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Everyone is already excited for the most awaited benefit gala—the ABS-CBN Ball 2019! Annually, the most-awaited event gives back to Bantay Bata 163 that offers help to Filipino children. In 2018, Kapamilya stars sported blue ribbons in support of the foundation’s campaign for abused, exploited, and neglected kids. 

This year, the ABS-CBN Ball gives importance to education through Bantay Bata 163’s education program that has already provided 6,400 scholarship grants to underprivileged children. The invited stars and other public figures will help fund the program covering normal education, including complete tuition assistance, meal and transportation allowances, school supplies, and other fees. It also includes the necessary developmental assistance for the children.

Little do we know that the anticipated stars to grace this year’s ball also walk the talk by being stellar students themselves. It is heartwarming to know that the blessings they received to obtain good education is something that inspires them to give back to others in need.

Scroll down and meet these celebrity students!

1. JODI STA. MARIA

 

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It is never too late for the Sino Ang May Sala? Mea Culpa star Jodi Sta. Maria who decided to take Psychology in 2017 at Southville International School and Colleges Las Pinas. The following year, the actress received recognition for being the top psychology student while ranking seventh in the whole school.


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At 36, Jodi enrolled for the final semester in January 2019. In her Instagram post together with her classmate, she proudly shared, “Enrolled na ako for the last sem! 26 units fight! …”

Apart from her ongoing primetime teleserye, two of her movies were shown earlier this year. Despite her tight schedule as an actress and as a mother, Jodi is determined to finish her studies in the hopes of becoming a guidance counselor.

KNOW MORE ABOUT JODI STA. MARIA'S 2019 MOVIE HERE

2. LIZA SOBERANO AND ENRIQUE GIL

 

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Actors Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil got accepted at Southville International School and Colleges in 2017. During that time, they were busy finishing their movie My Ex and Whys. Liza and Enrique took up Psychology and Business Management respectively.

 

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In their 2019 Valentine movie Alone Together, the LizQuen tandem related to their roles as university students. In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Liza said, “I always say I wanna go back to school, I am in school right now but it's my dream to finish, like, to graduate... If I only knew na puwede pala to study and work at the same time I would have done it."

READ ABOUT LIZQUEN’S CONFIRMATION OF THEIR RELATIONSHIP HERE

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After Liza Soberano’s finger surgery in the United States, she returned to finish her studies. Southville International School posted an Instagram photo of schoolmates Liza and Jodi with a caption, “Future Psychologists on board! Spotted Liza Soberano @lizasoberano and Jodi Sta. Maria @jodistamaria sharing the joy of learning they get to experience at Southville. Student mode on! #BeAmazingBeSouthville”

3. KISSES DELAVIN

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Pinoy Big Brother Season 7 Second Big Placer Kisses Delavin strives to finish her studies while being active in showbiz. In an exclusive interview with StarStudio.ph during her gown fitting for the upcoming ball, Kisses said, “Isa sa mga thankful ako sa mga teachers ko. Sobrang understanding sila sa situation ko and iniinspire nila ako to study harder … Nag-eenjoy ako sa school.”

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She continued studying in May this year, taking BS Accountancy at De La Salle University. Kisses also shared that juggling school and her career is a choice she had to make and she is going to stand by it.

4. SHARLENE SAN PEDRO

 

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Actress and MYX VJ Sharlene San Pedro is one of the most notable child stars in Goin’ Bulilit and Wansapanataym, but she is no longer that little girl. In fact, Sharlene is already in college taking up Psychology. The form of education that suits her career and lifestyle is through AMA Online Education.

 

Photo from Sharlene San Pedro Youtube channel

In her Youtube vlog, Sharlene shared her routine in Bulacan where she spends a lot of her time doing school work. She also showed how the online portal allows her to read through her modules even if she is at home. “Usually gano’n talaga. After ko kumain, aral na ulit ako. ‘Yun lang ‘yung pinaka pahinga,” she said.

In this year alone, Sharlene starred in the iWant movie The Gift and released her latest single Everything Will Be Alright.

READ ABOUT SHARLENE SAN PEDRO’S IWANT MOVIE WITH NASH AGUAS HERE

5. ALEXA ILACAD

 

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Being a regular student makes it harder to continue showbiz for the young actress and singer Alexa Ilacad. In her Instagram post, Alexa posted a long heartfelt message about her struggles as a student and as an actress. “During my senior high journey, there were so many nights when I wanted to go crazy and give up. I'd come home drained from taping at 5am then head to class at 9am with my hair still curled …” But: she successfully finished senior high school in 2018.

 

 

Alexa continues college in Treston International School taking up Business Administration majoring in Marketing. In another Instagram post this year, Alexa showed off her Dean’s Lister Award during the first trimester.

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6. ZAIJIAN JARANILLA

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Despite his popularity as Santino in the religious-themed teleserye in 2009, the May Bukas Pa actor Zaijian Jaranilla has continued his studies. He currently juggles schooling at Angelicum College with his acting career.


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“Turning SHS po. Grade 10 pa lang ako, pa-grade 11,” he said when asked about his status in school now. Zaijain also revealed that he might study Accountancy majoring in Business and Management.

Zaijian has just also performed a critically acclaimed role as a cerebral palsy patient in an MMK episode.

7. DONNY PANGILINAN 

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Time management – that is what MYX VJ and actor Donny Pangilinan’s father advised him to do to continue his studies while pursuing showbiz. In 2018, Donny took the Undergraduate Admission Test at the University of the Philippines Open University, and got admitted to the Multimedia Studies program. It was also in the same year when he was launched as part of Star Magic Circle 2018.

 

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In his interview with PUSH.com.ph, the actor shared his inspiration in finishing college: “Kasi ang mommy ko po she finished college during her acting career so 'pag may time during set, she'll be writing and reading her books. So siya ang magiging inspiration ko,”

READ STARSTUDIO.PH’S EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH DONKISS

8. MILES OCAMPO

 

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Home Sweetie Home star Miles Ocampo has been very vocal about enjoying her college life at the University of the Philippines Diliman. In her interview with PUSH.com in 2017, she described herself as a full-time student. “Masaya. Na-e-enjoy ko yung stress ng school na ‘pag wala kang pasok at bakasyon mo, parang hinahanap hanap mo yung stress ng school at trabaho na nagsasabay. “

 

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Miles shifted courses from Theater Arts to Creative Writing. In May 2019, Miles top-billed the horror film Maledicto with other seasoned actors.