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LIST: 75 Most Influential Filipino-Americans of the Year

Most Influential Filipino-Americans of the Year
The new 75 MIFA list includes popular artists Olivia Rodrigo, H.E.R., Bruno Mars, Darren Criss, and Apl de Ap

The annual list of the 75 Most Influential Filipino-Americans of the Year (75MIFA) has been released by America’s first Fil-Am Hollywood entertainment podcasting show, Blog Talk with MJ Racadio.

Hollywood-based celebrity blogger-reporter, MJ Racadio named household names in the entertainment industry, philanthropists, and front-liners in the 2021 edition of the MIFA published on October 19, 2021.

The award-winning Racadio named Filipino-Americans who continued to remain active despite the Covid-19 pandemic that broke out in 2020 in the list that includes musicians H.E.R., Bruno Mars, and Apl de Ap, actors Darren Criss, Dante Basco, and Eva Noblezada, and Broadway producer Jhett Tolentino who are again appearing on the list like last year.

The music chart-topping Olivia Rodrigo and Saweetie join the 75MIFA2021 list.

“The pandemic is still ongoing. However, Filipino-Americans are still resilient no matter what. We rise above the ashes. Most of us remained optimistic and successful regardless of what was happening around us. We admired the tenacity and hard work of our fellow kababayans, whether it be as front-liners, entertainers, and so on,” Racadio wrote in his introduction of the list.

“We did not stop making a big difference in our beloved United States of America. Therefore, this year is no exemption, to honor and recognized the Most Influential Filipino-Americans of 2021. This October, in commemoration of Filipino American History Month. We included the household names in the entertainment industry, philanthropists, and front-liners,” added Racadio.

Here are the 75 Most Influential Filipino-Americans of 2021:

1. Olivia Quido-Co (Philanthropist, Official Skincare of Miss Universe/Miss USA)
2. Olivia Rodrigo (Teen Superstar/Billboard Top Recording Artist)
3. H.E.R. (Oscar & Grammy Winning Recording Artist)
4. Dante Basco (Anti-Asian Hate Advocate/Veteran Hollywood Actor)
5. Reggie Lee (Anti-Asian Hate Advocate/Hollywood Primetime Actor on All Rise/Sweet Girl).
6. Bruno Mars (Grammy Winning Recording Artist/Philanthropist)
7. Marc Anthony Nicolas (2-Time Emmy Winner of The Talk/Consulting Producer of The Kelly Clarkson Show).
8. Darren Criss (Emmy & Golden Globe Winning Actor/Musician/Recording Artist)
9. Augie Max Vargas (Emmy Winning Producer/Associate Director of First Human Flight)
10. Vallerie Castillo Archer (Hollywood’s Yamashiro First Woman Head Chef)
11. Jhett Tolentino (3-Time Tony & Grammy-Winning Producer/Director of Asian Persuasion)
12. Apl De Ap (Grammy-winning recording artist of The Black Eyed Peas/Philanthropist
13. Elton Lugay (Pioneer of TOFA-The Outstanding Filipinos in America)
14. Manny Jacinto (Actor-Nine Perfect Strangers)
15. Rey Cuerdo (Producer of Yellow Rose)
16. Dean Devlin (Hollywood Producer)
17. Lou Diamond Philipps (Actor/Representation Matters)
18. Joey Galon (Fashion Designer/Event Organizer/Philanthropist)
19. Bong Monsanto (Hollywood Designer/Philanthropist)
20. Janet & Ruben Nepales (Award-winning Hollywood Journalists)
21. Rob Bonta (California’s Attorney General/Philanthropist)
22. Jason Lustina (Pioneer of SoCal Filipinos)
23. Donita Rose (Celebrity Chef/Women Empowerment)
24. Rasmin Diaz (Writer/Philanthropist/Recording Artist)
25. Jessy Daing & Jcas (Host of Over a Glass or Two/Philanthropists)
26. Saweetie (Recording Artist)
27. Martin Nievera (Concert King)
28. Lea Salonga (Broadway Star/Tony Winner)
29. Diane Paragas (Award-winning Director)
30. Sonia Delen (President of Filipino Food Movement)
31. Keesa Ocampo (Emmy Winner/FFM)
32. Eva Noblezada (Tony & Grammy Winner)
33. Patrick Starr (Influencer/Celebrity Make-Up Artist)
34. SIPA (Search to Involve Pilipino Americans)
35. Jon Jon Briones (Award-winning Actor/Ratched)
36. Vanessa Minnillo-Lachey (Actress from NCIS Hawaii/Host/Philanthropist)
37. Kian Talan (Actor from NCIS Hawaii)
38. Ian De Borja (IMDB Writer/Editor/Host)
39. Dr. Eileen Macam-Manalo (Medical Aesthetics)
40. Pen De Leon Manahan aka Ms. M (Concert Producer/Publisher of Spotlight Media Magazine)
41. Dr. Tess (America’s Favorite Dermatologist)
42. Richard & Imee Maghanoy (Entrepreneur/Med Spa Owner)
43. Kat Inaba (Spotlight TV Host/Producer)
44. Lisa Lew (4-Time Emmy Winner)
45. Thomas Orlina (Content Creator/Recording Artist/Philanthropist)
46. Jocelyn Enriquez (International Recording Artist/Songwriter)
47. Ted Benito (APL De Ap Foundation/Concert Producer/Philanthropist)
48. Ronnie Del Carmen (Oscar-Nominated Director of Inside Out)
49. Guillermo Amok (Journalist/Activist)
50. Sthanlee Mirador (Hollywood Photographer)
51. Filbert Kung (Hollywood Photographer)
52. Rane Rose (Entrepreneur/Publisher)
53. Clint Ramos (Tony Winner)
54. Liza Soberano (Actress/Model/Philanthropist)
55. Tia Carrere (Actress/Dancer/Grammy Winner)
56. Ruby Ibarra (Recording Artist)
57. The Basco Brothers (Actors)
58. Sonia Bermejo (Manila-Up Publisher)
59. John Singson (Entrepreneur/Philanthropist)
60. Faith Bautista (Community Leader/Entrepreneur)
61. Angela Perez Baraquio-Grey (Miss America 2021/Character Education Advocate)
62. Reagan John Rada (Entrepreneur/Philanthropist)
63. Luis Pedron (Pioneer of IFFM)
64. Ron Quesada (Kulintronica)
65. Fritz Friedman (Publicity/Producer)
66. Ranella Ferrer (U.S. National Anthem Singer/Reality TV Star/Host/Philanthropist)
67. Garth Garcia (Award-winning International Recording Artist/Entrepreneur)
68. Mutch Carino (Spotlight TV/Entrepreneur/Philanthropist)
69. G Tongi (Executive Director Fil-Am Arts)
70. Loida Lewis (Community Leader/Philanthropist)
71. RC Caylan (Hollywood Fashion Designer)
72. Jordan Andino (Celebrity Chef)
73. Tamlyn Tomita (Actress from Cobra Kai)
74. Cher Calvin (Emmy Winning Anchor)
75. Thelma Calabio (Founder of Fil-Am Press Club of California

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