Jose Rizal was a Filipino polymath and nationalist. An ophthalmologist by profession, Rizal turned towards writing and inspired the Philippine Revolution through his writings. The revolution eventually led to Philippine independence and Rizal became a national hero. His life has inspired several biographical films and TV series.
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is a Filipino politician and academic. From 2001 to 2010, Arroyo served as the president of the Philippines. Before serving as the president, Arroyo served as a senator and as the vice president of the Philippines. She later served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives from 2018 to 2019.
Benigno Aquino, Jr., also known as Ninoy Aquino, was the son of Filipino politician Benigno Aquino Sr. and grew up to be a senator and the chief opposition leader during President Ferdinand E. Marcos’s rule. A supporter of democracy, he was assassinated at the Manila airport after returning from exile.
Risa Hontiveros is a Filipino politician, journalist, and community leader. After starting her career as a journalist, Hontiveros went on to establish herself as a prominent political leader and is currently serving as a Senator of the Philippines. Over the course of her career, Risa Hontiveros has received several honors, including a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.
Juan Ponce Enrile is a Filipino lawyer and politician. He is best known for his service as a Senator of the Philippines on three occasions between 1987 and 2016. He also served as the President of the Senate from 2008 to 2013. Enrile was also the Minister of National Defense from 1970 to 1971 and again from 1972 to 1986.
John Gokongwei began supporting his family as a street peddler at 13, after his father’s death. The billionaire Filipino businessman is the owner of JG Summit. Over the course of his successful business career, he has owned a host of businesses, from a corn-milling plant to an instant coffee brand.
Fidel V. Ramos was a Filipino politician and general. He is best remembered for his service as the President of the Philippines from 1992 to 1998. His presidency was marked by technological development, economic boom, and political stability in the Philippines. Fidel V. Ramos also served as the Secretary of National Defense from 22 January 1988 to 18 July 1991.
Jasmine Curtis-Smith is a Filipino-Australian model, actress, dancer, host, writer, and endorser. She is best known for her portrayal of Yael in the 2013 Filipino drama film Transit. Jasmine Curtis-Smith's performance in the film earned her a couple of awards, including the Best Supporting Actress award at the 2013 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.
Filipino politician Bam Aquino was born into the famous Aquino family that has dominated the political, entertainment, and business sectors of the Philippines. Starting his career as a host and actor, he later became a senator and introduced laws for the development of education, employment, and entrepreneurship.
The 8th vice-president of the Philippines, Salvador Laurel had also served as the country’s 5th prime minister. Initially part of the New Society Movement, he later joined the multi-party UNIDO alliance. A Yale alumnus, he also had a successful career as a lawyer, before he stepped into politics.
Philippine politician Pedro Paterno was educated in Spain, where he graduated in philosophy and theology. He later became the prime minister of his country. A poet and novelist, too, he eventually became infamous as a traitor after supporting the U.S. and favoring American dominion during the Philippine–American War.
Japeth Aguilar is a Filipino basketball player who currently plays for the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, a professional team competing in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). A seven-time PBA champion, Japeth Aguilar has also played for other popular PBA teams like Burger King Whoppers, Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters, and GlobalPort Batang Pier.
Doug Kramer is a Filipino retired basketball player who represented eight teams in the Philippine Basketball Association over the course of his career. A versatile player, Doug Kramer played as a center or power forward for popular teams like Barangay Ginebra Kings, Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, and GlobalPort Batang Pier.
Former Philippine senator and Senate Minority Leader Claro Mayo Recto is remembered as a nationalist. He was a major figure of the Filipino-first movement and was against American neo-colonialism. A jurist, he had also been the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.
Filipino politician Ralph Recto is the current Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and represents the 6th district of Batangas. The Nacionalista member has also been a senator of the Philippines and a Senate Minority Leader. He has also represented Lakas-CMD and LDP. He is married to actor-politician Vilma Santos-Recto.
Chris Tiu is a Filipino retired basketball player who spent his entire career playing for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters of the PBA. In 2016, he helped his team win the Commissioner's Cup. Chris Tiu has also played for the Philippines national team in important tournaments like the Southeast Asian Games, where he won a gold medal in 2011.
Jinggoy Estrada is a Filipino politician, actor, and producer. He is currently serving as a Senator of the Philippines, having previously served in that position from 2004 to 2016. He also served as the Mayor of San Juan from 1992 to 2001. As an actor, Jinggoy Estrada is best known for his performance in a film titled Katas ng Saudi.
Joker Arroyo was a Filipino statesman who served as a Senator of the Philippines from 2001 to 2013. His immense contributions to public service earned him various awards and honors. Joker Arroyo also made important contributions to the law profession.
Angelo Kouame is an Ivorian-Filipino basketball player who started playing for the Philippine national team in June 2021 after obtaining Filipino citizenship earlier that year. Prior to making his debut for the Philippine national team, Angelo Kouame had a successful career with the Ateneo Blue Eagles.
Joseph Emilio Abaya is a Filipino politician, military officer, and lawyer. He is best known for his service as the Secretary of Transportation and Communications from 18 October 2012 to 30 June 2016. Prior to his political career, Joseph Emilio Abaya served in the Armed Forces of the Philippines as well as in the Philippine Navy.
Armin Luistro is a Filipino Lasallian Brother who served as the Secretary of Education from 2010 to 2016. He is also known for his association with De La Salle University, where he served as the president and as chancellor from 2006 to 2010.