The Rose of Manila

An imagining of the formative years of Imelda Marcos, who, as one half of the Marcos regime, would become infamous for embezzling billions from the country to sustain her extravagant lifestyle. Here, the fate of a young girl and an entire nation become entangled as the absent mother of a country is born.

Super 16mm and HD video, 12 minutes. 2020. 

Distributed by Dedza Films and Kino Lorber; now streaming on the Criterion Channel



Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival 

Spectacle Theater 

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

Day Into Night presented by Brown Arts Institute

MYX Global Filipinx Short Film Week

Athens International Film + Video Festival

CineYouth presented by the Chicago International Film Festival

Ivy Film Festival

BFI Future Film Festival (Nominated for Best Director, Best International Film, and Best Experimental Film)


San Diego Asian Film Festival

National Film Festival for Talented Youth

Another Life of Time

At 16, my father became staff photographer for his high school yearbook. Over 40 years later, I came across his never-printed negatives. Together, we tumbled through space and time, memory and myth.

Scanned water-damaged 35mm photographs, digital video, Super 16mm transferred to HD video, 8 minutes. 2020. 

A collaboration with Matthew Westfall. Please email to view full film.


What happens when you return to the place that made you who you are?

Super 16mm transferred to HD file, 5 minutes.  2018.


A day in the life of a girl submerged in her own world. 

HD video, 5 minutes.  2017.







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