Cindy Cruz-Cabrera

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Cindy is a teacher of English studies, gender specialist, and media studies scholar.

She is the Gender and Development Officer at the University of the Philippines Diliman Gender Office and the Associate Editor of the Diliman Gender Review, an academic journal at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

She co-hosts the DZUP program GENDERadyo and is a Gandingan ng Kababaihan Award Winner as radio personality at the 13th Gandingan 2019 Multi-Media Awards.

Cindy has taught at premier academic institutions, notably the UP Integrated School / UP College of Education and the Ateneo De Manila University. Pursuits include educational therapy, literacy project consultancy, storytelling and literacy campaigns for urban poor and street children, and literacy work for grassroots women.

She has done commissioned writing and editing for institutions such as Petron, Ayala Corporation, Landbank, Department of Agriculture, and AES Corporation. She wrote and developed the ADFIAP international award-winning 2013 sustainability report of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).

Cindy studied grade school at Assumption Antipolo and high school at the UP Integrated School. She completed her degrees in BSE English Literature and Language Teaching and MA Women and Development Studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman. She also took post-graduate courses in MA Creative Writing.

Now taking her PhD in Media Studies (with cognates in Anthropology) at the UP College of Mass Communication, she has presented ten of her PhD research papers at academic conferences including Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao (UGAT), UP CMC's Sining Del Pilar, and UP Baguio's 2nd International Conference for Cordillera Studies.

She is a fellowship awardee at the prestigious KRITIKA 2016 National Workshop on Art and Cultural Criticism for a paper on the political economy of subjectivity in Philippine underground rock music - an initial version of an intended chapter of her dissertation.

Cindy expressed interest in music at an early age and was classically trained in piano, until she culminated her music studies after being awarded a Lucia Francisco scholarship by the UP College of Music when she was ten years old. She has since entertained piano pursuits purely for her pleasure, but has written about music in the margins on occasion.

She is the manager of progressive rock bands Datu's Tribe and Plagpul.

She continues to teach, write, and collaborate on projects for literacy, women, and social justice.

  • Work
    • University of the Philippines
  • Education
    • University of the Philippines Diliman