Ruffa Gutierrez

by Manila on June 28, 2015

Birth Name: Sharmaine Ruffa Rama Gutierrez

Place of Birth: Manila, Philippines

Date of Birth: June 24, 1974

Ethnicity: Filipino (including Cebuano and Tagalog), Canadian (including English and Scottish), Spanish

Ruffa Gutierrez is a Filipina model, beauty queen, and actress. She was the 1992 Look of the Year-Philippines, Binibining Pilipinas World 1993 and second runner-up to Miss World 1993. She is the daughter of actor Eddie Gutierrez and Annabelle Rosal Rama. She is the half-sister of actor Tonton Gutierrez, and the sister of twin actors Richard Gutierrez and Raymond Gutierrez. She was married to Yilmaz Bektas, a Turkish businessman. Annabelle came from Cebu.

Ruffa is a third cousin of American musician Bruno Mars. Ruffa’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Mariano Herranz Heras and Mamerta Cañizares Secuya, were also Bruno’s maternal great-great-grandparents.

Ruffa’s paternal grandfather was Antonio Atayde Gutierrez, Jr. (the son of Antonio María Rogelio Gutiérrez del Campo and María Paz Atayde y García). Antonio, Sr. was Spanish, and was born in Santander, to first cousins Antonio Luciano Gutiérrez Azpúrua and Filomena Segunda del Campo Gutiérrez. Paz was Filipina, and was born in Quiapo, Manila.

Ruffa’s paternal grandmother was Mary Rufina Herranz Pickett (the daughter of John Thomas Pickett and Jesusa “Susa” Herranz Cañezares). John was a Canadian of English and Scottish descent, who was born in Ontario, to Andrew Pickett and Mary Ann McLaren. Some sources inaccurately reported him as an American citizen. Jesusa was born in Hagonoy, Bulacan, the daughter of Mariano Herranz Heras, who was from Nava de la Asunción, Segovia, Spain, and of Mamerta Cañizares Secuya, who was classified as “india” (indigenous), and was born in Talisay, Cebu, Philippines. The surname “Secuya” is also spelled as “Sycuya”, which is of possibly Chinese origin, but it is not clear if Sabina had Chinese ancestry.

Ruffa’s maternal grandparents were Laurente Genson Rama (the son of Vicente Rama and Catalina Genson) and Feliciana Rosal. Vicente was born in Cebu City, to Gabriel Raffinan and Engelberta Rama. Engelberta was born in Naga, Cebu, to Laurente Rama and Juana Enguio y Mangila (the daughter of Ramón Enguio and Teodora Mangila).

Sources: Genealogy of Ruffa’s paternal grandfather, Antonio Atayde Gutierrez, Jr. –

Genealogy of Ruffa’s paternal grandmother, Mary Rufina Herranz Pickett –

Genealogy of Ruffa’s maternal grandfather, Laurente Genson Rama –

The Padrones and the Rama Family –

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