Filipino Celebrities Who Graduated With Flying Colors

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
Agot Isidro | Source

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
Carla Abellana

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
Giselle Sanchez

 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
Lea Salonga

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 with her sister, Rica.
Paula Peralejo with her sister, Rica.

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
Anna Theresa Licaros

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
Nikki Gil

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
John Prats

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
Melanie Marquez

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.

Comments 25 comments

Jian 4 years ago

Sitti Navarro, elementary - honorable mention. highschool valedictorian and CAT Corps Commander. College - BS Business Economics in University of the Philippines Diliman (Dean's Lister)

gil 4 years ago

sexbomb cheche, cumlaude a.y. 2011-2012

lendacs 4 years ago

kc concepcion graduated with flying colors in paris

arjay 4 years ago

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.

shitty 3 years ago

benjamin alves summa cumlaude

juan 3 years ago

@ arjay: lately lang grumaduate si miss melanie marquez...nobody is perfect, nakakabelib nga despite her age nagawa nyang magtapos with honors....galing!!

glenn 3 years ago

Kara David Cumlaude UP MassCOm

jane de jesus 3 years ago

Lovely Rivero was a consistent Dean's Lister and Honor Scholar at Maryknoll College.

johnray 2 years ago

Carla!? Seriously!?!?????

analou 2 years ago

hi..miss Ana Theresa Licaroz ...."beauty and brains"

vill fonte 2 years ago

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. :)

judgemental ka! 2 years ago

vill fonte wala kang pakielam kung matalino man c ms. melanie marquez. nobodys perfect! insecure ka lang

JULIE DAYNE 23 months ago


Claudine 22 months ago

Si Judy Ann Santos valedictorian sana kaso nahuling may kodigo..kakahiya

Judy Ann 22 months ago

Di nman ako basagulero! Period!

Judy Ann Santos 22 months ago

Di totoo yan..nagreview kaya ako..

grace 20 months ago


19 months ago

Wow! Congratulations to Melanie Marquez!

jerome.... 17 months ago

hindi lahat marunong mag english magiging honor sa pag aaral. maraming hindi magaling sa english na naging honor naman... si melanie marquez po ay tao lang din sya kagaya natin... day by day pwede naman tayong matuto sa lahat ng bagay... porket mahina ka sa english walang chance magiging honor

kakai 16 months ago

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.

Nixx 16 months ago

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:)

clueless 14 months ago

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

Topz 6 months ago

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.

Bernie 4 months ago

nowadays human intelligence is being measured based on how well you speak english...basta ba nakakapagsalita ng english matalino? hindi yata?"ENGLISH is a language, not a measure of intelligence" kung makalaet naman kayo sa Miss International natn...anyone can speak english but not everyone can afford to graduate with honors and win the crown of Miss International those who insulted Ms. Melanie I salute you with my middle finger para nyo na ring pinintasan ang lahi natin..shame on you guys what a narrow minded you are to belittle someone just because she cannot express herself in straight english...hello! the person whom you criticized is a Filipino not just a Filipino but our pride who brought honor to the Filipino descent!

juli 3 weeks ago

Kris Aquino graduated from Ateneo valedictorian

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