Curriculum vitae

Al Sabado


freelance editor (2008present)
bilingual (English-Filipino), professionally trained copyeditor, full time since 2008, BIR-registered freelance business owner since 2009
  • Reviews, edits, proofreads, or formats written documents, such as books, e-books, journal articles, recommendation letters, web content, as well as master's and doctoral dissertations by academic authors from Gwynedd Mercy UniversityLehigh University, Monash University, University of Maryland, and Walden Universityamong other learning insititutions
  • Edits written content on-screen with MS Word (2010) Track Changes tool or with standard proofreading marks using PDF-XChange PRO (2012), in accordance with client specifications, house style, or the required style guide (e.g., American Anthropological Association [AAA], American Psychological Association [APA], Chicago Manual of Style [CMOS], Harvard Referencing, Modern Language Association [MLA], or Turabian, etc.) 
  • Translates written content from English to Filipino and vice versa
  • Updates written content using web-based applications (e.g., content management system or CMS)
  • Authors and maintains the editorial website section, The Filipino freelancers' guide to paying taxes and securing social benefits
  • Performs other profession-related tasks, such as bookkeeping, filing of her tax returns, and paying income taxes
  • See editorial services, manuscripts edited, and topics edited for details

project editorial assistant (20062008) 
Institute of Philippine Culture, Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), QC
  • Edited the master's theses of Southeast Asian students enrolled at ADMU Department of Sociology and Anthropology,  in collaboration with the Institute of Philippine Culture
  • Facilitated graduate theses production for final submission to the ADMU Office of Graduate Services
  • Reviewed and edited conference papers for the "Southeast Asia Today: Development Paradigms, Reflexive Engagements" held at ADMU on 24 April 2008
  • Provided the IPC staff and the graduate degree program scholars the required editorial assistance through lecture series and individual consultations
English teacher (20042005)
Manila Hankuk Academy 
  • Conducted 60-minute one-on-one classes on English as a second language (ESL) with Korean teachers of the school
  • Taught middle and high school students in school year 20042005: ESL for middle school students; English grammar and literature for Grade 11 students; and writing composition for Grade 12 students 
  • Facilitated the Artists Circle, the school theater organization for middle and high school students; directed the stage play with the original story conceptualized by the students
ESL teacher (20022004)
CNN English Language Institute, Inc. 
  • Taught non-native English speakers ESL with the use of textbooks based on student age, background, preference, and level of communication skills 
  • Provided specific exercises to harness the student's proficiency in the use of English through four communication skills (reading, listening, speaking, and writing) during 60- to 90-minute classes
bakeshop owner, cook, and baker (20012005)
Saint Al's Food and Bakeshop
  • Conceptualized the overall written content
  • Functioned as cook and cake baker/decorator
  • Prepared budget plan and did marketing of fresh ingredients 
  • Priced products at reasonable costs and delivered them to customers
  • Offered specialties that included meats and vegetables, pasta, and salads among others, all of which were categorized as Saint Al's Prime Delights. Saint Al's Cake Series included coffee cake, carrot cake, chocolate cakes, cheesecakes, and cakes (fondant or frosted icing) for all occasions such as birthdays and weddings
  • Arranged flowers for customers who preferred bouquets as part of their food and cake orders
producerdirector and scriptwriternarrator* (2001)
Lydia’s Helping Hand Mission
(A foundation dedicated to serving the poverty-stricken community of Barangay Parola in Tondo, Manila) 
  • Wrote, produced, and directed a five-minute video for the benefit of Lydia's Helping Hand Mission 
  • Supplied the video voice-over
scriptwriter, producer, and director* (2000)
Turning Point Foundation
