75 Most Influential Filipino-Americans of 2020

October: Celebrating Filipino-American History Month

Yearly Lists of 75 MIFA Since 2014. Photos Courtesy of Filipino-American National Museum Website Screenshot

by MJ Racadio, Host of Blogtalk Hollywood, (America’s First Fil-Am Hollywood Entertaiment Podcasting Show). #75MIFA2020

(Los Angeles, California, October 18, 2020)–Filipinos indeed have come a long way. We landed in Morro Bay in California’s Central Coast on October 18, 1587 as part of The Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade. According to records from (FANHS), Filipino-American National Historical Society, Filipinos described as Yndios Luzones (Luzon Indians from the Northern, Philippines). Therefore, we are celebrating the Filipino-American Heritage Month this October. Despite the pandemic, Fil-Ams did not stop in making a difference in our community especially in American society at large. We have spearheaded the fight against COVID-19 with our fellow front-liners including doctors, nurses, caregivers, farmers, supermarket employees, public servants, entertainment industry, fashion designers, and so on. Fil-Ams truly stands out because of resilience and love for our fellowmen. This year’s 75 Most Influential Filipino-Americans are the following.

1. Ruben V. Nepales (Executive Producers of Golden Globe Awards 2020/Executive Secretary of Hollywood Foreign Press Association/Philanthropist).

2. Janet Nepales (Executive Producer of Golden Globe Awards 2020/ Treasurer of Hollywood Foreign Press Association)
3. Fritz Friedman (Sony Pictures Consultant/Veteran Publicist)
4. Marc Anthony Nicolas (2-Time Emmy Award-Winning Producer of The Talk)
5. Lisa Lew (4-Time Emmy Award-Winner)
6. Jhett Tolentino (3 Time Tony Winner & Grammy award winning producer)
7. Robert Lopez (EGOT Awardee)
8. Bruno Mars (Grammy Award Winner)
9. Hailee Steinfield (Oscar Nominated Actress)
10. Lea Salonga (Tony Winner & Grammy Nominated Recording Artist)
11. Apl De Ap (Grammy Award Winner of Black Eyed Peas)
12. Darren Criss (Emmy & Golden Globe Winner)
13. H.E.R. (Grammy Award Winner)
14. Chad Hugo of the Neptunes (Grammy Award Winner)
15. Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls/Grammy Nominated Recording Artist)

16. Olivia Quido-Co (Olivia Quido Skincare, Official Skincare of the 68th Miss Universe)
17. Vanessa Hudgens (Hollywood Actress/Recording Artist/Philanthropist)
18. Melissa Dela Cruz (Award-Winning Author)
19. Angela Perez Baraquio-Grey (Miss America 2001/School Principal/Philanthropist)
20. Dr. Tess Mauricio (America’s Favorite Dermatologist)
21. Dado Banatao (Entrepreneur/Philanthropist)
22. Keesa Ocampo (Emmy Winner/Public Relations)
23. Elton Lugay (TOFA Pioneer)
24. Loida Lewis (Businesswoman/Philanthropist)
25. Jon Jon Briones (Hollywood Actor)
26. Eva Noblezada (Tony Award Nominee/West-End Star/Grammy Award Winner- Hadestown)
27. Filbert Kung (Hollywood Photographer)
28. JRey Soul (New Member of Black Eyed Peas)
29. Jokoy (Comedian)
30. Augie Vargas (Emmy Primetime Producer)
31. Janelle So-Perkins (TV Host/Producer)
32. Oliver Tolentino (Fashion Designer/Philanthropist)
33. Joey Galon (Fashion Designer/Philanthropist)
34. Kenneth Barlis (Fashion Designer/Philanthropist)
35. Puey Quinones (Fashion Designer/Philanthropist)
36. Luis Pedron (Film Festival Director of IFFM)
37. Ellona Santiago (Front Liner/ U.S X-Factor Finalist)
38. Sthanlee Mirador (Hollywood Photographer)
39. Alain Uy (Hollywood Actor)
40. Michael Galante (Hollywood Actor)
41. Dante Basco (Hollywood Actor)
42. AJ Rafael (Youtube Superstar)
43. Princess Punzalan (Actress/Front-liner)
44. Thomas Orlina (Host/Producer/Songwriter)
45. Ranella Ferrer (NBA U.S. Anthem Singer)
46. Edwin A. Santos (Fil-Am Chamber of Commerce Hollywood/Actor/Producer)
47. Pen De Leon Manahan aka Ms. M (Publisher of Spotlight Media Magazine/Philanthropist)
48. Fleur Magbanua (Frontliner/COVID-19 Survivor)
49. Yong Chavez (Hollywood TV Reporter)
50. Steve Angeles (TV Reporter/Emmy Winner)
51. Cher Calvin (TV Anchor/Emmy Winner)

52. Bobby Rubio (Film Maker of Float, First Animated Filipino Short-Film)
53. Allen Basalaje (TV Reporter/Producer/Eagle News America)
54. DJ QBert (Turntablist)
55. Emil Guillermo (Print/Broadcast Journalist)
56. Jose Antonio Vargas (Author, Pulitzer Prize Awardee)
57. Mutch Carino (Producer/Fil-Am Community Service)
58. Diane Paragas (Award-winning Director of Yellow Rose)
59. Melody Garcia (Motivational Speaker/Philanthropist)
60. Isabel Sandoval (Film Maker)
61. Samantha Lomibao (TV Reporter)
62. Elaine Quijano (TV Reporter)
63. Dr. Ryan Fillmore (Neurologist/Clinical Instructor/Front Liner)
64. Don Tagala (TV Reporter/Producer)

65. Kirsten Regalado (Fashion Designer)
66. Reggie Lee (Hollywood Actor)
67. Eric Spoelstra (NBA Coach)
68. Dean Devlin (Hollywood Producer)
69. (SIPA) Search to Involve Pilipino Americans
70. Grace Moss (NBC Talent Development & Inclusion)
71. Cheryl Burke (Pro Dancer- DWTS)
72. Ella Basco (Hollywood Teen Star)
73. Ryan Letada (CEO of Next Day Better, Modern Filipino Storyteller)

74. Kulintronica (Kulintang+Electronica) aka Ron Quesada

75. (FANHS) Filipino American National Historical Society


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