Enrique Iglesias

by ethnic on December 27, 2007

Birth Name: Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler

Place of Birth: Madrid, Spain

Date of Birth: May 8, 1975

Ethnicity: Galician, Puerto Rican/Spanish [Andalusian, Castilian, Valencian], Filipino [Kapampangan], distant French, possibly distant Austrian

Enrique Iglesias is a Spanish-born singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and cartoonist.

His father, Julio Iglesias (Julio José de la Cueva Iglesias), is a Spanish singer, with Spanish and Galician Spanish ancestry. His mother, Isabel Preysler (Maria Isabel Arrastia Preysler), is a Filipino journalist, socialite, and television host. Isabel’s ancestry is Spanish and Filipino (Kapampangan), with possible, distant, Austrian roots. Enrique has two children with his partner, Russian tennis player and model Anna Kournikova.

Enrique has written songs in both Spanish and English.

Enrique’s father has stated that he has, or that he thinks he has, some degree of Sephardi Jewish ancestry on his own mother’s (Enrique’s paternal grandmother’s) side. It is not clear if this ancestry has been documented/verified. Julio’s recent ancestors were not Jewish.

Enrique’s paternal grandfather was Julio Iglesias Puga (the son of Ulpiano Iglesias Sarriá and Manuela Puga Noguerol). Julio was born in Ourense, Province of Ourense, Galicia, Spain, and was a prominent gynecologist. Manuela was the daughter of Elías Puga de la Torre and Elisa Noguerol Buján.

Enrique’s paternal grandmother was María del Rosario de la Cueva y de Perignat (the daughter of José de la Cueva y de Orejuela and Dolores Perignat y Ruiz de Benavides). José was the son of Manuel de la Cueva y Campo Redondo and Rosario de Orejuela y Prieto. Enrique’s great-grandmother Dolores was evidently born in Guayama, Puerto Rico. She was the daughter of José Mariano Eleuterio Gavino de la Santísima Trinidad Perinat y Ochoa, a Spanish military officer, from Seville, Seville, and of Manuela Ruiz de Benavides y Pérez. Enrique’s great-great-grandfather José was of part French ancestry, from Paris.

Enrique’s maternal grandfather was Carlos Pérez de Tagle Preysler (the son of Don Fausto Preysler y Moreno and María Carmen Pérez de Tagle Pastor). Fausto was the son of Don Joaquín Preysler/Preisler Cernuda and Doña Natalia Moreno Ravelo, who were from Cádiz, Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain. Enrique’s great-grandmother María Carmen was born in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Central Visayas, the daughter of Don Benito Pérez de Tagle y Mijares and Doña Carmen Pastor Teves.

Enrique’s maternal grandmother was María Beatriz Arrastia y Reynares (the daughter of José Salgado Arrastia and Teodorica Reinares). María was born in Lubao, Pampanga, Central Luzon, Philippines. José was the son of Don Valentín Arrastia Roncal, who was born in Allo, Navarra, Spain, and of Francisca Serrano Salgado.

Enrique’s maternal great-grandfather, José Salgado Arrastia, was also a paternal great-grandfather of American actor Steven R. McQueen, making Enrique and Steven half-second cousins.

Sources: http://www.elmundo.es

Genealogy of Enrique Iglesias – http://www.geni.com

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neiltennant February 23, 2018 at 11:38 am

he is not Jewish on his fathers side ?

babyjesu November 28, 2015 at 12:04 pm

He looks soo Austrian to me.

phaedra January 2, 2016 at 10:02 pm
neiltennant March 1, 2017 at 9:05 am


you idiot

since when Austrians do have Asian eyes and brown skin

TheHelper February 26, 2018 at 7:03 pm

Enrique doesn’t have Asian eyes, and his dark skin comes from tanning.

Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 8:35 pm

c0rrection: his mom

Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 8:34 pm

i just thought he was a spaniard. i googled him mom, you can tell she’s mixed with asian but he looks fully spanish

Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 8:34 pm

correction: his mom

andrew June 18, 2015 at 3:40 pm

you should add his father

Capricious April 4, 2015 at 6:29 am

He’s so handsome.

