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

17 February 1962

Ferdinand MarcosFerdinand Marcos
(Former President of the Philippines)

11 September 1917

Imelda MarcosImelda Marcos
(Filipino Politician)

02 July 1929

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

12 September 1971

Sandara ParkSandara Park
(South Korean Singer & Actress)

12 November 1984

Arnel Campaner PinedaArnel Pineda
(Singer & Songwriter)

05 September 1967

Corazon AquinoCorazon Aquino
(Former President of Phillipines)

25 January 1933

Kathryn BernardoKathryn Bernardo

26 March 1996

Liza SoberanoLiza Soberano

04 January 1998

Vice GandaVice Ganda
(Stand-up Comedian, Actor)

31 March 1976

Marian RiveraMarian Rivera

12 August 1984

Daniel Padilla Daniel Padilla
(Actor, Recording Artist)

26 April 1995

Isabel PreyslerIsabel Preysler

18 February 1951

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

08 February 1960

Coco MartinCoco Martin

01 November 1981

Shelby RabaraShelby Rabara
(Actress, Dancer)

05 October 1983

Sarah GeronimoSarah Geronimo

25 July 1988

Andrea BrillantesAndrea Brillantes

12 March 2003

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

31 August 1907

Nadine LustreNadine Lustre

31 October 1993

Bretman RockBretman Rock
(Instagram Star, YouTuber, Viner)

31 July 1998

Maja SalvadorMaja Salvador
(Actress, Singer)

05 October 1988

Bea AlonzoBea Alonzo
(Actress, Singer)

17 October 1987

Julia MontesJulia Montes

19 March 1995

Angel LocsinAngel Locsin

23 April 1985

Jose RizalJose Rizal

19 June 1861

Enrique GilEnrique Gil

30 March 1992

Mariqueen MaandigMariqueen Maandig

05 April 1981

Maine MendozaMaine Mendoza
(Actress, TV Host)

03 March 1995

Gabbi GarciaGabbi Garcia

02 December 1998

Darren EspantoDarren Espanto

24 May 2001

Alden RichardsAlden Richards

02 January 1992

Niana Guerrero Niana Guerrero

27 January 2006

Daphne JoyDaphne Joy
(Model, Actress)

08 January 1987

Juan Karlos LabajoJuan Karlos Labajo
(Singer, Actor)

05 February 2001

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

05 April 1947

Charice PempengcoCharice Pempengco

10 May 1992

Bailey MayBailey May
(TV Personality)

06 August 2002

Ranz KyleRanz Kyle
(Dancer, YouTuber)

06 May 1997

Dominic PanganibanDominic Panganiban

27 September 1990

Coleen GarciaColeen Garcia

24 September 1992

Ylona GarciaYlona Garcia

28 February 2002

Nadine SamonteNadine Samonte

02 March 1988

Patricia TumulakPatricia Tumulak

03 March 1988

Janina VelaJanina Vela

12 April 1999

James ReidJames Reid

11 May 1993

Elle MillsElle Mills
(YouTube Star)

17 July 1998

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

28 August 1974

Patrick SimondacPatrick Simondac

11 November 1989

Koleen Diaz Koleen Diaz

05 April 1997

Carissa AlvaradoCarissa Alvarado

10 January 1991

Pxpi JaePxpi Jae
(TikTok ( star)

18 May 1999

Daniel MarkhamDaniel Markham

23 July 1980

Heart DefensorHeart Defensor

10 March 1989

Ysa PenarejoYsa Penarejo
(Actress, Songwriter)

29 March 2000

Jason MendezJason Mendez
(Vine Star)

18 September 1993

Andree BonifacioAndree Bonifacio
(Dancer, Actress)

13 December 2002


27 August 1993

Telli SwiftTelli Swift
(Model, Reality TV Star, Fiancée of Deontay Wilder)

24 January 1987

Fe del MundoFe del Mundo

27 November 1911

Andrés BonifacioAndrés Bonifacio
(Autobiographer, Politician)

30 November 1863

Emilio AguinaldoEmilio Aguinaldo
(Politician, Autobiographer)

22 March 1869

Lea SalongaLea Salonga
(Singer, actress)

22 February 1971

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

19 August 1878

Heart EvangelistaHeart Evangelista
Regine VelasquezRegine Velasquez

22 April 1970

Jericho RosalesJericho Rosales
(actor, singer)

22 September 1979

Veronica FrancoVeronica Franco
(poet, writer, model)

25 March 1546

Henry SyHenry Sy
(Entrepreneur, Businessperson)

25 December 1924

Efren ReyesEfren Reyes
(Pool player)

26 August 1954

Anne CurtisAnne Curtis
Francis EscuderoFrancis Escudero
(Politician, Lawyer)

10 October 1969

(Tribal chief)

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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.