(A halfway home in Tagaytay City, Philippines for the restoration of former drug and alcohol dependents) 
  • Wrote, produced, and directed a seven-minute docu-MTV for the benefit of Turning Point Foundation
planning officer II, administrative officer II, and planning officer III
January 1998
April 1999
Office of the President, Malacañang
Republic of the Philippines
  • Assisted in the monitoring of projects and processing of financial assistance for rebel returnees in Regions IV and V, under the National Program for Unification and Development Council (NPUDC) of former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos
  • Traveled and monitored the livelihood projects of former rebels as they re-entered the mainstream society
  • Took charge of incoming and outgoing correspondents
  • Handled the NPUDC company brochure content layout and design
  • Assumed the positions of planning officer II and administrative officer II prior to being promoted as planning officer III
contributor writer* (1999)
House of Refuge Foundation, Inc.
A temporary home for 
street children and orphans, previously located in Marikina City, Philippines
  • Contributed articles to "The Harbor," the official newsletter of the House of Refuge Foundation, Inc.
photographer* (1999)
A professional group art exhibit
  • Served as volunteer photographer for "Pasasalamat," a group art exhibit, graced by the works of renowned Filipino artists, such as Malang Santos and Julie Lluch, among others 
playwright, producer, and director* (1996, 1998)
A church fellowship for young adults 
  • Wrote, produced, and directed a 17-minute video on love, courtship, and marriage, a special presentation for the young adult audience
copywriter (19961997)
Studio Art Large, Inc.
  • Handled data gathering, writing, revising, editing, and proofreading of copy used for corporate brochures, flyers, print ads, company calendars, and other marketing materials 
  • Collaborated with an exceptional creative team of graphic artists, account executives, and the CEO
TV scriptwriter (1994)
Rajah Broadcasting Network (RJTV 29)
  • Wrote scripts for the network's "Home TV Shopping" aired daily
  • Engaged in TV production done in-house or on location
TV writerassociate producer (19931994)
Values Media, Inc. 
  • Wrote scripts for a five-minute Ovaltine TV segment for children, hosted by then child talents Atom Araullo and Bannie for the children's TV show "Boyoyong" aired on ABC 5 
  • Co-produced a two-act children's stage musical, "HabiTabi at ang Banal na Aklat" (Habi-Tabi and the Holy Book), with then child talent Carlo Aquino as Habi-Tabi, premiered at the Meralco Theater on 28 May 1994 
  • Wrote the play and lyrics of the stage musical in Tagalog 
  • Supplied the lyrics for the song, "Mga Batang Pilipino, Mga Munting Bayani" (Young Filipinos, Little Heroes), in time for the nationwide search for outstanding Filipino youth in June 1994
researcher, writer, and tour guide (1993)
Philippine Children's Television Foundation, Inc. (PCTVF) 
  • Assisted in the research work of PCTVF for its children's TV program (Batibot) extension project, "Batibot's World of Children Expo '93," which featured a 10-module exhibit of countries, held at the Shangri-la Plaza in Mandaluyong City 
  • Toured the children as well as the adult visitors around the exhibit area                 
on-the-job trainee (1993)
The Probe Team
  • Transcribed audiovideo files for postproduction
  • Assisted the production team by taking phone calls, organizing audiovideo files, and running errands
student data encoder (19921993)
Computer Service Center
  • Encoded reports and other written documents of professors and students
staff writer, Filipino editor, and managing editor* (19891992)
CHI-RHO, Miriam College official newsletter
  • Engaged in the publication of the college newsletter for three consecutive school years: staff writer (SY '80'90), Filipino editor (SY '90'91), and managing editor (SY '91'92)

*volunteer work


B.A. Communication Arts 
Miriam College 
Quezon CityPhilippines

M.A. Media Studies major in Film (coursework/comp only)
University of the Philippines
Quezon CityPhilippines

Passed admissions test/Accepted as student**

Art and Technique of Film Making, 2000
Diploma Course                                    
The London International Film School
United Kingdom

