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I would like to thank Sir Larry for starting the thread as it gives me the opportunity of inspiring CPA hopefuls specially those Filipino accountants who are working abroad and uttering the word of thanks to all the people who is behind my success. I know sharing an inspirational message is indeed a difficult job, especially for someone like me who has not proven anything yet, except for the fact that the Almighty had blessed me with the chance of passing the first offshore Philippine CPA exam. I am so blessed that I am 1 (one) of the 4 (four) CPA passers who made it out of 31 examinees in the first SPLBE (Special Professional Licensure Board Examination) held in Al-Khobar and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I hope in my own little ways I could inspire all aspirants specially the CPA examinees from Middle East.
It was February 16, 2007, I left Cebu, Philippines in grief having in mind that I canít realized my dream of becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). I belong to a productive family, having 9 siblings and itís the primary reason that I decided to work right after graduation instead of taking the review classes and eventually taking the CPA Exam. Having graduated with ďLaudeĒ from our batch, I easily landed a job as bank auditor and deferred my dream of getting the CPA Exam just to help my parents financially in sending our younger brothers and sisters to college and eventually have there respective degrees, thanks God weíre all now professionals.
For me, passing the CPA exam is about setting goals. Everyone needs to set goals ó I believe that is the definition of being human. I really prayed and worked hard for this CPA license. I could still remember October of last year when I submitted my enrollment form for the First PICPA Riyadh CPA Review classes. The funny thing then - I was broke at that time since I just arrived from vacation and all my savings weíre exhausted in my wedding. Honestly, Iím thinking to defer my review again but God is so good that a friend of mine offered me to borrow money for the review fees. I set my mind that I have to focus on this review and give my best shot. With Godís graces, I made it and am so much thankful and grateful to HIM for the sacrifices that I made really paid offóthe average of 4 hours of sleep 2 months before the exam, the patience to solve difficult and challenging previous CPA board problems, and many other sacrifices like studying my index cards while in line waiting at Western Union Counter to be served while sending money back home. My goals before gradually become vivid as the examinations are becoming near, and I am happy to share with you that despite the short period of time on this grueling review process, I manage to discipline myself. Self discipline will spell the difference. These are the first and few important lessons that I learned during the review period.
Certainly, the 3 Days CPA board exam held in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia was indeed a memorable experience for me, the experiences that I changed into special moments. The 7am to 7pm schedule in our first day of exam was indeed a real battle, squeezing my brain out just to make sure that I give my best answer to questions being asked that would give me the confidence on the remaining board subjects the following 2 days. Prayer plays a vital role in this endeavor of mine, Iím so much thankful that a lot of people are praying for my success in the exam, my parents and wife even ask my Examinee number just for our chapel to be specific in there prayer petition.
To the future CPAs, you must have a goal and the will to win whatever your goal is. If youíll simply go after that thing that you want, with all your strength and sagacity, no obstacle can turn you away from the goal that you desire to achieve. Success comes to those who are willing to sacrifice their immediate gratification in order to achieve long-term satisfaction. Be a winner for a winner is a positive thinker who sees well in all things. A winner is patient and knows that a goal is only as worthy as the effort thatís required to achieve it.
To PICPA Riyadh Officers and our review instructors and to my reviewer-online family, you are the real winners. Itís you - our mentors, who deserve all the credit for without your devotion, patience, understanding, motivation, relentless efforts and sincere desire to help CPA hopefuls, I would not have become member of the institute.
I am so much grateful because passing the CPA Board exam opens deluge of opportunities which opened before me after passing the CPA Exams here in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia 8 months ago. I take pride in saying that am the first CPA who became an officer of PICPA Riyadh who took the oath of office before Ambassador Antonio Villamor even before PRC released my CPA No. when I had my vacation in the Philippines last July this year. Seriously, am very thankful for the promotion and salary adjustments done outright in my new contract, meaning more dollar remittances now to be sent back home!
