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
17 December 1978
Professional Boxer
Lou Diamond PhillipsLou Diamond Phillips
17 February 1962
Actor

Rodrigo DuterteRodrigo Duterte
28 March 1945
President of Philippines

Ferdinand MarcosFerdinand Marcos
11 September 1917
Former President of the Philippines

Jessica SeinfeldJessica Seinfeld
12 September 1971
Cookbook Author, Wife of Jerry Seinfeld

Imelda MarcosImelda Marcos
02 July 1929
Filipino Politician
Sandara ParkSandara Park
12 November 1984
South Korean Singer & Actress

Pia WurtzbachPia Wurtzbach
24 September 1989
Model, Actress

Emilio AguinaldoEmilio Aguinaldo
22 March 1869
First President of the Philippines
Marsha Garces WilliamsMarsha Garces Williams
18 June 1956
Producer

Corazon AquinoCorazon Aquino
25 January 1933
Former President of Phillipines
Mariel Hadley HemingwayMariel Hemingway
22 November 1961
Actress

Isabel PreyslerIsabel Preysler
18 February 1951
Socialite

Kathryn BernardoKathryn Bernardo
26 March 1996
Actress

Manuel L. QuezonManuel L. Quezon
19 August 1878
Former President of the Philippines

Liza SoberanoLiza Soberano
04 January 1998
Actress
Catriona GrayCatriona Gray
06 January 1994
Model

Neile AdamsNeile Adams
10 July 1932
Actress

Lapu-LapuLapu-Lapu
1491 AD
Chieftain of Mactan, Philippines

Angel LocsinAngel Locsin
23 April 1985
Actress
Marcelo H. del PilarMarcelo H. del Pilar
30 August 1850
Writer

Bea AlonzoBea Alonzo
17 October 1987
Actress, Singer
Daniel Padilla Daniel Padilla
26 April 1995
Actor, Recording Artist

Heart EvangelistaHeart Evangelista
14 February 1985
Actress

Benigno Aquino IIIBenigno Aquino III
08 February 1960
15th President of the Philippines
Arnel Campaner PinedaArnel Pineda
05 September 1967
Singer & Songwriter

Bretman RockBretman Rock
31 July 1998
Instagram Star, YouTuber, Viner
Ramon Magsaysay Ramon Magsaysay
31 August 1907
7th President of the Philippines

Sarah GeronimoSarah Geronimo
25 July 1988
Singer

Marian RiveraMarian Rivera
12 August 1984
Model
Shelby RabaraShelby Rabara
05 October 1983
Actress, Dancer

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Mariqueen MaandigMariqueen Maandig
05 April 1981
Singer
Vice GandaVice Ganda
31 March 1976
Stand-up Comedian, Actor

Enrique GilEnrique Gil
30 March 1992
Actor

Nadine LustreNadine Lustre
31 October 1993
Actress

Maja SalvadorMaja Salvador
05 October 1988
Actress, Singer
Julia MontesJulia Montes
19 March 1995
Actress
Jose RizalJose Rizal
19 June 1861
 

Alden RichardsAlden Richards
02 January 1992
Actor

Manuel RoxasManuel Roxas
01 January 1892
Former President of the Philippines

Coco MartinCoco Martin
01 November 1981
Actor
Fe del MundoFe del Mundo
27 November 1911
Pediatrician

Gabbi GarciaGabbi Garcia
02 December 1998
Actress

Diosdado MacapagalDiosdado Macapagal
28 September 1910
Former President of the Philippines

John GokongweiJohn Gokongwei
11 August 1926
Businessperson

Ranz KyleRanz Kyle
06 May 1997
Dancer, YouTuber
Andrea BrillantesAndrea Brillantes
12 March 2003
Actor

Maria RessaMaria Ressa
02 October 1963
Journalist
Maine MendozaMaine Mendoza
03 March 1995
Actress, TV Host

Elpidio QuirinoElpidio Quirino
16 November 1890
Former President of the Philippines

Niana Guerrero Niana Guerrero
27 January 2006
YouTuber
Paulo AvelinoPaulo Avelino
13 May 1988
Actor

Ylona GarciaYlona Garcia
28 February 2002
Singer
Kaycee in WonderlandKaycee in Wonderland
02 October 2007
YouTuber

Kyline AlcantaraKyline Alcantara
03 September 2002
Actress

Darren EspantoDarren Espanto
24 May 2001
Singer

Bailey MayBailey May
06 August 2002
TV Personality

Gloria Macapagal-ArroyoGloria Macapagal-Arroyo
05 April 1947
Former President of Philippines
Juan Karlos LabajoJuan Karlos Labajo
05 February 2001
Singer, Actor

Dominic PanganibanDominic Panganiban
27 September 1990
YouTuber

Nadine SamonteNadine Samonte
02 March 1988
Actress

Elle MillsElle Mills
17 July 1998
YouTube Star
Coleen GarciaColeen Garcia
24 September 1992
Actress

Keith TalensKeith Talens
05 July 1993
TikTok Stars
Andres BonifacioAndres Bonifacio
30 November 1863
Filipino Revolutionary

Charice PempengcoCharice Pempengco
10 May 1992
Singer

Steffiana de la CruzSteffiana de la Cruz
28 August 1974
Actress, Wife of Kevin James
Carissa AlvaradoCarissa Alvarado
10 January 1991
Singer-songwriter

Patricia TumulakPatricia Tumulak
03 March 1988
Model
James ReidJames Reid
11 May 1993
Singer

Koleen Diaz Koleen Diaz
05 April 1997
YouTuber

Reggie LeeReggie Lee
04 October 1975
Actor
KhalylaKhalyla
31 October 1984
YouTuber

Telli SwiftTelli Swift
24 January 1987
Model, Reality TV Star, Fiancée of Deontay Wilder
Jason MendezJason Mendez
18 September 1993
Vine Star

Janina VelaJanina Vela
12 April 1999
YouTuber

Patrick SimondacPatrick Simondac
11 November 1989
YouTuber

Andree BonifacioAndree Bonifacio
13 December 2002
Dancer, Actress
Daniel MarkhamDaniel Markham
23 July 1980
YouTuber
Daphne JoyDaphne Joy
08 January 1987
Model, Actress

DomicsDomics
27 September 1990
Youtuber

Ysa PenarejoYsa Penarejo
29 March 2000
Actress, Songwriter

Pxpi JaePxpi Jae
18 May 1999
TikTok (Musical.ly) star
Anthony CervantesAnthony Cervantes
30 January 2004
TikTok Star

Roi FabitoRoi Fabito
21 August 1991
YouTuber

Heart DefensorHeart Defensor
10 March 1989
YouTuber

DfieldMarkDfieldMark
27 August 1993
YouTuber

Bryan CallenBryan Callen
26 January 1967
Comedian
Lea SalongaLea Salonga
22 February 1971
Singer, actress

Manny JacintoManny Jacinto
19 August 1987
Television actor
Julie VegaJulie Vega
21 May 1968
Model, Singer, Actor

Vanessa LacheyVanessa Lachey
09 November 1980
Television personality
Alfredo LimAlfredo Lim
21 December 1929
Politician
Jo KoyJo Koy
02 June 1971
Stand-up Comedian

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.