StreeXB Global Talent SearchKirk Hammett, lead guitarist of Metallica is actually Filipino

WHAT? Are you kidding?! I’ve been listening to Metallica ever since I was in high school and I only just found out about this!

I’ve been idolizing the heavy metal rock band because of their rhythm and lyrics that really got me.

Hammett was ranked 11th in Rolling Stone’s list ‘The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.’

Kirk Lee Hammett (born November 18, 1962) is the lead guitarist and songwriter in the band Metallica. He has been a member of the band since 1983. He is the son of Teofila “Chefela” Oyao, originated in Cebu, Philippines. She is a very supportive mom to Kirk Hammett and his guitar career.

Read through this interesting article about Kirk Hammett’s background.


If you love metal, most probably you already know that Kirk Hammet(Metallica’s lead guitarist) is half Filipino because his mother is Filipina. But most of us don’t know more about his mother. Who really she is? Where she came from? And what she looks like?



As a Filipino and a Tallica fan, I’ve always been interested to know more about Kirk Hammet. About his family background and his personal life when he is not with Metallica. But I just don’t have free time to do it. Thankfully, last weekend I had a vacant time so I sat down and did a quick search about him.

Good thing they have little information about his Filipina mother. Her name is Teofila Oyao but many people preferred calling her “Chefela”. I searched further and I found this video on YouTube posted by Adobo Nation. ADOBO Nation is a weekly magazine talk program for Filipino-Americans living in the US.


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