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Of Literature, Love, and Lodestar

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Hi, I'm Wina!

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I’m a proud Filipina and an advocate of sustainable education.

I believe that knowledge only becomes power if it is shared whole-heartedly and received conscientiously.

Alongside this adage, I have been conducting seminars that enlighten teachers and students to achieve the best in their academic pursuit and personal development;

I created thoughtful learning choices - an online education platform which underpins sustainable education; and 

I am an editorial advisory board member of an international online journal (Journal of Education and Social Sciences).

 That's what I'm passionate about. I love sharing my expertise and encouraging people to achieve their best. 

Anywise, we are all innately marvelous.


About Me




A research presented in GLoCALL 2011 Conference - Manila, Philippines.

Since it was widely observed that students were prone to just read their PowerPoint while presenting, this study investigated ways to challenge and hone students to be more effective presenters by utilizing the promising potentials of Pecha Kucha method. 



A research presented in GLoCALL 2010 Conference - Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.  PowerPoint is said to be the most commonly used media to enhance any presentation; therefore, this study investigated the ways students used PowerPoint during their presentation. Further, this study addressed students as visual learners and listeners.



A research presented in GLoCALL 2010 Conference - Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. This paper presented the Freshmen students' common weaknesses in visual literacy. This study specifically analyzed the way students created and interpreted Non-Prose Forms (figures - graphs, charts, and tables). The result showed that a pedagogy must be enhanced.

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A research funded by University Research Coordination Office, De La Salle University. Our research team

prepared lectures in 4 academic fields:  the social sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, & humanities to explore the undergraduate's & graduate's Academic Listening Comprehension skills.

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A research published in The Journal of Asia TEFL 2021. Utilizing ANOVA and Tukey Post-Hoc Test, this study explored the effects of Optimism Bias and Enactive Learning to the 213 college students’ academic writing proficiencies. Their perceptions and preferences on the best teaching approach were also evaluated. The results yielded salient impact of DMA in addressing tardiness, carelessness, and plagiarism in academic writing.

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My M. A. thesis which I presented in ICALLE 2017. Utilizing WordSmith Tools 5.0, this paper explored the International Corpus English (ICE) that contains approximately a million words in 500 written and verbal texts in order to properly identify the syntax and semantics of the four Asian Englishes' prepositional verbs. Interesting findings were revealed.

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A research published in The Journal of Asia TEFL 2022. This paper presented the direct and indirect effects of DIAMETRIC MOTIVATIONAL APPROACH on the 310 Filipino students taking academic writing classes.  This study could open doors to richer discussions and diverse suggestions for academic writing practitioners and future researchers on how academic writing motivation could be approached.

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A research paper presented in The 36th International Conference on English Teaching and Learning 2019 at Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan. This study explored 190 Gen Z’s advocacy letters. Gen Z’s awareness on social issues, register of rhetorical moves, and application of linguistic devices were investigated. Results revealed interesting facets.

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My first publication was with one of the most admired professors and respected leaders in De La Salle University Manila, Philippines – Dr. Remedios “Remy” Miciano.

It was truly an honor and a great blessing to work with her and to witness her

sincerity, integrity, and generosity.

These three traits were emulated by the special people I worked with.

I have been privileged and blessed to be surrounded by people like them.

Hence, in my own little way, I yearn to give back by sharing to all of you –

the products of love and inspiration.



A book chapter published in the DLSU Centennial Book Series (2011). This study presented the effects of DISCOURSE MARKERS to the listening comprehension of 206 undergradute and graduate students. 

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A research published last 2013 at CALL-EJ. This is one of the pioneering studies in the Philippines with regard to the benefits and limitations of the leading academic plagiarism detector - TURNITIN. 



A research presented in BY Forum, Singapore and published in conference proceedings last 2013. This study presented the HEDGING DEVICES employed by Humanistic Buddhist writers.

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A research presented in GLoCALL 2013 Conference - DaNang, Vietnam.

Using SPSS v. 19, this study furnished interesting patterns and perceptions of the use of technology in learning English among the 600 'DIGITAL NATIVES' of Manila, Philippines. 

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A research presented in GLoCALL 2015 Conference - Daejeon, Korea.  This paper surveyed 215 students and interviewed 20 professors to venture on their competence and inhibitions on the use of ONLINE SURVEY.



A research presented in GLoCALL 2015 Conference - Daejeon, Korea. This was a collaborative project with my Korean student to tap her potential in research writing.  We explored how Korean students in the Philippines use ELECTRONIC DICTIONARY.


I am eternally grateful to my parents for instilling in me the joy of acquiring knowledge and to my teachers for giving me great opportunities to explore and discover my passion.

They both inspire me to be an advocate of sustainable education.

Hence through my advocacy, I aspire to pass on the same joy and inspiration to everyone.

This would even be more meaningful and powerful if together

 as education stakeholders we raise awareness and unite for a common goal –

sustainable education for all.

Please share and educate the world with kindness.

My Advocacy
My Style


These articles feature amazing people and wonderful ideas.

Their simplest or grandiose ways can really inspire us towards sustainable education.

I published them here because I believe in the potency of writing.

 With the hope to contribute meaningful ideas and positive energy

 I share my style -

my heart

through these articles.