Grace is a filmmaker and a 2nd year PhD student in the Anthropology department, where her research delves into the complexities surrounding the families affected by the war on drugs in the Philippines. Her work explores trauma, grief, conceptions of justice, and authority in this context.

Her works have been supported and recognized by the AIDC, Tokyo Docs, AFA, and DMZ Docs to name a few. In 2020, she received the No Studios Artist Grant in film to support her work in Wisconsin. Her first feature film A IS FOR AGUSTIN (2019), premiered in S. Korea and was shown in China, Italy, France, New Caledonia, Canada, the Philippines, and the US. This film was also featured in CNN Philippines’ Top 10 Filipino Films of 2019.


  • NONE , Univ of the Philippines, 4/2010
  • MA , Univ Wisc Madison
  • BA , Univ. of the Philippines
  • Book Chapters

    • Simbulan, G. (2020). Dreaming of the future(s): An exploration of the dreams and resistance of the Obo-Manobo. Indigenous Futures and Learnings Taking Placepp. 210.London: Routledge.