Brainy and sporty Filipinos who are Athletes and graduated with Latin Honors


The life as a student-athlete is not easy. Having time to finish school works and allotting time for practicing your sport is a grueling task but there are outstanding students who seem to be naturally gifted with intelligence and brawns that excelled not only in their chosen fields but also graduated with Latin Honors.

Whether it’s because of their amazing support system or superhuman energy, we’ve listed these inspiring Filipino athletes who graduated – not only carrying their diploma – but also with Latin Honors.

Janelle Mae Frayna
She’s the country’s first female chess grandmaster and is also a summa cum laude from Far Eastern University. She did take a year off to focus on her sport which made her four year course of a BS Psychology into a five year one, still, this lady did it with flying colors.

Johan Aguilar
Three time UAAP swimming MVP, Johan also finished double major in Applied Economics and Applied Corporate Management and graduated magna cum laude in De La Salle University. He told Rappler, that he would train very early in the morning, then head to class in the day, train again after class, and study in the night.

Kathy Bersola
“Halos every week may exams.” Kathy told She’s part of the team for BanKo Perlas Spikers. Back in 2017, she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in sports science. She then went to med school while competing in the PVL. “Sipag lang talaga tapos dedication.” Kathy continued, “Neither kasi can’t suffer. Like you can’t give 50-50 lang, kailangan 100-100 talaga so 200 percent akong nagwo-work ngayon.”

Jett Manuel
Team UP Maroons, Jett Manuel is probably the only PBA player to a licensed engineer. He graduated with cum laude honors while standing out as a player in the UAAP. He shared that when he is not doing anything or having a time off from training,  he will just spent his time studying for 8 to 10 hours a day.

Jamie Lim
Daughter of Samboy “Skywalker” Lim, Jamie Lim graduated summa cum laude in Math. If that’s not impressive enough, she also won the women’s +61 kg kumite category in karate in December Southeast Asian Games in 2019.

Chris Tiu
Basketball player, Chris Tiu, graduated from Ateneo in 2008 with double degree in management engineering and applied mathematics (major in mathematical finance). He also has a minor in Chinese studies.

Carolyn Tan-Chi
“It’s not often a varsity athlete graduates with honors” says the sports commentator in an article of Philippine Star. Definitely true, just like basketball player – Carolyn, who graduated summa cum laude in 2006, finishing her degree in psychology. She then entered med school and also took her degree in business administration.

JR Gallarza
Team UP Fighting Maroons, JR also graduated magna cum laude with a degree on Education. He said his Thank You in his Alma Matter for the four and a half memorable years of being a student in University of the Philippines.

Mickey Ingles
Team Ateneo Blue Booters, Mickey Ingles was awarded UAAP’s Athlete-Scholar of the Year for leading his team to an unprecedented three-peat in the UAAP’s football arena from 2004 to 2006.

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