Celebrities of Filipino Heritage

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Pharell Williams
Pharell Williams, also known simply as Pharrell, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, musician, and fashion designer. Williams and Chad Hugo make up the record production duo The Neptunes, producing soul, hip hop and R&B music. Pharrell scored a huge hit with his song “Happy” from is second album, G I R L was released on March 3, 2014. His mother Carolyn Williams is pure Filipina.
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apl.de.ap (Allan Pineda Lindo)
Apl has brought his Filipino culture into his collaboration with the Black Eyed Peas. He explains his life story in a song called “The Apl Song” on the Peas’ 2003 album Elephunk, which includes a full chorus in Tagalog sampled from the Asin song “Balita.” The accompanying video, which includes cameos by fellow Filipino-Americans Dante Basco and Chad Hugo, is also a tribute to the Filipinos who fought for the U.S. in World War II; the song reached number one in the Philippines. Apl is now working on a solo album as well as launching his music label, Jeepney Music. (Source: Last.FM)
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Alec Mapa
San Francisco native and comedian, Alec Mapa is known for his roles in 'Ugly Betty', 'You Don't Mess with the Zohan' and 'Desperate Housewives'. Mapa has also been long-time worker for causes benefiting AIDS and the Gay, Lesbian and Asian-American communities, including Project Angel Food and Aids Project Los Angeles.
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Batista
David Michael Bautista, Jr. (born January 18, 1969), is a former American professional wrestler, bodybuilder and actor best known for his time in WWE. In WWE, he became a six-time world champion, winning the World Heavyweight Championship four times, and the WWE Championship two times. He is the longest-reigning World Heavyweight Champion in WWE history. In addition to these championships, Batista has won the World Tag Team Championship three times (twice with Ric Flair and once with John Cena) and the WWE Tag Team Championship once (with Rey Mysterio). Batista was also the winner of the 2005 Royal Rumble match. He is currently signed to Ultimate Fighting Championship.

After trying out at World Championship Wrestling's Power Plant, Batista signed a contract with the WWF in 2000 and was sent to its developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), where he won the OVW Heavyweight Championship. (Source: Wikipedia)
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Sally Camacho
Current 'Top Chef: Just Desserts' Competitor and a graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Sally Camacho brings extensive knowledge and experience as the Pastry Chef of WP24 by Wolfgang Puck, located downtown in The Ritz-Carlton. It was recently awarded one of Esquire’s “Best New Restaurants of 2010″. Chef Camacho recently won the U.S. semifinals of the Valrhona C3 2011 Culinary Competition and will be headed to Madrid to represent the U.S. in the finals in 2012.

“My favorite restaurant in LA is Providence. I had the chef’s 14 course tasting menu. Everything was so great. I loved the Bacon Brioche, Salmon Tartar Amuse with crispy rice, and a lovely pork belly dish.”
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Cassie
Cassandra Ventura (born August 26, 1986), known professionally as Cassie, is a American recording artist, model, dancer and actress. Born on August 26, 1986 in New London, Connecticut. Her father is of Filipino ancestry, and her mother is of Mexican-African American, West Indian ancestry.

She attended The Williams School, a preparatory school in New London. She trained as a singer and dancer, and took voice lessons. Cassie began modeling at the age of 14, and by the time she was 16, appeared in print ads for Seventeen and the catalog for popular teen line, Delia's.

After being introduced to music producer Ryan Leslie, she was signed to his music-media company, NextSelection Lifestyle Group. Leslie wrote and produced Cassie's first single, "Me & U", which became a major hit in 2006.He convinced Sean "Diddy" Combs to partner his Bad Boy Records with Leslie's NextSelection imprint for the release of her debut album, Cassie, which was released in August 2006. Her second album, Electro Love, has yet to be released. (Source: Wikipedia)
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Rachel Grant
Rachel Grant, (born 1977 on the island of Luzon, in the Philippines) is an actress and model, best known as Bond Girl, "Peaceful" in "Die Another Day". Besides her acting career, she is a martial arts instructor, specializing in the Filipino martial arts Kali. Grandmaster Dan Inosanto was one of her teachers.

Rachel Grant moved to the United Kingdom when she was a baby. Her British father, a retired doctor, hypnotist and nobleman, is Michael Grant, 12th Baron de Longueuil. As such she is related to British royalty through her grandfather, the late 11th Baron Raymond De Longueuil (second cousin to Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom) whose mother was the Lady Ernestine Maude Bowes-Lyon.

She has one older sister - model Angela Grant (b. 1974) and one younger sister - the actress Rebecca Grant, and a younger half brother - David-Alexander. (Source: Wikipedia)
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Monique Lhuillier
Diane Monique Lhuillier (born 1971, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines) is a fashion designer most prominently known for bridal wear. She owns a couture fashion house based in Los Angeles, California.

Lhuillier has become a celebrity favorite for both wedding and red carpet gowns. Her list of clientele includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Stewart, Drew Barrymore, Hilary Swank, Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Kim Yoo-Jin and Catherine Zeta-Jones. (Source: Wikipedia)
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Jasmine Villegas
Jasmine Marie Villegas also known as Jasmine V is an American teen R&B, pop and soul singer. She has Filipino and Mexican heritage. After many years of pursuing a career in music she was recently signed to Sony Music.[

In September 2010 she joined the second leg of Justin Bieber's My World Tour as an opening act. All These Boys is the first single of her album, which was released in 19 October 2010 on iTunes. The release of her debut album is forthcoming.

(Source: Wikipedia)
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Nonito Donaire, Jr.
Nonito Donaire, Jr. (born on November 16, 1982) is a Filipino American[1] professional boxer. He is a three-division world champion, where he won five titles across three different boxing weight classes. He is a known switch-hitter with the ability to fight either southpaw or orthodox.[2][3] His surname is often mispronounced as do-nayr but it's properly pronounced as do-nigh-reh.

Currently, Donaire is the WBC and WBO Bantamweight World Champion. He is also currently rated by The Ring as the number four pound-for-pound boxer in the world. He is also the former WBA Super Flyweight Interim World Champion, IBF World Flyweight Champion and IBO World Flyweight Champion. (Source: Wikipedia)
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Allen Evangelista
With numerous commercials under his belt, including spots for American Online, MTV, Time Warner Cable and Domino's, Allen Evangelista is a promising young actor. Evangelista was offered a holding agreement to possibly star in a Fox series. Since then he has co-starred on ABC's "Once and Again" and "Alias", shot a lead role in "Mozart and the Whale" with Josh Hartnett and is slated to film a supporting role in 20th Century Fox's "Wrinkles". Evangelista is a regular guest on Nickelodeon's "Zoey 101". (Source: imdb.com)
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Ana Julaton
Ana "The Hurricane" Julaton was a standout amateur boxer. She won the San Francisco Golden Gloves, the California State Championships, was a Diamond Belt champion, and closed out her amateur career by winning the silver medal in the United States Amateur Championships. As a professional boxer, Julation is close to the top in winning world titles with the least amount of professional bouts.She is presently a world-title holder of the lightly-regarded IBA and the well-respected elite WBO. (Source: boxrec.com)
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Angela Perez Baraquio
On October 14, 2000, Hawaii-born Filipina, Angela Perez Baraquio, made history as the first Asian-American and teacher ever to be croåwned Miss America in the prestigious Scholarship Program’s 80-year existence. Today, she remains the only Asian woman to hold the title. As Miss America 2001, Angela traveled more than 20,000 miles a month on a national speaking tour promoting “Character in the Classroom: Teaching Values, Valuing Teachers.” Her year of service allowed her to meet with students, teachers, legislators, governors, organizations, and thought leaders across the country.
