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1.16.2009

YEAR 2000 FILIPINO TRAILBLAZERS


Gene Cajayon

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First Filipino-American Movie Director to win the 1st Best Feature Film about Filipino-Americans (The Debut), Hawaii International Film Festival





Jesse Robredo

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First Filipino Mayor to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service





Jessica Soho

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First Filipina to win the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award





Charo Ronquillo

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First Filipina and 1st Asian Second runner-up in the Ford Supermodel of the World competition





Loren Legarda

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First Filipina to hold the post of Senate Majority Leader





Maricar Manalaysay Balagtas

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First Filipina crowned Miss Globe International





Ramon P. Santos

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First Filipino, 1st Asian Vice President of the International Music Council Executive Committee at UNESCO





Roselle Ambubuyog

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First Filipina visually-impaired summa cum laude graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University











Did you know...

  • ...that President Noynoy Aquino was the first Filipino bachelor to become President of the Republic of the Philippines?
  • ...that Astronomer Armando Lee was the first Filipino Master of Science (MS) degree holder in Astronomy in the Philippines?
  • ...that race driver Marlon Stockinger was the first Filipino-Swiss race winner in the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship?
  • ...that Joy Rojas was the first Filipina to run across 3,107 miles across the United States?
  • ...that boxing champion Manny Pacquiao was the first Filipino sports billionaire?
  • ...that José Rizal was given the label 'First Filipino' by Leon Ma. Guerrero, the first Filipino Ambassador to Germany?

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