15 Filipino Celebrities Who Attended International Schools

Here are famous people who went to International School Manila, Brent International School, and more.
  |  Jun 6, 2021
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A classic school yearbook will always have a section guessing which student is "most likely to be famous." The superlative isn't really a guarantee of anything but the odds for fame seem to be greater for international school students. From Bimby Aquino Yap to Victor Basa, here are 15 Filipino celebrities who went to international schools.

Sharon Cuneta

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Alma Mater: International School Manila (Class of 1984)

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Fun Fact: After completing her primary education at St. Paul College Pasig, Cuneta attended International School Manila. Shortly after, she married her first husband Gabby Concepcion and launched a career as an actress and singer.

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KC Concepcion

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Alma Mater: International School Manila (Class of 2003)

Fun Fact: Not only did KC Concepcion follow in her mother Sharon Cuneta's footsteps in show business, she also took a nearly identical path for her education. Concepcion graduated grade school at Saint Pedro Poveda College and went on to attend International School Manila.

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Paul Soriano

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Alma Mater: International School Manila

Fun Fact: The Siargao director completed secondary school at International School Manila before studying filmmaking at De Anza College and Santa Clara University.

Cris Villonco

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Alma Mater: International School Manila (Class of 2002)

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Fun Fact: In an interview with the Philippine Star, Villonco said that she transferred to International School Manila for her fourth year from a private, Roman Catholic school exclusively for girls. The theater actress recounted that her transfer was due to an "unpleasant incident" that involved politics against her grandmother, Armida Siguion-Reyna, the former chairperson of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).

Laura Lehmann

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Alma Mater: The Beacon School and International School Manila

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Fun Fact: Before Lehmann was crowned Miss World Philippines 2017 and represented the country during Miss World 2017, she attended two international schools: The Beacon School and International School Manila.

Matteo Guidicelli

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Alma Mater: Cebu International School and Brent International School

Fun Fact: Gudicelli finished primary school and high school at Cebu International School. He then took up theater courses at Brent International School as a prelude to acting.

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Solenn Heussaff

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Alma Mater: European International School Manila

Fun Fact: "All my friends were half-French," Heussaff responded when asked about her time in European International School Manila. "We all grew up in the same place, we were in the same school from kindergarten to Grade 12, so we never had to make friends. We were born with friends."

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Donita Rose

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Alma Mater: Brent International School

Fun Fact: The former MTV Asia VJ attended high school at Brent International School after moving to the Philippines from the U.S.

Donny Pangilinan

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Alma Mater: Brent International School (Class of 2016)

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Fun Fact: The actor and singer was a basketball varsity player at the school's Biñan, Laguna campus.

Victor Basa

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Alma Mater: Brent International School

Fun Fact: Basa married his former classmate Stephanie Dan. He told PEP.ph: "We were classmates in [Brent International School], but lost touch for a while as I ventured into modeling and acting."

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Pops Fernandez

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Alma Mater: International School Manila (Class of 1985)

Fun Fact: Fernandez consistently landed on the honor roll at International School Manila. "I wanted my mom and dad to be proud of me," she said. "I wanted to focus on something that would make me stand out. That was my way of saying, 'I wanna be productive.'"

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Sandra Seifert

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Alma Mater: European International School Manila andÂBrent International School

Fun Fact: The beauty queen graduated valedictorian of her middle school class in European International School Manila. She then attended Brent International School before moving to New York to complete a nursing degree at the City University of New York.

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Taki Saito

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Alma Mater: Brent International School

Fun Fact: The actress and musician, who was born in Japan and grew up in France and the Philippines, studied in Colegio San Agustin – Biñan after a stint at Brent International School.

Markki Stroem

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Alma Mater: International School Manila (Class of 2006)

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Fun Fact: Stroem did theater at International School Manila before graduating with a degree in marketing and hotel and restaurant management from Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland.

Bimby Aquino Yap

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Alma Mater: Brent International School

Fun Fact: The child actor recently earned first honors as a homeschool student at Brent International School.

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