I thought he was a full Spaniard. Surprised that he had Filipino in him…

M May 31, 2015 at 9:12 am

His mother barely looks Asian. She’s probably 90% Spaniard.

andrew May 31, 2015 at 3:56 pm

her mom looks Eurasian

andrew May 31, 2015 at 3:57 pm
Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 8:35 pm

his mom looks about half and half

qutsflyd September 20, 2015 at 10:47 pm

Any race fades away after 1/8 of heritage…he’s too diluted.

alexandra95 February 24, 2015 at 4:43 pm

correction – he also has jewish and puerto rican ancestry on his father’s side(as claimed by his father -http://www.deccanherald.com/content/133416/enrique-iglesias-launches-world-tour.html , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julio_Iglesias#Personal_life)

follers February 24, 2015 at 4:53 pm

The Jewish thing is already addressed in the text. Always worth reading before correcting.

alberto.r7 February 19, 2015 at 5:36 am

He is mestizo but mainly spanish because his mother is half spanish.

Manila December 24, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Ulpiano Iglesias -> Ulpiano Iglesias Sarriá
Manuela Puga -> Manuela Puga Noguerol
Fausto Preysler -> Fausto Preysler y Moreno
Carmen Pérez de Tagle y Teves -> Carmen Pérez de Tagle y Pastor

Fausto is NOT originally from Spain as he was born in Tuguegarao, Cagayan. Thus, he was a insular (or criollo). His parents actually came from Spain.

Carmen Pérez de Tagle was the daughter of Benito Pérez de Tagle and Carmen Pastor y Teves.

Manila December 24, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Kindly read Carmen Pérez de Tagle’s affidavit for her son JB Preysler: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-14160-53490-52?cc=1686086&wc=M8LJ-7M3:129556201,130567901,130578801 (incorrectly mentioned as Aparri)

Her husband’s real birthplace came from this source: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-14160-54035-27?cc=1686086&wc=M8LJ-7M3:129556201,130567901,130578801

andrew August 16, 2014 at 6:29 pm

wikipedia says his mom is also of Austrian and Kapampangan (a Filipino ethnic group) descent. She looks Asian anyway

someone from the internet August 17, 2014 at 1:39 am

His mother looks mixed.

Marseille July 17, 2014 at 3:18 pm

He looks like a typical Spaniard.

roman2886 August 5, 2014 at 4:52 pm

He looks very Spanish he looks how Spanish people used too look before the Romans conquered Spain he looks very Iberian he doesn’t look those Spanish people who look Italian.

ssempre July 6, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Why do so many people say that he’s mestizo?

Your Mom August 5, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Because He Isn’t. He Is Racially White. He Has No Asian Features. His Mother Is Not Even 100% Filipino. His Mother Is Considered A Mestiza Because One Of Her Parents Was/Is White And The Other Was/Is Filipino. He’s Basically 1/4, Maybe Even Less Because Filipinos Are Mixed Themselves. Haven’t You Ever Noticed How Some Filipinos Look Mexican? I Get Some Filipinos And Mexicans Confused All The Time.

eyaeyayooooo June 13, 2014 at 10:03 am

I have seen a lot of Filipino Spanish people look exactly like him, so stop with the false assumptions. You can’t change what he is.

noneofyourbusiness December 11, 2014 at 5:27 am

You know that is a bunch of bullshit. Filipinos always claim to be part Spanish, but in reality the number of Spanish Filipinos is very low. The Philippines is a very color-struck country. Just look at their pageants and watch a Filipino telenovela, they usually cast Eurasian Filipinos (those with a white parent). Miss Philippines is usually a Eurasian woman, they favor white features. So many Filipino women are so desperate for a white man that they put down their own men and worship white men. It’s sad, honestly.

santos227 June 6, 2014 at 12:13 am

Have you not seen a half filipino person before? He looks like any other half filipino guy I have seen.

His mother is FILIPINA. Therefore he is half filipino, smh you all can’t even read. He has even stated it himself. Look up his mother, she is filipino.

marjanel October 14, 2015 at 11:53 am

Her mother is not 100% philipina.She has Spanish and Austrian blood.So Enrique is not half philipino but less.

WTF May 31, 2014 at 11:02 am

lmfao he’s not part asian. he looks full on spaniard. now even white people wanna be exoticals???

shobohunter April 2, 2014 at 10:20 pm

he is white Spanish

Check7t February 24, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Typical Iberian look, no Filipino visible.

Ludwika February 18, 2014 at 10:09 pm


He has also Jewish blood. His father Julio Iglesias is part jewish because of his mum.

