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PRC RESULTS: Top 10 May 2017 CPA Board Exam Topnotchers

MANILA, Philippines - The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) will officially announce the topnotchers or top 10 passers in the May 2017 Certified Public Accountant (CPA) board exam as results are expected to be released today, May 29 or in five (5) working days after the exam.

PRC RESULTS: Top 10 May 2017 CPA Board Exam Topnotchers

PRC and the Board of Accountancy (BoA) conducted the licensure exam to nine thousand eight hundred and five (9,805) registered examinees on May 14, 15, 21 and 22 in cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo and Legaspi.

RELATED RESULTS: May 2017 CPA board exam

The successful examinees who garnered the ten (10) highest places in the May 2017 Certified Public Accountant (CPA) board exam are the following: updating for the list of topnotchers...


Barring unforeseen circumstances, 5 working days is the total number of days before the release of results according to PRC Resolution No. 2016-1019.

Meanwhile, below data is the quick overview of previous examinations for CPA board exam.

Topnotchers CPA board exam in the past 3 years:

Exam Date Topnotcher School Rating (%)
May 2017 TBA TBA TBA

In the same period last year (May 2016), Karim Gonzales Abitago from Universal Colleges of Paranaque led the 2,967 passers with 92.17% grade. It was followed by Kimjames Sarapanan Manalo from Cor Jesu College (Holy Cross of Digos).

In the May 2015 exams, Eunice Millicent Ong Li of Chiang Kai Shek College aced the licensure exam, out of 2,132 passers, obtaining a grade of 92.29%. Shaun Anthony Tiu Go, alumnus of University of San Carlos ranked second with 91.29%.

From which school will be the topnotcher for May 2017 CPA board exam? Tell us in the comments section below.

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List of Passers: May 2017 CPA board exam results

MANILA, Philippines - (Updated May 29) The May 2017 CPA board exam results are expected to be released online in a week after the exam or today, May 29. The Board of Accountancy (BoA) and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) are set to name the passers out of nine thousand eight hundred and five (9,805) registered examinees of Certified Public Accountant licensure exam. The list of top 10 passers (topnotchers), top performing schools and performance of schools are also available on this page once announced.

List of Passers: May 2017 CPA board exam results

PRC administered the CPA board exam on May 14, 15, 21 and 22 in cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo and Legaspi.


The members of the Board of Accountancy who gave the licensure examination are Joel L. Tan-Torres, Chairman; Eliseo A. Aurellado, Gerard B. Sanvictores, Gloria T. Baysa, Concordio S. Quisaot, Samuel B. Padilla and Arlyn S. Villanueva, Members.

Roll of Successful Examinees in the
Held on MAY 14, 2017 & FF. DAYS
Released on MAY 2017

May 29: Now updating for the list of passers....refresh page for the results


The 4-day examination covered the following subjects:

Day 1: taxation (removal and first timer), business law and taxation (removal), regulatory framework for business transactions (removal and first timer) and auditing problems (removal).

Day 2: auditing (removal and first timer), auditing theory (removal) and theory of accounts (removal).

Day 3: financial accounting and reporting (removal and first timer), practical accounting I (removal), management advisory services (removal and first timer) and management services (removal).

Day 4: advanced financial accounting and reporting (removal and first timer) and practical accounting II (removal).


According to PRC Resolution No. 2016-1019, which deals with the schedule of licensure examinations for year 2017, the target release date of May 2017 CPA board exam results is on Monday, May 29 or in 5 working days after the exam.

"For the 9,805 who registered to take the May 2017 CPA Licensure Examinations that began on May 14, 2017 and ended on May 22, 2017, they have just to wait for a week to know the results of the examinations. As per PRC posting, the results of the May 2017 CPA Licensure Board Examination is estimated to be released on May 29, 2017," the Professional Regulatory Board of Accountancy shared on Facebook.

However, results may be released online ahead or beyond the schedule without prior notice.


In the May 2016 CPA board exam, results were released in 5 working days after the exam. A total of 2,967 out of 6,925 (42.84%) successfully hurdled the series of tests.

In May 2015 exam, PRC announced results in 3 working days after the exam. 2,132 out of 5,959 (35.78%) passed the series of tests.

We advise examinees to monitor announcement of results from May 25 to 29 (3-5 working days.)

