Even Promil admits that giftedness is potential that needs to be cultivated. According to reports by the Department of Education in 2010, there are over 1.27 million gifted Filipino children. But whether it's a proclivity for the sciences or an innate skill for music, natural gifts have to be nurtured through a mix of factors.
So we revisited our favorite Promil children and looked at one factor of that development—their education—to see if it really helped mold their skills or guided them towards new ones.
Wesley So Promil Claim to Fame: Chess Master School: Webster University (dropped out in 2015 to pursue a chess career full time) Currently ranked number 8 in the world (he was second in March 2017), So has a chance to win a slot at the World Chess Championship
Francis Galura Promil Claim to Fame: Poetry School: University of the Philippines, BA Speech Communication and Rhetoric Currently associate publisher of Summit Publishing Co. Inc.
Shaira Luna Promil Claim to Fame: Human Anatomy School: BS Human Biology, De La Salle University (entered college at 13 but dropped out after six years of shifting courses) Currently a top fashion photographer in the Philippines
James Dominic Flores Promil Claim to Fame: "The sun is the center of the solar system." School: Psychology, Far Eastern University; MA Psychology, Pamantasang Lungsod ng Manila Currently a clinical psychologist and musician
CJ de Silva-Ong Promil Claim to Fame: Artist School: Fine Arts, University of the Philippines Diliman Currently creative director of TBWA-Santiago Mangada Puno, handling brands like Smart Telecom, Bench, Ayala Land, Oishi and Peerless; has won several awards for her advertising work
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Jimmy Tagala Jr. Promil Claim to Fame: Violin virtuoso School: Diploma in Violin Performance, St. Scholastica's College Currently, he continues to represent the Philippines in various music exhibitions around the world.
Jacob Sarreal Promil Claim to Fame: Saxophonist School: Nursing, San Beda College Manila Currently, he and his equally talented brothers have a group called the Sarreal Brothers Wind Quartet. He also works at Trail Adventours with his older brother, Guido, and has climbed over 130 mountains in the Philippines alone.
Ira Alexis Aclan Promil Claim to Fame: Award-winning violinist School: University of the Philippines Manila (magna cum laude) Currently, she's pursuing a medical degree in University of the Philippines-PGH and she also teaches violin at the Philippine Suzuki Association