Famous Filipino Men

Find out more about the greatest Filipino Men, including Manny Pacquiao, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jose Rizal, Benigno Aquino III and Ferdinand Marcos.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao
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Famous As: Politician, Professional Boxer
Birthdate: December 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kibawe, 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.

 2 Rodrigo Duterte

Rodrigo Duterte
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Famous As: President of Philippines
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.

 3 Jose Rizal

Jose Rizal
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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

Ferdinand Marcos
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Famous As: Former President of the Philippines
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.

 5 Manny Jacinto

Manny Jacinto
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Famous As: Television actor
Birthdate: August 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

 6 Andres Bonifacio

Andres Bonifacio
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Famous As: Filipino Revolutionary
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. 

 7 Benigno Aquino III

Benigno Aquino III
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Famous As: 15th President of the Philippines
Birthdate: February 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
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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 8 Manuel L. Quezon

Manuel L. Quezon
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Famous As: Former President of the Philippines
Birthdate: August 19, 1878
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baler
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.

 9 Daniel Padilla

Daniel Padilla
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Famous As: Actor, Recording Artist
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.

 10 apl.de.ap

apl.de.ap
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Famous As: known as a member of the hip hop group Black Eyed Peas.
Birthdate: November 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Angeles City, Philippines

 11 Alden Richards

Alden Richards
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 2, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santa Rosa, Laguna, 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.

 12 Arnel Pineda

Arnel Pineda
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Famous As: Singer & Songwriter
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. 

 13 Vice Ganda

Vice Ganda
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian, Actor
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.

 14 Bryan Callen

Bryan Callen
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
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 15 Enrique Gil

Enrique Gil
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 16 Coco Martin

Coco Martin
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 17 Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.

Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manila

 18 Ramon Magsaysay

Ramon Magsaysay
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Famous As: 7th President of the Philippines
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.

 19 Efren Reyes

Efren Reyes
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Famous As: Pool player
Birthdate: August 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Angeles

 20 Lou Diamond Phillips

Lou Diamond Phillips
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 21 Lapu-Lapu

Lapu-Lapu
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Famous As: Chieftain of Mactan, Philippines
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.

 22 Vic Sotto

Vic Sotto
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Famous As: Actor, comedian, film producer, TV host, singer , composer
Birthdate: April 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

 23 Bretman Rock

Bretman Rock
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Famous As: Instagram Star, YouTuber, Viner
Birthdate: July 31, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: 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.

 24 Apolinario Mabini

Apolinario Mabini
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Famous As: Revolutionary leader
Birthdate: July 23, 1864
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Talaga, Philippines
Died: May 13, 1903

 25 Manuel Roxas

Manuel Roxas
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Famous As: Former President of the Philippines
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. 

 26 Jo Koy

Jo Koy
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: June 2, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington, United States

 27 Dingdong Dantes

Dingdong Dantes
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Quezon City, Philippines

 28 James Reid

James Reid
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
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.

 29 Nonito Donaire

Nonito Donaire
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: November 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Talibon, Philippines

 30 Benigno Aquino, Jr.

Benigno Aquino, Jr.
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Birthdate: November 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Concepcion, Tarlac
Died: August 21, 1983

 31 Marcelo H. del Pilar

Marcelo H. del Pilar
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Famous As: Writer
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.

 32 Emilio Aguinaldo

Emilio Aguinaldo
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Famous As: First President of the Philippines
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.

 33 Jericho Rosales

Jericho Rosales
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Famous As: actor, singer
Birthdate: September 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Quezon City, Philippines

 34 Elpidio Quirino

Elpidio Quirino
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Famous As: Former President of the Philippines
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.

 35 John Lloyd Cruz

John Lloyd Cruz
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 24, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

 36 Reggie Lee

Reggie Lee
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Quezon City, Philippines

Reggie Lee is a Philippine-American actor best known for his portrayal of Sgt. Drew Wu in the popular police procedural drama TV series, Grimm. He has also played important roles in popular films, such as The Fast and the Furious, The Dark Knight Rises, and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

 37 Robin Padilla

Robin Padilla
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Camarines Norte, Philippines

 38 Piolo Pascual

Piolo Pascual
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Famous As: Actor, film producer, musician, model, record producer
Birthdate: January 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Malate, Manila, Philippines

 39 Sergio Osmeña

Sergio Osmeña
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Famous As: Former President of the Philippines
Birthdate: September 9, 1878
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cebu City, Philippines
Died: October 19, 1961

 40 Diosdado Macapagal

Diosdado Macapagal
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Famous As: Former President of the Philippines
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.

 41 Paulo Avelino

Paulo Avelino
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 42 Wesley So

Wesley So
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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: October 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bacoor, Philippines

 43 Carlos P. Garcia

Carlos P. Garcia
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Famous As: Former President
Birthdate: November 4, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Talibon, Philippines
Died: June 14, 1971

 44 Lucio Tan

Lucio Tan
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 17, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fujian, Republic of China (1912–1949) Republic of China

 45 Juan Ponce Enrile

Juan Ponce Enrile
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Famous As: Politician, Jurist, Lawyer
Birthdate: February 14, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gonzaga

 46 Fernando Poe Jr.

Fernando Poe Jr.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 20, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Died: December 14, 2004

 47 Nick Joaquin

Nick Joaquin
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: May 4, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manila
Died: April 29, 2004

 48 Darren Espanto

Darren Espanto
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Famous As: Singer
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

 49 Joseph Estrada

Joseph Estrada
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Famous As: 13th President of the Philippines
Birthdate: April 19, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tondo, Philippines

 50 Francis Escudero

Francis Escudero
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: October 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manila