Multilingual, US-based Pinay university president makes waves on social media

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Pinoy pride! A Filipina university president based in the U.S. breaks the Internet for speaking six different languages in her "welcome" video.


A Filipina is making waves online for her multilingual welcome speech to students at the Utah Valley University (UVU).

The two-minute video is uploaded on the Facebook account of UVU, and has already generated almost 280,000 views since it was uploaded last September 17.

Speaking in Spanish, the woman first introduces herself as Astrid Tuminez, president of the university.

Then she shifts to English and then to Ilonggo, a native dialect in the Philippines.

Astrid then explains her humble beginnings in her home country.

She explains that she was born and grew up in a village in Pali, Tigbauan, in Iloilo City.

As a young girl, she said that her mother took her and her siblings and lived in the city, in the squatters’ area in Iloilo.

Shifting to her native language, the university president related how she went to school.

She said that Catholic nuns visited their home and invited her and her siblings to study for free, at the Colegio del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.

Since she had no money during break time, Astrid recounted that she would usually go to the library and spend her free time reading books.

She said this was how she improved herself and acquired knowledge.

This was also her advice to students—to continue reading to be more knowledgeable and help them achieve their dreams.

Shifting to Russian, Astrid then explained that she studied Russian literature and Russian language at the Brigham Young University and went to Harvard University to study Sovietology.

She then finished her Doctorate degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT.

She added that for many years, she worked in numerous countries, including the U.S., Soviet Union, Russia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and in her home country, the Philippines.

For the last part of her speech, Astrid spoke in French and said that she loves French food and French poetry, and proceeded to welcome the students at UVU.

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