Mutya Buena

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Birth Name: Rosa Isabel Buena

Place of Birth: Hendon, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 21 May, 1985

*father – Filipino [Boholano]
*mother – English, Irish

Mutya Buena is a British singer and songwriter. She is a member of girl group Sugababes, along with Keisha Buchanan, Siobhán Donaghy, and, previously, Amelle Berrabah, Jade Ewen, and Heidi Range.

Her father, Roberto “Bert/Jeune” Bactaso Buena, Jr., is Filipino, from Tagbilaran, Bohol. Her mother, Marion, is of English and Irish descent. Her name, Mutya, means “muse” or “pearl” in Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines. Mutya has a daughter.

One source states that Mutya’s father is of Spanish descent. It is not clear if this Spanish ancestry has been verified/documented.

Mutya’s paternal grandfather was named Roberto Buena, Sr.

Mutya’s paternal grandmother was surnamed Bactaso.

Mutya’s maternal grandfather was surnamed Bolland.

Sources: Marriage record of Mutya’s parents –

Information about Mutya’s maternal family –


Curious about ethnicity

11 Responses

  1. peekaboo mewmew-ricans mutts with no race says:

    Looks Hispanic and Amerindian than Filipina.

  2. LizzieLana says:

    Real Name: Rosa Isabel Mutya Buena By The Way.

  3. LizzieLana says:

    Eyes looking chinese, possible chinese descent.

  4. Manila says:

    Regarding Mutya’s maternal family ancestry, her mother said that her father is the only son. When I searched the birth index ( ), there are three Bolland’s whose their mother’s maiden surname is Kelly. Possibly, Mutya’s maternal grandfather is Desmond F. Bolland.

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