EXECUTIVE

Wilkinson GONZALES

Wilkinson GONZALES

Founder; Director; Interim Publications Director

I am a PhD graduate student studying Linguistics at the University of Michigan. I went to De La Salle University for my BS Education-English (summa cum laude) and the National University of Singapore for my Master's in English Language and Linguistics.

I am interested in Sino-Philippine linguistic varieties in general and have published several works on them in journals and edited books. I am the founder and current Director of The Lannang Archives; I am also a licensed professional teacher (PRC Board Examination, Top 6).

 
 

RESEARCH

Steffi Anne CHONG

Steffi Anne CHONG

Creatives Director; Technology Coordinator; Junior Research Assistant

I am a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology graduate from Grace Christian College. Designer for an accounting firm by day, and a night-owl gang homie by night. I have always taken interest in things that are related to my bicultural identity. It's an honor to be able to take part in contributing and supporting the organization's advocacy in conserving the Lannang heritage.

Hui-Giok LIM

Hui-Giok LIM

Project Head - Philippine Hokkien Dictionary

I'm a Physics major in Ateneo De Manila with no formal linguistic background, but growing up speaking English, Tagalog, Philippine Hokkien, and Mandarin introduced me to the world of languages early on. When a friend wanted to learn Hokkien from me in high school, I realized the lack of research in this field, and that I may witness language death if nothing was done. I'm glad to have discovered The Lannang Archives in May 2020 as a place to contribute with like-minded people. Many languages have gotten my interest, but I just couldn't leave Hokkien on the side.

Misha Ysabel HWANG

Misha Ysabel HWANG

Project Head - Automated Transcription/#AskALannang

I am an aspiring Data Scientist on the weekdays and an advocate for Tsinoy culture and language on the weekends. During my childhood, I used to wonder how I may contribute to preserving the Hokkien dialect one day. And 15 years later, I am volunteering and supporting the initiatives of The Lannang Archives, hoping to apply Data Science to aid in the preservation of the language.

Dave Ryan Mikhail GO

Dave Ryan Mikhail GO

Contributor; Project Head

I graduated from Ateneo de Manila with History and Diplomacy and International Relations. I have minors in Asian and European Studies, Literature and Cultural Heritage. Due to my passion for languages and history, I am currently taking my Master's in Linguistics in UP Diliman. I also work as a teacher and will be in Japan. Being in the Lannang Archives, I believe in advocating for and preserving this unique heritage and language.

Lance SIBI

Lance SIBI

Project Head: Lannang Orthography to Lannangdi input method for Rime

I am a Management Information Systems graduate from Ateneo de Manila University and currently a part-time Mandarin tutor for Chinese school students in the Philippines. As someone who is of half-Lannang heritage wanting to learn Lannang-ue, I found it disheartening not to find an abundance of resources for learning the Philippine variant of Hokkien or the Philippine Hybrid Hokkien (Lannang-ue) language. As my interest grew for Chinese culture and being of Chinese descent, I wanted to learn not only the worldwide standard Mandarin but also the largest Chinese variety used in the Philippines, which are Philippine Hokkien and Lannang-ue. I am glad to be part of preserving our language and heritage.

Norlene CHUA

Norlene CHUA

Junior Research Assistant

I am a pharmacist by profession but I am also interested in linguistics. I am enthusiastic to be involved in activities that preserve different cultures and traditions such as this initiative. I also want to improve my Hokkien and to share this with people who are also interested to learn the language. Thus, I volunteer for The Lannang Archives on my own time.

Aya Sophia GAN

Aya Sophia GAN

Junior Research Assistant

I am a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology graduate from De La Salle University of Manila. I am interested to practice honing my Hokkien language and to know more about the cultural impact that the Hokkien language had in the Philippines. In my spare time, I volunteer in The Lannang Archives.

Nelson CHONG

Nelson CHONG

Trainee Research Assistant

I am currently a student at the University of Hong Kong, taking up a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and majoring in both Accounting and Finance. Living in Hong Kong, I discovered how well-developed other Chinese dialects are and how this development helps them become preservable. It is then I realize the importance of my identity as a user of the Hokkien dialect and the need to preserve the beauty of it for future generations. Through volunteering in the Lannang Archives, I am given an ample opportunity to contribute to the development of PHH in our community. I look forward to working with you all in preserving our beautiful language.

