Elementary School in 2007 and salutatorian again at Ruparan National High School in 2011.
He graduated magna cum laude at CJC last year and took a year more for review school before taking the exams last May 2016.
The sixth and youngest among the brood of Anastacio and Nelda Manalo, he is described by his parents as “Hilumon kayo, mag sige rag study sakwarto (Quiet and would always study in the room).”
The son of a puto vendor, there is little to go by and so he would often walk to school.
When he goes to the mall, he’d just sit around reading a book instead of shopping since there’s no shopping money to start with.
He’d often go to school without any allowance, his parents said. His schooling at CJC was made possible by being a Benedictine scholar.
Kimjames said it was his high school teacher who suggested that he take up accounting.
“My family is my inspiration,” he said, “I dream of having my own firm.” It was continuous study, readings, and prayers that helped him cop the distinction, he said.
Edgel Earl Abear, his teacher at CJC, said that he encouraged Kimjames to take the one-year review as he saw the potential to become a topnotcher.
Abear described Kimjames as silent, studious, and very humble.
Before Kimjames, Corjesian Nielz Delica copped the 18th place in the CPA licensure exam in 2005.
Last year, another CJC graduate, Marjorie Jorillo, ranked top 4 in the Librarian licensure exam.