Cindy is a teacher, gender specialist, and media studies scholar. She's the Gender and Development Officer at the UP Diliman Gender Office and co-host at DZUP's GENDERadyo. A classically-trained piano scholar at the UP College of Music, Cindy is also the band manager of progressive rock bands Datu's Tribe and Plagpul. She is a member of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) and the Alliance of Contractual Employees in UP (ACE-UP).
Cindy has taught at premier academic institutions, notably the UP College of Education/UPIS 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 technical writing/editing for Petron, Ayala Corporation, Landbank, AES and others, and she wrote the international award-winning 2013 sustainability report for Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP). She is currently the Associate Editor of the Diliman Gender Review, the official academic journal of the UPDGO.
She studied at Assumption Antipolo and UP Integrated School, and has degrees in English Literature and Language Education, Creative Writing (unfinished) and Women and Development Studies - all from the University of the Philippines Diliman.
Now taking her PhD in Media Studies (with cognates in Anthropology) at the UP College of Mass Communication, she has presented 10 of her PhD research papers at UGAT, UP CMC's Sining Del Pilar, and UP Baguio's 2nd International Conference for Cordillera Studies among others. She is also a fellow at the prestigious KRITIKA 2016: National Workshop on Art and Cultural Criticism for a paper on the political economy of subjectivity in Pinoy rock music.
She continues to teach, write, and collaborate on projects for literacy, women, and social justice.