Victoria ANG

Victoria ANG

Trainee Research Assistant; Member

I am a graduate of University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Architecture. The importance of Chinese culture and language has always been impressed upon me from an early age. Despite that, conversing with my fellow Chinese has always been hard. With our generation, you can tell that it is difficult for many to use Hokkien or any of the Sino-Philippine languages for everyday use. It shows how our Chinese culture here in the Philippines is disappearing. Living in the Philippines, a lot of us forget that we are Chinese or of Chinese descent. I believe that Lannang Archives can change this. I believe that this organization can bring back the Chinese culture in the Philippines. I want to take this opportunity as a research assistant to expand my knowledge and experience, and also to enhance my knowledge of Hokkien and our Filipino-Chinese culture.

Giana Mae NUNCIO

Giana Mae NUNCIO

Trainee Research Assistant

A graduate from Ateneo de Manila University with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with Materials Science and Engineering, I am innately curious about the workings of the world. Aside from being an advocate of science and health, I am also interested in various languages and cultures, particularly in East Asia and Southeast Asia. I deeply appreciate my Chinese-Filipino heritage and am enthusiastic in preserving and documenting the use of Hokkien in the Philippines in hopes of preventing its loss in the future generations. Growing up, learning Chinese meant learning only Mandarin and I found it such a pity that Hokkien, the language integral to the Chinese-Filipino community, was not taught as well. Since Philippine Hokkien was passed on from generation to generation verbally, the lack of published resources and standardization make it difficult to learn for a non-native speaker. I work to overcome this challenge and make the language more accessible for those interested to reconnect to their roots or to learn a new language.

Merwin Leon CHAN

Merwin Leon CHAN

Trainee Research Assistant

I graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Management Information Systems (MIS), Specialization in Enterprise Systems, but I have a passion and interest for history and ethnolinguistics, so I have been an active contributor too in such domains like, Wiktionary, Quora, Wikipedia and other such apps. With my background as part of growing up immersed in the Chinese Filipino culture and all such languages heard or used through the years, I aid in supporting the initiatives for this heritage.

Kashmir CAPUNO

Kashmir CAPUNO

Volunteer Trainee Research Assistant

A graduate of the University of the Philippines Los Banos, I’m a human ecologist by training and a researcher by profession. My interest in languages has driven me to study German and some local languages. Being an indigenous peoples’ rights advocate, I have realized the significance of language in the preservation of culture. As Noam Chomsky has said, “A language is not just words. It’s a culture, a tradition, a unification of a community, a whole history that creates what a community is."

Hysa GUARTE

Hysa GUARTE

Volunteer Trainee Research Assistant

I took up BA English Studies (Language) in UP Diliman thinking that it would be my pre-law course, but in my third year, I fell in love with studying the structure of a sentence. My love grew deeper when I took a sociolinguistics class. I knew then and there that my dream changed from being a lawyer to being a teacher who aims to show other people how exciting studying languages can be. I am currently finishing my MA degree in English Studies (Language). Some of my research interests are language and gender, language education, language policies and politics, language and identity, semantics, and sociolinguistics.

OUR TEAM

PUBLICATIONS

Wilkinson GONZALES

Wilkinson GONZALES

Founder; Director; Interim Publications Director

I am a PhD graduate student studying Linguistics at the University of Michigan. I went to De La Salle University for my BS Education-English (summa cum laude) and the National University of Singapore for my Master's in English Language and Linguistics.

I am interested in Sino-Philippine linguistic varieties in general and have published several works on them in journals and edited books. I am the founder and current Director of The Lannang Archives; I am also a licensed professional teacher (PRC Board Examination, Top 6).

Julber OSIO

Julber OSIO

Publications Director (on leave); Editor-in-Chief (on leave)

I graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a bachelor’s degree in Management Engineering and a minor degree in Japanese Studies. Currently, I work as a financial journalist for one of the top three credit rating agencies in the world, S&P. My main work is covering international events and writing research articles about the Asia-Pacific telecommunications industry. I consider linguistics to be one of my unfulfilled passions in life, which is why I am interested in activities related to languages. I am particularly interested in comparative linguistics.

Jennifer SUN

Jennifer SUN

Co-Host, #LannangTalks

I graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Santo Tomas, and worked in the corporate world as a Supply Chain planner. After three years, I pursued my first love, and started teaching preschool children in MGC New Life Christian Academy, took up education units and licensure exam for teachers. I am on my 9th year as an educator, and currently teaching in a progressive preschool, and doing online Mandarin and Hokkien classes for kids and adults alike. Aside from being a teacher, I am also a contributing writer for Church Strengthening Ministry’s Take Heart: Letters of Faith, Hope and Love, Scripture Union’s Light to My Path, and Keys for Kids Ministries’ Unlocked Devotional. In my free time, I write blog posts in whenateacherwrites.wordpress.com. Hokkien is my first language, and I am proud to say that even until now, I think in Hokkien! It’s my desire and passion to teach this rich language to the next generation.