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Anna Maria Perez de Taglé
Born in San Francisco California, Anna Maria developed her love for theater and began training in singing, dancing and acting. She always loved performing in front of the camera and on stage, starring in regional productions of "Cinderella" "Bugsy Malone" and "The King and I." She kept busy by modeling for several catalogs, including Macy's and Mervyns and was a junior finalist for "Star Search" (1983). After begging her parents to let her audition, Anna Maria booked her 1st audition, winning a role on Disney's hit "Hannah Montana" (2006), so her family packed up and moved to Hollywood. Anna Maria lives in Los Angeles with her two brothers. She enjoys working with the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, and on her free time, likes to design and make her own clothes, as well as snow ski, dance, sing, play the piano and read. (Source: IMDb Mini Biography By: Alejandra Cristina / Publicist for Anna Maria Perez de Tagle)
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Arnel Pineda
Arnel Pineda (born September 5, 1967) is a Filipino singer-songwriter who has served as the lead singer of the American rock band Journey since 2007. Pineda has had a successful musical career in the Philippines for the last 25 years. (Source: wikipedia.com)
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Bruno Mars
Peter Hernandez (born October 8, 1985 in Waikiki, Hawaii), better known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is a Filipino-Puerto Rican American singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist signed to Atlantic Records. He is most well known for his hit Just The Way You Are, which went #1 in 9 countries in 2010. He is also known for singing/co-writing the hooks for the #1 hit Nothin’ On You by B.o.B, and Billionaire by Travie McCoy; he also co-wrote the international hits Right Round by Flo Rida and Wavin’ Flag by K’naan. (Read more @ Last.FM)
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Camille Mana
Named one of the Ten promising Asian-Americans to Watch by East West Magazine, alongside Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Dodger's Hiroki Kuroda - Camille completed her Economics degree at U.C. Berkeley in just six semesters. Her acting accolades include the LAMDA Gold Medal with Distinction, honoring promising young American students. The Orange County native made her big screen debut as student leader "Missy Chin" in the Miramax film Smart People from Oscar-winning producer Michael London (Sideways). She returned to university again in MGM's teen comedy College alongside castmates Drake Bell and Ryan Pinkston, playing "Heather" love interest to Kevin Covais and best friend to Haley Bennett. She recently starred in the title role in Cannes Film Festival short film The Samurai of Strongsville Ohio. She next stars opposite Jesse Eisenberg in The Ambassadors, a screenplay also written by Eisenberg. Her upcoming features include Norman starring Dan Byrd, Oscar-Nominee Richard Jenkins, Adam Goldberg, Speed-Dating with Chris Elliot, and Sundance favorite High School starring Adrien Brody and Colin Hanks. Formerly known as "Lisa" on the long-running UPN sitcom One on One, Camille co-starred opposite Kyla Pratt, Robert Ri'chard and R&B sensation Ray J, now syndicated on BET and The N. Between acting gigs, she produced her first film endeavor Equal Opportunity a comedic satire. The comedic cast includes Alanna Ubach (Legally Blonde 1&2), Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Assaf Cohen (Entourage), Aldis Hodge (Leverage) and Camille. It won Best Film in NBC's First Annual Comedy Shortcuts Film Festival and a handful of fests. As a result, Camille inked a Development Deal with the network, and won pitch meetings around town. An Official Selection of HBO/U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, South by Southwest, and many more. She has since produced a pilot presentation based on this short film. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Backstage and Elle Girl magazine. She recently co-produced the award-winning drama feature The Things We Carry, revolving about two sisters who reconnect after the death of their drug addict mother. (Source: imdb.com)
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Cassie Steele
Miss Cassandra Rae Steele was born on December 2, 1989 in Canada. At the young age of 8, she was very hard-working, and busy training for over 14 hours a week for gymnastics. This all changed when she wasn't able to attend classes due to transportation issues. On the bright side, she started acting classes, which she loved. In 1999 Cassie started to seek auditions for roles in commercials, television shows, and movies. After being cast for several commercials, one of them being for the preteen game "Fib-Finder", she landed her first role as Young Syndy in the series the "Relic Hunter". Soon after that, she landed another role as Manny Santos in the "Degrassi: The Next Generation" (2001) series on CTV. Cassie also enjoys various sports such as football and basketball; dancing hip-hop and jazz, martial arts, lessons in guitar, skating, swimming, and singing. She finished working on an album of her own, "How Much for Happy", which came out in the United States in July 2005. (Source: IMDb Mini Biography By: Barbie Welsh edited by Anja A.)
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Camile Velasco
Ciara-Camile Roque Velasco (born September 1, 1985), an American singer of Filipino, Spanish and Irish descent, was one of the finalists on the third season of the reality/talent-search television series, American Idol. She has since released a single with Universal/Motown, headlined events in California, Hawaii, and elsewhere, and is currently working in the studio to complete an album.
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Chad Hugo of N.E.R.D
Charles Edward Hugo (born February 24, 1974) is a Filipino American musician and record producer. He is best known as one half of the music production and writing duo The Neptunes and as a member of the funk/rock band N.E.R.D. He is a saxophonist, pianist and guitarist. Along with his production partner Pharrell Williams, he has produced numerous number-one hit tracks. (Source: wikipedia.com)
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Charice Pempengco
Charice gained worldwide recognition after posted videos of her performances on YouTube received millions of hits making Pempengco an internet phenomenon and garnering a guest spot on Oprah Winfrey's show. Charice also made guest appearances on Fox's hit show, 'Glee' and sang the Filipino National Anthem during Manny Pacquiao's Boxing match with Shane Mosley.
