Puto vendor son ranked 2nd in Certified Public Accountant (CPA) board licensure exam from CorJesu College of Digos, with a score of 91.83 percent, just a few percentage short lower than the top 1 Karim Gonzales Abitago got 92.17 percent.
Kimjames Sarapanan Manalo is from barangay Dulangan, Digos City. He attended Ruparan Elementary school and graduated as salutatorian and continued his high school at Ruparan National High school were he graduated as salutatorian in 2011.
He took Accounting at COR Jesu College of Digos (CJC) were he graduated magna cum laude last year and took the the CPA board exam on May 2016.
The other CPA passers from CJC are: Roel Barreto, Kristine Louise Manucay, Rechel Sardido, Ivy Jane Soberano, Julivie Mae Javian, and Charlene Sampilo earning CJC a passing rate of 77.78 percent, higher than the national average of 42.84 percent and placing CJC among the top accounting schools in the region.
Kimjames is the sixth son of Anastacio and Nelda Manalo is the youngest and his parents decribed hims as “Hilumon kayo, mag sige rag study sa kwarto (he’s quite and would always study in the room).”
Kimjames father Anastacio say that Kimjames often go to school without allowance and whenever he’s in the mall, he’d just sit around reading a book.
Kimjames said it was his high school teacher who suggested that he take up accounting.
“My family is my inspiration,” he said, “I dream of having my own firm.” It was continuous study, readings, and prayers that helped him cop the distinction, he said.
Edgel Earl Abear, his teacher at CJC, said that he encouraged Kimjames to take the one-year review as he saw the potential to become a topnotcher.
Abear described Kimjames as silent, studious, and very humble.
Before Kimjames, Corjesian Nielz Delica copped the 18th place in the CPA licensure exam in 2005.
Last year, another CJC graduate, Marjorie Jorillo, ranked top 4 in the Librarian licensure exam. (With reports from Nelson Tandug)