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12 Filipino Trailblazers of 2008

"Filipinos can compete on the world stage."
~ U.S. Ambassador Francis Ricciardone

Certainly there are many talented people out there but only a few are trailblazers. One thing about Filipinos, they are everywhere.

Charice Pempengco

First Filipina singer to perform in the same event with acclaimed artists (Andrea Bocelli, Babyface, Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Kenny G, Katharine McPhee, Brian McKnight, Boz Scaggs, piano virtuoso William Joseph, Renee Olstead, Cheryl Lynn) at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada for record producer David Foster's benefit show entitled "David Foster & Friends"

Christy Isis Achanzar

First Filipina to receive a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York USA

Eric Celino Spoelstra

First Filipino-American head coach for an NBA team, Miami Heat

Jane Alvero-Al Mahdi

First Filipina to win the prestigious Emirates Business Women Award (EBWA)

Joe Datuin

First Filipino Grand Prize Winner for sculpture in IOC's Olympic Sport & Art Contest in connection with the 2008 Beijing Olympics

Madonna Decena

First Filipina artist and contestant to perform at the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent, a television show produced by American Idol judge Simon Cowell

Mario Mokhtarian Feliciano IV

First Filipino-Iranian to command a regiment as Sergeant Major in the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York USA

Sen. Pia S. Cayetano

First Filipina and first Asian president of the Committee of Women Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)

Piolo Pascual

First Filipino actor to be invited at the Paris Film Festival

Renaldo Lapuz

First Filipino aspiring singer to perform and sing his own original song "We're Brothers Forever" at the Finale of American Idol Season 7

Sam Concepcion

First Filipino artist to sing for DreamWorks Animation

Steven Purugganan

First Filipino Cup Stacking World Champion at the WSSA World Sport Stacking Championships

Memorize: Filipinos can compete (period). ^^

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