Throughout the years, a lot of Filipinos have made the Philippines proud with their achievements in different fields in various parts of the world. When you go to a different country and a local asks you where you’re from and you answer Philippines, he or she would usually say, “Oh, Philippines–Pacman, Pacquiao.” This is because Manny Pacquiao is among the famous Filipinos that they actually know. Here are other famous Filipinos who brought pride to our country.
Known around the world for her singing prowess, Lea Salonga has a long list of achievements when it comes to the theatre industry. At the young age of 18, she played the role of Kim in Miss Saigon for which she won a Tony Award. She’s also known for playing Eponine and Fantine in Les Miserables in Broadway and for being the singing voices of Disney princesses Jasmine in Aladdin and Mulan.
Until now, Lea still stuns everyone when she performs. Her most recent performance in a musical was as the Goddess of Love on Once on This Island.
Rachelle Ann Go
Just like Lea Salonga, Rachelle Ann Go has carved a name for herself in the international musical theatre scene. She has performed in London’s West End and Broadway for the roles of Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Jane Porter in Tarzan, and Gigi Van Tranh in Miss Saigon. She also played the role of Fantine in Les Miserables. She is currently in the Original West End production Hamilton as Eliza Hamilton.
“Confidently beautiful with a heart,” Pia Wurtzbach brought back home the Miss Universe crown to the Philippines after 42 years. Her win turned the spotlight to the Filipina beauty once again in beauty pageants, as more Philippine representatives also won after her in different competitions. Pia’s win was also unforgettable because during the pageant, the wrong winner was initially announced. A former actress before she started joining Binibining Pilipinas, Pia joined the local beauty competition three times before finally coveting the Bb. Pilipinas-Universe title on her third try.
Today, Pia continues to influence others and promote her advocacies such as HIV awareness. She’s a UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia & the Pacific. Pia also returned to acting after winning Miss Universe, having starred in the 2017 MMFF film “The Revenger Squad” and in the romantic comedy opposite Gerald Anderson “My Perfect You.”
The only male on this list, Manny Pacquaio earned worldwide recognition for his exceptional boxing career. He is the only eight-division world champion in boxing and was the top 2 on ESPN’s list of pound for pound boxers for 25 years. Coined “Pacman” in the ring, Pacquiao was admired because of his extraordinary skills in fighting, which resulted in numerous knockout victories.
Today, Pacquiao serves as a Philippine senator, but he still returns to the ring from time to time despite previously declaring that he would retire. His most recent fight was against Lucas Matthysse where he knocked out Matthysse in the seventh round and won the WBA “regular” world welterweight title in Malaysia.