Shayla "Gawani" Reyes, a proud Igorota currently living in Canada graduated Magna Cum Laude from York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Shayla is the bearer of their grandmother's name Gawani, according to her brother Giovanni. They are the 5th generation great-grandchildren of Cawis and Gunnayan from Poblacion, Sagada, and Sukib, Besao.
"Shayla "Gawani" Reyes, Magna Cum Laude, York University, Toronto, Ontario. A 5th generation great great grandchild (reckoned from the 1880 couple Cawis and Gunnayan of Poblacion, Sagada and Sukib, Besao). Bearer of our grandmother's name Gawani, she will chart mastery of Kankanaey indigenous art (i e weaving) with Western indigenous design. This contributes to inter-generational equity - biodiversity protection thru elders-youth knowledge transfer, in a cycle like life itself", Giovanni shared on Facebook.
York University, also known as YorkU or simply YU, is a public research university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the fourth largest university in Canada, and it has approximately 55,700 students, 7,000 faculty and staff, and over 325,000 alumni worldwide.