Recipient of the UH Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching, Dr. Pia Arboleda holds a Doctor of Arts degree in Language and Literature (major in Literature), a master’s degree in Language and Literature (major in Filipino) and a Bachelor of Science in Commerce (major in Marketing) from De La Salle University. For high school and grade school, she went to St. Scholastica’s College, Manila. She teaches Fil 435: Translation Theory and Practice, IP 273E: Philippine History and Culture, IP 396: Philippine Folklore, IP 431: Rizal’s Life and Writing, IP 368B: Philippine Film, among others.
Prior to joining UH, Dr. Arboleda served as Visiting Professor at Osaka University where she taught Southeast Asian Culture, Philippine Literature, Language and History for four and a half years. She was assistant professor in Filipino at University of the Philippines Baguio, assistant professor in Filipino at University of the Philippines Manila and instructor at De La Salle University. She also taught gender studies at St. Scholastica’s College, Manila. Outside the academe, she was Assistant Program Manager of CARE Philippines, Executive Director of Environmental Legal Defense (Endefense), Executive Director of the Remedios AIDS Foundation, and External Affairs Officer at the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM).
Dr. Arboleda is also a poet and creative writer. Her works have appeared in Forbidden Fruit: Women Write the Erotic, Kung Ibig Mo: Love Poetry by Women, Essays on Women, The Baguio We Know, Essays in Philippine Language and Literature, among others. She now produces multi-media instructional materials on Philippine folklore and films. From 2011-2021, she served as coordinator of the Filipino and Philippine Culture program. She is now Director of the Center for Philippine Studies and Chair of the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures.