Magna cum laude plagiarized a valedictory address?
CAMSUR – A magna cum laude from Camarines Sur earned the ire of netizens for allegedly plagiarizing a valedictory address.
It was in the year 2019 when Mariyela Mari Gonzales Hugo made headlines thanks to her unique valedictory address titled “Lang.”
She graduated from Far Eastern University (FEU) last July 2019, taking up Bachelor of Secondary Education, Major in English as cum laude.
Earlier this month, a certain Jayvee Ayen finished Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship at Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges as magna cum laude.
It was on July 12 when a TikTok user (@keiadreyes) went to the video-sharing platform wherein she uploaded a 1:48-minute video featuring the graduation speech of the two Latin honorees.
Many netizens noticed the similarity in their speech.
The uploader noted in the caption: “A magna cum laude who can’t write his own speech. Hindi ‘to basta basta “lang” nakakahiya.”
The uploader then called on the Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges to do something about it.
Based on the video, it is clear that Jayvee copied some parts of Mariyela’s speech.
@keiadreyes A magna cum laude who can't write his own speech. Hindi 'to basta basta "lang" nakakahiya. #fyp #fypシ #feu #cspc ♬ original sound – XH Kirari – Kira
Some netizens were disappointed with him for plagiarizing Mariyela’s speech.
In an interview with The Spark, the official student-community publication ng Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges, Jayvee Ayen said that he does not have any intention to steal or plagiarize the “LANG” speech of Mariyela.
He said: “I mean not to plagiarize […] Naka-relate lang rin ako ng sobra nung napanood ko yung video.”
He also apologized to Mariyela.
“Kung baga driven by her impactful speech kaya nagawa kong ma ipasok yung ibang thought sa speech ko without thinking na napa-plagarize ko na pala yung speech nya,” he said.
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