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The Most Famous Philippine Showbiz Personalities

Here are the Philippines’ most popular showbiz celebrities of Ilocano ancestry.

 The Ilocanos are among the largest ethnic groups in the Philippines. You can almost always find an Ilocano in the four corners of the globe. Numerous Ilocanos excel in the different industries and sectors of the society.

1.) Gloria Romero


Probably the most popular actress of Ilocano descent is Gloria Romero. She was popularly known during her early days as “Manang Biday” Her father is an Ilocano from Pangasinan. She’s very old but she is still active in showbiz.

2.) Fernando Poe Jr.


Fernando Poe Jr., the former king of Philippine Movies, is of Ilocano descent. His father is an Ilocano mestizo actor from Pangasinan. He was a very popular actor/director who was honored as Philippine National Artist in 2006. He died of heart attack in December 2004 after losing the presidential race of May 2004 Elections.

3.) Gloria Diaz


The ever beautiful and lovely Gloria Diaz is an Ilocana from Aringay, La Union. She was Miss Universe 1969 and is still active in the film and TV industry as an actress.

4.) Freddie Aguilar


Freddie Aguilar, a composer and popular folk singer, is from the province of Isabela. Aguilar became very popular for his song “Anak” which was translated in more than 20 languages worldwide.

5.) Coney Reyes


Coney Reyes is a film/television actress, television host and producer. She became a popular TV actress and producer for her “Coney Reyes on Camera”. She is still an active TV actress.

6.) Tetchie Agbayani


Tetchie Agbayani is a movie and television actress, former Mutya ng Pilipinas and psychology instructor. She was extremely popular and controversial as Playboy magazine model in the 1980s.

7.) Alma Moreno


The controversial and beautiful Alma Moreno, the mother of Mark Anthony, Vandolph and others, was born in Cervantes, Ilocos Sur. Her real name is Vanessa Lacsamana Moreno

8.) Pilar Pilapil


Pilar Pilapil, a well-known actress, is the Philippine representative to the Miss Universe pageant in 1967. She is from Camiling, Tarlac.

9.) Anne Curtis


The beautiful and charming Anne Curtis, a Filipina actress, is of Ilocano descent. Curtis’ mother is from the province of Pangasinan.

10.) Robin Padilla


The popular action star Robin Padilla is of Ilocano descent. He was born in Baguio City and grew up in Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija.

11.) Jericho Rosales


Jericho Rosales, an actor who was born in Quezon City traced back his Ilocano roots to Bucay, Abra. He was discovered in the variety noontime show “Eat Bulaga”.

12.) Jake Cuenca


Jake Cuenca, a Filipino actor, is of Ilocano descent whose mother is from Batac City, Ilocos Norte.

13.) Maribeth Pascua


Maribeth Pascua, international singer and mass communications lecturer in Indonesia.

14.) Ruby Rodriguez


Ruby Rodriguez, a Filipina actress and a co-host of the television variety show Eat Bulaga hailed from San Marcelino, Zambales.

15.) Nova Villa


Nova Villa, a veteran comedienne is from the province of La Union. Ruby Rodriguez is her niece.

16.) JB Magsaysay


JB Magsaysay of PBB or Pinoy Big Brother season one housemate is of Ilocano descent and the grandson of former President Ramon Magsaysay.

17.) Vanees del Moral


Vanees del Moral, whose real name is Martha Vanessa Antonio del Moral is an actress from Baguio City.

18.) Sandy Talag


Sandy Talag or Sandra Ann Talag, a Filipina child actress, is from Baguio City.

19.) Marky Cielo


The deceased Marky Cielo, an actor and dancer, is from Mountain Province.

20.) Vivian Foz

Vivian Foz, a movie actress, is from Rosales, Pangasinan.

21.) Phil Villas

Phil Villas is an Ilocano rap artist and founder of the record label Homemade music ent. Villa is from Roxas, Isabela

See also

30+ Interesting Facts About the Ilocanos

Most Famous Ilocano Religious and Historical Figures

11 Notable Ilocano Sports Personalities

The World’s Most Popular Ilocano Filipinos

Top 10 UNESCO World heritage Sites in the Philippines

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  1. arielcnacion

    On June 3, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Gloria romero and tetchie agbayani are two of my most respected actresses on Philippine TV, second to Gina Pareno. =)

  2. dame016

    On June 3, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Sayang si marky. :( Pati si AJ Perez.

  3. shermaen

    On June 3, 2011 at 8:11 am

    beautiful and talented ilocanos!

    pretty p din talaga sila miss Gloria Diaz at Pilar Pilapil, parang di tumatanda…

  4. mphsglo

    On June 3, 2011 at 8:14 am

    This is a very nice share – Thank you!

  5. AJ Kikay

    On June 3, 2011 at 8:29 am

    I’ve learned something about these personalities in this article. I didn’t know that they are of ilocano descent. Thanks for sharing

  6. Raj the Tora

    On June 3, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Never heard of them except Anna Curtis. Great information, thanks.

  7. papaleng

    On June 3, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Good list, bro, I am not that familiar with Maribeth Pascua, and I know for sure Alma Moreno has Kapangpangan blood, I have visited her at her home in Masantol, Pampanga.

  8. PR Mace

    On June 3, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I don’t know most of these people but it was an enjoyable post.

  9. Brenda Nelson

    On June 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I am sure it would not surprise you if I said i dont know any of these people

  10. Macherie

    On June 3, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    wow, I didn\’t know Ann is of Ilocano descent. Great work sir!

  11. Mark Gordon Brown

    On June 3, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    thank you for sharing about your culture, I wish I had enough time to view their work, same for all cultures.

  12. clandestinef

    On June 4, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Good to read from you again. Interesting…

  13. Likha

    On June 4, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Ilocano pala si Ann.. I don’t know maribeth pascua.. You must be Ilocano nobert?

  14. Moses Ingram

    On June 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Thanks for another interesting read.

  15. qoo

    On August 8, 2012 at 12:38 am

    AS IN??? anne has an ilocana blood??

  16. patrick

    On December 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    i tot bianca king was also an ilocana

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