Through the years, many Filipinas are making the country proud by snagging back-to-back titles of numerous beauty pageants. But more than just beauty and grace, many popular Filipina celebrities prove that they are more than just a pretty face. While some are famed for their titles as beauty queens and renowned actresses, they are also degree holders and Magna Cum Laude Latin honor awardees. Here are 10 of the most famous Pinays that posses both beauty and brains:
Shamcey Supsup is not just admired for her unique Filipina beauty. Despite failing to seize the Miss Universe crown in 2011, people continue to look up to her because of her intelligence. Shamcey represented the country in Miss Universe 2011 as a striving woman who showed the world that Filipinas are not just about “face” but also brains.
The beauty queen is a licensed architect who topped the Architect Licensure Examination just before she joined the pageant. She earned her degree from University of the Philippines Diliman and graduated as a Magna Cum Laude. Supsup strived in her academics. She also graduated in elementary as a valedictorian and from Makati High School as a salutatorian.
Nikki Gil became one of the most prominent faces in commercials after her first ever TV appearance in a Coca-Cola ad. There, she was spotted singing while handing out bottles of Coca-Cola, and from then on, she rose to fame in the showbiz industry.
But her beauty and talent aren’t the only thing that needs recognition. Gil graduated from high school as a valedictorian and as an English Literature major in Ateneo De Manila University where she graduated with flying colors.
Everyone knows Karylle as one of the hosts of ABS-CBN noontime show “It’s Showtime”. But aside from that, she possesses various skills in both singing and acting which dubbed her as the “OPM Showbiz Royalty of the Philippines”.
However, Karylle isn’t limited to a pretty face. One of the most talented celebrities in the industry, she’s a hidden genius, graduating as a high school Valedictorian and a B.S. Management major in Communications Technology Management graduate from Ateneo de Manila University where she was a consistent Dean’s Lister.
A lot of people expected the offspring of the Mega Star Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Concepcion to do well in showbiz like her parents. But KC Concepcion pleased speculators far more than what they expected and eventually made her own name in the industry.
KC is known for her amazing resemblance to her father and her talent in singing, acting, and hosting. Despite the hectic life of showbiz, KC took up a bachelor’s degree in International Corporate Communications with a minor in Theatre Arts from the American University of Paris in 2007 where she graduated with honors.
It’s no secret that Lea Salonga has already made a statement even at such a young age. Salonga has played numerous other roles on stage, film and TV roles in the US and Philippines. The singer already brought glory to the country in the different parts of the world as she played the role of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon when she was 18. She have also lived the dream of every young girl as she became the voices behind Princess Jasmine (singing only) and Fa Mulan.
Even though Lea became really busy with her career, she managed to finish grade school and high school with high honors. The award-winning singer also attended the University of the Philippines College of Music’s extension program and took two courses at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center.
Georgina Wilson has wowed a lot of people for her piercing smize and picture-perfect poses. But who would have thought that this Filipina model is actually a math geek? Behind Georgina’s successful model career, she indeed has a very intimidating educational background. And one thing really made her different from any other Filipinos, she’s really REALLY GOOD WITH NUMBERS.
Georgina studied BS Economics in Ateneo De Manila University before flying to Australia. Now, she holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting from University of Sydney and possesses a double major in finance.
One of the most sought-after TV hosts, Iya Villania is known as a very skilled and beautiful VJ and actress. She is also known to be a wanderlust along with her husband Drew Arellano.
But aside from her talent, Iya should be recognized for being an intelligent and very hardworking student. She pursued AB Psychology at the De La Salle University. And despite her busy schedule in the show business, she managed to become a consistent dean’s lister.
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Nanette Medved is an award-winning actresses in the Philippines. Aside from her portrayals, she’s most notable for being the sexiest among all “Darna” actresses. Aside from her appearance, Nanette proved that she possesses both beauty and brains. The actress graduated from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts as a Summa Cum Laude with degrees in Finance and Entrepreneurship.
Today, the actress focuses full-time as the Founder, Chairwoman, and President of HOPE (Generation Hope Inc. and Friends of Hope Inc.). She definitely lives by Pia Wurtzbach’s Miss Universe answer, “confidently beautiful with a heart”.
Known for her morena beauty, Venus Raj became the face of the Philippines when she represented the country in Miss Universe 2010. The beauty queen earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts at the Bicol University. She marched alongside UP Diliman’s batch 2017 graduates after she completed her master’s degree in Community Development.
A lot of people were touched by her life story because in whatever circumstance life throws at her, she did everything in her power just to reach for the stars. One of the best examples for this is Venus’ recent milestone — receiving a Master’s degree.
Even before showbiz, Myrtle Sarrosa has already gained the attention of the mass when she joined Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition 4. She’s known to be one of the few cos-players in the country and a Sangguniang Kabataan President in Iloilo.
After she bagged the title PBB Teen Edition 4 Big Placer, she hand-in-hand earned instant fame. Myrtle, despite all the fame, still pursued her education. After shifting from BS Accountancy in UP Visayas, the actress-host graduated with BA Broadcast Communication degree in UP Diliman as a Cum Laude.