1. Bruno Mars

The “24K Magic” singer was born in Honolulu, Hawai’i and has a Filipino mother and a Puerto Rican father. Bruno’s real name is Peter Gene Hernandez.

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2. Shay Mitchell

The “Pretty Little Liars” & “You” star grew up in Canada and was born to a Filipino mom and an Irish-Scottish father. Shay’s mom is from Pampanga and left the Philippines when was 19 years old.


Shay Mitchell by JJ Duncan is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

3. Vanessa Hudgens

The mom of the 32-year-old “High School Musical” actress is a Filipina and her dad was of Irish-American descent.


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4. Nicole Scherzinger

The Pussycat Dolls lead singer and “The Masked Singer” panelist was born to a Filipino father and a Hawaiian-Russian mother. In November 2020, she covered the song “Pangako” by Ogie Alcasid/ Regine Velasquez with Fil-Am producer Troy Laureta to honor her Filipino heritage.

Nicole Scherzinger by Miguel Cuenca is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

5. Apl.de.ap

Apl.de.ap’s real name is Allan Pineda Lindo and he was born in Angeles City, Pampanga. He rose to fame with the hip hop group Black Eyed Peas and their debut song “Where’s The Love?”. In the last years, Apl.de.ap has been one of the coaches of “The Voice of the Philippines” and “The Voice Teens Philippines”.


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6. Enrique Iglesias

The mother of the king of Latin Pop is Filipina socialite and TV host Isabel Preysler. Enrique’s Lolo was the executive director of Philippine Airlines and one of the board directors of the Spanish Bank of Manila.

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7. Dave Bautista

Dave Bautista is an American actor and was a professional wrestler. The mother of the Guardians of the Galaxy star is of Greek descent and his father is Filipino. He has a tattoo of the Filipino flag on his shoulder.

Dave Bautista by Daniel Benavides is licensed under CC BY 2.0.


8. Darren Criss

The Glee actor is half Caucasian and half Filipino. His mom is from Cebu. Darren won the Golden Globe award for his role in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”.

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9. Jo Koy

Fil-Am stand up comedian Joseph Glenn Herbert, aka Jo Koy, is famous for incorporating his Filipino roots into his comedy acts. As a child, Jo Koy lived in Cubao, Quezon City for about 6 years before his family moved back to the states.

Jo Koy by Ninoksha Maria is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

10. Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld is an American actress who rose to fame in 2010 with her role as Mattie in True Grit. She appeared in other successful movies like “Romeo & Juliet” and “Pitch Perfect 2 & 3”. Hailee’s grandfather was half Filipino and came from Panglao, Bohol.

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11. Vanessa Minnillo-Lachey

Vanessa was born in Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines and is half American and half Filipina. She rose to fame as TV host for MTV and Entertainment Tonight. In 2011, Vanessa married the ex-husband of Jessica Simpson, NIck Lachey, and they have 3 children together.

Vanessa Minnillo-Lachey by Eva Rinaldi is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

12. Cassie Ventura

The American singer became famous with her debut single “Me & U”. Cassie is half Filipino, half African-American and was in a relationship with hip-hop mogul Diddy for more than a decade.

Cassie by GlobalGrindTV is licensed under CC BY 3.0

13. Rob Schneider

The breakthrough role for the actor and comedian was “Home Alone 2”. The mother of the Deuce Bigalow star is half Filipino and just passed away recently.

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14. Sharon Leal

The “Dreamgirls” actress has a Filipino mom (Kapampangan) and an African-American dad. Sharon lived in the Philippines until she was 7 years old.

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15. Alec Mapa

Alec Mapa is an American actor and comedian who became famous by portraying Gabrielle Soli’s gay best friend in “Desperate Housewives”. Both of his parents are Filipino immigrants.

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