Famous Filipino American Celebrities
Several Filipino Americans have made important and notable contributions to the American culture, politics or society, American media, music and movie industry. In Hollywood there are Filipino0American actors who made names in the Film and music industry in the United States, including Tia Carrere, Lou Diamond Phillips, Phoebe Cates, Mark Dacascos, Rob Schneider, apl.de.ap (Allan Pineda) of the Black Eyed Peas, the White House Executive Chef since 2005, Cristeta Pasia Comerford, Cher Calvin – KTLA Anchor, Channel 5 Los Angeles (daughter of former Filipino actor Roger Calvin), Hervé Jean-Pierre Villechaize, also known as Mark Marmolejo ( best known for his 1978-1984 Fantasy Island television series in his role as Tattoo) and a lot more artists. Here are some Filipino-American artists who made names in the United States and other countries.
1) Cheryl Burke
Cheryl Stephanie Bautista Burke, known Cheryl Burke, is a professional dancer, best known for being one of the professional dancers on Dancing with the Stars of ABC, where she was the first female professional to win the show and the first professional to win twice consecutively. Burke’s father is of Irish and Russian descent and her mother is Filipino. Burke began learning ballet at age four, and performing locally. Burke began competing at the age of 13, and then began ballroom dancing and decided to change her focus, and began training herself into Latin dances and standard ballroom dancing.
2) Chris Judd
Cristan Leenon “Cris” Judd, is an American actor and choreographer, noted and best known for his brief marriage to Jennifer Lopez. Cris Judd was born in Abilene, Texas, but grew up during his early years in Angeles City Air Force bases in the Philippines and Hawaii. Judd’s father, Larry is Portuguese while his mother is Filipina. Judd’s family moved to Niceville, Florida where he attended hi high school. While in Florida, Judd, was an avid athlete, and spent a lot of time surfing and playing golf with golf handicap of four. During his college days, Judd had his first job at Disney World with Wayne Brady (American actor, singer,comedian and TV personality), a friend and colleague. Judd became interested in dancing at the age of 21, and that same year, he switched jobs and began dancing professionally with Disney. Cris Judd was hired to dance for the MTV Video Music Awards in 1995 with Michael Jackson, and then danced with Jackson on the HIStory Tour, becoming lead dancer for the tour. He met Jennifer Lopez, his ex-wife, in Spain when he was hired to direct her music video for Love Don’t Cost a Thing. On September 29, 2001, Judd and Lopez were married but their marriage ended in June 2002. Cris Judd also composed Alive, a Jennifer Lopez’s song, which was chosen as the theme song for Enough, the movie. In November 2009, Judd married Kelly A. Wolfe in Laguna Beach,California.
3) Charles Klapow
Charles “Chucky” Klapow is an American choreographer and dance instructor who has performed and choreographed for various performers, television and stage productions, and noted for his teachings of the mental approach to dance. Klapow is Filipino American. His father is of American Russian descent while his mother is of Filipino descent. Chucky Klapow was an assistant to choreographer and mentor Marguerite Derricks at age fifteen, including a dancing spot in the music video of Paula Abdul‘s Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah. On July 7, 2009, Chucky took part in the memorial service of Michael Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles where days prior to the death of Michael Jackson. Chucky Kaplow, Michael Jackson and the whole crew of This Is It were doing rehearsals at the Staples Center in preparations for the London concerts at the The O2 Arena. Kimberly Klapow, his sister, has appeared with him in all 3 High School Musicals, also appeared in High Scholl Musical: The Concert as part of the East High basketball team.
4) Van Partible
Van Partible, born Efrem Giovanni Bravo Partible in 1971, is a Filipino-born American animator, writer and producer, noted for his animation creation, Johnny Bravo television series. Partible was born in Manila, Philippines and grew up with a love of drawing. Despite growing up copying artwork from collections of old comic books, Partible decided to pursue a career in animation during his college days and began working on a senior thesis project in 1993 titled Mess O’ Blues, initially about a film of three impersonators of Elvis Presley. The film Mess O’ Blues was shown by professor Dan McLaughlin, Partible’s animation professor, to a friend working for Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, and the studio loved the film and asked Partible to set up for a seven-minute cartoon based on the said film, and Johnny Bravo was created. Partible is currently serving for Cartoon Network Asia as executive producer for original programming, he teaches at Loyola Marymount University in animation workshops, and he is working on a pilot for Disney.
