YOU can now call her Bea Daez, CPA.
The former University of the Philippines Lady Maroons basketball standout was among the passers in the 2016 Certified Public Accountant board exam, one of the most difficult licensure examinations in the world, when the list was released on Wednesday.
Daez was one of UP’s 69 CPA board examinees, with all of them passing the exam and giving the school a 100 percent mark and the label as the top performing school in the field of accountancy.
Daez’s success in the CPA board was a culmination of years of hard work that started when she was a varsity basketball player for UP, where she learned the value of discipline in balancing her life as a student-athlete.
“I really wanted to challenge myself,” said Daez, currently one of the hosts of Upfront, ABS-CBN S+A’s pre-game show for the UAAP, when asked why she took up Business Administration and Accountancy (BAA) at UP. “Thankfully, I was able to be retained in the program.”
Daez said she has always loved mathematics even before college, another reason why she chose one of the most academically demanding courses in the state university.
“Na-enjoy ko siya. A lot of people hate accounting, but for me, I enjoy it because I love numbers. Ever since before, I really love math and I really love numbers. It wasn’t much of a burden being burned out,” she said.
Being a student-athlete though, Daez had to strike a balance between her duties as a member of the school’s basketball team and her studies.
Daez recalled having to wake up at 4:30 a.m. every day for the team’s 6 a.m. practice before going to school either for her morning classes or studying for her afternoon sessions. In the evening when she’s at home, Daez would continue studying before resting at around 11 p.m.
“Every semester and schedule changes, whenever I have breaks, I make the most out of it na mag-aral or matulog para kaya ko pa mag-aral when I go to class,” said Daez.
Despite such a rigorous schedule, Daez said she was able to balance everything by setting her priorities. It also helped that her Lady Maroons teammates were like a family to her, filling her need to relax and socialize.
“Probably, I’m able to balance everything because I’m able to prioritize what I want and what I need to do. For the entire five years, I really prioritized my studies and basketball. I really sacrificed going out but thankfully, my team, they became my second family so it wasn’t so hard because my social life was them already,” said Daez.
Yet, Daez’s sacrifices didn’t end after graduation. In fact, it only intensified when she decided to take the CPA board exam this October. Daez went to CPA Review School of the Philippines (CPAR), a review center near University of Santo Tomas, where she took up the morning classes.
Daez knew that for her to pass, she has to do her part. Determined to become a CPA, she had to give up a lot of extracurricular activities, for the meantime, ranging from basketball to hosting in the four months she dedicated for the review. She only returned to hosting Upfront last Saturday, a few days after the CPA board exam ended.
“They say that the CPA board exam is difficult and sinasabi nila na mababa ang passing rate. On my part, being a graduate of UP Diliman, there is also a pressure to pass because they expect us to be 100 percent,” said Daez, citing taxation as the hardest among the six subjects in the exam.
“Puro memorization ‘yun,” she added. “Kahit hindi mo maiintindihan, kailangan mo ma-memorize ‘yung rates. You have to make sense in all the numbers in your brain.”
All the hard work paid off for Daez on Wednesday when the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) released the results of the CPA exam where she was one of the 5,249 passers out of 14,390 examinees.
“I know everyone was expecting me to pass. I did my best and thankfully, nakapasa ako and 100 percent pa ang UP,” said Daez.
After passing the board exam, Daez plans to enter the corporate world, particularly to work for an auditing firm. But she remains invested in her hosting stint and hopes to return to the women’s basketball national team.
“For now, I’ll be working with ABS-CBN Sports. They were very supportive. Definitely, I’ll enter the corporate world. Most probably, I’ll work for an auditing firm so that I can learn the ropes and get the training,” she said.
Daez credits her experience as a student-athlete as the key to achieving her dream of becoming a CPA, and her excellent balancing act is something she will once again lean on in juggling the career options she plans to explore.
“Being a student-athlete helped shape most of the values that I have today like determination and hard work. It entails a lot of discipline on your part, in terms of time management and prioritizing. I was able to carry that, especially during the review na kahit mahirap, kahit na napapagod ka na mag-aral, you know your goals and you are determined to achieve something great, that’s what I put in my mind,” she said.