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

Associate Professor, College Secretary

MA in Asian Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman
Room 203, Hall of Wisdom • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

West Asia • Iraq • Philippine studies • development studies 


  • MA in Asian Studies (West Asia), Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman


  • AS 299 Research Methods


  • West Asia
  • Iraq
  • Philippine Studies
  • Development


2017. "Transport and Mobility: The Filipino Via Crucis." In Cars, Automobility and Development in Asia: Wheels of Change, edited by Arve Hansen and Kenneth Bo Nielsen, 120–33. Routledge. 

2017. "Position of Iran and the Philippines at the United Nations, 1946-1980s." In Philippine-Iran Relations: 50 Years and Beyond, edited by Henelito A. Sevilla, Jr., 115–33. Quezon City: Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. 

2017. "Sama di Laut (Sama-Bajau) Migration and the Politics of Inclusion." In Perspectives on Sama/Bajau Diaspora., edited by Mohd Anis Md Nor. Sabah Museum Monograph No. 13, pp. 94–113. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. 

2016. "Seeking Universal Health Coverage of Social Health Insurance in Three Asian Countries: China, Thailand, and Viet Nam." Philippine Institute for Development Studies Policy Notes 2016-22 (December). 

2016. "Measuring functioning and disability after a disaster: results from the typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda-affected areas of the Philippines." International Journal of Rehabilitation Research 39 (3): 267–71. 

2016. Talampas, Rolando. Digong Duterte's Diaspora: How Much Will Development Matter in Filipino Outmigration. [Newsletter] European Network of Filipino Diaspora, 17 June. 

2016 [2011]. "Into the Heart of Darkness: The Banca and Steamers in Rizal's Works and Letters." The Seafarer's Times: Maritime News for Filipino Seafarers, 29 August. 

2015. "Indonesian Diaspora Identity Construction in a Southern Mindanao Border Crossing." Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia 51 (1): 130–62. 

2015. "Shoot yourself in the foot: Philippine state and society in the 1997 and 2008 financial crises episodes." In The Global Financial and Economic Crisis in the South: Impact and Responses, edited by José Luis León-Manríque and Theresa Moyo, 207–31. Dakar, Senegal: CODESRIA.

2015. "Life and Times of Filipino Seamen During the Period of Spanish Colonialism." Working Paper Series No, 164. Southeast Asia Research Centre: City University of Hong Kong.

2014. "If it ain't where you're from, then it isn't exactly where you were born." In International Conference on ASEAN Studies (ICONAS ) Conference Proceedings: Social and Cultural Issues in the ASEAN, 69-82  Yogyakarta: Pusat Kajian ASEAN Universitas Gadja Mada. 

2014. Review of Joaquin Gonzales's "Diaspora Diplomacy: Philippine Migration and Its Soft Power Influences." Asian Politics and Policy 6 (2): 324–26. 

2014. Sama-Bajau Reintegration Process and Social Intervention Strategies: Settling the Social Preparation Account. Quezon City: DSWD.

2012. Khutba on Disability and Inclusive Development. Quezon City: PARE-AusAid (Compiler/Co-Editor)

2012. Streetwise: Success Stories of Street Children in Metro Manila Concrete Jungle. Quezon City: Council for the Welfare of Children.

2007. "Urban Cultural Geography of Three-Wheeled Vehicles in Southeast Asia." Philippine Geographical Journal 51 (1–4): 15–29.

2001. "Community Participation in Local Health Boards in a Decentralizing Setting: Cases from the Philippines." Health Policy and Planning 16 (Supplement 2): 61–69, December. Co-author.