Saturday, May 25, 2013

HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITIES / KNOWN PERSONALITIES OF FILIPINO DESCENT




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Songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez (L) and Robert Lopez accept the Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song award for 'Let It Go' from 'Frozen'.

Robert Lopez just joined an elite group of Hollywood award winners.
Lopez, one of the musical minds behind Disney’s hit song from Frozen “Let It Go,” became the twelfth member of the EGOT club with his Oscar win tonight. Gaining admission to society of EGOT winners–an abbreviation for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards–is exceptionally tough.

The last phenomenally talented individual to receive the distinction wasScott Rudin in 2012 when he won the Grammy for The Book of Mormonalbum. The only other 10 people to win all four distinguished awards are:
Whoopi Goldberg
Mike Nichols
Mel Brooks
Jonathan Tunick
Marvin Hamlisch
Audrey HepburnJohn GielgudRita MorenoHelen HayesRichard Rodgers


Lopez accepted his Oscar along with his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The two excitedly accepted the award and gave a high-energy speech practically in unison. Earlier in the evening Idina Menzel sang ‘Let It Go” and received an enthusiastic standing ovation from the audience at the Dolby Theater.

Robert Lopez (born February 23, 1975) is a songwriter of musicals, best known for co-creating The Book of MormonAvenue Q, and for penning the songs featured in the Disney film Frozen. He is one of only twelve people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award, and the only person to win all four within a decade.

Early life

Robert Lopez was born in Manhattan, and is partly of Filipino descent. He became interested in songwriting from an early age, writing his first song at age seven. He attended Hunter College High School and received a B.A. in English from Yale University, where he was a member of the Yale Spizzwinks.

Personal life

During his participation in the 1998 Lehman Engel's Workshop, Robert Lopez met and began dating lyricist Kristen Anderson. As described in a 2003 The New York Times profile, the pair, struggling in a cash-strapped post-college period that recalls the storyline of Avenue Q's Princeton and Kate Monster, "live[d] in Astoria, Queens, [drove] a 1989 Buick and survive[d] on fast food".
The couple married in 2003 and they have two daughters; Katie and Annie, who both had voice parts in Frozen.

Awards and nomination

YearAward ceremonyCategoryWorkResultRef
2003Drama Desk AwardOutstanding LyricsAvenue QNominated
Outstanding MusicNominated
2004Tony AwardTony Award for Best Original ScoreWon
2007Emmy AwardOutstanding Music & LyricsScrubsNominated
2008Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Achievement in Music Direction and CompositionThe Wonder PetsWon
2010Won
2011Tony AwardsBest Book of a MusicalThe Book of MormonWon
Best Original ScoreWon
Drama Desk AwardOutstanding LyricsWon
Outstanding MusicWon
2012Grammy AwardBest Musical Theater AlbumWon
Annie AwardMusic in an Animated Feature ProductionWinnie the PoohNominated
2013Golden GlobesBest Original SongLet It Go
from Frozen
Nominated
Annie AwardMusic in an Animated Feature ProductionFrozenWon
Critics' ChoiceBest Original SongLet It Go
from Frozen
Won
Academy AwardsBest Original SongWon

Book of MormonWriter Robert Lopez on South Park, Cynicism, and Cirque du Soleil


Composer and lyricist Robert Lopez's first collaboration with Matt Stone and Trey Parker resulted in The Book of Mormon, which earned them all Tonys and turned them into the toast of the town. Their follow-up is tonight's South Park, "Broadway Bro-Down," in which Randy Marsh discovers his love for Broadway musicals and ends up writing one of his own. Vulture chatted with the Avenue Q creator about tonight'sSouth Park, his upcoming projects, and the mystical nature of Jameson.

South Park works on a famously tight schedule. Was it hard to adjust to that pace?

Actually, it was remarkable how much the day-to-day working process was just like working on Book of Mormon. It felt a lot like that — except the whole thing was just compressed. What was different was all the design aspects and watching decisions get made about animation and charter design, that was really cool. That was something I'd never [been involved with] before. ... I also got to do a couple of voices. I'm the voice of a little kid that wears a life preserver, and I'm this guy at a bar who explains to Randy what musicals are.

Both Book of Mormon and Avenue Q are about people finding their purpose or their missions. Is Broadway now Randy's purpose? Or is this like his obsession with the Food Network?

Well, it's sort of a topsy-turvy take, where Randy gets obsessed, but they discover that something seemingly innocent is actually a big conspiracy. I wouldn't call this a musical episode, though. It's got songs in it, but it's more like, what if Broadway was really designed to do this nefarious thing?

So you went out to work on the show, but it's not even a musical episode?

Well, we started with no idea at all. Just sitting around on Thursday, trying to bang ideas out of our heads for five hours.

You started from scratch? 

Every episode starts from scratch!

I know, but I figured, like, if there was a special episode in place or something, there'd already be some idea ...

Nope, it wasn't even a given that there would be songs in it. I was going out to guest write for a week, to celebrate and enjoy our success together [laughs]. ... I had this idea in my back pocket, that it'd be funny if we did a musical about a kid who craps his pants. But then they did it last week! ["Bass to Mouth" has a story line about a kid who soils himself.]

Does that happen a lot, where you discover you, Matt, and Trey are all secretly thinking the same thing?

Actually, it was bizarre. At the beginning of the season, there was the episode where Stan was becoming an alcoholic, and the secret society of cynics was about to make him drink Jameson — and I was watching it, and at that very moment, I was pouring a Jameson.

Did it make you less cynical?

I'm not that cynical, really! Trey can get cynical, but I'm not really a cynic.

Are there more South Parks in your future?

Not this season, but maybe in future seasons. They seem to have a good time with me, and I have a great time with them.

So what is in your future?

I'm working on a couple of movies, a live-action musical for Disney, possibly another animated Disney movie, and a Broadway show [called Up There] that's like Annie Hall meets Cirque du Soleil. It's a romantic comedy with a huge theatrical twist. I'm working on that with my wife, Kristen. It's about a guy's brain, his mind, his inner consciousness — the whole chorus is his brain, so it's kind of like Cats, but with a story. He has these crazy inner thoughts, but the guy doesn't express himself, so the girl has no idea what he's thinking. Which is how things are in real life.

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Sharon Leal Sharon’s mom is Filipino and her dad was an American military policeman, but they broke up before Sharon was born.  She appeared in the movie, Dreamgirl.


Kevin Nadal was born into a Filipino family in Santa Clara, California. He rose to fame when he started an online petition against ABC when they made Philippine med schools the butt of a joke on Desperate Housewives.


Christine Gambito, aka HappySlip, is a YouTube star thanks to her comedy skits about her Filipino family. She was born in Virginia and is a super mom to her own three kids.

Alec Mapa was born in San Francisco to a Filipino family. He’s best known for his roles on Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives.


Jose Llana was the only native-born Filipino to be cast in a new concept musical about Filipinos, Here Lies Love.


Caterina Fake was born in Pennsylvania to a Filipino mother. She graduated from Vassar College in 1991 before launching Flickr in 2004.


Ben Cayetano is the first Filipino-American governor in the United States. His father Bonifacio moved from the Philippines to Hawaii where he raised Ben.




Jessica Cox child hood photosCox as a child


JESSICA COX


Jessica Cox (born 1983 in Arizona) is the world's first licensed armless pilot, as well as the first armless black-belt in the American Taekwondo Association (she now has two black belts in Taekwondo). She was born without arms due to a rare birth defect. She earned her pilot's license on October 10, 2008, after three years of training, and is qualified to fly a light-sport aircraft to altitudes of 10,000 feet; Jessica Cox flew in a single engine airplane for the first time via Wright Flight. She received her flight training through anAble Flight scholarship and soloed under the instruction of Parrish Traweek. Cox has not used prosthetic arms since she turned 14. Using her feet as most people use their hands, she is able, among other things, to drive a car (she has an unrestricted license and drives a car without modifications), to type on a keyboard (25 words per minute), to pump her own gas, and to put in and remove her contact lenses. She is also a certified SCUBA diver. Cox holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Arizona and works as a motivational speaker and has shared her message in 18 different countries.

Jessica Cox
BornFebruary 2, 1983 (age 31)
United States Sierra Vista, Arizona,USA
ResidenceTucsonArizona
NationalityUSA
Other namesGhana In Dodowa, Ghana: Ayerkie Dede
EthnicityFilipino American
CitizenshipUnited States United States of America
EducationBachelor of Science in Psychology
Alma materUniversity of Arizona
OccupationMotivational SpeakingKeynote Speaker
Years activeSince November 2005
EmployerJessica Cox Motivational Services
Known forArmless Surfing, ArmlessScuba Diving, Armless ErcoupePilot, Armless Taekwondo
ReligionCatholic
Spouse(s)Patrick Chamberlain
AwardsGuinness World Record: The Only Pilot to Fly With Their Feet, US Inspiration Awards for Women 2012: Most Aspirational

Jessica cox-inside the plane

Jessica cox-open the door of the plane using her legs

Jessica Cox, an armless Filipino-American lady pilot from Arizona was a recent guest at the White House as president Obama unveiled a package of measures to help Americans with disabilities.
Jessica Cox is the first woman pilot licensed to fly an aircraft using her feet.
Cox, who was born without arms, has grabbed news headlines early this year when she became the first woman pilot in aviation history without arms.
A psychology graduate at the University of Arizona, the 26-year-old Cox does more than normal woman her age do with the use of her feet.
Jessica Cox suffered a rare birth defect and was born without any arms. Today she can write, drive a car, brush her hair and talk on her phone.
She is a former dancer and double black belt in Tae Kwon-Do. She has a no-restrictions driving license, she flies planes and she can type 25 words a minute

Filipino-American Jessica Cox was with a smaller group who got a private audience with President Obama earlier in the day.
“He said thank you for being an inspiration and I said thank you, it’s an honor to meet you,” Cox said.
Cox also works as a motivational speaker. She was off to catch a big air show in Wisconsin after meeting with President Obama.
“I’ll be there giving presentations and meeting celebrities like Harrison Ford and (Captain Chesley) “Sully” Sullenberger and John Travolta whose first airplane he ever owned was an Air Coupe, which is the airplane I fly, so I’m looking forward to meeting him,” said Cox.



