On May 18, a Filipina named Janelle Micaela Panganiban graduated summa cum laude from New York University, earning three majors: global public health, public policy, sociology (honors), reports ABS-CBN News.
According to the report, she also received the Founders' Day Award for Excellence in sociology, an award given to top-ranking baccalaureate graduates.
The daughter of ANAC-IP Partylist Representative Jose Panganiban Jr. and Angadanan Mayor Lourdes Panganiban of Isabela's Gaddang Indigenous People said that it was only in college where she experienced "the sense of wonder and curiosity," adding, "at NYU, they were able to provide that."
According to Janelle's LinkedIn profile, in 2014, she graduated with honors (in the top five percent of the graduating class) from Immaculate Conception Academy in Greenhills, San Juan City. She also wrote on her profile that as a part of an overseas studies program, she spent one semester in London and another semester in Washington, D.C. Her bio reads, "Paralegal Intern at Federal Defenders of New York."
Her next step, she said in the report, is to come back to the Philippines to serve her country: "The idea that there are so many Filipinos who are not at home, I felt I had to contribute something and that’s what kind of tied me to the Philippines, in a way [that] I really don’t want to forget [the] idealism of wanting to do something for the country."
This is definitely another great feat for our country. Just last week, Filipina Lara Montales graduated summa cum laude from University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.