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Morales earns highest GWA among UPVTC's graduates

Marilou Gorpido Morales was born on November 23, 1994 at Pambujan, Northern Samar. She is the second child of Mr. Luis Morales, a fisherman, and Mrs. Delia Gorpido, a full-time mother. Morales has one older sister who had just graduated from law school this year and a younger brother who is currently in Grade 9. Two aunts are extending their help to the family to sustain the children’s education.


Even at a young age, Morales had shown commendable enthusiasm and competence in her studies. She graduated as Class Valedictorian from Pambujan Central Elementary School in 2007 and Class Salutatorian from University of Eastern Philippines Laboratory High School in 2011. In the year 2009, she was selected by the Girl Scout of the Philippines Visayas Region as Peer Educator on STI/HIV-Aids and in 2010 was designated as Chief Girl Scout Medallist.

Morales enrolled at the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College and took up BA Communication Arts in 2011. She had excelled in her classes while simultaneously attending to her extracurricular activities. She had been consistently awarded as University Scholar or College Scholar in her four-year stay in the college.

While maintaining her grades, Morales held positions in various student organizations, namely, UPVTC Student Council (DH Representative from 2013-2014 and Vice Chairperson from 2014-2015), Gabriela Youth, UPV Tacloban Formation (Chairperson from 2014-2015), and UP Lente (President from 2014-2015). In 2011, she joined Pulso han Mag-aaram, a political alliance of students in UPVTC. Morales is also a member of the League of Filipino Students (LFS), National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), and UP Hingyap, a geographic organization of UPVTC students from Northern Samar. In 2014, she was sent as delegate to the Philippine Model Congress held at the Senate Hall in Pasay City.

Graduating as Magna Cum Laude with GWA of 1.395 and Class Valedictorian of Class 2015 of UPVTC, Morales aspires of landing a job where she will get to travel and practice photography. She dreams of obtaining a Master’s degree from an international university in the future. Finally, she advocates for a scientific, nationalist, and mass-oriented education.

By: Jessa Amarille

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