- Ph. D. Philippine Studies, University of the Philippines (UP) 1990-1996. College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines. Dissertation: Filipino Personhood in the Works of Francisco “Balagtas” Baltazar and the Dictionaries of Pedro Serrano Laktaw (circa 1838, 1889-1914)
- M.A. Philippine Studies, College of Arts and Letters, UP, Q.C., Philippines 1986-1989. Concentrations: Literature, Anthropology, Humanities. Thesis: Semiotics of Amulets (Ang Semiotika ng Anting-Anting)
- A.B. Broadcast Communication, College of Mass Communication, UP, Quezon City, Philippines 1972-1977. Thesis: A Case Study of “Mulig Pagsilang” a Filipino newspaper: Libel Suit of the Century during the American occupation of the Philippines (circa 1900’s)
- Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. 1990-1991. Concentrations: Method Acting Technique, Cold Reading for the Camera.
- Elementary Tagalog Book, Tara, Mag-Tagalogl Tayo! Come On, Let’s Speak Tagalog (2012) Co-author. Tokyo/Rutland, Vermont/Singapore: Tuttle Publication.
- Elementary Tagalog Work Book, Tara, Mag-Tagalogl Tayo! Come On, Let’s Speak Tagalog (2012) Co-author. Tokyo/Rutland, Vermont/Singapore: Tuttle Publication.
- Anting-Anting o Kung Bakit Nagtatago sa Loob ng Bato si Bathala (Amulet or Why the Tagalog God is Hiding Inside the Stone (2000) Philippines, Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press.
Peer-reviewed Articles in an Anthology
- “UH-UCLA Filipino Heritage Café and the Fil-Ams’ Quest for Identity” Cultura-Inspired Intercultural Exchanges: Focus on Asian and Pacific Languages. Ed. Dorothy M. Chun. (2014). Hawai‘i, United States: National Foreign Language Resource Center, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, pp. 145-161
- “The Use of Folklore in Second Language Teaching,” ICOAH 2014 The International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Colombo, Sri Lanka Conference Proceedings. ISSN 2357-2728; ISBN 978-955-4903-06-7. Ed. Dilan Rathnayake, et al. (2014). Sri Lanka: ICOAH 2014 and The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM), pp. 80-92.
- “Dios Ina (God the Mother) and Philippine Nationalism,” From Wilderness to Nation: Interrogating Bayan, Kamalayan Journal. Ed. Damon L. Woods. (2011) Quezon City, Philippines: University of the Philippines Press, pp. 87-107. Finalist in the 31st National Book Awards in the Philippines.
- “Introductory Filipino at UCLA,” Essays on Philippine Language and Literature. Eds. Ruth Elynia S. Mabanglo, Rosita G. Galang (2010) Manila: Anvil Publishing, pp. 149-176.
- “Anting-Anting: Animism and Catholicism in Philippine Bronze Amulets,” South and Southeast Asia Culture and Religion The SSEASR Journal, Volume III (2009), pp. 113-126.
- “Towards a Heritage Learner Sensitive Filipino Placement Test at UCLA,” Case Studies in Foreign Language Placement: Practices and Possibilities. Eds. Thom Hudson, Martin Clark (2008) Hawaii: National Foreign Language Resource Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa, pp. 17-27.
- “Women & Religion in Philippine Society and Culture,” Women in Public Sector. (2008) (Yogyakarta, Indonesia: Gadjah Mada University) pp.151-186.
- “Dios Ina (God the Mother) and Philippine Nationalism,” Diliman Review, the official peer-reviewed journal of the old College of Arts and Sciences, now the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy and the College of Science of the University of the Philippines, (March 2006), pp. 73-103.
- “Anting-Anting: Symbols of Resistance and Nationalism,” Pilipinas A Journal of Philippine Studies. The Philippines: Local and Global Perspectives. No. 33, Fall 1999, pp. 25-41.
- “Faith Healers and Faith Healing,” Ethos Today, A Journal of Research, St. Camillus College Seminary, Marikina, Metro Manila, Philippines, Volume VI, Numbers 1-3, 1992, ISSN 0116-5216, pp. 7-104.