75 Most Influential Filipinos in America honored on Fil-Am History Month

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These well-known artists of Filipino descent are listed in the MIFA 2020.

The list of 75 Most Influential Filipino-Americans (MIFA) of 2020 has been released by Blogtalk Hollywood with MJ Racadio, America’s First Fil-Am Hollywood Entertainment Podcasting Show.

The annual list published on October 18, 2020, marks the yearly observance of Filipino-American History Month (FAHM) that celebrates the arrival of the first Filipinos in Morro Bay in California’s Central Coast on October 18, 1587. as part of The Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade.

The Blogtalk list introduces the new set of honorees: “Fil-Ams did not stop in making a difference in our community especially in American society at large.

“We have spearheaded the fight for 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 stand 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)
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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 (Enterpreneur/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)
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 (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 IFFFM)
37. Allona 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/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 aka Ron Quesada
75. (FANHS) Filipino American National Historical Society

Filipino-American History Month 2020 is honoring Pinoy activism in American society.

Lea Salonga, Manny Pacquiao, and Martin Nievera lead the honored 100 Outstanding Filipinos in America.

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