work experience and qualifications
I am a greentrepreneur, and a freelance translator, writer, editor, statistician, researcher, layout artist, and trainor, with three decades of mostly development work behind me. Some experience in project management and office / organizational administration were also inevitably accumulated. I have no degree, which doesn’t stop me from trying to use what has been given me.
I am fluent in only two languages: English and Tagalog. My translation experience includes: forward as well as backward translation (1st to 2nd rounds); proofreading aside from editing (comparing source and target documents) translated material; management of translation project with several translators working on 2 books; translation assessment; very little live interpretation.
MANAGING the translation by three (3) translators (from English into Tagalog: 75,000 words, estimate) of Mr. Marlo Sanchez' two locally bestselling English books on entrepreneurship (Pinoybisnes Series I - A Smart & Practical Guide for New Entrepreneurs - & II - Be Smart! Start & Manage Your Own Business) in March 2002 until May 2003
Edited the Tagalog translation of "Clouds' Sweet Kiss", a book for children by Oscar Laborem Adiao-Garcia in December 2011
Edited the Tagalog translation of the two books on entrepreneurship described above
Manual for Community Health Volunteers translated (from English into Tagalog) by the Philippine General Hospital and published by Arci Cultura e Sviluppo in December 2000
As a rule, I interpret English terms into Tagalog, especially the news and lyrics of songs (and until "Tagalized" versions of old English movies became in vogue, dialogue in movies, too), for my partner - since 2004.
Translation of Tagalog terms into English for the 2012 Year-End Edition of Paghahabi, the semi-annual newsletter of the Women and Gender Commission of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (WGC-AMRSP), and the proceedings of their 2012 (5th) General Assembly
Translation of Tagalog discussions into English for the Pilipino Commuters Consumer Cooperative (PILCOM) Three-Year Sirkulo ng Kapitbahayan (SIKAP) Community Stores Project Proposal
Translation of Tagalog terms into English for the Alliance for Bases Clean-Up's 2012 accomplishment report, and bidirectional translation of articles for the 2012 edition of their newsletter
Translation of Tagalog discussions into English for the Paglingap ng Bagong Taytay Foundation's organizational profile
Translation of Tagalog discussion into English, for a project concept paper
Translation of Tagalog documents and interview into English, for the website and the accomplishment report of the Saragpunta Federation
Translation of Tagalog into English, the synopsis of a book (included in its publication)
Translation of Tagalog terms into English for the Alliance for Bases Clean-Up's 2011 accomplishment report, and bidirectional translation of articles for the 2011 edition of their newsletter
Translation, with comments, of English into Tagalog, for a medical research company based in the United Kingdom
Translation of official English correspondence into Tagalog, for Saragpunta, federation of Tagbanua people in Palawan, Philippines
Translation of Tagalog discussions into English, for the economic survey for the Commonwealth Ave. Congressional Ave. Ext. Muñoz Balintawak Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association, Inc. and Transport Service Cooperative (CCMBJODAI-TSC)
Translation of First Indorsement text (English to Tagalog) and electoral campaign material for the candidate supported by the Project 2 Senior Citizens’ Association
Translation of Tagalog discussions into English, for the Peoples' Task Force for Bases Clean-Up/Alliance for Bases Clean-Up's legal and business communication and documents, both online and not
Translation of Tagalog discussions into English, for the 2009 Faith in Tomorrow’s Dream Foundation's legal and business communication and documents
Second back-translator for a United Kingdom-based medical research company. Work involved back-translating Tagalog translation into English, with comments and/or explanations when warranted
As editor of the Balik Calawit Movement’s 2009 Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP) occasional translation of words or phrases from English into Tagalog to ensure readability of the publication
As documentor of the Socio-Pastoral Institute's Buhay-Katiwala, their 2009 international conference on the Spirituality of Stewardship, occasionally translated words, phrases or entire passages from Tagalog into English to ensure unity of output language
Translated the company vision and mission of the Samahan ng Maralitang Pamilya (SAMARPA) Multi-Purpose Cooperative Printing Press, from Tagalog into English
(Up to present) Translation of Tagalog discussions into English, for the Bagong Taytay Foundation's legal and business communication and documents
Translation of segments of the 2007 Annual Report of Palawan's Tagbanua federation Saragpunta from Tagalog into English.
