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
Eight-division Boxing World Champion
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

Niana Guerrero Niana Guerrero
27 January 2006
YouTuber

Imelda MarcosImelda Marcos
02 July 1929
Filipino Politician
Kathryn BernardoKathryn Bernardo
26 March 1996
Actress

Sandara ParkSandara Park
12 November 1984
South Korean Singer & Actress

Daniel Padilla Daniel Padilla
26 April 1995
Actor, Recording Artist

Jessica SeinfeldJessica Seinfeld
12 September 1971
Cookbook Author, Wife of Jerry Seinfeld
Vice GandaVice Ganda
31 March 1976
Stand-up Comedian, Actor

Corazon AquinoCorazon Aquino
25 January 1933
Former President of Phillipines
Liza SoberanoLiza Soberano
04 January 1998
Actress

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

Mariel Hadley HemingwayMariel Hemingway
22 November 1961
Actress
Angel LocsinAngel Locsin
23 April 1985
Actress

Andrea BrillantesAndrea Brillantes
12 March 2003
Actor
Isabel PreyslerIsabel Preysler
18 February 1951
Socialite

Julia MontesJulia Montes
19 March 1995
Actress

Nadine LustreNadine Lustre
31 October 1993
Actress
Arnel Campaner PinedaArnel Pineda
05 September 1967
Singer & Songwriter

Coco MartinCoco Martin
01 November 1981
Actor
Marian RiveraMarian Rivera
12 August 1984
Model

Neile AdamsNeile Adams
10 July 1932
Actress

Benigno Aquino IIIBenigno Aquino III
08 February 1960
15th President of the Philippines

Bea AlonzoBea Alonzo
17 October 1987
Actress, Singer
Sarah GeronimoSarah Geronimo
25 July 1988
Singer
Shelby RabaraShelby Rabara
05 October 1983
Actress, Dancer

Mariqueen MaandigMariqueen Maandig
05 April 1981
Singer

Ranz KyleRanz Kyle
06 May 1997
Dancer, YouTuber

Enrique GilEnrique Gil
30 March 1992
Actor
Ramon Magsaysay Ramon Magsaysay
31 August 1907
7th President of the Philippines

Maja SalvadorMaja Salvador
05 October 1988
Actress, Singer

Juan Karlos LabajoJuan Karlos Labajo
05 February 2001
Singer, Actor

Darren EspantoDarren Espanto
24 May 2001
Singer

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Jose RizalJose Rizal
19 June 1861
 
Bretman RockBretman Rock
31 July 1998
Instagram Star, YouTuber, Viner

Maine MendozaMaine Mendoza
03 March 1995
Actress, TV Host
Alden RichardsAlden Richards
02 January 1992
Actor

Kyline AlcantaraKyline Alcantara
03 September 2002
Actress

Gabbi GarciaGabbi Garcia
02 December 1998
Actress
Maria RessaMaria Ressa
02 October 1963
Journalist

Daphne JoyDaphne Joy
08 January 1987
Model, Actress
Elle MillsElle Mills
17 July 1998
YouTube Star

Gloria Macapagal-ArroyoGloria Macapagal-Arroyo
05 April 1947
Former President of Philippines

Bailey MayBailey May
06 August 2002
TV Personality

Charice PempengcoCharice Pempengco
10 May 1992
Singer

Dominic PanganibanDominic Panganiban
27 September 1990
YouTuber
Ylona GarciaYlona Garcia
28 February 2002
Singer

Coleen GarciaColeen Garcia
24 September 1992
Actress

Fe del MundoFe del Mundo
27 November 1911
Pediatrician

Andres BonifacioAndres Bonifacio
30 November 1863
Filipino Revolutionary
Nadine SamonteNadine Samonte
02 March 1988
Actress

James ReidJames Reid
11 May 1993
Singer
Roi FabitoRoi Fabito
21 August 1991
YouTuber

Steffiana de la CruzSteffiana de la Cruz
28 August 1974
Actress, Wife of Kevin James

Patricia TumulakPatricia Tumulak
03 March 1988
Model
Janina VelaJanina Vela
12 April 1999
YouTuber

Carissa AlvaradoCarissa Alvarado
10 January 1991
Singer-songwriter
Daniel MarkhamDaniel Markham
23 July 1980
YouTuber

Patrick SimondacPatrick Simondac
11 November 1989
YouTuber

Koleen Diaz Koleen Diaz
05 April 1997
YouTuber
Telli SwiftTelli Swift
24 January 1987
Model, Reality TV Star, Fiancée of Deontay Wilder

Jason MendezJason Mendez
18 September 1993
Vine Star
Ysa PenarejoYsa Penarejo
29 March 2000
Actress, Songwriter

Andree BonifacioAndree Bonifacio
13 December 2002
Dancer, Actress

Pxpi JaePxpi Jae
18 May 1999
TikTok (Musical.ly) star

Heart DefensorHeart Defensor
10 March 1989
YouTuber
DomicsDomics
27 September 1990
Youtuber
DfieldMarkDfieldMark
27 August 1993
YouTuber

Kaycee in WonderlandKaycee in Wonderland
02 October 2007
YouTuber

KhalylaKhalyla
31 October 1984
YouTuber

Lea SalongaLea Salonga
22 February 1971
Singer, actress
Heart EvangelistaHeart Evangelista
 

Emilio AguinaldoEmilio Aguinaldo
22 March 1869
Politician, Autobiographer

Bong RevillaBong Revilla
25 September 1966
Actor, Film producer, Comedian, Film actor

Nonito DonaireNonito Donaire
16 November 1982
Boxer

Vic SottoVic Sotto
28 April 1954
Actor, comedian, film producer, TV host, singer ,
Joseph EstradaJoseph Estrada
19 April 1937
Politician, Actor

Efren ReyesEfren Reyes
26 August 1954
Pool player
Dayanara TorresDayanara Torres
28 October 1974
Actor, Model, Beauty pageant contestant

Imee MarcosImee Marcos
12 November 1955
Politician

Anne CurtisAnne Curtis
 
Francis EscuderoFrancis Escudero
10 October 1969
Politician, Lawyer

Henry SyHenry Sy
25 December 1924
Entrepreneur, Businessperson
Kim ChiuKim Chiu
19 April 1990
Actress

Cristine ReyesCristine Reyes
05 February 1989
Model, Comedian, Actor

Kris AquinoKris Aquino
14 February 1971
Actress

Lapu-LapuLapu-Lapu
1491 AD
Tribal chief
Bam AquinoBam Aquino
07 May 1977
Politician

Regine VelasquezRegine Velasquez
22 April 1970
singer
Toni GonzagaToni Gonzaga
20 January 1984
singer

Jericho RosalesJericho Rosales
22 September 1979
actor, singer

Miriam Defensor SantiagoMiriam Defensor Santiago
15 June 1945
Judge, Journalist, Lawyer

Tito SottoTito Sotto
24 August 1948
Actor, Singer, Bowler, Comedian, Songwriter
Grace PoeGrace Poe
03 September 1968
Politician

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.