Excerpt from jta.org:

Latin love machine Julio Iglesias has just dished to The Jerusalem Post that he is Jewish “from the waist up.”

The 70-year-old singer is not, in fact, some kind of Semitic centaur — he just skipped a certain traditional rite of passage. (Oh, you got that right away? Sorry — took us a minute to process. Actually, we’re still processing.)

“I’ve known my whole life about my family’s Jewish past, there were lots of conversations in my house about the Inquisition and about Sephardim,” the Madrid native said. “My mother’s name — de la Cueva y Perignat — was a very Jewish name.”

follers February 19, 2014 at 4:02 am

It is mentioned above:
“Enrique’s father has stated that he has, or that he thinks he has, some degree of Sephardi Jewish ancestry on his own mother’s (Enrique’s paternal grandmother’s) side. It is not clear if this ancestry has been documented/verified.”

roman2886 February 3, 2014 at 4:54 pm

he looks defiantly looks like a typical Filipino Mestizo most of them look Filipino only a few of them look Spanish he defiantly looks Spanish he doesn’t look Filipino you wouldn’t think so by looking at him i can’t see any Filipino in him.

ihatemostpeople January 18, 2014 at 2:10 am

His mother is a mixed Filipino woman, so of course that’s why he doesn’t look Asian.

notracist January 30, 2014 at 1:20 am

filipinos are mostly asians. wow.

ihatemostpeople January 31, 2014 at 1:12 am

Fucking idiot, I never said they weren’t. I said HIS MOTHER IS MIXED. She isn’t fully Filipino. She’s half white aka EURASIAN. I hate when retards put words into my mouth that I didn’t fucking say.

AnonymousPerson December 26, 2013 at 5:54 am

Some of you are so stupid. Vanessa Hudgens is half Filipino and half white and does she look Asian? NO, she looks Hispanic! Which is why she played a Hispanic character in High School Musical. Cassie Steele, Dave Bautista, Erik Spoelstra, and Darren Criss are all half Filipino and half white. They all look Hispanic to me. Well Darren Criss looks white, but I guess he could pass as Greek or Italian. Anyway, my best friend is mixed Filipino and white and I swear I thought she was Mexican at first, but then she told me her mom is Filipina and her dad is White. I live in SoCal where there’s a lot of Filipinos and I know a bunch of mixed Filipino people. They all look different. There’s no stereotypical mixed look. So yes, I believe that Enrique has Filipino blood!!

andrew December 26, 2013 at 6:59 am

Darren Criss seems white, he could fit in all Western and Southern Europe

J.J. December 1, 2013 at 5:32 am

correction; his eyes are hazel (light brown) and his hair is dark brown (brunet) I think it should be listed

ellie November 21, 2013 at 1:44 pm

he’s also part jewish from his dad

follers November 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm

His father has said that his own mother (María del Rosario de La Cueva y de Perignat) was Jewish, but there is no evidence of that in this family tree (or others). Perhaps it is a family legend.

daitoushoutou July 26, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Since his mother’s maiden name is Isabel Presyler, does his mother’s German sounding family name indicate that Enrique Iglesias has roots in Germany and German-speaking lands (e.g., Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg) too (indirectly, via Spain) like the late U.S.-born, Hong Kong-raised, Chinese American martial arts master and actor Bruce Lee had?


The following article states that the Philippine line of Presylers is mainly of Hispano-Austrian background and that the earliest descendant can be traced back to Denmark (a Scandinavian land which today speaks a North Germanic language, Danish) in the 13th Century:

[quote]This is an attempt to construct the Preysler Family Tree using as a base of reference, the Philippine line, and to trace their relationships with their ancestors in Spain and other parts of Europe.

The Preysler Family originating in Europe comes from a long lineage of ancestors initially from Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Austria and Spain. There are at least 12 known variations of the spelling of the name attributed to Language, dialect, phonetics, alphabet and pronunciation. The variants of the name are as follows: Preisler, Preissler,Pressler, Presler, Preysler, Preischler, Preusler, Preussler, Pruseler and Prayzlar. The earliest known descendant is traced from Denmark in the 13th century.

The Philippine Line is mainly a descendant of the Hispano-Austrian line. It was in Spain where the form of the name became Preysler. The Hispano-Austrian line was reported to be engaged in the trading of Austrian bred horses being brought to Spain in the mid-19th century.

