“You’re never too old to chase your dreams.” Ruffa Gutierrez wrote this on an Instagram post where she announced that she’s back in school to pursue her bachelor’s degree.
Coming from a family of actors, Ruffa has been in the entertainment industry since she was a teenager. “After 34 years of working in the entertainment industry, I have chosen to further my education,” she said.
The 46-year-old actress, beauty queen, and mother of two expressed her excitement now that she is a Communication Arts student at the Philippine Women’s University. “I am both humbled and excited to share with you that I am currently enrolled in The Philippine Women’s University to pursue a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Communication Arts under the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP),” she said.
According to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the ETEEAP is a “comprehensive educational assessment program at the tertiary level” that recognizes an individual’s relevant experience, skills, and knowledge obtained from working at least five years in the industry related to their field of study.
The Miss World 1993 Second Runner-Up also said that she’s going back to school both for herself and for her two children, Lorin and Venice. “Not only do I want to fulfill a long-held dream and take control of the next chapter of my life, I want to set a good example for my children.”