List of Filipino Americans

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

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


Arts and letters[edit]



Graphic arts[edit]

Visual art[edit]


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






Culinary arts[edit]

Engineering and technology[edit]

Fashion and pageantry[edit]



Health science[edit]




  • Peter Aduja – State Legislature, Hawaii. First Filipino American elected in the United States.
  • Larry Asera – First Filipino American elected to a city council in the continental United States (1973)[59]
  • Steve Austria – Republican congressman from Beavercreek, Ohio.[60]
  • Rob Bonta – First Filipino American California State Legislator
  • Thelma Buchholdt – First female Filipino American state legislator (1974); first Asian American to be elected President of the National Order of Women Legislators (1987).
  • Libran N. Cabactulan – Ambassador to the Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations.[61]
  • Christopher Cabaldon – Mayor of West Sacramento, California, born in 1965.
  • Benjamin J. Cayetano – First Filipino American governor in the U.S., for the state of Hawaii.
  • John Ensign – U.S. Senator from Nevada; his great grandmother is from the Philippines[62]
  • Jose Esteves – Current Mayor of Milpitas, California. Assumed office in 2002; served as a member of the City Council from 1998 to 2002.
  • Tony Fulton; member of Nebraska State Legislature.
  • Mike Guingona – Council Member and Former Mayor of Daly City, California.
  • Rolando Lavarro, Jr. – Jersey City council president, elected to city council in 2011.[63]
  • John W. Marshall, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Director of the U.S. Marshals Service, his mother is of Filipino descent.
  • Thurgood Marshall, Jr., White House senior staff member during the Clinton Administration, his mother is of Filipino descent.
  • Benjamin Menor – Filipino American State Legislator, Hawaii, 1962.[64]
  • Mona Pasquil – in November 2009, became the first woman to serve as acting lieutenant governor of California[65][66]
  • David Pendleton – former Minority Floor Leader, Hawaii House of Representatives
  • Robert C. Rivas – mayor of Bergenfield, New Jersey between 1998 and 2003, the first Filipino mayor on the U.S. East Coast[67]
  • Bobby Scott – U.S. Congressman (D. Va.), maternal grandfather is Filipino.
  • Michele J. Sison – US ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.
  • Kris Valderrama – Member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing the 26th District.
  • Ron Villanueva – Member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 21st District. A former member of the Coast Guard Reserves, he is also an alumnus of Old Dominion University.


  • Oscar A. Solis – First Filipino American Roman Catholic bishop in the United States, 10th Bishop of Salt Lake City
  • Bruce Reyes-Chow – The first Filipino American head of a major denomination in the U.S. (mother is American-born Filipino), was elected to a two-year term as Moderator of the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on June 21, 2008.[68]


Television and film[edit]

Disc jockeys[edit]


  • Robert Lopez – composer, first Filipino American Oscar recipient.[75] Recipient of a Grammy Award, Emmy Award and a Tony Award; twelfth individual to achieve an EGOT.[76]
Rock Music[edit]
Pop Music[edit]
American Idol Contestants[edit]
Rap, Hip-Hop[edit]
Music Producers[edit]
  • Sugar Pie DeSanto – born as Umpeylia Marsema Balinton, Filipino-American rhythm and blues singer of the 1950s and 1960s.
  • Billy Crawford – R&B, pop and soul singer.
  • Bobby Enriquez – "The Wild Man", prodigious pianist
  • Bob Parlocha – saxophonist and longtime host of a syndicated nightly jazz radio program
International World Music[edit]
Classical Music[edit]
Other / Miscellaneous Genres[edit]
Musical groups[edit]
  • One Vo1ce – All-Filipina girl R&B/OPM singing group from the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Blue Scholars – Geo aka. Prometheus Brown, MC of the duo, is Filipino-American
  • Death Angel – Thrash Metal band.
  • Kai – San Francisco Bay Area boy band
  • The Filharmonic – A cappella group featured in Pitch Perfect 2, contestants on The Sing-Off, and recurring singers on The Late Late Show with James Corden
  • Moonpools & Caterpillars – Filipino American rock band based in California in the 1990s
  • My American Heart – Rock band.
  • The Rocky Fellers – A group was composed of four Filipino brothers and their father. Their hit song: "Killer Joe" reached No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1963.
  • Legaci – Filipino-American R&B band from the San Francisco Bay Area, California, formed in 1997. They are currently the backup singers for Canadian Pop-R&B singer Justin Bieber on the My World Tour.
  • Q-York – a Filipino-American hip hop record production duo composed of Flava Matikz (DJ/producer) and Knowa Lazarus (songwriter/MC).

Reality show[edit]


  • Chester See – YouTube personality, musician, and Broadway actor.
  • Christine Gambito – an American Internet personality, actress, and comedian; she maintains one of the most-subscribed-to channels on YouTube. Also appointed Ambassador of Philippine tourism
  • Anthony Padilla – a famous YouTube celebrity; he is former one half of the comedy duo Smosh and is one of the most subscribed Youtubers on YouTube



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