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Cheryl Burke
With her athletic moves, exotic beauty and exuberant personality, this professional ballroom dancer won viewers' hearts and votes to become a two-time Dancing With the Stars champion. Although the California native initially studied ballet, Burke ultimately switched her focus to ballroom and by age 13 was strutting her stuff across the globe. During a 2005 competition opposite her then partner/love interest Jose DeCamps, she caught the eye of an ABC talent scout and became a prime-time player on the smash reality series, earning several Emmy nods for choreography in the process. In the show's second season, she and former boy-bander Drew Lachey danced away with the trophy, and the next year, Burke and retired NFLer Emmitt Smith won the coveted title. She has remained with the reality show and is consistently in the running for the mirrorball, often paired with strong contenders like actor Gilles Marini and football star Chad Ochocinco. Burke expanded her interests in recent years with the opening of a series of California dance studios and the creation of a line of activewear, all bearing her name. Cheryl is of Filipino, Irish and Russian descent. (Source: TV Guide.com)
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White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford
Cristeta Pasia Comerford (born 1962) has been the White House Executive Chef since 2005. She is the first woman to be selected for the post, and also the first of Filipino descent. (Source: wikipedia.com)
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Christine “HappySlip” Gambito
Christine Gambito, also known by her screen name HappySlip, is a Filipina American internet personality, actress, and comedian. She maintains one of the most subscribed to channels on YouTube with over 700,000 subscribers, and collectively her videos have been viewed over 92 million times. As a one woman show, Gambito writes, directs, performs, and edits the online videos. Previously, as a SAG/AFTRA actress in New York City, Gambito landed parts in television commercials, movies, and industrials. However, by September 2006, the creation of HappySlip Productions has allowed her to display her unique talents to a worldwide audience right from her own home. Gambito’s comedy career unknowingly started around 5 years of age when she began to imitate different family members much to their great pleasure. She found herself answering requests to imitate different family members at every big holiday gathering, and didn’t realize that she was in fact performing stand up comedy. Now she takes that familiar comedy to live shows around the US and continues to create videos as often as she can. (Read more at www.happyslip.com)
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Charlyne Yi
Her mother is of Filipino-Spanish descent and her father is of Korean, Irish, German, French and Native American ancestry. Born in sunny southern California in 1986, actress and comedian Charlyne Yi started pursuing a full-time career in stand-up comedy when she was fresh out of high school. A strange and innovative mix of jokes, games, music, magic, and crowd participation, Yi's act carved out a niche in the comedy scene, and she soon began branching out. She appeared in a 2006 episode of 30_Rock, as well as in the 2008 comedy Semi-Pro, but many fans remembered her as the couch-dwelling stoner in 2007's Knocked_Up. In 2009, Yi expanded her canvas even further, writing, producing, and starring in the romcom Paper_Heart. A creative mix of fiction and reality, Yi played a fictionalized version of herself in the film, in a scripted story about the comedienne working with a documentary crew to make a movie about her own search for love (and potentially finding it, with real-life boyfriend Michael_Cera, who also played himself). However, the clips of interviewees in the movie-within-the-movie -- whom Yi questioned about their own insights on love and romance -- were all real, melding the fictional and documentary aspects of the film even further. It proved to be a winning combination, taking home the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival. (Source: Cammila Albertson, Rovi/Starpulse.com)
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Chuti Tiu
Best known for her roles in 'Beautiful' with Minnie Driver and on 'Days of Our Lives' as Nurse Cheryl, Chuti graduated from Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1987, then earned a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Political Science Northwestern University in 1991. On June 20, 1987, she was named the first non-Caucasian winner of the America's Junior Miss pageant. Was Miss Illinois in the 1994 Miss America pageant, where she won a talent award with her classical piano performance. (Source: imdb.com)
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Claire Unabia
Claire Unabia is an American model, best known for her participation in the tenth cycle of America's Next Top Model. Unabia has stated that she was born in Hawaii but now lives in New-York. She is married and has a young daughter. Her husband, Matt is a Filipino-Hawaiian. Claire was the 8th girl selected by Tyra Banks to take part in the competition. During her audition she revealed that she pumped and drank her breast milk in order to still be able to breast-feed after the competition. In an interview she stated she shipped some over to her husband. She was given almost-shaven blond hair as her makeover, due to the fact that she had shaven one side of her head. She was one of the early front runners, despite never having been called first and won three challenges. She was the 7th girl to be sent home, as the judges felt she was only one note, during her second bottom two appearance. She has totalled the fourth amount of CoverGirl of the Week titles (5), behind Naima Mora (10), Heather Kuzmich (9) and Erika "Nik" Pace (6), tied with Caridee English.
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Cris Judd
Cris Judd did not make his rise to stardom overnight. His dance career began after college when he went to work at Disneyworld Orlando in the Character Department. His talent didn't go unnoticed, and soon thereafter he landed a dance contract working for Disney's Pleasure Island. Cris's hard work paid off when he booked The 1995 MTV Video Awards with Michael Jackson, based soley on a word-of-mouth recommendation. He toured with Michael on his Dangerous and History World Tours. Cris's then worked on concert tours, music videos, award shows and films, working with such celebrities as Cher, Celine Dion, *NSYNC and Brian McKinght. Cris broke into choreography when asked to choreograph several numbers for Jordan Knight in 2000 with Eddie Garcia. This choreography team recently choreographed Jennifer Lopez's video's "Ain't It Funny" and "I'm Real". They worked with Jennifer Lopez and Ja Rule on the MTV Video Awards and currently completed a network TV concert special for Ms. Lopez. Their most current credits include "Bringin' Down the Houze" and Jennifer Love Hewitt at the Pro Bowl. Cris recently starred in "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here" being crowned the 2003 King of the Jungle. (Source: crisandeddie.com)
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Dale Talde
Dale, a sous chef at Buddakan, one of New York's hottest restaurants, was born and raised in Chicago, where he helped open the renowned restaurant Jean Georges Vong. In Chicago, Dale worked with distinguished chefs like Carrie Nahabedian and Shawn Mcclain. With his Filipino background, Dale focuses on Asian flavors. "I love the balance that Asian cuisine offers the salty, sweet, bitter and sour and the textures it provides for different experiences in every bite." One of Dale's kitchen favorites is a dry aged kobe rib eye. Dale says cooking meats is one of his favorite things to do in the kitchen and the technique that goes into properly searing and basting a rack of lamb or steak shows a lot of love. A motto that drives Dale is "expect perfection, because if you fall short your left with greatness." (Source: bravotv.com)
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Dante Bosco
Danté Basco (born August 29, 1975) is an American actor, voice actor, poet, and dancer. He is best known for playing Rufio in the 1991 live-action Peter Pan film Hook. He is also well-known for voicing Zuko in the Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Jake Long from the Disney series American Dragon: Jake Long. In 2000, Bosco starred in the award-winning Filipino/American film, 'The Debut' as 'Ben Mercado', a talented high school senior who has rejected his Filipino heritage. The long-simmering feud between Ben and his immigrant father Roland (Tirso Cruz III) threatens to boil over and ruin the 18th birthday party of Ben's sister Rose (Bernadette Balagtas). (Source: wikipedia.com)
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Darren Criss
The San Francisco-born, half-Filipino and half-Irish, Criss is best known for his role 'Blaine Anderson' on the hit show 'Glee'. Darren is an actor, singer-songwriter, musician, composer, internet personality, and one of the founding members of Team StarKid, a theater production company where he played Harry Potter in "A Very Potter Musical" and had a principal role in a mini series they did while in University called "Little White Lie".
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Dean Devlin
Dean Devlin is a screenwriter, producer of many films including Independence Day, Godzilla and Stargate. Devlin is also a television director and former actor. He is the founder of the production company Electric Entertainment. Devlin was born in New York City, the son of actress Pilar Seurat and Don Devlin, a writer, actor, and producer.
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DJ Qbert
Richard Quitevis was born October 7, 1969, in San Francisco, California. Known by his stage name DJ Qbert or Grandmixer Qbert, is a Filipino-American Turntablist and composer. He is often referred to as the Jimi Hendrix of the turntables, known to make them sing in complex and unimaginable ways. He has invented the most scratching techniques and musical innovations than any DJ in history. QBert is credited for being the world ambassador of the DJ as a musician and turning the turntable into a respected musical instrument. Hip-Hop's founders created a set of rules and created a tradition for champions, it was proven during DJ battles, and it was put on wax as the DJ's & MC's paved the path proclaiming their DJ was the best. To prove themselves, DJs would be judged on their scratching cuts. DJ QBert delivers on this discipline like no other DJ. Along with dear friend Roc Raida of the X-Ecutioners they are the only two DJs in history that have been Knighted by the Grand Masters of the Hip Hop culture. His peers and the media call him the Greatest DJ in the World, one of the most influential DJs of all time. (Source: ThudRumble.com)
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Dominic Briones of CBS' Big Brother
Dominic, 25, a San Francisco State student is also a model from San Mateo and is majoring in biochemistry. He was born in Redwood City and is of Filipino-Italian decent. His worst fear in the ‘Big Brother’ house is sharing a bathroom with 12 other individuals. Dominic admits to living at home with his parents his whole life, until now.
