After graduating cum laude from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Film, Grace received a grant from the European Union as part of their project entitled “In Defense of Land and Life: Addressing Human Rights Concerns of Indigenous Peoples in Resource Conflict Areas” to produce a mid-length documentary film. As a follow up to this project, she immersed in the same community for more than eight years while producing the feature-length documentary film “A is for Agustin”.

The experience and knowledge she obtained through her years in the indigenous community, became her driving force in pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where her research focuses on the various forces affecting indigenous groups in Southeast Asia.