PwC's National Accounting Teacher Award 2019

About the award

PwC's NATA logo

A candidate for PwC’s National Accounting Teacher of the Year should be an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled teacher in accounting* in a university or college. A candidate should be a distinguished model of excellence who helped uplift the standards of the teaching profession.

The award is presented by PwC Philippines/Isla Lipana & Co. in cooperation with the National Association of CPAs in Education (naCPAe).

*Auditing, Management Advisory Services, Taxation, Regulatory Framework for Business Transactions, Financial Accounting and Reporting, and Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting (AFAR)

Isla Lipana & Co., the Philippine member firm of the PwC global network (PwC Philippines), named the first winner and two runners-up of the PwC National Accounting Teacher Award (PwC’s NATA) during the 27th Accounting Teachers Conference on 29 April 2019 at Mallberry Suites Business Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.

PwC Philippines, in cooperation with the National Association of CPAs in Education (nACPAE), created PwC’s NATA, a nationwide search for the accounting teacher who is a distinguished model of excellence and who has helped uplift the standards of the teaching profession.

The grand winner, as announced during the conference organized by nACPAE, is Eden Cabrera of De La Salle University-Dasmariñas (DLSU-D). The runners-up are Lope Dapun (University of Southern Mindanao) and Joselito Florendo (University of the Philippines Diliman). The finalists are Angelito Descalzo (University of the East, Manila), Mark Francis Ng (Bicol University), and Christopher German (University of Santo Tomas, Manila).

More than 70 colleges and universities around the country were requested to nominate their teachers, and eventually, six emerged as finalists. The rigid and comprehensive selection started from nomination and ended with PwC’s vetting process, where actual visits to schools were made to observe the nominees, and to interview their peers, superiors, and students. Panel interviews of the finalists were conducted by judges, who come from the top management of PwC Philippines, nACPAE, the Board of Accountancy, and iAcademy.

Grand winner Eden Cabrera won PH₽100,000, while special prizes were given to her school DLSU-D (PH₽75,000) and her nominator (PH₽25,000). Each of the two runners-up won PH₽50,000, with special prizes of PH₽35,000 for each of their schools and PH₽15,000 for each of their nominators.

“We’re paying tribute to a special group of accountants that turned their backs to the twin attractions of profit and passion to tread a path of purpose – a deep sense of purpose and a richness that comes from helping the young find their footing,” said Alex Cabrera, a CPA-lawyer and chairman and senior partner of Isla Lipana & Co. “We hope to elevate the standards of the teaching profession even as we make a difference in the lives of accounting teachers through PwC’s NATA.”

Awards summary

Know the important the stages and dates

Nomination period

Nomination period includes submission of the Nomination and Feedback forms.

Please see below the details on the nomination process. 

19 February to 20 March 2019


View more

Shortlisting of nominees

Screening panel

  • The screening panel will consist of four to five PwC team members.
  • The panel shall select the grand winner and two runners-up from the five (5) shortlisted nominees.

Screening and judging criteria

  1. Length of teaching experience
  2. Inclusiveness rating (from survey/testimonials of students and peers)
  3. Nominator's perspectives on the teachers extra ordinary traits (essay by the nominator)
  4. Recognition/awards received from school, industry, community
  5. Interview of the finalists

View more

Final round interview

Panel of judges

Seven members will composed the Panel of Judges to determine the 2019 National Accounting Teacher Award representing PwC, Commission on Higher Education, naCPAe, members of the Philippine Senate and Congress and the Board of Accountancy.

View more

Awarding of winners and prizes

The winners will be announced during the naCPAe’s 2019 National Convention on 29 April 2019.


  • Grand winner: 2019 National Accounting Teacher Award
  • Two runners-up


Trophies and cash prizes will be given to the winners. The awardees’ schools and nominators shall also receive special prizes (no special prize will be given to self-nominated winners).

  • The 2019 National Accounting Teacher Award Grand Winner: PHP100,000.00
    • Special prize for school: PHP75,000 
    • Special prize for nominator: PHP25,000
  • The 2019 National Accounting Teacher Award Runner-up: PHP50,000
    • Special prize for school: PHP35,000
    • Special prize for nominator: PHP15,000

View more

Contact us

Allan M. Cao

Assurance and Markets Executive Director, PwC Philippines

Tel: +63 (2) 459 3183

Pam M. Gregorio

Human Capital Director, PwC Philippines

Tel: +63 (2) 845 2728 Ext. 2115

Yochika C. Nakagawa

Human Capital Associate, PwC Philippines

Tel: +63 (2) 845 2728 Ext. 2090

Jemuel Jed E. Jorge

Markets Associate, PwC Philippines

Follow PwC Philippines