Diego Loyzaga

by Manila on September 14, 2018

Birth Name: Carlos Diego Loyzaga

Place of Birth: San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines

Date of Birth: May 21, 1995

Ethnicity: Filipino [Boholano, Hiligaynon, Tagalog, and Waray], Spanish [including Andalusian and Valencian], Basque, small amount of English

Diego Loyzaga is a Filipino actor and model.

He is the son of actress Maria Teresa Cuerva Loyzaga and actor Cesar Montano.

Diego’s paternal grandfather is Genovevo Quiñal Manhilot (the son of Teodoro Manhilot y Badiang, or Teodoro Badiang Manhilot in Filipino, and of Aniceta Quiñal y Tato, or Aniceta Tato Quiñal in Filipino). Teodoro was the son of Martín Manhilot and Damiana Badiang. Aniceta was the daughter of Miguel Quiñal and Crisanta Tato.

Diego’s paternal grandmother was Emma Bensorto de Montaño (the daughter of Roberto de Montaño and Dominga Bensorto).

Diego’s maternal grandfather was basketball player and coach Carlos Loyzaga (the son of Joaquín Loyzaga y Martínez, or Joaquín Martínez Loyzaga in Filipino, and of Carmen Matute y Seguera, or Carmen Seguera Matute in Filipino). Carlos was born in Intramuros, Manila, Philippines. Joaquín was the son of José Antonio Eugenio de Loyzaga y Ageo (or José Antonio Eugenio Ageo de Loyzaga in Filipino), who was an “insular” (Spaniard born in the Philippines), and of a Spanish expatriate, María de la Luz Martínez y Vial, of Cádiz, Cádiz. Carmen was the daughter of Manuel Matute y Amasa and María Luisa López y Seguera.

Diego’s maternal grandmother is Victoria “Vicky” Fourdinier Cuerva (the daughter of Ernesto José Cuerva y Félix, or Ernesto José Félix Cuerva in Filipino, and Lidia Gardiner Fourdinier). Ernesto born in Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, and was the son of Filipino parents, Francisco Cuerva y Edilberto (or Francisco Edilberto Cuerva in Filipino), of Bulacan, and of Manuela Félix y Gómez (or Manuela Gómez Félix in Filipino), of Manila. Lidia was the daughter of Miguel Fourdinier and Socorro Gardiner. The surname Gardiner is of English origin.

Sources: Marriage record of Diego’s paternal grandparents, Genovevo Quiñal Manhilot and Emma Bensorto de Montaño –

Marriage record of Diego’s paternal great-grandparents, Teodoro Manhilot y Badiang and Aniceta Quiñal y Tato –

Genealogy of Diego’s mother –

Birth record of Diego’s mother –

Birth record of Diego’s maternal grandfather, Carlos Matute Loyzaga –

Birth record of Diego’s maternal great-grandfather, Ernesto José Cuerva y Félix –

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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 –


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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Maja Salvador

by Manila on May 7, 2017

Birth Name: Maja Ross Andres Salvador

Place of Birth: Aparri, Cagayan, Philippines

Date of Birth: October 5, 1988

Ethnicity: Filipino (including Waray), some Spanish and Catalan

Maja Salvador is a Filipino singer, actress, and model.

She is the daughter of actor Ross Rival (Rosauro Alberto Quasito Salvador) and Thelma Andres.

Maja’s second cousin, once removed, is American actor Steven R. McQueen. Her first cousin is said to be actress Sofia Andres, however it is unclear if that is accurate.

Maja’s paternal grandfather was Luis “Lou” Sulse Salvador, Sr. (who was a basketball player, the son of José Juan Salvador and Fermina Sulse y del Valle, or Fermina del Valle Sulse in Filipino). José was Spanish, from Calella, Barcelona. Fermina was a Spanish mestiza, and was the daughter of Luis Antonio Sulse y Gonzáles (or Luis Antonio Gonzáles Sulse in Filipino) and Máxima Antonia del Valle y de Santa Isabel (or Máxima Antonia de Santa Isabel del Valle).

Maja’s paternal grandmother was Jacinta “Jessie” Quasito. The surname Quasito is possibly of Chinese origin. However, it is unclear if Jacinta had Chinese ancestry.

Source: Genealogy of Maja Salvador (focusing on her father’s side) –


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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