The Big 5 Accounting and Auditing Firms in the Philippines

The best accounting firms in the Philippines, the "Big Five" auditing firms, are listed in this article.

The top CPA firms and major accounting firms in the world have always been popular in the business world, not only here but globally, too. Four of them are well known as the "Big Four."

The Big Four are the largest international accountancy and professional services firms, providing the highest-caliber auditing, taxation, management advice, business and financial accounting services to big and giant corporations internationally.

If you’re taking accounting courses, or dreaming of being a certified public accountant in a big known accounting firm someday, or interested in becoming an accounting or auditing professional with a monthly salary in the five digits or more, then you must know by heart not only the whole accounting cycle and auditing system but the Big Five accounting firms. Know where the best accounting jobs are. and know their affiliates.

The Big 5 Accounting and Auditing Firms in the Philippines

  1. SGV & Co. (SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co.) (affiliate of Ernst & Young)
  2. Manabat Delgado Amper & Co. (formerly C.L. Manabat & Co.) (affiliate of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (DTT))
  3. Isla Lipana & Co. (formerly Joaquin Cunanan & Co.) (affiliate of PricewaterhouseCoopers)
  4. Manabat Sanagustin & Co. (formerly Laya Mananghaya & Co.) (affiliate of KPMG)
  5. BDO Alba Romeo & Co. (Philippine Member Firm of BDO International)

Note: Punongbayan & Araullo is another major accounting company.

The World's Big 4 Accounting and Auditing Firms in Order of Revenue

  1. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
  2. PricewaterhouseCoopers
  3. Ernst & Young
  4. KPMG

The Big Four accounting and auditing firms are the world’s most credible accounting companies, providing audit, tax, bookkeeping and all accounting services for private and public corporations globally. They have networks and affiliates in China, Jordan, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, India, Turkey, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Argentina, Bangladesh, and other countries.

Once upon a time, the Big Four giant accountancy firms group were known as the Big Eight. Then, through a series of mergers, the group became the Big Five. The Big Five became the Big Four in 2002 when the ENRON/Arthur Andersen scandal shook the accounting world.

So what are you waiting for, CPA? Go, get up, polish your shoes, dress up your best and put on that nerdy smile. Pass that impressive CV to the Big Five international accounting firms of the Philippines. Begin to raise your fair market value and explore more accounting experience, the matching principle always works just fine. Never underestimate a trial balance and FIFO. A massive profit is at your command. Good luck.

Below are the Big Five accounting firms of the Philippines and how to reach them online or in person.

1. SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co.

1. SGV & Co. (SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co.) is a member practice of Ernst & Young Global. Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. SGV & Co. is the largest and most famous professional accounting firm in the Philippines. If you want to apply for a job in SGV, the website and address are below:

Ernst & Young
9/F SGV Bldg. II
6760 Ayala Ave.
Makati City
1226
Philippines

Website

Other locations

2. Manabat Delgado Amper & Co.

Manabat Delgado Amper & Co. is a member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. "Deloitte" is a brand under which tens of thousands of dedicated professionals in independent firms throughout the world collaborate to provide audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management, and tax services to selected clients. These firms are members of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee. - Deloitte

Deloitte Makati City

5/F Salamin Building
197 Salcedo St
Legaspi Village
Makati 1229
Philippines

Phone number : +63 2 812 0535
Fax number : +63 2 810 5047

Deloitte Cebu City

7/F Ayala Life-FGU Center
Cebu Business Park
Cebu 6000
Philippines

Phone number : +63 32 231 8453 -55-57
Fax number : +63 32 231 8459

Website

Apply Online

3. Isla Lipana & Co.

Isla Lipana & Co. is the Philippine member firm of the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) global network. PwC has had 87 years of professional service committed to distinctive and excellent assurance services and business advisory services to its various clients.