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Dorothy Delasin
Dorothy Delasin (born August 26, 1980) is a Filipino-American professional golfer on the LPGA Tour. Delasin was born in Lubbock, Texas and grew up in San Francisco, California. She had dual American and Filipino citizenship but gave it up sometime before 1999. She had a strong amateur career, wining both the U.S. Girls' Junior, in 1996, and the U.S. Women's Amateur, in 1999. Delasin has four career LPGA titles including the 2001 Samsung World Championship. (Source: wikipedia.com)
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Eileen April Boylan
Eileen's father is Irish and her mother is from the Philippines. Her 2008-2009 small screen activity saw her appear on various TV serials, often portraying herself. Boylan made a guest role on the Life episode "Everything...All The Time" and more recently portrayed a college girl named Melissa in the episode "Three Days of Snow" of the CBS show How I Met Your Mother. Boylan currently plays a minor role on the ABC Family TV series Greek as the ditsy and often drunk sorority girl, Betsy.
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Enrique Iglesias
Enrique Iglesias (born Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler on May 8, 1975, in Madrid, Spain) is a Miami-based singing sensation and multi-million-album seller. He is the son of famous Spanish singer Julio Iglesias and Spanish-mestiza Filipina socialite and Hola! magazine journalist Isabel Preysler. He also is the brother of Chabeli Iglesias and Julio José Iglesias, and half-brother of Tamara Falcó and Ana Boyer (from his mother’s side) and Miguel Alejandro, Rodrigo, Cristina, Victoria and Guillermo Iglesias (from his father’s side). In 2010 & 2011, Enrique releases his hit singles "Tonight" with Pitbull and "I Like It" with Ludacris.
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Erik Spoelstra
Erik Spoelstra (born November 1, 1970) is an American professional basketball coach and the current head coach of the National Basketball Association's Miami Heat. He is the first Filipino-American head coach in the NBA, as well as the first Filipino-American head coach of any North American professional sports team. From 2001 to 2008, he served as assistant coach/director of scouting for the team. He coached the Heat to 90 wins and two playoff appearances in his first two years as coach. (Source: wikipedia.com) Photo Copyright NBAE 2011
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Ernie Reyes, Jr.
Son of Ernie Reyes Sr. They starred together in Surf Ninjas (1993). Reyes Jr. holds a 4th Dan (Degree) Black Belt in Tae-Kwon Do, under his father Ernie Reyes Sr. - Trained and competed in Muay Thai.
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Eugene Amano
is an Filipino offensive lineman for the Tennessee Titans. He attended Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego, California, where he was an all-conference performer as an offensive and defensive lineman during his senior season and also lettered in basketball and track. Amano late into his senior year had no scholarship offers and planned to walk-on to either the University of New Mexico or San Diego State University. But when SE Missouri State called one of his high school coaches about players on his team, he sold the recruiters on Amano. The recruiters acquired a tape of Amano and immediately offered him a scholarship. He attended Southeast Missouri State University. As a senior, he won the Division I-AA Dave Rimington Trophy, given annually to top center in college football at each level of competition. Amano was also named first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association, The NFL Draft Report and Football Gazette. (Source: Wikipedia)
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Franco Finn
Franco Finn
A.k.a. The Warriors' "Hype Man", is a native of San Francisco and can be seen on the court in front of thousands of fans, helping to bring that unique brand of Great Time Out Entertainment to Warriors' home games. He introduces the Warriors’ starting lineup before tip-off at every home game and when it’s time to get the fans on their feet, Franco takes the mic and energizes the crowd. His energy and positive attitude are contagious, and he definitely helps bring liveliness and excitement to every game. (Source: Warriors.com) Franco has been captivating audiences of all ages at many live events and concerts. His off-the wall character brings him lots of attention everywhere he goes. He can improvise like no other and anything goes. The nickname "Freestyle" Franco fits him appropriately. His carefree, can-do attitude and electric charm are what people are most drawn to. His energy is outrageous. His out-going personality and positive attitude are contagious! (Source: FrancoFinn.com)
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Geno Espineli
Eugene Macalalag "Geno" Espineli is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played for the San Francisco Giants. Espineli is of Filipino ancestry. He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 14th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft. When Espineli made his debut with San Francisco on July 23, 2008, with 0.2 innings of perfect relief against the visiting Washington Nationals, many believe he became the first full-blooded Filipino to ever play in the major leagues.
(Source: wikipedia.com)
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Hailee Steinfeld
In 2010, Hailee Steinfeld was nominated for her role in the remake of 'True Grit'. She is from Thousand Oaks, California. She left middle school toward the end of her first year to be home-schooled in sixth grade. Her father is personal trainer Peter Steinfeld. Hailee says she is very interested to be "on the other side of the camera" and would like to eventually produce and direct. Hailee is of Jewish decent from her father's side and her mother is of Filipino, European-American descent.
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Imelda Marcos
Imelda R. Marcos (born Imelda Remedios Visitacion Romualdez on July 2, 1929) is a Filipino politician and widow of 10th Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. Upon the ascension of her husband to political power, she held various positions to the government until 1986. She is the first politician elected as member of the Philippine legislature in three geographical locations (Manila, Leyte, Ilocos Norte). In 2010, she was elected to become a member of the House of Representatives to represent Ilocos Norte's second district. She is sometimes referred to as the Steel Butterfly or the Iron Butterfly. She is often remembered for symbols of the extravagance of her husband's political reign such as her collection of 2700 pairs of shoes. (Source: wikipedia.com)
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JabbaWockeeZ
Season 1 winners of Randy Jackson's America's Best Dance Crew. Now performing at the Monte Carlo Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Jasmine Trias
Jasmine Soriano Trias (born 3 November 1986), the Filipino-American 3rd place finalist on last year's "American Idol," will have her self titled debut album in stores July 12, 2005. Her new CD introduces an edgier, rhythm and blues-based sound. From the single, "Excuses" (already #1 in the Philippines) to "Sexy Boy," with its playful relaxed grooves. (Source: imdb.com)
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Jennifer Rosales
On January 20, 2008, Jennifer Rosales, along with Dorothy Delasin of Team Philippines won the 4th Women's World Cup of Golf in Sun City, South Africa, with 4 birdies in the last 4 holes. The duo had a final round of 7-under-par 65 in the best ball, for a 54-hole aggregate of 18-under-par 198. Korea's Ji-Yai Shin and Eun Hee Ji were second on 200 after a final round 67, while Taiwan (Amy Hung and Yun Jye Wei) and Japan (Shinobu Moromizato and Miki Saiki) tied for third on 203. France's Gwladys Nocera and Virginie Lagoutte-Clement, were fifth on 205 following 67.
