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SSC JPIA Hosts NFJPIA13th NCR Cup

August 4,2014

Last July 27, 2014, the National Federation of Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (NFJPIA) held the 13th NCR Cup at the SGV Makati Office wherein SSC JPIA served as hosts of the said event, specifically the third and fourth year Accountancy students.

It was a Star Wars-themed occasion, with the venue decked with gold stars and glittering moons. The emcees and quizmasters wore Star Wars inspired wardrobe to make things festive.

The day began with the invocation and the singing of the Philippine National Anthem. This was followed by the welcoming remarks by an SGV representative.

To officially open the NCR Cup, Jury Vibar, Regional Vice President of NFJPIA, gave the opening remarks. This was followed by the presentation of the Implementing Rules and Regulations for the event, the judges, and the participants.

Accountancy students from various schools all over the National Capital Region came to battle in levels one and two of the NCR Cup. This was a record-breaking event in the thirteen years that the NCR Cup is being held since 117 participants from other local chapters like CEU, UE Caloocan, UST, UP Diliman, PLM, to mention a few, came to test their knowledge in Practical Accounting (level one) and Theory of Accounts (level two).

The elimination round is composed of three levels: easy, average, and difficult. The ten participants with the highest scores in the elimination round were the only ones eligible for the final round.

After the elimination round, lunch was distributed to the judges, participants and spectators. This was followed by a talk given by the sponsor, accounting firm, SGV, about the history of one of the biggest accounting firms in the Philippines and who the people behind SGV – Mr. SyCip, Gorres, and Velayo – are.

The announcement of the top 10 contestants for each level followed and SSC’s very own Lovely April Salazar made it to the final round for Theory of Accounts.

In the final round, some twists and turns were added to make the quiz bee more interesting. To win, the players must get to the finish line located after eight steps from the base. Participants were given four special powers that they can use throughout the game: immunity, freeze, tag, and back to base.

Before every question was read, the participants were also asked to place a bet as to how many steps their answers are worth. Up to two steps may be bet, however, if the answer is wrong in a two-step bet, the player is not only given a negative point, he is also asked to move a step backward.

Another thing that made the games more interesting is the use of the special powers. As the games became competitive, participants used the immunity power to avoid being given a negative point, freeze power to have one participant loose a turn, tag power to have another contestant answer the question, and back to base power to cause an opponent to move back to the base stage. This made strategizing more complicated than just plainly answering the questions given by the quizmaster.

At the end of the gruelling battle worthy of a Jedi master, Mr. Jairus Sobrevinas of University of Santo Tomas emerged victorious in Practical Accounting 1, while Sheila Mae Landayan of Centro Escolar University Manila was declared champion of Theory of Accounts.

Before the winners were announced and awarded, an intermission number was given by some Danz Edge members. McDarell Janoras, Vice President for Communications of NFJPIA, gave the closing remarks to officially end the event.

By: SSC JPIA