Cox swimming using her legs

Jessica curls her hair using her feet

Jessica cox-using computer with her legsJessica cox-Driving her car using her legs
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ERIK SPOELSTRA



Erik Spoelstra (/ˈsplstrə/ SPOHL-strə; born November 1, 1970) is an American professional basketball coach and the current head coach of the National Basketball Association's Miami Heat. A Filipino-American through his mother's side, he is the first Asian American head coach in the history of the four major American sports leagues and the first Asian American head coach to win an NBA championship.

From 2001 to 2008, he served as assistant coach and director of scouting for the team. He has guided the Heat to five playoff appearances, including trips to the 2011 NBA Finals, 2012 NBA Finals, and 2013 NBA Finals, in his first five seasons, winning the championship in both 2012 and 2013.

Personal life

He is the son of Dutch-Irish-American Jon Spoelstra, who was an NBA executive for the Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Buffalo Braves and New Jersey Nets, and the grandson of the late Watson Spoelstra, a longtime sportswriter for The Detroit News. His mother, Elisa Celino, is from San Pablo City, Laguna in the Philippines.

To relax, Spoelstra does yoga and goes jogging and spinning. He has traveled to the Philippines several times, often under the NBA FIT program, which promotes healthy lifestyles.

Erik Spoelstra (/ˈsplstrə/ SPOHL-strə; born November 1, 1970) is an American professional basketball coach and the current head coach of the National Basketball Association's Miami Heat. A Filipino-American through his mother's side, he is the first Asian American head coach in the history of the four major American sports leagues and the first Asian American head coach to win an NBA championship.

From 2001 to 2008, he served as assistant coach and director of scouting for the team. He has guided the Heat to five playoff appearances, including trips to the 2011 NBA Finals, 2012 NBA Finals, and 2013 NBA Finals, in his first five seasons, winning the championship in both 2012 and 2013.

Miami Heat

Spoelstra joined the Heat staff in 1995 as the team's video coordinator after his father called Chris Wallace, then the director of player personnel for the Heat. After two years, he was named assistant coach/video coordinator, then promoted to assistant coach/advance scout in 1999. He became the assistant coach/director of scouting in 2001. He was cited by Sports Illustrated (May 30, 2005) for honing star guard Dwyane Wade's "shooting balance and smoothing out his release after the Flash's return from the Athens Olympics."

Spoelstra was an assistant coach with the Miami Heat when they won the 2006 NBA Finals by defeating the Dallas Mavericks, overcoming an 0–2 deficit.

In April 2008, Spoelstra was named successor to Pat Riley as head coach of the Miami Heat. In naming Spoelstra as head coach, Riley said: "This game is now about younger coaches who are technologically skilled, innovative, and bring fresh new ideas. That's what we feel we are getting with Erik Spoelstra. He's a man that was born to coach." Riley also noted: "A lot of players want the discipline; they will play [hard] for Spoelstra, because they respect him."

Spoelstra coached the Heat to the NBA Finals in 2011 where they lost 4–2 against the Dallas Mavericks.
On December 16, 2011, he received a contract extension.

On June 21, 2012, Spoelstra's Heat won the NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1.
On February 3, 2013, Spoelstra was named head coach of the 2013 Eastern Conference All-Star Team.
In 2013, he coached the Miami Heat to a 27 game winning streak (second longest in NBA history). It started with a 100–85 win over the Toronto Raptors on February 3, 2013, and ended with a 97–101 loss to the Chicago Bulls on March 27, 2013.

On June 20, 2013, Spoelstra coached the Heat to a Game 7 victory in the 2013 NBA Finals. The Heat were the first NBA team to defend their title since the 2009-2010 Los Angeles Lakers. He's only the 8th coach to lead his team to 2 straight championships.

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DOUGLAS DEWAYNE BALDWIN, JR.


The Seattle Seahawks Douglas Dewayne Baldwin Jr. a Filipino-American football wide receiver is a Super Bowl Champion.
He scored a touchdown from Quarterback Russell Wilson as the Seahawks won the Super Bowl 43-8 against the Denver Broncos at the MetLIfe Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Born in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Baldwin is a quarter Filipino.

Baldwin made the news when he carried an upside down Philippine flag at a national football league match against the Minnesota Vikings to honor the victims of super typhoon Yolanda victims last November.

“Obviously when the typhoon hit, her family was impacted, everybody’s safe though. I wanted to do something kind of to lift their spirits and lift the spirits of Philippines. In general, I thought carrying the flag would be a nice gesture,” he said.

Baldwin led the Standford Cardinals in receiving yards and touchdowns and he is hoping to do the same this Sunday. But the 25-year-old wide receiver who went undrafted out of Stanford said he plays with a chip on his shoulder having been signed up for the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted agent.
“It’s not a chip. It’s a boulder, no it doesn’t go away, because you will be continuing to doubt whether it’s about me or about my teammates. So that adds motivation to the boulder. It’s not so much to prove others wrong but it’s more proving ourselves right,” he said.

From Gulf Breeze High School to Standford Cardinals star football player, Baldwin said he is living his American dream right now playing at the 48th Superbowl.

“It means a lot obviously. It’s been a dream of mine since I put on pads to play football. So to be here now, to be able to experience this moment, enjoy the game of football at the highest level, it means the world to me. But my family gets to enjoy it as well. It’s an unbelievable ride for us,” he said.

Baldwin said he may never have stepped foot on his grandmother’s country of birth, but he thanks her for keeping him connected to his Filipinos roots.

He added he plans to visit the Philippines in the near future when his grandmother would be able to take him.

“Much love to the Philippines, my Filipino family, God bless,” he said.




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MONIQUE LHUILLER





Monique Lhuillier (born September 15, 1971, Cebu City, Philippines) is a fashion designer most prominently known for bridal wear. She owns a couture fashion house based in Los Angeles, California.

Lhuillier has become a celebrity favorite for both wedding and red carpet gowns. Her list of clientele includes Mandy Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Stewart, Drew Barrymore, Hilary Swank, Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicki Minaj, Zooey Deschanel, Kim Yoo-Jin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and, more recently, Shannen Doherty, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Regine Velasquez, Lea Salonga and Katy Perry, Britney Spears.

Personal Life

Lhuillier was born to Michel J. Lhuillier, a businessman of French descent, and Amparito Llamas, a Filipino society figure and former model of Spanish descent. She grew up in Cebu City and studied in Saint Theresa's College, continuing on to a finishing school in Switzerland. As a teenager, she was an outstanding student in Lausanne and dreamed of becoming a successful fashion designer. She moved to Los Angeles to study design at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM). It was in Los Angeles that she met her future husband, Tom Bugbee. Monique and Tom currently reside in Los Angeles with their two children.

Career

While searching for a gown for her wedding in 1995, Monique was surprised by the lack of fashion-infused bridal options. Having had an affinity for evening gowns and bridal while at FIDM, Monique launched her first bridal collection in 1996. The collection received great acclaim from both editors and buyers alike. Her husband Tom joined the company as CEO, to turn Monique’s vision to establish a couture design house into reality.
At present, the Monique Lhuillier collections encompass ready-to-wear, evening gowns, bridal, bridesmaids, linens, tableware, fine paper, and home fragrances.

Awards and honors

Monique Lhuillier was invited to be a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2003. She received the Medal of Honor from the Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2006.



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Tamlyn Naomi Tomita (born January 27, 1966) is a Japanese-born American actress. She has appeared in many Hollywood films and television series.



Early life

Tomita was born on Okinawa, the daughter of Shiro and Asako Tomita, and she is 1/4 Filipino on her mother's side of the family. Her father was a distinguished Japanese-American man who was interned at ManzanarCalifornia, during part of World War II, then later became a Los Angeles police officer, rising to the rank of sergeant and helping to form the first Asian Task force in that Department.
Mr. Tomita died of cancer in 1990. Ms. Tomita is a graduate of the Granada Hills High School in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. Before becoming an actress, she won the title of Queen at the Nisei Week Pageant in Los Angeles in 1984,[3] and Miss Nikkei International in 1985.


Acting Career

In 1984, Tomita got her big break by traveling as Queen of Nisei Week to Hawaii when she was selected as part of a casting call by director John G. Avildsen to make her acting debut in The Karate Kid, Part II, playing Ralph Macchio's character's love interest, Kumiko. On the film's set, she met Nobu McCarthy, herself a former beauty queen. McCarthy became a role model, mentor and close friend to Tomita, making it especially difficult when, in 2002, McCarthy died unexpectedly while on location in Brazil with Tomita, filming Gaijin 2 - Ama-me como sou. Tamlyn contributes a lot of her time to non-profit events to help the Japanese-American community in California.

