Top 5 Filipino Celebrities Who Are Actually Cum Laude Alumni

Holly Bissonnette | April 28, 2015


They excel not just in the entertainment and modeling industry but also in academics. Check out these five local celebrities who made a name in show business and in universities as multi-awarded personalities and cum laude graduates.

Agot Isidro

Maria Margarita Amada Fteha Isidro, whose screen name is Agot Isidro, is an alumnus of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in fashion buying and merchandising.

She was also a graduate from University of the Philippines–Diliman, taking up bachelor’s degree in interior designing and took a master’s degree in communications at Ateneo de Manila University.

She became the “Crush ng Bayan” during her days, and after more than two decades, she is still doing commercials and appearing in TV shows.

Carla Abellana

Commercial model and actress Carla Abellana graduated cum laude from De La Salle University in Manila with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

The Filipino version of Mexican TV series icon Rosalinda, Carla is the daughter of one of the favorite lead stars in the country during the early eighties Rey PJ Abellana.

Carla started in the entertainment industry as a commercial model, doing campaigns for notable brands like Pantene, Jollibee, and Nestlé. She has done numerous films and TV series like the Rosalinda remake and the award-winning prime-time drama My Husband’s Lover.

Melanie Marquez

Most admired beauty queen Melanie Marquez is not only known for becoming the 1979 Miss International and the Face of the 80s in New York, she also has the most coveted title in academia as she finished cum laude in the International Academy of Management and Economics with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Having the complete package of body, beauty, and brain, Melanie is one of the top Filipino supermodels of all time who does not only conquer the pageantry and modeling world but also the local acting scene.

Paula Peralejo

Maria Elena Paula Peralejo, one of the leading teen stars in the late nineties along with her older sister Rica Peralejo, is a magna cum laude graduate from University of the Philippines–Diliman with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, minoring in tourism.

She was one of the casts of Tabing Ilog, a youth-oriented TV show in the nineties, but eventually, she left show business to pursue her studies.

Giselle Sanchez

Comedienne Giselle Sanchez is just 0.01 away from becoming a summa cum laude graduate. Giselle graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines–Diliman with a degree in mass communications and a GWA of 1.26.

Behind her smiles, Giselle went through a lot of adversities before she came to where she is right now. She worked part-time during her school days as a tutor to earn money, but today, she has been traveling to different countries like Dublin, Ireland, Rome, Spain, China, and Dubai by simply banking on her natural talent in comedy.

These celebrities proved that they not only have the beauty and the talents to make it to the national TV but also the medals that make them winners in their personal endeavors.


Top 5 Filipino Celebrities Who Are Actually Cum Laude Alumni by