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Jo Koy
From filling clubs across the nation to being seen weekly as a regular guest on Chelsea Lately, Jo Koy has come a long way from his modest start performing at a Las Vegas coffee house. His infectiously explosive energy on stage, insightful jokes and family inspired humor cross all boundaries and led Daily Variety to name him one of the “10 Comics to Watch”. (Read more @ jokoy.com)
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Jason Rogel
Jason Rogel earned his Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts from the California State University of Long Beach, and has also studied at Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney. He appeared opposite Rachael Taylor, Lea Thompson & Christopher McDonald in Brant Sersen's indy rom-com, "Splinterheads," and stars alongside Kristy Swanson, D.B. Sweeney and Robert Davi in the SyFy original movie, "Swamp Shark," premiering Summer 2011. In addition to film and TV, Jason has appeared in numerous theatre productions, working with such companies as East West Players, LoudRMouth, The Garage Theatre Company and Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre Programs. He has also toured his mini-musical parody, "M.Saigon" throughout the US. (Source: imdb.com)
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Jelynn Rodriguez
Best known for hosting the wildly popular show "The Drop" on the cable network SiTV, now in its second season and recently nominated for an Imagen Award for Best Variety Special. Add to that her new spot hosting on the TV Guide Channel, and Jelynn is building a busy and successful career. (Source: imdb.com)
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Jessica Sanchez


Jessica Sanchez first gained notoriety during American Idol's Whitney Houston Tribute night and Sanchez wowed the world with her rendition of Houston's "I Will Always Love You."

Sanchez, the eldest of three siblings, was born on August 4, 1995 in Chula Vista, California to Gilbert and Edita Sanchez. Her father, a Mexican American originally from Texas, is a U.S. Navy veteran who fought in the Iraq War. Her mother is Filipina and originally hailed from Bataan province in the Philippines. Her maternal grandfather, Eddie Bugay, is a retired U.S. Navy sailor. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Jocelyn Enriquez
Jocelyn Enríquez (born December 28, 1974) is a Dance, Freestyle and Pop singer from San Francisco. She is of Filipino descent: her parents are from the province of Pangasinan. She has released three albums thus far. Enriquez is known for hit songs “I’ve Been Thinking About You”, “Make This Last Forever”, “Do You Miss Me?”, “A Little Bit Of Ecstacy”, “When I Get Close To You”, “No Way No How”, and “Why.” (Source: Last.FM)
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Joy Bisco
Joy made her feature film debut in a movie called, what else, The Debut. The film is one of the first Filipino American stories to be told on the big screen and was filmed in 1997. After the Debut, she had a small role in Ghost World as part of 3 rappers at the high school graduation early in the film (she played the Asian rapper Jade). She was then cast in 2001 as Ashley in Not Another Teen Movie, a parody of various teen movies from the 80s/90s/2000. Her role of Ashley is a parody of the Asian cheerleader in Bring It On played by Nicole Bilderback. Joy then decided to try television and she was cast as Casey Leong(a ghost character who returned) in the General Hospital spin off Port Charles. (Source: imdb.com)
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Jose “Sway” Penala
Sway Peñala is no stranger to the studio and stage. Sway’s debut album, self-titled Drop ‘N Harmony was released in 2000. In 2001, Sway joined two members of Geffen recording artists’ KAI and a member of Straight Hit’s Innerlude to record Your Call - a project supporting 9/11 survivors. They formed 6th Day and toured the US and Asia tirelessly during the following years. They recorded Forever Starts Today in 2004, and released their first single You Want Me in 2005. During a hiatus from 6th Day, Sway’s friends convinced him to audition for American Idol. Although hesitant at first, he could not resist as friends and family dared him to try. He made his way through the auditions and so impressed the judges that Sway was selected to star on Season 5 of with American Idol’s Top 20. (Read more @ swaypenala.com)
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Kaylani Lei
Kaylani Lei, is an exotic dancer and a porn star currently working for Wicked Pictures. Lei has made an appearance on the Howard Stern radio show while he was on national broadcast radio (pre-Sirius satellite radio change over), and makes appearances on Playboy TV. According to the Internet Adult Film Database, she has worked in over 95 films, including Beautiful, The Assignment and Kaylani Unleashed.In 2010, Lei appeared alongside fellow Wicked Pictures contract star Alektra Blue in the Free Speech Coalition's "All-Star Anti-Piracy PSA" on the topic of internet piracy of adult content. (Source: wikipedia.com)
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Kirk Hammett
Kirk Lee Hammett (born November 18, 1962 in El Sobrante, California, USA) is the lead guitarist in heavy metal group Metallica. Kirk is one of the most well-known guitar students of legendary guitarist/instructor Joe Satriani. Hammett was born in El Sobrante, California to a Filipino mother and an Irish Merchant Marine father. As a child and teenager, he showed great interest in his older brother Rick’s extensive collection of hard rock records, including material by Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and UFO. (Read more @ Last.FM)
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Lalaine
Lalaine Vergara-Paras, or simply Lalaine, is best known for her role as Miranda Sanchez, Lizzie's (Hilary Duff's) best friend, in the hit TV series "Lizzie McGuire" (2001). Currently residing in Los Angeles, Lalaine is about to release a music album. (Source: imdb.com)
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Lea Salonga-Chien
Lea Salonga-Chien (born February 22, 1971) is a Filipina singer and actress. She is best known for originating the lead role of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon, for which she won the Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Theatre World awards. She was the first Asian to play the roles of Éponine and Fantine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway. She also provided the singing voice of two Disney "princesses": Jasmine in Aladdin (1992), and Fa Mulan in Mulan (1998) and Mulan II (2004). (Source: wikipedia.com)
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Leah Cohen
Leah currently works as a Sous Chef at Centro Vinoteca in New York City. Apart from the year and a half that she worked at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Italy, she has spent her entire life in New York and comes from a Filipino, Russian-Romanian Jewish background. Her favorite chef is Marco Pierre White and she counts salt, olive oil, butter, garlic and any pork product as her must-have ingredients. She loves Italian, Filipino, and Thai cuisine, but homemade pasta is what she enjoys making the most. (Source: bravotv.com)
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Leeann Tweeden
For the past four years, Leeann Tweeden has been seen as the host of NBC’s National Heads-Up Poker Championship. She also hosts the popular late night show, Poker After Dark, six days a week. Before moving to NBC, Leeann could be seen on the Fox Sports Network and has covered everything from mainstream and extreme sports to news and entertainment. She has won both a Sports Emmy and a Telly Award.
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Liza Lapira
Liz Lapira is of Filipino, Spanish and Chinese decent. Lapira has been in several films like '21' with Kevin Spacey, 'Cloverfield' and is currently on Fox's 'Traffic Light'. (Source: imdb.com)
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Lou Diamond Philips
Lou Diamond Phillips is of Spanish, Scottish/Irish, Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian, and Cherokee ancestry. Best known for his breakout role as 'Ritchie Valens' in the 1987's 'La Bamba'. As well as his roles in 'Stand & Deliver' and with good friends, Charlie Sheen and Kiefer Sutherland, 'Young Guns I & II' and 'Renegades'. You can see Phillips now on 'SGU Stargate Universe.'
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Madison Michele
Madison Michele is an on-air host and entertainment correspondent for TV Guide Network, serving as the daily anchor for the network's signature program, "Hollywood 411," and other specials and red carpet coverage. She has covered the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Emmys, Tonys and American Music Awards. Some of Madison's favorite interviews include George Clooney, Oprah, Bono, Johnny Depp, Billie Jean King, Robert Downey Jr. and Sesame Street's Elmo.
