DOT Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat's son Vito graduates with first-class honors from U.K. university

by Nikko Tuazon
Jul 11, 2018
Vito Puyat was joined by his mom Department of Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat and sister Maia Puyat on his graduation day, June 10, at Newcastle University in England.

Department of Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat couldn't be more proud than when her son Vito graduated with highest honors from the Newcastle University, a prestigious institution known for its academic excellence in the United Kingdom.

The day before her son’s march last Tuesday, July 10, the excited mom posted this note on Instagram: "Not only is my son the speaker for his graduation next week, but he is also graduating as a First Class Honours student (which is the highest possible grade classification one can achieve in the U.K. )

"My heart is full #ProudMom #BestNewsEver."

Vito's sister Maia Puyat was also present during his graduation.

On Instagram, she wrote, "Yesterday, my not-so-little brother graduated college - or uni, as this part of the world calls it (hahahaha) and I am the proudest sister alive! (this is me showing him off in emoji form)."

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Vito earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology, and plans to take post-graduate studies on Neuroscience.

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The 22-year-old Vito is an achiever.

In 2013, he received several awards and recognition at the World Scholars Cup in Bangkok, Thailand.

His proud aunt Mons Romulo shared on Instagram: "Congrats to my nephew Vito Puyat for winning 6 medals, 2 trophies, and 7 honorable mentions for the World Scholars Cup in Bangkok!"

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But when Vito was a toddler, Berna revealed that he was diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

She wrote on Instagram, "My son was diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) when he was only 2 years old!

"I went to 4 doctors just to make sure that he was not misdiagnosed. One even told me that he was borderline autistic."
According to WebMD, kids diagnosed with ADHD "may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses or may have trouble paying attention."

Berna shared that looking for a preschool that would accept her son had not been easy.

She related, "Only ONE school called YLC owned by @teachergins @triciahosaka and @annettedelrosario welcomed him with open arms, and I will be forever grateful to them for accepting him.

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"Annette was the one who told me about this new school that was being put up called Beacon School and that it would be perfect for my son.

"Again, I am grateful to Beacon because when I told them about my son's condition, they didn't care and accepted him immediately!

"My son had the best education at both Beacon School and Beacon Academy.

"They never treated him any differently and they nurtured him and have made him into the man he is now.

"So you can imagine my shock and surprise when he received the Beacon Blue and Green Award (overall achievement award)!

"What made it more special is that Dave also received a similar award when he graduated from high school!

"If he were alive today, I am sure he would have been as proud! With @sengracepoe as the commencement speaker #proudmom #vitopuyat."

Dave, Vito's dad, died of heart attack in 2010.

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Vito Puyat was joined by his mom Department of Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat and sister Maia Puyat on his graduation day, June 10, at Newcastle University in England.
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