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27 Filipinos Who Make You Proud To Be Pinoy

We're all just one giant extended family and a freaking awesome one at that.

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1. Nicole Scherzinger — Pussycat Doll, X Factor judge, and your mega-fierce pinsan.

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Nicole's dad was Filipino, but her parents split when she was a baby. She changed her surname from Valiente to Scherzinger when her stepfather adopted her.

3. Kevin Nadal — author, comedian, and your overachieving Ivy Leaguer kuya.

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Kevin 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.


5. Christine Gambito — celeb YouTuber and your hilarious auntie who does spot-on impersonations of your dad.


Christine, 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.


9. Vanessa Hudgens — actress and your younger kapatid whose musicals you always saw in high school.

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Vanessa grew up with an American dad and a Filipino mom. "I love Filipino food," she told the Philippine Inquirer in 2007. "I love halo-halo, pancit, and adobo. I eat rice every day." Girl gets it.


13. Manila Luzon — drag queen, RuPaul's Drag Race alum, and your favorite nin@ng.

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Born Karl Westerberg, Manila's mother is Filipino. She fashioned her drag name from the capital city of the Philippines (Manila) and the country's largest island (Luzon).

16. Ben Cayetano — fifth governor of Hawaii and your lolo who will sneak you ube ice cream behind your mom's back.

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


17. Monique Lhuillier — fashion designer and your glamorous tita who will create your wedding gown.

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Monique was born in Cebu City to the high-society Lhuillier family that owns a chain of pawn shops in the Philippines. She received the Philippine Medal of Honor in 2006.

19. Hailee Steinfeld — Oscar-nominated actress and your pamangkin who will go so far.

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Hailee's maternal grandfather is Filipino and her mother is Filipino interior designer Cheri Domasin-Steinfeld.


21. Jose Antonio Vargas — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and your kapatid who will fight for your immigration rights.

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Jose became an immigration activist after he penned a personal essay in The New York Times about moving from the Philippines and growing up without proper legal documentation in California.

22. Jessica Hagedorn — playwright and your funky lola who will impart life lessons over a pot of her delish adobo.

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Jessica was born in Manila to parents who were both half-Filipino. She wrote Dogeaters, a novel that illustrates the experiences of the Filipino diaspora. It earned a National Book Award nomination and an American Book Award.


26. Darren Criss — actor, musician, and your other hot, nerdier kuya who all your friends have a crush on.

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Darren's mom was born in Cebu, Philippines. During a recent trip to the Philippines, he told, "All of my aunts are like, 'Darren, eat! You're so thin; eat!'" Sounds about right.

27. Charice Pempengco — songstress and your out-and-proud pinsan who is proud of her heritage and sexuality.


Charice grew up in Laguna, Philippines, and rose to fame with the help of Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey. She recently came out as gay on the Philippine talk show The Buzz.