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Manila Luzon
Manila Luzon (born Karl Philip Michael Westerberg) is an American drag queen and reality television personality, a native of Minnesota who now resides in New York City. He is best known as the runner-up of the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race. His drag name is a play on words of the capital city (Manila) and the largest island (Luzon) of the Philippines, where his mother was born. His father is an American of German/Swedish ancestry.
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Malou Nubla
Two-time Emmy Award winning and former Host of CBS 5's 'Evening Magazine', Malou Nubla is currently the Host and Executive Producer of "MALOU REVIEW".
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Megan Young - Miss World 2013
Megan Young is an actress, a model, a VJ, a host and a beauty queen. She won the Miss World Philippines title and was later crowned as Miss World 2013 in Bali, Indonesia. She is the first woman from the Philippines to win the title of Miss World.
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Melissa Howard Beck
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Mike Inez
Mike Inez is an American rock musician best known for his role as the bassist of Alice in Chains. Inez has also worked with other popular musical acts such as Ozzy Osbourne, Slash's Snakepit, Black Label Society, and Heart. He is of Filipino descent.
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Mix Master Mike (Michael Schwartz)
Mix Master Mike (born April 4, 1970) is an American turntablist of Jewish and Filipino extraction. His real name is Michael Schwartz. He was born in Daly City, California. He first gained notoriety after performing at several live DJ competitions. Mix Master Mike later joined the ground-breaking turntablist group, Invisibl Skratch Piklz. After gaining fame, he hooked up with the Beastie Boys, working on the album Hello Nasty. He is now considered their resident DJ, replacing DJ Hurricane. In 1994, after winning three consecutive world titles of the international DMC turntablism award. Mike and Q-Bert were asked to step down from further competition as their domination was too much for the rest of the pack. The two performed an amazing “farewell” set and were honored to become DMC judges. Mike has also helped fellow DJs produce their own albums, most notably, Wave Twisters, by DJ Q-Bert. Mix Master Mike is known for his heavy-hitting bass and intricate scratch routines. In addition to his solo work, Mix Master Mike is the Beastie Boys DJ. Beyond helping the rock/rap/punk trio create sounds for new albums he uses his turntablism expertise to bring a new dimimension to their live shows, freshening up decades old songs by dropping cuts, beats, and samples from a wide range of artists and styles. (Read more @ Last.FM)
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Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao, is a Filipino professional boxer and politician. He is an eight-division world champion, the first boxer in history to win ten world titles, the first to win in eight weight divisions, and the first to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes. He was named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA). He is also a three-time The Ring and BWAA "Fighter of the Year", winning the award in 2006, 2008, and 2009. Currently, Pacquiao is the WBO Welterweight World Champion (Super Champion). He is also currently rated as the "number one" pound-for-pound best boxer in the world by most sporting news and boxing websites, including The Ring, BoxRec.com, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, NBC Sports, Yahoo! Sports, Sporting Life and About.com. Aside from boxing, Pacquiao has participated in acting, music recording, and politics. In May 2010, Pacquiao was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines, representing the province of Sarangani.[9] He is the only active boxer to become a congressman in the Philippines. (Source: wikipedia.com)
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Mark Dacascos
Mark Dacascos, best known as 'The Chairman' on the Food Network's 'Iron Chef' series. His father, Al Dacascos is of Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese ancestry and his mother, Moriko McVey is of Irish and Japanese ancestry. Mark currently plays the infamous 'Wo Fat' on CBS' 'Hawaii 5-0'.
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Natalie Coughlin
Coughlin currently lives in Lafayette, California and is of Irish and one quarter Filipino heritage. She was born in Vallejo and went to school at St. Catherine of Siena School from kindergarten through eight grade. She attended Carondelet High School in Concord.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Coughlin became the first American female athlete in modern Olympic history to win six medals in one Olympics and the first woman ever to win a 100 m backstroke gold in two consecutive Olympics. Coughlin's success have earned her the World Swimmer of the Year Award one time and American Swimmer of the Year Award three times. She has won a total of forty-six medals in major international competition, twenty gold, sixteen silver, and ten bronze spanning the Olympics, the World, and the Pan Pacific Championships. (Source: wikipedia.com)
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Nia Peeples
Nia Peeples was born in Hollywood, California, on December 10, 1961. Her family moved to West Covina, California. She attended UCLA on a music scholarship, during which time she performed as Liberace's opening act in Las Vegas on weekends. She accompanied a friend to a rehearsal one day and was spotted by the producers, who cast her in the play "Music Shop". This led to guest appearances in such TV series as "Hardcastle and McCormick" (1983) and "T.J. Hooker" (1982). Her first starring role came when she played a deaf girl opposite William Atherton in the HBO film A Single Light (1981) (TV). She auditioned for and won the part of Nicole Chapman in the series "Fame" (1982). Her hobbies include hiking, tandem surfing, rollerblading and skiing. She also does a lot of charity work. She is of Scottish/Filipino descent. She can be seen on the hit ABC Family series,'Pretty Little Liars'. (Source: imdb.com)
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Nicole Scherzinger
Nicole Scherzinger was born on June 29, 1978, in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and occasional actress who is best known as the lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls. Previously, Scherzinger was a backing vocalist for the late-1990s rock group Days of the New, then she was part of reality TV girl group Eden’s Crush. After the disbandment of the group she joined The Pussycat Dolls and became the lead vocalist during the transition to a popular music group. So far, The Pussycat Dolls have released two albums, PCD and Doll Domination, with two supporting tours. More recently, in early 2010, Scherzinger became the winner of the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars. In an interview, Scherzinger said: “I’m Filipino-Russian-Hawaiian, but people think I’m from Pakistan”. Growing up, Scherzinger states that she didn’t have a lot of money and the singer thanks her mom for all the support she gave her to become what she is today. (Source: Last.FM)
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Paolo Montalban
Born in the Philippines, Paolo is one of two children. The Montalban family moved to America when Paolo was just one year old. He lived in an apartment in Manhattan, and then in New Jersey, where he grew up in a neighborhood surrounded by mostly Filipinos. He grew up in a musical family: his father played the piano, two aunts studied the violin and piano at Julliard, and his mother was involved in the theater while a student at St. Paul's College in Manila. Like many other Filipino American children, he learned how to play the piano, as well as the violin and saxophone. And like many Filipino American children, he doesn't play anymore. When Paolo was attending grade school, he auditioned for his school's production of "Oliver" and got the lead role. Paolo's success has convinced many Filipinos that he is the next best thing to happen to them since Lea Salonga. In an interview, he laughs saying "I wouldn't put myself in the same scale. She's a star. I'm just a guy."
