hi. i’m a writer, filmmaker, and photographer born in the philippines, raised in america, and based in england.
As a woman of Benguet, Bontoc, Ifugao, and Kapampangan ancestry, my work is driven by themes of identity, migration, diaspora, and indigeneity.
My first book, DIRTY KITCHEN, is to be published by Astra House in 2023. An extract of this memoir on food, family, migration, and identity was published as an essay in The Margins, Asian-American Writers’ Workshop’s literary magazine. It was chosen by Longreads as an Editors’ Pick, published by Internazionale in Italy and by 360 Magazine in the Netherlands, and is a nominee for the 2021 Pushcart Prize.
I’m finishing up an MSt in Creative Writing, continuing on to a PhD in English this autumn, both at the University of Cambridge. My research, supervised by Dr. Chana Morgenstern, will take a comparative look at Southeast Asian-American and Filipino-American postcolonial novels and films from the contemporary period, examining them as literatures of activism and resistance in response to the American imperial center.
In 2017, I graduated with distinction from the University of the Arts London with an MA in Documentary Film, where my creative and critical work paid attention to the ethics and subjectivity of the autoethnographic essay film as demonstrated in my film “Blood and Ink (Dugo at Tinta)”. As an official selection in festivals worldwide, this film won Best Documentary in Ireland’s Kerry Film Festival and was an official selection in New York’s DOCNYC.
I’m represented in the UK and worldwide by Andrew Nurnberg Associates: Charlotte Seymour for all things literary, and Michael Dean for all things film, tv, and streaming.