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Lea Salonga Covers Metro’s ’20 Global Pinoys’ Issue

It's freedom month and Metro Magazine has none other than Tony award-winning Broadway actress Lea Salonga on it's cover.

The June “Independence” month issue of Metro pays tribute to the 20 Global Filipinos who have put us on the map, may it be in music, in fashion or sports.

The list is spearheaded by Lea Salonga, who in the late 80s, won the highly-coveted lead role in the megahit Broadway musical Miss Saigon. And eventually, Lea became the fist Asian to win Best Actress award from Olivier in England and Tony in the US. She was also hailed by Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and the Theatre World Awards for the same role in 1991.

Aside from Miss Saigon, Lea was also known for playing the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in the Disney animated feature Aladdin. She became the first Filipino to perform at the Oscar Awards to sing the award-winning theme song of the said movie “A Whole New World” with Brad Kane.

Lea Salonga also released her self-titled international album in the US with Atlantic Records. It has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide with multi-platinum awards recognition in the Philippines.

These are just some of Lea Salonga‘s global achievements that paved the way for other Filipinos to believe that they can also conquer not just the Philippines but the world.

Here are the rest of the 20 Global Pinoys list of Metro Magazine:

World’s most talented girl Charice

Journey’s new frontman Arnel Pineda

Tourism Secretary Ace Durano

Global brand Bench mogul Ben Chan

World’s best pound-for-pound boxer and one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People Manny Pacquiao

World renowned fashion designer Rose Anne de Pampelonne

Skin-care CEO Laura Verallo de Bertotto

Zen Zest’s proprietor Michelle Asence

Criticine’s Alexis Tioseco

Director Raya Martin

Photographer Romeo ‘Romy’ Gacad

White House chef Cristeta Pasia Comerford

Equestrienne Toni Leviste

Figaro’s Pacita ‘Chit’ Juan

Fashion designer Jeannie Goulbourn

Fashion designer Lesley Mobo

Theater actress Joanna Ampil

ABS-CBN Global’s Rafael ‘Raffy’ Lopez

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