Before the turn of the 20th century, there were two first cousins, Joaquin and Fausto Preysler. (Their parents or ancestors have yet to be identified as of this writing). They ventured from Spain to the Philippines where they fell in love and married two first cousins, Vicenta Gonzales and Carmen Perez de Tagle. Joaquin had a brother, Guillermo who with his wife, migrated to Argentina. They left behind a sister named Elena. Following are their descendants….

13c. Isabel Preysler Arrastia, b. in Manila, Philippines in Feb. 18, 1951, migrated to Spain, m (1). Julio Iglesias in Toledo, Spain on Jan. 20, 1971, separated in 1978, annulment in 1979, m (2) Carlos Falco “Marques de Griñon” in March 23, 1980, m (3). Miguel Boyer in 1987.

(Note: Julio Iglesias is the famous Spanish balladeer. His 2 sons, Julio Jr. and Enrique Iglesias Preysler also follow in his footsteps and are famous recording and performing artists in the USA. Isabel is now a very famous sought after personality in Spain. Her outstanding beauty, characteristic of the women of the Preysler family has brought her fame not only in Spain, the Philippines but around the world.)

14a. Maria Isabel Iglesias Preysler, b. in Madrid, Spain on Sept. 3, 1971, m. Ricardo Bofil Jr. in Sept. 11, 1993 in Catalan, Spain.

15a. Alejandro Bofil Iglesias, b. in Madrid, Spain in 2002.

14b. Julio Iglesias Jr. Preysler, b. in Spain on Feb. 25, 1973.

14c. Enrique Iglesias Preyslerb. In Madrid, Spain on May 8, 1975.[/quote]


theropod June 26, 2013 at 4:00 am

He looks full Spanish to me, never knew he was also Filipino (wouldn’t he look like Bruno Mars now?).

He’s so sexy btw. :)

andrew June 26, 2013 at 2:33 pm

so you’re a girl or you’re gay

Angelalibohova February 3, 2013 at 4:56 am

Enrique is 75% Spanish and 25% filippino because he’s dad is spanish and he’s mother is half spanish and half filippino.

gottlob February 3, 2013 at 5:38 am

His dad is Spanish Gypsy look Penelope Cruz.

andrew June 26, 2013 at 2:38 pm

to be clear, Julio Iglesias is not gypsy.

Lotus January 14, 2013 at 11:43 am


mariian93 December 30, 2012 at 9:03 am

Southerns spanish “Andaluces” have no physical differences with other spanish regions, with the exception of Catalans, Galicians and Vasques which have a different mixture, above all Vasques, whose origin is almost unknown. There’s a stupid rumos which says “Southern spanish have more arabs blood than other spanish comunities” and of course they are darker than other spanish comunities, but this isn’t true at all, because almost all that arabs were expelled from the south of the territory to Castilla y Leon (north Spain) beacuse of the “Alpujarra rebellion” and has been proved to they have more arabs genes than southern spanish. Here a article of Spanish genes and maybe why Julio Iglesias says he has jewish blood in him. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/05/science/05genes.html

DeanB November 18, 2012 at 8:38 am

Julio, his father was also part Southern Spanish (Andalucian: Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz). So part of his dark looks does come from that region as well.

DeanB November 18, 2012 at 8:36 am

Enrique’s father Julio is fully Spanish via Galicia (North) and Andulusia (South). His mother Isabel had a Spanish father as well, I believe the mother was mixed race, mostly Filapina). So that makes Enrique pretty Spanish with some Asian in him too.

Vadius November 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm

He’s not jewish

anakaren October 22, 2012 at 12:11 am


Sarah September 27, 2012 at 1:36 am

u can see the filipino in him..his mother who’s mixed looks more asian..

christianz June 15, 2012 at 6:28 am

he is of course not white,

he looks asian he looks spanish but he is too exotic to be seen as european even he is too exotic for a southern european guy

neverthelesse he is handsome

Me myself and I January 14, 2013 at 11:17 am

he looks exactly what he is. 75% white and 25% Asian. Period

Lotus January 14, 2013 at 11:30 am

Really? He looks pretty Spanish to be (from Spain). He has that dark Mediterranean European look. I don’t see Asian.

Lotus January 14, 2013 at 11:32 am


He looks exactly like his father.

Lotus January 14, 2013 at 11:34 am

why is my comment on moderation? can u see this one too follers?

