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.
Putting all those Pinay Models, Actresses and celebrities, we have our first Filipina business entrepreneur to feature on PinayPix. Bambi Francisco is an Internet entrepreneur, she recently launched an internet video startup company called Vator which focuses on elevator pitches. She also maintains a blog. Why did she start Vator? This is what Bambi says: “Vator.tv began as a little garage project that I started last year to help me vet startups’ pitches and to give exposure to those I’d invariably overlook as a columnist.
“I mentioned the idea to Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and manager of the $2 billion hedge fund Clarium Capital. Peter saw value in such a vetting mechanism, and he asked if he could invest. I told Peter that it was just an experiment at the time. But if the platform reached 50 videos, then perhaps it was worth investing in. Peter currently owns less than 5%. This was the genesis of Vator.tv, whose name is short for “innovator” or “elevator” (as in “elevator pitch”), and which today is a very small, non-revenue-generating asset.”
Bambi Francisco is a former syndicated columnist and correspondent for Dow Jones MarketWatch. She covered Internet trends and investments across the public and private sectors. Her newsletter subscriber base reached more than 400,000 subscribers. She started her career at MarketWatch in 1999, as Internet editor and morning business anchor for KPIX, a CBS affiliate. At the time, MarketWatch was owned by CBS. She left MarketWatch in April 2007 to manage her internet startup businessvator.tv full-time. Enjoy the photos of Bambi, The entrepreneurial Filipina.