The biggest and brightest Kapamilya stars are set to gather anew in the highly anticipated ABS-CBN Ball 2019 – and for a good cause. After last year’s successful reopening of the Bantay Bata Children’s Village, the annual charity gala seeks to continue its commitment to Bantay Bata 163 by dedicating the event to its Education Program – laying the foundation to help the children reach their dreams. In line with this cause, we listed down inspiring Kapamilya celebrities who value getting a good education.
In late of March, Filipino boy group TNT Boys, otherwise known as The Big Shot Trio, finished the school year with flying colors as students of Catholic Filipino Academy. During their 13th Commencement Exercises, all three received recognition for excelling in their respective areas of strength - Kiefer Sanchez, 14, graduated with a Certificate of Excellence in English; Mackie Empuerto, 13, in Mathematics; and Francis Concepcion, 12,
JOJ AND JAI AGPANGAN
Former Pinoy Big Brother twin housemates Joj and Jai Agpangan graduated from the University of the Philippines-Open University with a degree in Education back in October 2018.
Another proud iskolar ng bayan is Pinoy Big Brother alumna Myrtle Sarrosa, who finished her studies at the University of the Philippines-Diliman with Latin honors in June 2017. She graduated as cum laude with a degree in Broadcast Communications.
After six years, three courses, nine semesters, one reality TV show, twelve teleseryes and over fifty television shows – I’m finally here today. To be honest, I never thought I’d see this day coming. After numerous struggles that came my way, there were several times where I doubted myself, cried and just wanted to give up. But despite the overwhelming odds against me, someway and somehow I made it with the help of God, my family, friends, professors, classmates and workmates. Like they say… the struggle is real but it’s all worth it. Myrtle Abigail P. Sarrosa Univeristy of the Philippines Diliman BA Broadcast Communication Cum Laude P.S. The Sunflowers are given to me as a gift and not cut from the garden. 🌻
Another Goin’ Bulilit graduate, John Manalo, graduated with a degree in Communication Arts from the University of Santo Tomas in May 2018.
PRIORITY, SACRIFICE, and FAITH. Let’s talk about “priority” first. Nung nililigawan palang kita, alam ko na talaga kung ano ang priority mo, at yun ay ang pag-aaral mo. Ni minsan hindi sumagi sa isip ko na dapat “tayo” ang maging priority mo. Kagaya nga nang palagi kong sinasabi sayo, hindi ko babaguhin ang landas ng iyong paglalakbay kundi sasamahan kita sa pangarap na matagal mo ng gustong makamit. Pangalawa naman ay ang sakripisyo. Dugo’t pawis, puyat at pag iyak. Pagbabasa ng libro habang bumabiyahe, naglalakad, kumakain, at ngumingiti sa harap ng camera. Nakita ko ang lahat ng pagod at sakripisyo na nilaan mo para sayong pag-aaral. Ito ang lagi mong tatandaan nandito lang ang panyo ko para sa iyong mga luha, ang balikat ko na handang umalalay pag hindi mo na kaya, at ang bibig ko na hindi magsasawang sabihin sayo na “Kaya mo yan, love.” Lastly, faith. Nakaya mo ang lahat ng paghihirap dahil sentro ng relasyon natin si God. Lahat ng bagay na ginagawa mo ay inaalay mo para sa kanya. Maraming mas nakatatanda ang nagsasabi na ang relasyon ay maaaring makasira ng pagaaral ngunit salungat yun sa mga nangyari sa atin, hindi natin hinila ang bawat isa pababa, bagkos hinatak natin pataas ang bawat isa. Congratulations, Erika Cecilia Rabara, my CUM LAUDE. ❤️
In 2015, child star-turned-actress and vlogger Kristel Fulgar also finished her studies in the same school, where she took up a course in Mass Communications.
TIPPY DOS SANTOS
After graduating with a degree in Family Life and Child Development in 2016, singer Tippy Dos Santos announced last February that she’s back in school – this time, to take up a Law degree at the University of the Philippines-Diliman.
WARNING: extremely long and cheesy appreciation post coming.😌 There have come many times in my college life when I felt as though I couldn't push on anymore, whether that be because I didn't have enough sleep because I had work or because I didn't know what to prioritize first -- my schoolwork or my studies. Somehow, by the grace of God, I found so many reasons to just move forward and suck it up even through the hardest of days. The most important reason for me to fight through the hardships was the love I have for my family, knowing that it would make my parents so happy to know that I have given importance to the most precious gift they could give me, my education. Mom and Dad, I love you both so much and the two of you have given me so much love that I could never do anything to repay the love and care you both have given me throughout my life. The both of you are my greatest inspirations and I will ALWAYS make sure to find ways to make you proud and let you know that the every bit of my heart yearns to make you guys feel my love. I love you both so much. Ate Jax, you kept me sane throughout this whole experience. I love you, my bestestfriend. I'm thankful for every single time you helped me believe that there's nothing I couldn't do. To my family, cousins, friends, teachers, and coworkers, Salamat Sa pagmamahal at paniniwala na kaya Ko to Gawin. ❤️ To everyone out there doubting themselves and rethinking life goals because they think they can't do so many things at once, THINK AGAIN and remember that with enough determination, inspiration and love for yourself and life, you can always find a way to finish your checklists. (Minsan nga Lang, may hawak ka pang microphone habang gumagawa Ng thesis😉) Lastly, to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, thank You. You have been my rock and my light through every speed bump and mountain I had to cross. Your love gives me life. I am so blessed to have You in my life. Mom and Pop, this one's for you!!!❤️ Happy June 2016!🌻🌻🌻
JODI STA. MARIA
Sino Ang May Sala?: Mea Culpa star Jodi Sta. Maria is down to her last semester in college. The 37-year-old star is currently taking up Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Southville International School and Colleges. An achiever both on and off-screen, she finished the first semester of the previous academic year with a GPA of 3.818, making her eligible for the Dean’s List.
“I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 9: 1 As I inch my way to the "finish line," You have always been my source of strength and comfort in everything, including my studies. My heart, mind, and soul is Yours, Lord! This would have not been possible if it weren't for your great love and mercy. This for your glory, God - the giver of all good things. ❤️🌈🙏🏼
Celebrating its 65th year of being In the Service of the Filipino, the ABS-CBN Ball 2019, in benefit of Bantay Bata 132, will be held at the Shangri-La The Fort on September 14, 2019.