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Most Popular Filipino Celebrities

Updated on March 17, 2013
Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao
Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao

In Sports

Manny Pacquiao

Hailed by ESPN, Sports Illustrated, NBC Sports, Yahoo Sports, The Ring, and other prominent sports websites as the "Number 1 Pound for Pound Best Boxer of the World".

The first boxer in history to win nine world titles in seven different weight divisions.

Included by the Time Magazine as "one of the world's most influential people" in 2009.

Listed by Forbes Magazine as 'The World's 6th Highest Paid Athlete.

A boxer, TV/movie actor, commercial model, recording artist and now the first active boxer to become a congressman in the Philippines,

Well-loved by his countrymen as well by Hollywood celebrities and sports enthusiasts because of his boxing skills, fighting spirit and perhaps because of his humility despite fame & fortune.

Lea Salonga in Les Miserables
Lea Salonga in Les Miserables

In Theatre Arts/Musical Broadway

Lea Salonga

Best known for her lead role as "Kim" in the musical play "Miss Saigon".

The first to win various international prestigious awards (Olivier, Tony, Outer Critics, Drama Desk and Theatre World) for a single role.

The first Asian to play 'Eponine' and the first Asian to play 'Fantine' in the broadway musical 'Les Miserables'

Hers is the singing voice for Princess Jasmine of the movie Aladdin (1992), for Mulan I (1998) and Mulan II (2004).

She joined the international cast of 'Cats' in Manila to perform as 'Grizabella' in the 2nd longest musical broadway show.

Charice 1st International Album
Charice 1st International Album

In Music

Charice Pempengco

The first Asian artist in history to land in "The Top 10 of the Billboard 200 album chart".

Dubbed by Oprah Winfrey as "the most talented girl in the world"

Invited and appeared on 'The Ellen Degeneres Show'.

Invited by Celine Dion to sing a special duet with her at New York City's Madison Square Garden as part of her 'Taking Chances' concert tour.

Made a cameo appearance in the movie 'Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

She will join the cast of the hit US TV series - Glee on its second season.

Arnel Pineda
Arnel Pineda

Arnel Pineda

He is currently the lead vocalist of the long active American rock band 'Journey'

Journey's first album with Pineda titled "Revelation" ranked #5 in Billboard Top 200 album charts in the week after its release and stayed in the Top 20 for 6 weeks.

Pineda sang in 57 concerts during 2008 "The Journey World Tour".

Sources: for the data; and for the pictures.


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