PwC Offices:

Makati City
29th Floor Philamlife Tower, 8767 Paseo de Roxas, 1226 Makati City
Telephone: +63 (2) 845 2728
Facsimile: +63 (2) 845 2806

Cebu City
Unit 306, Keppel Center, Samar Loop corner Cardinal Rosales Avenue, Cebu Business Park, 6000 Cebu City
Telephone: +63 (32) 233 5020 • +63 (32) 233 5022
• +63 (32) 231 6464
Facsimile: +63 (32) 233 9615

Website

Apply Online

4. BDO Alba Romeo & Co.

BDO Alba Romeo & Co. is a member of BDO (Binder Dijker Otto) International, one of the largest accounting and consulting organizations in the world with more than 600 offices in over 100 countries. (Not associated with the famous Philippine bank here, Banco de Oro, OK?)

Main Office

7/F Multinational Bancorporation Centre,
6805 Ayala Ave. Salcedo Village
Bgy Bel-Air, Makati City, Philippines
Tel. Nos. (632) 844-2016
Fax No. (632) 844-2045
e-mail: hr@bdo.net.ph

Website

Apply online

5. Manabat Sanagustin & Co., CPAs

Manabat Sanagustin & Co., CPAs, is a member firm of the KPMG network of independent member firms. KPMG International, a Swiss cooperative, is one of the leading and fastest growing audit and advisory services firms in the country today. The Philippine firm steadily expands its reach by providing quality service through information technology and market intelligence, and by harnessing its vast intellectual resources.

MAIN OFFICE

The KPMG Center, 9/F
6787 Ayala Avenue
Makati City 1226
Philippines

Telephone No.:+63 (2) 885 7000
Fax No.: +63 (2) 894 1985 / 816 6595

BRANCH OFFICE

SUBIC OFFICE

Unit 142/144 & 146/148
Ground Floor, Alpha Building
Subic International Hotel Compound
Rizal corner Sta. Rita Roads
Subic Bay Freeport Zone 2222
Philippines

Telephone No.:+63 (47) 252 2825
Fax No.: +63 (47) 252 2826

BACOLOD OFFICE

Suite 3, Doll Building
6th Street Bacolod City 6100
Philippines

Telephone No.:+63 (34) 434 9225
Fax No.: +63 (34) 434 8015

CEBU OFFICE

Unit 502, 5/F Keppel Center
Samar Loop corner Cardinal Rosales Avenue
Cebu Business Park, Cebu City 6000
Philippines

Telephone No.:+63 (32) 233 9339
Fax No.: +63 (32) 233 9327

ILOILO OFFICE

2nd Floor, Uy Building
Sen. B. Aquino Avenue
Mandurriao Iloilo City 5000
Philippines

Telephone No.:+63 (33) 321 3821
Fax No.: +63 (33) 321 3823

Website

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Auditor 15 months ago

currently working with the topnotchers here at EY :)


Mag 15 months ago

Loving the extensive trainings here at SGV! :)


Curious Intern 2 years ago

What is your source for your rankings of the top 5 Accounting Firms? Thank you!


Audit Inquirer 2 years ago

Shaking up the horizon - welcome Punongbayan Amper & Co. - Deloitte Philippines. Who will Grant Thornton be partnering with?


anthill 2 years ago

P&A and Navarro Amper and Co. is already in the process of merging and the deloitte brand is retained. expect a big shift in market share for the coming years.


anon 2 years ago

1. SGV 2. P&A-MDA&Co merger 3. PWC? 4. KPMG-RT merger?


big four warrior.. :) 2 years ago

KMPG is number one in terms of happy hours after 80-hour work weeks... PWC is number one in terms delivering value... E&Y.. hmmm they're all about work.. no work-life balance.. Deloitte.. they are the fastest runners at chase corporate challenge.. and they make the best support documentation.. lol


CPA 101 3 years ago

? RUMOR, :) From my inside source, Reyes Tacandong & Co (RT) and Manabat San Agustin (KPMG) are cooking the best surprise yet,

confirmed internally but not yet announced, there aim is to beat SGV, but I'm sure, it may take decades before it happens, Agree?


Audit Inquirer 3 years ago

Do you think the mergers will push thru? What entities?


phil 3 years ago

RUMOR: merger :)


ambre 3 years ago

@Audit Inquirer

I think Navarro came out of retirement from P&A. I'm not sure. They said P&A was alarmed when Navarro joined MDA&Co.