Singing career

In 1987 Tomita made her Japanese singing debut on the label Polydor. She released a single and an album.
Polydor DX-1515 EP: "Hitomi no Majutsu ~Hypnotized~" c/w "I Can't Stand the Pain"
Polydor H33P-20179 LP: "Sweet Surprise" (Primirive / I Can't Stand the Pain -English Version- / Hitomi no Majutsu ~Hypnotized~ / Arrivederci / Just Say You Love Me / Seiza o Tsunagu Love Song / Beauty and Beast of Love / I Can't Stand the Pain -Japanese Version- / Santa Monica no Koibito e -Instrumental- / Hawaiian Wind / Insult to Injury)


Filmography


TV appearances


Other work


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DARREN CRISS

Darren Criss was born in San Francisco, California, the youngest son of Cerina (née Bru) and Charles William Criss, a banker and a former director of the San Francisco Opera, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Stern Grove Festival, and San Francisco Performances. Criss is Eurasian – his mother, a native of Cebu, Philippines, is of Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino descent, while his father, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is of Irish descent.  He has an older brother named Charles "Chuck" Criss (born April 15, 1985), a musician and member of the indie rock band Freelance Whales. Criss and his brother were raised in San Francisco, except from 1988 to 1992, when the family resided in Honolulu, Hawaii, where their father started the EastWest Bank, serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

As Blaine, Criss features in many musical performances on Glee, which have been released as singles, available for download. His first performance, "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry, was featured on the soundtrack album Glee: The Music, Volume 4.  It reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 in the week ending November 27, 2010, and number one on the Billboard Digital Songs chart. It was the best-selling song in the U.S. that week, selling 214,000 copies, the largest figure for a Glee title. It was only the second U.S.-certified gold single in the show's history. Both Billboard's Jillian Mapes and Erica Futterman of Rolling Stone deemed "Teenage Dream" the best song of "Never Been Kissed", the episode in which it featured. The Daily News's Anthony Benigno gave the song an "A", and noted that it was "flawless" and improved on Perry's original. The performance was nominated for the Best Gay Moment of the Year and Favorite Music Video awards at the 2010 AfterElton.com Visibility Awards. Billboard cover-feature on Criss noted that the performance "arguably ushered in the trend of more current pop hits being reworked by the [Glee] cast."



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ROB SCHNEIDER

Rob Schneider is a Hollywood actor of dual heritage − his father is Jewish and his mother Pilar Monroe is Filipina. (born October 31, 1963) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and director. A stand-up comic and veteran of the NBC sketch-comedy series Saturday Night Live, Schneider has gone on to a successful career in feature films, including starring roles in the comedy films Deuce Bigalow: Male GigoloThe Hot Chick, and Grown Ups.

Schneider was born in San Francisco, California, and grew up in the nearby suburb ofPacifica. He is the son of Pilar Schneider (née Monroe), a former kindergarten teacher and ex-school board president, and Marvin Schneider, a real estate broker. Schneider's father was Jewish and Schneider's mother was Catholic. His maternal grandmother was a Filipina who met and married his maternal grandfather, a Caucasian American army private, while he was stationed in the Philippines.  Schneider graduated from Terra Nova High School in 1982.

Schneider's mother has made cameo appearances in her son's films, playing a cheerleading contest judge in The Hot Chick, a restaurant patron in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, and a nosy neighbor in The Animal.

Accusations of ethnic stereotyping

A 2005 New York Times editorial admonished, "Watch Rob Schneider play Ula, a leering Hawaiian in the Adam Sandler movie 50 First Dates, with a pidgin accent by way of Cheech and Chong, and you get the sense that Hollywood still believes that there is no ethnic caricature a white actor can't improve upon." In a letter to the editor, Schneider defended himself by asserting his Filipino heritage, adding that he believes that "Hollywood should give roles to the most talented person irrespective of ethnicity, race or in my case 'looks'."
In 2007, The Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) criticized Schneider for donning prosthetic make up to play a Japanese minister in I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry by likening it to "yellow face." Richard Roeper said in his review that "Rob Schneider's Filipino background hardly excuses his portrayal of an Asian minister in perhaps the most egregious stereotype of its kind since Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's."
MANAA also criticized Schneider for an Asian character's dialogue in 2005's Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, which he co-wrote. The organization stated that the portrayal of the character "perpetuated the tired stereotype that Asian men have small penises."

 

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ERNIE REYES, JR.

Ernie Reyes Jr. was famous in the 80s for his role as Ernie Lee on the TV show Sidekicks & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as Keno and Donatello. He started learning martial arts under his father at the age of four, and the training is still helping him land roles in TV shows and movies. He was born in 1972 in San Jose, California.

Reyes, Jr. played a prince in the 1985 production, Red Sonja. In that movie, he shared the screen with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Brigitte Nielsen. During this time, he also had his own television series Sidekicks, a spin-off of the original Walt Disney one-time special,The Last Electric Knight, alongside Gil Gerard presented by Michael Eisner. He also appeared in an episode of the hit television series MacGyver in 1988. Reyes had starring roles in Surf Ninjas and in the second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film The Secret of the Ooze as Keno, the pizza delivery boy. He also served as the martial arts stunt double for Donatello in the first Ninja Turtles film. He later appeared in movies such as Rush Hour 2 playing Zing and in The Rundown alongsideWWE wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Reyes guest starred in the TV series Kung Fu: The Legend Continues alongside David Carradine.
In 2006, Ernie Reyes Jr. hosted the MTV martial arts reality show Final Fu.
Ernie Reyes Jr. has a professional fight record of 3–0 in Strikeforce which is now one of largest Mixed martial arts organization on the planet but started out as a Muay Thai and kickboxing organization. Ernie fought Anthony Elkaim the WKA ISKA Champion. Reyes knocked out the champion in the 3rd round. His next two fights would be won by decision, including a unanimous decision over Veasna Thach which aired on ESPN. Ernie Reyes Jr.'s fight against the champion Anthony Elkaim also aired on ESPN.
More recently Ernie Reyes Jr. has done motion capture stunts for blockbuster movies such as Avatar and Alice in Wonderland. Currently he stars in the mixed martial arts movie The Red Canvas co-starring Ving Rhames and UFC lightweight number one contender Gray Maynard.

  


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DANTE BASCO

Dante Basco  (born August 29, 1975) is a Filipino American actor who was born in California. He has guested on quite a lot of TV shows including Nash Bridges, Providence and The Prince of Bel-Air. He has also appeared in numerous Hollywood films, but most recently in the groundbreaking Filipino-American movie The Debut.

He is also an American actorvoice actorpoet, and dancer. Like Ernie Reyes Jr, he has appeared in so many films and television shows. He is best known for voicing Zuko in the Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last AirbenderJake Long from the Disney series American Dragon: Jake Long, and playing Rufio in the 1991 live-action Peter Pan film Hook.

  


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LOU DIAMOND PHILIPS

Lou Diamond Philips was born as Lou Diamond Upchurch at the Subic Bay U.S. Naval Station inZambales Philippines, the son of Lucita Aranas and Gerald Upchurch, an officer in the United States Navy.[3][4] His father was an American of Scots-Irish and one-quarter Cherokee descent, and his mother, a native of Candelaria, is of Filipino Chinese descent.
Phillips was named after Marine legend Leland "Lou" Diamond. After his father died, he took his stepfather's surname "Phillips" as his own.
He was raised in Texas, where he attended Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi graduating in 1980. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a BFA in Drama.

His breakthrough came when he starred in the film La Bamba as Ritchie Valens. He earned a supporting actor Golden Globe Award nomination for his role in Stand and Deliver and a Tony Award nomination for his role in The King and I. Other notable films in which Phillips has starred include Courage Under FireChe, and Love Takes Wing.

Phillips has been an outspoken advocate of HR 4574, the Filipino Veterans Equity Act of 2006, legislation to provide the same benefits to Filipino World War II veterans who served with the United States as have been available to other U.S. World War II veterans.
He is also a supporter of the Thoughtful House Center for Children, founded by DoctorAndrew Wakefield. It is controversial because of Wakefield's claims about the connection between the MMR vaccine and autism.
Phillips is very close to the Native American community. In 1990, he was adopted by the Sioux tribe, although he is Cherokee by blood. "Star Keeper" is his Sioux name. That year, he also organized a concert, The Winds of Life, to benefit Native American causes.
Philips has received numerous awards for his acting roles.


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APL D' APP

Apl D' App of Black Eyed Peas. Allan Pineda (born November 28, 1974) better known as apl.de.ap (pronounced "Apple Dee Ap"), is a Filipino-American rapperrecord producer, and occasional drummer who is best known as a member of the Grammy Award-winning group The Black Eyed Peas.

Pineda was born in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines, to a Filipina mother and anAfrican American father. His father, an Airman stationed at Clark Air Base, left the family shortly after his birth; his mother, Cristina Pineda, raised him and his six younger siblings as a single mother. As a child, Pineda would make an hour-long jeepney trip to and from his school, and helped his family subsist by farming sweet potatoes, corn, sugar cane and rice. The Pearl S. Buck Foundation, an organization that finds healthier living environments for young abandoned or orphaned American children, matched him with a sponsor named Joe Ben Hudgens through a dollar-a-day program. He initially came to the United States at the age of 11 to treat nystagmus, an involuntary movement of the eyes. During a trip to Disneyland, Pineda expressed his interest in staying in the United States. It would take another three years for Hudgens to officially adopt him, but at fourteen he moved permanently to the United States to live with Hudgens.

In Los Angeles, he attended John Marshall High School where he befriended William Adams (stage name will.i.am), the nephew of Hudgens' roommate.  He went to college at Holy Angel University. apl.de.ap's early musical influences were Stevie WonderThe EaglesThe BeatlesA Tribe Called QuestDe La SoulLeaders of the New School and the Filipino rock/folk group, Asin. Apl was introduced to hip-hop by break dancing. "I would take the jeepney all the way to Angeles City, and that's how I got introduced to break dancing," he said. "I would see kids at the corner break-dancing and I'm like, 'I wanna do that.'" Pineda revealed to People Magazine in 2011 that he is legally blind in both of his eyes, suffering from nystagmus and has had this condition his entire career. "I'm good at shapes. If I'm not close, even if it's big, I can't read it. I doubted myself for a long time," Pineda said. "I'm comfortable not using my vision. I weave around my problems." He went on to say in the same article that "Until I discovered hip-hop, I felt I wasn't going to accomplish anything." Two of his siblings are dead: his younger brother Arnel committed suicide (this is referenced in The Apl Song in the lines "I guess sometimes life's stresses get you down on your knees/Oh brother, wish I could have helped you out"). His youngest brother, Joven Pineda Deala, was murdered at the age of 22 in February 2009 in Porac, Pampanga.
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REGGIE LEE

Reggie Lee. Real name is Reggie Valdez. He is a Filipino-American stage, film, and television actor. He played William Kim on the show Prison Break and also appeared as Tai Huang in Pirates of the Caribbean, Ross, a police officer in The Dark Knight Rises, and Lance Nguyen in The Fast and the Furious. He is currently playing the role of Sergeant Wu in the NBC's new TV show Grimm.

Valdez was born in Quezon CityPhilippines, to Zenaida Telmo and Jesus Espiritu Valdez.  Although fluent in English, he also speaks Tagalog. At the age of five, he moved with his family to the Cleveland, Ohio area, including Parma and Strongsville. While still a student, he performed in shows at the Greenbrier Theatre (now the Cassidy Theatre) inParma Heights and was an intern at the Cleveland Play House. He graduated from Padua Franciscan High School in Parma. 
Although accepted to Harvard, he instead decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue acting. He later changed his last name from Valdez to Lee, stating in a 2001 interview that "they kept calling me in for Hispanic roles, and I'm a far cry from Hispanic";  he took the name Lee from his grandparents.
In 1992, at the age of 18, he moved to Los Angeles, where he joined a national tour of Miss Saigon. He followed that with work as a dancer for Prince on the MTV Video Music Awards and toured nationally with the musical Heartstrings. He was in the original company of the 1994 Broadway revival of Carousel.  In 1997, he received a Dramalogue Critics Award for his performance in F.O.B. atEast West Players, an Asian-American theatre organization in Los Angeles. With his critical acclaim, Lee also starred in their production of Carry the Tiger to the Mountain.
Since starring as Lance Nguyen—the snakeskin-wearing, motorcycle-riding, cold-blooded killer—in the 2001 Universal film The Fast and the Furious, Lee has also appeared as Tai Huang in the Walt Disney film Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. He has played Special Secret Service Agent Bill Kim in the FOX drama Prison Break, a character he describes as "a guilty pleasure to play, wonderfully complex and devious". He also appeared in the independent feature film Chinaman's Chance (2008), about which he said "It's an important story that definitely needs to be told and humanized. Plus I get to play pretend in the Old West. How great is that?"
In 2010, he played the role of Tom in the NBC television series Persons Unknown.
He currently plays Sergeant Wu in the NBC cop drama Grimm.
In 2012, Reggie portrayed the heroic Gotham City police officer Ross who is mercilessly gunned down by one of Bane's thugs inChristopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.


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CRIS JUDD

Cris Judd – choreographer. Before Hollywood, Judd spent his early years growing up on Air Force bases in Angeles City in the Philippines and Hawaii. His mother is Filipina, his father Larry is Portuguese. The Air Force then moved his family to Niceville, Florida, where he attended Niceville High School. While in Florida, Judd, an avid athlete, spent a lot of time surfing and golfing. With a golf handicap of four, he even considered going pro after graduation, but instead decided to go to college. While in college, he landed his first job at Disney World with friend and colleague, Wayne Brady.

He was born August 15, 1969 is an American actor and choreographer known for his brief marriage to Jennifer Lopez. He hails from Abilene, Texas. The talented dancer/choreographer donated his winnings of $250,000 on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He reportedly received $15 M from his divorce settlement with wife Jennifer Lopez.



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CHARLES KLAPOW

Charles Klapow – choreographer (High School Musical23The Ice Tour & The Cheetah Girls 2). He  is an American choreographer and dance instructor who has performed and choreographed for various performers and several television and stage productions. He is also known for his teachings of the mental approach to dance. Klapow's mother is Filipino and his father is Russian American.


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JULIO IGLESIAS, JR.

Julio Iglesias, Jr. (born Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler; May 8, 1975) is a Spanish singer-songwritermodelactor, and record producer. Iglesias started his career in the mid-1990s on an American Spanish Language record label Fonovisa which helped turn him into one of the biggest stars in Latin America and the Hispanic Market in the United States becoming the biggest seller of Spanish-language albums of that decade. He made a successful crossover into the mainstream market and signed a multi-album deal withUniversal Music Group for an unprecedented US $48,000,000 with Universal Music Latino to release his Spanish albums and Interscope to release English albums. In 2010, he parted with Interscope and signed with another Universal Music Group label, Universal Republic.

Iglesias was born in Spain, and is the third and youngest child of singer Julio Iglesias and socialite and magazine journalist Isabel Preysler. He was raised with two older siblings: Chabeli Iglesias and Julio Iglesias, Jr.. His mother is Filipina Citizen and his father is of Spanish ancestry from Galicia and Andalusia, his father also claims to have Jewish ancestry on his mother's side. His parents were divorced in 1979.
In 1986, Iglesias' grandfather, Dr. Julio Iglesias Puga, was kidnapped by the armed Basque terrorist group ETA. For their safety, Enrique and his brother, Julio Iglesias, Jr., were sent to live with their father in Miami. He also lived in BelgradeSerbia, for one year with his mother. As his father's career kept him on the road, the young Iglesias was raised by the family nanny. He attended the prestigious Gulliver Preparatory School, where he made his singing debut in a production of Hello, Dolly!. Although his mother is ethnically Filipino, Enrique does not speak Tagalog.  Iglesias is fluent in Spanish and English, the latter influencing and making a regular appearance in his songs. Iglesias later went on to study business at the University of Miami.
Iglesias did not want his father to know about his plans for a musical career and did not want his famous surname to help advance his career. He borrowed money from his family nanny and he recorded a demo cassette tape which consisted of a Spanish song and two English songs. Approaching his father's former publicist, Fernán Martínez, the two promoted the songs under the stage name 'Enrique Martínez' with the backstory of being an unknown singer from Guatemala. Iglesias was signed the Mexican label Fonovisa. After dropping out of college, he traveled to Toronto to record his first album.


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BRUNO MARS

Bruno Mars.  Peter Gene Hernandez (born October 8, 1985), known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. Raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, by a family of musicians, Mars began making music at a young age and performed in various musical venues in his hometown throughout his childhood. He graduated from high school and then moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a musical career. Mars produced songs for other artists, joining production team The Smeezingtons.

Bruno Mars was born Peter Gene Hernandez on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was raised in the Waikiki neighborhood of Honolulu. He is the son of Peter Hernandez and Bernadette "Bernie" San Pedro Bayot. His father is of half Puerto Rican and half Jewish (from Hungary and Ukraine) descent, and is originally from Brooklyn, New York. Mars' mother immigrated to Hawaii from thePhilippines as a child, and is of Filipino and some Spanish descent. His parents met while performing in a show, where his mother was a hula dancer and his father played percussion. At the age of two, he was nicknamed "Bruno" by his father, because of his resemblance to legendary professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino.

Mars had an unsuccessful stint with Motown Records, but then signed with Atlantic in 2009. He became recognized as a solo artist after lending his vocals and co-writing the hooks for the songs "Nothin' on You" by B.o.B, and "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy, which were worldwide hits. He also co-wrote the hits "Right Round" by Flo Rida featuring Ke$ha, and "Wavin' Flag" by K'naan. Making him work with an assortment of artists from various genres. Mars' debut studio album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010) peaked at number three on the Billboard 200. Anchored by the worldwide number-one singles "Just the Way You Are", "Grenade" and the hit single "The Lazy Song". The album was nominated for seven Grammy Awards, winning Best Pop Vocal Performance for "Just The Way You Are". His second album, Unorthodox Jukebox (2012), peaked at number one in the United States. The album spawned the international hit singles, "Locked Out of Heaven" and "When I Was Your Man", so far. In addition to his solo music, Bruno has collaborated with numerous other artists, notably being featured on the worldwide hits "Lighters" (with Bad Meets Evil), "Young, Wild & Free" (with Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa) and those already referenced.
Mars' work has earned him numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy, an American Music Awards, one Billboard Music Awards and one BRIT Awards. Since the beginning of his career, as a singer, in 2010, Mars has sold 8 million albums and 58 million singles worldwide as a singer. Although as a song-writer, producer and singer his total single download sales surpass 100 million worldwide. He has achieved a total of five number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and six singles in top ten, including first place with "Just the Way You Are", which sold 12.5 million copies and contributed to Mars became the best-selling digital artist, in 2011.

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PHOEBE CATES - KLINE

Phoebe Cates- Kline (born Phoebe Belle Cates; July 16, 1963), better known as Phoebe Cates, is an American film actressmodel, and entrepreneur. She is known for her roles in several teen films, most notably Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Gremlins.

Cates was born Phoebe Belle Cates in New York City to a family of television and Broadway production insiders. Her parents are Lily and Joseph Cates (originally "Joseph Katz"), who was a major Broadway producer and a pioneering figure in television, who helped create The $64,000 Question.   Her late uncle, Gilbert Cates, produced numerous television specials, often in partnership with Cates' father, and several annualAcademy Awards shows. Her paternal grandparents and maternal grandmother were Russian Jews, and her maternal grandfather was Chinese Filipino.
Cates attended the Professional Children's School and the Juilliard School. When she was ten, she wanted to become a dancer. She eventually got a scholarship to the School of American Ballet, but after suffering a serious knee injury at age 15, she gave up her dancing career.  She next began a career as a professional model, which was short-lived, although successful Cates, however, did not like the industry: "It was just the same thing, over and over. After a while I did it solely for the money."
In 1989, Cates and actor Kevin Kline were married having first met in 1983 during her audition for the movie role that Meg Tilly ultimately won in The Big Chill. She changed her name to Phoebe Cates Kline. The Klines live in New York City with their two children, son Owen Joseph Kline born in 1991 and daughter Greta Simone Kline born in 1994. Both Owen and Greta appeared along with their parents in the 2001 movie, The Anniversary Party. Owen also appeared in the 2005 film, The Squid and the Whale.
In 2005, Cates opened her own boutique called Blue Tree on New York's Madison Avenue.

 




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NICOLE GALE ANDERSON

Nicole Gale Anderson (born August 29, 1990) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Macy Misa in the Disney Channel Original Series JONAS L.A., and also known for the role of Kelly Parker on the ABC Family series Make It or Break It. She is a spokesperson for Underwriters Laboratories.

Anderson was born in Rochester, Indiana. Her mother was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States with her father, a Commander in the United States Navy.  In her younger years, she won national gymnastics competitions, but retired due to injuries. Anderson was awarded a scholarship to Georgia's Barbizon modeling school at the age of 13. She then began to study acting and attending auditions. She landed several print ads and television commercials, including Mary-Kate & Ashley Online Clothing, Every Girl, Stand Up, and Bratz Pretty 'n' Punk & Treasures.
In May 2013, it was announced that Anderson had joined Ravenswood, a Pretty Little Liarsspin-off, as Miranda.


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VANESSA ANNE HUDGENS

Vanessa Anne Hudgens is a bi- racial actress whose mother was born in the Philippines. Hudgens rose to prominence playing Gabriella Montez in the High School  Musical Series.  Hudgens has also appeared in various films and television series for the Disney Channel. She had her feature film debut in the 2003 film Thirteen, a teenage drama in which Hudgens had a supporting role. She had mainstream success following the release of the High School Musical trilogy, and her relationship with co-star Zac Efron was heavily publicized. Her appearance in the series helped make her a household name. Songs from the films also charted worldwide, with the song "Breaking Free" peaking inside the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. This led to Hudgens releasing her debut album, V, on September 26, 2006 which entered the Billboard 200 at number 24, and was later certified Gold. Her second album, Identified, was released on July 1, 2008 in the United States.

Since the release of her albums and the High School Musical franchise, Hudgens has focused on her acting career. In 2009, she earned critical acclaim for her role in the film Bandslam.  She has also appeared in the film Journey 2: The Mysterious Islandalongside Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson. She later appeared in the film Spring Breakers (2013), alongside Selena Gomez. The film focused on topics such as drug use and sexual activity. She later released the song "$$$ex" to promote the film. Hudgens is also set to appear in the film Machete Kills, directed by Robert Rodriguez.

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JASMINE TRIAS


Honolulu-born Jasmine Trias may have placed a mere third in the third season of American Idol, but she's risen to the top of popularity charts in Hawaii and among Filipinos. When she returned to the Philippines, she got to meet the president and was signed to endorse McDonalds and Hapee toothpaste, among others.

She is an American singer-entertainer who was the third place finalist on the third season of American Idol. She has released one album to date, Jasmine Trias.

Trias was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Mililani Town, Hawaii. She is the eldest daughter of Filipino immigrants to the state ofHawaii from TanzaCavite. Trias attended Maryknoll School, a Roman Catholic preparatory school of the Diocese of Honolulu. As a representative of Maryknoll School, she won the Brown Bags to Stardom 2001 state singing competition and the Road to Fame 2003youth talent competition. Trias graduated from Maryknoll School in June 2004.


Trias first gained recognition on the third season of American Idol. She auditioned in her home state of Hawaii. Trias made it to the top twelve performers. She received praises on her rendition of "Inseparable" on Top 12 night, with Simon Cowell replying, "Jasmine, it was just superb". Paula Abdul even threw a rose to her on the stage and, together with Randy Jackson, praised her maturity in that performance.
She was able to survive eliminations, despite criticisms on her performances on some instances of the competition. She first landed on the bottom 3 with Camile Velasco and Diana DeGarmo. On Top 4 performance night, when she received criticisms for her performance of "It's Raining Men" by The Weather Girls, Cowell suggested that night that she will almost be eliminated the next day but she made it into the top 3. On Top 3 results show, when Ryan Seacrest announced that Trias was eliminated, she had her last message on American Idol, "I wanna thank all my fans for believing in me and for embracing my talents and for making my dreams come true. I mean, this top 3, I cannot ask for more".
She was the highest-placed Asian-American contestant on American Idol until Jessica Sanchez made it in the eleventh season finale.
After Trias' appearance on American Idol, her fanbase grew in the United States and in foreign countries where the show was aired:AustraliaHong KongMalaysiaIndonesiaPhilippinesSingapore, and Taiwan, among others. The Manila Times newspaper captured the mood of her ancestral country in an April headline: "Everybody Wants Jasmine." During the American Idol season, hundreds of internet fan sites from over a dozen countries were established in several Asian and European languages. She also appeared in thefourth season finale of American Idol.



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Vanessa Minnillo

Former Miss Teen USA and in-demand TV host Vanessa Minnillo was born on a US base in the Philippines while her Italian-Irish father was serving in the Air Force. Her mother is Helen Bercero, a native of Pampanga. 

Minnillo was born in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines on November 9, 1980. Her father, Vincent Minnillo, is an American citizen of Italian and Irish descent, while her estranged mother, Helen Bercero, is Filipino. Minnillo has an adopted brother, Vincent Jr.  who is two years older. Her father moved the family frequently because of his service in the Air Force. She lived in Washington, California, Nevada, Florida, Germany and Japan and attended eight different schools in nine years.  Minnillo's parents separated in 1983 and were divorced in 1986.

Minnillo's parents both remarried. She and her brother Vincent Jr. relocated to Turkey with their mother and new stepfather. By 1991, in the wake of Operation Desert Shield, they returned to their father's home, eventually settling in Hanahan, South Carolina, where Minnillo attended the Roman Catholic Bishop England High School and was a cheerleader.[7] From then on, she lived with her father and stepmother, Donna. She also attended Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School, in San Bernardino, California, for one year.

Minnillo was crowned Miss South Carolina Teen USA and went on to win the title Miss Teen USA in 1998, the first Miss Teen USA fromSouth Carolina and also the first from South Carolina to be named the pageant's Miss Congeniality. She was a host on MTV's Total Request Live (TRL) from 2003 to 2007 and became a New York City correspondent for Entertainment Tonight in 2005. Minnillo hosted Miss Teen USA (2004) and co-hosted Miss Universe (2007).
After leaving MTV and Entertainment Tonight, Minnillo was featured in print and web-based advertising for BONGO Jeans' Spring/Summer 2007 collection.  She has been spokeswoman for Flirt! Cosmetics, a line she helped create which debuted in August 2007, in Kohl's department stores. In May 2006, Maxim magazine ranked Minnillo #15 in its annual Hot 100 issue. She has been featured on the covers of Maxim (October 2005, October 2006), Shape (March 2007), and Lucky (July 2007).


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CHER CALVIN

Cher Calvin  is the daughter of the former actor Roger Calvin. She started with KTLA in January, 2005. She was a former news presenter in the Philippines' Studio 23's News Central and one of the hosts of the fashion magazine show F on ABS-CBN, a well known TV Network in the Philippines.
Calvin came to KTLA from KVVU-TV Fox 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she was a presenter for Fox 5 News This Morning, taking fromSharon Tay. Calvin has received an Emmy award and two Golden Mike awards at KTLA.

She has participated in The Vagina Monologues to help stop violence against women around the world for the Center for the Pacific Asian Family.
She made an appearance on The Closer as herself with KTLA.
She is a New York University graduate with a BA in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science.
Calvin is Filipino American. She speaks English and Tagalog, and participates in many Filipino, Asian community and KTLA-sponsored public community events including the annual Lotus Festival in Echo Park.



