Lena Hall

by stlucas on March 29, 2017

Birth Name: Celina Consuela Gabriella Carvajal

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 30, 1980

*Filipino, Spanish, possibly Chinese (paternal grandfather)
*Swedish (paternal grandmother)
*English, possibly other (mother)

Lena Hall is an American singer and actress. She is known for being the lead singer of the hard rock band The Deafening.

Lena was born in San Francisco, California, the daughter of Carolyn S. (Houser), a ballerina, and Carlos Konrad Carvajal, a choreographer. Lena’s sister, Calliope, is a stylist.

Lena’s paternal grandfather was Carlos Maganti Tagaroma Carvajal (the son of José Maganti y Arate and Patrocinio “Patring” Tagaroma y Panson). Carlos was a Filipino-American painter from Manila. José and Patrocinio were Zarzuela actors. José was the son of José Maria Garcia and Josefa Arate. Josefa had Spanish ancestry. Patrocinio’s mother was Juanita Panson, who was said to be a Chinese Filipino.

Lena’s paternal grandmother was Rosa Gunhild Juhlin/Guhlin (the daughter of David Konrad Juhlin and Josefina Fagerman). Rosa was born in Gothenburg, Västra-Götaland County, Sweden.

Lena’s maternal grandparents are Harold Lee Houser (the son of William E. Houser and Velva) and Nancy Ruth Stewart.

Sources: Birth record of Lena’s father –

Biography of Lena’s father –

Immigration record of Lena’s father –

Obituary of Lena’s maternal grandfather, Harold Lee Houser –


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Maxine Medina

by Manila on September 10, 2016

Birth Name: Maria Mika Maxine Perez Medina

Place of Birth: Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Date of Birth: May 9, 1990

Ethnicity: Filipino (including Boholano and Tagalog), some Chinese

Maxine Medina is a Filipina beauty queen and model. She represented the Philippines at Miss Universe 2016, making it to the top 6. Her father, Maximo Guillermo “Max” Fabiana Medina, is a former commercial model and a flight attendant. Her mother, Maria Fe Benedicta “Marife” Padilla Perez, is a former model and senior bank manager.

Maxine’s paternal grandparents were Guillermo Castro Medina (the son of Victor C. Medina and Sofia Castro) and Celsa Go Fabiaña (the daughter of Bernabe Fabiaña and Teodocia Go). The surname “Go” is of Chinese origin.

Maxine’s maternal grandfather is Fortunato Santos Perez (the son of Juan Pérez and Salomé Santos).

Maxine’s maternal grandmother is Corazon del Rosario Padilla (the daughter of Mariano Padilla y Ramos, or Mariano Ramos Padilla in Filipino, and of Guadalupe del Rosario y Fabián, or Guadalupe Fabián del Rosario). Mariano was the son of Pedro Padilla and Leonila Ramos. Guadalupe was the daughter of Agapito del Rosario and Agapita Fabián.


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Marriage record of Maxine’s maternal great-grandparents, Mariano Padilla y Ramos and Guadalupe del Rosario y Fabián –


Denise Laurel

by Manila on August 31, 2016

Birth Name: Denise Maria Sanz Laurel

Place of Birth: Manila, Philippines

Date of Birth: September 30, 1987

Ethnicity: Filipino [Capiznon, Hiligaynon, and Tagalog], some Catalan, Chinese, Galician, and Spanish [Aragonese and Castilian]

Denise Laurel is a Filipina actress and singer. She is the daughter of David Diaz Laurel and Ruby Jugo Sanz. She has a son.

Denise is related to President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas.

Denise’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her fourth great-grandfather, Miguel Laurel y de la Cruz, or Miguel de la Cruz Laurel in Filipino. However, he was directly descended from Gat Masungit, who was a 15th century scion to the Sultanate of Brunei.