I'm actually surprised that Deloitte has a very small affiliated firm here.


kayexx 3 years ago

I worked as an intern for Reyes Tacandong and I must say they're gonna make it big! Most of the partners came from SGV too. In a span of two years, they managed to retain their previous clients from SGV and was able to capture a big companies as clients as well.


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twentyfive 4 years ago Author

wow that is awesome! Thanks for sharing that info here. :) Lots of CPAs will be happy


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twentyfive 4 years ago Author

Thanks for the head ups :) Notice that this hub of mine was published years ago hehe


Audit Inquirer 4 years ago

Hello twentyfive!

You have nice post. With regards to your topic, I believe that it depends on what perspective you are looking. If you say BIG 4, then they are:

1. PwC (Isla Lipana)

2. KPMG (Manabat Sanagustin)

3. Deloitte (Navarro Amper)

4. EY (SyCip Gorres Velayo)

It is worthy to take note that Navarro Amper (formerly Manabat Delgado Amper) is not a Tier 1 practice yet in the Philippines. They just moved to BGC.

SGV remains to be the top audit firm of top 1,000 corporations and listed companies. For listed category, it is followed by Manabat Sanagustin and Punongbayan Araullo.

P&A is a firm to reckon in the country. Its tie up with Grant Thornton is not a Big 4 though.

A breakaway group from SGV stood in Rockwell Makati - Reyes Tacandong. They specialise initially in due diligence. They tied up with Mazars, ranked 11 in the world as of 2011.

I think audit will be exciting in the coming years. Audit firms cannot rest on their laurels as threats become dynamic. Maybe we can look at it as who will thrive in the next five years. RT remains a threat primarily to SGV and MS. NA has a new management, Navarro coming from SGV. We may also challenge the stability of the audit firms like PA. The only stable market I think is IL due to its PwC clients.

In my opinion, those mentioned above are the key players now, from the institutions to the new players. I hope you got something from this comment. I am open to rebuttals :-)


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twentyfive 4 years ago Author

thank you dude! cheers!


tyrone 4 years ago

reyes tacandong = dark horse :)


Audit Inquirer 4 years ago

Nice post, nice interactions. Can someone share what you think of Reyes Tacandong? Thanks.


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twentyfive 4 years ago Author

@Joyce not that I know of :) Wish there is one legitimate website that offers up-to-date accounting practices and standards. But I saw lot that are international.. Local practice IDTS

@Dreams Jobs thank you for sharing that :) Cheers!


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Joyce 4 years ago

hi all! i'm not an accountant but i'm in the world of audit. We want to have continuous review on theories and actual practices like a practical exam type. is there a website you can recommend for me to check?

Thank you for your kind attention.


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twentyfive 4 years ago Author

Reyes Tacandong & Company sounds making a big wave wow. :) Thank you for sharing. You are awesome. Mwah!


aljun 4 years ago

Actually, there is a new auditing firm in rockwell makati,Reyes Tacandong & Co. and less than two years, they were able to put a branch in davao and cebu.I think they are aiming for the top 2 spot in 2015...


vinz16 4 years ago

I'm a graduating accountancy student and its fun reading this hub, someday i also want to be employed on one of those auditing firms, but hopefully i will pass the CPA board exam, can you give me some tips guys?...:)thanks


jun taneo 4 years ago

DMD was a the member firm before of Deloitte. Then Deloitte affiliation was taken by Chit Manabat's firm (now Manabat Delgado Amper). P&A was the member firm of E&Y before the same was taken by SGV at the height of the Enron scandal where Arthur Andersen was practically killed.


RLB 4 years ago

I'm currently working in DMD as a senior associate. And yep, we are a big firm too. As what i understand, we are in top 6 or 7 (with Alba Romeo). We are not that popular in the Philippines because we chose to be a full-filipino-independent firm unlike SGV, P&A, KPMG, delloite and Isla Lipana. We are a former member of delloite for 20 years and currently a member of HLB International, a world-wide organization of independent member firms and correspondents in over 100 countries.


