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Filipino Tops N.Y. CPA Test

From Filipino Reporter
May 31-June 6, 2002
By Virgilio Alagon

A Filipino immigrant from the province of Tarlac has topped the New York State Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination conducted on Nov. 7-8, 2001 in New York City.

Dante P. Maliwat was bestowed with the prestigious Charles Waldo Haskins Memorial Award by the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) for attaining the highest score in the entire State of New York.

Maliwat received the award last May 9 during the NYSSCPA’s 105th annual election meeting and dinner at the Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan.  The award was presented to him by NYSSCPA president Nancy Newman-Limata.

Maliwat is currently working as an auditor with Michael Lee & Company, CPAs. His audit partner, Michael Lee, along with other coworkers and several friends, attended the ceremony.

A CPA in the Philippines, Maliwat worked as an audit supervisor at SyCip, Gorres, Velayo & Co. (SGV) and later joined La Tondeña Distillery, Philippines, as finance manager.  He immigrated to the U.S. in 2000 and joined with Michael Lee & Company.

"At first, I can’t believe that I’m No. 1 in New York State," Maliwat said of his feat. "I’m very, very happy and proud to beat them all."  Maliwat said he hopes his award will serve as an inspiration to all Filipinos who want to obtain their CPA license in New York.

He said that Filipinos who earned their accounting degrees in the Philippines should not be afraid to take the exam in New York "because it’s basically the same in the Philippines except for taxation." "I’m proud to be a Filipino," said Maliwat, who has received praises from his current and former employers at SGV, friends and family members.

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