The ‘King of Talk’ dedicates college diploma to ma, friends

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 29 2009 01:36 PM | Updated as of Apr 29 2009 09:47 PM

“King of Talk” Boy Abunda has graduated from college and dedicated his diploma to his mother and friends.  

Abunda, Eugenio Abunda in real life, graduated with Bachelor of Arts Major in Communication Arts at the Philippine Women's University last April 4. A report said he is the university’s first graduate under the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP).

His closest friends in and out of show business were present in the event.

"I dedicate this diploma to my mother who spanked me, who nurtured me and who taught me to behave the best I can, and who taught me that there was and there is dignity in being poor," Abunda said during his speech.

Abunda, one of the most respected television hosts in the country, also dedicated his diploma to long-time partner Bong Quintana, close friend Kris Aquino and his other “Kapamilya” family. 

"[Aquino] is one of my cheer leaders, she's very proud [of] what I do...  and Bong thank you for being patient, [Bong has been] my partner for 26 years," the host said.

Abunda shared that he wanted to finish his studies to broaden his perspective in life.

The TV host is now planning to take up a Master's degree either in International Relations on Public Diplomacy or Communication Arts.

Currently, Abunda is hosting “The Buzz” and “SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon,” two popular entertainment shows on ABS-CBN.