Proudly Pinoy!

The Filipino blood has to be the best in the brood! Despite the variety of adversities that tightly grip us all, we remained firm, valiant and hopeful, and when tried with daunting circumstances we face them with boldness. Our ancestors resisted the colonial forces that infiltrated our land and the surging of the people’s true power had been the inspiration of a giant country’s people power too. These are just two examples of how brave we are.

Indeed, what runs in our blood is the burning flame spirit of courage, determination, fortitude, glory, intellect and talent. The Filipino force and excellence can’t be denied! From the prominent names who have had great contributions in the fields of entertainment, beauty, sports, among others, we cannot help but let pride sweep us. It is even said that Filipinos have already swarmed the world, from the classic domestic helpers to all-time big-times, just like these ones who made it to Hollywood. Let’s take a peek at them.

apl.de.ap, Allan Pineda Lindo, Black Eyed PeasTypical that of rags-to-riches complex is Black Eyed Peas’ apl.de.ap (Allan Pineda Lindo). He was born to a Filipina and a U.S. serviceman stationed in Pampanga, Philippines, and the songs that he writes typically depict of his obstacles from the pitiable life in a farm in the Philippines to his dealing with obstacles, mainly culture shock, once moved to L.A. at age 14.
nicole scherzinger, pussycat dolls
There is also Nicole Scherzinger, the lead eye-candy of the opulently vibrant Pussycat Dolls. Born in Hawaii to a Filipino father and Hawaiian/Russian mother, Nicole grew up with his Poland-born stepfather in Kentucky with her sister called Ke’ala. As a former member of American Popstars winners’ Eden Crush, Nicole has definitely got talent in singing and dancing.

vanessa anne hudgens, high school musicalAnd then there’s this teen role-model, who just recently may have tarnished her own image and Disney’s celebrated High School Musical by the leaking of her racy photos in the internet. But Vanessa Hudgens, of Irish-Filipino descent, still is the teenybopper heartthrob whom boys just love to love and girls just love to hate and envy. Still, she ranked seventh in Forbes list of "Young Hollywood’s Top-Earning Stars of 2006", sharing that of Daniel Radcliffe’s, Dakota Fanning’s and Lindsay Lohan’s rank space.
enrique iglesias
Yes, he can be every girl’s hero: with expressive eyes and sexy voice like that, who would resist Enrique Iglesia’s charming face? Born in Madrid to a successful Spanish singer of a father, Julio, and a beautiful Filipina socialite, Enrique is so proud of his being Filipino that he treasures his family so much and remains to be humble and approachable.

billy crawfordBilly Crawford has not only made name in Hollywood but also in Europe where his funky songs and electric dance maneuvers are a craze. Kudosvanessa minnillo, miss teen usa, TRL, MTV to this Fil-Am!

Her beauty might as well have been one of those in Miss Universe 2007, but Vanessa Minnillo was already the bubbly host of that, and even regularly in MTV’s TRL. Born in the Philippines, Vanessa is a former Miss Teen USA.

cassieCassie won’t be forgotten in the list. This Filipino-American image of beauty surely has captivated us with her chart-ruling hits like "Me and You" and "Long Way to Go". And yes, she still has long way to go. Show the world what you got, Cass!
mutya buena, sugababes
From the multi-platinum English girl band Sugababes, Mutya Buena has made it all the way to being solo. This singer/songwriter shows her musical prowess as being a "Real Girl" and surely she takes pride of being a real Filipino, or half- that is.

dante basco, take the leadIf you had watched 2006’s Take the Lead and guessed that the character Ramos has Pinoy blood in him, you are right! Dante Basco might be a troubled high-school student in the act but he sure is a fine, cool guy.
rob schneider, the animal, hot chick, deuce bigalow
He is Adam Sandler’s friend, his manager is his brother and his mom’s a Filipina, and with further clues such as The Animal, The Hot Chick and Deuce Bigalow you can’t be mistaken if you had thought of the hilariously crazy guy, Rob Schneider.

And the long list goes on: There is Monique Lhuillier, designer of high-profile, Hollywood celebrity wedding gowns like that of Britney to K. Fed and Christine Baumgartner to Kevin Costner, and also has designed to Hollywood’s big stars; Jasmine Trias of American Idol; Paolo Montalban, who charmed his graces as the prince in the stage version of Cinderella (2001); Lou Diamond Phillips, who portrayed Ritchie Valens in 1987’s La Bamba; Natassia Malthe, the villainess Typhoid in Elektra (2005); Tia Carrere, Mike Myer’s sexy love interest in Wayne’s World (1992); Lalaine Vergara Paras, Lizzie McGuire’s best friend Miranda; and Lea Salonga, as the lead, Kim, in Miss Saigon and now as Fantine in Broadway’s Les Miserables.

And that’s just how proud we should be for being Filipinos, the mighty Malayan race, who would not let the giant trample us with indignation because despite political scandals and international controversies, we rise and stand out from the rest. So chin up!
(Reference: OK! Magazine’s 28th issue, July 2007)


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