Famous Filipinos and Their Success Stories

Learn from the excellent attitudes behind most famous Filipinos’ success which are worth emulating for all of us Filipinos and expats, including visitors.

Our famous men can either be categorized as the good and the notorious. Just like in some other countries, we have countrymen renowned for their ill doings. But our aim in this site is to exemplify honorable men and women.

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao

It will be amiss not to mention Mr. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, the successful Filipino boxer. His story is about a great talent that surfaced because of determination, discipline, devotion and courage. He is now called the country’s “pambansang kamao” meaning the “national fist” garnering eight world championship titles, the first ever. He has greatly helped boost the Philippine economy through his substantial monetary prizes

Famous Filipinos in the Field of Arts

We have also our own share of beauties and brains. Typical Filipinas are brown skinned with average height of around five feet. However, we have tall, slim and beautiful women who are now top fashion models and some crowned world beauty queens.

The modern version of Pinoy martial art using “arnis” or stick was popularized along with other self-defense techniques by famous artists even reaching the international movie world.

Actors and actresses abound domestically but there are half Filipinos who are now acclaimed internationally and have done great justice to their assigned roles.

Still others like musicians have made their way to singing and receiving warm applauses from international audience.

Even in the 1800’s many Filipinos had already manifested talents in writing like our national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal who wrote the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. Today, a long list of famous Filipino writers has already emerged.

Other famous national heroes who risked their lives for our country’s freedom were Lapulapu, Apolinario Mabini, Andres Bonifacio, Gabriela Silang and Gregorio H. del Pilar among many others.

Phil. national heroes collage

National Heroes-Left to Right-Gabriela Silang, Apolinario Mabini, Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio and Lapulapu.

Scientists and Inventors

There are as well famous Filipinos in the fields of sciences who have made valuable discoveries and inventions not only for us but for the whole world to benefit. Others are in the field of mathematics who have deciphered mind-boggling problems and equations.

Famous Entrepreneurs

Successful Filipino entrepreneurs have their shares of success stories too. Some started with meager financial resources but abound in wisdom, strong determination and diligence. Among those in the long list of famous Filipino entrepreneurs and their companies are:

Henry Sy
  • Henry Sy (with photo on the right taken from his Facebook)-SM Group, Banco de Oro and China Banking Corp.
  • Lucio Tan-PAL, PNB, Allied Bank, Fortune Tobacco Corp.
  • John Gokongwei-Cebu Pacific Air, Robinson’s, Universal Robina Corporation and Digital Communications Philippines
  • Tony T. Caktiong-Jollibee
  • David Consunji-DMCI Holdings, Inc.
  • Alfredo Yao-Zest-O
  • Lolita Hizon-Pampanga’s Best
  • Cecilio Pedro-Hapee Toothpaste
  • Manny Villar-Camella and Palmera Homes


Most of these noted Filipino entrepreneurs have Chinese roots. Their enterprising nature, good training even at a young age and good attitude has truly paid off. All of us, even foreign expats of other descent, can learn lessons from their examples.

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