UST cannot certify Darna Umayam graduated Cum Laude
Published last July 12, 2012
► By PWD Investigative Team
The PinoyWatchDog.com investigative team has been informed by the cum laude database manager at University of Santo Tomas in Manila that Darna Umayam, who has long advised associates she graduated Cum Laude in Mass Communications from UST. Her name cannot be found in the university’s database.
PinoyWatchDog.com sources in the field had developed her maiden name as ‘Banar’. However, the PWD team found her expired real estate license name as Dolores Banania Umayam. Both spellings were provided to UST, but her name did not appear, or anything close. The cum laude designation appears on a recent resume she released while seeking to obtain awardees for her 100 Outstanding Fil-Ams in the U.S. award show.
On Thursday, July 5, 2012, Mrs. Umayam met with PinoyWatchDog.com Senior Columnist Joel Bander at a local Starbucks, and discussed at length PinoyWatchDog.com’s recent Awards Show expose’. That is a companion story about the long mysterious judges and process of selection for the 100 Outstanding Fil-Ams. During that discussion Bander informed her of the results of PWD’s investigation at UST in Manila. Umayam personally assured Bander that she would scan and send her UST graduation certificate to him that evening upon returning home.
However, less than an hour and half later Mrs. Umayam sent an email that stated “it’s up to you to put that I am not cum laude or whatever you wish to put, and that all my license are expired.” The license issue involves a reference on the same resume to a real estate license and notary public commission.
The resume has no dates of licensure. The California Department of Real Estate online web page indicates Umayam’s real estate license expired in 1993. The PWD investigative team has also learned from the California Secretary of State that her notary commission also expired in 1993. However, Umayam’s resume states she was a licensed real estate salesperson “before she retired in 1998.” She confirmed these dates to Bander, but did not wish to discuss the five (5) year anomaly.
PinoyWatchDog.com first received a ‘heads up’ on the cum laude story from another journalist advising that similar research at UST yielded no cum laude record. However, PWD sought to do its own investigation before publishing this story.