A NEGRENSE graduated summa cum laude at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman in Quezon City.

Angeli Francesca Peña Lacson graduated on Sunday, July 31, with a degree in comparative literature.

She garnered a general weighted average of 1.068, one of the highest among the summa cum laude graduates of the university.

While studying at UP, some of her literary works were published abroad.

Lacson was also active in community development work, supporting women and rural communities.

She is the daughter of lawyer Alex Lacson, a Negrense who grew up and studied elementary and high school education in Kabankalan City.

Alex and his wife, Pia, also studied at UP Diliman. They met while studying at the UP College of Law.

Their youngest son, John Mark, also finished junior high school at the Paref Northfield Academy in May this year as first honor.*