To the CPA aspirants especially OFWs from Middle East, I congratulate you in advance for taking the courage to pursue your dreams of becoming a CPA. Just do your best in your review despite of all the difficulties. But just in case you fail, donít give up, never give-up. Review and take the exams again. Continue to review while earning dollars! Itís a win-win formula! May you guys take advantage on this rare opportunity that our government thru our Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE, the PRC and Board of Accountancy are offering to us, OFW. SPLBE is actually the PRCís counterpart to Efrenís push cart Ė theyíve got lots of basic similarities - reaching out to deliver professional opportunities yet with meager operating budget! SPLBE is actually a GLOBAL PUSH CART offering loads of career opportunities while earning dollars! Itís not only Efrenís push cart being copied now by lots third world countries. Overseas board exam extended by the Philippine government is being envied now by our colleagues from India and Pakistan. They vowed to do the same what our government has offered to overseas workers.
Lastly, thank you so much to all the people who have been there for me in reaching out my dream of becoming a CPA. To all CPA aspirants, have that positive outlook in life and constant communication to our Almighty Father. Strike a balance in your life. And make a difference.
I'm currently employed in Dubai and i'm planning to take board exams after my contract finishes i.e. 2011. i have plans of going home to Phil just to take exam but when i browsed the threads last night, i came to know that OFW's can take exam here in Dubai? i tried also to send email to Sir Edgar at firstname.lastname@example.org but i received a failure notice from mailer daemon... can anyone advice me what could be the best thing to do? thanks a lot..
you can check picpa auh in facebook... batch 2 will begin on feb. 2010
Gandang umaga po.. ask po sana ako ng help kung sino man po ang pwdeng kontakin dito sa Dubai, UAE regarding the CPA board exam? I tried sending email to Sir Edgar (as suggested in the previous threads) pero di po nasend.. Please advice me where can i enroll for the review classes here in the UAE so i can take the exam here instead of going home to the Phil.. Please po help nyo po ako.. Maraming salamat po..
ang lupit ng BOA isa lang ang pumasa dito sa UAE....
pwede po ba ako humingi ng soft copies ng mga review materials nyo sa review center? lalo ng *** auditing problems and auditing theory... at saka makisuyo na rin po ako sa anwers non. thanks po in advance sana u will grant me my request... pamasko na lang po... hehehe... God bless u always.
Congratulations to the only one CPA board passer sa Middle East. There were approximately 100 takers. Mahirap ipasa ang board exam sa Middle East considering the lack of adequate review materials and full-time reviewers aside from the fact that all the examinees were working reviewees.
For those who failed to pass the Middle East CPA Board Exam, I suggest the following:
Buy the review materials from the Phils.
(1) TOA - Valix
(2) P1 - Valix, Uberitta or Siy
(3) BL - Soriano, Ampongan or Suarez
(4) Tax - Reyes, Tamayo or Ampongan
(5) MAS - CMA/CFM Reviewer, Bobadilla, or Agamata
(6) AP - Ocampo, Cabrera or Roque
(7) P2 - Dayag or Guerrero
(8) AT - Salosagcol, Cabrebra or Bobadilla
From Lares, get a copy of past preboard materials from the different review centers.
For those with internet access, try PRTC's online review.
arctic di ba may mga conditional jan sa saudi... di rin sila pumasa???
Totoo nga talaga sir, talagang mahirap ipasa ang exam dito sa ME given those reasons na na mention mo, at saka experience wise, sobrang sakit sa ulo at sobrang exhausted ang mga examinees dahil sa ang 4 days exam ay gagawin lang ng 3 days straight dito so as to save time for the examiners from the Phils. The 7am to 7pm schedule during first day is indeed a real battle nga.
Thanks for listing down the necessary review materials also on this thread, it will surely be of great help to all our aspiring CPAs kababayans. Now that they have those list of materials, pwede na nilang i purchase sa Pinas while they are on vacation.
God bless us all.............
ang gleeng ng only passer grabe!
am one of the hopeful takers..
sobra naman *** exam *** all of the 90 others fail..
the exam's result proves? that we dont understand what we do at work?
i read dun public announcement na this is Gloria's help for us overseas workers.. sana i-serve naman ng boa *** purpose ng exam na ginawa nla.
ano *** kung mag-unite lahat ng mga examinees across mid east & magpitition sa boa na i-evaluate nila *** exam & *** scoring nila taking the mean of scores & difficulty ng exam?
possible sguro to kung collective effort! sana all take a stand...
God is faithful and He is in full control..