5) Whilce Portacio
William “Whilce” Portacio is a Filipino American comic book writer and artist best known for his work on such titles as The Punisher, X-Factor, Uncanny X-Men, Iron Man, Wetworks and Spawn. Portacio was also credited as one of the seven co-founders of Image Comics, but did not become a partner in the company. Portacio was born in Sangley Point, Cavite City, Philippines, but grew up in the United States in places such as Midway Island and New Mexico and moved to San Diego, California. At the age of ten his interests was reading comic books, and discovered Jack Kirby and Neal Adams work of creations and influenced him, when his neighbor decided to get rid of her husband’s collection. Portacio’ dream was to become as astronaut, but because of his height and eyesight did not meet the necessary requirements, which determined that art would be his vocation. He continued to create his own comic books during high school, with his longtime friend, Scott Williams, who would one day be a highly comic book writer in the industry. It was announced on June 9, 2008, that Portacio would be the new artist on Spawn beginning in October 2008 with issue #185, providing pencils with Todd McFarlane, Spawn creator returning as co-writer as with the new creative team, Brian Holguin.
6) Kristine Johnson
Kristine Johnson born in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines in June 5, 1972, is a WCBS-TV co-anchor in New York City, New York, on the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts with Maurice DuBois. Johnson was born in the Philippines, to a Filipino mother and a Swedish-American father. She graduated with a Bachelor of Ats in Journalism and minors in English, history and political science from the University of Nebraska. In November 2006, Johnson joined WCBS-TV as co-anchor of the newscasts at noon and 5 p.m. time slot alongside former station sports director, Chris Wragge. Kristine Johnson and Wragge replaced Dana Tyler and Jim Rosenfield in June 2007, on the 11 p.m. newscast, with Tyler and Rosenfield taking the noon time newscast. Johnson is currently residing with her husband, Steve, and daughter Ava born in May 2002 and son Burke born March 2007 in New Jersey.
7) Claire Leka
Claire Leka is a journalist and television presenter, who specialize in business & finance. She spent more of her career, working for CNN as a correspondent and anchor as well as for MSNBC, NBC News, CBS News and WABC-TV. Claire Leka is a widely and popularly known Filipina, who was born in Washington, D.C. Claire has also been a Finance correspondent in Sunrise, an Australian breakfast show. She is married to Donald Leka an entrepreneur in the information technology industry and pioneer in the cloud computing space, the Founder, Chairman and CEO of TransMedia Corporation, the creator of the award winning cloud computing platform Glide OS.
8) Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye
Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye a Filipino American jurist, the 28th Chief Justice of California, nominated by then California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, for California’s highest judicial office on July 22, 2010, and on November 2, 2010, she was retained in office by California voters, she was sworn in on January 3, 2011. Before her current appointment, Cantil-Sakauye had served in judicial offices on California’s appellate and trial courts. Tani Gorre Cantil, was born in Sacramento, California and was raised in the Land Park, Sacramento neighborhood. Like Associate Justice Joyce Kennard (who was from Dutch, Indonesian and German ancestry), Cantil-Sakauye is technically of mixed descent. Her father Clarence Cantil is Hawaiian-born of Filipino and Portuguese ancestry, while her mother, Mary Gorre, was Filipino. In 1994, she married Mark Sakauye, who is a retired Sacramento Police Department Lieutenant. Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye and Lieutenant Sakauye have two daughters.
9) Caterina Fake
Caterina Fake is an American entrepreneur and businesswoman, best known as the co-founder of the websites Flickr and Hunch. Fake was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to an American father and Filipina mother who is a naturalized citizen. Caterina Fake was Art Director at Salon.com in the 1990s, and was involved in the development of online community, social software and personal publishing. In 1997,Fake took a managing job in 1997, in the community forums of Netscape Communications (formerly known as Netscape Communications Corporation and commonly known as Netscape) a US computer services company, best known for Netscape Navigator, its web browser. Fake was married to her Flickr co-founder, Stewart Butterfield, from 2001 to 2007. The couple had one daughter together, in 2007. Fake currently lives in San Fernando, California and New York City. Flickr (stylized as flickr and pronounced “flicker”) is an image hosting and video hosting website, and web services suite that was created in 2004 by Ludicorp and acquired by Yahoo! in 2005. The Flickr web site is used by bloggers, and photo researchers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media sites.
10) Mike Guingona
Michael P. Guingona (born 1962), also known as Mike Guingona, is an American Filipino descent who currently serving as a Council Member for the Daly City, California. Guingona had served as Mayor of Daly City, previously, but was succeeded by Carol L. Klatt. He is an attorney in private practice. He was first elected in 1993 as a Daly City Council member and in 1995, Guingona became the youngest mayor at age 33, and has been elected City Council member three times. Guingona is the first Filipino American elected to the City Council of Daly City. The year 2005 marks his fourth term as Mayor of Daly City. Guingona also hosts the TV shows Citizen Pinoy (hosted by American immigration attorney Michael J. Gurfinkel (also married to a Filipina) and co-host Filipino TV personality Gel Santos-Relos) and Pinagmulan on The Filipino Channel or TFC which is aired on cable TV. Pinagmulan which means ‘roots’ in Tagalog, was a reality-TV show that helps Filipino Americans connect with their family and friends back in the Philippines. The show aired both in the United States and in the Philippines, which lasted 14 episodes in 2006. He has a ten-year-old son named Kai who is active in judo and wrestling He coaches wrestling at South San Francisco High School and with Cahill’s Judo Academy in San Bruno, California. He married Jackie Castillejo a former Filipina tennis player in 2008 and lives in Daly City, California. His brother is David Guingona, a video journalist with KRON-TV in San Francisco.
