9 Filipino YouTubers worth subscribing (and actually interesting to watch)
You'll want these Filipino YouTubers in your subscription feeds.
There is no shortage of supply when it comes to Filipino YouTubers. Every Pinoy and their moms keep a vlog these days. To our collective cringe and frustration, many celebrities are beginning to stake their fences and calling themselves…YouTubers.
But that distinction isn’t proclaimed, it is earned. Just because you are on the platform doesn’t automatically mean you’re a YouTuber. Case in point: Rec-Create and Tastemade. These are, first and foremost, media brands. With interesting personalities, sure, but as a brand it’s hard to group them under the same bucket as individuals who share their lives, work, and art to their viewers.
That brings us to this list, a short (running) list of Filipino YouTubers who we think are a cut above many. For this, we set out to look for individuals whose work are far more interesting than your run-of-the-mill YouTube creator.
9 interesting Filipino YouTubers worth watching
Rock M Sakura
As huge suckers for animation, we’re immediately hooked by ToonCee’s hilarious videos. Her videos center around stories with her Filipino family, including this epic heist-y one involving chicharron. She has also worked with fellow animator TheOdd1sOut.
2. Raiza Contawi
Few beauty YouTubers get universal love as Raiza Contawi. Where others like to get tangled with drama and problematic stints, Raiza’s content stands thanks in large part to her sheer passion for makeup. Her #SlayAtHome series is a step-by-step staple for anyone wanting to learn how to paint a snatch-worthy mug.
3. Carlo Ople
Carlo Ople runs Unbox PH, an O.G. tech blog that rivals other mills like YugaTech and GadgetMatch. On YouTube, aptly, Carlo makes interesting unboxing videos on cool stuff he gets his hands on – sneakers, smartphones, consoles, you name it.
4. Joslin Nicole
As big proponents of productivity, we can’t not include a YouTuber like Joslin. A UPM student and a musical artist, she makes videos on college life, study-with-me videos, note-taking guides, and more. There is interesting stuff to take away too, even if you’re not a college student anymore: study-with-me videos, note-taking guides, and more.
5. Gigi Esguerra
Gigi Esguerra is one of the magnetic female creators on our radar. She happens to be trans, a fact of her life she proudly discusses in her videos. The no-nonsense verisimilitude of her content makes for engaging watch every time, regardless of what the video is about.
6. Frank Bernard
We haven’t seen anyone covering Filipino culture quite as intensively as Frank Bernard, a Filipino-American gamer-cum-R.N. living in the States. His channel has videos on cartoons, video games, comic games, and more. Our favorite thus far is his quick take on Josie Rizal, a Pinay character from Tekken.
7. Elle Of The Mills
You know Elle Mills from her astronomic rise to fame a couple of years back. But if you’re like us, you’ve stayed for her distinct style as a creator, as well as a bubbly, laidback type of humor that compels you to keep watching. Currently, Elle is taking a break from YouTube, but that doesn’t mean you can’t binge her videos (if you have yet to do so).
8. Janina Vela
Janina Vela ticks all the boxes of a what people will carelessly brand as a prototypical influencer: she has the looks, the talent, and the social media numbers. But one thing sticks out about Janina that we find absolutely impressive. She uses her platform and influence to understand and make light of crucial issues that are happening in the country.
The video below breaks down the unjust shutdown of ABS-CBN, just one of the many examples that some “influencers” carry their influence with gravity and weight.
9. Rock M. Sakura
Rock M. Sakura is a fan-favorite from the 12th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Though her showing in the show is rather brisk, Rock made a lasting impression as the Fil-Am queen with a cunning comedic timing. She’s churning out YouTube content as of press time, which is a gift considering we need all the entertainment we can get.
Honorable Mention: Geoffreview
Of course, we can’t close this list without giving our Cooltureph team some self-plug. Our very own Geoffrey Ledesma has a YouTube channel where he posts food and travel videos. Check his channel out and tell him that we’ve sent you.