Here's the summary of CPA board exam results in the past 3 years:

Exam Date Total Examinees Total Passers Passing Rate Days before results release
October 2016 14,390 5,249 36.48% 8
May 2016 6,925 2,967 42.84% 5
October 2015 13,317 5,468 41.06% 4
May 2015 5,959 2,132 35.78% 3
October 2014 11,137 4,123 37.02% 3
July 2014 5,540 1,107 19.98% 3


In the same period last year, PRC recognized De La Salle University (DLSU) - Manila as the no. 1 top performing school

for having 93.10-percent or 54 out of 58 passed the exams.

Rounding up the three highest places were University of Santo Tomas (UST) and University of San Jose - Recoletos (USJR), 90.32 and 81.20%, respectively.

Which school do you think will top the May 2017 CPA board exam?


PRC advised that registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will be done on-line. Please go to and follow instructions for initial registration.

Those who will register are required to bring the following:
  • duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal,
  • 2 pieces passport size picture (colored with white background and complete name tag)
  • 2 sets of documentary stamps.

NOTE: Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.


In few days after the release of results, PRC will activate the 'Verification of Rating' page which is available here ( All takers may check for their grades once supplied information has been verified.


The Summit Express will update this page immediately for the full results once released online.

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Satisfy your Korean-inner-Seoul with Wendy's Kimchi Chicken Fillet and Loaded Fries

I’ll be honest here, I love Wendy’s and I might get a little biased.

Since we’ve been all hyped up with Korean culture, drama and entertainment, Wendy’s is here to support. Wendy’s just recently launched Kimchi Chicken Fillet and Kimchi Loaded Fries, delivering us a delicious palate of South Korea’s favorite flavor.

Satisfy your Korean-inner-Seoul with Kimchi Chicken Fillet and Loaded Fries

I’ve always liked the taste of Wendy’s burgers. Whatever it is, the burgers have always had a distinct taste that is genuine and unique. But with the new release, their giving chicken fillet a shot to their line of delectable choices. The toppings were fresh coleslaw and kimchi cheese sauce. The fillet seems more substantial, with an appetizing smell of fried chicken.

Kimchi Chicken Fillet and Loaded Fries

No matter how many toppings you put on a burger or what they are, all people really care about is the patty. The easiest thing to notice about Wendy’s Kimchi Chicken fillet is that it’s thick cut. The breading is thin complementary to the chicken which has some seasoning that gives relief to a real like chicken fillet.

Wendy's Kimchi Chicken Fillet and Loaded Fries

Eating this fillet, I came away impressed. The fillet was solid and I can safely say it’s my favorite among the chains. There is the crazy, premium seasoning taste you’ll find and it’s a key to good experience. The aforementioned toppings tasted fresh, were crisp, and complimented the hot, melty aspects of the kimchi flavored cheese sauce.

As a side note, I want to make everyone aware of the fact that Wendy’s houses one of my all time favorite burgers.

You can go all out by partnering the Kimchi Chicken Fillet with Kimchi Loaded Fries. It’s Wendy’s natural cut fries with a twist of thick and delectable kimchi sauce and crispy bacon bits. I bet it’s the bacon bits that made it all new to taste. Yum! Who doesn’t like bacon btw?!

Wendy’s Kimchi Chicken Fillet meal is under their Healthy Choices menu which costs P99 with regular Kimchi loaded fries and regular signature iced tea. Have it upgraded to large fries and drinks at P119. You may also get the kimchi chicken fillet and kimchi loaded fries individually at P65 and P55 respectively.

Did you also like the new kimchi-flavored burger and fries in town. Tell us in the comments.

--M, The Summit Express

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Yaya graduates cum laude with the support of family she works for

MANILA, Philippines - Lucille Guiquin was able to finish college and graduate with flying colors despite juggling school work and tasks as a household helper for the Benzon family. Over the weekend, her graduation photos quickly went viral, giving inspiration to netizens.

Lucille, who came all the way from Negros Occidental, started working for the Benzons as a yaya in 2006 after her high school graduation. Roland Benzon, the head of the family, noticed how responsible and focused Lucille was when it comes to work.

“One of her admirable qualities is her ability to focus. She did not twiddle with her phone while caring for our son. Her attention was undivided,” Roland told Rappler.

