Class of 2018: Kids who made their celebrity parents proud at graduation

by Nikko Tuazon
Mar 27, 2018
Colyn Manalo, the baby sister of Benj and Nicco Manalo, also graduated from elementary this year. (L-R) Jose Manalo's children Benj, Myki, Colyn, Ai, and Nicco

It's graduation season!

Class of 2018 kids in their togas are turning their caps’ tassels from one side to the other, signifying they are stepping up in their young lives.

And like most parents, celebrity moms and dads get emotional at times like this.

Here are some of them—swelling with pride and applauding their children's academic achievements.

Jose Manalo

Jose Manalo's children are complete for the graduation of their bunso Colyn.

(LR) Benj, Myki, Colyn, Ai, and Nicco.

Aiko Melendez

Aiko Melendez's daughter, Marthena, is also an incoming Grade 7 student at Saint Pedro Poveda College in Quezon City.

She also accompanied Marthena onstage at the graduation ceremony on March 26.

Marthena is Aiko's daughter with former husband Martin Jickain.

Aiko wrote a touching message to her daughter on Instagram:

"Congratulations to you my mini me :) @jickainmarthena Incoming grade 7...:)

"You are blessed to be in a great school, not only did it mold you, of how you are today, But to never stop aiming for your dreams.

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"As you enter grade 7 they’ll be a lot of challenges but pls know with all those, Iam here for you All the way! Love you so much :)"

Claudine Barretto and Raymart Santiago

On February 1, estranged couple Claudine Barretto and Raymart Santiago reunited at their daughter Sabina's graduation.

Claudine wrote on Instagram a heartfelt message of support for her eldest child:

"Sab thank u for being an amazing daughter, a straight A student, a loving daughter, sister etc.

"What ever u want to be,whatever your plans are,know that we are all behind u.

"we cannot give u the world but know that we will damm i always tell u Anak,we cannot promise that we can fix all your problems but know that u will never have to face them alone.

"Dream big Sab,we are all behind u. @estrellabarretto @miguelbarretto i luv u more than my Life."

Sunshine Cruz

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Actress Sunshine Cruz attended two graduation ceremonies over the weekend, together with her partner Macky Mathay,.

On Friday, March 23, the 40-year-old celebrity was at the graduation of her eldest daughter, Angelina, who finished Grade 10 at the De La Salle Santiago-Zobel School in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

Sunshine shared photos of Angelina proudly holding her academic and exemplary conduct certificates.

On Saturday, March 24, Sunshine attended her youngest daughter Chesca's graduation.

Chesca finished Grade Six from the same school as her sister Angelina.

Jericho Rosales

ABS-CBN actor Jericho Rosales couldn't be more proud than he was at his son Santino’s graduation last Sunday, March 25.

Santino received his high school diploma from Colegio San Agustin in Makati City.

Cherry Pie Picache

ABS-CBN actress Cherry Pie Picache was a proud momma when her unico hijo, Antonio Tria, finished junior high school with flying colors at the Ateneo De Manila University in Quezon City.

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Nio, as he is fondly called by his mom, received two citations: a silver medal for academic excellence and the Gawad San Juan de Brebeuf sa Katangi-tanging Manlalaro for athletic achievements.

Bernadette Allyson and Gary Estrada

Actress Bernadette Allyson beamed with joy and pride as she watched her daughter Gabbi receive her diploma at a moving ceremony on Monday, March 26.

Gabbi, Bernadette’s second daughter with husband Gary Estrada, finished Grade Six at the Saint Pedro Poveda College in Quezon City.

Mother and daughter were together onstage.

Relishing the moment, the celebrity mom uploaded their photo on Instagram and wrote:

"With my Gabbi this morning before going to her graduation ceremony. Congratulations to our dearest Gabbi! We are all very proud of you . I love you so much!! @gabbi.ejercito #graduates2018"

Alma Concepcion

Alma Concepcion's son Cobe Puno has bid farewell to his high school years, and is now gearing up for college.

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The 18-year-old student graduated from the Ateneo de Manila High School in Quezon City on Sunday, March 25.

Cobe is Alma's son with former partner, Dody Puno.

The former beauty queen-turned-actress wrote a short but sweet message to his son on Instagram:

"congrats @cobebeh ! Welcome to College!"

Alma and Cobe celebrated by watching Lion King The Musical at The Theatre at Solaire in Paranaque City right after the graduation ceremony.

Senator Manny Pacquiao and Jinkee Pacquiao

Senator Manny Pacquiao and wife Jinkee were both present at the graduation ceremony of their children, Michael and Princess, on Thursday, March 22.

Michael is moving up to junior high school, while Princess graduated from Grade Six.

Both study at the Hope Christian School in General Santos City.

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Colyn Manalo, the baby sister of Benj and Nicco Manalo, also graduated from elementary this year. (L-R) Jose Manalo's children Benj, Myki, Colyn, Ai, and Nicco
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