Dave Ryan Mikhail GO

Dave Ryan Mikhail GO

Contributor; Project Head

I graduated from Ateneo de Manila with History and Diplomacy and International Relations. I have minors in Asian and European Studies, Literature and Cultural Heritage. Due to my passion for languages and history, I am currently taking my Master's in Linguistics in UP Diliman. I also work as a teacher and will be in Japan. Being in the Lannang Archives, I believe in advocating for and preserving this unique heritage and language.

Gaby FLORES

Gaby FLORES

Contributor

I'm a freelance writer and Comparative Literature graduate student whose interests are in the Filipino diaspora and postcolonialism. I write on lifestyle news and current events, and find these stories a natural compliment to my academic interests on how culture and identity are constantly formed and re-formed. Outside of work and school, you can find me eating lots of spicy food or watching stand-up videos on YouTube.

Sharmaine IBARRA

Sharmaine IBARRA

Contributor

I am currently a Korean government scholar pursuing Master's degree in Film at Dongseo University - Busan, South Korea. For 4 years, I worked as a Program Researcher and News Script Producer for several newscast in GMA Network, including 24 Oras, Unang Hirit and Saksi. I always fascinated about world culture. But being part of The Lannang Archives doesn't only made me interested about the unique Lannang heritage in the Philippines but also to conserve and share it.

Louward Allen ZUBIRI

Louward Allen ZUBIRI

Contributor

Louward Allen Zubiri is a Ph.D. student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and a student affiliate at East-West Center. He finished his BA and MA in Linguistics at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

His research interests are in the areas of description, documentation, and revitalization of non-dominant and/or underdescribed Philippine languages and scripts. He is interested in how description, documentation, and revitalization are informative of and interdependent with policymaking, education, community development, and heritage awareness.

As a long term ally of cultural and educational rights movement particularly on the use of the mother tongue, he has undertaken community engagements with a focus on advocacy, training, and research on, for, and with indigenous cultural communities in the Philippines.

Katherine Mae DECENA

Katherine Mae DECENA

Contributor

Freelance writer and a graduate student. Writing and understanding human nature is my true passion. I am a physiotherapist who fled the medical world to explore, discover, and learn the art of persuasive writing.

Discovering Lannang made me realize that our relationship with the Chinese community is fundamental to the growth and preservation of the Filipino culture. The connection between the two cultures is tightly knitted that over the years we have become one body, and neglecting a part could be detrimental to the whole body. Furthermore, considering the contemporary events, advocating the Sino-Philippines relations through The Lannang Archives is pivotal to preserving the hospitable attributes of the Filipino culture. We have always been receptive and there is no better time to be more so than today.

Patricia Miguela ALPAY

Patricia Miguela ALPAY

Contributor

I am a pianist, music teacher, and a distance runner. I have a bachelor’s degree in music education, and I teach applied music and theory in the classroom, group, and one-on-one setting. I am currently a graduate student of Musicology, and I am interested in the politics and dynamics of subcultures, particularly hard-core rock scenes such as punk and heavy metal in the Philippines. On days where I am away from work and school, I enjoy training for a long distance road race and playing video games.

 

MEDIA

Jennifer SUN

Jennifer SUN

Co-Host, #LannangTalks

I graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Santo Tomas, and worked in the corporate world as a Supply Chain planner. After three years, I pursued my first love, and started teaching preschool children in MGC New Life Christian Academy, took up education units and licensure exam for teachers. I am on my 9th year as an educator, and currently teaching in a progressive preschool, and doing online Mandarin and Hokkien classes for kids and adults alike. Aside from being a teacher, I am also a contributing writer for Church Strengthening Ministry’s Take Heart: Letters of Faith, Hope and Love, Scripture Union’s Light to My Path, and Keys for Kids Ministries’ Unlocked Devotional. In my free time, I write blog posts in whenateacherwrites.wordpress.com. Hokkien is my first language, and I am proud to say that even until now, I think in Hokkien! It’s my desire and passion to teach this rich language to the next generation.

Sharmaine IBARRA

Sharmaine IBARRA

Contributor

I am currently a Korean government scholar pursuing Master's degree in Film at Dongseo University - Busan, South Korea. For 4 years, I worked as a Program Researcher and News Script Producer for several newscast in GMA Network, including 24 Oras, Unang Hirit and Saksi. I always fascinated about world culture. But being part of The Lannang Archives doesn't only made me interested about the unique Lannang heritage in the Philippines but also to conserve and share it.