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Phoebe Cates
Phoebe Cates attended Professional Children's School in New York City and made her motion picture debut as Jennifer Jason Leigh's "experienced" confidante in Amy Heckerling's acclaimed Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). Cates then landed the role of "Christine Ramsey" in Private School (1983), then co-starred in the innovative Gremlins (1984) for Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, directed by Joe Dante. Cates has remained active in theatre, as well. After making her New York debut in Joseph Papp's Off-Broadway production of "The Nest of the Wood Grouse" in 1984, she followed with David Henry Hwang's "Rich Relations" at The Second Stage and a one-act festival at the Manhattan Punchline. On the West Coast, Cates played "Nina" in the La Jolla Playhouse production of Anton Chekhov's "The Sea Gull" and has since appeared in "Much Ado About Nothing" at New York's Public Theatre, and as "Juliet" in Chicago's Goodman Theatre production of "Romeo and Juliet". (Source: imdb.com)
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Ramiele Malubay
Ramiele Macrohon Malubay (born September 6, 1987 in Dammam, Saudi Arabia) is a Filipino American entertainer and was a finalist on the seventh season of American Idol. Ramiele was eliminated from American Idol on April 2, 2008 and Ryan Seacrest cited it on the radio as the most emotional result show ever in idol. Born in Saudi Arabia of Roger Malubay and Alicia Macrohon, Filipino parents who worked in Saudi Arabia. She grew up in the Philippines and the United States and graduated from Zephyrhills High School in Zephyrhills, Florida. Malubay spent most of her early years in the Philippines, but currently resides in Miramar, Florida. She is currently a nursing student at Broward Community College. She started Polynesian Dancing when she was in the first grade and started singing at the age of twelve. She can speak fluent Tagalog & Ilocano. On YouTube, there is a video in which she sings the Philippine National Anthem, “Lupang Hinirang”. She successfully auditioned for American Idol in August, 2007 where she sang Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”. She is currently in the Top 9, Her musical influences include Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, The Jackson 5 and she cited Regine Velasquez as her favorite performer.
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Rex Navarrete
Filipino-American comedian Rex Navarrete discovered his knack for telling jokes when he was going to school in the San Francisco Bay area, when he would bring in Eddie Murphy's classic album Comedian to show his friends. When he began attending college, his parents assumed that Navarrete would become an architect, but at the insistence of one of his professors, he gave standup comedy a try, and immediately knew he had found his calling. In the spring of 1989, the then 19-year-old did his first routine in front of 800 people at the annual Asian Pacific Islander Student Union conference at U.C. Santa Cruz, and hasn't looked back since. It took him a few years to hone his act, but by the time Navarrete was 28, he'd perfected a routine that centered around utilizing a cast of "characters," ranging from an old teacher of his to a domestic worker (he bases his act on what he calls "real Rex moments," in other words, true life experiences). In 1998, Navarrete issued his first comedy album, Badly Browned, following it up a year later with a sophomore effort titled Husky Boy (both issued on the Classified label), and in 2001, his first release on his own label, Kakarabaw Productions, entitled Bastos. (Source: allmusic.com)
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Rob Schneider
Rob Schneider is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and director. His father is Jewish and his mother is Filipino. Grew up in San Francisco suburb of Pacifica. Area known as Pedro Point, overlooking Linda Mar Beach and graduated from Pacifica's Terra Nova High School. A stand-up comic and veteran of the NBC sketch-comedy series 'Saturday Night Live', Schneider has gone on to a career in feature films, including starring roles in the comedy films 'Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo', 'The Hot Chick', and 'Grown Ups'. (Source: wikipedia.com/imdb.com)
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Roshon Fegan
Roshon Fegan is half Filipino (mother) and half African-American (father). He is multi-talented-sings, raps, acts, dances, and plays various instruments. Attended Hollywood High School, but left to be home-schooled when he got the role of Sander Loya in Disney Channel's Original Movie, "Camp Rock". Did not participate in the 2010 Jonas Brothers and Friends/Camp Rock tour due to scheduling conflicts with his show, "Shake It Up". Writes and produces his own music. (Source: imdb.com)
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Ruthie Alcaide
Ruthie was the only "local girl" on the cast of Real World Hawaii …proud to represent for Hawaii. Ruthie was raised in a foster home and overcame great odds to enroll at Rutgers University when she headed for the "Mainland" at seventeen. Ruthie really shines on stage as a freestyle rapper and has won awards for her spoken word poetry. Ruthie has a girlfriend, Jess, who lives near Honolulu. (Source: tv.com)
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Shane Del Rosario (1983 – 2013)
Shane Del Rosario, of Irvine, Calif., hasn’t come close to losing since turning pro in August 2006. He has yet to go the distance; in fact, only one of his fights has gone past the first round. In a memorable bout, Del Rosario submitted (omoplata) Brandon Cash at 2:57 of the first round on a STRIKEFORCE Challengers event on Nov. 6, 2009. Besides power, the 6-foot-4, 27-year-old Del Rosario possesses excellent movement and quickness. A graduate of UC Irvine with a degree in Psychology, Del Rosario played basketball in high school. He also is an active professional Thai boxer, winning the WBC Heavyweight Title in 2008. At the inaugural fight of the Heavyweight Grand Prix, Del Rosario submitted Lavar “Big” Johnson with an armbar in the first round. On December 9th, 2013 Shane Del Rosario died, nearly two weeks after the heavyweight had a heart attack. He was 30. (Source: strikeforce.com)
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Shannyn Sossamon
Hollywood has mirrored the Camelot in which Shannyn Sossamon found herself in her breakthrough role as the leading lady in A Knight's Tale (2001). Shannyn, who credits her striking looks to an eclectic mix of French, Hawaiian, Dutch, Irish, Filipino and German was born Shannon Marie Kahololani Sossamon in Honolulu, Hawaii. At the age of one, Shannyn and her family moved to a new exotic locale: Reno, Nevada. Her youth was spent at a dance studio. At 17, promptly after high school graduation, she left her small town life for a career in dance in Los Angeles. She got distracted and started deejaying as a hobby with her then boyfriend in the local clubs around town. Paying her bills every month were her appearances in commercials. Acting was not high on the young dancer's priority list, aside from a series of commercials, not for lack of interest but for the fact that she was content with her life in L.A. as it was. It was in 1999, when Shannyn was helping a friend D.J. at a birthday party for Gwyneth Paltrow that a new chapter began in her fairy tale life. Francine Maisler, a casting director known for such films as The Usual Suspects (1995), spotted Shannyn. Shortly thereafter Shannyn found herself with the backing of an influential Hollywood name and one very important audition... A Knight's Tale (2001). She determined she wanted the lead role and after six call backs, beat out the competition. Admittedly, the dancer turned actress knew little of her Australian costar Heath Ledger but the two became friends during filming. (Source: imdb.com)
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Shay Mitchell
Shay Mitchell
Shannon Ashley "Shay" Mitchell is a Canadian actress and model. She is best known for her role as Emily Fields in the ABC Family series "Pretty Little Liars." Mitchell was born in Mississauga, Ontario to a Filipino mother, Precious Garcia, and an Irish/Scottish father, Mark Mitchell.
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Sharon Leal
Sharon Leal is a military brat. She was born on October 17, 1972 in Tuscon, Arizona. Sharon then moved with her parents to the Philippines till she was 6 years old. She went to pre-school there. Then her parents packed up to move to the US and settled in Fresno, California. Her mother Angelita (Filipina) is a homemaker. Her father Jesse (African-American), a retired master sergeant in the US Air Force, is now an elementary school teacher. Her parents are divorced. She has a step-father Elmer Manankil. Elmer and Angelita have a daughter together. So, Sharon has a younger sister, Kristina Manankil. How she got started with the desire for performing. At the age of two, Sharon sang into a microphone, and her parents taped her. This later led to acting, which she began doing in community theater productions when she was 13. Sharon graduated from 'Roosevelt High School of the Arts' in Fresno and attended 'Diablo Valley Junior College', where she studied acting while privately studying voice. In 1989, she won a vocal scholarship at the 'Santa Cruz Jazz Festival', which enabled her to study with Seth Riggs (Michael Jackson's voice coach). Sharon has also performed in various rap and R&B music videos. She has sung in cabaret productions at B.Smith's, The Violet, and Steve McGraw's, all in New York City, and played teenager Dahlia Creed on the daytime soap opera 'Guiding Light' in the mid-90s. At New York Theatre Workshop: Bright Lights, Big City. Regional credits include Little Shop of Horrors-Arizona Theatre Co., Into the Woods-Theatre works CA and other shows like Ain't Misbehavin, West Side Story, Me and My Girl and Nunsense to name a few. Last performed on Broadway as Mimi in Rent. In her spare time, she enjoys roller blading, ice skating, dancing at clubs, and reading.
