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Brief Profile

Neen is a social anthropologist doing engaged work with various Filipino communities. Her research, which employs qualitative methods such as countermapping and digital ethnography, reflects her interest in development and humanitarianism, urban anthropology, the anthropology of disaster and human rights, death studies, and the anthropology of affect and emotions. She finished her bachelor’s degree in Development Studies at the University of the Philippines Manila, and obtained her MA degree in Anthropology at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Her MA thesis is a digital ethnography of death, grief, and mourning amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Currently, she is an affiliate faculty of the UP CSSP Folklore Studies Program and a board member of Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao (UGAT – Anthropological Association of the Philippines).

Research Interest and Specialization

Anthropology of Home, Urban Anthropology, Anthropology of Disaster, Death Studies, Development and Human Rights, Digital Ethnography, Counter mapping

Geographical Areas / Field Sites

South Cotabato, Rizal, Tarlac, Baguio City


  • Sapalo, N. H. (2021 September 13). Digital Grief: Mourning Covid-19 deaths on Facebook. Rappler.
  • Sapalo, N. H. (2021 August). Ang Pangako: Salin ng The Sociological Imagination ni C. Wright Mills. Daluyan: Journal ng Wikang Filipino, Volume 26, no. 1, pp. 102-112.
  • Sapalo, N. H. (2020). “Ayyew-ubbo vermiculture as an emerging practice in environmental sustainability and food security among indigenous women migrants in Cordillera.” In Pagsalin. Philippine Taskforce for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Baguio City.
  • Sapalo, N. H. (2020 June 1). Who will look after lola during the pandemic? New Mandala.
  • Sapalo, N. H. (2019 December 10). Whose land is this? Constructing counter-narratives through maps. Global Ethnographic.