From academics to extra-curricular actives – Kapamilya stars look back on their “buhay-estudyante!”

These Kapamilya stars reveal their proudest, most memorable school achievements and we can say they had fun navigating the student life! 

Fans of Pinoy Big Brother would know that Robi Domingo was a classroom achiever. Since he entered the house during the summer, he wasn’t able to attend his actual high school graduation. Instead, he along with the other housemates marched in a special ceremony held inside Bahay Ni Kuya. These are the most memorable school achievements for Robi, who said that nothing is sweeter than a victory you worked hard for. “Ang sarap sa feeling na ma-achieve mo ‘yung goals mo pala. Kapag nagpursige ka, nilaan mo ‘yung oras mo tapos sa dulo, aakyat ka ng entablado tapos sasabihin pangalan mo to receive the award.”

Fond memories of Simon Ibarra’s student days are playing for the basketball varsity team and joining “balagtasan” competitions in high school. Interestingly, Manuel Chua used to be a dancer from elementary to college, influenced by his mom who’s into ballroom dancing. Now we know why he can take on a smooth fighting choreography!

Vivoree Esclito collected awards for academics and extra-curricular activities. She used to dominate singing contests in school until someone took over her reign. “Noong may magaling sa school namin, doon na ako natatalo. Sabi ko, ‘Bakit pa ako sasali diyan, eh hindi naman ako nananalo?’” 

Vance Larena’s love for theater started during his school days. He loved watching school plays with friends until he was cast in one show and fell in love with acting. 

Despite juggling her studies and amateur singing contests, Lie Reposposa worked hard to bag the first honor in their class. Kiara Takahashi described herself as “okay” when it comes to academics. She is admittedly not the brightest student but not the worst, either. Her high school graduation in Japan was truly victorious and memorable because of the challenges. “’Yung journey ko noong high school was so hard for me. First time ko in Japan, hindi ko marunong mag-Japanese, inaral ko. Tapos ‘yung experience na ikaw lang ‘yung left out. Marami akong hardships na pinagdaanan sa Japan with my mom,” Kiara looked back. 

An epitome of beauty and brains, Shawntel Cruz was a high school valedictorian. She was a diligent student and despite a crisis faced by the family, she pushed through her studies. She got busier in college by joining organizations related to music and pageantry yet she managed to be on the Dean’s List. 

Dimples Romana was a consistent first honor, thanks to her mom’s strict parenting. “Kasi takot akong mapalo ng Nanay ko dati so kailangan lagi akong first honor. Nag-first honor ako grade 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Grade 6, I was valedictorian and I was also valedictorian for high school. Sobrang mahilig po ako mag-aral,” said Dimples, who made her ‘buhay-estudyante’ more exciting by joining quiz bees, declamation contests, and newswriting competitions. 

Donny Pangilinan’s most memorable school achievement is bagging the MVP Award for a running competition. Looking back on winning a declamation contest, CJ Navato thought being an ‘artista’ helped boost his confidence in public speaking. He also realized how much he can excel through diligent practice and just believing in himself.

A true knockout, Charlie Dizon often wore the sash as classroom muse. She also had scholastic achievements called “merit cards” in their school. 

During her third year of high school, Janine Gutierrez also won in a pageant for muses. “Parang higad ‘yung kilay ko tapos lagi lang akong naka-pusod kasi nahihiya ako mag-lugay. Pinilit nila akong maging muse tapos nanalo. ‘Yun ang first time na-feel ko na, ‘Wow! Pwede pala akong maging maganda!’” She also made it to the dean’s list in college – a goal achieved through hard work. 

Jameson Blake sure had the ‘tisoy’ looks perfect for a classroom escort. He was also an academic achiever and once topped their class. Amy Nobleza is likewise a top student from preschool to high school.

LA Santos started his singing career in school and the first time he performed onstage will forever remain memorable. Automotive enthusiast Karl Gabriel was more in love with machines than books but there was a time when he got the second highest score in an exam. “Kaya ko pala, so natuwa ako noon. Pero noong high school talaga, mahilig ako sa robotics, soccer, minsan sumo at saka basketball.”

While he isn’t that academically inclined, JC Santos got a medal for community service and was elected president for a school organization. “It’s for the arts. It’s about promoting talented people. Nakabuo kami ng isang malaking-malaking pageant,” he shared. 

Francine Diaz’s proudest moment in school was joining a spelling bee. Juggling her career and studies, Jayda Avanzado proved she can pull it off by getting honors. Being elected as the class treasurer is also a memorable experience for her.

“When I was young, I don’t really study pero lagi akong nasa top five ng Math,” revealed Joseph Marco. Sam Milby shared that he excelled in Math, Chemistry, and sports and was part of the varsity team for wrestling in high school. 

As a child star, Angelica Panganiban had to keep her grades consistent to avoid suspension from work according to DOLE’s guidelines. “Dahil gusto ko mag-artista, kailangan achiever din ako sa school so kaialangan matataas ang grades. Lagi akong kasama sa Top 10,” she said. Determined to prove herself to the naysayers and enjoy the student life, Angelica doubled the achievements by joining extra-curricular activities such as writing contests. She was the assistant editor of their school publication and a varsity player for volleyball. 

Andrea Brillantes wasn’t able to attend a moving up ceremony since she was on a taping. Her grandma took the medals for her and she wore them on the set, “Sinuot ko siya sa taping. Mayroon akong limang medals noon tapos kahit mukha akong bell na naglalakad, kasi bawat lakad ko tumutunog ako, sobrang pinagmalaki ko siya,” said Andrea. Still in elementary, she was cast as an angel in a school play, although it wasn’t the role she wanted, “Nag-drama pa ako sa principal kasi gusto ko ako si Mama Mary. Sabi ng principal, ‘Ginawa ka naming angel kasi mukha kang angel.’ ‘Hindi, gusto ko ako si Mama Mary!’ Award winning actress na talaga ako noong bata pa,” she narrated.

For Kira Balinger, the most memorable school experience was joining a theater play. Grae Fernandez mentioned his high school graduation. Zephanie Dimaranan is proud of achieving a Leadership Award and other medals for academics and extra-curricular activities despite the busy schedule. 

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