11) Sean Michael Afable
Sean Michael Afable also known as Sean Ruegsegger and his early stage name Sean Michael is an American actor, best known for his role as Dylan Chu in Akeelah and the Bee. Sean Michael Afable was born on November 20, 1988 in Southern California, and he is from a Filipino and European descent. He grew up with one brother, his 18 first cousins, and his cat Winston. Sean Michael Afable and his best friend, Adam Ho a Vietnamese recording artist and NBC’s The Voice Season 3 contestant, both went to the same school. Robert and Gigi, Sean’s parents, enrolled him at age 6 in acting classes. Sean’s first professional acting experience was doing commercial modeling at Burger King and Chuck E Cheese ads. Afable has appeared in several Disney and Nickelodeon television shows, and some feature films.
12) Nicole Anderson
Nicole Gale Anderson is an American actress, best known for her role in the Disney Channel Original Series JONAS L.A. as Macy Misa and also known for the role as Kelly Parker on the Make It or Break It an ABC Family series. Anderson is a spokesperson for Underwriters Laboratories. Nicole Anderson was born in Rochester, Indiana. Her mother was a Philippines born and moved to the United States with her father, a Commander in the United States Navy. In May 2013, it was announced that Anderson had joined and played the role as Miranda, in a Pretty Liars spin-off in Ravenswood.
13) Christina Chang
Christina Chang is a Taiwanese-born American actress, was born in Taipei, Taiwan to a Chinese Filipino father and an American mother. She was raised in Taipei, she moved to the United States to study theater and film at the age of 17, in her mother’s home state of Kansas and later moved to Seattle, Washington. On television, Chang is featured in the Globe Trekker series, and starred as Dr. Sunny Macer in 24 television series and as State Attorney Rebecca Nevins in CSI: Miami.
14) Brandon Baker
Brandon Baker is an American actor known for the made-for-TV movies, such as Johnny Tsunami and its sequel Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board Disney movies as well as for his role in One World a short lived NBC sitcom. Baker appeared in episodes of the Even Stevens a Disney Channel original series in 2002. Brandon Baker was born in Anaheim, California and he is of English, German and Filipino descent. Baker landed his first big break with the Walt Disney’s Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story starring role as Mowgli at the age of 12.
15) Kimee Balmilero
Kimberly Jonelle Balmilero better known as Kimee Balmilero born in Hawaii, is an American Filipino actress, originally from Kaneohe, Hawaii. During high school days, Balmilero worked on a dinner cruise, singing and dancing for the customers and was a member of 24VII Honolulu Dance Company. At age 17, Kimee left Hawaii after her graduation from high school, joining the Miss Saigon 2nd National touring company. Kimee moved to San Francisco to study at Studio A.C.T. for six months, after touring for almost three years. Kimee again moved to New York City and became part of the Mamma Mia! Original Broadway Cast. Kimee joined the three-time Emmy nominated TV Series, Hi-5 in 2003, the American counterpart to the Hi-5 Australian kid’s show. As a member, Kimee is the American counterpart of Sun Park (portrayed formerly by Kathleen de Leon Jones,who is also of Filipino descent). Kimee’s Hi-5 segment is “Puzzles and Patterns”, in which she figures out various solutions and solving problems. This segment teaches children problem-solving and math skills. Kimee started a jewelry line called Kimeejay in December 2006.
Kathleen de Leon Jones
Kathleen de Leon-Jones, born in Manila, Philippines is an Australian-Filipino actress, dancer, and singer, and was an original cast member of Hi-5 an Australian children’s television program winner of the ARIA Award. In 1978, her family migrated to Australia. De Leon is the oldest of three daughters, and her two younger sisters were born in Australia and spent their childhood in Sydney, Australia. Kathleen was 22 years old when she met her future husband, Daniel Jones, member of the Australian pop band, Savage Garden on 30 April 2000. Kathleen de Leon and Daniel Jones married on October 9,2005 at Avica Weddings and Resort on the Gold Coast in Queensland.The couple’s first daughter Mikayla de Leon Jones, was born on July 26, 2006 and their second child Keira, was born on October 30, 2010. Kathleen de Leon-Jones was discovered by one of the directors for the Cameron Macintosh company, and she appeared in two musicals in Australia mounted by the Macintosh company, Miss Saigon and Rent. De Leon-Jones stayed with the cast of Rent (where she was an understudy for the role of Mimi) until being cast in Hi-5. It was reported in July 2007, that Kathleen de Leon-Jones was leaving Hi-5 permanently to focus on raising her child.
16) Eileen April Boylan
Eileen April Boylan is an American Filipino and Irish descent film and television actress. Boylan was born in Acton, California, the daughter of Merlie Baris and Frank Boylan. She has one brother Tommy Boylan, and half-siblings including David Boylan. She starred in her first leading role playing the title character in the 2008 independent film Dakota Skye. Boylan starred opposite Tom Selleck as a central character in the Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost television movie in 2011. Eileen Boylan’s television credits include roles on General Hospital, Judging Army, Baywatch, and a recurring role on the original series Strong Medicine, Lifetime television series.
17) Bruno Mars
Peter Gene Hernandez , famously known by his stage name as Bruno Mars, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. Mars grew up in Waikiki neighborhood of Honolulu, Hawaii, by a family of musicians, and began making music at a young age performing during his childhood in various musical venues in his hometown. Mars produced songs for other artists, joining The Smeezingtons production team. Bruno Mars had an unsuccessful stint with Motown Records, but then signed in 2009 with Atlantic company. Mars was recognized as a solo artist after lending his vocals to the songs Nothin’ On You by B.o.B. and Travie McCoy’s Billionaire, which became big hits worldwide, and for which he co-wrote the hooks. Mars has sold 8 million albums and 58 million singles worldwide as a singer, since the beginning of his singing career in 2010, although as a songwriter, producer and singer, his total single download sales surpass 100 million worldwide. Bruno Mars has achieved a total of five number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and six top ten singles, including first place with Just the Way You Are, which sold 12.5 million copies and contributed to Mars becoming the 2011 best-selling digital artist. Bruno Mars is the son of Peter Hernandez and Bernadette “Bernie” San Pedro Bayot (died June 1, 2013). His father is of half Puerto Rican and half Jewish (from Hungary and Ukraine) descent, and originally from Brooklyn, New York. Mars’ mother, Bernie Bayot, immigrated to Hawaii from the Philippines as a child, and was of Filipino and some Spanish, descent. His father, Peter Hernandez met Bernie Bayot, Mar’s mother, while performing in a show, where his mother was a Hula dancer and his father played percussion. At the age of two, He was fondly called Bruno by his father, because of his resemblance to legendary professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino. Mars is one of six children and came from a musical family where Bruno was exposed to a various element of music with mix of reggae, rock, hip hop and R&B.
18) Darren Criss
Darren Everett Criss is an American actor, singer-songwriter, composer and instrumentalist, he is one of the founding members and co-owners of a musical theater company based in Chicago, Illinois named StarKid Productions. Criss was first noted for playing the lead role of the StarKid Production’s A Very Potter Musical as Harry Potter. Criss is also best known for his portrayal as an openly gay high school student as Blaine Anderson, (2010–present), on Glee, the Fox musical comedy-drama series. As the Glee‘s lead vocalist Dalton Academy Warblers, his first number, a cover version of Teenage Dream, became the fastest-selling Glee single, that reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100. Darren Criss is Eurasian, and was born in San Francisco, California, and the youngest son of Cerina Bru a native from Cebu, Philippines, is of Chinese, Spanish and Filipino descent, and his father, Charles William Criss, a native from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and of Irish descent, a banker and a former director of the San Francisco Opera, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Stern Grove Festival, and San Francisco Performances. He has an older brother named Charles “Chuck” Criss (born April 15, 1985), a musician and member of the Freelance Whales indie rock band. From 1988 to 1992, Criss and his family resided in Honolulu, Hawaii, where their father served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at the EastWest Bank before moving to San Francisco. Darren Criss was chosen by UNICEF Philippines on March 8, 2012, to represent their organization and accept a $25,000 donation from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the disaster relief of Tropical Storm Washi.
19) Dean Devlin
Dean Devlin is an American Filipino screenwriter, producer, television director and former actor. Devlin is the founder of the Electric Entertainment production company. Devlin was born in New York City, son of actress Pilar Seurat, a Filipino and father Don Devlin, a Jewish, writer, actor, and producer. Dean Devlin is married to actress Lisa Brenner. In 1980’s, Dean Devlin appeared as an actor on numerous television shows, and also appeared in films including My Bodyguard, The Wild Life, Real Genius and Martians Go Home. Devlin often played teenage characters despite being in his 20s because of his youthful appearance. Devlin began to write scripts. His first screenplay produced was for Universal Soldier, which became worldwide hit. He reached prominence as a writer/producer working together with director Roland Emmerich, with whom he teamed after appearing in Moon 44, an Emmerich’s film. Devlin and Emmerich co-wrote and produced Stargate which became the first movie to have a web site developed by Devlin himself. The team then produced Independence Day and Godzilla. In 2000, the team had their final collaboration in The Patriot, a Mel Gibson film, where Devlin met his wife to be.
20) Leilani Dowding
Leilani Dowding is a television personality, an English former glamor model of Page Three Girl, and the 1998 Miss Universe UK representative. Dowding grew up in Bournemouth, and has a younger sister named, Melanie, also a model of Page Three Girl. Leilani Dowding and sister Melanie, was raised as Roman Catholic by their Filipina mother Zena, and British father Chris. She was 18 years old, when she joined and won the 1998 Miss Great Britain competition. Leilani Dowding became the first Asian woman to represent Britain in the Miss Universe pageant in Hawaii. Dowding has dated English-Bangladeshi footballer Anwar Uddin, former defender of West Ham United, and has been engaged to Mark Williams former footballer defender Wimbledon and Northern Ireland and was engaged to former Middlesbrough attacker a French footballer of Algerian descent,Jérémie Aliadière. Dowding had been briefly married to restauranteur Richard Palmer, ex-husband of actress Raquel Welch.
21) Roshon Fegan
Roshon Bernard Fegan is an American Filipino actor, rapper, singer-songwriter, and freestyle dancer. Roshon Fegan is best known for his role as Ty Blue in Shake It Up on the Disney Channel original series and for his role in a movie franchise Camp Rock as Sander Loyer in the Disney Channel with the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato. His father, Roy Fegan, is an African American actor and producer, whose television credits include The Shield, Married…with Children, The Meteor Man and Will & Grace, and among others. His mother is Filipina. Roshon learned his moves by watching Michael Jackson and other influential dancers. Roshon Fegan was featured on the Dancing with the Stars 14th season of the ABC reality show.According to report, Roshon’s new partner as ballroom dancer is Chelsie Hightower. Roshon Fegan stayed on for 8 weeks and was placed in the top 6.
22) Melissa Beck
Melissa Beck born Melissa Howard, is a reality show personality, and comedienne, known for her time as a cast member on The Real World: New Orleans the 2000 reality television series and the prank show Girls Behaving Badly in 2002 to 2005. Melissa Howard was born in Tampa, Florida to a Filipino mother and an African-American father. She, her older sister Marlene and her younger brother, Michael. Melissa has described her mother as a very traditional Filipino preparing two dinners at night for her husband in order to present a selection to him. Melissa Howard married Justin Beck, Glassjaw guitarist on October 15, 2007 at their home on Long Island. She took his surname Beck, and is now called Melissa Howard Beck. The two had met at a beauty contest for gay males in San Francisco. Beck gave birth to their first daughter, Shalom Mazie Beck on March 20, 2009. Beck announced on August 22, 2012, in her Tumblr that she and her husband were expecting another daughter. During Hurricane Sandy, in October 2012, a tree fell on her house, destroying the house and burying her infant daughter in debris. Her husband, Justin Beck pulled the baby out from the rubble, finding the infant unharmed. They rushed the baby to the hospital, and was discharged after three hours, and was confirmed the baby did not suffer any injury.
23) Vanessa Hudgens
Vanessa Anne Hudgens is an American Filipino actress and singer, who rose to prominence playing Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical series, following the release of the High School Musical trilogy, and her much publicized relationship with co-star Zac Efron. Vanessa Hudgens also appeared alongside Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson in the film Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. She also appeared in the 2013 film Spring Breaker, alongside Selena Gomez. Vanessa Hudgens was born in Salinas, California and has lived with her parents along the West Coast, from Oregon to Southern California. Her mother, Gina Guangco, a native of Manila, Philippines, is of Spanish, Chinese and Filipino descent, is working in an office jobs, and her American-Irish father, Gregory Hudgens, was a firefighter. She has a younger sister, Stella Hudgens, who is also an actress and were raised as a Roman Catholic.
