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LOOK: DOT Sec. Romulo-Puyat’s son finishes college with highest honors at UK university

/ 09:21 PM July 12, 2018

Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat with children Vito (left) and Maia (right). Vito recently graduated with honors from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. Image: Instagram/@bernsrp

Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat took some time off from her duties to fly to the United Kingdom — not for a vacation, but for her son’s graduation.

The proud mom first lauded her 22-year-old son Vito’s achievement on Instagram last Tuesday, July 3. She said that he was set to earn his bachelor’s degree in Psychology, graduating with First Class Honors from Newcastle University. He was also chosen as the speaker for the ceremony.


As the big day arrived two days ago, Puyat shared a photo of her son, hours before he graduated.

The blooming mom also posted a photo of herself from the ceremony. She said that it was Vito himself who chose what she wore because “he didn’t want me to show too much skin.”

Puyat, Vito and his sister Maia had a group photo as one of their mementos of his special day.

Maia congratulated her “not-so-little brother,” and declared that she was the “proudest sister alive.”

Back in an Instagram post in 2015 about Vito’s high school graduation, Puyat revealed that doctors diagnosed her son with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) when he was just 2 years old. Out of fear, the secretary recalled that she visited four doctors to make sure that he was not misdiagnosed, and one doctor even told her that he was borderline autistic.

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My son was diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) when he was only 2 years old! I went to 4 doctors just to make sure that he was not misdiagnosed . One even told me that he was borderline autistic. Because of his condition, I had a hard time even enrolling him into a pre school. Only ONE school called YLC owned by @teachergins @triciahosaka and @annettedelrosario welcomed him with open arms and I will be forever grateful to them for accepting him . Annette was the one who told me about this new school that was being put up called Beacon School and that it would be perfect for my son. Again I am grateful to Beacon because when I told them about my sons condition, they didn't care and accepted him immediately! My son had the best education at both Beacon School and Beacon Academy. They never treated him any differently and they nurtured him and have made him into the man he is now. So you can imagine my shock and surprise when he received the Beacon Blue and Green Award (overall achievement award)! What made it more special is that Dave also received a similar award when he graduated from high school! If he were alive today, I am sure he would have been as proud! With @sengracepoe as the commencement speaker #proudmom #vitopuyat

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Despite this, he showed that he can beat the odds as he finished high school in Beacon Academy in Biñan, Laguna with honors as well. JB


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