• TV host Boy Abunda is now officially a Doctor of Philosophy degree holder
  • His dissertation explored maternal love as a tool for raising transformational leaders
  • The talk show host was also the graduation speaker at the Philippine Women’s University

Television host and talent manager Boy Abunda has officially reached the height of his academic career after graduating with his doctorate degree from the Philippine Women’s University (PWU).

The 55-year-old “King of Talk” completed his academic work for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Social Development at PWU. Abunda also graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Communication Arts from the same university.

Abunda’s doctoral dissertation, titled Mother-Nurtured Leadership explored maternal love as a potential tool in raising transformational leaders.

Prior to his graduation, the talk show host publicly thanked his supporters for being behind him throughout his academic journey.

“I’m graduating Doctor of Philosophy in Social Development, the PhD in Social Development. Nais ko lang pong magpasalamat sa lahat ng tao who made this possible. Sa lahat ng mga estudyante, sa lahat ng mga guro na aking nakasalubong dito sa aking academic journey, maraming maraming salamat po. [I just want to thank all the people who made this possible. To all students, to all teachers, who I met in my academic journey, thank you very much],” he said during an episode of Tonight with Boy Abunda, as quoted by Push.

As founding chairman of Make Your Nanay Proud Foundation and Asian Artists Agency, he was also tasked to be the school’s graduation speaker.

In his speech, he emphasized the importance of “loving your mom” and thanked his mother who also happened to be at the audience.

“Your love was my shield and my armor. Nanay, I want you to know that no matter how bleak life was, I persisted because I saw you persist against an avalanche of all sorts of odds,” he said.

Faculty members at the PWU, including the university president Dr. Jose Francisco Benitez, who also happened to be one of the panelists during Abunda’s dissertation defense, encouraged the media icon to push for his advocacy.

“I do hope that you continue further, even though a doctoral degree is the end point in terms of degrees, it is not the end point of the advocacy,” Benitez said in a message to the newly-minted doctorate graduate.