Denise’s paternal grandfather was Salvador Roman Hidalgo Laurel, who was the fifth Prime Minister of the Philippines, from February 25, 1986 to March 25, 1986, and the eighth Vice President of the Philippines, from February 25, 1986 to June 30, 1992; he was the son of José P. Laurel (José Paciano Laurel y Garcia), or José Paciano García in Filipino, and of Paciencia Hidalgo y Valencia, or Paciencia Valencia Hidalgo in Filipino. José was the third President of the Philippines, from October 14, 1943 to August 17, 1945, and was the son of Sotero Laurel y Remoquillo, or Sotero Remoquillo Laurel in Filipino, and of Jacoba García. Denise’s great-grandmother Paciencia was the daughter of Basilio Hidalgo and Sinforosa Valencia.

Denise’s paternal grandmother is Celia Franco Diaz (the daughter of Anselmo “Emong” Díaz y Sison, or Anselmo Sison Díaz in Filipino, and of Concepción Franco y Gonzáles, or Concepción Gonzáles Franco in Filipino). Anselmo was the son of Julio Díaz and María Sison. Julio’s biological paternal great-grandfather was Wo Sin Lok, who was a Chinese immigrant, from Xiamen, Fujian, and was baptized Agustín Locsin in Molo, Iloilo. Through this ancestry, Denise is a fifth cousin, once removed, of actress Angel Locsin. Denise’s great-grandmother Concepción was the daughter of Domingo Franco y Tuazon, or Domingo Tuazon Franco in Filipino, and of Concepción Gonzáles y Ramos, or Concepción Ramos Gonzáles in Filipino. The family names Sison and Tuazon are of Chinese origin.

Denise’s maternal grandfather was Angel Acuña Sanz (the son of Francisco Sanz y Pérez and Soledad Acuña y Villaruz). Francisco was the son of Spanish military official Pedro Sanz y Masa, of Aragón, and of Enriqueta “Ica” Pérez. Denise’s great-grandmother Soledad was the daughter of Eleuterio Acuña y Marino, or Eleuterio Marino Acuña in Filipino, and of Ramona Villaruz y Andrada, or Ramona Andrada Villaruz in Filipino.

Denise’s maternal grandmother was Josefina Rodriguez Jugo (the daughter of Rafael Jugo y Seraller, or Rafael Seraller Jugo in Filipino, and of Pacita Rodríguez y Badolato de Azaola). Rafael was the son of Simplicio Jugo Vidal, who was the Governor of Capiz, from 1901 to 1903, and of Juana Seraller. Denise’s great-grandmother Pacita was the daughter of Spanish immigrant Joaquín Rodríguez Serra, of Barcelona, Barcelona, and of Carmen Badolato de Azaola y Gonzáles.

Denise’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her sixth great-grandmother, María Josefa Monterroso.

Sources: Genealogy of Denise Laurel –

Genealogy of Denise’s paternal grandfather, Salvador Roman Hidalgo Laurel –

Genealogy of Denise’s mother –

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Jose Maria Sison

by Manila on August 20, 2016

Birth Name: Jose Maria Canlas Sison

Place of Birth: Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

Date of Birth: February 8, 1939

Ethnicity: Filipino (Ilocano, Kapampangan, and remote Pangasinan), some Chinese and Spanish

Jose Maria Sison is a Filipino writer and activist. He founded the Communist Party of the Philippines. His father, Salustiano Serrano Sison, was also a native of Cabugao, Ilocos Sur. His mother, Florentina Lopez Canlas, was a native of Manila. He is married to Julieta “Julie” Bagaporo de Lima, whose niece is lawyer Leila de Lima.

