by RONALYN BANAKEN
The UB team with officers of the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX), l-r: coach Earl John Fianza, a FINEX officer, Jerome Sungduan,
Jonathan Contreras, UB-SBAA dean Dr. Kareen Leon, Roxany Aguiwas, Lorraine Lomas-e, Ariane Mat-an, and another FINEX officer
For the eighth time, the University of Baguio School of Business Administration and Accountancy (UB-SBAA) has dominated the Northern Luzon eliminations of the Inter-Collegiate Finance Competition, yet again listing the University as one of the top 10 finalists for the nationals – an event that gathers the country’s biggest business schools.
The UB team – formed by Ariane Mat-an, Jerome Sungduan, Jonathan Contreras, Lorraine Lomas-e and Roxany Aguiwas – scored 250 points in the eliminations, outsmarting all the 11 other participating colleges and universities. Saint Mary’s University-Bayombong and the Kingfisher School of Business and Finance came in second and third – with 235 and 230 points – respectively.
Held at the University of the Cordilleras last Sept. 20, competition was also participated in by Baguio Central University, Lorma Colleges, Divine Word College of Vigan, Saint Louis College, Saint Louis University, Saint Paul’s College of Ilocos Sur, University of the Cordilleras, University of Northern Philippines, and University of Saint Louis-Tuguegarao.
Meanwhile, in the national ranking, UB landed ninth among the 86 colleges and universities that will battle it out for the finals on Oct. 21 at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in Malate, Manila.
The activity – now on its 15th year – is conducted annually by the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines in partnership with the New York-based global financial services firm JP Morgan Chase & Co., the Asian Institute of Management, and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
The group was accompanied by Dr. Kareen Leon, UB-SBAA Dean; Ruby Buccat, Business Administration Program Chair of UB; and Earl John Fianza – both coaches of the team.
The top 10 schools – which include UB – which will be competing for the grand finals are the University of the Philippines-Diliman; Ateneo de Manila University; University of Santo Tomas; University of the Visayas; University of San Jose-Recoletos; De La Salle University-Manila; De La Salle University-Dasmariñas; University of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue; University of San Carlos; Colegio de San Juan de Letran; Lyceum of the Philippines-Cavite; and Cagayan de Oro College.