Award-wining Philippine singer and actress Lea Salonga owes her fame to Kim, a bar girl in the musical Miss Saigon. It became the starting point of a global singing career.
Benigno Simeon Aquino III, fondly known as Noynoy or PNoy, rose to power during the 2010's elections, one year after his mother - the former president 'Cory' Aquino passed away. With the outpour of sympathy for the family because of the democracy ikon’s death and with Noynoy being the symbol of hope for the country, the unmarried Aquino won his bid for the Philippine presidency in 2010 and led the country until 2016.
The University of the Philippines (Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, UP), affectionately referred to as 'Peyups' by its graduates, was founded in the year 1908. It is one of the country's best universities and also serves as a destination for many Megacitizens thanks to its many trees, sporting facilities, and cafés.
The millions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) count as "national heroes" in the Philippines. They do not only provide a living for their families back home, but also make a considerable contribution to the country's gross domestic product and its economic growth.
Honolulu born Peter Gene Hernandez more popularly known as Bruno Mars shot to stardom when Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire”, a song that he co-wrote and produced, hit the airwaves.
National Heroes Day is a public holiday in remembrance of known and unknown Filipinos who fought for the nation's freedom and sovereignty throughout history.
San Lorenzo Village was established in 1954. This is the place to live if you love shopping, as Metro Manila's best malls are right across the street.
Former Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. is regarded as an icon of Philippine democracy. His assassination in 1983 fueled the opposition to rise up against the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, inspiring the first People Power Revolution and installing a new administration.
Jollibee is without a doubt an icon in the Philippines. As a mascot, the red-white-yellow bee – chubby, cuddly and always smiling – is omnipresent here and far more popular than Ronald McDonald. The same is true for the restaurant it represents. Thanks to Jollibee, the Philippines is one of the few countries where McDonald's is not the No.1 fast food chain.
The millions of Overseas Filipino Workers count as "national heroes" in the Philippines. They do not only provide a living for their families back home, but also make a considerable contribution to the country's gross domestic product and its economic growth.
Known as a nationalist and revolutionary, the Philippine lawyer Andres Bonifacio started the Philippine Revolution against its colonial master Spain in 1892.
Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao is the first eight-division world champion named by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2000 as the “Fighter of the Decade”. Growing up in a small town in Bukidnon – one of the country’s far flung provinces in the south - Manny Pacquiao and his siblings know how it is to be poor.
Being the first freely elected Philippine president after the Marcos era, Cory Aquino counts as one of the national ikons of the democratic Philippines, together with Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr., her husband. The Filipinos honor her as “the housewife who led a revolution” and “mother of Philippine democracy”.
Jose Rizal is the Philippines' National Hero. He was an eye doctor, artist, and writer. As a non-violent reformist, his written works inspired a revolution that led to the transformation of the Philippines into an independent democracy. He died a martyr, leaving behind a famous death poem entitled "Mi Ultimo Adios" or "My Last Farewell".
As a member of the Black Eyed Peas, Allan Pineda, alias apl.de.ap, is one of the most successful Philippine musicians worldwide. Born in Angeles City, Pampanga, he was adopted by an American family at age 14. Although he is a US citizen, hip hop star and millionaire now, he never forgot about his roots, which makes him an idol for many young Filipinos.
Filipinos celebrated the 115th anniversary of the country's declaration of independence on June 12 with rituals, leisure time, and reminders of the Filipino virtues and history.
Since he participated in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, ice skater Michael Martinez is one of the Philippines' latest national icons. The young man was the only athlete from the country and the first-ever figure skater from the tropical zone to qualify for the Olympics.
Three years after his first concert in Manila, Bruno Mars is back for more. On March 22, he will sing his number-one hits "Just The Way You Are" and "The Lazy Song" in the Mall of Asia Arena.
The victory of Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao on Sunday has been widely greeted as an uplifting win for the whole country, and a much-needed break after weeks of bad news following Typhoon Yolanda.
Charice Pempengco is a Cabuyao, Laguna native who rose to fame through her YouTube videos. Her self-titled international studio album landed in Billboard 200’s Top 10 making Pempengco the first Asian solo artist to make it in the said spot.
Jessica Sanchez not winning American Idol caused a stir in the Filipino community in the United States and back home in the Philippines when her rendition of The Prayer, I Have Nothing, and Change Nothing did not give her the top spot.
Imelda Marcos’ extravagant lifestyle and her over 2000 pairs of shoes gave birth to the word Imeldific –now an official word in the dictionary. It wasn’t just the shoes or the designer clothes and her love for closing the whole of Macy’s so she can shop without being disturbed whenever she dropped by New York City that made the Leyte native infamous. It was her elegance and her beauty that made Imelda an unforgettable figure both in the Philippines and worldwide.