Celebrities Of Filipino Ancestry

The Tagalog slang word for ‘Filipino’ is Pinoy and for ‘Filipina’ is Pinay.  Someone of partly Caucasian ancestry is called mestizo or mestiza. There are quite a few Hollywood celebrities who are of Filipino descent.

Note: It is standard for Filipinos to also claim Chinese, Hispanic and/or Spanish ancestry. Considering the history of the Philippines, this would technically not be lying.

Hollywood bombshell Tia Carrere was born in Hawaii. She has Filipino blood running in her veins.

Half-Swiss (?) Half-Filipino Giselle Toengi / G Tongi / Giselle Tongi Walters, host of a defunct Filipino American show in Los Angeles, California, was a starlet in the Philippines about 20 years ago.

January 24, 2017: Thought she could get some free publicity for her dead career by showing up inappropriately dressed to a press briefing and questioning former sex blogger Mocha Uson’s qualifications to be part of the Duterte administration. Thereafter exposed by veteran actress Vivian Velez as a #checkpointbabe who supposedly operated in the area of Fields Avenue, Angeles City, Pampanga province, Philippines… right next to Clark Air Base (the place is called “Checkpoint” because that’s where the gates are that maintain controlled access into the base).

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As early as 1999, she has been referred to as pokpok in online message boards.




In June 2017, her L.A. show went off the air. She attempted to raise money via a GoFundMe campaign to continue a version of her television show. After 30 days, she was only able to raise approximately USD 1,960 from 17 people. Her stated goal was $20,000.

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.

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.

Latino singer Enrique Iglesias is of dual heritage — his father is the Spanish singing legend Julio Iglesias and his mother the Manila-born Filipina journalist/socialite Isabel Preysler.

No Filipino blood in J-Lo, but her second husband Cris Judd is half (mom’s Filipina). 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.

Dante Basco is a Filipino American actor born in California. He has been a guest on TV shows such as Nash Bridges, Providence and The Prince of Bel-Air. He has also appeared in many Hollywood films, but most recently in the groundbreaking Filipino-American movie The Debut.

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.