4 Modern-day Filipino Heroes That Studied Abroad
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According to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the number of Filipinos who are studying abroad has doubled in the past ten years. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that they come back to the Philippines and give back to our community. There are so many Filipinos out there who use their time abroad to hone their skills. Afterward, they return to the country better equipped to contribute to society.
Are you considering studying abroad for your undergraduate or master’s degree? Why not learn about the Filipinos who managed to make the most of their journey? Check out our list of modern-day heroic Filipinos who pursued their education overseas:
1. Jesse Robredo: Harvard University
Before Jesse Robredo became the mayor who helped clean the streets of his city following a typhoon’s visit, he was a graduate of De La Salle University. He went on to take a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University. Under the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Jesse was accepted as an Edward Mason Fellow and graduated from the program in 1999. He’s known for having served six terms as Mayor of Naga City in Camarines Sur. Moreover, he was the first Filipino mayor to be given the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service in 2000.
2. Maria Ressa: Princeton University
You probably know Maria Ressa as the woman behind Rappler, but did you know that she graduated from Princeton University? One might have expected the world-class journalist to have studied journalism. Instead, she took up molecular biology and theater as an undergraduate. Following her stint at Princeton, she won a Fulbright Fellowship for political theater. She went on to get a master’s degree at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Maria is a powerhouse who is currently working to combat fake news, recognized by Time Magazine as a ‘Person of the Year 2018’.
3. Natashya Gutierrez: Yale University
Natasya is a woman to watch. Apart from being a member of the founding team of Rappler, she is currently the editor-in-chief of VICE Asia. Given her platform, she has reported on human rights and women’s issues in Southeast Asia. She attained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from none other than Yale University, where she was also a Yale Journalism Scholar. Some of the several journalism fellowships she has received are the 2015 Asian Journalism Fellowship in Singapore and the 2014 Reporting ASEAN fellowship. To top it off, she has also gotten the 2015 Hildegarde Award for outstanding women in journalism.
4. Lisa Macuja-Elizalde: Academy of Russian Ballet at Saint Petersburg
Lisa Macuja-Elizalde is the current Artistic Director of Ballet Manila and a graduate of the Academy of Russian Ballet at Saint Petersburg. She was the commissioner of the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women. She rose to fame as the first foreign soloist to be part of the Kirov Ballet—a classical ballet company in Russia. Fun fact: she was the recipient of the Order of International Friendship by Russian President Vladimir Putin back in 2001. This award is given to individuals who strengthen relations between the Russian Federation and its people.
Now that you’re finished reading, are you feeling inspired by these heroes and their stories? They all honed their talents abroad then went back to give to the Philippine community. That’s what makes them modern heroes. So if you want to go study abroad, we hope you remember to use whatever you learn to give back to our beloved country.
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About the author
Audrey is the founder and executive director of WiTech (Women in Technology), a community organisation that aims to educate, inspire, and empower youth to make a difference and break gender barriers using technology. Through WiTech, she has been working on projects at the intersection of technology and education since age fifteen. She is now eighteen and on a gap year before heading to Stanford University in 2020 where she plans to major in Science, Technology, and Society. Follow her adventures as a youth leader (and teenager!) on Instagram (@audreype14) and Twitter (@audrey__pe).