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  • Rhea Santos, G Toengi Pursue Further Studies Abroad: Because Life Begins at 40!

    These moms show it's never too late to go after your dream!
    by Lei Dimarucut-Sison .
Rhea Santos, G Toengi Pursue Further Studies Abroad: Because Life Begins at 40!
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    Rhea Santos vlogs about life as a student in Canada

    Former Kapuso talk show host Rhea Santos will soon be back to cheer up your mornings — not on local TV though, but through her personal Youtube channel. As a way to stay in touch with her fans, friends, and family in Manila, the 40-year old mom has started a vlog called “Your Morning Girl, Rhea.”

    “Excited to share with you a glimpse of Your Morning Girl, Rhea’s episode 1,” she wrote as an intro for a teaser video collage of her last few days in Manila and their first foray into life in Canada with her family.

    Rhea, wife to businessman Carlo de Guzman and mom to sons Uno, 11, and Yuan, 7 years old, bid goodbye to her successful career in broadcast to pursue further studies in Canada, she said on her last day as Unang Hirit co-host. 

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    “Mga Kapuso, papasok po ako sa bagong kabanata ng aking buhay, pagkatapos ng labing-siyam na taon sa industriya ng broadcasting. Hindi naging madali ang desisyon na magpaalam, sa tahanan na nagmahal sa akin at minahal ko.

    “Babalik po ako sa pag-aaral at makakasama ko ang aking buong pamilya para magsimula ng bagong buhay sa ibang bansa. Ipinagdasal naming ito at ibinigay naman sa amin, kaya malakas ang loob ko na kaya ko at kasama ko ang aking buong pamilya,” she tearfully said.

    Rhea, who graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from St. Paul's College, left for Canada in August 2019 to study broadcast and online journalism at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Burnaby, British Columbia. According to this website, the program is a two-year course, and includes a practicum where students “will have the opportunity to work in the Canadian media industry, including local TV and radio stations, as well as production, sports and entertainment organizations.”

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    In an Instagram post on September 23, Rhea revealed that the secret project she’s been working on is a vlog. She got its name from her GMA colleague Lhar Santiago, who called her “morning girl.” 

    “Dear everyone, Kamusta na? It’s almost two months since I left Manila to start a new life here in Canada. Everything happened in God’s perfect timing. It wasn’t all smooth. There were also hurdles along the way. Muntik pa ko umuwi. But you know what, because of the challenges, it made the journey sweeter. Kwento ko na lang next time.

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    “I’m starting a vlog and I’ve been working on it. It’s not much but I hope you’ll like it,” she wrote, and signed it, “Your Morning Girl, Rhea.”

    In the first episode of her vlog which was uploaded on October 3, Rhea revealed that the opportunity to study in Canada came while they were on vacation in California earlier this year.

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    “I was in the middle of our family vacation in the U.S. I got a call from my agent... I need to make a side trip to Vancouver to book an exam slot in school so I can take the entrance exam.” She went to Canada and her brother who lives there showed her around and stayed with her during her exams. After three weeks, Rhea received news that she got a conditional acceptance from the school. 

    What followed was a slew of tearful farewells and happy reunions, and more preparations for their new life in Canada, such as packing for the trip, getting medical check-ups, and, for their youngest child, having his first confession and receiving the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist.

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    There’s much to look forward to in Rhea’s Youtube vlog as she continues to chase her dream. Life begins at 40, after all! 

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    G Toengi takes up masters studies in the U.S.

    Actress Giselle “G” Toengi, who made a name as one of the popular VJs of MTV Asia in the ’90s, is pursuing her masters studies for Non Profit Management at Antioch University in California, she posted on Instagram. 

    “A new chapter begins! First day of my masters studies for Non Profit Management at @antiochuniversityla overlooking the beautiful campus in Culver City, California! Excited to apply all this knowledge to my work with @filamartsla and advocate for representation for Philippine Art & Culture nationally!” the 41-year-old wrote to caption a photo of herself on campus.

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    G holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and studied at the Lee Strasberg School of Acting in New York.

    The half-Swiss, half-Filipino actress is married to Tim Walters and together they have two kids, son Kenobi and daughter Sakura

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