Lea Salonga

Lea Salonga at the 5th Annual "A Fine Romance" Benefit Gala, 20t

Salonga in 2010, photo by s_bukley/Bigstock.com

Birth Name: Maria Lea Carmen Imutan Salonga

Place of Birth: Ermita, Manila, Philippines

Date of Birth: February 22, 1971

Ethnicity: Filipino [Kapampangan, Tagalog]

Lea Salonga is a Filipino singer and actress. She provided the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in the film Aladdin (1992).

She is the daughter of Ligaya Alcantara Imutan and Feliciano Genuino Salonga. Her brother is musical conductor, composer, and arranger Gerard Salonga. Lea is married to American entrepreneur and managing director Robert Charles Chien, who is of Chinese and Japanese descent; with whom she has a daughter.

Lea is a cousin of ballet dancer and instructor Maniya Barredo. She is also a first cousin, once removed, of Canadian actress, model, and entrepreneur Shay Mitchell.

Lea’s paternal grandfather was Feliciano Salonga y Peña (the son of Hilario Salonga and Roberta Peña). Feliciano was born in Porac, Pampanga.

Lea’s paternal grandmother was Florentina Pingul Genuino (the daughter of Pioquinto Genuino and Eduvijes Pingul). Florentina was born in Porac, Pampanga.

Lea’s maternal grandfather was Leocadio Villacosta Imutan (the son of Agatón Imutan and Magdalena Villacosta). Leocadio was born in San Rafael, Bulacan.

Lea’s maternal grandmother was Carmen Malhabour Alcantara (the daughter of Mariano Alcántara and Perpetua Malhabour). Carmen was born in Sampaloc, Manila.

Her Filipino ethnicity includes Kapampangan, from her father’s side, and Tagalog, from her maternal grandfather’s side. However, her maternal grandmother’s side is unknown; she may have been of Hiligaynon or Waray descent.

Sources: https://twitter.com

Genealogy of Lea Salonga – http://gma7powers.tumblr.com

Birth record of Lea’s maternal grandmother, Carmen Malhabour Alcantara – https://familysearch.org

8 Responses

  1. Manila says:

    Her Filipino ethnicity includes Kapampangan (from her father’s side: both of her paternal grandparents came from Pampanga) and Tagalog (from her maternal grandfather’s side: he came from San Rafael, Bulacan). However, her maternal grandmother’s side is unknown as she was born in Manila.

  2. Manila says:


    May I request to correct her birthplace from Angeles, Pampanga to Ermita, Manila according to her birth certificate. Thanks. :)

  3. Manila says:

    I got this source: http://gma7powers.tumblr.com/post/96533866366/this-is-the-ancestry-of-lea-salonga-the-first

    It includes her ancestors until her great-grandparents.

  4. someone from the internet says:

    She looks mixed.

  5. J.J. says:

    clearly she would have some white in her, most likely spanish

    • amckenzie says:

      Yes, I’m most certain that she is not only of Filipino descent being that many Filipino people are commonly mixed with Chinese and/or Spanish ancestry. However, I couldn’t find a source that stated any documentation of possible Chinese/Spanish ancestry for Lea Salonga… Hopefully someone will be able to look more into depth on this and have it clarified. Thank you J.J.! :)

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