9 Pinay celebrities who have international degrees and certificates

Angel Locsin (left) and KC Concepcion (right) are some of the Pinay celebrities who have bridged the gap between showbiz and academe—and they did it abroad.
PHOTO/S: @therealangellocsin / @itskcconcepcion on Instagram

Their busy schedules didn't stop these inspiring Pinays from fulfilling their educational dreams. Here's a list of celebrities who took short or full courses and graduated from institutions abroad.

1. Angel Locsin

The "real-life Darna" took a short course in Fashion Design at the London College of Fashion in 2007.

Angel later fulfilled her dream of becoming a designer when she launched a bag collection with local brand Avon. –

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2. Catriona Gray

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray has a graduate certificate in Music Theory from the Berklee College of Music.

At Berklee, Catriona studied "music theory, ear training, harmony, and other courses."

3. Glaiza De Castro

In 2019, Glaiza finished her music production course at Point Blank Music School in London.

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On Instagram, Glaiza shared that her 16-year-old self would be "so happy to see that I've made her dream come true."

4. Toni Gonzaga

Toni took a short marketing course at Harvard University's Division of Continuing Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2019.

She was even classmates with Dr. Vicki Belo!

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5. Rhian Ramos

In 2018, Rhian took a break from showbiz to take several short courses in New York for six months.

She said in an interview with GMA that studying abroad has always been her childhood dream.

"Dream ko siya since 13 pa lang ako and I'm 27 now and I'm able to do it. Na-realize ko na lang na sa akin pala manggagaling kung kailan ang right time."

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6. Kiana Valenciano

Kiana, who graduated from Raffles Design Institute, took short-term fashion design courses at Central Saint Martins, UK, in 2015.

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7. Georgina Wilson

Georgina studied Economics at Ateneo de Manila University for two years, and later transferred to the University of Sydney in Australia where she graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting with a double major in Finance.

In a 2012 interview with Spot, Georgina revealed she loved college so much that she didn't want to leave!

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8. KC Concepcion

KC graduated with a degree in International Communications at the American University of Paris in 2007.

Looking back at her experiences in school, KC wrote in a recent IG post: "Forever thankful that my parents sent me away to Europe for university.

"Five years of growing from a teen to a twenty-something...My time as a university student and this time as a student of life (while on lockdown right now) feel the same in so many ways!"

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The unica hija of Gretchen Barretto and Tonyboy Cojuangco graduated from the prestigious school of fashion, Instituto Marangoni London in 2017. She took up fashion design.

Three years later, she finished her second degree, Merchandising & Marketing, at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in San Francisco, U.S.A.

Gretchen posted her Dominique's diploma on Instagram Story, and put an arrow beside the words "Magna cum Laude."

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Angel Locsin (left) and KC Concepcion (right) are some of the Pinay celebrities who have bridged the gap between showbiz and academe—and they did it abroad.
PHOTO/S: @therealangellocsin / @itskcconcepcion on Instagram
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