HARD WORK PAYS OFF! Ruffa Gutierrez to earn college degree this July

At 47, former beauty queen Ruffa Gutierrez is soon to finish college.

During a recent episode of "It's Showtime" where she's a regular judge of a pageant segment, Ruffa revealed she was absent from the show because of her studies.

“Naku, nag-aaral ako. I had academic deadlines!” Ruffa shared to the hosts. “Practicum ko na. Tomorrow ang last day ko.”

“I’m graduating college in July,” the mother of two added. “At least hindi na lang ako high school graduate... Pero, excuse me, 13 years old naman nagtatrabaho na ako, ‘di ba. (It’s) never too late!”

Ruffa is majoring in communication arts.

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