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 and raised in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, my work is driven by themes of identity, race, migration, diaspora, and indigeneity.
Currently, I’m writing my first book, DIRTY KITCHEN, to be published by Astra House in 2023. An extract of this memoir on food, family, migration, identity, and life as an undocumented immigrant 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 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.
PhD in English Literature, University of Cambridge, 2021-present
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 how they influence–and are influenced by–the American imperial center.
MSt in Creative Writing (with Distinction), University of Cambridge, 2021
My dissertation, supervised by Dr. Midge Gillies, critically examined the memoir as an autoethnographic and archaeological tool for decolonisation. Its creative portion served as the beginnings for my memoir, DIRTY KITCHEN.
MA in Documentary Film (with Distinction), University of the Arts London, 2017
My dissertation, supervised by Zadoc Nava, 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.