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twentyfive 4 years ago Author

Heard of DMD from Rad27 :)


tyrone 4 years ago

as of now, im working in one of those firms. and luckily, im still in my slack season. haha. btw, i never heard about dmd and being an affiliate of deloitte. i thought that deloitte is with manabat delgado amper from the start. and hey! does someone know about Sison Corillo Parone & Co.? i guess it's a huge firm too. thanks.. :)


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twentyfive 4 years ago Author

Cheers to 2011 and more cheers to 2012 everyone!!! :)


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tata22 4 years ago from Makati City, Philippines

@mricur0138703, it's RAD27 who talked about dmd and bdo alba romeo...hahaha. Happy New Year! ^_^


hi 4 years ago

sgv' got it all..:)


mricur0138703 4 years ago

to mr tata22...yah i heard about dmd and im looking forward to be employed der...but i applied at bdo alba romeo.. i tot it's a big firm!?


markreycabal 5 years ago

well if i am correct the former international partner of Pand A was Ernst and Young before SGV was admitted...we can say that P and A is still in the BIG 5


aloha 5 years ago

thumbs up for PwC!


RAD27 5 years ago

I would say Diaz Murillo Dalupan & Co. is bigger in size as compared to Alba Romeo. On the downside, DMD is not really known and familiar to the public as it did in the 80s and 90s, but they are still a force to reckon with in the audit market. Truth be told, DMD had been a former member of Deloitte for 20 long years before Manabat was admitted in 1999.


RAD27 5 years ago

I would say Diaz Murillo Dalupan is even bigger as compared to Alba Romeo & Co. in terms of manpower and market share. Its just that DMD is not that known to the public, but, truth be told, DMD was a former member of Deloitte for 20 long years.


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tata22 5 years ago from Makati City, Philippines

@ twentyfive : You're welcome. Keep posting good hubs.


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twentyfive 5 years ago Author

@Tata -your info are very informative and useful. Thanks a lot for sharing them with us. God bless.


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tata22 5 years ago from Makati City, Philippines

bel, you may check on their website (use your google). I think if you're interested on applying for a job, you may click the career section of their site.


bel 5 years ago

hi!!..ask ko lng sana email address ng SGV..


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tata22 5 years ago from Makati City, Philippines

I believe kismet's comments are from experience.

Working with these prestigious audit firms is I think the best training ground for new CPAs. Assurance Audit has these so called "slack season" and "busy season". Only during busy season (Jan-April 14, depending on the client/regulatory deadlines for the auditor's report) when auditors go home late at night, or in some/few circumstances early in the morning. I believe the time spent in the office is adjustable depending on how the audit team handles the engagement - to be efficient and effective at the same time.

Compensation is not as bad as others think otherwise. Work environment is fine and you'll get to work with young CPAs your age, which is a good thing-creating circle of friends. People are constantly developed through trainings, seminars and other activities. Mobility programs with foreign affiliated firms are also actively practiced.

Only to comment on the above info, the Top 5 Audit Firms in the Philippines*

1. Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co. (SGV)

2. Isla Lipana & Co. (ILC)

3. Manabat Sanagustin & Co. (KPMG)

4. Punongbayan & Araullo (P&A)

5. Manabat Delgado Amper & Co. (MDA)

* based on market share (Businessworld 2010)

Alba Romeo & Co., CPAs, on the otherhand, is not on top list.


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tata22 5 years ago from Makati City, Philippines

Kismet has a point. Yeah, assurance audit is a seasonal job as per experience. We have this so called "slack season" and "busy season". It's only during busy season (Jan-April 14, depending on client/regulatory deadlines of audit reports) where auditors usually go home late at night, or in some/few cases, early morning. But personally I think time is always adjustable depending on how the team handles the engagement- to be efficient and effective at the same time.

Compensation is not as bad as others are saying. Working environment is just fine. People are constantly developed through trainings, seminars and other activities. Mobility programs to foreign affiliated firms are also being actively practiced.

