IN PHOTOS: Pinoy stars who appeared in Hollywood films

with text from Karen Flores, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 18 2017 07:06 PM | Updated as of Apr 19 2017 01:15 PM

As Kris Aquino looks to start a career in Los Angeles, we take a look back at some Filipinos (excluding Filipino-Americans) who appeared in Hollywood movies. 

Barbara Perez

"No Man is an Island"

Dubbed by many as the Filipina counterpart of Audrey Hepburn, Barbara Perez (left) starred alongside Jeffrey Hunter (right) and Marshall Thompson in this 1962 war film, which was shot entirely in the Philippines. Photo:

Pancho Magalona

"Merrill's Marauders"

The father of OPM rap icon Francis M, Pancho Magalona appeared in this 1962 WWII movie with Jeff Chandler.

Bembol Roco and Kuh Ledesma

"The Year of Living Dangerously"

Bembol Roco had a role in this 1982 film, which starred Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver. Also part of the cast is singer Kuh Ledesma, who played the role of Tiger Lily. Photo: Film Development Council of the Philippines

Tetchie Agbayani


The former beauty queen and Playboy model starred in the 1985 martial arts film with Kurt Thomas and Richard Norton, where she played the role of a princess. She also appeared other movies like "The Emerald Forest," also in 1985, and "The Money Pit" which starred Tom Hanks. Photo: IMDB

Lea Salonga

"Aladdin"; "Mulan"

The Broadway star and "The Voice Teens" coach served as the singing voice of lead characters in these two Walt Disney films. Photo: The Voice Teens, ABS-CBN

Cesar Montano

"The Great Raid"

The actor joined the cast of the 2005 war film, which also starred Benjamin Bratt and Joseph Fiennes. He played the role of Captain Juan Pajota, who was involved in the Raid at Cabanatuan in 1945. Photo: The Great Raid

Iza Calzado

"The Echo"

The "A Love to Last" star topbilled the 2008 horror film, which is the American remake of Filipino film "Sigaw," with Jesse Bradford, Kevin Durand, and Amelia Warner. Photo: Instagram


"Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel"

The singer made her first Hollywood cameo appearance in the 2008 musical comedy film. She was also part of the soundtrack, singing "No One." Photo: Your Face Sounds Familiar

Joel Torre


The actor starred in the 2011 Filipino-American indie film with Chris Cooper and Garret Dillahunt. The movie was shot entirely in the Philippines and featured other Filipino names such as Bembol Roco, Rio Locsin, and Ronnie Lazaro. Photo: On the Job

Jericho Rosales and Gary Valenciano

"Subject: I Love You"

Both Kapamilya stars were part of this 2011 film, which was based on the "I Love You" computer virus in 2000. Photos: Instagram and ABS-CBN

Lou Veloso, Madeleine Nicolas, and John Arcilla (center)

"The Bourne Legacy"

The three were included as part of the 2012 action blockbuster, which starred Jeremy Renner (right) and Rachel Weisz (left), for scenes shot in the Philippines. Photo: BroadwayWorld

Anne Curtis

"Blood Ransom"

The "It's Showtime" host played an immortal woman in this 2014 independent film from Filipino-American Francis dela Torre, who also helmed "Subject: I Love You." Photo: Instagram