Yolanda survivor now a licensed accountant

A Yolanda survivor who was given a chance to turn his life around in 2013 is now a licensed accountant.

Philip Christian Palabay was among the  2,075 out of 14,492 (14.32%) who passed the October 2019 Certified Public Accountant licensure exam (CPALE).

Yolanda survivor now a licensed accountant
Yolanda survivor now a licensed accountant through the news anchor Kara David’s scholarship program. (Image from Philnews.ph)

Through the help of news anchor Kara David’s Project Malasakit, Philip was given a scholarship. He graduated cum laude in Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of the Philippines Visayas last June.

On November 8, 2013, super typhoon Yolanda or Haiyan (international name) hit the province of Tacloban, Leyte. At least 10,000 people are thought to have died because of Yolanda.

Yolanda survivors did not know how to recover from the devastation the typhoon brought to their lives. However, Philip’s success story brings hope and proves there is still life after Yolanda.


GMA News posted a congratulated the Yolanda survivor turned licensed accountant on their official Facebook account.

Bong Go’s son ranks third in CPA board exam 2019

Senator “Bong” Go’s son ranked third in the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) board exam 2019.

Christian Lawrence Go from De La Salle University (DLSU) got a score of 89.50%. Professional Regulation Commission released a list of CPA board 2019 passers on Monday, October 21, 2019.


Christian was a gold medalist, Jose Rizal Honors Society member, and graduated summa cum laude from DLSU.

“I am very proud of my son. Hindi ko mailarawan ang kaligayahang nadadama ko ngayon. Nagkataon na pareho kaming top 3—ako noong nakaraang halalan at siya ngayon naman sa CPA licensure exams,” Bong Go said in a press statement.

Justine Louie Bautista Santiago of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) was this year’s top notcher with 90.33%. Marlou Borbon Alinsonorin of University of San Carlos (USC) landed second with 89.67%.

CPA Board Exam Results Summary