Woman Whose Valedictory Address was Plagiarized by a Magna Cum Laude from CamSur Breaks Silence

Here’s the statement of the woman whose valedictory address was plagiarized

MARIYELA MARI GONZALES HUGO – The woman, whose valedictory address was plagiarized by a newly grad magna cum laude from CamSur, has broken her silence.

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A magna cum laude honoree from Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges named Jayvee Ayen received backlash for allegedly plagiarizing Hugo’s valedictory speech.

Ayen finished a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship in the said institution.

It was in the year 2019 when Mariyela 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.

On July 12, 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.

Meanwhile, Mariyela went to Facebook wherein she chided Ayen.

“Unintentional or accidental plagiarism is still plagiarism (Bowdoin, 2022; Das, 2018; Duke University, n.d.),” she wrote.

In an interview with Balita, she shared that she had already watched the speech of Ayen.

Mariyela said that Jayvee would at least give recognition or attribution to whom his speech was taken.

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