Filipino

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?

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 1 
Manny Pacquiao
(Politician, Professional Boxer)

Manny Pacquiao
38
Listed In: Leaders
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.

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Rodrigo Duterte
(President of Philippines)

Rodrigo Duterte
64
Listed In: Leaders
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.

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Bella Poarch
(TikTok Star, Singer)

Bella Poarch
92
Birthdate: February 8, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philippines
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Jose Rizal
17
Listed In: Leaders
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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Ferdinand Marcos
(Former President of the Philippines)

Ferdinand Marcos
42
Listed In: Leaders
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.

 6 
Pia Wurtzbach
(Model, Actress)

Pia Wurtzbach
17
Birthdate: September 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

Pia Wurtzbach is a Filipino-German beauty queen who participated in the 64th Miss Universe pageant where she was crowned Miss Universe 2015. Wurtzbach is also a model, actress, and TV personality; she had to quit her showbusiness career temporarily to participate in the beauty pageant. She is also an advocate for gender equality and works towards raising awareness of HIV.

Lou Diamond Phillips
14
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.

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 8 
Liza Soberano
(Actress)

Liza Soberano
17
Birthdate: January 4, 1998
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santa Clara, California, United States
Filipina-American actor Liza Soberano rose to fame with the role of Maria in the series Forevermore, which had her starring with Enrique Gil. She paired up with Gil in many more projects later, such as the series Dolce Amore and the films Alone/Together and My Ex and Whys.

 9 
Catriona Gray
(Winner of Miss Universe 2018 and Miss World Philippines 2016)

Catriona Gray
13
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cairns, Australia
Filipino-Australian model Catriona Gray soared to fame after winning the 2018 Miss Universe pageant, thus becoming the fourth from her country to win the title. Apart from winning Miss Universe Philippines 2018, she had also been named Miss World Philippines 2016. She has worked for the OTOP initiative, too.

 10 
Lea Salonga
(Singer, actress)

Lea Salonga
9
Birthdate: February 22, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ermita, Manila, Philippines

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Manny Jacinto
(Television actor)

Manny Jacinto
5
Birthdate: August 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

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Kathryn Bernardo
14
Birthdate: March 26, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cabanatuan
Kathryn Bernardo is the only Filipina actress to breac the ₱800-million mark for two movies - The Hows of Us (2018) and Hello, Love, Goodbye (2019). The latter broke all box-office records to become the highest-grossing Filipino Film of all times till date. She bagged in the Box Office Queen Award and also earned the PMPC Star Awards for Movies

 13 
Sandara Park
(South Korean Singer & Actress)

Sandara Park
8
Birthdate: November 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Busan, South Korea

Famous for her baby-face and youthful skin, the South Korean singer and actress is a celebrity not just in her country, but also in the Philippines. Despite her humble beginning, Sandara Park rose to prominence as a singing sensation with a number of chart-topping songs. She also featured in television shows and movies and is considered as a trendsetter.

 14 
Vanessa Lachey
(Television personality)

Vanessa Lachey
19
Birthdate: November 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Clark Air Force Base, Philippines

 15 
Imelda Marcos
(Filipino Politician)

Imelda Marcos
30
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 2, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Manila

Imelda Marcos is a retired Filipino politician with a controversial history. She became the First Lady of the Philippines in 1965 when her husband, Ferdinand Marcos, became President of the nation. Her family stole billions of dollars from the country’s citizens and lived lavishly. The Marcoses were unseated during the People Power Revolution in February 1986.

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Corazon Aquino
(Former President of Phillipines)

Corazon Aquino
26
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 25, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paniqui, Tarlac
Died: August 1, 2009
Corazon Aquino, or Cory Aquino, was the first female president of the Philippines. She led the People Power Revolution after her husband Senator Benigno Aquino Jr.’s assassination and ended the 21-year dictatorial reign of President Ferdinand Marcos. In 1986, Corazon was named Time Magazine’s Woman of the Year.

 17 
Andres Bonifacio
(Filipino Revolutionary)

Andres Bonifacio
6
Listed In: Leaders
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. 

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Benigno Aquino III
(15th President of the Philippines)

Benigno Aquino III
18
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
Died: June 24, 2021
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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Manuel L. Quezon
(President of the Philippines (1935-44))

Manuel L. Quezon
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 19, 1878
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baler, Philippines
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.

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Daniel Padilla
27
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.

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Jessica Seinfeld
(Cookbook Author, Wife of Jerry Seinfeld)

Jessica Seinfeld
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oyster Bay, New York

Jessica Seinfeld, wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld, is best known for her first cookbook, Deceptively Delicious, which became a New York Times bestseller. She also owns the charity GOOD+ Foundation, which helps the needy in New York, and the culinary website Do it Delicious, which teaches cooking to beginners.

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Charice Pempengco
18
Birthdate: May 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cabuyao City, Laguna, Philippines

Born Charice Pempengco, Filipino singer Jake Zyrus came out as lesbian in 2013 and then as transgender later, changing his name in 2017 and going through a chest reconstruction and hormone treatment. Jake had grown up supporting his family by performing and later struck gold with the single Pyramid.

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Nadine Lustre
(Actress)

Nadine Lustre
6
Birthdate: October 31, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Quezon City, Philippines

Nadine Lustre is a Filipina actress, music video director, and singer best known for her portrayal of Eya Rodriguez in the 2014 romantic comedy film, Diary ng Panget. One of the most decorated Filipina celebrities, Lustre has won several prestigious awards, such as the Young Critics Circle award, Asian Academy Creative Award, Myx Music Awards, and Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award.

