Filipino Heroes and Artists in the Philippines

Filipino Heroes & Artists

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Bonifacio Abdon – father of modern kundiman
Nicanor Abelardo – master of kundiman
Napoleon Abueva – father of modern Philippine sculpture
Avelino Galang Adriano – dean of furniture makers
Macario Adriatico – father of Manila charter
Faustino Aguilar – Alexander Dumas of the Philippines 
Emilio Aguinaldo – first Philippine president
Arturo Alcaraz – father of geothermal energy development 
Dalisay Aldaba – great little butterfly from the Philippines 
Benjamin Almeda – father of Filipino inventors 
Fernando Amorsolo – grand old man of Philippine art
Pablo Antonio – renaissance man
Cecilio Apostol – prince of poets in Spanish
Francisca Reyes Aquino – folk dance pioneer
Melchora Aquino – grand old woman of revolution
Francisco Arcellana – an artist of a very monster
Nora Aunor – superstar
Lamberto Avellana – boy wonder of Philippine movies
Natalio Bacalso – king of Visayan writers
Francisco dela Cruz Balagtas – father of Philippine literature
Jose Bautista – giant of Philippine Journalism 
Ishmael Bernal – the genius of Philippine cinema
Andres Bonifacio – the great plebian
Pedro Bukaneg – father of Ilocano Poetry 
Felipe Calderon – author of the Malolos Constitution
Patronicio Tagamora de Carvajal – dean of stars in Philippine theater 
Modesto Castro – prince of Tagalog prose
Narciso Claveria – count of Manila
Levi Celerio – poet of Philippine music
Pilita Corales – Asia's queen of songs
Gregoria de Jesus – Lakambini
Jose Corazon de Jesus – father of Balagtasan
Sharon Cuneta – megastar
Atang dela Rama – the once and future star
Felipe de Leon – nationalist composer
Gerardo de Leon – master filmmaker
Narcisa de Leon – grand old woman of Philippine movies 
Isabelo delos Reyes – father of Philippine labor movement
Gregorio del Pilar – hero of Tirad Pass
Marcelo del Pilar – father of Philipppine Journalism
Bert del Rosario – father of Tagalog short stories
Nieves Baens del Rosario – champion of the workingman
Geminiano de Ocampo – father of modern ophthalmology in the Philippines
Jose Drillon – father of Philippine agribusiness
Victor Edades – father of modern Philippine painting
Josefa Llanes Escoda – Florence Nightingale of the Philippines
Alberto Feliciano – Dr. Filipino
Julian Felipe – father of national anthem
Juan Flores – dean of Filipino woodcarvers
Germie Fontilla – queen of chess
Jovita Fuentes – the Philippines' prima donna
Eugenio Juan Gonzales – father of Philippine condominiums
Leonor Orosa Goquingco – mother of Philippine theater dance
Fernando Ma. Guerrero – prince of Filipino lyric poets in Spanish
Leon Ma. Guerrero – father of Philippine botany
Luis Guerrero – dean of medicine in the Philippines
Wilfredo Ma. Guerrero – pioneer of outreach theater
Laureano Guevarra – father of Marikina shoe industry
Amando Hernandez – poet for the common man
Guillermo Hernandez – dean of Filipino sportscasters
Jose Hernandez – dean of Filipino diplomats
Graciano Lopez Jaena – prince of Filipino orators
Emilio Jacinto – brain of the Katipunan
Nick Joaquin – megabuck writer
Maximo Kalaw – father of political science in the Philippines
Lucrecia Kasilag – tita king
Amparo Lardizabal – teacher of teachers 
Trinidad Legarda – mother of the symphony movement in the Philippines
Cesar Legaspi – trailblazer of modern Philippine art
Leandro Locsin – a poet of space
Jose Luna – official physician of the revolution
Apolinario Mabini – the sublime paralytic
Joce Maceda – the ethnomusicologist
Vicente Madrigal – charcoal king
Teresa Magbanua – Visayan Joan of Arc 
Ramon Magsaysay – champion of the masses 
Francisco Makabuhos – liberator of Tarlac
Jose Malcampo – count of Mindanao
Anastacio Mamaril – trumpet king of the Philippines
Jose "Pitoy" Moreno – dean of Filipino couturiers
Juak Nakpil – pioneer in Philippine architecture
Jose Nepomuceno – father of Filipino movies 
Hernando Ocampo – radical modernist
Sergio Osmena Sr. – architect of Filipino nationalism
Jose Palma – poet soldier 
Rafael Palma – apostle of Filipinism 
Jose Ma. Panganiban – avenger of Filipino honor 
Valeriano Hernandez Pena – father of modern Tagalog novels 
Leon Pichay – king of Ilocano poets 
Fernando Poe Jr. – king of action films
Manuel Quezon – father of Philippine national language
Carlos Quirino – man for all seasons
Dolphy Quizon – king of comedy films
Claro M. Recto – Paladin of Philippine nationalism
Bobby Regiono – banjo king
Jose Rizal – pride of the Malay race
Alejandro Roces Sr. – exponent of modern Journalism
Lolita Rodriquez – first lady of Philippine movies
Carlos P. Romulo – hero of the republic
Tessie Rumarao – queen of hula-hoop
Lucio San Pedro – creative nationalist
Francisco Santiago – father of nationalism in Philippine music
Lope K. Santos – laureate of Tagalog literature
Vilma Santos – star for all seasons
Gloria Sevilla – queen of Visayan movies
Diego Silang – liberator of the Ilocos
Gabriela Silang – Joan of Arc of Ilocandia
Trinidad Perez Tecson – mother of Philippine Red Cross
Rolando Tinio – creative genius
Guillermo Tolentino – father of Philippine arts
Lina Flor Trinidad – dean of Filipino soap operas
Lucrecia Reyes Urtula – the woman behind Bayanihan Dance Co.
Teodoro Valencia – dean of columnists
Luis Rodriguez Varela – the first Filipino
Jose Gacia Villa – international poet
Gliceria Marella Villavicencio – godmother of revolution
Flavio Zaragoza – poet laureate in Ilongo literature

Main sources of information include Julio Silverio's Diksiyunaryo ng mga Unang Pinoy.

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