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