Filipinos are versatile. They are all around the globe. Almost in every country, you can meet a Filipino or two. They are hospitable by nature, so you’ll never have any dull moments when you meet a true Pinoy. That said, there are Filipinos who made it big in the international scene.
In particular, some Filipinos are in Hollywood and making a name for themselves. They are proud of their heritage and why wouldn’t they? Perhaps it’s time to know the Filipinos that made it famous in the international scene. Here is the list of the Filipinos that would make you say, “I’m proud to be Pinoy”.
The List Of Pinoys Who Made It Big Internationally
1. Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars is a total performer, and I would say one of the best in that regard. Born Peter Gene Fernandez, Bruno Mars’ mom was a Filipina. Alongside his Jewish-Puerto Rican dad, Peter Gene grew up in Hawaii. Now, he’s one of the critically-acclaimed singers/artists all over the world.
2. Christine Gambito
Ever heard of the YouTuber HappySlip? She’s actually a Filipina who was born in Virginia. HappySlip is Chrisine Gambito in real life. Her comedy skits on YouTube are viral, which concentrates about her Filipino family.
3. Lea Salonga
Lea Salonga’s international recognition came first when she was part of Miss Saigon. She originally played the role of Kim. Since then, she enjoyed the limelight in different parts of the world. She even sang the theme song “A Whole New World” with Brad Kane for Disney’s animated film “Aladdin”.
4. Vanessa Hudgens
Vanessa Hudgens’ fame originally came from Disney’s High School Musical. Her mom is a Filipina. In one interview, she revealed that she loves Filipino food like pancit, adobo and halo-halo.Vanessa also confessed she eats rice every day. You go, girl!
5. Allan Pineda a.k.a. apl.de.ap
Allan Pineda was born in the Philippines to an American father and a Filipina mother. He soon migrated to the U.S., and he became part of the group the Black Eyed Peas. His time with the BEP was successful, as they released hit song after hit song. He;s also proud of his Filipino heritage, which can be heard in the songs “Bebot” and “The APL Song”.
6. Enrique Iglesias
If looks could kill, many ladies would be dead already. Enrique Iglesias’ hotness would be the one to blame. But seriously, the dude’s part Filipino. The platinum-selling artist’s mother is socialite Isabel Preysler. Well, his dad was also a famous singer, Julio Iglesias. I guess it’s safe to say that talent runs in the family.
7. Monique Lhuillier
Monique Lhuillier is a world-famous fashion designer who was born in Cebu City. She has a long list of A-list clients under her name. Included are actress Reese Witherspoon, country singer Carrie Underwood and former child star Drew Barrymore.
8. Hailee Steinfeld
If you have watched the highly-acclaimed movie “True Grit”, then you might recognize Hailee Steinfeld. She played the role of the young Mattie Ross alongside Jeff Bridges. Her maternal grandfather is a Filipino, and her mother is Cheri Domasin-Steinfeld; a prominent interior designer. She’s also a promising singer.
9. Rob Schneider
Did you know that funny guy Rob Schneider has Filipino blood? He made us laugh because of his crazy antics in movies. Rob’s grandmother was a Filipino who married his grandfather, an American army private, while stationed in the Philippines.
10. Lou Diamond Phillips
Lou Diamond Phillips is one of the first celebrities in Hollywood with Filipino blood. His mom was a Filipina, and his dad was an American.
11. Manny Pacquiao
Of course, this list won’t be complete without Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao’s illustrious career as a boxing superstar has given way for the Philippines to be on the spotlight of international media. During his fights, the entire Philippines is watching. Would you believe that during his fights, crime rate was zero? Crazy, right? Although news of Pacquiao’s retirement is looming, the now-senator of the Philippines still has one fight to go, or at least confirmed.