After getting my paternal ancestry test results, I am now all gung-ho about hunting via the DNA route. This time, I found my mom’s mom’s mom’s … mom’s mom. Maternal lineage tests are derived from mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) which is passed from a mother to her children — both male and female. This test is a powerful investigative tool for researching the maternal line and identifying one’s maternal ancient ancestry.
I am blown away at how I share DNA similarities with a group that has literally roamed the earth! Haplogroup B is also referred to as THE JOURNEYERS. I entered the values into Mitosearch, and compared my DNA makeup with many others on record. I found that I share ancient maternal ancestry with people from Argentina, Barabados, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Korea, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Samoa, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
I am looking forward to reading a novel called “The Seven Daughters of Eve” by Brian Sykes, which is describes the lifestyle of the Journeyers in a rich narrative surrounding their ancestral mother, whom the author called “Ina”. It is so cool how that means mother in Tagalog.
If you are my San Diego, Porcincula, De Leon or Concepcion relative, give me a holler if you want a copy of the full report.
You belong to the Journeyers, Haplogroup B, which emerged around 50,000 years ago during an initial migration from Africa into Asia. The Journeyers most likely mapped this migration directly through Central Asia. About 12,000 years ago some of the Journeyers migrated into the Americas across the Bering Straight land bridge. Because of this migration, the Journeyers have been associated with Native American populations at rates of about 24%.
Many of the descendants of the Journeyers are found among Native Americans in the southwestern United States, known for its cactus-covered, arid desert. Native tribes of the American southwest include the Apache, Hopi, Navajo and Zuni, among others.
The people known as Apache are actually a gathering of different tribes who have, over time, become regarded as a single group. There are significant differences among the Apache tribes, but there are also notable similarities. Among the broad Apachean cultures shamans play a key role, although the ceremonies they lead and participate in may vary.
The Hopi people are called Hopituh Shi-nu-mu in their language, which translates to “The People of Peace.” Peace is central to the Hopi’s cultural and religious beliefs. A matrilineal tradition gives structure to the Hopi society and means that when a man marries, he joins his wife’s family. Kivas, square spaces used for spiritual ceremonies, have been used by Hopis since ancient times for ritual prayers, dances, and sacred chants.
There are also many Journeyers in the southern Siberian regions, and in and near present-day Mongolia and China. Your ancient ancestors may have lived in these regions as well. Among these people are the Tuvans, a nomadic people who live in yurts and herd reindeer, yaks and cattle and are known for their enchanting throat singing. The Buryats and the Altay also live in this general region and have notable rates of Journeyers among their populations. There is evidence that the Altay mastered metalwork almost 2,000 years ago.
Over the 50,000 years since your ancestors emerged, they have traveled around Asia, and descendants of the Journeyers can be found in Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Polynesia and Micronesia.
Apolonio de la Cruz Porcincula of Malabon, Rizal, Philippines was the son of Cirilo Porcioncula and Pascuala de la Cruz.
He married Cirila Concepcion de Leon, daughter of Patricio de Leon and Agustina Concepcion, on 12 October 1893 in Catholic rights in San Bartolome De Tambobong, Malabon, Rizal, Philippines. Their union bore three children: Sergio, Eugenia and Salud. Lolo Apolonio was an alleged member of the Katipunan and was very loyal to Andres Bonifacio.
On his marriage record to Cirila, Lolo Apolonio’s last name was spelled “PorCIUNGcula”, yet another variant of the name used by his descendants, “PorCINcula”.
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Pronounced [por-sing’-ku-la], the family name is a derivative of portiuncula. This word is a likely abbreviation of the Italian phrase porzione piccola or “tiny portion”.
Portiuncula is a chapel (also called St. Mary of the Angels) near Assisi, Italy where St. Francis began the Franciscan order in the thirteenth century. The Portiuncula Indulgence is the first plenary indulgence that was ever sanctioned by the Catholic Church. The indulgence grants to he who visits a church on August 2 and confesses his sins with a contrite heart, freedom from all temporal punishments and purity as after holy baptism. The indulgence was named after the church where St. Francis’ apparitions prodded him to gain Pope Honorius III’s approval.
In 1769, a Spanish expedition in California came across a river that they named El Rio de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula or “the River of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula.” Twelve years later, 12 families settled in the area and named their community El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula, after the nearby river. In later years, the city became known as Los Angeles.
The line, as we know it, originates from San Bartolome, Malabon, Philippines — where Cirilo Porcincula was born. At the time, Malabon was within the jurisdiction of the province of Rizal. Physical features of the clan indicate a likely Chinese lineage. A Eugenia de Leon Porcincula female married in to the San Diego Family in 1933.
Cirilo Gotodejo Porcionculawas born on July 1834 in Maysilo, Malabon, Rizal, Philippines to Juan Porciuncula and Dominga Gotodejo. He was baptised in Catholic rites witnessed by Guillermo Sembrano on 09 July 1834 at the San Bartolome Parish in Malabon (which was, at this time, a part of the province of Rizal). The family name was spelled “PorCIONcula” in Cirilo’s baptismal documents — a variant of “PorCINcula” used by his descendants.
He married Pascuala de la Cruz, with whom he had at least one child: Apolonio.
Eugenia De Leon Porcincula (Abt 1910 – 1964) was the daughter of Apolonio Porcincula and Cirila De Leon.
She finished high school at the National University. And while enrolled at the Philippine Normal College for tertiary education, she dropped out of school to get married and start a family. On 05 March 1933, she married Nicanor De Leon San Diego, with whom she had six children: Nicanor Jr., Felicisima, Efren, Luis, Eugenio and Trinidad.
She finished a vocational course at the De Gala Beauty School and established the Selecta Beauty Parlor along 1829 Sande Street, Pritil, Manila. Her shop was a popular destination before World War II and was patronized by many big-name movie stars of that time — Rosa Rosal and Delia Razon, among many.
Lola Genia died of a heart attack in 1962 in Manila City, Philippines. She rests at the Cementerio del Norte in Manila.
Blessed with a fiery and passionate disposition, Fely was kicked out of St. Theresa’s College High School in Manila for throwing a table bell at a faculty member (It is interesting to note that all of her three daughters attended the very school from which she was expelled). She finished her secondary education from Sta. Catalina College in Sta. Cruz, Manila.
She met her future husband at the De Ocampo School of Nursing; but finished her education at the St. Anthony’s School of Midwifery. In 1959, at the age of 24, Fely married Carlo Ricardo Hernandez Magno, with whom she had four children.
Fely was a devoted homemaker and mother. She was a stay-at-home mom until her youngest turned 7, after which she actively engaged in business ventures. She was the main concessionaire for the Philippine Women’s University Fast Food Center and she also owned the CEMB Bookstore near Taft Avenue.
In 1986, a mass was discovered behind her optic nerves, necessitating brain surgery (the procedure also accidentally extinguished her sense of smell). Recovery from this procedure required her to take massive dosages of steroids to regenerate brain cells. But the medication resulted in serious calcium depletion which wreaked havoc on her skeletal system. In 1989, Fely endured hip replacement surgery.
Being the good patient that she was, Fely elected to have gall stone surgery in 1993 after experiencing mild stomach pains. A month after the removal procedure under the knife of Dr. Jose P. Caedo, Fely died from cardio-pulmonary arrest during corrective surgery at the Makati Medical Center.
Her inimitable singularity — her unconditional love for her family, her sense of humor, her legendary generosity, her volatile temper, her attention to details, her devotion to her faith, her scrumptuous cooking, her loyalty to Nora Aunor and Ferdinand Marcos — continue to stand in the memories of those whose lives she has profoundly touched.