Translation of Tagalog discussions into English, for the Alliance of Tansport Organizations in Mega Manila (ATOMM)
Translation of an English advertising punchline into Tagalog for a United Kingdom-based enterprise
Translation of a key Tagalog document of the Socio-Pastoral Institute into English
Interpreted for an English-speaking Japanese student during some of his interviews with urban poor leaders
Translating selected documents of the Unity for Revival Foundation-National Capital Region from Tagalog into English
Translation of Tagalog discussions into English, for the MAGKAKASAMA Homeowners Association's Alitaptap Multi-Purpose Cooperative's GI Pipe Re-threading & Meter Protector Production Enterprise project proposal
Translation of Tagalog discussions into English, for the Samahan ng Maralitang Pamilya Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SAMARPA MPC) Project Proposal
Translating selected documents of the Marine Aquarium Council's Asia-Pacific Operations, such as contracts and project operational guidelines from English into Tagalog
Translated English elements of the findings of the Urban Missionaries' Research on the Situation of Working Women and writing up the survey report in Tagalog
Translated English findings of the Socio-Pastoral Institute Pastoral Development Projects Office's Research on BEC And Poverty Alleviation into Tagalog for writing up in creative summary form
Translated Tagalog field responses into English, for the Socio-Pastoral Institute Pastoral Development Projects Office's Research on Gender Responsive Measurements and Indicators
In charge of all translation (English into Tagalog) of the erinyes community center's Community-Based Women's Information Network Project, among other duties, as its Chief Information Officer
Second back-translator (Tagalog into English), 1,502-word medical questionnaire for a United Kingdom-based research company
First back-translator (Tagalog into English), 109-word medical questionnaire for the same company
Translated into English the Tagalog results of the workshop of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) during the 2004 Philippine Consultation on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights, sponsored by the UNAIDS, UNDP, and AlterLaw
Second back-translation (Tagalog into English) of 2 medical questionnaires for the same UK-based company
Second back-translation (Tagalog into English) of a 533-word medical questionnaire for the same UK-based company
Translation (English into Tagalog) of 44 book pages of Mr. Marlo Sanchez' two locally bestselling books on entrepreneurship (Pinoybisnes Series I & II - no word count possible, used hard copy)
Translation (Tagalog into English) of Opening Prayer used by the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women in their 2003 celebration of the International Women's Day (March 8, 2003)
Prior to these, translation has often been part and parcel of working with grassroots organizations and their partner agencies, which I have been doing for the past 25 years last August. Aside from project proposals, reports, contracts/terms of reference/memoranda of agreement and other communication between them (1988-current), major outputs include: the English version of Katipunan ng Kababaihan's (KnK) findings on working women's reproductive rights (1995), KPML's 1995 Alternative Urban Development Agenda, PAMANA / PCCD's 1995 community diagnosis, summing-up of their health program, summative evaluation of their socio-economic program, and summing-up of their organizational development. St. Joseph Social Services or SSJSI's 1995 gender thematic review and CURED's 1993-95 summative evaluation of NCR-based NGOs' and POs' socio-economic work are English documents based on Tagalog field responses.
CURED's Tagalog Manual on Community Planning was translated from English reference materials (1993), as are my own training modules on training needs analysis design, development and conduct as well as gender sensitivity (including 2 poems), Lotus 123 and Word Perfect 5.1 for DOS (1994); feasibility study preparation and crisis counselling for women, aside from cooperativism (1995); gender-sensitive courses on facilitation, communication, counseling, and some topics on gender-sensitive organization development (1996); also gender-sensitive courses on situational leadership, decision-making, problem-solving, conflict management, situational research, and creative writing (1997). Also translated Tagalog material into English for the course material on organizing (1994).
tests, certifications, and education
Obtained perfect scores at Transparent Language's English Proficiency (150/150 points, http://www.transparent.com/tlquiz/proftest/english/tlengtest.htm) and Tagalog Proficiency (http://www.transparent.com/tlquiz/lwquiz/Tagalog/tltaga.htm) tests. Also took the Berlitz English Placement Evaluation (http://www.berlitz.com/englishtest/), where my performance indicated "a good command of the language", placing "within the advanced range of proficiency".
Master's Certifications obtained at Brainbench.com include: only Philippine Master in Business Writing (2000-2003 - for renewal) and in Childcare Fundamentals (U.S.) (2001-2003 - for renewal); top Philippine Master in Written English (2000-2002 - for renewal), and among the top 10 Philippine Masters in English Vocabulary (2001-2003 - for renewal), Computer Fundamentals (Win 95/98) (2000-2002 - for renewal), Spelling (U.S.) (2001-2003 - for renewal), and Typing Speed & Accuracy (91 WPM Raw and Accurate) (2001-2003 - for renewal).
Other Brainbench certifications: Top Philippine tester in Interpersonal Communications (2001-2003 - for renewal) and in Editing & Proofing (Chicago Style) (2000-2003 - for renewal); highest Philippine score in Microsoft Excel (2001-2003 - for renewal) and Counseling Techniques (2000-2003 - for renewal); among top 3 Philippine testers in Microsoft Word (2001-2003 - for renewal), Technical Writing (2000-2003 - for renewal), Training Development (2001-2003 - for renewal), and in Training Delivery and Evaluation (2001-2003 - for renewal); among top 10 Philippine scores in Project Management (2000-2003 - for renewal), Human Resources Concepts (U.S.) (2001-2003 - for renewal), Microsoft Windows 98 Navigation (2001-2003 - for renewal). I'm also certified in Math Fundamentals, and until now am the only Philippine tester certified in Non Profits Industry Knowledge (2000-2003 - for renewal). I am also the second best Philippine tester (not certified) in Microsoft PowerPoint 2000 (2000-2003 - for renewal).
Undergraduate in Business Economics from the University of the Philippines (Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, 1984) on full government scholarship. Was offered full scholarship at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, for topping their entrance exams; offered full Integrated Applied and Physical Sciences (INTAPS) scholarship at the University of the Philippines (UP), for high science and math scores in entrance exams; offered (and accepted) full UP Government Scholarship, for passing (high) grade and (low) income requirements for students from Metro Manila (all regions are represented in the UPG scholarship).
Completed standard elementary (6 years) and high school (4 years) of education in English and Filipino Communication Arts. Also completed one semester each (as elective courses) of Creative Writing in Filipino, Creative Writing in English, and Pagsasaling-Wika (Translation) English and Tagalog at the University of the Philippines Integrated School.