Famous Filipino Men

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Find out more about the greatest Filipino Men, including Manny Pacquiao, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jose Rizal, Benigno Aquino III and Ferdinand Marcos.
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Manny Pacquiao
(One of the Greatest Professional Boxers of All Time)
Manny Pacquiao
76
Birthdate: December 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines

Before assuming office as a senator of the Phillippines, Manny Pacquiao was already known as a globally renowned boxer. Known to his fans as PacMan, he is the only boxer to have won world championships from the 1990s to the 2020s. BoxRec named him the world’s seventh-active boxer in 2020.

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Rodrigo Duterte
(President of Philippines)
Rodrigo Duterte
95
Birthdate: March 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Maasin, Philippines

The current president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte took office at age 71, making him the oldest president of the country. His war on drugs has had a major impact in the Philippines. Known for his straightforward attitude in public, Duterte has admitted to killing three men in 1988 in an attempt to save a girl from being raped.

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Jose Rizal
(Filipino Nationalist and Writer Who is Considered One of the Greatest Heroes of the Philippines)
Jose Rizal
33
Birthdate: June 19, 1861
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Calamba, Laguna
Died: December 30, 1896

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.

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 4 
Ferdinand Marcos
(Former President of the Philippines)
Ferdinand Marcos
91
Birthdate: September 11, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, Philippine Islands
Died: September 28, 1989

Ferdinand Marcos served as the tenth president of the Philippines. Marcos' rule was marked by brutality, extravagance, and corruption, making him the most controversial leader of his generation. Deemed a kleptocrat, Marcos' dictatorship caused an economic collapse during which the country suffered greatly. He was removed from power in 1986 after a series of protests called the People Power Revolution.

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Lou Diamond Phillips
(Actor and Director Known for His Role as ‘Ritchie Valens’ in the Biopic ‘La Bamba’)
Lou Diamond Phillips
30
Birthdate: February 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, Philippines

Golden Globe-nominated actor Lou Diamond Phillips is best known as Ritchie Valens from the film La Bamba. His performance in the Broadway revival of The King and I earned him a Tony nomination. He has also appeared in a string of TV and radio projects and participated in poker championships.

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Manny Jacinto
(Filipino-Born Canadian Actor)
Manny Jacinto
22
Birthdate: August 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
 7 
Andres Bonifacio
(Filipino Revolutionary)
Andres Bonifacio
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Birthdate: November 30, 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tondo
Died: May 10, 1897
Andrés Bonifacio, or the “Father of the Philippine Revolution,” established the Katipunan, the Philippine independence movement against the Spanish colonial reign. He also worked with La Liga Filipina. He is considered the first president of the Philippines though he was never officially the president. He was eventually executed for treason. 
 8 
Benigno Aquino III
(15th President of the Philippines)
Benigno Aquino III
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Birthdate: February 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
Died: June 24, 2021
Benigno Aquino III, also known as PNoy, or Noynoy, was the president of the Philippines from 2010 to 2016. He has also chaired the Liberal Party. Son of Filipino politician Benigno S. Aquino, Jr., he was named to Time 100 in 2013. He has also faced legal charges for corruption.
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Manuel L. Quezon
(2nd President of the Philippines)
Manuel L. Quezon
12
Birthdate: August 19, 1878
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baler, Philippines
Died: August 1, 1944

Filipino statesman Manuel L. Quezon, or MLQ, was the president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines from 1935 to 1944, thus becoming the first Filipino to lead a government of the whole of the Philippines. He formed a government-in-exile in the U.S. after the Japanese invasion during World War II.

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Daniel Padilla
(Filipino Actor and Recording Artist Known for His Films: ‘She's Dating the Gangster’ and ‘Crazy Beautiful You’)
Daniel Padilla
43
Birthdate: April 26, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

Daniel Padilla is a Filipino recording artist and actor. In 2015, Padilla became the first Pinoy artist to receive the Kids' Choice Award under the Global Slime Star category. He has also won several other awards, such as Myx Music Awards and Awit Awards. Also known for his philanthropic efforts, Padilla often participates in charity events.

