Are you proud to be Filipino? Good News Pilipinas starts a series on Filipino Pride Advocates who are working towards a better Philippines for Filipinos.

What is the source of your Filipino pride?

These celebrity artists see the good in the Filipino and the Philippines and want you to see what they see – a country of achievers, of excellent industry leaders; a nation of builders and believers who want a better Philippines.

Good News Pilipinas presents these movers and shakers who are proud to be Filipino and are working on keeping the Filipino Pride Advocacy.

1. RYAN CAYABYAB

Ryan Cayabyab

Fondly known as Mr. C, Ryan Cayabyab is a National Artist for Music. The multi-awarded composer has several hit songs to his credit and continues to mentor singers and musicians.

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2. JAMIE RIVERA

Jamie Rivera

Jamie Rivera is known as the Inspirational Diva World. The multiple gold and platinum singer is also the voice behind the song, Heal Our Land, and the papal visit theme, We Are All God’s Children.

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3. JED MADELA

Jed Madela

Often referred to as “The Voice” Jed Madela is the first Filipino grand champion of the World Championships of the Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Hollywood California. The gold and platinum-album artist plays in sell-out concerts around the world.

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4. ROBERT SEÑA & ISAY ALVAREZ SEÑA

Robert Seña and Isay Alvarez Seña

The power couple of musical theatre. Robert Seña and Isay Alvarez-Seña’s romance during their stint together as lead stars in London’s Miss Saigon led to marriage and coming back to the Philippines.

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5. MAYSH (MOONSTAR88)

Maysh Baay of Moonstar88

Maysh Baay of Moonstar88 is the beauty and brains, and the voice of Moonstar88. Maysh and the Filipino rock band’s advocacy is to have the youth do their best as part of their contribution to Filipino society.

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6. MYKE SALOMON

Myke Salomon

Myke Salomon is an actor, musician, and the musical director of original Filipino musicals Ang Huling El Bimbo and Rak of Aegis. DJ Myke is also a beat box musician.

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7. REUBEN LAURENTE

Reuben Laurente

Reuben Laurente, the soloist voice of The Company’s certified hit “Pakisabi Na Lang” and many other songs of his former group, is now performing for international audiences as the headliner act but stays in the Philippines when on land. Reuben continues to work with fellow Filipino musicians as a session artist.

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8. JAY DURIAS

Jay Durias

Jay Durias is a multi-awarded singer-composer and the frontman of South Border, the R&B group credited for many phenomenal hits such as “Kahit Kailan,” “Ikaw na Nga,” “Rainbow” and many more.

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9. MITCH VALDES

Mitch Valdes

Mitch Valdes is an icon in the Philippine entertainment industry. The co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), Mitch is a singer and actress on film, musical theater, and television more recently as Kapitana on “Probinsyano.”

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10. MASS APPEAL

Mass Appeal Choir

The Mass Appeal Choir is composed of music professionals and enthusiasts who share their God-given gifts with the La Salle Green Hills Community. They sing at the La Salle Greenhills Chapel every 2nd Sunday of the month for the 10am mass service.

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11. THE COMPANY

The CompanY with former member Reuben Laurente (Center)

Asia’s vocal harmony group brought Filipino sentiments into their hits such as “Muntik Na Kitang Minahal,” “Now That I Have You,” “Everlasting Love” and many more well-loved songs. The CompanY recently held a concert while showcasing Philippine fabric of T’nalak by the T’boli tribe of Mindanao.

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12. AGOT ISIDRO

Agot Isidro

Agot Isidro is the vocals behind the sweet girl-next-door sound of popular songs “Everyday,” “Beginning Today,” among others. Dubbed “crush ng bayan” for her refreshing looks and demeanor, Agot is also an actress on film and television, and a social activist.

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13. BAYANG BARRIOS

Bayang Barrios

Bayang is the voice of “Bagong Umaga” and the tourism anthem “Lakbayin ang Pilipinas,” among other songs that have touched the heart and soul of Filipinos. Bayang is an award-winning singer songwriter who champions the cause of Philippine indigenous peoples. A lumad from the Manuvu tribe herself, Bayang recently finished her stint on the CCP Tales of the Manuvu musical theatre production.

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