Santa Clara’s Most Famous Person Is …

By Robert Haugh

We got an interesting tip from a loyal reader about a fun story about a  “People Map.” It identifies the person in a city who is the most searched on Wikipedia. They could have been born in the city.  They could also have lived or be connected to the city in some way.

Guess who’s Santa Clara’s most “searched” person? For those of you who guessed Dominic Caserta or Jed York or Reuben Foster, you struck out.

It’s Liza Soberano.  She’s a  21-year-old Filipino-American actress who was born in the Mission City. She has dual citizenship in the U.S. and the Philippines. Soberano has starred in a lot of television series and films:

Wansapanataym (2011),

Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo (2012),

She’s the One (2013),

Must Be… Love (2013),

Forevermore (2014–2015),

Just The Way You Are (2015),

Everyday I Love You (2015),

My Ex and Whys (2017),

Alone/Together (2019),

Dolce Amore (2016), and

Bagani (2018).

Liza Soberano

The creator of the map and the list is The Pudding — “a digital publication that explains ideas debated in culture with visual essays.” Here are the other local cities on the map with their “most famous citizens”:

San Jose — Steve Jobs

Cupertino — Steve Jobs

Campbell — Lars Frederiksen

Saratoga — Steven Spielberg

Monte Sereno — Neal Cassady

Sunnyvale — Teri Hatcher

Los Altos Hills — Sundar Pichai

Los Altos — Steve Jobs

Stanford — Herbert Hoover

Palo Alto — Steve Jobs

Aren’t we glad Steve Jobs never lived in Santa Clara?


  1. I’m surprised it wasn’t Mark Spitz, the most successful Olympian at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

    When Spitz was 14, his family moved to Santa Clara, where he joined the Santa Clara Swim Club and was trained by coach George F. Haines.[7] From 1964 to 1968, Mark trained with Haines at SCSC and Santa Clara High School. During his four years there, Mark held national high school records in every stroke and in every distance.

  2. Wow thanks, for the information I’m very happy about Liza for her achievement cause I’m one of the avid fans here in the Philippines and followers of her instagram.

  3. When is crazy BevMo going to post a comment saying KevMo should be the most famous person?

    • Liza she is a filipina america actress name as most beautiful face in the wod and consider as one of the most beautiful face in the Philippines

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