MEGA Pinoy Pride Over 10 Years: Who Made The List And Why Does It Still Matter?

This is 10 years of excellence and dominance, attributes and skills unparalleled and unrivalled. Has it already been that long? Well, there’s a lot more Pinoy pride to look forward to, so here’s to a decade and more.

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A decade ago to this day, the Pinoy Pride celebration of MEGA was conceived. A meeting of two brilliant minds, our late founding editor, Sari V. Yap, and Tim Yap, this cornerstone endeavor of the magazine was meant to naturally celebrate all things Filipino in fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. Leaping from the pages to decadent ballrooms, the Pinoy Pride Ball was fashioned to celebrate a coming together in the name of national independence. This meant everything from jaw-dropping fashion, delectable Filipino cuisine, and a spirit of kinship that only we know how to pull off.

While the first Pinoy Pride of MEGA technically made its decadently decorated debut in 2010 with Regine Velasquez-Alcasid on the cover rocking a statement-making high-low mix of Filipino retail and couture, it wasn’t until 2012 when the first Pinoy Pride awards were conceived. In this shimmering and sparkling affair, the Pinoy Pride Ball played host to the conferment of nationalistic distinction, shining light on those worthy and most deserving of the defining word, pride.

This is 10 years of excellence and dominance, attributes and skills unparalleled and unrivalled. Has it already been that long? Well, there’s a lot more Pinoy pride to look forward to, so here’s to a decade and more.

2012: 20 Global Pinoys

Everything in the Philippines is a popularity contest—or so we’re often told. Not if you look at this list of 20 Global Pinoys. Popularity is not their end-goal. All of them had to go against great odds and emerged more compassionate, worldly, and also more rooted to the Philippines.

In selecting people for this year’s list, our biggest problem was how to fit in so many accomplished names. It was a good problem, and thus, we can confidently say thatwhen you turn the page, you are seeing the first of a new tradition in our June Pinoy Pride Issue. Their work is rewarding and empowerin. A peso saved can turn into a million in the future. For these individuals, being Filipino is not so much a birthright, it is a responsibility, each of them continues to have genuine infleunece and real success and this does not necessarily mean having a million followers on Twitter. While the Philippines is known for supplying hard-working people to the world, with these 20 names on our list, it’s evident supplying world-class talent, business acumen, and social enterprise can be found at home, too. They prove that having global ambition doesn’t require uprooting, their eyes may be trained on the world, but can be found at home, too.

Rico Hizon

 Robbie Antonio (Real Estate Innovator)

Cary Santiago (Fashion Designer)

Olivia D’Aboville (Artist)

Kenneth Cobonpue (Industrial Designer)

Mike Carandang (Emmy Award-Winning Producer)

Toni Leviste (Equestrienne)

Chit Juan (Echo Warrior)

Nikki Luna (Artist/Activist)

Lori Baltazar 

Lea Salonga (Broadway and West End Legend)

Brillante Mendoza (Cannes-Award Winning Film Director)

Reese Fernandez-Ruiz (Social Entrepreneur)

Pepe Diokno (Award-Winning Filmmaker and Writer)

Manny V. Pangilinan (Business Leader)

Ben Chan (Retail Mogul)

Bryanboy (International Fashion Blogger and Digital Creator)

Lesley Mobo (Fashion Designer) 

Furne One (Fashion Designer)

Manny Pacquiao (Athlete)

2013: Global Pinoy and Pinoy 2.0

This year’s compelling list of Filipino men and women go two ways, a first for the magazine’s tradition. Here, we narrowed down our selection between the requisite global Pinoys, or countrymen waving the flag high and proud on distant shores, and then the new category, Pinoy 2.0, a segment that highlights local stalwarts who have taken their talents and skills abroad and have flourished, only to bring them back here to thrive even more. This new breed of Filipino standouts illustrates the movements that make this country even more prolific, proving that while talent cannot be contained, it can surely make waves everywhere the tides turn.

Carlo Endaya

Apples Aberin 

Marlon Stockinger

Mutya Laxa Buensuceso

Dong Ronquillo

G Tongi

Stephen Gan (Fashion publishing purveyor)

Jessica Sanchez (International singing superstar)

Tony Tan Caktiong (Business pioneer and visionary)

Maria Ressa (Journalist and trailblazer)

Jerome Lorico (Fashion designer)

Ingrid Chua (International journalist and blogger)

Erik Spoelstra (Championship-winning sports coach)

Philippine Volcanoes (Athletic excellence)

Lor Calma (Architect and interior designer)

Regine Velasquez-Alcasid (Asia’s Songbird)

2014: Pinoy Pride

Meet this year’s compelling roster of remarkable Filipinos, from a critically acclaimed Film director to an international fashion photographer, a reality star turned chief-of-staff of an Asian airline to a journalist with a global perspective and more.

Michael Martinez (Olympian)

Katarina Rodriguez (Asia’s Next Top Model finalist)

Jodilly Pendre (Asia’s Next Top Model finalist)

Robert Lopez (Academy Award Winning Songwriter)

Apl de ap (Award-winning musician and record producer)

Angeli Dione

Ariella arida,Bea Rose Santiago (Beauty Queens)

Rowell Vijandre (Managing Director, L’Oreal)

Danilo hess (International photographer)

Ariel Fermin (Executive vice-president, PLDT and Home Business)

Liz Wahl (International Journalist)

Andrew Tan (Business Tycoon, Megaworld)

Jonathan Yabut (Apprentice Asia Winner)

Erik Matti (Award winning director)

Blue Carreon (International fashion journalist)

2015: The New PH

The success of any country isn’t measured in spreadsheets alone. Observing the cultural and artistic movements, here are some of the individuals who made a difference in our lives. This would also mark the year we introduced the enduring banner statement and call for the new PH. As encompassing as it sounds, it is most indicative of our persistent and passionate commitment to make this country the best it can be in every bit of capacity we can muster as individuals and as a community.