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Arnel Pineda
(Singer & Songwriter)
Arnel Pineda
11
Birthdate: September 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sampaloc, Manila
Filipino singer Arnel Pineda’s rags-to-riches story is sure to inspire all. He went from losing his mother at 13 and staying on the streets of Manila, to gaining international fame as the lead vocalist of the rock band Journey. He was discovered through his YouTube covers and rock contest appearances. 
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Alden Richards
(One of the Celebrated and Most Awarded Artists in the Philippines)
Alden Richards
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Birthdate: January 2, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Quezon City, Philippines
While he considers Hello, Love, Goodbye, the highest-grossing Filipino film ever, as his best project so far, actor Alden Richards has had a long career, peppered with films, music, and more. He will now be seen with Bea Alonzo in a film based on the Japanese series Pure Soul.
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Efren Reyes
(Filipino Professional Pool Player Who is Widely Considered the Greatest Pool Player of All Time)
Efren Reyes
4
Birthdate: August 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Angeles

Efren Reyes is a Filipino professional pool player who is regarded as the greatest player of all time. Nicknamed The Magician, Reyes is best known for his ability to display numerous trick shots. Efren Reyes has also won more than 100 international titles over the course of his illustrious career. Reyes is a WPA World Eight-ball and Nine-ball champion.

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Vice Ganda
(Stand-up Comedian, Actor)
Vice Ganda
56
Birthdate: March 31, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tondo, Philippines

Filipino comedian, talk show host, actor, and TV presenter Vice Ganda has appeared in some of the highest-grossing movies in Philippine cinema. As a comedian, he uses observational comedy, situational irony, and sarcasm in his routines. Also active on TV, he regularly hosts the noontime variety show It's Showtime. He is openly gay and is considered an LGBTQAI+ icon.

 15 
Coco Martin
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Birthdate: November 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Novaliches, Quezon City

Coco Martin is a Filipino actor, director, and producer. He is best known for his lead role in the film Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin. He began acting in the early 2000s with small roles in TV shows. In the ensuing years, he moved on to more serious roles in TV series and films. He made his directorial debut in 2017.

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Jo Koy
(American Stand-Up Comedian )
Jo Koy
18
Birthdate: June 2, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington, United States
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Ramon Magsaysay
(7th President of the Philippines)
Ramon Magsaysay
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Birthdate: August 31, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Iba, Zambales, Philippines
Died: March 17, 1957

Born to an artisan father, Ramon Magsaysay was initially a schoolteacher. He served as the president of the Philippines and successfully subdued the Huk movement of the local communist guerrillas. The Ramon Magsaysay Award, named after him, celebrates excellence of Asians in various fields such as journalism and government service.

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Enrique Gil
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Birthdate: March 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cebu
The star of Filipino films Everyday I Love You and Seven Sundays, Enrique Gil also boasts of a business management degree. He had plunged into modeling out of boredom and later impressed fans as Xander in the series Forevermore. He is said to be dating his frequent co-actor Liza Soberano.
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Lapu-Lapu
(Chieftain of Mactan, Philippines)
Lapu-Lapu
7
Birthdate: 1491 AD
Birthplace: Mactan, Philippines
Died: 1542 AD
Lapu-Lapu, also known as Çilapulapu or Cilapulapu, was a datu of Mactan. He is remembered for his revolt against the Spanish colonizers of the Philippines and is regarded as the first Filipino hero. He defeated Ferdinand Magellan and his allies at the Battle of Mactan in 1521.
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Apolinario Mabini
(Filipino Revolutionary and the 1st Prime Minister of the Philippines)
Apolinario Mabini
2
Birthdate: July 23, 1864
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Talaga, Tanauan, Philippines
Died: May 13, 1903

The 1st prime minister of the Philippines, Apolinario Mabini led the Philippine Revolution and helped in drafting the Malolos Constitution. Born into a family of illiterate peasants, he became a lawyer, before joining the forces of revolutionary Emilio Aguinaldo. He spent most of his later years in exile, targeted by the US.

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Benigno Aquino, Jr.
(Filipino Senator Who Was the Husband of President Corazon Aquino)
Benigno Aquino, Jr.
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Birthdate: November 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Concepcion, Philippines
Died: August 21, 1983

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.

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Bretman Rock
(Filipino Beauty Influencer and Social Media Personality YouTuber)
Bretman Rock
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Birthdate: July 31, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sanchez Mira, Philippines

Bretman Rock is a Filipino-American social media personality and beauty influencer. An internet sensation, Rock posted a contouring video in 2016, which took several social media platforms by storm. An openly gay influencer, Bretman Rock graced Gay Times' Pride Month cover in June 2019. In 2021, he started appearing in his own reality TV show, MTV's Following: Bretman Rock.

