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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Arci Muñoz

by Manila on February 1, 2017

Birth Name: Ramona Cecilia Datuin Muñoz

Place of Birth: Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Date of Birth: January 12, 1989

Ethnicity: Filipino (including Bicolano, Hiligaynon, and Pangasinan)

Arci Muñoz is a Filipina actress and singer. She is the daughter of Manuel Romano Coromina Muñoz and Yolanda “Yolly” Tabjan Datuin.

Arci’s paternal grandparents are Jose Espiritu Muñoz (the son of ? Muñoz and ? Espíritu) and Lourdes Andres Coromina (the daughter of ? Coromina and ? Andrés).

Arci’s maternal grandparents are Nestor Capua Datuin (the son of Maximo G. Datuin and Victoria Capua) and Natividad “Natty” Lero Tabjan (the daughter of Juan Tabjan and Bernarda Lero).

Sources: Arci’s birth record –

Birth record of Arci’s father –>

Birth record of Arci’s mother –


Rachael Lampa

by Manila on October 13, 2016

Birth Name: Rachael Maureen Lampa

Place of Birth: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

Date of Birth: January 8, 1985

*Filipino (Pangasinan) (father)
*Hungarian (maternal grandfather)
*Irish (maternal grandmother)

Rachael Lampa is an American singer and songwriter. Her father, Teofilo “Phillip” Romua Lampa, is a Filipino immigrant, from Binalonan, Pangasinan. Her mother, Marianne (Miko) Harrington, is American, of Hungarian and Irish descent. She is married to singer-songwriter Brendan A. McCarthy.

Rachael’s paternal grandparents were Bartolome Ruiz Lampa (the son of Gavino Lampa and Emilia Ruiz) and Esperanza Fontanilla Romua (the daughter of Pedro Romua and Alejandra Fontanilla).

Rachael’s maternal grandfather was George T. Miko, Jr. (also known as George A. Miko III, the son of György Mikó, later George T. Miko, Sr., and of Ethel Strinz). Rachael’s great-grandfather George was born in Hungary, the son of György Mikó and Lidia Kozahuba. Ethel was also born in Hungary, the daughter of Mihály Strinz and Mária Gomkőtő.

Rachael’s maternal grandmother was Clare Cecelia Walker (the daughter of Charles Joseph Walker and Cecelia Loretta Kirk). Charles was the son of William Walker and Sarah Ann Mooney. Rachael’s great-grandmother Cecelia was the daughter of John Patrick Kirk and Anna Loretta Casey. All of Clare’s great-grandparents were Irish immigrants.

Rachael’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her third great-grandmother, Catherine Cummins (October 23, 1841, Ireland – September 22, 1917, Gary, Indiana).


Engagement announcement of Rachael Lampa to Brendan A. McCarthy –

Birth records of Rachael’s father – ( (

Marriage record of Rachael’s paternal grandparents, Bartolome Ruiz Lampa and Esperanza Fontanilla Romua –

Genealogy of Rachael Lampa (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Obituary of Rachael’s maternal uncle, Richard G. Miko –

Marriage record of Rachael’s maternal grandparents, George T. Miko, Jr. and Clare Cecelia Walker –

Birth record of Rachael’s maternal grandfather, George T. Miko, Jr. –

Marriage record of Rachael’s maternal great-grandparents, George T. Miko, Sr. and Ethel Strinz –

Obituary of Rachael’s maternal great-grandfather, Charles Joseph Walker –

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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

Genealogy of Jose Maria Sison –


Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

by Manila on March 7, 2016

Birth Name: Maria Gloria Macapagal y Macaraeg

Place of Birth: Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines

Date of Birth: April 5, 1947

Ethnicity: Filipino [Kapampangan, Tagalog, Ilocano, and Pangasinan]

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is a Filipina politician. She has been Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines, since July 23, 2018. She was the 14th President of the Philippines, and the 4th President of the Fifth Republic, both from January 20, 2001 to June 30, 2010. She was also the 10th Vice President of the Philippines, from June 30, 1998 to January 20, 2001, and Senator of the Philippines, from June 30, 1992 to June 30, 1998, among other duties.

Her father, Diosdado Macapagal, was the 9th President of the Philippines. Her mother, Evangelina “Eva” dela Cruz Macaraeg, was a physician, from Lingayen, Pangasinan. She is married to politician Jose Miguel Tuason “Mike” Arroyo, with whom she has three children.

Gloria’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her fifth great-grandfather, Sotero Macapagal. The surname Macapagal came from her direct ancestor, Juan Macapagal, who was the great-grandson of Lakandula, the last Lakan (king or paramount ruler) of the pre-colonial Kingdom of Tondo, before the arrival of Spaniards in the 1570s.

Gloria’s paternal grandfather was Urbano Macapagal y Romero (or Urbano Romero Macapagal in Filipino, the son of Demetrio Macapagal y Galang, or Demetrio Galang Macapagal in Filipino, and of Escolástica Romero y de la Cruz, or Escolástica de la Cruz Romero in Filipino). Urbano was born in Lubao, Pampanga, Central Luzon. Demetrio was the son of Quirino Macapagal y Paguio, or Quirino Paguio Macapagal, and of Valentina Galang y García, or Valentina García Galang. Escolástica was Tagalog, from Cavite, Cavite (now Cavite City), and was the daughter of Clemente Romero and María de la Cruz.

Gloria’s paternal grandmother was Romana Pangan y Montemayor (or Romana Montemayor Pangan in Filipino, the daughter of Atanacio Pangan y Miguel, or Atanacio Miguel Pangan in Filipino, and of Lorenza Montemayor y Suing, or Lorenza Suing Montemayor in Filipino). Atanacio was the son of Pascual Pangan y Morales, or Pascual Morales Pangan in Filipino, and of Genoveva Miguel y Lingad, or Genoveva Lingad Miguel in Filipino. Lorenza was the daughter of Juan Montemayor and Camila Suing. The surname “Suing” is of possibly Chinese origin. However, it is not clear if Camila was of Chinese origin.

Gloria’s maternal grandfather was Juan Macaraeg y Guico (or Juan Guico Macaraeg in Filipino, the son of Patricio Macaraeg y Dres, or Patricio Dres Macaraeg in Filipino, and of Filomena Guico y Lachica, or Filomena Lachica Guico in Filipino). Juan was Ilocano, and was born in Binalonan, Pangasinan, Ilocos Region. Patricio was the son of Mariano Macaraeg and Balbina Dres. Filomena was the daughter of Feliciano Guico and Perfecta Lachica. The surname Guico is of possible Chinese origin. However, it is unclear if Feliciano had Chinese ancestry.

Gloria’s maternal grandmother was Irenea dela Cruz. Irenea was Pangasinan, and was born in Pangasinan, Ilocos Region.

Sources: Genealogy of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo –

Beating the Odds: The Life, the Times, and the Politics of Diosdado P. Macapagal

Men of the Philppines (1931)