Find out more about the greatest Filipinos, including Lou Diamond Phillips, Rodrigo Duterte, Manny Pacquiao, Liza Soberano and Ferdinand Marcos.

Don’t go by the size of this small Southeast Asian country – Philippines has been strong, impactful and influential throughout history! For those still doubtful, do you know that Philippines was the first country to gain independence and declare democracy in Asia? Or the country played an equivalent role along with US during World War II’s fighting against the Japanese. Well, much of that wouldn’t have been possible without the Filipinos–a bunch of happy folks in the world who live by their ‘bahala na attitude’ that espouses living life to the fullest. Their never-say-die spirit and unwavering optimism have made them one amongst the world’s happiest nationalities. But are Filipinos all about being happy and gay?
Manny PacquiaoManny Pacquiao
(Eight-division Boxing World Champion)

17 December 1978

Rodrigo DuterteRodrigo Duterte
(President of Philippines)

28 March 1945

Lou Diamond PhillipsLou Diamond Phillips
(Actor)

17 February 1962

Ferdinand MarcosFerdinand Marcos
(Former President of the Philippines)

11 September 1917

Jessica SeinfeldJessica Seinfeld
(Cookbook Author, Wife of Jerry Seinfeld)

12 September 1971

Arnel Campaner PinedaArnel Pineda
(Singer & Songwriter)

05 September 1967

Sandara ParkSandara Park
(South Korean Singer & Actress)

12 November 1984

Liza SoberanoLiza Soberano
(Actress)

04 January 1998

Imelda MarcosImelda Marcos
(Filipino Politician)

02 July 1929

Corazon AquinoCorazon Aquino
(Former President of Phillipines)

25 January 1933

Vice GandaVice Ganda
(Stand-up Comedian, Actor)

31 March 1976

Shelby RabaraShelby Rabara
(Actress, Dancer)

05 October 1983

Bretman RockBretman Rock
(Instagram Star, YouTuber, Viner)

31 July 1998

Isabel PreyslerIsabel Preysler
(Socialite)

18 February 1951

Daniel Padilla Daniel Padilla
(Actor, Recording Artist)

26 April 1995

Coco MartinCoco Martin
(Actor)

01 November 1981

Jose RizalJose Rizal

19 June 1861

Marian RiveraMarian Rivera
(Model)

12 August 1984

Benigno Aquino IIIBenigno Aquino III
(15th President of the Philippines)

08 February 1960

Sarah GeronimoSarah Geronimo
(Singer)

25 July 1988

Nadine LustreNadine Lustre
(Actress)

31 October 1993

Niana Guerrero Niana Guerrero
(YouTuber)

27 January 2006

Julia MontesJulia Montes
(Actress)

19 March 1995

Ramon Magsaysay Ramon Magsaysay
(7th President of the Philippines)

31 August 1907

Enrique GilEnrique Gil
(Actor)

30 March 1992

Maja SalvadorMaja Salvador
(Actress, Singer)

05 October 1988

Angel LocsinAngel Locsin
(Actress)

23 April 1985

Mariqueen MaandigMariqueen Maandig
(Singer)

05 April 1981

Bea AlonzoBea Alonzo
(Actress, Singer)

17 October 1987

Maine MendozaMaine Mendoza
(Actress, TV Host)

03 March 1995

Andrea BrillantesAndrea Brillantes
(Actor)

12 March 2003

Gabbi GarciaGabbi Garcia
(Actress)

02 December 1998

Alden RichardsAlden Richards
(Actor)

02 January 1992

Bailey MayBailey May
(TV Personality)

06 August 2002

Darren EspantoDarren Espanto
(Singer)

24 May 2001

Gloria Macapagal-ArroyoGloria Macapagal-Arroyo
(Former President of Philippines)

05 April 1947

Daphne JoyDaphne Joy
(Model, Actress)

08 January 1987

Ylona GarciaYlona Garcia
(Singer)

28 February 2002

Dominic PanganibanDominic Panganiban
(YouTuber)

27 September 1990

Ranz KyleRanz Kyle
(Dancer, YouTuber)

06 May 1997

Charice PempengcoCharice Pempengco
(Singer)

10 May 1992

Coleen GarciaColeen Garcia
(Actress)

24 September 1992

Janina VelaJanina Vela
(YouTuber)

12 April 1999

Patrick SimondacPatrick Simondac
(YouTuber)

11 November 1989

Patricia TumulakPatricia Tumulak
(Model)

03 March 1988

James ReidJames Reid
(Singer)

11 May 1993

Nadine SamonteNadine Samonte
(Actress)

02 March 1988

Steffiana de la CruzSteffiana de la Cruz
(Actress, Wife of Kevin James)

28 August 1974

Juan Karlos LabajoJuan Karlos Labajo
(Singer, Actor)

05 February 2001

Koleen Diaz Koleen Diaz
(YouTuber)

05 April 1997

Pxpi JaePxpi Jae
(Musical.ly star)

18 May 1999

Daniel MarkhamDaniel Markham
(YouTuber)

23 July 1980

Elle MillsElle Mills
(YouTube Star)

17 July 1998

Heart DefensorHeart Defensor
(YouTuber)

10 March 1989

Jason MendezJason Mendez
(Vine Star)

18 September 1993

Ysa PenarejoYsa Penarejo
(Actress, Songwriter)

29 March 2000

Lea SalongaLea Salonga
(Singer, actress)

22 February 1971

Andrés BonifacioAndrés Bonifacio
(Autobiographer, Politician)

30 November 1863

Heart EvangelistaHeart Evangelista
Emilio AguinaldoEmilio Aguinaldo
(Politician, Autobiographer)

22 March 1869

Manuel L. QuezonManuel L. Quezon
(Politician, Lawyer)

19 August 1878

Henry SyHenry Sy
(Entrepreneur, Businessperson)

25 December 1924

Anne CurtisAnne Curtis

Lapu-LapuLapu-Lapu
(Tribal chief)

1491 AD

Efren ReyesEfren Reyes
(Pool player)

26 August 1954

Nick JoaquinNick Joaquin
(Writer, Journalist)

04 May 1917

Joseph EstradaJoseph Estrada
(Politician, Actor)

19 April 1937

Dayanara TorresDayanara Torres
(Actor, Model, Beauty pageant contestant)

28 October 1974

Kim ChiuKim Chiu
(Actress)

19 April 1990

Vic SottoVic Sotto
(Actor, comedian, film producer, TV host, singer , composer)

28 April 1954

Marcelo H. del PilarMarcelo H. del Pilar
(Journalist, Writer)

30 August 1850

Yassi PressmanYassi Pressman

Francis EscuderoFrancis Escudero
(Politician, Lawyer)

10 October 1969

JM de GuzmanJM de Guzman
(Actor, Singer)

09 September 1988

Jericho RosalesJericho Rosales
(actor, singer)

22 September 1979

Well, there is more to these happy faces than just their smile and grin – Philippines have been home of some of the world’s most distinguished people who have through their works and achievements contributed much to the society and its people. President Ramon Magsaysay, boxer Manny Pacquiao, singer Arnel Pineda, presidents Corazon Aquino and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, journalists Jose Rizal are some of the most noteworthy Filipinos who have done commendable work in their respective fields. Some such as dictator Ferdinand Marcos have been famous for their infamy as well. Check this section to find out more about famous Filipinos, their life and their works.