Me myself and I January 15, 2013 at 6:24 am

he doesn’t have the eyes, but he has a bit too dark skin to look only white (Spanish for that matter) it’s obvious that he got some Filipino

nina February 24, 2015 at 11:51 am

Spanish people are pretty dark, they have olive skin so they tan quickly

gurl April 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I think he takes after his father alot.

DarellDianne April 9, 2012 at 5:17 am

He is clearly not white (not being racist).. i would know because im part filipino and spanish like him.. he looks mediterranean or hispanic… (i know im dumb, dont judge me) !!

Me myself and I January 15, 2013 at 6:24 am

well you admit it at least :P

MariGarcia April 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm

The ethnic back grounds of both of his parents are correct. Spain was very busy invading or as they say “colonizing” other people’s countries including the Philippines. He’s a hottie. Knowing his ethnic mix can’t take that away. Careful now, your racism is showing!

Mena April 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm

His dad -Julio Iglesias- is 100% Spanish and his mom -Isabel Preysler- Spanish Filipina who looks totally Spanish.. Enrique like his parents look mediterranean..

sadie March 27, 2012 at 10:43 pm

You people are idiots!! He is WHITE!!! Oh so handsome and terrific singer.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 27, 2012 at 10:53 pm

No. He is not.

Can you read?

He is part Filipino! They are certainly not white!

Janelle April 8, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Actually, the Spanish colonized in the Philippines and there still remains a relatively small population on Spanish descendants on the islands today. If you read, it clearly states that his mother is of Spanish descent with some Asian roots as well.

fbwfeiwb December 1, 2013 at 1:01 am

“Some” Asian roots? Why don’t you google his mother and see for yourself how Filipino his mother looks.

Roger Is My Lover March 27, 2012 at 10:55 pm

No. He is not.

Can you read?

He is half Filipino! Filipinos are definitely not white!

OTHER March 16, 2012 at 9:02 am

he doesn’t look half asian, he looks Hispanic.

Tyrone March 20, 2012 at 3:29 am

Some People from the Phillipines look like him… I watch too many filipino movies thats why haha

cool March 14, 2012 at 4:59 am





lopac March 9, 2012 at 1:48 am

why do filipinos like to mix there race with spanish or mexican. aren’t they proud just to be pure pinay filipino.

lopac March 9, 2012 at 1:42 am

he’s father was jew his mother is fillipina. nope his not white

kAyla March 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I love all enrique songs,

Luis March 4, 2012 at 11:35 pm

@Joel Jimenez what’s wrong with being Mexican

Alice February 21, 2012 at 4:38 am

“The vast majority of Filipinos came from an outward ocean voyage by the Taiwanese Ami aborigines about 2,200 years ago that ended up in the Philippines. This was part of the Lapita culture. About 900 years ago, a large infusion of Southern Chinese came to the Philippines, but only 20% of Filipinos have significant Chinese genes.
Much fewer have significant amounts of Spanish genes. The Filipino mestizo is largely a myth, though Filipino politics and especially the entertainment industry is heavily populated by mestizos.”
The blog above is very interesting (including the comments) if you want to read more about Filipino genetics.

boss February 18, 2012 at 3:48 am






Me myself and I January 14, 2013 at 11:31 am

do you even know what Hispanic means? Hispanic people are just a culture and that means that they come from a Spanish speaking country, they don’t represent another race! What does this tell you? IT TELLS YOU THAT ORIGINAL HISPANICS ARE WHITE -_-
If the Spanish people didn’t colonize South America that part would be I guess Anglo just like North America and Hispanics would have stayed what they still mostly are and what they originally were… but yeah there are also Black, Asian, mixed and N.A. Hispanics hell educate yourself.
Sorry but he’s obviously mostly White. I so love it when you who hate on a race can’t calm down because a celeb you like is that race or at least mostly that race, and when you can’t change that fact.

unknown January 16, 2012 at 9:47 pm

he is good looking

BRAZIL March 14, 2012 at 5:08 am



Joel Jimenez January 15, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Why is everybody so hung up on whether someone looks like the nationality they claim to be? I came to this site because I’m proud to be Filipino Canadian. I consider myself to be pure Filipino because I was born to two Filipino parents. But I don’look like it. I’m usually mistaken for a Mexican.

Most Filipinos are aware that pure Filipino blood is a rarity due to the Spanish occupation and the US military occupation in the Philippines. I have distant Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and German blood, but the last ten or so generations of ancestry are mostly Filipino.

