Filipino Media

A list with media originating from, or involving, the Philippines.

Note: This list may include works or personalities coming from the Filipino diaspora—that is, Filipinos who live and/or regularly work outside the country. Much as with the Jews or the Chinese, the diaspora is an essential concept in Filipino society, with millions going abroad either to send back aid to their families or to migrate and seek greener pastures. As such, if a work is produced in a foreign country, but primarily by people of Filipino descent, the priority is to count it under "Filipino-created" media, rather than "foreign media about the Philippines/Filipinos".

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    Media primarily created in the Philippines and/or by Filipinos, including in the diaspora 
Visual Artists
  • Juan Luna
    • Spoliarium
  • Fernando Amorsolo
  • Justiniano Asunción
  • Damian Domingo
  • José Honorato Lozano
  • Felix Resurrección Hidalgo
  • Vicente Manansala
  • Victorio Edades
  • Guillermo Tolentino
  • Napoleon "Nap" Abueva
  • Benedicto "Bencab" Cabrera
  • José Joya
  • Ramon Orlina
  • Igan D'bayan

Performing Artists

Manga and Anime
  • Love is in the Bag series
  • Barangay 143 (Japanese coproduction)
  • K.I.A. (local manga by Marco Dimaano)
  • Hinagunoy sa Goryon (Cebuano anime-style short film)




  • Adarna House (publisher of children's books)
  • America Is In the Heart
  • Bajo los Cocoteros
  • Bantugan
  • Ben Singkol
  • Biag ni Lam-ang (Ilokano epic)
  • Boxer Codex (illustrated guide depicting the precolonial Filipino natives)
  • A Child of Sorrow
  • The Code of Kalantiaw (once thought to be a code of laws for a precolonial kingdom notable for its cruel and unusual punishments, but since proven to be a hoax)
  • Darangen (Lanao epic)
  • "Dead Stars"
  • Dekada '70
  • Doctrina Cristiana (the first known book in the islands printed with moveable type—a Catholic catechism and prayer book)
  • Dogeaters
  • Doveglion (poetry collection by José Garcia Villa)
  • An Embarrassment of Riches
  • El Filibusterismo
  • Farah
  • Hard Times (children's book)
  • Florante at Laura
  • Gagamba
  • The Gangster of Love
  • Hinilawod (Ilonggo epic)
  • His Native Soil
  • Ibalong (Bicolano epic)
  • Ibong Adarna (Catholic-lowlander epic)
  • Ilustrado
  • In the Country (short story collection by Mia Alvar)
  • Indarapatra't Sulayman
  • Laguna Copperplate Inscription
  • The Man Who (Thought He) Looked Like Robert Taylor
  • Mass
  • Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang
  • My Brother, My Executioner
  • My Sad Republic
  • Naermyth
  • Ninay
  • Noli Me Tangere
  • Pilandok (children's book series)
  • Po-on (Dusk)
  • The Pretenders
  • Sins
  • Smaller & Smaller Circles
  • Soledad's Sister
  • Tree
  • Viajero
  • Without Seeing The Dawn
  • The Woman Who Had Two Navels & Tales of the Tropical Gothic

Live-Action Series



Tabletop Games

Television Stations


Video Games and Visual Novels

Web Originals
  • Urban Reverie
  • Hanging Out (webseries centred round gay Filipino professionals)
  • Web dramas by Digital 5, the web arm of media network TV5:
    • Forever Sucks (a gothic web drama about a vampire call centre agent)
    • Tanods (about barangay tanods, or neighbourhood watch officers)
  • The Crocodile God, an Urban Fantasy about the Reincarnation Romance between Fil-American Mirasol and Haik, the title's Tagalog crocodile-god, who is revealed to be an undocumented immigrant. The Death of the Old Gods (both figurative and literal) features heavily in the story's precolonial Mythopoeia.
  • The SNARLED webseries Something Scary, a largely one-woman production about horror stories and urban legends, directed, written, hosted, and animated, where needed, by Sapphire Sandalo, Filipino-American content creator and part-time animation professor.

"Western" Animation note 
  • The Nutshack was an animated series intended for Filipino-American audiences; its main characters are Filipino-American. The show became infamous for its overall quality, especially its So Bad, It's Good theme song which reached Memetic Mutation, causing it to get an ironic following.

    The Philippines or Filipinos in foreign media 
Anime and Manga
  • Blade had an episode set on the supernaturally active Siquijor island, and features Blade fighting with a manananggal (a winged, vampire-type creature that can split its body in half). Looks like Grimm wasn't the first one.

  • The Manila Shawl, a 1911 painting by Henri Matisse, depicts a woman in a shawl made with light, translucent Manila fabric.

  • Russell Peters has done a few Filipino jokes, mostly ribbing on their thick accents, the family tradition of forcing kids to sing and dance, and the similarity of Manila's heat and traffic to Indian cities.


  • Maaf, an Indonesian doujin in the style of Axis Powers Hetalia about the personifications of Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, as well as all their colonisers. The mangaka devotes a lot of detail to the precolonial personifications of the Philippines, which she laments has lost most of its precolonial and indigenous culture and history due to the extreme influence of double colonisation by Spain and the U.S.

