Quotes from Famous Filipino Americans
Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
May has certainly charged right on to June, but I can’t let it pass by without wishing everyone a happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Wow, that is a mouthful to say but I’m excited nonetheless. I’m all about the celebrations!
Last year I marked this special month with 4 fun facts about Filipino culture. I was excited to learn that ⅕ of Filipino Americans identity as multiracial.
Over the years I have come to realize that I’m not alone in my experience of mixed backgrounds and cultures, and that my identity is something to celebrate. :D
I also felt inspired that Filipinos make up one of the largest Asian groups in the U.S. Yeah, pinoy pride! Filipinos are everywhere, and sometimes we may not even realize it. I mean, did you know that Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) is Filipino?
This year, in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (that is still a really long name), I’d like to highlight a couple fun quotes from Filipino American celebrities.
“Don’t expect a pat on the back for merely doing your job, but know that you’ll get one for doing it exceptionally well.”
– Lea Salonga, Actress and Singer
Lea Salonga has been my idol since a young girl. She was the voice of many Disney princesses including jasmine and Mulan.
“…success is having fun.”
– Bruno mars, Singer/Songwriter
Filipinos love Bruno Mars. LOVE HIM.
“I’m ambitious in the sense that I raise the bar high for myself.”
– Darren Criss, Actor and Singer
Best known for his role on GLEE, I had no idea this guy was Filipino until I read an interview of his.
“That’s one thing I pride myself on, that I’m Asian. All I really know is my Asian heritage.”
– Jo Koy, Comedian
apl.de.ap (Allan Pineda Lindo)
“I love our [Filipino culture], and you know I wanna share that all over the world.”
– Apl.de.ap (Allan Pineda Lindo), Musician, Rapper, Singer
Yup, you all know this guy from the band, Black Eyed Peas.
Did you know these celebrities were Filipino?
There are a lot of famous Filipino Americans in our midst and many people don’t even know they are Filipino (including me). I guess having a variety of ethnic backgrounds makes us mix-mix folk pretty unique…and mysterious.
Who are your favorite Filipino American celebrities? Share your thoughts below.
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