b. 1988, San Mateo, CA

MFA, Columbia University
BA, Loyola Marymount University


Stephen is a Filipino-American Director
and Writer based in New York City.

For three years he worked closely with Magnum photographer Jim Goldberg
before becoming an MFA Candidate at
Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program.

His thesis from Columbia University, Manila is Full of Men Named Boy, premiered in competition at the 75th Venice Film Festival and continued on to the 28th Busan International Film Festival, 41st Festival du Court Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand, and the
32nd SXSW.

Stephen is a participant in the 2019 Artist Academy held by the 57th New York Film Festival.

He is currently writing his first feature, In The Shade Hardly Any Sun.