Yaya graduates cum laude with the support of family she works for
But one event convinced the Benzons that Lucille was deserving to finish her education. It was when Roland saw how Guiquin took initiative to make a reviewer for his son Joshua, who was 6 years old at that time.

“I looked at the reviewer and it was well-made – like a teacher made it. I was impressed that she had read the textbook and [made] a sample exam all on her own,” Roland recounted.
It didn’t take long before the Benzons also discovered that Lucille finished as the valedictorian of her public high school in Bacolod. Seeing that Lucille has all the potential but had no means to finance her undergraduate studies, Roland promised to send her to college after Josh turns 10.

Yaya graduates cum laude with the support of family she works for
PHOTO CREDIT: Lucille Guiquin

Back to School

Lucille was already 25 when she had the opportunity to go to college. This meant that almost a decade has already passed since she finished high school. Realizing that she can have difficulty learning again, Lucille decided to review again before returning to college.

But Lucille’s road to success wasn’t that easy as she had to adjust her work and school hours. In time, she was able to form a routine where she would wake up early to cook for Joshua and help him prepare for school. After school, she comes home to help with the household chores then does her homework and school reports.

“Minsan po nagkakasabay ang aming exams ng alaga ko. Ginagawa po namin, siya muna rereview ko tapos ako naman," Lucille shared.

Lucille also helped the Benzons when their business wasn’t doing well. Instead of solely relying on the family’s financial support for her education, Lucille managed to become part of the Dean’s List in order to get a 25% discount on her tuition fee. She successfully made it to the Dean’s list for four semesters.

Realizing Her Dreams

On Saturday, May 27, Lucille graduated cum laude with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management from STI College in Cubao. Her aunt and the Benzons were there to witness her get the diploma she worked hard for.

Speaking to Rappler, Lucille said: “Proud din po ako sa sarili ko dahil nakaya ko lahat-lahat ng mga challenges sa aking buhay kahit na malayo po ako sa aking parents at mga kamag-anak, na nakaya ko pagsabayin ang pag-aaral ko at pagtatrabaho.”

--Mini, The Summit Express

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RTL CBS brings 3-day Summer Fair 2017 for the whole family and 'barkada'

MANILA, Philippines - Content producer RTL CBS Asia just took fun and excitement to a whole new level with a weekend getaway for the entire family and your 'barkada'. Now on its third year, the RTL CBS Summer Fair returned bigger and better than ever with a slew of attractions as well as activities that let everyone enjoy a rare moment under the spotlight.

RTL CBS Entertainment kicks off the three-day Summer Fair with Monster RX93.1's Rico Robles and Karla Aguas as hosts.
RTL CBS Entertainment kicks off the three-day Summer Fair with Monster RX93.1's Rico Robles and Karla Aguas as hosts.
The three-day festival drew in crowds at Glorietta Makati from May 26 to 28, bringing to life some of cable TV’s most talked-about shows such as The X Factor UK, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and Scorpion.

Among the highlights included The X Factor Stage and the Carpool Karaoke Booth where fairgoers unleashed their hidden vocal prowess. As for the more physically inclined, the Scorpion Laser Room and a Velcro wall offered an adrenaline rush that had guests coming back for more.

Challengers of the Scorpion Laser Room
Challengers of the Scorpion Laser Room got a taste of action as they attempted to dodge crisscrossing lasers under two minutes.
Many lucky fairgoers also brought home several prizes from exciting activities including an ice cream eating contest as well as raffle games from the sponsors.

Secret Talents Revealed

The Summer Fair proved once again that Filipinos are gifted singers as guests belted out songs from classics to today’s radio favorites on The X Factor Stage. Just like in an actual studio, each performance was recorded for the participants to remember this fun weekend.

Hidden talents were unleashed as guests sang to their heart’s content at The X Factor Stage.
Hidden talents were unleashed as guests sang to their heart’s content at The X Factor Stage.
Fairgoers were also treated to a share-worthy musical experience at the festival’s own version of the Carpool Karaoke, where fans of the social media hit got the chance to sing solo or with friends inside a car a la Adele, Justin Bieber, and One Direction with James Corden.

