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Meet 9 Filipino Americans recognized in Gold House’s A100 list

These 9 pioneers are leaders in their fields and showcase their Filipino heritage. Photos from the Gold House website.

Several Filipino Americans are being honored as pioneers in the prestigious Gold House A100, an annual list of Asian Pacific leaders who are redefining and shaping the future in various areas of society.

The 2024 edition of the annual A100 list, released in May to coincide with Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, features nine Fil-Ams who are breaking new ground in entertainment, sports and lifestyle while bringing the best of their presenting heritage: two A1 winners in music and gaming, a TikToker singer, a muppet, an animation director, a creative director, an actor, a chef-restaurateur and a footballer.

Let’s get to know the notable Filipinos honored on Gold House’s 2024 A100 List and celebrate their contributions to America’s diverse and vibrant community.

Rachell “Valkyrae” Hofstetter: a leader in gaming

As the most viewed female streamer on YouTube, Valkyrae is a pioneer in the gaming industry. This A1 lister in gaming and sports has earned accolades such as the Game Award for “Content Creator of the Year” and continues to inspire gamers around the world.

Saweetie: Redefining cultural narratives in music

Saweetie, born Diamonté Harper, earns the A1 Billboard Gold Music Honor for her groundbreaking musical achievements. With hits like “Tap In” and “My Type,” Saweetie’s versatile artistry continues to captivate audiences around the world. Saweetie paid tribute to her Filipino roots during her MET Gala debut.

Bella Poarch: from TikTok sensation to global pop star

Bella Poarch’s meteoric rise from a small farm in the Philippines to global fame is notable as a modern success story. After making the transition from a social media influencer, her debut single “Build A Bitch” went platinum and received critical acclaim from MTV and Nickelodeon.

TJ from Sesame Street: spreading joy and culture

TJ, Sesame Street’s first Filipino-American muppet, embodies the spirit of family and cultural pride. With his funny antics and Tagalog speaking skills, TJ brings laughter and diversity to audiences of all ages.

Bobby Pontillas: Bringing Filipino Stories to Animation

Oscar-nominated animation director Bobby Pontillas is dedicated to bringing Filipino-American stories to the big screen. Bobby’s work, from designing characters for Frozen to creating Sesame Street’s TJ, resonates with audiences worldwide.

Rosemary Palacios: Standing up for diversity in entertainment

As Director of Talent Outreach at Sesame Workshop, Rosemary Palacios is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in media. Rosemary’s impact across the industry extends from developing authentic characters to mentoring aspiring writers and directors.

Gordon Cormier: rising star in acting and voiceover

Gordon Cormier’s passion for storytelling took him on a journey from Vancouver to Hollywood. With roles in TV series like ‘The Stand’ and voice acting in ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’, Gordon is poised for success in the entertainment world.

Chef Tim Flores: Taking Filipino Cuisine to the Next Level

Chef Tim Flores, co-founder of Kasama, brings modern Filipino cuisine to the forefront of the culinary scene. Inspired by his upbringing and culinary experiences, Tim’s innovative dishes celebrate Filipino flavors and traditions.

Alyssa Thompson: Breaking barriers in women’s soccer

Alyssa Thompson, a rising star in women’s soccer, is making history both on and off the field. This professional soccer player for Angel City FC and the US Women’s National Team was the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft and the first high school player ever drafted. Alyssa is paving the way for future generations of athletes as the second-youngest player to ever compete in the Women’s World Cup in USWNT history.

A1 awards are presented to individuals who have had the most impact within their respective sectors over the past year and to those who have had a transformative impact on culture and society through their careers and projects. The A100 winners will be celebrated at Gold House’s annual A-lister Gold Gala event, held onsite in downtown Los Angeles on May 11, 2024.

The Gold House A100 honored 10 Filipinos last year, including Broadway royalty Lea Salonga as a Gold Legend. The 2022 A100 named 13 Filipinos, including journalist Maria Ressa and comedian Jo Koy.

Join us in celebrating these Filipino Americans on the Gold House A100 list and let’s honor their achievements and contributions to the community in Asia Pacific and beyond.

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