Dante Basco, actor, producer, Lost Boy, and prince of the Fire Nation, is today’s Filipino American History Month hero! His most memorable roles include Zuko on Avatar: The Last Airbender and Rufio, the leader of the Lost Boys in Hook. He also started production company Kinetic Films, an effort to help Asian Pacific Islander filmmakers create great independent cinema.
For Filipino American Heritage Month, we’re highlighting Fil-Ams who are carrying on a proud legacy of activism & organizing. Who’s your hero?

I used to get so offended when people would say to me “oh yeah, my nanny was Filipino.” But now I’ve learned to embrace the fact that my country is filled with hard working women, women willing to travel all the way across the world to pay for their family’s tuition, food, and clothing. Women who would go years without seeing their loved ones because they send every single one of their paychecks back home. Something some of the more fortunate people will never truly understand. I’m proud to be from a growing, third world country. I commend all the immigrants out there who are working extremely hard for their family. Power to the Philippines y’all.

Shaina Rae Sanchez (via fascinasians) —


Dante Basco as Rufio in Hook.
#3 on our list Top 5 Filipino Actors You Should Know.
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