Top 10 Internationally Famous Filipino Celebrities
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10. Hailee Steinfield
Hailee Steinfield is a famous Hollywood actress known for her role as Juliet Capulet in the 2013 film adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, and as Emily Junk in the musical comedy movie Pitch Perfect 2. Just recently, she visited Manila attractions and performed several shows in Manila. She was interviewed by several media outfit regarding her Filipino roots. Steinfield told the press that her maternal grandfather is half-Filipino, hailing from Bohol.
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9. Darren Criss
Darren Criss is popular for his portrayal as Blaine Anderson on the musical-comedy TV drama Glee. His mom is originally from Cebu, which makes him half Filipino. Criss has visited the country several times before to perform in shows and visit his relatives in Manila.
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8. Vanessa Hudgens
Famous for her role as Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical series, Hudgens is a Hollywood actress who starred in various films and TV series in Disney Channel. Her mother is a native of Manila which makes her a Filipino-American descent.
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Apl.de.Ap is a member of the Grammy award-winning group The Black Eyed Peas. Born in Pampanga, Apl speaks both Tagalog and Kapampangan language fluently. He currently performs in Philippine TV shows and was a judge in The Voice Philippines.
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6. Bruno Mars
Singer Bruno Mars, who sang chart-topping singles such as “Just the Way You Are,” “Grenade,” and “The Lazy Song” is also part Filipino. His mother Bernadette is a Filipina. Mars has performed in a solo concert in Manila and Cebu which were both successful and jam-packed.
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5. Arnel Pineda
Arnel Pineda is the lead singer of the popular American rock band Journey. He rose to fame in 2007 in the international scene. A pure-blooded Filipino, Pineda performs in several local and international shows along with his band.
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Filipina singing sensation Charice was first discovered on YouTube before she became an international singer. Described by Oprah as “the most talented girl in the world,” Charice is also the first Asian solo singer in history to land a spot in the Top 10 of Billboard 200 albums chart. Charice was a judge in The X Factor Philippines and is still performing in several shows locally and abroad.
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3. Lea Salonga
Best known for her roles in hit Broadway musicals such as Miss Saigon and Les Misérables, Salonga wowed the international scene for her singing prowess and great acting skills that landed her various roles in theater. She also voiced two Disney princesses and performed in various TV shows in and out of the country. Recently, she became judge for The Voice Philippines and is now returning to Broadway for the show Allegiance.
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2. Pia Wurtzbach
Confidently beautiful with a heart, Pia Wurtzbach stands proud as she is hailed Miss Universe 2015. She represented Philippines for the prestigious pageant and became the third Filipina to win the most-sought after title. Now, she is currently doing her official duties abroad as Miss Universe.
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1. Manny Pacquiao
Probably the most famous Filipino in the world, professional boxer Manny Pacquiao is the only eight-division world champion which made him popular in the boxing field. He has won several awards for his sport and was also named “Fighter of the Decade” by international boxing organizations. Recently, he was elected as a Senator of the Philippines, apart from being a businessman, actor, and professional basketball player.