24) Lalaine Vergara-Paras
Lalaine Vergara-Paras also credited as Lalaine, is an American actress, singer-songwriter and spokesperson, best known for her role as Miranda Sanchez in the Disney Channel Lizzie McGuire series, as Lizzie’s best friend, alongside Hilary Duff, which aired from 2001 to 2004. Lalaine has been pursuing a music career since 2009, and became a member of the Vanity Theft band from 2010 to 2011. Lalaine Vergara Paras was born in Burbank, California to Filipino parents, who were originally from the Philippines and emigrating to the United States, her mother, Lilia Vergara Paras is originally from Batangas, Philippines and her father is from Pampanga, Philippines.Her birth mother is Elena Vergara, Lilia Vergara’s youngest sister. She has three older siblings, Marian, Francisco and Cristina, and three younger biological half siblings Garret, Jared, and Miracel. She grew up in Burbank and Sherman Oaks, California, until she joined the Broadway National Touring cast of Les Misérables as Little Cosette and Eponine. Lalaine acted in several television commercials, including some for Microsoft and Burger King soon she returned to California. She also played in the ABC TV version of Annie movie, Wonderful World of Disney as orphan Kate. She also played the role as Abby in the Disney Channel original film You Wish! alongside A.J. Trauth and Spencer Breslin. Lalaine portrayed as Chloe a young Slayer-In-Training who commits suicide, on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Lalaine is the youngest of four children from her mother, Lilia Vergara that raised her, but also the oldest of four by her birth mother Elena Vergara. In 2007, Lalaine was arrested and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, and has pleaded guilty to the crystal meth charge, but her record was in process to remove from general review, after she completed a drug-treatment program.
25) Anna María Francesca Enriquez Perez de Taglé
Anna María Francesca Enriquez Perez de Taglé is an American Filipino actress and singer, known for her roles as Ashley Dewitt on Hannah Montana and as Ella Pador on Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. De Tagle also played Miracle Ross on Cake T.V. and appeared in the 2009 Fame film, as Joy Moy. In November 2011, she also went on tour with the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato, the Jonas Brothers Live in Concert. In November 2011, She began starring on Godspell Broadway a revival at the Circle in the Square theater in New York City. Perez de Taglé was born in San Francisco, California from Filipino ancestry. The Legendary Philippine actress, comedian and singer Sylvia La Torre, is her grandmother, and was her singing coach of de Taglé’. Perez de Tagle is the niece of Isabel Preysler, ex-wife of Julio Iglesias, parents of Enrique Iglesias, Chabeli Iglesias and Julio Iglesias, Jr., and Perez de Tagle’s cousins. She appeared on the relaunch of 2003 Star Search, where she competed in the Junior Vocalist against David Archuleta, who became the future American Idol runner-up.
26) Enrique Iglesias
Enrique Iglesias , born Enrique Miguel Preysler Iglesias, is a Spanish-Filipino singer-songwriter, model, actor and record producer. Iglesias started his career on an American-Spanish Language record label Fonovisa in the 1990’s, which helped him to become one of the biggest stars in Latin America and the Hispanic Market in the United States..Iglesias was born in Spain, Madrid and is the third and youngest child of singer Spanish Julio Iglesias and Filipino citizen socialite and magazine journalist Isabel Preyler. His niece, Natalia Iglesias has been a big part of his career and family, and has two older siblings, Chabeli and Julio Iglesias, Jr. His parents were divorced in 1979. Although his mother is ethnically Filipino, Enrique can not speak Tagalog. Iglesias’ grandfather, Dr. Julio Iglesias Puga, was kidnapped in 1986, by the armed Basque terrorist group ETA, thus, their mother sent Enrique and brother Julio, Jr. to live with their father in Miami for their safety. Enrique, started dating tennis player Anna Kournikova in 2001, they are still dating today. Iglesias who kept denying about their relationship, with Kournikova because he wants to make his relationship private. However, in 2010, Kournikova confirmed that she and Iglesias have been together for over eight years and do have the intentions of getting married.
María Isabel Preysler Arrastía, better known as Isabel Preysler, s a Filipino Spanish socialite and television host, was born in Manila, Philippines, the third of six children to a wealthy family. Her father, Carlos Preysler y Pérez de Tagle, was the executive director of Philippine Airlines and on the Board of Directors for El Banco Español de Manila (Spanish Bank of Manila), while her mother, María Beatriz Arrastia y Reynares, was the owner of a real estate company in Manila. The Perez de Tagle family produced abaca (producing rope) and copra (coconut). The Arrastía family is from the province of Lubao, Pampanga. At the age of 16, she migrated to Madrid, Spain to live with her uncle and aunt, she later began working as a journalist for Spanish magazine Hola! in 1970, and her first interviewee was her future husband Julio Iglesias, a football player turned singer. They married seven months later on January 29, 1971, married for seven years and had three children, Chabeli, Julio Jr. and Enrique Iglesias. Their marriage was annulled in 1979. Preysler married Carlos Falco, the Marques de Griñón, on March 23, 1980, but their marriage was short-lived, gave birth of a second daughter, Tamara Falcó. Her third and current marriage is to Miguel Boyer, the former Spanish finance minister, with whom she had another daughter, Ana Boyer. Presler holds dual citizenship in both the Philippines and Spain. Her father, Carlos Preysler, died many years ago and her mother, Beatriz Preysler, lives in Miami with Isabel’s son Enrique Iglesias.
