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Filipino Celebrities Who Opened Up About Not Finishing College and Going Back to School Someday

Bea Alonzo said it was once her number one insecurity.

Graduating from college is not an easy feat, more so for celebrities who have to juggle studying and their demanding careers. Over the years, many stars have opened up about not getting their bachelor's degree and have expressed their desire to go back to school someday. Here are five celebs who got candid about not being able to finish their studies.

Bea Alonzo

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In a 2021 interview with PEP, Bea Alonzo said that not having the privilege to go to college was once her number-one insecurity: "I didn't go to college. Yung education ko po hanggang second-year high school lang and then home-schooled na ng third year and fourth year...Actually, yung education ko is my number one insecurity, na not having the privilege to go to college."

Bea entered showbiz at the young age of 13 and usually worked long hours. Despite this, she continued to educate herself through reading books and watching documentaries. The actress also finished a baking course at the Center for Culinary Arts (CCA) Manila in 2018.


Anne Curtis

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Just like Bea, Anne Curtis has opened up about how not finishing college became her biggest insecurity. In 2018, Anne looked back at her days studying to be a preschool teacher at an open university in Australia, adding how she was sad she didn't finish.

"Used to be one of my biggest insecurities—that I haven't finished college. But hey, I'm happy that I'm doing something that I love and I am passionate about..." Anne wrote. "I do admit though, it's still one of my biggest dreams to graduate from college."

Kim Chiu

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In one of her 2021 vlogs, Kim Chiu answered the most Googled questions about her and one of the queries was: "Where did Kim Chiu go to college?"

"Isa ito sa mga regrets ko in life na hindi ako nakapag-tungtong ng college," Kim Chiu shared. "But I think everything happens for a reason and then dito ako dinala. And masaya ako na napag-college ko yung tatlo sa mga kapatid ko...So I think it's rewarding na for me. I think ito talaga yung tadhana." Kim Chiu revealed that she actually studied business management at the University of the Philippines Open University for two years, but she wasn't able to finish the course because of her job. Kim also expressed her desire to go back to school someday.

Vice Ganda

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During a 2021 interview with Cosmopolitan Philippines, Vice Ganda said that if he could give his younger self some life advice, it would be..."To prioritize my education. Because at that time, I really enjoyed my life fully, my discovery and my realizations about my gender identity, my sexuality. When I discovered that, inenjoy ko lahat e. Yung full potential ko as a gay person inenjoy ko nang bongga. It resulted na napabayaan ko yung studies ko. I wasn't able to graduate Political Science."


Vice used to study at the Far Eastern University in Manila. He said he regrets not graduating because his mom worked so hard to send him and his four siblings to school and that all of them finished college, except for him. "So kung babalik ako, ang sasabihin ko [sa sarili ko] at sa mga may privilege na makapag-aral ngayon, don't waste that privilege."

Kathryn Bernardo

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"I haven't finished my college yet, but 'yon yung goal. Sana someday matapos na," Kathryn Bernardo told Sofia Andres during one of her vlogs. "Siguro kung mag-college ako, I would take up marketing or comm arts. Yung mga sa mga behind the cam naman. Hindi yung ako yung kinukunan, ako yung production behind it." Before taking a break from studying, Kathryn was enrolled at Enderun College.

FromCosmopolitan Philippines

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