We can’t deny the fact that most of us are fond of celebrities, and each one of us has our own favorites. We have different reason why we like a certain celebrity, some would say it’s because she is very good in acting, she’s a good performer, or they simply love the way she carries herself or they love her fashion sense, and so on. But did you know that there are also a lot of Filipino celebrities that are not just doing great with what they do at present and not just a head turner, but they also did an awesome job at school. They are the celebrities who are not just blessed with a beautiful face but they are indeed beauty and brains, another reason for us to admire them.
Here are some of the Filipino celebrities who graduated with flying colors.
Agot Isidro – she is really a successful woman not just in her career in showbiz but when it comes to her achievements at school as well. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology where she finished Fashion Buying and Merchandising. She is definitely a beauty and brains.
Carla Abellana - She graduated Cum Laude at De Lasalle University wherein she took up Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is the daughter of Rey “PJ” Abellana, the former matinee idol during the 80’s. She entered show business right after she graduated, and was given a major project right away by GMA network. She portrayed the lead role as “Rosalinda”, the Filipino remake of Mexico’s very popular telenovela with the same title. The lead role “Rosalinda” was originally played by no less than Thalia herself during the late 90’s.
Giselle Sanchez- She studied college at the University of the Philippines, which we can absolutely say that she is indeed very smart, because she graduated Magna Cum Laude in UP. Yes, you heard it right. What a smart lady!
Lea Salonga- the pinoy pride and a very popular Broadway singer in the world, graduated valedictorian in OB Montessori both in elementary and high school
Paula Peralejo- Maria Elena Paula Peralejo in real life and the sister of Rica Peralejo was a famous teen star during the late 90’s and early 2000’s. She quit showbiz right after the final episode of “Tabing-ilog”, the popular youth-oriented show during the early 2000’s. The show ran for 3 years, and one of the top-rated shows during those times. She left show business for her to focus on her studies. And in the year 2008, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, minor in Tourism. I must admit, she was one of my favorite celebrities during my teen years, and I feel sad when she said she will quit showbiz since she will be prioritizing her studies at that time. But still, I admire her since she was able to graduate with flying colors in one of the best universities in the Philippines, which is a major achievement, I must say.
Anna Theresa Licaros- the Philippine representative to the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant last 2007, graduated as Summa Cum from the University of the Philippines. She is now a lawyer who passed the Bar Exams last 2009.
Nikki Gil- She attended high school at Shekinah Christian Training Center wherein she graduated valedictorian in 2005. She rose to fame when she appeared in a Coke commercial in 2005, and the rest as they say, is history. She also graduated college at Ateneo de Manila University.
Karylle- the daughter of Miss Zsa-Zsa Padilla graduated Valedictorian in High School. She is also a college graduate from Ateneo. She’s now a regular host of “Showtime” along with Vice Ganda, Anne Curtis, Vhong Navarro, and Billy Crawford.
John Prats- He attended high school in Abs-cbn’s Distance Learning Center in 2001, wherein he graduated with honors. He is currently one of the hosts of the Abs-Cbn’s noontime show “Happy Yipee Yehey”.
Christine Bersola- She graduated Cum laude at the University of the Philippines. And happily married to Julius Babao with 2 lovely kids.
Nanette Medved- was one of the sexiest “Darnas” ever in Philippine showbiz graduated Summa Cum Laude in Babson College in Boston, USA where she took up Finance and Entrepreneurship. She is now happily married to a Chinese businessman named Christopher Po.
Melanie Marquez- the 1979 Miss International and a supermodel finished Business Administration in International Academy of Management and Economics (IAME) where she graduated Cum Laude.
Bernadette Allyson- She
is not just a pretty face but she she’s truly an intelligent lady. She finished
BS Psychology at De La Salle University and graduated Cum Laude.
Chin-Chin Gutierrez – one of the best actresses in show business is also a very smart lady. She finished mass communication in Miriam College, and graduated Cum Laude.
Aldred Gatchalian- He studied High School in St. Theresa de Avila School in Paranaque, wherein he graduated as Valedictorian.
If you haven’t seen on this list the celebrities whom you knew who also graduated with flying colors, then feel free to add a comment below.
juli on February 01, 2017:
Kris Aquino graduated from Ateneo valedictorian
Topz on August 09, 2016:
melanie may not be good in grammar pero she's vey talented in business... business course kinuha so siguro her life experience enable her to pass the course with excellence.
clueless on December 22, 2015:
Atom Araullo - UP Diliman BS in Applied Physics
Eugene Domingo - UP Diliman Theatre Arts
Ariella Arida - UP Los Banos BS Chemistry
MJ Lastimosa - UM BS Computer Engineering
Nixx on October 08, 2015:
Good to know that even celebs gratuate from college no matter what, though mostly doesnt prioritize education academically...Never underestimate other's capability especially in English knowledge cuz,usually people r better in writing rather than speaking or vice versa:)
kakai on October 07, 2015:
janine tugonon took her BS Pharmacy degree at the university of Sto. tomas and graduated as Cum Laude. she also represented the philippines in Ms. universe 2012 and won as the First Runner up.
d on July 27, 2015:
Wow! Congratulations to Melanie Marquez!
grace on June 28, 2015:
Judy Ann on April 18, 2015:
Di nman ako basagulero! Period!
Claudine on April 10, 2015:
Si Judy Ann Santos valedictorian sana kaso nahuling may kodigo..kakahiya
JULIE DAYNE on March 25, 2015:
SI SHAMCEY SUPSUPTOOK BS ARCHITECTURE SA UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES AND GRADUATED AS MAGNA CUM LAUDE THEN NAG TOP 1 SA BOARD EXAM AT NAGING 3RD RUNNER UP SA MISS UNIVERSE..
vill fonte on December 24, 2014:
Hmm..I wanted to believe the reliability of this list until I saw Melanie Marquez's name. Are you kidding me?!! Melanie was a subject of jokes in the 80s and 90s for her dumb statements(although she is not blonde) and her laughable English statements. If ever it is true she was a Cum laude in an unheard college, it was probably owned or headed by her ex-husband, or there were only two students. :)
analou on October 03, 2014:
hi..miss Ana Theresa Licaroz ...."beauty and brains"
johnray on April 07, 2014:
jane de jesus on September 15, 2013:
Lovely Rivero was a consistent Dean's Lister and Honor Scholar at Maryknoll College.
glenn on August 07, 2013:
Kara David Cumlaude UP MassCOm
juan on April 10, 2013:
@ arjay: lately lang grumaduate si miss melanie marquez...nobody is perfect, nakakabelib nga despite her age nagawa nyang magtapos with honors....galing!!
shitty on March 13, 2013:
benjamin alves summa cumlaude
arjay on January 02, 2013:
Cum laude nman pala si Ms melanie marquez.....sana careful nalang sya sa pananalita at grammar para di mapahiya ang school nya....Na uso rin kasi nung araw ang pagdo-donate ng paso, at iba pa.... para makasama sa honor roll.
lendacs on October 02, 2012:
kc concepcion graduated with flying colors in paris
gil on April 25, 2012:
sexbomb cheche, cumlaude a.y. 2011-2012
Jian on March 22, 2012:
Sitti Navarro, elementary - honorable mention. highschool valedictorian and CAT Corps Commander. College - BS Business Economics in University of the Philippines Diliman (Dean's Lister)