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1.24.2009

YEAR 2008 FILIPINO TRAILBLAZERS




Alex Pagulayan

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First Filipino to be officially proclaimed as Guinness 9-ball pool champion





Charice Pempengco

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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

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





Deng Ching

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First Filipina vice president and project management committee chairperson of the Apache Archiva Project of the Apache Software Foundation





Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III

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First Filipino to receive the SHINE International Student Award of the United Kingdom





Erning Falcon

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First Filipino Pinoy Big Brother Guardian Big Winner





Eric Spoelstra

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





Gretchen Espina

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First Filipina champion of GMA 7's Pinoy Idol contest





Imelda Visaya-Abaño

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First Filipina journalist to be awarded the United Nations Correspondent Association (UNCA) Awards for excellence in reporting on humanitarian and development affairs





Jane Alvero-Al Mahdi

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First Filipina to win an Emirates Business Women Award (EBWA)





Jess Española

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First Filipino to receive the prestigious Emmy Award





Joe Datuin

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





John Carlo "JC" Tiuseco

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First Filipino Sole Survivor of GMA 7's Survivor Philippines





Karla Paula Henry

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First Filipina and Asian woman crowned Miss Earth





Luis Benesa

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First Filipino player to win a silver medal at the World Cyber Games Asian Championships





Madonna Decena

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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





Manny Pacquiao

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First Filipino and first Asian boxer to become a 4-division world champion: WBC world flyweight champion, IBF world super bantamweight champion, WBC world super featherweight champion, and WBC world lightweight champion





Mario Mokhtarian Feliciano IV

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





Miguel Syjuco

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First Filipino to receive the Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel "Ilustrado"





Mike Enriquez

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First Filipino recipient of Visionary Award for Journalism in the first ever annual Filipino-American Visionary Awards





Noel Tawatao

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First Filipino recipient of the prestigious Darwin Fellowship Programme





Pia S. Cayetano

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





Piolo Pascual

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First Filipino actor to be invited at the Paris Film Festival





Renaldo Lapuz

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





Rudy Fernandez

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First Filipino recipient of Visionary Award for Action Performance in the first ever annual Filipino-American Visionary Awards





Sam Concepcion

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First Filipino artist to sing for DreamWorks Animation





Steven Purugganan

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





Vlad Reyes

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First Filipino to be appointed general manager of The Peninsula Manila








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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