Hello! My name is Aaron (he/him/siya) and I am a Filipino American community organizer, researcher, and singer-songwriter based in San Diego, California.
At the moment, most of my recent community work has been connected to Malaya Movement, a transnational freedom organization defending democracy, human rights, and sovereignty in the Philippines. You can read more about my past community and volunteer work here.
Outside of my community work, I am a doctoral student in Communication at the University of California, San Diego. At the intersection of cultural studies and sound studies, my research focuses on popular music and how it reveals new ways of thinking about racialized, gendered and sexualized subjectivities, histories and senses of place. You can read more about my research here.
Outside of my community and academic work, I spend time making music. My music can be found on most streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Tidal, YouTube, and more. You can read more about my songwriting here. Additionally, I occasionally write about culture, community, and communication on Kapwa, a periodical newsletter that aims to embrace kapwa an ethical concept in Filipino culture meaning togetherness through difference.
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from San Francisco State University (SFSU) in 2015 where I specialized in organizational communication and my Master of Arts degree in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University (NYU) in 2019 where I broadly focused on the relationship between media and human migration.