I finished my Ph.D. in ethnomusicology in the Spring of 2014, with the dissertation Babaylan Sing Back: Philippine Shamans on Voice, Gender, and Transnationalism.
Before NYU, I received my bachelors in Art History and masters in Philippine Studies from the University of the Philippines.
In 2008, I published
The Shared Voice: Chanted and Spoken Narratives from the Philippines (ANVIL Publishing and Fundacion Santiago), and in 2013,
Song of Babaylan: Living Voices, Medicines, Spiritualities of Philippine Ritualist-Oralist-Healers (Institute of Spirituality in Asia).
In addition to my scholarship, I founded a Philippine non-profit organization that focuses on cultural revitalization. I am also a singer of Philippine oral traditional chants, many of which have indigenous sacred themes.