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HAILEE STEINFIELD


Hailee Steinfield. is an American actress. She rose to fame for her portrayal of Mattie Ross in the 2010 film True Grit, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.


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CHERYL BURKE

Cheryl Burke – professional dancer, participant in Dancing with the StarsShe is best known for being one of the professional dancers on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, where she was the first female professional to win the show and the first professional to win twice and consecutively.
Burke grew up in Atherton, California. Her father is of Irish and Russian descent and her mother is Filipino. Her family dances for recreation and has a dance floor at home. At age four, she began taking ballet lessons and performing locally. She then began ballroom dancing and decided to change her focus. She trained in both standard ballroom and Latin dances. She began competing at age 13. Cheryl attended Menlo-Atherton High School, graduated in 2002. In fall of 2007 Cheryl was awarded the key to the city from the mayor of Atherton at her old high school. Burke has one sister named Nicole and one stepsister named Mandy.





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NICOLE SCHERZINGER

Nicole Scherzinger - has also a Filipino blood. She is part of the famous all-sexy female group Pussycat Dolls.

Scherzinger was born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente in HonoluluHawaii, into a staunchly Roman Catholic family. Her father, Alfonso Valiente, is of Filipino descent, and her mother, Rosemary Elikolani, is of half-Hawaiian and half-Russian descent. Her mother was eighteen at the time of Scherzinger's birth and lived in an inner city neighborhood. Scherzinger's parents separated when she was still a baby. When she was six years old, her maternal family moved to Louisville, Kentucky, with her sister, Keala, and her German American stepfather, Gary Scherzinger. She took her stepfather's surname after he adopted her.  She first attended Bowen Elementary, and later attended Meyzeek Middle School as an adolescent. Scherzinger states that, growing up, her family did not have a lot of money, and she thanks her mother for all the support she gave her to become what she is today. Scherzinger began performing in Louisville, attending the Youth Performing Arts School at duPont Manual High School, and performing with Actors Theatre of Louisville.  As a teenager, Scherzinger was the first runner-up at the 1996 Kentucky State Fair's Coca-Cola Talent Classic contest.

In 2006, she made a "Bench Body" brand underwear commercial in the Philippines, and in October 2008 she promoted Clear Shampoo and Conditioner. 





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SHANNON ASHLEY MITCHELL



Shannon Ashley Mitchell (born April 10, 1987) is a Canadian actress and model of Filipino and Irish descent. She is best known for the role of Emily Fields in the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars.

Born to a Filipino mother Precious Garcia, and Irish/Scottish father Mark Mitchell, Shay is a native of Mississauga, Ontario. She has one younger sibling, a brother, Sean Mitchell. Even as a young child, Mitchell was interested in the performing arts, declaring to her parents that she would pursue such a career. Mitchell began dance lessons at the age of five, and she and several of her classmates toured the city to compete with a variety of other dance schools. She is a first cousin of Lea Salonga, singer & Tony Award-winning theater actress well known for originating the lead role of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon. At the age of 10, Mitchell's family moved west to VancouverBritish Columbia. Within a year of their arrival, an international modeling agency held an open casting call for teen and pre-teen girls who were vying for representation. Mitchell was one of the girls selected.

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JESSICA SANCHEZ

Jessica Elizabeth Sanchez (born August 4, 1995) is an American singer originally from Chula Vista, California. She was the runner-up on the eleventh season of the reality show American Idol, and is currently signed to 19 Recordings and Interscope Records. Prior to appearing on American Idol, Sanchez competed in the first season of America's Got Talent at the age of 11.

Jessica Sanchez was born in Chula Vista, California on August 4, 1995 to parents, Editha (née Bugay) and Gilbert Sanchez. She was raised in Eastlake, Chula Vista, along with two younger brothers.  As a result of Jessica's post-Idol success, in October, 2012 the Sanchez family moved to Los Angeles, California to allow Jessica easier access to the entertainment industry.
Her father is a Mexican American, originally from Texas, and is a US Navy veteran. Her mother is a Filipina from Samal, Bataan in the Philippines.
She is a former student of Eastlake Middle School in Chula Vista. In eighth grade her favorite subjects were sciencephysical education, and choir. She was selected for full scholarship training at the Theater of Arts in Hollywood and is currently ahomeschooled high school student in 12th grade.
She started singing at the age of 2, and aspires to be a mainstream singer who can "belt but sing upbeat songs". Eminem andBeyoncé are her favorite male and female artists, while Jennifer Hudson is her favorite American Idol contestant. Other musical influences include Mariah CareyWhitney HoustonCeline DionEtta JamesChristina Aguilera, and Michael Jackson.

America's Got Talent 

Sanchez competed on the first season of America's Got Talent at the age of 11. Despite a successful audition, she was not seen on the show until the wild card round of the semi-finals when judge Brandy Norwood selected her to return for a chance to compete for the finals. Norwood predicted, "You’re gonna be huge, I promise," after seeing her perform "I Surrender" by Celine Dion. The show's executive producer and former American Idol judge Simon Cowell named her "one of the best I have ever heard."

In October 2009, Sanchez recorded a cover of "Don't Stop the Music" by Rihanna for iTunes with independent record label Spin Move Records. The following spring, Sanchez recorded another single with Spin Move Records, a cover of Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind" for YouTube and exclusive download on the label's website.

On July 8, 2011, Jessica auditioned for the eleventh season of American Idol in her hometown of San Diego, California at the age of 15. She had never been seen on screen in the audition and Hollywood rounds; her first performance on screen was her group performance with Deandre Brackensick and Candice Glover, who would go on to win the 12th season of American Idol. with an updated version of Buddy Holly's "It Doesn't Matter Anymore", and her group advanced to the next round. Later, she advanced to the semi-finals.
In the semi-finals, Sanchez performed Jennifer Hudson's "Love You I Do" from the film Dreamgirls. She was one of the top five female vote‑getters who advanced to the top 13. Her rendition of "I Will Always Love You" sung on "Whitney Houston night" (March 7, 2012) . CNN's HLN News Now reported that she brought the judges to their feet.  With the lone standing ovation of the night just as before, her name became a worldwide trend on Twitter, and the video of the performance was uploaded to YouTube, it received five million views in three days.
For her top 11 performance, Sanchez received constructive criticism from the judges for her rendition of Gloria Estefan's version of Vicki Sue Robinson's "Turn the Beat Around". Jackson said, "The problem for me was the song choice. You got the big old voice. The song does not allow you to show that". Lopez agreed, "your voice has such a strong vibrato, which is so beautiful on certain songs", while Tyler advised "you can't stray too far from what I think you sing the best which is ballads."
On "Billy Joel night", Sanchez sang "Everybody Has a Dream". which received a standing ovation from the judges
The following week, Sanchez acknowledged her personal idol by singing a slow tempo of Beyoncé's "Sweet Dreams".
In the top 8 round, she introduced her alter ego, "BeBe Chez", to cover an upbeat Whitney Houston song "How Will I Know". Lopez raved about her "powerhouse vocals" and her duet of George Michael and Aretha Franklin's "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" with fellow contestant Joshua Ledet got a standing ovation from the judges.
For the top 7 Week on April 11, 2012, she sang Jazmine Sullivan's "Stuttering". The following night revealed that she received the lowest number of votes leaving the judges stunned. For her performance to be considered for the Judges' Save, she began to sing Deborah Cox's "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here", when Lopez ran on stage and cut her off mid-performance. The three judges declared on stage that they were unanimous in using their one-time "Judges' Save", a veto that was introduced beginning in the eighth season. This made her the first female and the fourth finalist in American Idol history spared from elimination.
For the second week of top 7, Sanchez pleased the judges with her take on Alicia Keys’ "Fallin'" and her rendition of Otis Redding’s "Try a Little Tenderness".
OnQueen night", Sanchez performed Bohemian Rhapsody. Tyler opined that rock music is not her forte. Lopez agreed that the vocal was beautiful but "needed a bit more of that rock performance". "You hit the high notes, you sounded beautiful," said Jackson but he wanted her to channel a little Tina Turner. Her rendition of Luther VandrossDance with My Father earned rave reviews.
After the conclusion of the top 4, she was the last remaining female contestant in the Idol competition. Sanchez had received six unanimous standing ovations for her competitive performances from the judges, four from solo performances, one for group performance, and one for a duet. This made her one of the front-runners in the competition.
On Top 3 Performance, Sanchez sang three songs, "My All" by Mariah Carey (Lopez's choice), "I'll Be There" by The Jackson 5, Iovine's choice, and "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith. For "My All", Tyler predicted she would win the competition, "When you sing, you make people hang on your every note. "I hope you get used to encores. And on another crazy note, I think you'll be the last person standing there." For "I'll Be There", Tyler said, "Perfect song, perfect voice, you nailed it, delicious" and Lopez stated "It was perfect for the tone in your voice. You almost sounded like Michael." Jackson did not like the performance.
In the Top 2 finale, Sanchez performed three songs including Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing", which was chosen by Simon Fuller, the show's creator, her second rendition of the season of "The Prayer" and her single "Change Nothing". The judges commented that she won the night on her first song, but she received criticisms of her lacklustre rendition of her single. The following night in the results show, she and Jennifer Holliday sang "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" and received a standing ovation from the judges, but finished as runner-up behind season 11 winner Phillip Phillips with world-record 132 million votes cast by viewers.
Sanchez performed the U.S. National Anthem during the Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley fight on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sanchez also sang the U.S. National Anthem during the 2012 NBA finals Heat vs. Thunder.
In October 2012, it was announced that Sanchez will have a recurring role in the fourth season of Glee.
Sanchez released a new music video for the song "Jump In" with The Black Eyed Peas member Apl.de.ap. The music video was shot in September 2012 in the Philippines when Sanchez visited Manila for the American Idol Live Tour. The song and video were released in the Philippines on October 20.
Sanchez did a sold out live concert in the Philippines at the Araneta Coliseum and endorsed products and appeared in huge billboards and TV commericals for Bench and Jollibee.