 
 

CREATIVES

Steffi Anne CHONG

Steffi Anne CHONG

Creatives Director; Technology Coordinator; Junior Research Assistant

I am a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology graduate from Grace Christian College. Designer for an accounting firm by day, and a night-owl gang homie by night. I have always taken interest in things that are related to my bicultural identity. It's an honor to be able to take part in contributing and supporting the organization's advocacy in conserving the Lannang heritage.

Clifford DE JESUS

Clifford DE JESUS

Video Editor

I am a Literary and Cultural Studies sophomore at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Mesa, Manila. The idea of how literature resonates the beauty of a specific culture fascinates me endlessly. I use my major in creating stories for my digital arts projects, digital content and videos, for various companies and individuals. I have also been part of professional media-related projects that involve the creation of original outputs such as MTVs and photography. Capturing moments of human experiences is my ode to literature and culture wherein I pour all my hard work and dedication in creating my very own "opus".

Victoria ANG

Victoria ANG

Trainee Research Assistant; Member

I am a graduate of University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Architecture. The importance of Chinese culture and language has always been impressed upon me from an early age. Despite that, conversing with my fellow Chinese has always been hard. With our generation, you can tell that it is difficult for many to use Hokkien or any of the Sino-Philippine languages for everyday use. It shows how our Chinese culture here in the Philippines is disappearing. Living in the Philippines, a lot of us forget that we are Chinese or of Chinese descent. I believe that Lannang Archives can change this. I believe that this organization can bring back the Chinese culture in the Philippines. I want to take this opportunity as a research assistant to expand my knowledge and experience, and also to enhance my knowledge of Hokkien and our Filipino-Chinese culture.

Micchaela KING

Micchaela KING

Content Producer

I’m currently taking my Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Visual Communication at the University of the Philippines Diliman and doing freelance projects involving illustration and design on the side.

However, I always have a big interest in language learning. As a person who grew up in a hybrid culture with Filipino and Chinese roots, language is a defining factor of cultures and I’m glad to be taking part in something that helps preserve my own culture heritage and at the same time connect with the Lannang language even more.

On my spare time, I look out for new baking recipes and juggle between 5 different Japanese mobages everyday.

Chelsea CUE

Chelsea CUE

Member

I am a Multimedia Arts graduate from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and I’m currently working as a freelance photographer.

My favorite photography subjects have always been the people around me as well as the stories they share. With the help of language, I find that I am better able to understand and connect with everything more deeply. I think it’s fascinating how we use communication to find meaning in our identities, bridge gaps between cultures and histories, in order for us to have a more profound view of the world.

When I’m not working, I am a film aficionado, a culinary enthusiast, and an aspiring barista with a tendency to overwater plants.

MARKETING

Jan Keanu PLANTILLA

Jan Keanu PLANTILLA

Member

Keanu likes to ride the waves and just go with the flow making sure that things sail smoothly even in rough waters. He is occasionally a poet and writes pieces that drive positive social impact. When he's not writing, you can find him binge-watching random series on Netflix. He is currently a marketing specialist for The Lannang Archives.

Jianne Nicole UY

Jianne Nicole UY

Member

I finished my bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (magna cum laude) at the University of Santo Tomas. I currently work as a full-time teacher during the day, and a visual artist at night. I also help out as a volunteer at the Lannang Archives.

My interest in languages and my heritage is the primary reason why I joined The Lannang Archives. Aside from learning and meeting new people who share the same interests as me, I also hope that through my abilities, I could contribute in the betterment of Lannang-ue for our future generations.

In my leisure time, I love to get myself updated with the latest trends in the art scene, slurping some ramen, and gulping milk teas.

Elsie OR

Elsie OR

UP-TLA Liaison Officer

I teach linguistics and Chinese Mandarin at the University of the Philippines Diliman. I am currently engaged in different Philippine language documentation projects, and presently working with the Buhid Mangyan community in Oriental Mindoro in building a dictionary for their language. My research is mostly on the morphosyntactic structures of Philippine languages. However, I am also interested in studying second/foreign language learning, as well as language contact. In my spare time, I volunteer in The Chinoy Archives.

 

HUMAN RESOURCES

Belinda TAN

Belinda TAN

HR Coordinator

I am currently pursuing my M.A. in Psychology (concentration on Social Psychology) at the University of the Philippines. My research interests involve close relationships, arts, culture, and technology. I am also an experienced professional with a demonstrated history of working for public and private sectors that mainly involves learning and development. One significant insight I've learned from my discipline is to know, accept, and embrace yourself - despite your flaws and imperfections - to experience genuine and lasting growth as a person. Working and contributing to the advocacy of The Lannang Archives is putting that theory into practice. I am now embracing my Lannang heritage that had been mostly ignored and under-appreciated most of my life. And, on my way to understand and value our language and culture - that part of myself. Yes, I am all that plus being a couch potato and a cat mom.