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Steven R. McQueen
Steven R. McQueen is an American actor, best known for his role as Jeremy Gilbert in The CW show The Vampire Diaries and his recurring role as Kyle Hunter in Everwood. McQueen was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Stacey Toten and actor/producer Chad McQueen. His paternal grandparents were actor Steve McQueen and Filipino-born actress Neile Adams. His stepfather, Luc Robitaille, is a retired Canadian NHL hall of famed. (Source: wikipedia.com)
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Tai Babilonia
Tai Babilonia is an American former pair skater. With partner Randy Gardner, she is the 1979 World champion and a five-time (1976–1980) U.S. national champion. The pair qualified for the 1976 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Babilonia was the first figure skater of partial African American descent to win U.S. and World titles. She is also part Filipino on her father's side and part Native American.
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Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye
Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye (born October 19, 1959), a Filipina-American jurist, is the 28th Chief Justice of California. Nominated by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for California's highest judicial office on July 22, 2010, and elected by California voters on November 2, 2010, she was sworn in on January 3, 2011. Prior to her current appointment, Cantil-Sakauye had served in judicial offices on California's appellate and trial courts. (Source: wikipedia.com)
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Thia Megia
Thia Megia is a Filipino-American singer and finalist in season 10 of American Idol 2011. Megia was born in Hayward, California and her family moved to Mountain House, California. Megia is the youngest of three children and is a home-schooled sophomore. Megia’s parents, Cynthia and Loreto, both hail from Pampanga, Philippines and they immigrated to the United States in 1968 and changed their name from Mejia to Megia. Megia has performed with Regine Velasquez in a concert. Megia sang on the fourth season of America’s Got Talent (2009), but was cut in the Top 40 round. That same year, she was invited to sing at the David Foster and Friends concert in California. Thia sang “Who’s Loving You” by The Jackson 5/Michael Jackson. Dubbed as “the next Charice” more than a year ago, Thia Megia wowed the American Idol Season 10 judges—Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler—with her performance of “Chasing Pavements” by Adele. She was one of the five female vote getters in the semi-final round to advance to the Top 13. She was eliminated, along with fellow contestant Naima Adedapo, on March 31st, 2011. She finished in a tie for 10th place. (Source: Last.FM)
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Tim Lincecum
Nicknamed, 'The Freak', Tim Lincecum is a Major league pitcher with the World Champion, San Francisco Giants whose Filipina mother, Rebecca Asis, is the daughter of Filipino immigrants. In 2008 & 2009 Lincecum won the National League Cy Young Award and in 2010 was the National League All Star.
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Teresa Victoria (T.V.) Carpio
Carpio was born in Oklahoma City. She is the daughter of Hong Kong Chinese-Filipina singer Teresa Carpio, with whom she has performed on stage as a backup singer. Her mother has also recorded one of her compositions. Her father is Peter Mui, who co-founded Tungtex (Holdings) Co Ltd, a Hong Kong-based garment maker. Carpio acted and sang a slow rendition of the The Beatles song "I Want to Hold Your Hand" as Prudence in Across the Universe, a movie set to the music of The Beatles. Carpio has also appeared on television, including a TV movie and in one episode of both The Jury and Law & Order. She made her Broadway debut in Rent as Alexi Darling and others, appearing from December 2006 until April 2007. She is currently starring in the new Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. After many delays, the show is set to officially open June 14, 2011. (Source: wikipedia.com)
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Tia Carrere
Tia Carrere was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is the eldest of three sisters and two half-sisters. While attending Sacred Hearts Academy school for girls, Tia was discovered in a Waikiki grocery store and landed the female lead in the indie movie Aloha Summer. Although her passion has always been singing, , Tia would continue her ascent in the acting world with a regular stint on "General Hospital" (1963) as "Jade Soong" and a string of co-starring roles on "MacGyver" (1985), "Quantum Leap" (1989) and Friday the 13th, among others. It wasn't until her breakthrough role as "Cassandra" in the Wayne's World films that Tia was able to showcase both her singing and acting chops. on the 2007 season premiere of Nip/Tuck, on Kelsey Grammer's Back To You, and recurring as Cha Cha on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. Recently Tia returned to her Hawaiian roots with her voice work in Disney's Lilo & Stitch films and series as well as her Grammy-nominated CD "hawaiiana" and is currently on tour. (Source: imdb.com)
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Travis McCoy
Travis Lazarus McCoy born August 5, 1981 in Geneva, New York) is a rapper, singer, multi-instrumentalist and lead singer of the alternative hip hop group Gym Class Heroes. He is of Haitian/Italian/Limerick Irish/Filipino/Native American decent. On June 8th 2010, he released his solo debut album, Lazarus on T-Pain’s Nappy Boy Entertainment. The lead single from the album, Billionaire featuring Bruno Mars, has so far reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the album features further guest appearances from Colin Munroe, Young Cash and Cee-Lo Green. He is also collaborating on the projects Bernie Allen & Tequila Mockingbird with respectively his friend SieOne and Nicholas Scimeca. (Source: Last.FM)
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Vanessa Hudgens
Vanessa Anne Hudgens was born December 14, 1988 in Salinas, California and her heritage is of Filipina, Chinese,and Spanish (from her mother); Irish and American Indian (from her father). She is an actress and singer. After working in local theater plays and television commercials in her childhood, Hudgens made her screen debut in the 2003 drama film Thirteen as Noel. Before she played her breakout role as Gabriella Montez in High School Musical, Hudgens has already appeared in television shows such as Quintuplets, Still Standing, The Brothers García, Drake & Josh and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. Her performance in High School Musical received numerous nominations and awards. With the success of the film, the BBC noted that Hudgens will be a “household name” in the US. Vanessa most recently starred in the sci-fi adventure "Sucker Punch" and the re-vision of 'Beauty & The Beast'...'Beastly'.
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Vanessa Lachey (formerly Minillo)
Vanessa Lachey (formerly Minillo) is an American television personality, television host, model, and actress. A former Miss Teen USA, she has been a New York-based correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and a host of Total Request Live on MTV. She was the host of the Miss Universe 2007, which was held at Mexico City, Mexico, in the National Auditorium, with Mario Lopez. In July 2011, Vanessa married long-time beau, Nick Lachey, former '98 Degrees' Singer.
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Veronica De La Cruz
Veronica De La Cruz is an American television news anchor for KPIX 5. She also co-anchors the 6 p.m. newscast weekdays with Ken Bastida, and the 10 p.m. weekday newscast Bay Area Nightbeat on sister station, KBCW.

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Victoria Recaño
From TV host to Producer and Director, Emmy award winning television personality, Victoria Recaño has captivated audiences on both the big and small screen. Currently, she is a special correspondent for TV Guide Network's Hollywood 411 as well as the host and producer of Zappos Couture's, "The Trend".
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