• The Philippines celebrates Independence Day on June 12
  • Vanessa Hudgens is a big fan of Filipino food, such as lumpia and pansit
  • Rob Schneider was reportedly raised with Filipino values  

June 12 marks the Independence Day of the Philippines. A nation rich in history, the Philippines is home to many of the world's most talented individuals, including some of Hollywood's notable celebrities.

In celebration of the Philippine Independence Day this 2021, here are 13 celebrities you probably didn't know are Filipinos, courtesy of Esquire, When In Manila, The Odyssey Online and Gulf News:

Manny Jacinto
Best known for his role as the innocently charming Jason Mendoza on "The Good Place," Manny Jacinto is an immigrant from the Philippines who also appeared on other popular shows such as "Supernatural," "Once Upon a Time," and "Bates Motel."

Darren Criss
Actor and singer-songwriter Darren Criss got his big break when he got cast for the role of Blaine Anderson in the comedy-drama series "Glee." Criss' mother is a Filipina from Cebu and is also of Chinese and Spanish descent.

Rob Schneider
Comedian Rob Schneider, who often appeared in blockbuster movies alongside Adam Sandler such as "50 First Dates," "Grown Ups," and "You Don't Mess With The Zohan," reportedly has Filipino roots. His mother is half Filipino and admittedly raised her children with typical Filipino values and practices.

Cast member Rob Schneider attends the premiere of ''I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry'' at the Gibson amphitheater in Universal City, California Cast member Rob Schneider attends the premiere of ''I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry'' at the Gibson amphitheater in Universal City, California July 12, 2007. Photo: Reuters

Alec Mapa
Now a familiar face on Hollywood TV, Alec Mapa has appeared on several hit shows such as "Ugly Betty," "Rupaul's Drag Race," and "Desperate Housewives." The Filipino-American actor also starred in "You Don't Mess With The Zohan."

Dave Bautista
Also known by his stage name Batista, Dave Bautista's father is a Filipino immigrant while his mother has Greek roots. The retired pro wrestler is also a former mixed martial artist and has appeared in various films such as "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Avengers: Infinity War."

Dave Batista Roman Reigns and Batista officially announced their return to the WWE, starting out new storylines likely leading to Wrestlemania 35. Actor Dave Bautista attends the premiere of Global Road Entertainment's 'Hotel Artemis' at Regency Village Theatre on May 19, 2018 in Westwood, California. Photo: Getty Images/Alberto E. Rodriguez

Nicole Scherzinger
Widely known as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Scherzinger has proudly shared that her father is of Filipino descent. Scherzinger's mother, on the other hand, has Ukrainian and Hawaiian descent.

Shay Mitchell
The "Pretty Little Liars" star has shared her struggle with accepting her Filipina features. According to Mitchell, it was only when she got older when she finally learned to embrace her Filipino roots.

Eugene Cordero
Appearing alongside Manny Jacinto on "The Good Place," Eugene Cordero played the mischievous Pillboi on the show. The rising Filipino star also voiced Jamie on the Cartoon Network animated show "Steven Universe."

Enrique Iglesias
Regarded as the king of Latin pop, singer-songwriter Enrique Iglesias is the son of Filipina socialite Isabel Preysler, who was a former model and journalist from Pampanga.

Michael Copon
The Filipino-American actor became wildly popular for his role as Felix Taggaro in the hit series "One Tree Hill." According to, Copon's favorite Filipino dish is Sinigang.

Michael Copon Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Vanessa Hudgens
Hudgens got her big break when she played the iconic Gabriella Montez in "High School Musical." Not one to shy away from her Filipino heritage, Hudgens once revealed that she's a big fan of lumpia and pansit.

Liza Lapira
A New York native of Filipino descent, Liza Lapira has about 20 years of acting experience under her belt. Lapira has appeared in films like "Crazy, Stupid Love," and "Cloverfield" and landed supporting roles on hit shows such as "Sex and the City," "Law & Order" and "NCIS."

Vincent Rodriguez III
Rodriguez once shared that he is proud to represent the Filipino community in the entertainment industry. The Filipino-American actor is notably known for playing Josh in the comedy-musical drama series "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend." The show was one of the first to feature Filipino families, according to Esquire.

Vanessa Hudgens “Grease: Live” star Vanessa Hudgens, pictured Dec. 4, 2015, reportedly had a “hysterical breakdown” backstage after the show wrapped Sunday. Photo: Getty Images