Top 10 Most Influential Filipinos

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As a country with rich history and culture, the Philippines is home to many influential figures who have made a significant impact both locally and internationally. 

In this article, we will look at the top 10 most influential people in the Philippines and what they are best known for.

  1. 1 Jose Rizal


    A nationalist, writer, and revolutionary, Jose Rizal is widely considered as the father of Philippine independence. He is best known for his two novels "Noli Me Tangere" and "El Filibusterismo" which exposed the injustices and corruption of Spanish colonial rule.

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  2. 2 Ferdinand Marcos


    Former President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos is one of the country's most controversial figures. He was the longest-ruling president of the Philippines until he was overthrown in 1986. According to records, he has built more schools, roads, bridges, hospitals, and other infrastructure than all former presidents combined.

  3. 3 Cory Aquino


    - The 11th President of the Philippines, Cory Aquino was a leading figure in the People Power Revolution that toppled the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos in 1986. She is remembered for her bravery and unwavering commitment to democracy and human rights.

  4. 4 Manny Pacquiao


    A legendary boxer, Manny Pacquiao is one of the most successful and popular athletes in the Philippines. He is the only eight-division world champion in the history of boxing and has inspired millions of Filipinos with his humility and determination as a boxer and senator.

  5. 5 Jose Maria Sison


    Jose Maria Sison is a Filipino revolutionary, writer, and political analyst who is widely recognized as the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines. He is a well-known figure in Philippine political history, having played a prominent role in the country's resistance against the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos in the late 20th century.

  6. 6 Lea Salonga


    A singer, actress, and record producer, Lea Salonga is one of the Philippines' most talented and beloved performers. She is best known for her role as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Disney's "Aladdin" and for her Tony Award-winning performance in "Miss Saigon".

  7. 7 Rodrigo Duterte


    Former Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte is a controversial political figure. He is known for his strong leadership style, unorthodox tactics in addressing crime and drug abuse, and his fiery rhetoric.

  8. 8 Miriam Defensor-Santiago


    A former senator and judge, Miriam Defensor Santiago was known for her quick wit and sharp tongue. She was a passionate advocate for human rights and was instrumental in the passage of key legislations, including, the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

  9. 9 Charice Pempengco/Jake Zyrus


    Charice, now Jake Zyrus after coming out as transgender, is a Filipino singer and actress who rose to international fame after being discovered on YouTube by famous musician, producer, and songwriter, David Foster. She has since released several albums and appeared in popular TV shows and films, including "Glee" and "Here Comes the Boom". Her song “Pyramid” featuring American artist Iyaz became a hit in 2010 that landed her 4th on Billboard Hot 100.

  10. 10 Pia Wurtzbach


    Filipino-German actress, model and beauty queen who won the Miss Universe 2015 competition. She is also known for her advocacy work, particularly in promoting HIV/AIDS awareness.

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