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13 Hollywood Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Filipino


  • Philippines celebrates independence day on June 12
  • Vanessa Hudgens is a big fan of Filipino cuisine, such as lumpia and pansit
  • Rob Schneider would have been brought up with Filipino values

June 12 marks the Philippine Independence Day. A nation rich in history, the Philippines is home to many of the world’s most talented people, including some of Hollywood’s most important celebrities.

To celebrate Philippine Independence Day in 2021, here are 13 Celebrities You Probably Didn’t Know To Be Filipinos, Courtesy of Squire, When in Manila, The Odyssey Online and Gulf News:

Manny Jacinto
Best known for his role as the innocently charming Jason Mendoza in “The Good Place”, Manny Jacinto is an immigrant from the Philippines who has also appeared on other popular shows such as “Supernatural”, “Once Upon a Time” and “Bates Motel” . “

Darren criss
Actor and singer-songwriter Darren Criss got his chance when he was cast for the role of Blaine Anderson in the comedy-drama series “Glee”. Criss’ mother is a Filipina from Cebu and is also of Chinese and Spanish descent.

Rob schneider
Comedian Rob Schneider, who has appeared often in blockbuster films alongside Adam Sandler such as “50 First Dates”, “Grown Ups” and “You Don’t Mess With The Zohan”, is said to have Filipino roots. Her mother is half Filipino and certainly raised her children with typical Filipino values ​​and practices.

Actor Rob Schneider attends the ‘I Pronounce You Now Chuck and Larry’ premiere at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, California on July 12, 2007. Photo: Reuters

Alec Mapa
Now a familiar face on Hollywood television, Alec Mapa has appeared on several hit shows such as “Ugly Betty”, “Rupaul’s Drag Race” and “Desperate Housewives”. The Filipino-American actor also starred in “You Don’t Mess With The Zohan”.

Dave Bautista
Also known by his stage name Batista, Dave Bautista’s father is a Filipino immigrant while his mother has Greek roots. The retired professional wrestler is also a former mixed martial artist and has appeared in various films such as “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Avengers: Infinity War”.

Dave batista Roman Reigns and Batista have officially announced their return to WWE, launching new storylines likely leading up to Wrestlemania 35. Actor Dave Bautista attends Global Road Entertainment’s “Hotel Artemis” premiere at Regency Village Theater on May 19, 2018 in Westwood, California. Photo: Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez

Nicole scherzinger
Widely known as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Scherzinger proudly shared that her father is of Filipino descent. Scherzinger’s mother, meanwhile, is of Ukrainian and Hawaiian descent.

Shay mitchell
The “Pretty Little Liars” star shared her struggle to come to terms with her Filipino features. According to Mitchell, it wasn’t until she got older that she finally learned to embrace her Filipino roots.

Eugene Cordero
Appearing alongside Manny Jacinto in “The Good Place”, Eugene Cordero played villainous Pillboi in the series. The rising Filipino star also voiced Jamie on the Cartoon Network animated show “Steven Universe”.

Enrique Iglesias
Considered the king of Latin pop, singer-songwriter Enrique Iglesias is the son of Filipino socialite Isabel Preysler, a former model and journalist from Pampanga.

Michel copon
The Filipino-American actor rose to popularity for his role as Felix Taggaro in the hit series “One Tree Hill”. According to Spot.ph, Copon’s favorite Filipino dish is Sinigang.

Michel copon Photo: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

Vanessa Hudgens
Hudgens got her chance when she played the iconic Gabriella Montez in “High School Musical”. Not one to shy away from her Filipino heritage, Hudgens once revealed that she is a big fan of lumpia and pansit.

Liza Lapira
A New York native of Filipino descent, Liza Lapira has around 20 years of acting experience under her belt. Lapira has appeared in films like “Crazy, Stupid Love” and “Cloverfield” and landed supporting roles on hit shows such as “Sex and the City”, “Law & Order” and “NCIS”.

Vincent Rodriguez III
Rodriguez once said he was proud to represent the Filipino community in the entertainment industry. The Filipino-American actor is best known for playing Josh in the musical drama series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”. The show was one of the first to feature Filipino families, according to Esquire.

Vanessa Hudgens “Grease: Live” star Vanessa Hudgens, pictured on December 4, 2015, reportedly had a “hysterical breakdown” behind the scenes after the show ended on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images