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List of Filipino Americans

This is a list of Filipino Americans who have made significant contributions to the American culture, politics, or society. It also includes those with notable mentions in the American media.

To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Filipino American or must have references showing they are Filipino American and are notable.

List

Arts and letters

Dance

Education

Graphic arts

Visual art

History

  • Dorothy Cordova – activist, professor, Co-founder of the Filipino American National Historical Society.
  • Fred Cordova – author, Filipinos: Forgotten Asian Americans; co-founder, Filipino American National Historical Society.

Journalism

Law

Literature

Theater

Business

Culinary arts

Education

Fashion and pageantry

Fashion

Pageants

Health science

Labor

Military

Politics

  • Peter Aduja – State Legislature, Hawaii. First Filipino American elected in the United States.
  • Larry Asera – First Filipino American elected to a city council in the continental United States (1973)[49]
  • Steve Austria – Republican congressman from Beavercreek, Ohio.[50]
  • Rob Bonta – First Filipino American California State Legislator
  • Thelma Buchholdt – First female Filipino American state legislator (1974); first Asian American to be elected President of the National Order of Women Legislators (1987).
  • Christopher Cabaldon – Mayor of West Sacramento, California, born in 1965.
  • Benjamin J. Cayetano – First Filipino American governor in the U.S., for the state of Hawaii.
  • John Ensign – U.S. Senator from Nevada; his great grandmother is from the Philippines[51]
  • Jose Esteves – Current Mayor of Milpitas, California. Assumed office in 2002; served as a member of the City Council from 1998 to 2002.
  • Tony Fulton; member of Nebraska State Legislature.
  • Mike Guingona – Council Member and Former Mayor of Daly City, California.
  • Lorraine Rodero Inouye – Hawai'i state senator, former Mayor of Hawaii County and the first Filipino-American woman to serve as mayor of a U.S. County.
  • Donna Mercado Kim – Hawai'i state senator, former President of the Hawaiʻi Senate.
  • Rolando Lavarro, Jr. – Jersey City council president, elected to city council in 2011.[52]
  • John W. Marshall, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Director of the U.S. Marshals Service, his mother is of Filipino descent.
  • Thurgood Marshall, Jr., White House senior staff member during the Clinton Administration, his mother is of Filipino descent.
  • Benjamin Menor – Filipino American State Legislator, Hawaii, 1962.[53]
  • Jeff Moneda - City Manager of Foster City, California.[54]
  • Mona Pasquil – in November 2009, became the first woman to serve as acting lieutenant governor of California[55][56]
  • David Pendleton – former Minority Floor Leader, Hawaii House of Representatives
  • Sean David Reyes – Utah Attorney General and first ethnic minority elected to state office in Utah; father is Filipino, father's first cousin was 7th President of the Philippines, Ramon Magsaysay.
  • Bobby Scott – U.S. Congressman (D. Va.), maternal grandfather is Filipino.[57]
  • Michele J. Sison – US ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.
  • Kris Valderrama – Member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing the 26th District.
  • Ron Villanueva – Member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 21st District. A former member of the Coast Guard Reserves, he is also an alumnus of Old Dominion University.

Religion

  • Oscar A. Solis – First Filipino American Roman Catholic bishop in the United States, 10th Bishop of Salt Lake City
  • Bruce Reyes-Chow – The first Filipino American head of a major denomination in the U.S. (mother is American-born Filipino), was elected to a two-year term as Moderator of the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on June 21, 2008.[58]

Sports

Television and film

Disc jockeys

Music

  • Robert Lopez – composer, first Filipino American Oscar recipient.[75] Recipient of a Grammy Award, Emmy Award and a Tony Award; twelfth individual to achieve an EGOT.[76]
Musicians
Rock music
Pop music
American Idol Contestants
Rap, hip hop
Music producers
R&B
Jazz
International world music
Classical music
Composers
Other / miscellaneous genres
Musical groups
  • One Vo1ce – All-Filipina girl R&B/OPM singing group from the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Blue Scholars – Geo aka. Prometheus Brown, MC of the duo, is Filipino-American
  • Death Angel – thrash metal band
  • Kai – San Francisco Bay Area boy band
  • Moonpools & Caterpillars – Filipino American rock band based in California in the 1990s
  • My American Heart – rock band
  • The Rocky Fellers – group was composed of four Filipino brothers and their father. Their hit song: "Killer Joe" reached No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1963.
  • Legaci – Filipino-American R&B band from the San Francisco Bay Area, California, formed in 1997. They are currently the backup singers for Canadian Pop-R&B singer Justin Bieber on the My World Tour.
  • Q-York – Filipino-American hip hop record production duo composed of Flava Matikz (DJ/producer) and Knowa Lazarus (songwriter/MC).

Reality show

Internet

  • Christine Gambito – American Internet personality, actress, and comedian; she maintains one of the most-subscribed-to channels on YouTube. Also appointed Ambassador of Philippine tourism
  • Anthony Padilla – famous YouTube celebrity; he is former one half of the comedy duo Smosh and is one of the most subscribed Youtubers on YouTube
  • Wil Dasovich – television personality, commercial model, celebrity endorser and famous Youtube vlogger. He won the Shorty Awards for Vlogger of the Year.

Other

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