Seoul Natl Univ, Sch Phys, Seoul 151734, South Korea
; CCAST, World Lab, Beijing 100080, Peoples R China
; Chinese Acad Sci, Inst High Energy Phys, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
We propose a simple but suggestive seesaw model with two phenomenological conjectures: three heavy (right-handed) Majorana neutrinos are degenerate in mass in the symmetry limit and three light Majorana neutrinos have the tri-bimaximal mixing pattern V-0. We show that a small mass splitting between the first generation and the other two generations of heavy Majorana neutrinos is responsible for the deviation of the solar neutrino mixing angle theta(12) from its initial value 35.3 degrees given by V-0, and the slight breaking of the mass degeneracy between the second and third generations of heavy Majorana neutrinos results in a small mixing angle theta(13) and a tiny departure of the atmospheric neutrino mixing angle theta(23) from 45 degrees. It turns out that a normal hierarchy of the light neutrino mass spectrum is favored in this seesaw scenario.