Sean Malto

by stlucas on October 8, 2017

Sean Malto – “We Are Blood” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – The Theatre at the Ace Hotel – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

Birth Name: Sean M. Malto

Place of Birth: Leavenworth, Kansas, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 9, 1989

*Filipino (father)
*English, German, Irish (mother)

Sean Malto is an American professional skateboarder.

Sean is the son of Debra Lynn (Tyson) and Benson O. “Ben” Malto. Sean’s father is of Filipino descent. Sean’s mother is mostly of English, German, and Irish ancestry.

Sean’s maternal grandfather was Willie Tyson (the son of Alfred Joel Tyson and Faye/Fay Stewart). Alfred was the son of Fred Tyson and Hallie Belle Briley. Faye was the daughter of Ralph W. Stewart and Stella M. Holey.

Sean’s maternal grandmother was Ellen Jean Cornett (the daughter of John Robert Cornett and Laura Irene Rodenburg). Laura was the daughter of Christian F. Rodenburg, whose parents were German, and of Laura Emma Klingler, whose parents were also German.

Sources: Obituary of Sean’s maternal grandfather, Willie Tyson –

Obituary of Sean’s maternal grandmother, Ellen Jean (Cornett) Tyson –


Manuel L. Quezon

by Manila on October 4, 2017

Birth Name: Manuel Luis Quezon y Molina

Date of Birth: August 19, 1877

Place of Birth: Baler, El Príncipe (now Aurora), Philippines

Date of Death: August 1, 1944

Place of Death: Saranac Lake, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: Filipino (Tagalog), some Chinese and Spanish (Extremaduran)

Manuel L. Quezon was a Filipino statesman, soldier, and politician. He served as the 2nd President of the Philippines, from November 15, 1935 to August 1, 1944, his death.

Former President Quezon’s father, Lucio Quezon, was a soldier, from Dilao (now Paco), Manila, and was of part Chinese descent. Former President Quezon’s mother, María Dolores Molina, was a Spanish mestiza, also from Baler.

President Quezon was married to his first cousin, Aurora Antonia Aragón y Molina (or Aurora Antonia Molina Aragón in Filipino), with whom he had four children.

President Quezon’s paternal grandparents were likely Estanislao Quezon and Anastacia Vélez y Montes (or Anastacia Montes Vélez in Filipino).

President Quezon’s maternal grandfather was José Eusebio Urbina de Esparragosa (the son of Pedro Antonio Hermenegildo Urbina Morales and María de los Dolore). José was a Spanish Franciscan friar, from Esparragosa de la Serena, Badajoz. Pedro was the son of Cándido Urbina Blázquez and Isabel María Morales Blázquez. María was a foundling. Owing that José’s mother had no surname, he took the family name based on his hometown.

President Quezon’s maternal grandmother was Brígida Molina. Brígida was Filipina.

Sources: Genealogy of Manuel L. Quezon –

Infoaamtion about Manuel’s maternal grandfather, José Eusebio Urbina de Esparragosa –

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Kyla Ross

by bablah on August 24, 2017

Birth Name: Kyla Briana Ross

Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 24, 1996

*African-American (paternal grandfather)
*Japanese (paternal grandmother)
*Filipino [Pangasinan, Cebuano], 1/4 Puerto Rican (maternal grandfather)
*English, German (maternal grandmother)

Kyla Ross is an American artistic gymnast.

Kyla’s paternal grandfather is Washington Ross, son of Frank Ross and Mary.

Kyla’s paternal grandmother was Shigeko Arai, daughter of Hiromatsu Arai and Maruko.

Kyla’s maternal grandfather is Kenneth K. Tano, son of Venancio Barlaan Tano and Flora Mabida. Venancio was born in Manaoag, Pangasinan, Philippines to Guillermo Tacata Tano and Tomasa Jiminez Barlaan. Flora was born in Hawaii to Nicomedes Mabida, from Talisay, Cebu, Philippines, and Mary Feliciano who was born in Hawaii to Puerto Rican parents Juan Feliciano and Serafina Sanchez.

Kyla’s maternal grandmother is Dianna Milstead, daughter of Robert Marcellas Milstead and Freda Dierling/Deierling. Robert was the son of William Everette Milstead (son of Robert L. Milstead and Margaret Ellen Davidson) and Estella Dunham. Freda was the daughter of William Deierling (son of Gottileib Deierling and Maria Jane Blurton) and Freda Herboth (daughter of Herman Herboth and Bertha Reuss).

Sources: Kyla’s paternal grandfather Washington Ross on a 1940 U.S. census –

Kyla’s maternal great-grandmother Flora Mabida on a 1940 U.S. census –

Kyla’s maternal great-great-grandmother Mary Feliciano on a 1910 U.S. census –

Kyla’s maternal great-grandfather Robert Milstead on a 1910 U.S. census –

Obituary of Kyla’s great-great-grandfather William E. Milstead –

Kyla’s maternal great-grandmother Freda Deierling on a 1930 U.S. census –

Genealogies of Kyla’s great-great-grandparents William Deierling and Freda Herboth –

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Charlyne Yi

by stlucas on August 15, 2017

Charlyne Yi – “House M.D.” Series Finale Wrap Party – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Charlyne Amanda Yi

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 4, 1986

*Korean, Mexican, Irish, German, French, possibly Yuki Native American (father)
*Filipino, possibly some Spanish (mother)

Charlyne Yi is an American actress, comedian, musician, and writer.

Charlyne is the daughter of Lydia (Manianglung) and Luciano C. Yi. Her mother is from the Philippines.

Charlyne has stated (here and here) that she is mainly of Korean, Filipino, Mexican, Yuki Native American, Irish, and French, descent. In the book Roger Ebert’s Movie Yearbook 2011, edited by Roger Ebert, it is written:
“Yi is a performance artist who makes stand-up comedy only one facet of her act. She’s short, cute, likes sweat clothes, wears horn-rim glasses, isn’t assertive, is a poster child for the melting pot: Filipino, Spanish, Korean, Irish, German, French, and Native American.”

Sources: Birth record of Charlyne Yi –

Marriage record of Charlyne’s parents –


Reggie Lee

by stlucas on August 13, 2017

Reggie Lee – “Drag Me To Hell” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Grauman’s Chinese Theater – Hollywood, CA. USA – Photo Credit: Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos 

Birth Name: Reginald Telmo Valdez

Place of Birth: Quezon City, the Philippines

Date of Birth: October 4, 1975

*75% Filipino
*25% Chinese

Reggie Lee is a Filipino-born American actor.

Reggie is the son of Zenaida “Zeny” (Telmo) and Jesus Espiritu Valdez. Reggie moved to Akron, Ohio, with his family at the age of five. Reggie was raised in Stow and Strongsville, Ohio.

Reggie has stated:

I’m a quarter Chinese and three-quarter Filipino. I don’t look Filipino; I look more Chinese or Korean. It actually works in my favor, in terms of roles, it gives me a broader canvas. Valdez was the family name, and when I started out and was doing theater, I went by Reggie Valdez. But I got sent home so many times (from auditions) for not looking Hispanic. My agent said, why don’t you change your name? I thought, well, I could use ‘Lee,’ my grandparents’ name on the Chinese side. It had a certain ring to it.

Reggie speaks fluent English and Tagalog, as well as some Mandarin and Cantonese.