Who cares how they look. Just be proud. I am.

Alice February 21, 2012 at 3:42 am

The US military occupation and Spanish occupation would not have had a great effect on the majority of Filipinos. They have done genetic studies on a lot of populations and invader genes are not numerous in many countries. In places like the Philippines the native population was very large in relation to the Spanish. There have been some genetic testing done on small sections of the Filipino population and only 3.6% of the population had varying degrees of European admixture. That is very small. Also most Filipinos have y chromosome O3 which is also most common among the Chinese, Koreans and Vietnamese. There is also y O1a which is highest among Taiwanese aboriginals. A variety of genetic studies done in the Philippines has found the most prominent genotype detected is Southeast Asian. There just wasn’t that many Spaniards that went to the Philippines to affect the already large population. The most common y haplotype in Spain is R1b like the rest of Western Europe. There is no such thing as pure blood as most countries have populations that come from other areas but most of the Filipino population is from ancestral populations from Southeast Asia. Genetic testing can tell where your ancestors lived.

Donnamaria January 8, 2012 at 8:45 pm


Xaun March 8, 2012 at 8:55 am

The information under Enrique’s picture says he is also of BASQUE descent, and that is TRUE. Her mother’s second surname is ARRASTIA, a BASQUE SURNAME:


So, here you are the singer’s first 4 surnames:
Enrique Iglesias Preysler De la Cueva ARRASTIA

FilipinoPersianPortugueseSpanishFrench January 3, 2012 at 4:32 am

Just letting you all know that if you go to the philippines, most of us look almost Hispanic. We don’t look that oriental since the spaniards reigned our country for over 500 years!. 2nd of all, we are PACIFIC ISLANDERS. Filipinos are a whole different thing. That’s why Enrique doesn’t show Asian blood but it’s very common in the Philippines that FILIPINOS look Spanish.. If his mom was Japanese, Chinese or any other oriental descent, you would definitely see Asian in him since their blood is much stronger than Filipino, which really blends in more with foreign blood…for example, if you see half white/Spanish, Chinese, or half white/Spanish Japanese or korean etc, you can definitely still tell the asian very strongly.. But with Filipino (softer blood) you can’t really see it. It’s like blending mocha with creme, rather than red and white…

Meg January 4, 2012 at 11:36 am

I do not think that is true about all people in the Philippines looking Hispanic i think its a thing Filipinos like to think they have a lot of Spanish blood i dont know why

Meztizagirl January 6, 2012 at 12:55 am

Have you been to the philippines? Esp in cebu? Doesnt seem like so. Are you referring to native filipinos who like to think they have alota spanish blood? That remark is really shallow. Im half spanish but i dont look filipino. Cuz my filipino mom surprisingly doesnt look filipino either but she’s always mistaken as spanish, but never admits to it. So what are you saying? I am proud and so is she being filipino. Perhaps the filipino community is different from the one you’re around with.

Meztizagirl January 6, 2012 at 12:57 am
boss February 18, 2012 at 2:18 am






jokin January 1, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Her mother is a very famous celebrity in Spain, always considered among the most elegant women in the spanish papers. She is philipino, but has lived in Spain since she was a teen, where she met and married the spanish singer Julio Iglesias. Enrique’s brother, julio, has inherited more from her mother’s asian side, but enrique has not, definitely.

Annie January 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Wow i taught he was just Spanish.Did not know he was other race aswell.Do not really see any Asian in him he is still hot though,

Ami December 30, 2011 at 2:14 am

Why the heck do people still use black and white to describe ethnicity???? There’s really no such thing as just plain black or white. Sheesh!

MochaLadyMJJ December 31, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Although “race” is a social construction formulated by humans, “Black” indicates MAJORITY BUT NOT SOLELY African ancestry, while “White” indicates MAJORITY BUT NOT SOLELY European ancestry.

ana August 1, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Well mixed people come in all colors some mixed people don’t look mixed

Delnegro August 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Good 4 u

ana August 1, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Finaly a filipino who has spanish blood and looks like it .Enrique is also part jewish so he is not full spanish and not all filipinos are pure malays my father is filipino part negrito , chinese , polynesian and arab , i have spanish blood from my mom side my brother looks whiter then enrique and my brother looks like 100% percent white.Spaniards are mixed with black moor , jewish they are not pure white, i am from spain so i know. Well not all spaniards are mixed the majority are ,my grandfather is a spaniard of German ancestry my spanish family most of them have blond hair , blue eyes and fair skin some spaniards from the north have german ancestry they have fair skin with blond hair and blue eyes my best friend is a spaniard with german ancestry.Julio enrique father dated diana ross and his grandfather is a very wealthy men was married to a young african american model he died and has a kid with these model.