Studio albums

Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2013GleeFrida RomeroRecurring (Season 4)
 

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TIA CARRERE


Hollywood bombshell Tia Carrere is a Filipina-American who was born in Hawaii.  She was born Althea Rae Janairo; January 2, 1967) is an American actress, model,voice artist, and singer who obtained her first big break as a regular on the daytime soap opera General Hospital.
She is most widely known for her roles as Cassandra Wong in the feature films Wayne's World and Wayne's World 2, as Nani in Lilo & Stitch, its sequel films and Lilo & Stitch: The Series, as Queen Tyr'ahnee in Duck Dodgers, and as Sydney Fox in the syndicatedtelevision series Relic Hunter, and for her participations as a contestant in the second season of the United States version of Dancing with the Stars and the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice.
Carrere was born in HonoluluHawaii, the daughter of Filipino parents, Audrey Duhinio Janairo, a computer supervisor, and Alexander Janairo, a banker. Carrere identifies herself as being of "Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese descent ... raised in Hawaii." Carrere attended Sacred Heart Academy, an all-girls school. Carrere longed to be a singer as a child. Although she was eliminated during the first round of her 1985 Star Search appearance at the age of 17, she was spotted by a local producer while shopping at a Waikiki grocery store and was cast in the movie Aloha Summer, which he produced and had a cameo in.
Following this initial success, Carrere returned to Los AngelesCalifornia and, after working several months as a model, landed a first ever role in the American television series Airwolf in early 1985. Her first major breakthrough was in the daytime soap opera General Hospital. She played the role of Jade Soong Chung from 1985 to 1987. She also had a guest appearance on Tour of Duty and The A-Team, which was supposed to lead to her joining the cast; her General Hospital obligations prevented her from joining the team. Her character was dropped after one episode, and was never mentioned again. She also made guest appearances on the shows MacGyver ("The Wish Child") as a sexy karateinstructor, as well as a different assassin character in a later episode ("Murderer's Sky"), on Anything But Love as the adopted daughter of Marty Gold (Richard Lewis), and Married... with Children as Piper Bauman, a rival of Kelly Bundy, who attempted to steal a modeling job from her.
After appearing in the 1991 action films Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man and Showdown in Little Tokyo, she emerged into the public spotlight when cast as Cassandra, a rock singer and love interest of Mike Myers' character Wayne in Wayne's World (1992)—a role she reprised the next year in Wayne's World 2. A trained singer, Carrere performed all of her own songs in the two films, and theWayne's World soundtrack features her vocals. She turned down a role in Baywatch to audition for Wayne's World. In 1992, Peoplemagazine named her to its annual "50 most beautiful people" list.
In 1992, Carrere married Lebanese-American producer Elie Samaha, and appeared in several of his films. Other roles in prominent films include the parts of smuggler Juno Skinner in True Lies (a 1994 Arnold Schwarzenegger action film), a mixed African-Japanese computer expert in Rising Sun (a thriller written by Michael Crichton starring Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes), robber Gina Walker inThe Immortals (1995), and secretary Victoria Chappell in High School High (a 1996 parody). She also starred as Ari, a space marine-turned pirate in the 1995 adventure/puzzle game The Daedalus Encounter. She also starred as the evil witch/queen in the 1997 Universal Films picture Kull the Conqueror, co-starring with Kevin Sorbo and starred in late 90's M&M's commercials as herself.
Carrere at the premiere for Up in May 2009
From 1999 to 2002, Carrere starred as archeology professor Sydney Fox in Relic Hunter, a syndicated action-adventure series strongly reminiscent of the Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider films and video games. At this time, Carrere was featured in men's magazine Maxim.Relic Hunter lasted for a total of three contracted television seasons. Carrere then provided the voice of Lilo's sister "Nani" in the animated film Lilo and Stitch (2002) and its spinoffs, as well as the voice of Queen Tyr'ahnee from the 2003 Duck Dodgers animated series. She also provided the voice of Snookie in the 2005 animated film Aloha, Scooby-Doo!.
She participated as a contestant on the popular reality show Dancing with the Stars, but was eliminated, placing sixth overall. Carrere later participated in the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice and was axed in the fifth week of the show.
Carrere posed nude for the January 2003 issue of Playboy magazine. It was the top-selling Playboy of 2003. The photos were republished in the German December 2006 issue of the magazine. Recently, she has appeared as a guest star on a number of television shows, including Back to YouNip/Tuck, and Warehouse 13. She has also appeared in several episodes of season 6 of Curb Your Enthusiasm as Richard Lewis's girlfriend.

Singing Career. 
She won a Grammy Award in 2009 for her third album 'Ikena, which was also produced by Ho, and was a finalist at the 2010 for He Nani, the third album she had recorded with Ho as her producer.
In 2011, she won another Grammy Award (Best Hawaiian Music Album) for her album Huana Ke Aloha.




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SHANNY SOSSAMON

A fresh face in Hollywood, actress Shannyn Sossamon was born in Hawaii to an Anglo-German father and a Filipina-Hawaiian mother.





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NIA PEEBLES


Both of Hollywood actress Nia Peebles's maternal grandparents are Filipino immigrants. Her mother Elizabeth was born in the United States and never really learned to speak Tagalog. Nia's father is of mainly European stock.



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ANNA MARIA PEREZ DE TAGLE

Anna Maria Perez de Taglé. is an American actress and singer. She is known for her roles as Ashley Dewitt on Hannah Montana and Ella Pador on Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. She also played Miracle Ross on Cake T.V., and was recently in the 2009 film Fame, whom she starred as Joy Moy. She also went on tour with the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato. (Jonas Brothers Live in Concert) In November 2011, she began starring on Broadway in theGodspell revival at the Circle in the Square theater in New York City.

Perez de Taglé was born in San FranciscoCalifornia.  She is of Filipino descent. Legendary Philippine actress/singer Sylvia La Torre is her grandmother, and was an early singing coach of de Taglé's. She's the niece of Isabel Preysler and cousin of Enrique IglesiasChabeli Iglesias and Julio Iglesias, Jr. She appeared on the 2003 relaunch of Star Search, where she competed in the Junior Vocalist against future American Idol runner-up David Archuleta.



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Actresses of Filipino Heritage

Here are a few actresses active in Hollywood, Broadway and/or the international entertainment industry who are part-Filipino or of Filipino heritage.  (In light of the history of the Philippines, many Filipinos also claim Chinese, Hispanic and/or Spanish ancestry.)


RUBY NEILAM SALVADOR ADAMS

Ruby Neilam Salvador "NeileAdams (born July 10, 1932) is a Filipino actress, singer and dancer who made more than twenty appearances in films and television series between 1952 and 1991.
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Adams was born in Manila, in the Philippines. Her mother, Carmen Salvador, was of German, Spanish, and Filipino descent, and her father was of English, Chinese, and Filipino ancestry. Her mother, a dancer, was the sister of basketball player and actor Lou Salvador, Sr. She was first married (1956–1972) to actor Steve McQueen, who insisted that she not work.  Adams' influence with agents helped McQueen establish his own career. She was married to Alvin Toffel from 1980 until his death in 2005.

Adams and McQueen in "Man From the South", 1960.
In 1960, she co-starred with McQueen and Peter Lorre in an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents based on Roald Dahl's short story "Man from the South".
Recently, Adams has appeared in her own eponymous one-woman cabaret show.
Adams' son is actor Chad McQueen, and her grandson is actor Steven R. McQueen.