  • Several American films about the American-Japanese battles in the Philippines, either the Japanese conquest of the islands in 1941-42 or the American return and re-conquest of the islands in 1944-45.
    • Manila Calling (1942)
    • Back to Bataan (1943)
    • Corregidor (1943)
    • So Proudly We Hail! (1943), focusing on Army nurses at Corregidor
    • They Were Expendable (1945)
    • American Guerrilla in the Philippines (1950)
    • I Was An American Spy (1951)
    • Operation Petticoat (1959)
    • The Great Raid (2005)
  • Also (mostly) relatively unknown American films on the equally unknown Philippine-American War, including:
    • Under the Yoke (1918), a lost silent film
    • Across the Pacific (1926), another lost silent film
    • Come On, Marines! (1934)
    • The Real Glory (1939)
  • A Dangerous Life (1988)
  • Romantic Island (2008), about three pairs of South Koreans visiting Manila and Boracay island for different reasons
  • Pinoy Sunday (2009), about two Overseas Filipino Workers' adventures in Taipei, Taiwan
  • The Bourne Legacy (2012) had a significant sequence set in Manila—in-universe, the headquarters of a pharmaceutical corporation connected to the CIA's Super Soldier program. There's also a sailing scene set in the waters around Palawan island.
  • Ilo Ilo (2013), an award-winning Singaporean film about the Filipina maid/nanny of a Singaporean family. The film is named for her province of origin.
  • Los últimos de Filipinas (Spain, two versions: 1945, 2016)—about the Spanish empire's last stand against the Filipino Revolutionaries of 1898, at the Siege of Baler

  • Jo Gar franchise (short story collection by Raoul Whitfield about a Filipino private eye operating during the U.S. colonial era proper, between 1898 and 1946)
  • Fires on the Plain (1951), a Japanese novel about the experiences of a soldier in the Imperial Japanese Army stranded in a Philippine jungle in the last days of World War II.
  • Starship Troopers (1959)—it's not popularly known that the protagonist, Juan "Johnnie" Rico, was actually Filipino. The movie whitewashed him into a white Argentine.
  • The Blue Afternoon (1993)
  • Cacique Democracy in the Philippines: Origins & Dreams (1988 essay by Benedict Anderson)
  • Biggest Elvis (1996), a novel set in the Red Light District town of Olongapo near the (former) U.S. (neo)colonial Subic naval base, and focusing on three Elvis impersonators.
  • The Tesseract (1998)
  • Cryptonomicon (1999), by Neal Stephenson
  • A Moment in the Sun (2011 novel by John Sayles, also director of Amigo; the novel also spends much time in Cuba, Alaska, and other places across the continental United States)
  • Moondogs (2011) is a crime/action thriller by Alexander Yates with supernatural elements, revolving around the kidnapping of an American businessman in the Philippines. Yates did grow up there and worked at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, but he is Caucasian with solidly American origins, and studied at the University of Virginia.
  • Sugar Sun period romance series by Jennifer Hallock, and related novellas
  • Avenue of Mysteries (2015), by John Irving, has its Mexican author-protagonist Juan Diego take an extended stay in the Philippines to fulfil a promise to a childhood friend.
  • The Crazy Rich Asians trilogy features a few, though they're not terribly front-and-centre, including the Ayala couple in China Rich Girlfriend (presumably based on the Real Life Ayala family in the Philippines, of Spanish-Basque descent), and one chapter in a Filipino oligarch's house and another set in Palawan island in Rich People Problems.

Live-Action TV
  • Café Americain, a largely forgotten 1990s sitcom on NBC, had as part of its main cast a deposed dictator's wife named Madame Ybarra, a close Expy of Imelda Marcos. Even without knowing the Real Life inspiration, one could assume that Madame Ybarra may be canonically Filipino to begin with, since she was played by an Asian note  but had a Spanish/Basque last name (though it's probably her husband's). note 
    • Of course, it's also entirely possible that the creators simply invented a Fictional Counterpart of the Philippines instead, with stand-in place names as well as people names. The specifics of Madame Ybarra's country of origin don't appear to be terribly essential to the story except as supporting comic relief, so historical or geographical accuracy was probably not a going concern.
  • One of the main characters on Grimm was the Chinese-Filipino-Americannote  Sergeant Wu, whose actor Reggie Lee has a similar background. In the episode "Mommy Dearest", S3E14, he encounters an Aswang, a Filipino supernatural creature (in some ways akin to a vampire).
  • The short-lived NBC series Powerless's main protagonist, Emily Locke, played by Vanessa Hudgens, is canonically half-Filipino, as brought up in an episode dealing with accidental racist jokes, involving a black Atlantean whom she misheard as being from Atlanta. (In Real Life, she does have Filipino blood, among others.)
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has Josh Chan, the Filipino-American leading man to whom Rebecca is the show's eponymous "crazy ex-girlfriend".
  • The Good Place has Jason Mendoza, an Asian Airhead DJ posing as an unspeaking Buddhist monk named Jianyu.
  • Superstore has Mateo "Matt" Liwanag, who's both Filipino and gay.
  • Make It Pop has Fil-Canadian Louriza Tronco playing Jodi Mapa. It's assumed Jodi has at least some Filipino blood as well, though all that's confirmed is that she's part-Jewish.
  • Lulu, played by Ashley Argota, on True Jackson, VP.
  • Glee once featured a Filipina exchange student named Sunshine Corazon—played by the formerly female pop star Charice, before she started identifying as the male Jake Zyrus.
  • Season 2, Episode 8 of the Spanish series El Ministerio del Tiempo depicts the Siege of Baler (but from the Spanish side, natch). Also involves time-travellers.


Western Animation