Guests posed with the hottest celebrities featured at RTL CBS Entertainment.
Guests posed with the hottest celebrities featured at RTL CBS Entertainment.

Friends and families were hitting up the tunes at the RTL CBS Summer Fair
Friends and families were hitting up the tunes at the RTL CBS Summer Fair’s version of the Carpool Karaoke.
Lights, Camera, Action!

High-tech crime fighting got real at the Summer Fair as guests took on the Scorpion Laser Room challenge. With only two minutes to complete the mission, participants had to dodge crisscrossing laser beams fast enough to escape the room and win the day.

A Velcro wall further added a bunch of laughter to the event by letting fairgoers both young and old come up with the coolest—and funniest—poses to be captured on camera.

Summer Fair 2017 RTL CBS
Kids of all ages had their share of thrills at the Summer Fair’s Velcro wall where guests young and old showed off their fanciest and funniest poses.
The RTL CBS Summer Fair 2017 was made possible in partnership with Novu Hair, Baskin Robbins, foodpanda, Glorietta, Ayala Malls, Monster RX 93.1, SKY, Devant, and Volkswagen.

RTL CBS Entertainment is available on SKYcable channels 53(SD) and 196(HD), SKYdirect channel 35, Destiny Cable channel 53 (Digital) and 89 (Analog), and Cablelink channels 37(SD) and 313(HD).

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WATCH: Mark Zuckerberg returns to Harvard, delivers inciting commencement speech

Mark Zuckerberg returned to Harvard on Thursday to deliver a commencement speech in the hopes to inspire the university’s 2017 graduates. But instead of delivering a generic, sometimes even patronizing, keynote, the Facebook founder delved deeper into what he thinks this day and age calls out to the new millennials gearing up to take on the real world.

Mark Zuckerberg returns to Harvard
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers speech at Harvand University. Photo courtesy of BuzzFeed News.
As many would know, Zuckerberg is technically not a Harvard alumni. The tech genius got admitted and attended the iconic Ivy League school for quite a while until he decided to drop out and leave to pursue his passion. Now, after a couple of years, a roaring tech empire and an estimated worth that has a couple of commas in it, he returns to talk about the bigger picture of life. Not just tips on achieving one’s goal, but instead, he focused on finding your own purpose in life and passing it along to help everyone else to find theirs, too. He even pushed it further by saying that the choice to create one’s path in life is also very much possible if he/she gets committed to it.

“Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness,” he explained.

Zuckerberg elaborated and even touched on the subject of what he believes are the “three ways to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.” According to him, first is by taking on big meaningful projects together; second is by redefining equality so everyone has the freedom to pursue purpose; and finally, the third one is by building community across the world.

What is striking about Zuckerberg’s commencement address is that he grounded it in a way that everyone in the Harvard Class of 2017 will understand and relate to it. His youthfulness, despite being one of the most well-renowned CEOs in the world, was what made it for him to connect easier with his audience. It does not sound like a speech that is laced with condescension or infused with flowery words. Instead, he mined from his personal experience and even got candid about his struggles of being a clueless 22-year-old company founder who got pressure from his board to just sell out his creation.

Boosting the morale of the batch, Zuckerberg continued to urge everyone to not settle for something just because of fear of being rejected, failing or oftentimes misunderstood. He advised them to just forge on despite getting the feeling of being unqualified or unskilled because at some point everybody needs to start somewhere. And for most people who do not have the luxury of being handed down resources to fall back on, it is always at the bottom of any career ladder.

“It's good to be idealistic. But be prepared to be misunderstood. Anyone working on a big vision will get called crazy, even if you end up right. Anyone working on a complex problem will get blamed for not fully understanding the challenge, even though it's impossible to know everything upfront. Anyone taking initiative will get criticized for moving too fast, because there's always someone who wants to slow you down,” he added.

“In our society, we often don't do big things because we're so afraid of making mistakes that we ignore all the things wrong today if we do nothing. The reality is, anything we do will have issues in the future. But that can't keep us from starting.”

WATCH: Mark Zuckerberg delivers commencement speech at the Harvard University

-- Ana, The Summit Express

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73-year-old grandmother finds her ‘forever’ in 32-year-old lover

Already in your 30’s but still single? No need to worry, ladies. Perhaps your boyfriend hasn’t been born yet.