27) Liza Lapira
Liza Lapira is an American Filipino actress. She appeared in the 2008 21 film as Kianna and played the role as Special Agent Michelle Lee in NCIS. She was a co-star as Robin in the cancelled ABC’s Don’t Trust the B—in Apartment 23, a comedy series. Liza Lapira was born in Queens, New York, and of Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese descent. While in New York, she acted in theatrical productions and small films, and in 2004, she moved to Los Angeles, to work in television. Lapira played Agent Sophie Trinh in the 2009 film Fast & Furious opposite Paul Walker, she played Alva in Reo Men in 2010, and played the sharp-tongued friend of Hannah in 2011 Crazy, Stupid, Love. Her television appearances credits include recurring roles in ER, Dexter, Monk, Grey’s Anatomy, Law & Order: SVU, The Parkers as Shaquan, The Sopranos and Sex and the City.
28) Reggie Lee
Reggie Valdez known professionally as Reggie Lee, is a Filipino American stage, film, and television actor. Reggie Lee ortrayed the role as William Bill Kim on the television series Prison Break, and also appeared as Tai Huang in Pirates of the Caribbean, as Police officer Ross in The Dark Knight Rises and as Lance Nguyen in The Fast and the Furious. He is plays the role of Sergeant Wu in the NBC’s new TV show Grimm. Reggie Valdez or Reggie Lee, was born in Quezon City, Philippines to mother, Zenaida Telmo and his father Jesus Espiritu Valdez. He could speak fluent in English, he also speaks Tagalog. He moved with his family to Cleveland, Ohio area, Parma and Strongville areas at the age of five. In his 2001 interview, he stated that he changed his last name from Valdez to Lee, he said, that “they kept calling me in for Hispanic roles, and I’m a far cry from Hispanic”; and adopted the name Lee from his grandparents. Lee moved to Los Angeles, at the age of 18, in 1992,where he joined Miss Saigon national tour. Lee has two younger brothers, musician Nathan and comic book artist R.V. Valdez.
29) Tiffany Limos
Tiffany Rochelle Limos is an American Filipino actress, best known for her role as Peaches in the controversial film Ken Park. Limos was born in Dallas, Texas,and is of Filipino, Hawaiian, Tahitian, Chinese, Native American, and Spanish descent. At age 15, Limos moved to New York to work as model for Ford. Her acting debut was in 2002 in the Teenage Caveman film. Beside from being an actress, she has also found the time to write. Her agent is Andrew Wylie, the agent of William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. Limos at the age of 21, has sold two of her scripts to Paramount Pictures. She also works with such cinematic figures as Jean-Luc Godard, Kar Wai Wong, Woody Allen, Spike Lee, Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze. Limos has been traveling between Pris, France, USA, and Montreal, Canada since January 2006, where she has been writing and producing. Limos is also a flutist, harpist, and pianist and has had the opportunity to perform in Paris with The Roots and Mos Def, and had also performed with Björk, an Icelandic singer-songwriter and producer and George S. Clinton.
30) Steven R. McQueen
Steven R. McQueen born Steven Chadwick McQueen is an American actor and model, best known for his role as Jeremy Gilbert in The Vampire Diaries in The CW show. McQueen was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Stacey Toten or Stacia Robitaille, second husband’s family name, and actor/producer Chad McQueen, son of American actor Steve McQueen and Filipino actress Neile Adams. His stepfather, Luc Robitaille is a retired Canadian NHL hall of famer. Steven McQueen has two younger half siblings, Chase and Madison McQueen, from his father, Chad’s second marriage, as well as a half brother, Jessarae Robitaille, from his mother Stacey’s second marriage. McQueen uses the name ‘Steven R. McQueen‘, professionally, the ‘R’ referring to his mother’s surname of Robitaille. He has since made guest appearances on television shows such as Numb3rs, Without a Trace, and CSI: Miami. One of his most notable roles to date was a recurring role for seven episodes of final season of The WB television series Everwood as Kyle Hunter. Steven played the villainous role of Derek Beauguard in January 2008 on the Disney Channel Original Movie Minutemen which was Steven’s first film role. McQueen dated Candice Accola, his co-star in Vampire Diaries, is currently dating Hilary Harley, Vampire Diaries assistant and Season 3 guest star.
