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Brief Profile

Rej Cruz started his career as an engineer but the desire to be involved in culture propelled him to take graduate degree in Anthropology at the Department. Now he is a full time faculty with interests in Deaf culture, traditional arts and music in the Philippines, folklore and heritage conservation. He was a board member of the Ugnayang Pang-Agham Tao (UGAT), the national organization of the Philippines from 2008-2011, and current board member of the Aliguyon UP Folklorists since 2019. He continues to study traditional arts and music such as the kulintang, and started learning kutyapi as well, and shares it with others through performing, teaching and collaborating with other artists.

Research Interest and Specialization

Deaf culture and Filipino Sign Language (FSL), traditional arts and music, folklore

Geographical Areas / Field Sites

Metro Manila


  • Saysay ng kasanayan: Pagbuo ng identidad sa arnis o eskrima. Daluyan. XXIV: 48-60. 2018.
  • Deaf / Bingi at deaf / bingi at ang Filipino Sign Language (FSL): Usapin ng Wika at Identidad. Daluyan. XXII : 119-143. 2016.
  • Lawas : glosari ng mga katawagan sa katawan ng tao / mga tagapag-ugnay ng proyekto, Michael L. Tan, Felipe P. Jocanto Jr., ; mga tagalikom at editor, Raul S. Ting, Reginaldo D. Cruz. – Quezon City : Sentro ng Wikang Filipino- UP Diliman, 2010.