Rita October 24, 2011 at 1:42 pm

spaniards are 85 % white!

--0 December 5, 2011 at 7:31 am

No they are white.
they are europeans so.

cool March 14, 2012 at 5:03 am









nina February 24, 2015 at 11:54 am

So what are spanish people than?

linda July 31, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Oh my God, are we as so called Americans so ignorant. He mixed meaning he claims both sides of his parents. Who give a Damn who he looks like most. Stupid ppl he loves both his parents, not just the Spanish side.

Delnegro August 1, 2011 at 3:28 am

Jst stfu

Delnegro July 28, 2011 at 2:26 am

He’s mostly spanish!

rafael gonzalez August 1, 2011 at 7:52 am

who the hell cares

Delnegro August 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Wanna fight

rafael August 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm

hell yeah!!! im in florida

Delnegro August 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I’m in Oregon

elsita June 12, 2011 at 7:30 pm

enrique es muy guapo

woaaaaa June 5, 2011 at 6:26 pm

yeaaaa hes got asian blood :)

ME.. May 15, 2011 at 10:16 am

he’s only spanish, that’s all he has ever claimed in his interviews, although his mother does look like she has some filipino

ray April 18, 2011 at 4:26 pm

everyone is on the same page, when it comes to dreaming about fantasy, is it starwars, or is it he man. CAtholics had a persistance about advertising jews as god killers, and the jews had a fantasy about marrying each other over and over. Moses came from Nemo and Nemo from another religion. Jews in the end paid the price of not trying out different people, while mixed in spain, the reality of when they came to spain is not known, could be many hundreds of years before. The old testiment already talks about jews going to spain.

kathleen March 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm

finally a filipino person who actually looks like they have spanish in them (im talking about his mom isabel) most filipinos claiming to be spanish look full blooded malay

808chicanita June 1, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Yeah, I’m tired of that! I live in Hawai’i which is full of Filipinos. A lot of the kids at my school are always claiming to be Spanish but don’t look one bit Spanish.. the only thing really Spanish about them are their surnames (DeLa Cruz, Santos, Reyes, etc.)…I mean I know Spain conquered the Philippines for hundreds of years which is a lot of time for ‘mixing’ the two, but should they really go around bragging about it? :P

Gemini July 17, 2011 at 9:58 pm

It seems as though Filipinos and Blacks have more in common than people think. Nearly every Black American I know claims Native American ancestry the same way Filipinos claim Spanish ancestry though its been proven that few have it. I used to live and Hawaii and I know what you’re talking about. But be careful, if we go around telling people who/what they are by what they look like things will never change. We don’t know people’s families better than they do, let them find if they do or don’t have the ancestry.

linda July 31, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Well I’m black but have white, and Cherokee Indian running through my blood…

HARHARHAR November 3, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Quick Question how did black people come into the conversation…stay focused!

someanonymousPerson March 16, 2011 at 11:03 pm

you never go wrong with a half filipino hottie (:

smile March 16, 2011 at 10:52 pm

he hott

total23 March 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm

More specifically, she’s a fashion/society columnist in Spain, who is from the Philippines. It seems that many people assume that because he is musician in the Latin music genre, he must also be ethnically “Latino.” This, of course, is incorrect. All of his ancestry, to the best of anyone’s knowledge, comes from Asia and directly from Europe. That is, none of his Spanish ancestors was known to have come from Latin America before reaching the Philippines. Enrique’s dad Julio José Iglesias is a well-known Spaniard (born in Spain to Spanish parents). Enrique’s mom Isabel Preysler is a Spanish Mestiza from the Philippines.

Family of Isabel Arrastia Preysler (seated at the far left). Seated in the middle (L-R): Isabel’s mom Beatriz Arrastia Preysler, Isabel’s paternal grandmother Carmen Pérez de Tagle Preysler, and Isabel’s dad Carlos Preysler. Her mom Beatriz, a member of the Spanish mestizo Arrastia family of Lubao, Pampanga, is most-likely, technically one-half Asian (she is the daughter of 1/2 Spanish mestizos José Arrastia and Teodorica Reynares).

