Cebu has a fair share of homegrown talents who became famous mainstream celebrities. Basta Sugbuanon, talentado gyud!
Here are some of these Cebuanos and Cebuanas:
The 27-year-old sexy actress currently stars in ABS-CBN’s Pasión de Amor, a Filipino remake of the Colombian telenovela. Aside from her acting stint, Ellen Adarna is also an hotel heiress — she’s the eldest child of the owner of Queensland Motels.
Hailing from Cebu City, Kim Chiu rose to stardom after winning the first season of Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition. Aside from Cebuano, Tagalog and English, Kim can also speak Mandarin.
Born in Lahug from a Spanish father and a Cebuana mother, Pilita Corrales (dubbed as Asia’s Queen of Songs) became internationally famous for becoming the first woman to make it to the Australian pop charts with a local recording called ‘Come Closer to Me.’
The Forevermore actor was born in Cebu (he’s got Spanish blood through his dad), but he shyly admits that he only knows a few Cebuano words.
Okey ra na, Enrique. Proud mi nimo!
Matteo is half-Italian (explains his hard-to-spell last name) and is the grandson of the late Senator and Chief Justice Marcelo Fernan.
Vina Morales was born in Bogo, Cebu. While singing in a church choir, Fr. Fritz Malinao recognized her talent and made her join Cebu Pop Music Festival. Vina sang Fr. Malinao’s composition, “Paglaum”, which won the Grand Prize. This was the start of her colorful career when she was discovered by Viva Films.
The matriarch of the Gutierrez clan, Annabelle Rama is a native of San Nicolas, Cebu and one of the lesser stars during the Bomba era (the rise of sexy movies in the 70s).
This Cebuana actress started her career first in singing; joining various singing competitions in Cebu. She became a favorite cast of the popular 80s variety show That’s Entertainment and married fellow actor Aljon Jimenez.
The Sotto brothers, especially Vic and Tito, are famous for their comedic movies. They are the grandson of the Father of Cebuano Language and Letters, Senator Vicente Sotto.
Papa Chen or Ser Chief, whatever you call him, he’s one of the most famous Filipino actors who started late in acting. Richard Edison Yap was born and raised in Cebu and was a businessman before becoming an actor.