Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. in Philippine Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman
Room 204, Hall of Wisdom • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Resistance literature • Marxist/postcolonial studies • Testimonial writings


  • B.A. Education, Pamantasang Lungsod ng Maynila, 1999
  • M.A. Education, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 2007
  • Ph.D. Philippine Studies, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 2015 


  • Resistance literature
  • Marxist studies
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Testimonial writings
  • Postcolonial theories


  • PS 202 Theories & Perspectives in Philippine Studies.
  • PS 212 Filipino Identities
  • PS 219 Seminar: Philippine Society & Culture
  • AS 255.3 Culture & Society in Southeast Asia
  • PS 301 Perspectives in Philippine Studies


2018. "The Migrant Worker as Disposable Body: Testimonial Narratives from a Nongovernment Organization." Humanities Diliman 15 (2): 38–61. 

2018. "Exotifying Bodies: Self-Flagellation, Abjection, and Social Memory." Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities 10 (3): 149–57.

2017. "Impression." Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia 53 (2): 122–23.

2016. Kontra-diskurso: Testimonial narratives of Filipino workers (1986-2012). PhD Dissertation, Philippine Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman

2016. Book review of Youth in Revolt: Reclaiming a Democratic Future by Henry Giroux. The Scholastican Journal 4.

2013. Kontra-Diskurso: Testimonial Narratives of Filipino Workers in a Foreign CompanyHumanities Diliman 10 (1).

2013. Narrativizing marginality and hope: Testimonial narratives of students in a night schoolThe Scholastican Journal 3. 

2012. Voicing resistance: Testimonial narratives of the families and friends of the disappeared. Philippine Humanities Review 14 (1). 

2012. Education and resistance: Testimonies for critical pedagogy and literacy. The Scholastican Journal, 115-136.

2011. Speaking of the subaltern: Subjectivities and resistance in the testimonial narratives of workers.  Diliman Review 58(1-4).

2011. The Manila teachers’ movement: History, challenges, prospects. Selected papers of the 20th Annual Manila Studies Conference July 28-29, 2011.

2012. Transgressive bridging: Critical pedagogies and Philippine StudiesDalumat 3(1-2).

2013.  Continuing dissent: Reflecting on my paper on the disappeared.  Insights, St. Scholastica’s College Manila, 14.

2013.  On research, narratives, marginality, and hope.  Insights, St. Scholastica’s College Manila, 15.

2013. Pedagohiya, testimonio, at ang karanasan ng mga guro. Insights, St. Scholasticas College Manila. 16.