hi. i’m a writer, filmmaker, photographer, and scholar. i was 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, indigeneity, and the search for belonging.
I’m a candidate for a PhD in English Literature at the University of Cambridge, researching contemporary Filipino American literature. My first book, DIRTY KITCHEN, is to be published in 2023 by New York-based publisher Astra House Books. Blending memoir, food writing, and history, the book was pre-empted on proposal for World English rights. 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 in translation by Internazionale in Italy and by 360 Magazine in the Netherlands.
PhD in English Literature, University of Cambridge, 2021-present
My research, supervised by Dr. Chana Morgenstern, will look at contemporary Filipino American literatures.
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.