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 NYSSCPAs
105th annual election meeting and dinner at the Roosevelt Hotel
in Manhattan. The award was presented to him by NYSSCPA president
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 cant believe that Im No. 1 in New
York State," Maliwat said of his feat. "Im 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
its basically the same in the Philippines except for taxation."
"Im 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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