Steven R. McQueen’s grandmother is the American-Filipino actress Neile Adams, born Ruby Neilam Salvador “Neile” Adams, is an actress, singer and dancer who made more than twenty appearances in films and television series between 1952 and 1991. Adams was born in Manila, Philippines. Her mother, Carmen Salvador, was of Filipino-German and Spanish descent, and her father was of English and Spanish ancestry. Neile’s mother, Carmen Salvador is a dancer, was the sister of basketball player and actor Lou Salvador, Sr. , while Neile’s father was Enrique Iglesias’ grandfather. On November 2, 1956, Neile Adams and Steve McQueen married, by whom he had a daughter, Terry Leslie (June 5, 1959 -March 19, 1998), and a son, Chadwick Steven “Chad” McQueen (born December 28, 1960). Steve McQueen and Adams divorced in 1972. Neil Adams’ influence with agents helped Steve McQueen establish his own career. Neile Adams was married to Alvin Toffel from 1980 until his death in 2005. Adams’ son is actor Chad McQueen is the father of actor Steven R. McQueen. In 1978, Steve McQueen developed a persistent cough, and he quit smoking cigarettes and underwent antibiotic treatments without improvement. a biopsy revealed that he is suffering from pleural mesothelioma, a type of cancer associated with exposure to asbestos for which there is no known cure. McQueen died at the age of 50 on November 7, 1980, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, following a surgery to remove or reduce some malignant tumors in his neck and abdomen. McQueen was cremated, and his ashes spread in the Pacific Ocean.
31) Matthew Libatique
Matthew Libatique is an American-Filipino cinematographer, known for his work with director Darren Aronofsky on such films as A Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain and Black Swan. Among Libatique’s notable films include blockbusters such as Iron Man, and Iron Man 2. Libatique, was born in Elmhurst, Queens, New York a Filipino American (his parents emigrated from the Philippines to New York City). He studied at California State University Fullerton taking up sociology and communications prior to earning a MFA in cinematography at AFI Conservatory. n 2010, Labatique was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for the movie Black Swan, and also won his second Independent Spirit award. Labatique has also won best cinematography awards at the LA Film Critics Association, NY Film Critics Online, SF Film Critics, among many others.
32) Alec Mapa
Alejandro “Alec” Mapa is a Filipino American actor, comedian and writer. Mapa has made guest appearances on television, on a wide variety of programs, that includes, The Jamie Foxx Show, Roseanne, Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, Friends, Murder One and Dharma and Greg, and a supporting role in 2001’s Some of My Best Friends, the short-lived comedy.Mapa also played as Adam Benet in Half & Half the UPN comedy. Mapa is openly gay, and openly gave his support to various projects supporting the gay, lesbian, and Asian American communities. Alec Mapa legally married Jamison ‘Jamie’ Hebert, in 2008, after dating since 2002. Mapa stated in the opening episode of The Gossip Queens TV series, that he and his husband had recently adopted a 5 year old boy.
33) Charlyne Yi
Charlyne Amanda Yi is an American Filipino actress, comedian, musician and writer. Her performances as comedian is not the joke-telling as in standup comedy, but she uses different comedic tactics such as music, magic, games and audience participation. One of her comedy performance, Yi shaved her head while she sang Nothing Compares 2 U, a song made popular by Sinéad O’Connor. Yi’s screenwriting debut, was the Paper Heart film winning the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. She appeared as Dr. Chi Park , a Filipino-Korean American doctor with anger management issues, in the medical drama House alongside Hugh Laurie, as one of the doctors on House’s team. Yi was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Lydia, a native of the Philippines, is of Filipino and Native American descent and her father, Luciano Yi is of Mexican, Korean, Irish, German, French and Native American ancestry. Charlyne Yi was chosen for 2009, as one of Venus Zine’s “25 under 25” women.
34) Chuti Tiu
Chuti Tiu is an Asian American actress of Chinese, Filipina and Spanish descent. Chuti Tiu has had many supporting roles in independent films such as The Specials alongside Rob Lowe and Thomas Hayden Church. Tiu has numerous television work including a regular series role in Desire, a role in the suspense thriller 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland, as guest and recurring appearances on television series as The Closer, Dragnet, Charmed, General Hospital and Days of our Lives. Chuti also appeared in the CBS series Miami Medical played the role as Nurse Longino. She will be appearing soon as Lata, an attorney defending Woody Harrelson in the Rampart film, also starred by Sigourney Weaver, Ben Foster, Anne Heche and Steve Buscemi.
35) Hailee Steinfeld
Hailee Steinfeld is an American actress who rose to fame for her portrayal as Mattie Ross in True Grit, the 2010 film, for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for an Academy Award and for Best Actress in a BAFTA Award in a Leading Role. Steinfeld was born in Tarzana, Los Angeles, the daughter of Cheri Domasin, an interior designer, is of English, Filipino, German and African-American descent, and her father, Peter Steinfeld, a personal fitness trainer, a Jewish. She has an older brother, Griffin, and her uncle Jake Steinfeld is fitness trainer. Steinfeld began acting at the age of eight, appearing in several short films. She played the role of Talia Alden in She’s a Fox the award-winning short film. Stenfeld will be starring as Petra Arkanian in Ender’s Game a science fiction action-adventure film directed by Gavin Hood, which is based on the book by Orson Scott Card, which is scheduled to be released on November 1, 2013.