Jose Maria’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fourth great-grandfather, Domingo Sison, of Lingayen, Pangasinan. The surname “Sison” is of Chinese origin. He has said that the first Sison was one of the captains of a merchant vessel owned by Chinese pirate Limahong, who invaded the northern Philippine Islands in 1574. In the early 18th century, the first recorded Sison was listed as mestizo de sangley in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

Jose Maria’s paternal grandfather was Gorgonio “Gonyong” Sison Soller (or Gorgonio Soller Sison in Filipino, the son of Julián Sison Espíritu, or Julián Espíritu Sison in Filipino, and of Bonifacia Soller Sevilleja, or Bonifacia Sevilleja Soller in Filipino). Julián was the son of Atanacio Sison Teaño, or Atanacio Teaño Sison in Filipino, and of Petrona Espíritu. Bonifacia was the daughter of Braulio Soller and Germana Sevilleja.

Jose Maria’s paternal grandmother was Martiniana Serrano Azcueta (or Martiniana Azcueta Serrano in Filipino, the daughter of Leandro Serrano and Úrsula Azcueta Guerrero, or Úrsula Guerrero Azcueta in Filipino). Leandro was said to be a Spanish mestizo, and was the son of Modesto Soloza Solla, or Modesto Solla Soloza in Filipino, and of Dominga Serrano. Úrsula was the daughter of Patricio Azcueta Fariñas, or Patricio Fariñas Azcueta in Filipino, and of Valentina Guerrero.

Jose Maria’s maternal grandparents were Gervacio Canlas Muñoz (or Gervacio Muñoz Canlas in Filipino, the son of Hilario Canlas Lacsamana, or Hilario Lacsamana Canlas in Filipino, and of Alejandra Muñoz Aguas, or Alejandra Aguas Muñoz in Filipino) and Eusebia López García (or Eusebia García López in Filipino, the daughter of ? López and ? García). Hilario was the son of Agapito Canlas and Francisca Lacsamana. Alejandra was the daughter of Guillermo Muñoz and Engracia Aguas.

Sources: Ang Rebolusyong Pilipino: Isang Pagtanaw Mula sa Loob

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Aga Muhlach

by Manila on July 25, 2015

Birth Name: Ariel Aquino Muhlach

Place of Birth: Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines

Date of Birth: August 12, 1969

Ethnicity: Filipino [including Bicolano], Chinese, Spanish [Asturian], German, remote French and Italian

Aga Muhlach is a Filipino actor and product endorser. He is the son of Alvaro Amador Muhlach and Anita Adies Aquino. He is the brother of actor and singer AJ Muhlach.

Aga is married to Charlene Gonzales (Charlene Mae Gonzales Bonnin). He has two children with Charlene, and a son with actress and model Janice de Belen.

Aga’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his seventh great-grandfather, Michel (or Michael in German) Muhlach, of Triembach-au-Val, Bas-Rhin, France.

Aga’s paternal grandfather was Álvaro Muhlach Agüera (the son of Alejandro Muhlach and Enriqueta Agüera Iglesias). Álvaro was born in Barcelona, to parents from Santander and Cornillas, respectively, both in Cantabria. Aga’s great-grandfather Alejandro was the son of a French emigrant, François Joseph Muhlach (or Francisco José Muhlach Dillenseger in Spanish), who was an ethnic German (with remote French and Italian roots), from Breitenbach, Bas-Rhin, and of Francisca Agüera Parres, of Comillas. Aga’s great-grandmother Enriqueta was the daughter of Cipriano Agüera Moñin, who was from Pando, Villaviciosa, Asturias, and of Venancia Iglesias, who was a foundling, from Rales, Villaviciosa, Asturias. Enriqueta was the younger half-sister of Francisca Agüera Parres.

Aga’s paternal grandmother was Concepcion “Conie” Borja Amador (the daughter of Francisco Amador and Nicolasa Borja y Mendoza). Concepcion was born in Xiamen, Fujian, China, where her father was also born. Francisco’s Chinese family name is said to be Cheng. Nicolasa was born in Goa, Camarines Sur, to Nicolás Borja and Hermenegilda Mendoza.

Aga’s maternal grandparents were surnamed Aquino and Adies.

Sources: Birth record of Aga Muhlach –

Genealogy of Aga’s father –