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Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.
17
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manila

 25 
Marian Rivera
(Actress)

Marian Rivera
17
Birthdate: August 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Marian Rivera is a Spanish-Filipino model and actress. She is known for playing important roles in TV series like Marimar, Amaya, and Temptation of Wife. Apart from winning awards for her acting skills, Rivera has also been named FHM Magazine's Sexiest Woman on a couple of occasions. Also known for her philanthropic efforts, Marian Rivera often participates in fundraising campaigns.

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Alden Richards
6
Birthdate: January 2, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santa Rosa, 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.

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Maine Mendoza
(Actress, TV Host)

Maine Mendoza
4
Birthdate: March 3, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santa Maria, Bulacan

Maine Mendoza is a Filipino television personality and actress. She is best known for playing Yaya Dub in the popular TV variety show, Eat Bulaga! Over the years, Maine Mendoza has won several awards, such as the Metro Manila Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress, which she won for her performance in the 2015 movie My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore.

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Bea Alonzo
(Actress, Singer)

Bea Alonzo
16
Birthdate: October 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cainta, Philippines

Bea Alonzo is a Filipina model, actress, and former singer. Widely regarded as one of Asia's biggest stars,Bea Alonzo has won many prestigious awards for her skills as an actress. In 2016, she was adjudged Movie Actress of the Year at the 32nd PMPC Star Awards for Movies for playing Basha Belinda Eugenio-Gonzales in the 2015 film, A Second Chance.

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Sarah Geronimo
7
Birthdate: July 25, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines
The defining moment of Filipino popstar Sarah Geronimo’s life came when she won the singing contest Star for a Night at 14. Known for her chartbusting tracks such as Tala and Kilometro, Sarah later secretly married actor Matteo Guidicelli. She is the most-streamed Filipina on Spotify Philippines.

 30 
Vice Ganda
(Stand-up Comedian, Actor)

Vice Ganda
26
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.

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apl.de.ap
(known as a member of the hip hop group Black Eyed Peas.)

apl.de.ap
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Angeles City, Philippines

 32 
Arnel Pineda
(Singer & Songwriter)

Arnel Pineda
8
Listed In: Singers
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. 

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Angel Locsin
(Actress)

Angel Locsin
26
Birthdate: April 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santa Maria, Philippines
Scouted by an agent at a mall, Angel Locsin began her career with the Philippine series Click and then gained recognition with Mulawin and Darna. Named to Forbes’s list of Asian Heroes of Philanthropy, she was prompt in raising funds to help COVID-19 front-liners in her country. 

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Enrique Gil
11
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.

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Coco Martin
20
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.

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Isabel Preysler
(Socialite)

Isabel Preysler
12
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

Isabel Preysler is a  Filipina socialite and TV host. As a teenager, she participated in beauty pageants and worked as a model. She later started working as a journalist. An elegant woman, she is considered a fashion icon. Her first husband was Julio Iglesias, a Spanish singer.  Enrique Iglesias and Julio Iglesias Jr. are her sons.

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Neile Adams
(Actress)

Neile Adams
4
Birthdate: July 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

Neile Adams is a Filipino-American dancer, actress, and singer. Before establishing herself in the American entertainment industry, Adams lived in Manila where she worked as a spy as part of the Philippine resistance movement during the Second World War. She then moved to the USA, where she became a dancer and actress.

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Efren Reyes
(Pool player)

Efren Reyes
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Angeles

 39 
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
(Former President of Philippines)

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
12
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Juan, Metro Manila

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is a Filipino politician and academic. From 2001 to 2010, Arroyo served as the president of the Philippines. Before serving as the president, Arroyo served as a senator and as the vice president of the Philippines. She later served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives from 2018 to 2019.

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Ramon Magsaysay
(7th President of the Philippines)

Ramon Magsaysay
1
Listed In: Leaders
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.

 41 
Maja Salvador
(Actress, Singer)

Maja Salvador
8
Birthdate: October 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Aparri, Cagayan, Philippines

Filipina actor Maja Salvador became a household name with her award-winning role in the film Thelma. The series Wildflower and The Killer Bride catapulted her to international fame. In 2018, she rekindled her romance with her long-lost boyfriend of her 20s, Rambo Nunez. She now owns a talent company.

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Heart Evangelista
10
Birthdate: February 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

Heart Evangelista is a Filipina actress, TV host, singer, philanthropist, and socialite. She began working as a model and actress while still in her teens. As a young woman, she continued acting while also establishing herself as a painter. She launched the foundation 'Heart Can' to help children with special needs. She is married to politician Francis Escudero.

 43 
Bryan Callen
(Comedian)

Bryan Callen
6
Birthdate: January 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

 44 
Miriam Defensor Santiago
(Judge, Journalist, Lawyer)

Miriam Defensor Santiago
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Iloilo City
Died: September 29, 2016

 45 

Andrea Brillantes
23
Birthdate: March 12, 2003
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Taytay, Rizal, Phillipines

Andrea Brillantes is a Filipina actress and recording artist best known for her leading role in the TV series Annaliza. She started acting as a child and first appeared in the children's comedy show Goin' Bulilit. As a young woman, she has acted in dramas and fantasies, portraying versatile roles. She has received one Urduja Heritage Film Award. 

 46 
Kim Chiu
(Actress)

Kim Chiu
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines

 47 
Lapu-Lapu
(Chieftain of Mactan, Philippines)

Lapu-Lapu
3
Listed In: Leaders
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.

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Anne Curtis
(Social star and actress who starred in the film When Love Begins with Aga Muhlach)

Anne Curtis
5
Birthdate: February 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yarrawonga, Victoria, Australia

 49 
Apolinario Mabini
(Revolutionary leader)

Apolinario Mabini
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: July 23, 1864
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Talaga, Philippines
Died: May 13, 1903

 50 
Bretman Rock
(Instagram Star, YouTuber, Viner)

Bretman Rock
23
Listed In: Instagram Stars
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.

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.