José Arrastia is standing at the far left.

Teodorica Reynares

Isabel’s dad Carlos is a member of the Spanish mestizo Preysler family. His dad Fausto Preysler, Sr. was Spanish (the Preyslers actually emigrated from Austria to Spain in the early 1800s). Carlos’s mom Carmen is a member of the Pérez de Tagle family that settled in the Philippines about 200 years ago (Pedro Pérez de Tagle was an officer in the Spanish Royal Guards who settled in the Philippines and would represent the colony at the Spanish Cortes at its opening in 1810). The Pérez de Tagles are well-known mestizos, as they had married into Spanish-Tagalog mestizo families.

Fausto Preysler, Sr.

Carmen Pérez de Tagle

That all said, Enrique has just a little Asian ancestry, but it’s definitely there and documented, FWIW. So, how does this explain the factoid mentioned in the subject title of this thread? I have no idea.

Of course, most people know that Enrique moved to Florida as a young child and still makes his home there. He definitely identifies more with Latino culture, I would imagine.

*Note: In this article, I am using the Filipino naming convention (similar to what’s used in America for Filipinos): First Name, Mother’s Maiden Name/Apelyido Panggitna, Last Name. In Spain, they use the following naming convention: First Name, Last Name, Mother’s Maiden Name.

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ethnic March 6, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Thanks Total23. awesome research.

Anonymous August 13, 2010 at 12:58 am
aps July 16, 2010 at 12:31 am
ethnic July 16, 2010 at 8:34 am

thanks aps!

Maria. July 11, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Wow, I always thought he was full blooded spanish.
He’s pretty hot anyway. :-)

izzy July 31, 2010 at 11:47 pm

i thought the same! but yeah he is damn sexy!

j.e 12 March 27, 2010 at 9:18 am

i love spin just 4 your beatiful eyes……………

ethnic October 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm

José , thanks for the comment.


José October 6, 2009 at 2:09 am

correction…the sibblings of Enrique not Isabel

José October 6, 2009 at 2:08 am

All his sibblings from Isabel Preysler were born in Spain. Although Julio Sr is full spaniard Isabel Preysler is a mestiza filipina. Her grandparents and great were from Spain and moved to the Phillipines. HEr native filipina blood is very small. YOu can actually google more about her parents and family from the Phillipines.

unknown September 14, 2010 at 5:38 am

well his mothers face is more filipina beauty than of caucasian,so how can you say that she has very small filipina blood

ms anaheim March 6, 2011 at 5:10 pm

As she got older, his mother is looking more Filipino than when she was younger- she looked Caucasian.

lyn July 27, 2011 at 10:07 pm

i also noticed that! she reminded me of imelda marcos and charo santos with a dash of exotic spanish beauty when she was young, and now she’s older she reminds me of gloria diaz. but i’d love to grow old if i’ll be as graceful as her! i recently adored her.

lyn July 27, 2011 at 10:08 pm

her mother is almost spanish, but i guess filipino dna is stronger than what most assume.

gregvidal September 1, 2011 at 1:31 am

I agree…. 40% filipinos have spanish ancestry but only 2-3% inherited caucasian genetics…. so frankly those other
37-38% are diluted because of genetic drift thats why some filipinoes like (ferdinand marcos, cojuangcos,aguinos)etc…
claim to have spanish blood,some of them have and some of them don’t have…so it is good to preserve spanish genes, those Insulares are right; but i have to confess.. u cant resist asian beauty
;by the way im a filipino with spanish blood (if anyone is against my claim you can see me and my spanish relatives personally) I’am 16 yrs old and nearly 6ft tall..

Alice December 30, 2011 at 6:53 am

Only 3.5% of Filipinos have Caucasian ancestry including Spanish. The Spanish genetics on the Philippines is greatly exaggerated. The Philippines did not have a lot of direct Spanish influx as it is a great distance away and was controlled from Mexico for a period. Anyway you as a Filipino would know your history. Genetic testing has shown very little Spanish ancestry in the Philippines.

rafael August 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm

too bad i love knocking people out

Delnegro August 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm

How old r u? Since you big and bad

Delnegro August 1, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I’m 14

rafael August 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm

yeah i thought that was your age,im an old man so i will leave you alone

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