CPU CBA and JPIA hold Candle Lighting Ceremony

by Keziah G. Huelar


Dr. Lorna T. Grande, Dean, College of Business and Accountancy gave a certificate of appreciation to Guest Speaker, Pastor Val Peter James Billiones. 

Celebrating our new accountants—The Central Philippine University College of Business and Accountancy held a Candle Lighting Ceremony at the Alumni Promenade Concert Park on June 22, 2018.

With the theme “CPA: Transversing Beyond the Finish line,” the event was aimed at celebrating the accomplishment of the new Centralian accountants and to inspire other CPU accountancy students.

For the devotional, the praise and worship was led by the Youth for Christ-CPU Chapter. It was then followed by the opening prayer given by Remard Detoyato, YFC President. For the reading of the scripture, Carmelle Joi Palquiran, JPIA Vice President, read Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.” After the reading of the scripture, Yehlyn Faye Martin, JPIA Vice President-Liason, introduced guest speaker Pastor Val Peter James Billiones, Service Pastor of Full Gospel Global Community Church.

Dr. Lorna T. Grande, Dean, CBA gave a certificate of appreciation to the Youth for Christ CPU for spearheading the event.

In his message, Pastor Billiones talked about the importance of trusting God: “Trusting requires a lot of effort. Sometimes it’s hard to trust God when someone has broken your trust but it’s different when we trust the Lord with all our heart.” Pastor Billiones further shared that the satisfaction of humanity will never be appeased by money, fame and success: “We’ve read about billionaires and millionaires who have everything, yet they are never satisfied.” According to him, it’s all about the content of one’s heart: “What’s inside your heart matters of the heart? Or matters of the Lord? Trusting the Lord is process.” He emphasized that trusting God requires one to have a relationship with Him—that means to meditate on His word and to devote time in prayer.

For the testimonial, the opening remarks, CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, congratulated the new Centralian accountants and tagged them as inspirations for the current accountancy students. Dr. Robles also acknowledged the roles of the parents and teacher in the success of the new accountants: “We have here men and women who passed the first hurdle in their journey after their graduation. I’m sure that their presence here today is an inspiration to all of you. That if we aim high or even higher, we will hit the mark.”

After Dr. Robles’ message, the College of Business and Management awarded medals to the new accountants. It was then followed by the testimonial of the new accounts. All of them expressed their heartfelt gratitude to CPU, their parents and teachers for their guidance and support.

CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles with Dr. Lorna T. Grande, Dean, CBA and the college faculty and staff.

For the response from a parent, Rev. Melvin B. Azucena thanked CPU for its commitment to excellent education and for providing a community for their children where Christ is the center. Rev. Azucena shared his family’s personal journey in supporting his son’s tertiary education. He revealed that God had been faithful to them throughout the years and with this new milestone in the life of his son and his fellow new accountants, he prayed that they would offer their professional journey for the glory of God: “Being a pastor, I live by faith. And God proved himself to be faithful throughout the years. God answered our prayers especially in my son’s schooling. I want to challenge the first, second, and third year students. Work hard and don’t take for granted your parents’ efforts. I hope that CPU will produce more CPAs.”

For the response from the college, retired teacher Dr. Virgilia B. Causing, congratulated the new accountants: “Passing is the product of your… being hard working and being studious. I told my students that you will only be my Facebook friend sif you pass the board examinations and after the exams, I received an avalanche of request.”

Dr. Causing encouraged the new accounts to carry the CPU banner high by being professionally excellent and to always recognizing the faithfulness of God in their lives.

The messages were then followed by the lighting of candles. After which, Dr. Lorna T. Grande, Dean, CBA, gave the closing remarks.