Sexy Filipina Mestiza Actresses

A mestiza de sangley (Chinese-Filipina) in a photograph by Francisco Van Camp, c. 1875.
A mestiza de sangley (Chinese-Filipina) in a photograph by Francisco Van Camp, c. 1875. | Source
"Una Mestiza" (A Mestiza) painting by Juan Luna, a Filipino hero, circa 1887.
"Una Mestiza" (A Mestiza) painting by Juan Luna, a Filipino hero, circa 1887. | Source

Filipina Mestiza

In Latin America, a mestiza is a woman of mixed American Indian and European ancestry, but in the Philippines, the word mestiza has a loose or a more general meaning. A mestiza refers to a woman of mixed native and foreign ancestry. A native Filipina with any foreign blood, whether Asian, American, European, African, or whether Australian, is called a mestiza.

There are several reasons why the Philippines have so many Filipina mestizas.

The Philippines had been occupied by people of different nationalities. Before Spain colonized the Philippines in 1521, the Chinese were already immigrating into the Philippines as traders. And when the Spaniards came, more Chinese entered the country as laborers. Then came the Americans when Spain ceded the Philippines to the United States in 1898. There was also the brief occupation of the Philippines by Japan during World War II. As a result, many Filipinos today have foreign roots (Chinese, Spanish, American and Japanese).

Also, some Filipinos prefer marrying foreigners over the native Filipinos. They usually admire the looks of tall and white people. Not to mention the financial security that foreigners bring, which to some Filipinos may even be the primary reason for marrying foreigners.

Many Filipinos also prefer to work abroad as OFW (Overseas Filipino Workers) because of the higher paychecks. The Filipinos are everywhere. They're in the U.S., they're in China, they're in Saudi Arabia, they're in France, they're in Russia, they're in Iraq, they're in Afghanistan, they're in everywhere, across the globe. This, of course, increases social interaction with other races and eventually increases inter-racial union.

And so, because of the high population of Filipina mestiza in the Philippines, we have a bunch of sexy Filipina mestiza actresses in the show business. Here's some of them:

Marian Rivera
Marian Rivera

Marian Rivera (Spanish-Filipina)

Marian Rivera, who was born in Madrid, Spain, is the daughter of Spanish Francisco Javier Gracia Alonso and a Filipina from Cavite, Philippines, Amalia Rivera. Marian Rivera is a very popular commercial model and an actress. She was voted as FHM Magazine's Sexiest Woman of the Philippines for three years, in 2008, 2013, and 2014.

Anne Curtis
Anne Curtis

Anne Curtis (Australian-Filipina)

Anne Curtis, whose real name is Anne Ojales Curtis-Smith, was born on February 17,1985 in Victoria, Australia. She is the daughter of Australian James Curtis-Smith and Carmen Ojales, a Filipina. She is a beauty queen, an actress, a television host, a recording artist, and a VJ.

Cindy Kurleto
Cindy Kurleto

Cindy Kurleto (Austrian-Filipina)

Cindy Kurleto whose real name is Cynthia Kurleto was born on April 21, 1979 in Vienna, Austria. The daughter of Austrian Friedrich Kurleto and Filipina Faustina Verdillo, she grew up in Austria. She is a commercial model, an actress and a former MTV VJ in the Philippines.

Empress Schuck
Empress Schuck

Empress Schuck (German-Filipina)

Empress Schuck, born Empress Karen Carreon Schuck, is the daughter of a German father and a Filipina mother. She is a commercial model and an actress.

Jackie Rice (American-Filipina)

Jackie Rice was born on April 27, 1990 in Dinalupihan, Bataan, Philippines. She is the daughter of an American father and a Filipina mother. She is a commercial model, an actress, a television personality. She was the winner in a TV reality search contest StarStruck, becoming the show's third season Ultimate Female Survivor.

Heart Evangelista
Heart Evangelista

Heart Evangelista (Chinese-Filipina)

Heart Evangelista, whose real name is Love Marie Payawal Ongpauco, was born on February 14, 1985 (Valentine's Day) and the daughter of Reynaldo Ongpauco, a Chinese, and Cecilia Payawal, a Filipina. She is an actress, a TV show host, a singer, a VJ, and an endorser. She is currently engage to Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero.

Iwa Moto
Iwa Moto

Iwa Moto (Japanese-Filipina)

Iwa Moto, whose real name is Aileen Iwamoto is the daughter of Japanese Hiroaki Iwamoto and a Filipina mother. She is a Japanese-Filipina commercial model and an actress. She was the first runner up in the 3rd season of StarStruck, a reality-based talent search show.

Maggie Wilson (British-Filipina)

Maggie Wilson, whose real name is Margaret “Maggie” Nales Wilson was born March 15, 1989. The daughter of British Robert James "Bob" Wilson from Glasgow, Scotland and Filipina Sonia Nales, was born in the Philippines but was raised in Saudi Arabia. She is a beauty pageant contestant, a TV personality and an actress.

Solenn Heussaff (French-Filipina)

Solenn Heusaff, who was born on July 20, 1985 is a multi-talented Filipina actress, a TV Host, a model, a singer, a fashion designer, a painter,and professional make-up artist. She is the daughter of French Louis Paul Heussaff and Filipina Cynthia Adea.

Assunta De Rossi (Italian-Filipina)

Assunta de Rossi whose real name Maria Assunta Tiotangco Schiavone-Ledesma is an Italian-Filipina actress.

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