Top five audit firms in the Phil*

1. Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co. (SGV)

2. Isla Lipana & Co. (ILC)

3. Manabat Sanagustin & Co. (KPMG)

4. Punongbayan & Araullo (P&A)

5. Manabat Delgado Amper & Co. (MDA)

*based on market share (Businessworld)

Di ko sure bakit nasama sa list sa taas ang Alba Romero & Co., CPAs, malayo ranking nila.


kismet 5 years ago

Yeah the above data are true based on the revenue and market share. But I think that the best benchmark of being the best auditing firm is the "ETHICAL PRACTICE."

You can be called the best if aside from the competitiveness is adhering to the moral values. And not being merely working for profit.

Also the best firm is thinking the wellfare of its people. Providing them with a good working environment and compensating them based on their hardwork (which I think is not practices here in the Philippines). Also, they should not let their people work as if risking their own lives like dismissing them late at night and not letting them have enough rest and sleep.

I hope that the term "best" is only based on figures. I think it's time to change the working system of auditing firms in the country.


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twentyfive 5 years ago Author

Ah the Enron that shook the world.. Thanks for dropping by Chesa :)


chesa 5 years ago

P&A is former affiliates of Ernst & Young in the Philippines before the Enron Scandal.


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twentyfive 5 years ago Author

thanks everyone! Yes Punongbayan must be on the list. As much as I want to list them all here, there are only top 5. Will be listing the other big accounting companies on the next hubs. See ya!


Vic 5 years ago

The above accounting firms are really big with their foreign affiliates. Punongbayan & Araullo is also one of the top Accounting and auditing firm in the Philippines, though it is not in the list.


bblove 5 years ago

i hate accounting.it makes me sick every time though it is my coarse.how can i be able to pass if i can't really understand it well.


Audit Guru 5 years ago

This information is very useful - I have been looking into various it audit companies for my sas 70!


auditor 5 years ago

In order based on headcount:

1. SGV; 2. PwC/Isla; 3. Kpmg/manabat; 4. Deloitte; 5. Punongbayan


freakish 5 years ago

Your title is top 5 accounting firms in the philippines, so you cant based that on international figures. I worked with SGV for 3yrs before, but I would say in the Philippines Punongbayan should be at number 3 or 4. And BDO probably would be at number 7 or 8 only, probably after Reyes Tacandong and Co.


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twentyfive 5 years ago Author

well, I based my article from the auditing firm's revenues in 2010 internationally so there was it. Of course the figure would change in time. Thanks for the comments. Punongbayan is popular here indeed.


Jake 5 years ago

I think, Punongbayan and Araullo (Member firm of Grant Thorton Internation)is one of the top 4 auditing firms in the Philippines based on number clients and industry penetration. Kindly review your post.


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billrobinson 6 years ago from CA, USA

Good info for the business people. Keep it up!


grace azurin 6 years ago

i wish they're accepting ojt applicants. huhu.


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twentyfive 6 years ago Author

Hi moi friend :) I had little accounting experience though I wasn't in love with it lol You know me, money is not a big matter to me hahaha But anywayz, I'm happy to be good at handling money though. Geez, I'm so excited bout your coffee shop. You already have a great finance consultant with there with you :) Take care moi friends


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Astra Nomik 6 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

Hi Blaise. I have no accounting experience, I went the business management route, so don't mind me. I was very interested in this hub, especially given that it is finance-related. I'd say Cheeky Girl will be checking this out. Great hub. Take care. :)


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twentyfive 6 years ago Author

Wow, you've been in big accounting companies :) Arthur Andersen? hmmm was that one involved in Enron's scandal? Thanks for dropping by here my friend. If you ever be in Phil. again, drop me a line and meet you in Greenbelt perhaps :)

Hi Prof A! A masters in accounting? That's huge. She must be really smart Prof. One of this big accounting firm I bet :) Always good to see you. Thanks


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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

My neice,Jennifer,has a masters in accounting and works in South Carolina,I need to get on her FB Wall and find out the company she works for;)


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telltale 6 years ago

I have been to SGV & Co's (then was known as Arthur Andersen / Andersen Consulting) office in Makati and met up with them in the early 90s. Believe also met up with a Partner (can't remember the lady's name) of Price Waterhouse & Co at that time at a seminar hosted by one of the local companies then. Your hub brings back memories on the time I was there. Thanks!

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