Case in point: This 73-year-old woman who recently tied the knot with her 32-year-old boyfriend. This meant her “forever” wasn’t even born yet not until she was in her 40’s.

73-year-old grandmother finds her ‘forever’ in 32-year-old lover
The forty-year age gap didn’t stop Lydia Montalbo and Ferdinand dela Cruz from saying their “I do’s.” Indeed, love knows no age limit for the couple who first met each other five years ago.

According to Ferdinand, their one-of-a-kind love story started when his uncle asked him to take care of Montalbo, who was already suffering vision problems due to cataract at that time.

“Ako’y kinuha po ng tiyuhin ko sa amin. Alagaan ko raw po ang kanyang biyenan. Hindi na kasi nakakaaninag ang kanyang mga mata dahil sa katarata sa edad na 73-anyos. Kaya kinailangan nito ng tagapag-alaga,” Montalbo told ABS-CBN News.

73-year-old grandmother finds her ‘forever’ in 32-year-old lover
While dela Cruz initially felt pity for the old lady, he soon found himself falling in love with a woman old enough to be his mother.

"Ako po ay inilagaan nire, siya po ay naawa sa akin. Hindi na po ako hiniwalayan nire. Sabi daw niya ako ay pakikisamahan habang nabubuhay," Montalbo revealed.

Fortunately, their families saw more than the age difference and supported the odd couple’s relationship. Last May 11, the couple sealed the deal and got married in a mass wedding in their town Lobo, Batangas.

While many would question dela Cruz’ intention for marrying a woman more than twice his age, Montalbo believes that her husband truly loves him since he wouldn't getting anything financially from her.

“Wala naman po siyang makukuha sa akin, wala naman akong kayamanan, kanya po ay awa,” Montalbo said.

“Mahal na mahal ko po ang nanay habang ako ay nabubuhay,” dela Cruz reassured his wife.

The old lady is also open to the idea of deal Cruz getting married again should she pass away.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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VIRAL: Davao vlogger answers the question #NasaanAngPangulo?

MANILA, Philippines - Chito Samontina, one of Davao’s top video bloggers, has recently released a video answering a trending topic on social media these days, #NasaanAngPangulo.

Davao vlogger answers the question #NasaanAngPangulo?
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Chito Samontina

In his short video clip uploaded on his Facebook page, Samontina came to President Rodrigo Duterte’s defense after the latter was criticized for declaring martial law in the entire island of Mindanao. On Tuesday, May 23, Duterte made the declaration through Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella following the clash between government troops and Maute group in Marawi City.

A Mindanaoan himself, Samontina believes that there is nothing to be afraid of with the imposition of martial law in the island.

“So if others would say “no to martial law in Mindanao”, what we Mindanaoans really hear is: LET THERE BE NO PEACE IN MINDANAO!” If you are not a terrorist, why would you object to this? Why would you be afraid? Are we afraid? No, we are not. We feel safe. We feel secured because we trust our government and that is just how it should be.”

Aside from answering the question “where was the president?”, he also added that Duterte had to declare martial because he cannot afford to let terrorism take over Mindanao.

“Okay, so where was the president? He was at work in Russia and had to cut his visit so he could give priority to his people. He declared martial law because he cannot afford terrorism to rule over Mindanao. Perhaps the real questions isn’t really “where the president was?” but “where are we?”. Instead of uniting ourselves we divide ourselves by prioritizing our personal interests, expressing our different political views. Worse, rejoicing when our nation is suffering. Are we terrorists, brainwashing people’s minds to be scared? If we are not united, we are gonna fall as a nation.”

As of this writing, Samontina’s video has been viewed over 8.5 million times and shared more than 486,000 times.

Watch full video here:

#MindanaOne, I Pledge To Cooperate
Posted by Chito Samontina on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

While the imposition of martial law on Mindanao was said to “suppress lawless violence and rebellion and for public safety”, many of the President’s critiques raised concerns of potential human rights violations under his administration. Other groups also claimed that the declaration will only aggravate insecurity in Marawi City.

"Martial Law will inevitably result in intensified military operations, including aerial strikes, which can kill and affect hundreds of civilians, and to an open season for extrajudicial killings, illegal arrests, torture and other forms of rights violations," rights group Karapatan said.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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