Sergio Osmeña

by Manila on June 25, 2017

Date of Birth: September 9, 1878

Place of Birth: Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

Date of Death: October 19, 1961

Place of Death: Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Ethnicity: Filipino (Cebuano), Han Chinese

Sergio Osmeña was a Filipino politician. He had served as the 4th President of the Philippines, from August 1, 1944 to May 28, 1946. He had also served as the 1st Vice President of the Philippines, from November 15, 1935 to August 1, 1944.

Sergio’s mother, Juana Osmeña y Suico (or Juana Suico Osmeña in Filipino), a Chinese mestiza who was reportedly only 14 years of age at the time. Owing to the circumstances of his birth, the identity of his father had been a closely guarded family secret. Although carrying the stigma of being an illegitimate child, Juana never married his father, he did not allow this aspect to affect his standing in society. Sergio’s biological father was Go Bon Tia (or Wu Wenzhao in Mandarin, baptized Pedro Singson Gotiaoco), who was a Chinese merchant, from Amoy (now Xiamen), Fujian.

Sergio was married to Estefanía Chiong Veloso y Rosales (or Estefanía Rosales Chiong Veloso in Filipino) and Esperanza Limjap y Escolar (or Esperanza Escolar Limjap in Filipino).

Sergio’s biological paternal grandfather was Go It Ha (or Wu Yixia in Mandarin).

Sergio’s maternal grandparents were Severino Agatón (later Osmeña) and Paula Suico. Severino adopted the family name “Osmeña” due to a decree issued by Governor-General of the Philippines Narciso Clavería concerning the family names of the Filipino natives. The surname “Suico” is of Chinese origin.

Source: Genealogy of Sergio Osmeña –


Emilio Aguinaldo

by Manila on June 12, 2017

Birth Name: Emilio Aguinaldo y Fami

Date of Birth: March 26, 1869

Place of Birth: Cavite el Viejo (now Kawit), Cavite, Philippines

Date of Birth: February 6, 1964

Place of Death: Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Ethnicity: Filipino (Ilocano and Tagalog), some Chinese

Emilio Aguinaldo was a Filipino revolutionary and politician. He served as the first President of the Philippines, from January 23, 1899 to March 23, 1901.

He was the son of Carlos Aguinaldo y de los Santos (or Carlos de los Santos Aguinaldo in Filipino, later changed his maternal family name to Jamir) and Trinidad Fami Valerio y Villanueva (or Trinidad Villanueva Fami Valerio in Filipino, later changed her paternal family name to Famy). He was married to Hilaria del Rosario y Reyes (or Hilaria Reyes del Rosario in Filipino), of Imus, Cavite, and to María Agoncillo y Reyes (or María Reyes Agoncillo in Filipino), of Taal, Batangas.

Some sources reported his date of birth as March 22, 1869, but his baptismal record states that he was three days old when he was baptized on March 29, 1869, making March 26, 1869 as his date of birth. Also, he was listed as a “mestizo de sangley” on church records.

Emilio’s paternal grandparents were Eugenio Aguinaldo and María de los Santos (later Jamir). Eugenio was Ilocano. María changed her family name due to a decree issued by Governor-General of the Philippines Narciso Clavería concerning the family names of the Filipino natives.

Emilio’s maternal grandparents were Joaquín Fami Valerio and Simona Villanueva.

Source: Genealogy of Emilio Aguinaldo –


Chester See

by stlucas on June 9, 2017

Chester See – 2nd Annual CAPE Poker Tournament – Arrivals Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa / PR Photos

Birth Name: Chester Lionel See

Place of Birth: Vallejo, Solano, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 20, 1983

*English, German, Dutch, French (father)
*Filipino (mother)

Chester See is an American Youtube personality, singer, and actor.

Chester is the son of Lilia (Zafra) and Frederick Clifton See.

Chester’s father is American, and has English, German, Dutch, and French ancestry. Chester’s mother is from the Philippines. Chester was raised in Fairfield, California.

Chester has stated that he also has some Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Chester’s paternal grandfather was Clifton Lionel See (the son of Herbert Gardiner See and Rena Virginia Land). Herbert was the son of John Henry See and Mary P. Greenwood. Rena was the daughter of John E. Land, who was born in New York, to English parents, and of Mary Hitchon, who was from Yorkshire, England.

