Lea Salonga, Saweetie, and More Filipinos Are Honored at Hollywood's A100 Gala
What would Hollywood be without the legacies of Bruce Lee and Michelle Yeoh? Or American without the contributions of Asian-Americans? Pretty damn forgettable. In honor of the millions of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islander-Americans who’ve helped build America, Gold House and Google unveiled the latest lineup of the A100, a prestigious list that honors notable Asian and Pacific Islander (API) leaders in the U.S.
This year, Tony-winner Lea Salonga was awarded the Gold Legend Honor for “a lifetime of indelible contributions to the success and representation of the Asian Pacific community.” Meanwhile, activist and Filipino-American model Geena Rocero received a special honor in the A1 | Activism & Journalism category for her contributions to the transgender community.
Other Filipinos and Filipino-Americans that landed on this year’s list were rapper Saweetie, actress Shay Mitchell, beauty queen R’Bonney Gabriel, musician Steve Lacy, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, sports writer Pablo Sison Torre, and more.
Among the judges of this year’s A100 list were Dado and Maria Banatao, who founded the Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund. A legend in tech, Dado Banatao invented a number of microchips that are still used in computers today.
Meanwhile, Filipino-American R&B artist H.E.R., Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, and businessman Manny Maceda were inducted into the Hall of Fame after receiving A100 honors more than twice.
Throughout the years, a number of high-profile Filipinos and Filipino-Americans have received honors from A100, namely Maria Ressa, Joy Koy, Bretman Rock, Jalen Green, Jordan Clarkson, and more.