professor chosen as PICPA Outstanding Teacher
Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA)
recognized Wilfredo Baltazar of the Accounting Department
as one of the three outstanding accounting teachers of the
year. The awarding ceremony was held during the PICPA Annual
National Convention on November 25-29 at the EXPO Pilipino,
The competition consisted of an elimination round which required
faculty members to submit individual technical papers on any
accounting-related topic. Baltazar’s technical paper, titled
“Securities Fraud in the Philippines,” was chosen along with
nine other finalists from all over the country. The top three
accounting teachers were then selected by way of a microteaching
demonstration held during the annual convention.
Baltazar, who teaches classes on auditing and finance, lectured
on the audit of cash. He was recognized for his mastery of
the subject matter and teaching strategy. The top three outstanding
accounting teachers each received a plaque of recognition
and a cash prize of PhP 80,000.
The awarding ceremonies capped the first nationwide search
for the PICPA Accounting Teachers of the Year, a maiden undertaking
of the Technical Affairs cluster and the four sectoral councils
of the organization.
Department faculty present paper at NPSP convention
Consolacion Ragasa and Joy Hofilena of the Chemistry Department
presented their paper, titled “A New Diterpene from Caesalpinia
Pulcherrima,” at the 6th Annual Convention of the Natural
Products Society of the Philippines. It was held on December
5 at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex of the University
of Santo Tomas.
In other news, Dr. Edward R.T. Tiekink, associate professor
of Chemistry at the National University of Singapore, deli-vered
a seminar on November 29 pertaining to his research on gold-based
pharmaceuticals. Gold-based drugs have been used in the treatment
of rheumatoid arthritis.