Profiles, Photos, Videos of Successful Filipinas (Pinay)
We’re back in action. We were out of action and now we’re back in the groove. So let’s have a look at the famous Filipinas we’ve covered here in Pinay Pix over the year or so. I’ll also include some other Filipina’s (Philipinas for those who can’t spell) whom we haven’t covered yet. This list of Filipinas of celebrity status include people who have made a name for themselves internationally.
Top 10 Famous Filipinas
- Imelda Marcos - Imelda is arguably the most famous Filipina in the planet. Famed for her large shoe collection and her notorious dictator-husband she is loved and hated by Filipinos worldwide.
- Lea Salonga - Lea is a Filipino household name, say her name and every Filipino can tell you who she is and why shes famous. She is famous for playing Kim in the Broadway-hit Miss Saigon.
- Isabel Preysler - Mother of Enrique Igesias, wife of Julio Iglesias.
- Vanessa Hudgens - Star of hit disney movie series High School Musical
- Leah Dizon - model and J-pop singer, made a name for herself in Japan
- Vanessa Minillo - Don’t know what she’s up to nowadays, but according to some sources she will start shooting the movie “Redefining Love” in April 2008.
- Nicole Scherzinger - Lead singer of Pussy Cat Dolls.
- Tia Carrera - A Hollywood actress. (e.g. Wayne’s World, True Lies)
- Phoebe Cates - Hollywood starlet from the 1980’s. (e.g. “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”)
- Cassie Ventura - A singer who made top of the charts back in 2006. She is best known for her single “Me & U”, which became a hit in 2006. Is going to release anotehr album around September 2008.
A revisit of pinay babe Leah Dizon. Photos shot on location of Ms Dizon, using natural light and natural settings. More high resolution photos of this hot filipina:
Here’s a short profile about Filipino-Australian Gloralea King. Her picture made an appearance before in the picture for the Model Quest 2007 blog post. I know as much as I asked her in the YouTube video below - but digging around the WWW I managed to find out more about her. Her bio on her website says: “Gloralea pronounced Glora-lee was derived from her parents name, and as unique as it sounds, suits her strikingly unusual Eurasian appearance (mixed Australian Filipina). Gloralea King was born and raised in Camden NSW is an inspiring vivacious talented young lady who has a love of the stage whether it be singing, acting, modeling, or beauty pageants. On the topic of beauty pageants Gloralea currently holds the title on Miss Philippines Australia 2006 and was a national finalist in the Miss World 2007 competition. Gloralea King is currently studying acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney Australia and has ambitions to become an actress in the near future.” A clearer video of her YouTube video below can be seen on Revver.
Gloralea is organising a fundraising event this Friday (19th October 2007) in Sydney. It’s for a good cause entitled “Eyes of Hope” and is an Adolescent mental health charity concert. She’s raising money for the Gna Ka Lun Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Unit in Campbelltown Hospital. It’s on at 19th October 2007 7.30pm at Campbelltown RSL Club and features Israel, LAWSON, Paul Kleynjan, Lillian De Los Reyes, Eleazar Arranz, Roxanne Castro, Lewiis, Sara Jones and Gloralea King as the acts. You can buy a ticket online and you can read the flyer.
Gloralea King also features in this music video by Eleazar Arranz:
Swish is a Sydney based Australian-Filipino Hip Hop dance group formed in early 2007. They love to express their energy on the dance floor in a funky, edgy in-your face manner thats is highly entertaining to the audience. They love dancing, being silly and having fun with the whole experience. The dance group is self-choreographed, by various members in the crew. It takes Swish takes about 1.5 months to choreograph one dance with training run twice a week, to get a whole hip hop dance routine down pat. They have about 12 members, and performing in the video below were: Jessica, Deanna, Roni, Mel, Cyndi, Wilfred, Ray, Gabe, Jason. The video was shot at the Grand Philippine Fiesta Sydney 2007 where they came first in the dancing competition.
The music for Swish was mixed by an ex-member called Ariya aka DJ R.E.R. The average age of their hip hop dance group is around 20. They may be performing in a dance competition called “Looze Control” early next year. Gabriel formed the group, asking around and seeing who was interested in dancing and then they all got together and they’ve been a happy family since.
