hello. 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.
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, 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 currently finishing up an MSt in Creative Writing, then 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)”. This film, an official selection in film festivals worldwide, won Best Documentary in Ireland’s Kerry Film Festival and was an official selection in New York’s DOCNYC film festival.