ABS-CBN BALL 2019: 5 driven Kapamilya celebrities who stay in school

Mary Ann Bardinas August 31, 2019 03:42 PM

The stars are yet to converge anew in, arguably, the brightest and biggest annual showbiz event in the country – the ABS-CBN Ball.

But more than the glitz and glamour, the stylish ensembles, and the stunning looks of our favorite celebrities, what makes it truly valuable is how it has become a perfect venue for them to show their support to the causes that the network has been supporting ever since.

On its first staging last year, the attendees were able to not only raise funds for the rehabilitation of Bantay Bata 163’s Children’s Village, which was successfully relaunched last December 2018, but also promoted awareness regarding the fight for child abuse by wearing blue ribbons that signify it.

And this year, the funds that will be accumulated from the ABS-CBN Ball 2019 will all go to the benefit of the Bantay Bata project Bantay Edukasyon. This aims to not only grant scholarships for the underprivileged children housed in the village, but to also establish a center wherein the kids can learn and develop technical-vocational skills as well, according to Bantay Bata program director Jing Castañeda.

Since uplifting the lives of disadvantaged children through quality education is the focus of the upcoming event, we listed down some of the driven and inspiring Kapamilya celebrities who value getting good education by being able to unbelievably make it to regular school and juggle it with their showbiz commitments.

Kisses Delavin

Born in Quezon City, Kirsten “Kisses” Delavin grew up in the province of Masbate wherein she was able to complete her secondary education at Masbate National Comprehensive High School. They went back to Manila to pursue Bachelor of Science in Accountancy at the De La Salle University.

But it was put on hold when the “Miracle Daughter of Masbate” decided to join Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7 in 2016, finishing as the Second Big Placer, and her showbiz career took off.

And last May 21, her Mommy Carrie proudly shared on Instagram that Kisses went back to DLSU-Taft to continue her studies.

Miles Ocampo


Survived another semester.. THANK YOU LORD ❤️

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The Home Sweetie Home: Extra Sweet star is one grateful gal as her bosses and colleagues have been really patient and understanding to her as she juggles her responsibilities as an actress and as a full-time student in University of the Philippines-Diliman taking up Malikhaing Pagsulat.

In an interview with PUSH in 2017, the 22-year-old actress admitted enjoying her life as a student, saying, “Masaya. Na-e-enjoy ko ‘yung stress ng school na ‘pag wala kang pasok at bakasyon mo parang hinahanap hanap moyung stress ng school at trabaho na nagsasabay. So masaya at nag-e-enjoy ako sa ginagawa ko. May pressure na parang nahuhusgahan ka nila. Pero at the end of the day parang pantay-pantay lang naman lahat kayo estudyante. Kasi parang hindi mo naman kailangan mag-worry.”

She used to pursue Theater Arts but decided to shift to her current course. “Na-e-enjoy ko siya. Masaya ‘yung ginagawa ko and sabi ko nga ‘yung Malikhaing Pagsulat sobrang loaded ka, ang dami mong gagawin pero parang puwede mo siya gawin anywhere eh. Puwede ka mag-isip kahit ano tapos lalagay mo lang dun lahat so na-e-enjoy ko ‘yung course ko ngayon,” she stated.

Jodi Sta. Maria


These past years of taking up a pre-med course has molded me, trained me, tested me...but here I am almost at the end of the race as I finish my last year of undergrad studies. I’ve played many roles in my life — an actor, daughter and most importantly being a mother. But being a student had me seeking out one of the most important gifts from God — the chance to pursue my BS Psychology degree. Each subject I had was an opportunity to develop myself and achieve new accomplishments. With every challenge and experience, God prepared me and taught me to run my race without quitting. I have learned to be receptive to the whole process, more aware of what I am learning and why. I want you to know how exciting and stimulating an education can be. With a grateful heart, I am beyond happy to share with you that I was able to finish this semester with flying colors. Thank you, God for the gift of perseverance, patience, and the eagerness to learn and become a student of life. I am just at the start of what will be an even greater journey, and I am excited where it will take me. One year nalang...push pa more! ❤️ “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31 ❤️🌈🙏🏼

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At 37, the Sino Ang Maysala? Mea Culpa star has proven that age should never be an issue when it comes to attaining your ambitions. And for her, one of those is to fulfill her life-long dream of earning a college degree.

Thus, despite her busy schedule, Jodi was able to enroll herself in the BS Psychology program of Southville International School and Colleges in Las Pinas City, where she also spent her high school. Throughout her tenure, she did not only simply pass her subjects, but also managed to make it to the top of their class as she made it to the Dean’s List in the previous semester.

She is now on the final semester and looking forward on finally accomplishing the course. She wishes to put up a clinic to help people with mental disorders and to take up a Master’s Degree in Psychology as well.

Liza Soberano

Following a series of operations done on her index finger that was fractured while filming the 2018 fantaserye Bagani, Liza is definitely now back in action! Well, not on television or movie, but in hitting the books again after it was revealed recently that she re-enrolled in Southville International School and Colleges as a BS Psychology student (yes, same with Jodi!).

In a photo she uploaded on IG, she imparted how she felt being back to studying. “What I like most about being a student is the joy of discovering new things and appreciating what the world has to offer. Glad to be back.”

The 23-year-old actress first enrolled in the aforementioned school in 2018 with the same degree.

Alexa Ilacad

She undeniably astounds us with her impressive performance in the controversial primetime series The Killer Bride as the antagonist Luna Dela Cuesta. But you’ll surely be more amazed once you find out that the actress-singer is a proud ‘kolehiyala’ who’s currently enjoying her life as a Marketing Management student in Treston International College, where she also completed senior highs school.

Last March 25, she proudly shared being a recognized as a Dean’s Lister by posting a photo of her smitten self as she brandished her certificate of recognition. Apart from acing academically, she seemed to excel as well in extra-curricular activities as well.

We hope that these Kapamilya stars will serve as an inspiration to everyone to keep striving for their dreams because nothing is indeed impossible as long as you know your priorities, you’re focused on your goals, and you have faith in yourself. Of course, this wouldn’t be also possible without the help of their loved ones and the support of the people around them, just like what it could be for the beneficiaries of Bantay Edukasyon.