Chester’s paternal grandmother was Dorothy Faye Crosby (the daughter of Joseph Clarence Crosby and Alice Cathryn Rhodes). Joseph was the son of John Elias Crosby and Ardella Senn. Alice was the daughter of Frederick Henry Rhodes and Mary Eloise Seals.

Chester’s parents are pictured here.

Sources: Birth record of Chester See –

Genealogy of Chester See (focusing on his father’s side) –


Dean Devlin

by stlucas on May 21, 2017

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 27, 1962

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Filipino, some Spanish (mother)

Dean Devlin is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, television director, and actor.

Dean is the son of actress Pilar Seurat (born Rita Anna Hernandez) and writer Don Devlin (born Donald R. Siegel). Dean is married to actress Lisa Brenner. One of Dean’s relatives (maternal great-grandfather’s brother) was Filipino-Spanish General Adriano Hernández.

Dean’s father was Jewish. Dean’s mother was born in Manila, the Philippines, of Filipino, and some Spanish, descent.

Dean’s paternal grandfather was Albert “Al” Siegel.

Dean’s paternal grandmother was Jeanette/Jean Skolnick (the daughter of Isaac Skolnick and Chaya/Ida Bernstein). Jeanette was born in Russia. Isaac was the son of Merca. Chaya was the daughter of Manoakh Bernstein.

Dean’s maternal grandfather was Alfredo/Alfred “Al” Eufronio Guillermo Antonio Ornez de Hernández (the son of Julio/Julia Hernandez and Aurelia Ornez). Julio was said to be Spanish.

Dean’s maternal grandmother was Ceferina Witte (the daughter of Frank E. Witte and Pilar H. Marin).

Sources: Genealogy of Dean Devlin (focusing on his father’s side) –

Birth record of Dean’s mother, Rita Anna Hernandez –

Obituary of Dean’s mother, Pilar Seurat –

Marriage record of Dean’s maternal grandparents, Alfredo/Alfred “Al” Eufronio Guillermo Antonio Ornez de Hernández and Ceferina Witte –

Obituary of Dean’s maternal grandfather, Alfredo/Alfred “Al” Eufronio Guillermo Antonio Ornez de Hernández –

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Angelica Panganiban

by Manila on May 15, 2017

Birth Name: Angelica David Panganiban

Place of Birth: Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Date of Birth: November 4, 1986

*50% Filipino
*37.5% Norwegian
*6.25% Swedish
*6.25% Dutch, English, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish

Angelica Panganiban is a Filipina actress.

Angelica’s biological father, Mark David Charlson, served in the United States Navy, and is from Ames, Iowa. He is pictured here. Angelica’s biological mother was a Filipina, who died in 2008 and was buried in Singapore.

Angelica was adopted by Alfredo “Freddie” Almanon Panganiban, who was a taxi operator in Guam, and by Melania Roxas David.

Angelica’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her sixth great-grandfather, Peder Olsen Skatvik (1700, Tranøy, Troms, Norway – 1768, Tranøy).

Angelica’s biological paternal grandfather is David John “Dave” Charlson (the son of Orville Sanford Charlson and Inez Velora Iverson). Orville was of Norwegian descent, and was the son of Oscar Sidius Charlson and Maggie Burke. Inez was the daughter of John Einar Iverson, who was of Norwegian descent, and of Agnes Marie Sandahl, who was of Swedish descent.

Angelica’s biological paternal grandmother is Judith Kay “Judi” Voga (the daughter of Russell James Voga and Mary Elizabeth “Peggy” Brinton). Russell was of Norwegian descent, and was the son of Ole John Voga and Albie Lyda Tyler (baptized Alby Lydia Tyler). Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of Scott Russell Brinton, who was of Dutch, English, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Scottish, descent, and of Mabelle Emma Lindebak, who was of Norwegian descent.


Genealogy of Angelica Panganiban (focusing on her father’s side) –

Birth record of Angelica’s adoptive mother –

Death announcement of Angelica’s adoptive mother –