Top 75 Most Influential Filipino-Americans of 2023: Hollywood’s Trailblazers Revealed

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R’Bonney Gabriel Nola, Olivia Rodrigo, and Bretman Rock headline MIFA 2023. MIFA photos.

This year’s 75 Most Influential Filipino-Americans (MIFA) in Hollywood list for 2023 is finally here, and it’s led by some major game-changers: R’Bonney Gabriel Nola, the first Filipino-American Miss Universe; Grammy-winner Olivia Rodrigo; and social media titan Bretman Rock. This roster, released annually by Blog Talk with MJ Racadio on October 18, shines a spotlight on Filipino talent dominating different facets of American entertainment.

Distinct from other “best-of” lists, the MIFA is unique for its focus on creative talents who use their influence for the betterment of their communities. Announced in line with Filipino-American History Month, this list is a nod to the rich history of Filipino Americans—the second-largest Asian American group in the U.S. and the third-largest ethnic community in California.

The annual best-of-list is a showcase of how Filipinos have excelled in various fields of the American entertainment industry – from acting to music, social media to publishing, fashion to costume and stage design, television hosting to filmmaking, talent management to public relations – the coverage is astounding.

MJ Racadio, the celebrity blogger-reporter behind the list, is also set to unveil the second edition of the MIFA Hall of Famer and Lifetime Recognition later today, October 19.

Here are the Top 75 Most Influential Filipino-Americans of 2023:

  1. R’Bonney Gabriel Nola – Miss Universe 2022
  2. Olivia Rodrigo – Grammy Winner/Philanthropist
  3. Bretman Rock – Social Media Influencer/Philanthropist
  4. Vanessa Hudgens – (Hollywood Actress/Philippines’ Global Tourism Ambassador)
  5. EZ Mil – Recording Artist/OPM Advocate
  6. Bobby Pontillas – Oscar-nominated Animator/Philanthropist
  7. Michele Josue – Emmy Winner/Award-Winning Filmmaker “Nurse Unseen”
  8. Eric Bauza – Emmy Winner/Voice-Actor of “Daffy Duck” & “Bugs Bunny”
  9. Bianca Nepales – Lionsgate Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  10. John Vincent Salcedo – VP of Digital Marketing at Columbia Records
  11. Jazz Tangcay –  Artisans Senior Editor of Variety
  12. Puey Quinones – Fashion Designer Philanthropist
  13. Jeremiah Abraham – Hollywood Public Relations
  14. Mari Acevedo – CEO of Birns and Sawyer/Philanthropist
  15. Francis Dela Torre – Hollywood Director/Producer “Almost Paradise”
  16. Lyle Del Mundo – (F.A.C.E.) Filipinos Advancing Creative Education Founder/Philanthropist
  17. Anthony Francisco – Former Marvel Studios Visual Artist
  18. Sam Morelos – Hollywood Actress “That ’90s Show”
  19. Garth Garcia – FilAm Prince of Pop/Philanthropist
  20. Nicole Scherzinger – Grammy-Nominated Recording Artist/Judge of “The Masked Singer”
  21. Clint Ramos – Tony Winner, Costume & Stage Designer
  22. Drea Castro – Documentary Film Maker “Baldy for the Blind”/Philanthropist
  23. Jorge Ballos – Founder of SOHO International Film Festival
  24. Tita Che aka Jeppy Paraiso – Influencer/Content Creator
  25. Tommie Mopia – Entertainment Concert Producer/Philanthropist
  26. Katrina Dimaranan – Beauty Queen turned Actress/Philanthropist
  27. Patricio Ginelsa – Award-Winning Director “Lumpia”
  28. Maria Victoria Mejia – Filipino Craft Advocate/Victoria’s Craft Designer
  29. Amiel Noble – “FilAm King of Barong” Designer of Noble Creations
  30. Jaya – Multi-Awarded Recording Artist/OPM Advocate
  31. Lani Misalucha – Multi-Awarded Recording Artist/OPM Advocate
  32. Januel Mercado – Hollywood Co-Director “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish”
  33. Francis Lara Ho – Film Producer “1521” The Quest for Love and Freedom/Philanthropist
  34. Ryan Moore – Award-Winning Filmmaker “When We Danced”
  35. Charles Gray – Award-Winning Film Maker “Velvet Sky”
  36. Camila Villanueva – Award-Winning Filmmaker
  37. Chris Soriano – Award-Winning Filmmaker
  38. Vanessa Minnillo Lachey – Emmy Nominee “Love is Blind”
  39. Cheryl Burke – Dancing with the Stars Champion/Author
  40. Loren Albento – Hollywood Talent Manager
  41. Gene Flores – The Miss Globe USA National Director/Philanthropist
  42. Angel Quinsay – Hollywood’s Queen of Charcuterie/Philanthropist
  43. Marvin Aritrangco – Celebrity Chef Who Sings/Philanthropist
  44. Vic Perez – Concert Producer/Director
  45. Pen De Leon Manahan – Concert Producer/Philanthropist
  46. Tessa Albea – Content Creator of Kumu
  47. Leo Albea – Founder of One Down Media
  48. Brandon English – Hollywood Casting Director/Voice Over Actor/Philanthropist
  49. Jennielyn Abrot – Hollywood Film Producer/Philanthropist
  50. Jennifer Paz – Award-Winning Screenplay Writer/Voice Actor “Steven Universe”
  51. Eugene Cordero – Hollywood Actor “Star Wars” & “Sesame Street”
  52. Jose Llana – Broadway Actor “Here Lies Love”
  53. Paolo Montalban – Hollywood/Broadway Actor
  54. Robin Nievera – Songwriter/Vocalist of “Nievera” Band
  55. Jocelyn Enriquez – Multi-Awarded Recording Artist/Dance Diva/Philanthropist
  56. Honore’ – Multi-Awarded Recording Artist
  57. Lyndon Apostol – Multi-Awarded Stage Performer/Philanthropist
  58. Georgina Tolentino – Hollywood Actress/Writer of Award-Short Film “No Dogs”
  59. Josh Dela Cruz – Blue’s Clues Host/Hollywood Actor
  60. Rally Vargas – Host/Producer of V81 Radio
  61. Jason Santos – Host/Producer of “Jason Talks”
  62. Randal Kamradt Jr. – Award-Winning Director “No Dogs” & “Asog” Visual Effects Supervisor
  63. Jeff Francisco – Hollywood Actor “The Lincoln Lawyer” & “Plane”
  64. Christian Reasonda – Live Entertainment Show Director/Marketing Expert
  65. Timothy Granaderos – Hollywood Actor “13 Reasons Why”
  66. Mike Talplacido – Hollywood Fridge ” #Dont” Writer/Filmmaker/Podcast Host
  67. Michael Copon – Hollywood Actor “Power Ranger” & “1521” as Lapu-Lapu
  68. Jennifer Uy – Public Relations
  69. Jush Andowitt – Concert Producer/Podcast Host/Marketing Expert
  70. Lea Dizon – Content Development Producer/Writer
  71. Mutch Carino – Event Producer/Philanthropist
  72. Jojo Sebastian – Fashionista/ Host/Recording Artist/Philanthropist
  73. Rachel Alejandro – Hollywood Actress/Multi-Awarded OPM Recording Artist
  74. Ysabella Loyola – Songwriter/Recording Artist/Content Creator
  75. Chloe Aldona – Hollywood Teen Actress “Stranger Things 4”

In 2022, the MIFA was led by top comedian Jo Koy.

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