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.

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.