Tim Yap (Eventologist, Editor)

Rissa Mananquil-Trillo and Jacque Gutierrez (Founders of happy SKin)

Hindy Weber-Tantoco + Marco Lobregat

Kat and David Azanza (Sustainability and agriculture)

Francis Flores (Entrepreneur)


Rachelle Ann Go (West End Actress)

Georcelle Dapat-Sy (Choreographer and Entrepreneur)

Michael Cinco (fashion designer)

Antoinette Jadaone and Dan Villegas (Screenwriters and directors)

Cristalle Belo (Managing Director)

Rhea Matute (Deputy Executive Director)

Gab Valenciano (Artist)

2016: The New PH: Unite

While it may appear to be a lofty word, it was but a necessary one to append to our vision of a better Philippines. With a roster of game-changing and global Filipinos, from singing powerhouses to world-class act and stalwarts of social good, this was a truly high-octane year that gave a voice to this movement.

Pia Wurtzbach (Modern Filipina)

4thImpact (Singing sensation)

Ezra Santos (International Fashion Designer)

Glenn Llamas (Top entertainment producer)

Margarita Fores (Award-winning cuisine)

El Gamma Penumbra (Game-changing performers)

Aisa Mijeno (Brilliant innovator)

Jenny Ferre (Innovative entertainment)

Ann Ong (International designer)

Ito Kish (Creative Product Designer)

Henry Motte-Munoz (Educational advocate)

Lav Diaz (Master auteur)

Charice (Barrier-breaking performer)

Jollibee (Icon of culture)

Rachelle Ann Go (Musical superstar)

2017: The New PH: Influence

From the vivid spectrum of this generation comes a diverse and distinct set of characters from all slices of life that give a more realized, more affective and more genuine definition to the oft-convoluted word of influence. Diverse, distinct and deserving, this is #TheNewPH.

Anne Curtis (Most Influential celebrity)

Maine Mendoza (Phenomenal breakout star)

Bretman Rock (Social media superstar)

Mark Bumgarner (Emerging global designer)

Patty Ang (Emerging global designer)

John Herrera (Emerging global designers)

Cheryl Tiu (multi-platform media practitioner)

Alex Eduque (Educational game-changer)

Kim jones (Dynamic digital creative)

Andi Manzano-Reyes (Top parenting influencer)

Anna Oposa (Environmental crusader)

Jollibee and Mccann world group Philippines (marketing game-changers)

Hidilyn diaz (Olympic medalist)

Gabbi Garcia (First Filipina regional endorser for hair care)

Petersen Vargas (award-winning filmmaker)

Nadine Lustre (millennial multi-hyphenate)


2018: The Game Changers

Pride is many things: It is that crowning jewel against a backdrop of glittering achievements; It is an acknowledgment of one’s merits on a landscape much more expansive than one can even begin to imagine; It is also standing up with self-assurance and humility in skill, patronage and advocacy. Most importantly, pride is exacting and inspiring change from whatever effort you set your heart, mind and soul to. A rousing coming together of different worlds, this year’s #TheNewPH selection makes one thing very clear: The Filipino pride is a true force to be reckoned with.

Anthony Huang (Luxury and Specialty Retail)

Mark Nicdao (Top photographer)

Furne one (MEGA Icon Award in Fashion)


Heart Evangelista-Escudero (visual arts)

Alfonso Chusuey (Premium hotel and resorts)

Jordy Navarra (Food and cuisine)

Patrick Starrr (Beauty and LGBT Advocacy)

Wil Dasovich (Social media)

Sunnies (Business)


MayWArd (Entertainment)

Chaye Cabal-Revilla (Women leadership)

Wish Radio (Innovative music)

DLSU Lady Spikers (Sports excellence)

KZ Tandingan (Award-winning musician)

2019: Honorable Mention

No strangers to the global stage, these modern day Filipino heroes step further into the light, displaying undeniable talent and tenacity to thrive in their respective fields, proving to the rest of the world that more than swelling sources of pride, they are true forces to be reckoned with.

Catriona Gray (Miss Universe 2018)

Manila Luzon

Darren Criss (Award-winning actor)

Maria Ressa (Award-winning journalist)

H.E.R. (Award-winning musician)

Carlyle Nuera (Leading product designer)

Scouring many victories, milestones, and industries, this year’s crop of #NewPH awardees are changing the future of the Filipino one inspiring effort at a time. With a resolve to strengthen our digital platform, we breathed new life to this tradition by executing in online, featuring a distinct, dynamic, and diverse group of inviduals who life out their true pride for us to be inspired by even after the festivities settle to a normal.

Nico Bolzico (Argentinian Champion of Philippine Agriculture)

Mike Lavarez, Peabo Orilla, and Paulo Castro of Panty Monsters (LGBTQIA+ Superstars)

O Bar (Ultimate Place for Self-Expression and Creative Transformations)

She Talks Asia (Luminaries of Female Empowerment)

Cory Vidanes (Epitome of True Women Leadership)

Careless Music Manila (Individuals Redefining Original Pilipino Music)

Angkas (The Transportation Innovator)

Paolo Valenciano (Millennial Concert Maestro)

Vern and Verniece Enciso (Social Media Entrepreneurs)

Sudar Khadka (Architectural Trailblazer)

Bang Pineda (Celebrated Fashion Rule-Breaker)

Pride Movement (Catalysts For Change)

Pride Movement Catalysts For Change

Gabbie Sarenas (Fashion Innovator)

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