John Paolo LAGRISOLA

John Paolo LAGRISOLA

Member

I am currently a college junior taking my Bachelors degree at Batangas State University, Alangilan Campus. My professional interests are learning more about the leadership, people-handling, philippine market and the business side of Information Technology (IT). My personal interests are immersing myself in different cultures and learning foreign languages. It may sound cliche but I firmly believe that “Experience is the best teacher”, as I tried numbers of activities and volunteer groups before, many of my friends thought that It’s just a waste of time, but personally in the greater scheme of things I was actually gaining something much more important, and it was the Experience. I am looking forward to fulfilling more of my interest while I’m here in this community.

Melissa Anne ODTOHAN

Melissa Anne ODTOHAN

Member

I am currently taking BA Political Science at the University of the Philippines. It is my hope in the future to be a lawyer and a clinical psychologist so I can provide service to people in any way that I can. Working in this organization, I will be able to do that. Growing up, I only learned to speak Mandarin and Filipino. It is unfortunate that I have never learned to speak Hokkien as this is important in the Chinese-Filipino community. Being part of Lannang Archives gives me an opportunity to learn more about the language that I should have known and spoken as I was growing up. This provides a way for me to understand myself more, and hopefully as I go through that process, I will be able to help someone who is the same as me.

Victoria DE LOS SANTOS

Victoria DE LOS SANTOS

Member

I graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a bachelor’s degree in AB Psychology. My ultimate goal is to make a positive impact on the lives of other people, especially people with disabilities (PWDs) and those living in poverty in the Philippines. I think educating myself more about Philippine culture and language brings me a step closer to understanding present Philippine society and how it can be improved. During my free time, I am either watching a movie or fantasizing about my next business venture.

Patricia ESTRELLA

Patricia ESTRELLA

Member

As a Communications graduate and now working in an airline and tourism industry, I believe that language and culture greatly influence our everyday lives. I believe that language and cultural sensitivity will help one to have healthy relationships. At the same time, as a travel enthusiast, I love to meet different people. Sharing and hearing different stories, I appreciate that the beauty and uniqueness of each person lies in their language and culture.
It is through these interests that I decided to work in The Lannang Archives. I believe that joining this organization will be a new learning experience for me. By understanding the Lannang heritage, I hope to develop a new understanding about myself and the environment I am in. Moreover, I would also love to share my insights and skills that will also help for the cultural awareness and growth of others and of the group.

 

TECHNOLOGY

Steffi Anne CHONG

Steffi Anne CHONG

Creatives Director; Technology Coordinator; Junior Research Assistant

I am a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology graduate from Grace Christian College. Designer for an accounting firm by day, and a night-owl gang homie by night. I have always taken interest in things that are related to my bicultural identity. It's an honor to be able to take part in contributing and supporting the organization's advocacy in conserving the Lannang heritage.

Dennis ERESTAIN

Dennis ERESTAIN

Website Manager

I am a Computer Engineer and have been in the web content management field for almost 10 years, managing a wide array of digital portfolios and leading a diverse and high performing web team. I am currently exploring the field of experience design and UX/UI. I am a movie goer, coffee lover, and addicted to Manga/Manhwa/Manhua.

Sannie GO HO

Sannie GO HO

Website Manager

I am a registered pharmacist who has work experience in insurance underwriting and web content publishing. Currently, I am on a new chapter of my career where I am exploring the field of experience design. My hobbies include reading manhua and light novels.

Alyssandra Raiza DEL VALLE

Alyssandra Raiza DEL VALLE

Member

I graduated with a degree in Art Studies from the University of the Philippines Diliman. In addition to the arts and world cultures, I have also cultivated an interest in computer programming. Currently, I work as a Data Scientist for a market research institute. I also study web development and Mandarin, in my spare time. On the whole, I am eager to explore where these two passions can intersect. I am most excited about using technology to aid in conserving and sharing heritage and language.

 

LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE

Paola Ciarra VALENCIA

Paola Ciarra VALENCIA

Member

I am a Bachelor of Laws graduate from San Beda University.
I have always been interested in learning about other cultures. Being a part of this organization will help me gain a deeper level of understanding of the culture. It will be an honor for me to be a part of a reputable organization that is actively advocating for the preservation of the Lannang heritage.

 

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