Birth Name: Veronica Avanceña Duterte
Place of Birth: Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines
Date of Birth: April 10, 2004
Ethnicity: Filipino [Cebuano, Tagalog, and Waray], some Chinese, possibly distant Portuguese
Her father has said:
You know, my grandfather was Chinese. My father was Cebuano. When I was asked about my father, [I answered] Cebuano. Why? As I have said, we traced the pedigree or lineage to the father.
Rodrigo has also said (from 4:22) that his Chinese grandfather was from Xiamen. He also stated that his mother, Soledad, was of Maranao descent (also Filipino). However, according to Soledad’s birth record, her father was born in Cebu City, while her mother was born in Maasin, Southern Leyte, indicating that they had Cebuano and Waray ancestries, respectively.
Veronica’s paternal grandfather was Vicente Gonzales Duterte, who was the Governor of the undivided Davao province (the son of Facundo Duterte y Buot, or Facundo Buot Duterte in Filipino, and of Zoila Gonzáles). Vicente was born in Danao City, Cebu, Central Visayas. Facundo was the son of Isabelo Duterte, whose father was of part Chinese descent, and of Concepción Buot. Isabelo’s great-great-great-great-grandfather was believed to be Diogo (or Diego in Spanish) Veloso, a 17th century Portuguese explorer. However, it is not clear if this is accurate.
Veronica’s paternal grandmother was Soledad “Soleng” Gonzales Roa (the daughter of Eleno Roa and Fortunata Gonzáles). Soledad was from Cabadbaran City, Agusan Del Norte, Caraga. Eleno was the 4th municipal president of Liloan, Leyte, from 1911 to 1912. Veronica’s great-grandfather Eleno is pictured here.
Veronica’s maternal grandparents are Vicente Daquil Avanceña (the son of Teodulo Avanceña and Toribia Daquil) and Virginia Aquino Salvador (the daughter of Leonardo Salvador and Nieves Aquino).
Sources: Genealogy of Veronica Duterte (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Marriage record of Veronica’s father, to Elizabeth Abellana Zimmerman – https://familysearch.org
Birth record of Veronica’s mother – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Veronica’s maternal grandparents, Vicente Daquil Avanceña and Virginia Aquino Salvador – https://familysearch.org