My work involves both field-based and lab-based investigations. The Ifugao Archaeological Project, a collaborative research project between the National Museum of the Philippines, Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement, Inc., Archaeological Studies Program-University of the Philippines, and the University of Guam, recently completed it's first field season in the Old Kiyyangan Village, Kiangan, Ifugao. This research project is a continuation of my work that started in 2002 as part of a Master's thesis for the University of Hawaii-Manoa.
I have also initiated a project for the City of Tayabas in Quezon Province (with Noel Amano, UP-ASP). This work aims to document the rice terraces located in Barangay Dapdap and hopes to provide a comparative study between Philippine Cordillera and lowland terrace systems in the Philippines. In addition, a larger project to document the development of Tayabas City as a major hub in pre-Hispanic and Hispanic-era Philippines is included in the investigations.
In the summer of 2016, we will initiate the Culture Contact Research Project in Camarines Sur, Philippines. Through a collaborative research project between the National Museum, Archdiocese of Caceres, and UCLA, we will focus on the responses of Bicolanos to the initial contacts with the Spanish.