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Vic Sotto
(Actor, comedian, film producer, TV host, singer , composer)
Vic Sotto
7
Birthdate: April 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
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Manuel Roxas
(Former President of the Philippines)
Manuel Roxas
8
Birthdate: January 1, 1892
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Roxas City, Philippines
Died: April 15, 1948

Manuel Roxas was a Filipino politician who served as the president of the Philippines from 1946 to 1948. He also served as the first president of the Third Philippine Republic after the USA relinquished its supremacy over the Philippines. Regarded as an important politician in the history of the Philippines, Roxas is depicted on the 100 Peso banknote. 

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Dingdong Dantes
(Filipino Actor, TV Host, Dancer, and Model )
Dingdong Dantes
4
Birthdate: August 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Quezon City, Philippines
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Diosdado Macapagal
(Former President of the Philippines)
Diosdado Macapagal
5
Birthdate: September 28, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lubao, Pampanga, Philippine Islands
Died: April 21, 1997

Diosdado Macapagal was a Filipino politician who served as the president of the Philippines from 1961 to 1965. Prior to his presidency, Macapagal served as the sixth vice-president from 1957 to 1961. Diosdado Macapagal is credited with inspiring his daughter Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who later became the president of the Philippines.

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Fernando Poe Jr.
(Popular Philippine Actor Who Later Stepped into Politics)
Fernando Poe Jr.
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Birthdate: August 20, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Died: December 14, 2004

Also known as FPJ and Da King, Fernando Poe Jr. was a popular actor in the Philippines and won 5 FAMAS Best Actor awards. He later stepped into politics as a member of KNP, or the United Opposition. He is also known for testifying against the criminal gangs known as the Big Four.

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Marcelo H. del Pilar
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Birthdate: August 30, 1850
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bulakan, Bulacan, Captaincy General of the Philippines
Died: July 4, 1896

Marcelo H. del Pilar was a Filipino lawyer, writer, freemason, and journalist. Along with Graciano López Jaena and José Rizal, Del Pilar became known in Spain as the leaders of the Reform Movement. He is considered the Father of Philippine Journalism for his 66 editorials and 150 essays. He is also regarded as the Father of Philippine Masonry.

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John Lloyd Cruz
(Actor)
John Lloyd Cruz
1
Birthdate: June 24, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
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James Reid
(Singer, Actor, Dancer & Record Producer)
James Reid
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Birthdate: May 11, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St Leonards, Australia

Filipino-Australian actor-singer James Reid had been a talented gymnast and swimmer in childhood. He is best known for pairing up with Nadine Lustre in projects such as Diary Ng Panget and On the Wings of Love. Though he and Nadine dated later, they broke hearts with their split in 2020.

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Jericho Rosales
(actor, singer)
Jericho Rosales
2
Birthdate: September 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Quezon City, Philippines
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Elpidio Quirino
(Former President of the Philippines)
Elpidio Quirino
1
Birthdate: November 16, 1890
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vigan City, Philippines
Died: February 29, 1956

Elpidio Quirino was a Filipino politician and lawyer. From 1948 to 1953, Quirino served as the president of the Philippines. He was serving as the vice-president when he succeeded the presidency after the sudden death of incumbent President Manuel Roxas. In 2016, a memorial was established in Tokyo, Japan, in his honor.

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Paulo Avelino
(Filipino Actor Known for His TV Series: ‘Walang Hanggan’, ‘Bridges of Love’ and ‘The General's Daughter’)
Paulo Avelino
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Birthdate: May 13, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baguio, Philippines

While Filipino actor Paulo Avelino won an MMFF award for his performance in the film Fan Girl, a few pranksters posted a screenshot of him exposing himself, captured from the film, on various social-media platforms. He has previously gained fame with series such as Bridges Of Love.

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Sergio Osmeña
(The 4th President of the Philippines)
Sergio Osmeña
2
Birthdate: September 9, 1878
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cebu City, Philippines
Died: October 19, 1961

The 4th president of the Philippines, Sergio Osmeña had also been the country’s 1st vice-president. Initially a military commander of the Philippine army, he had been part of World War II. He had begun his political career as the governor of Cebu. He also founded the Nationalist Party.

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Carlos P. Garcia
(Former President of the Philippines)
Carlos P. Garcia
3
Birthdate: November 4, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Talibon, Philippines
Died: June 14, 1971

Carlos P. Garcia was a Filipino teacher, lawyer, orator, poet, political economist, public official, and Commonwealth military leader. He is best remembered for his service as the President of the Philippines from 18 March 1957 to 30 December 1961. An important political leader, Carlos P. Garcia also served as the Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 1953 to 1957.

