Did you know that Philippines got its name in honour of King Philip II of Spain? The archipelagic country is home to beautiful beaches, vibrant cities and a thriving fashion and entertainment industry. And just like any other country, they’ve got a long list of fabulous social media influencers to boot. Most of whom are either entertainment royalty (think their version of the Spellings), successful female entrepreneurs cum media personalities who also happen to be full-time mommies—which you honestly wouldn’t be able to tell because they juggle it all so well—or both.
From fitness inspiration to style experts and social media moguls, here are our 12 favourite Filipino personalities you should follow on Instagram:
1. Solenn Heussaff
Solenn Heussaff is a French-Filipina VJ, actress, TV host, model, singer, fashion designer and professional make-up artist. She’s a celebrity in her own right, and rose to greater fame when she starred in E!’s reality TV-series It Girls.
2. Arra San Agustin
Arra San Agustin is an actress, host, model and singer. She’s also a top six finalist on the sixth season of StarStruck, which is a Filipino reality talent competition series.
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3. Kelley Day
Kelley Day is a former member of Philippine’s noontime variety show It’s Showtime’s all-girl dance group GirlTrends.
4. Catriona Gray
Catriona Gray needs no introduction. The Filipino-Australian model and singer was crowned Miss Universe in 2018. She’s also won several accolades in Filipino beauty pageants.
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5. Ida Anduyan
Ida Anduyan is one of Philippine’s rising digital stars. She’s a digital artist who’s also interested in photography and cinematography.
6. Kim Jones
Kim Cam Jones is an Australian model turned fashion influencer and digital creative. She married Filipino actor Jericho Rosales in Boracay in 2014.
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7. Angela Martinez
Angela Martinez is a self-proclaimed dog mom, model and content creator.
8. Patricia Henson
Patricia Henson is a model turned swimwear designer.
9. Ruffa Gutierrez
Ruffa Gutierrez is the prolific daughter of Philippine’s arguably most famous actor Eddie Gutierrez. The mother of two starred alongside her family in the E! reality TV series It Takes guts to be a Gutierrez.
10. Sarah Lahbati
Sarah Lahbati, much like Arran San Augustin, rose to fame as a finalist on StarStruck, where she was named their Ultimate Female Survivor. She’s also Ruffa Gutierrez’s sister-in-law—she married Richard Gutierrez, with whom she has two kids.
11. Georgina Wilson
Georgina Wilson is an entrepreneur and a Key Opinion Leader. She rose to fame when she starred alongside Solenn Heusaff in E!’s reality TV-series It Girls
12. Isabelle Daza
Isabelle Daza is a Filipino actress, television host, model and YouTuber.
- Lharby Policarpio is a Filipino actor, YouTuber and self-professed traveller. And to loosely quote Bella Hadid: Homeboy can like… get it!