Iskatchtape is an up and coming Aussie-Pinoy (Australian-Filipino) rock band based in Sydney, Australia. They were formed in September 2005 when Tin dela Fuente (lead guitars), Rolando Pereyra jr (bass), Jerald Tuazon (drums) performed their first gig at the Sala Sessions 2005. Then-groupie Maan Sansano (vox) occasionally jammed with the band and became the new front woman for iskatchtape. Tin’s garage would usually be the place where all the action happens. The video below features the band playing at their Sydney Grand Philippine Fiesta 2007 Gig.
Iskatchtape would practice some covers, alter their arrangements, eat to their hearts content, and of course write their original compositions. Tin and Rolly are the main lyricist of the band. The band has been featured on local radio station bfm 100.9mhz and Pinoy TV. Their musical genre / influences include: rock, opm and pinoy rock such as the likes of parokya, eraserheads, led zepplin and more. Yes, they have started writing original compositions. TORPE and LECHE are just some of their original songs recently recorded which you can listen on www.myspace.com/iskatchtape.
Leah Dizon or ” リア・ディゾン - Ria Dizon, ” as she is known in Japanese circles was born as Leah Donna Dizon on September 24, 1986 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. This Filipina is known for being a model, singer (J-Pop), and a TV personality in Japan. Her ethnicities include Chinese, Filipino and French. Leah Dizon received moderate success in America including the cover features of various import car magazines. However, her modeling career in the United States gained her much attention and a fanbase overseas, predominantly in Asia. One year after her pictures were posted up on the internet, she already had 2,000,000 hits from search engines. Following the advice of her fans, Dizon sent a demo tape with model photographs of herself to a talent agency in Japan and in April of 2006, after being accepted, she immediately moved to Tokyo. In October 2006, she released her first photobook titled Petite Amie (Girlfriend in French), which was ranked as the third best selling photobook of that year. On February 14, 2007, she released her first CD single and DVD package, Softly under the record label Victor Entertainment, which peaked at number #7 in the Oricon Weekly Chart. At the same time, she also released her second photobook titled Hello! Leah.
I need to take a break from all the hoohaa of the Vanessa Hudgens scandal and move onto another successful pinay in the spotlight. Today its a chick whose name is Mutya Buena. She is an English singer and songwriter. Weird name yes. Her full name is Rosa Isabel Mutya Buena where her name “Mutya” means “muse” or “beautiful gem” in Tagalog (The National Language of the Philippines). Her father is of Filipino descent from Tagbilaran, Bohol while her mother is half Irish, quarter Chinese and quarter Spanish. She was born on 21 May 1985 in Kingsbury, London. Mutya Buena rose to fame as a member of the pop group Sugababes. She left the Sugababes in December 2005 to pursue her own career. Enjoy the photos of Mutya Buena. Continue reading Mutya Buena…
Lalaine or Lalaine Ann Vergara-Paras was born June 3, 1987 in Burbank, California. She is an actress and a singer. Born to Filipino parents originally from Batangas and Pampanga, she grew up and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. Lalaine’s acting career began when she was cast in the Broadway production of Les Miserables in the roles of Young Cosette and Eponine. Lalaine is normally credited by her first name only. But of course, everyone knows her (including me) from her role as “Miranda Isabella Sanchez” on Disney Channel’s Lizzie McGuire, alongside Hilary Duff. We’ll be seeing her again soon on PinayPix. Enjoy the photos of Lalaine. Photos below was shot four years ago when Lalaine was at the “Good Boy!” Premiere.
Myleene Klass was born on the 6th of April 1978 in Gorleston, Norfolk, England to an Austrian father and a Filipina mother. (Yay, yet another pinay - who lives and performs in britain, just like Rachel Stevens) She is multi-faceted and muti-talented being a classical pianist, a model, a radio presenter and a pop star. She was part of a show called Popstars which launched her into the spotlight with a manufactured pop group called Hear’Say. Her extended family has a background in music - her grandmother was an opera singer and her grandfather had left a violin for her. Before she was famous she was a backup singer to K.D Lang, Michael Crawford and Robbie Williams. She also had a run in Miss Saigon. Her big break came in 2001 when she got involved with a show called PopStars on ITV1 (a British TV channel). We’ll be seeing her again on PinayPix.
Here’s hot R&B pinay Cassie in a bikini enjoying herself on Miami Beach, Florida. She’s in a white bikini and obviously fooling around on the beach with a guy (?). Photos of Cassie below: Continue reading Cassie Bikini…