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Francis Magalona
(Singer)
Francis Magalona
3
Birthdate: October 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mandaluyong, Philippines
Died: March 6, 2009
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Jesse Robredo
(Filipino Politician)
Jesse Robredo
7
Birthdate: May 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Naga
Died: August 18, 2012

Jesse Robredo was a Filipino politician best remembered for his service as the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government from 2010 until his death in 2012. He is also remembered for his service as the Mayor of Naga on two occasions. In 2000, Jesse Robredo became the first Filipino mayor to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service.

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Nonito Donaire
(The First Boxer in History to Become Three-Time Champion in Bantamweight)
Nonito Donaire
5
Birthdate: November 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Talibon, Philippines

Nonito Donaire is a Filipino-American boxer who has held various world championship titles in several weight classes from featherweight to flyweight. The oldest boxer to earn a bantamweight world title, Donaire is also the first boxer in history to become three-time champion in bantamweight. Donaire is the sixth boxer to have held world championships in three successive decades.

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Piolo Pascual
(Actor, film producer, musician, model, record producer)
Piolo Pascual
4
Birthdate: January 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Malate, Manila, Philippines
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Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.
(President of Philippines)
Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.
34
Birthdate: September 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santa Mesa, Manila, Philippines

Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. is a Filipino politician and the current president of the Philippines. A prominent political figure, Marcos also served as a senator of the Philippines from 2010 to 2016. Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. is also currently serving as the Secretary of Agriculture. 

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Dante Basco
(Actor Best Known for His Role as 'Rufio' in Steven Spielberg's Film 'Hook')
Dante Basco
8
Birthdate: August 29, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pittsburg, California, United States
Dante Basco is best known as the voice of Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Fans also loved him as Rufio in Steven Spielberg's Hook. He has also voiced Jake Long in American Dragon: Jake Long. He has lent his voice to many web series and video games, too.
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Darren Espanto
(Filipino-Canadian Singer, Actor, and Director)
Darren Espanto
14
Birthdate: May 24, 2001
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada

Darren Espanto is a Filipino-Canadian actor and singer best known for his cover songs. He achieved popularity after appearing in the popular Philippine reality singing TV competition, The Voice Kids. Over the years, Darren Espanto has received several prestigious awards, such as Awit Awards, Box Office Entertainment Awards, Myx Music Awards, Wish Music Awards, and PMPC Star Awards for Music

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Bamboo Mañalac
(Musician, Singer-songwriter)
Bamboo Mañalac
3
Birthdate: March 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Quezon City, Philippines
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Lucio Tan
(Entrepreneur)
Lucio Tan
3
Birthdate: July 17, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fujian, Republic of China (1912–1949) Republic of China
 45 
Bryan Callen
(Filipino-Born American Comedian, Actor, and Podcaster)
Bryan Callen
11
Birthdate: January 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
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Joshua Garcia
(Actor)
Joshua Garcia
0
Birthdate: October 7, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bauan, Philippines
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Francis Pangilinan
(Filipino Politician Who us Currently Serving as the Chairperson of the 'Liberal Party')
Francis Pangilinan
5
Birthdate: August 24, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manila

Francis Pangilinan is a Filipino politician, lawyer, and farm owner. He is best known for his service as a Senator of the Philippines on two occasions between 2001 and 2022. Francis Pangilinan is currently serving as the Chairperson of the Liberal Party.

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Emilio Aguinaldo
(President of the Philippines (1899-1901))
Emilio Aguinaldo
21
Birthdate: March 22, 1869
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kawit, Philippines
Died: February 6, 1964
Filipino revolutionary and military leader Emilio Aguinaldo was the first president of the Philippines, from 1899 to 1901. He was also the youngest president of his country and the first of any Asian republic. He was part of the Philippine Revolution, the Spanish–American War, and the Philippine–American War.
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Brandon Vera
(Filipino-American Mixed Martial Artist)
Brandon Vera
1
Birthdate: October 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States

Born in the US to an Italian mother and a Filipino father, Brandon Vera, better known as The Truth, initially joined college on an athletic scholarship but dropped out to join the US Airforce soon. The black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has also appeared on shows such as Kamandag and Magpakailanman.

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Nick Joaquin
(Filipino Journalist and Writer)
Nick Joaquin
6
Birthdate: May 4, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manila
Died: April 29, 2004

Nick Joaquin was a Filipino journalist and writer. He is best remembered for his novels and short stories written in the English language. Counted among the most prominent Filipino writers of all time, Nick Joaquin was the recipient of many prestigious awards such as the National Artist Award and Ramon Magsaysay Award for Literature.