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LEA SALONGA

Tony-winner Lea Salonga is a Filipina singer and actress who honed her skills in Manila before starring in London and Broadway musicals and providing her voice to Disney animated features. 
known professionally as Lea Salonga (born February 22, 1971)—is a Filipina lyric mezzo-soprano singer and actress well known for starring in the lead role of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon, for which she won the OlivierTonyDrama DeskOuter Critics andTheatre World awards.
She was the first Asian to play the roles of Éponine and Fantine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway. She also provided the singing voice of two official Disney PrincessesJasmine in Aladdin (1992), and Fa Mulan in Mulan (1998) and Mulan II (2004). Salonga was named a Disney Legend in 2011 for her work with the company.
Lea Salonga is the daughter of Feliciano Genuino Salonga and Ligaya Alcantara Imutan and spent the first six years of her childhood in Angeles City before moving to Manila. She is not related to former Senator Jovito Salonga. She has a brother named  Gerard Salonga who is an orchestral conductor.
She studied and finished her secondary education in 1988 at the O. B. Montessori Centerin Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila, where she was a Bergamo 1 Student and an active participant in school productions. She also attended the University of the Philippines College of Music's extension program aimed at training musically talented children in music and stage movement. A college freshman at the Ateneo de Manila University when she auditioned for Miss Saigon, she later took two courses at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus while in between jobs in New York.
Salonga made her professional debut in 1978 at the age of seven in the musical The King and I by Repertory Philippines. She became the lead star of Annie and joined other productions such as Cat on a Hot Tin RoofFiddler on the RoofThe Rose TattooThe Sound of MusicThe Goodbye GirlPaper Moon and The Fantasticks.
She began her recording career at the age of ten with her first album, Small Voice, which received a gold certification. A song on the album, the duet "Happiness", marked her first recording collaboration with her younger brother Gerard Salonga, who would, years later, work with her as musical director or creative director in her concerts and recordings. Her second album, Lea, was released in 1988.
As a young performer, Lea Salonga received a Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) award nomination (the Philippine equivalent of an Oscar nomination) for Best Child Actress, and three wins from the Aliw (literally, "entertainment") Awards as Best Child Performer.
Salonga was selected to play Kim in the musical Miss Saigon in 1989. Unable to find a strong enough East Asian actress/singer in the United Kingdom, the producers scoured many countries looking for the lead role of this major British production. For her audition, the 17-year-old Salonga chose to sing Boublil and Schönberg's "On My Own" from Les Misérables and was later asked to sing "Sun and Moon" to test the compatibility of her voice quality with the songs in the musical. The members of the panel were impressed with Salonga's rendition of the songs, noting that from Salonga's very first note, they already knew they had a potential Kim. Salonga competed with childhood friend and fellow Repertory Philippines performer Monique Wilson as they were tested with songs from the musical, which included "Too Much for One Heart", a number replaced by the duet "Please" just before the musical opened. Salonga was offered the lead role, with Wilson as her understudy (who was given the role of the bar girl named Mimi).
For her performance as Kim, Salonga won the Olivier for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical for the 1989–1990 season. From its original London home, Miss Saigon moved to Broadway in April 1991. Salonga subsequently won the TonyDrama DeskOuter Critics Circle and the Theatre World Awards for the same role. Between 1993 and 1996, she was asked periodically to play Kim on Broadway to boost ticket sales. In 1999, she was invited back to London to close the musical, and in 2001, at the age of 29 and after doing the Manila run of the musical,  Salonga returned to Broadway to close the Broadway production.
In 1990, Salonga performed in a homecoming concert in Manila entitled A Miss Called Lea. She also received a Presidential Award of Merit from President Corazon Aquino.
Lea Salonga has done many movies and broadway shows worldwide. 








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JOY BISCO

Joy Bisco  was born in the United States to Filipino parents. She has been in soap operas like Port Charles and has played 'Melanie Foster' on Desperate Housewives.

Filipino American, she graduated from University City High School in San Diego, California and is 5'2 tall. Her movie credits include The Debut and Not Another Teen Movie.



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CHARICE PEMPENGCO

Charice Pempengco. (born May 10, 1992), popularly known by themononym Charice, is a Filipina singer who rose to popularity through YouTube. Dubbed by Oprah Winfrey as the Most Talented Girl in the World, she released her first international studio album Charice in 2010. The album entered the Billboard 200 at number-eight, making Charice the first Asian solo singer in history to land in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart.
She released the single "Pyramid" which featured singer Iyaz. It is her most successful single to-date, charting within the top 40 in a number of countries, and debuting on The Oprah Winfrey Show where she sang live vocals. Crossing over to acting on television, she joined the cast of TV series Glee as Sunshine Corazon.  She has released a new lead single, "Before It Explodes", written by Bruno Mars, from her international sophomore studio album, Infinity. Her latest single "Louder" was written by Andy Thi Hy in 2011.
In March 2012, she signed on to be one of the four judges of the Philippine version of The X Factor, which began to air on ABS-CBN in June.


 




 
In June 2007, Ten Songs/Productions, a music publishing company in Sweden, invited Charice to a demo-recording after producers saw her videos. She recorded seven songs – six covers and an original song called "Amazing". She was then invited to the South Korean talent show Star King on its October 13, 2007 edition, she sang "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" and a duet of "A Whole New World" with Kyuhyun, from Super Junior.
After watching her Star King performance on YouTube, Ellen DeGeneres extended an on-air invitation to Pempengco to be a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She flew to the United States for the first time and performed two songs on the December 19, 2007 episode of the show – "I Will Always Love You" and "And I Am Telling You". Following her American debut on Ellen, she made a second appearance on Star King as the "Most Requested Foreign Act" of the show. On its December 28 edition, she performed Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" and sang a duet with singer Lena Park. In January 2008, she was invited to the Malacañan Palace where she performed for Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
She returned to the international scene when she guested on the April 8 episode of The Paul O'Grady Show in London, England. Her Philippine debut album Charice was released in May 2008. The mini album, consisting of six songs and six backing tracks, was awardedgold certification in the Philippines in October 2008. The album eventually achieved platinum status in 2009. Pempengco appeared on the May 12 edition of The Oprah Winfrey Show in the episode "World's Smartest Kids", where she performed Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing". After the show, Oprah Winfrey contacted David Foster to see what the music producer could do for Pempengco.
She performed with Foster for the first time as one of the entertainers on the May 17 opening of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut. She made her debut on the international concert stage in Foster's May 23 tribute concert, Hitman: David Foster and Friends, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. She performed a medley of songs from The Bodyguard as well as her standard, "And I Am Telling You".
A CD/DVD of the concert, including Pempengco's The Bodyguard medley, was released on November 11, 2008. The show was aired several times on PBS and other public television networks starting in December 2008 under the Great Performances banner. One of the singers at the concert was Pempengco's idol, Andrea Bocelli. Bocelli subsequently expressed interest in performing a duet with her and personally invited her to be a guest on his birthday concert "The Cinema Tribute" held on July 20 at the Teatro del Silenzio in his hometown of Lajatico, Tuscany, Italy. Aside from her solo performance, she sang a duet of "The Prayer" with the famous tenor in front of more than 8,000 people.
She was invited to perform for the Feyenoord's Centennial Anniversary in the Netherlands held on September 26. Before a crowd of about 50,000 football (soccer) fans, she sang the team's anthem, "You'll Never Walk Alone." When she guested on the "Dreams Come True" episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show on September 9, Oprah referred to her as "The Most Talented Girl in the World." She sang Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" with David Foster on piano, after which Oprah surprised her with an appearance by Celine Dion via satellite, who invited her to sing a special duet at New York City's Madison Square Garden as part of Dion's Taking Chances Tour.
She performed her promised duet with Celine Dion on September 15. They sang "Because You Loved Me," dedicated to Pempengco's mother. The performance received rave reviews in The New York Post and The New York Times. The duet was eventually featured on the September 19 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show. She would then perform at the Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children Benefit Concert at the Wynn Las Vegas casino resort. In November, she and David Foster guested on Good Morning America to promote Foster's tribute album, Hitman: David Foster and Friends. She performed The Bodyguard medley and "I Will Survive."
It was announced that she began to record new material for her upcoming sophomore international album. "Before It Explodes", her comeback single, written by Bruno Mars, was released on April 18, 2011. The following day after its release, another single, "One Day" was released on iTunes,  which was co-written and co-produced by Nick Jonas. "Louder", the second single was released on May 20 which was bundled with another song, "Lost The Best Thing". On September 14, 2011, it was revealed in a Japanese broadcast that she will be singing the theme song to the video game Final Fantasy XIII-2, "New World". Her second studio album,Infinity, was released exclusively in Japan on October 5, 2011.
On January 18, 2012, she launched a ten-city tour across Asia in order to promote the official release of her studio album, Infinity, which is due later in 2012. The tour began in March.
Movies
YearFilmRoleFilm productionNotes
2009Alvin and the Chipmunks: The SqueakquelTalent show contestant20th Century FoxCameo
2010Celine: Through the Eyes of the WorldHerselfThe Hot TicketDocumentary-concert film
2012Here Comes the BoomMalia De La CruzSony Pictures

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RIZA SANTOS
MISS CANADA UNIVERSE 2013

Riza Santos (born August 31, 1986) is a Canadian television personality and beauty queen. She competed and won Miss Earth Canada 2006Miss World Canada 2011 and most recently Miss Universe Canada 2013. She competed in the Miss Earth 2006pageant, in which she was given the Miss Photogenic and Miss Fontana awards. She also competed in Miss World 2011 contest, where she placed 29th out of 113 contestants.
During her participation with Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 2, she played for Bantay Bata, ABS-CBN Foundation's charitable institution. On Day 84, she was proclaimed the second place winner of the show. In 2008 and 2009, she hosted the Asian Poker Tour. 
She also landed at number 18 in the FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in 2008.
Santos' parents are from Bataan and Bulacan in the Philippines but she was raised in Canada. She is of Filipino ancestry. She studied Biological Science at the University of Calgary. Her grandparents influenced her in pursuing a career in the military in which she completed training with the Canadian military forces and became a news reporter for the Army News. Due to this, she left her acting career in the Philippines and returned to Canada in 2009. She is currently studying engineering at the University of Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering, and is "working as an engineering student" at the Provident Energy Ltd. in Environment Health and Safety.

Riza appeared in several TV series and movies in the Philippines. 

     Ms. Earth 2006

    

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