**Funds unmet (
£13,200 per year), deferral entry expired


Anticorruption and Taxation
  • Anticorruption Seminar, Office Anticorruption and Integrity–Asian Development Bank, 8 May 2014
  • Briefing of New Registrants, Bureau of Internal Revenue–Regional District Office 045, 13 August 2009
Copy-Editing by Distance Learning, The Publishing Training Centre, 2013–2015; Al Sabado, listed at The PTC freelancer directory, 2015

Film, Performing Arts, and Music
  • Take 6: Film Directors Lecture Series on Directing vis-à-vis Acting, Production Design, Cinematography, Editing and Production, University of the Philippines Film Institute and the Directors Guild of the Philippines, Inc., Quezon City, Wednesdays, 14 January–18 February 2004
  • Songwriting Workshop, Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Quezon City, 22 and 25 August 2001
  • Animation Production Workshop, University of the Philippines Film Center and the National Commission for Culture and Arts, 3–15 May 1999
  • Basic Level in Performing Arts, Center for Arts Foundation, Quezon City, 21 October 1999
  • The Best of the Best Competition, Center for Arts Foundation, CEAP Theater, Quezon City, 27 September 1999
  • Animation Production Workshop, University of the Philippines Film Center and the National Commission for Culture and Arts, 3–15 May 1999
  • TV and Film Scriptwriting Workshop, Ricky Lee’s 1996 TV and Film Scriptwriting Workshop, VIVA Television, Quezon City, 19 May–10 August 1996
  • Scriptwriting Seminar, Mark Aranal’s Scriptwriting Workshop, Quezon City, 6 April 1993
  • Seminar Workshop in Acting and Directing, Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines, 10 April–6 May 1989
  • Home Bakeshop Specialty Products, Business Technology/Livelihood Training Course, Technology and Livelihood Resource Center, Pasig City, 25 November 2001
  • Basic Food Servers’ Seminar Workshop, Proactive Center for Training, Pasig City, 28 January 2000
Rescue and Risk Management
  • Mass Casualty Incident (8 hours), 1st Rescue Basic Training Course, Seal Technical Rescue Team, Inc., Quezon City, 28 August 2005
  • Jungle Survival (8 hours), 1st Rescue Basic Training Course, Seal Technical Rescue Team, Inc., Montalban, Rizal, 7 August 2005
  • Fire Rescue (8 hours), 1st Rescue Basic Training Course, Seal Technical Rescue Team, Inc., Quezon City, 31 July 2005
  • Water Rescue (8 hours), 1st Rescue Basic Training Course, Seal Technical Rescue Team, Inc., Manila, 24 July 2005
  • High Angle Rescue (8 hours), 1st Rescue Basic Training Course, Seal Technical Rescue Team, Inc., Quezon City, 17 July 2005
  • Rope Management (8 hours), 1st Rescue Basic Training Course, Seal Technical Rescue Team, Inc., Quezon City, 10 July 2005
  • Disaster Management (8 hours), 1st Rescue Basic Training Course, Seal Technical Rescue Team, Inc., Quezon City, 2 July 2005
Security and Information Collection Seminar (18 hours), National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, National Intelligence Training Center, Malacañang Park, Manila, 4–6 November 1998

  • Teaching English, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, 26 January 2007
  • Teaching Strategies for Literature of Portraits of the Filipino as Writer, Reader and Teacher, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, 18 September 2004

Other engagements

  • Marathon Back to Basics Typing & Writing Competition, Collins International Trading Corporation, Development Academy of the Philippines, Pasig City, 29 February 1992
  • Approaches to Computer Base Learning, Philippine Business Automation Systems, Inc., 23 September 1989


  • Finalist Award, songwriting, Quezon City, 26 November 1999
  • Foundation’s Choice Award, one of the most outstanding performing arts students, Center for Arts Foundation, Music Museum, Quezon City, 21 October 1999
  • Foundation’s Choice Award, one of the most improved performing arts students during The Best of the Best Competition, Center for Arts Foundation, Quezon City, 2 October 1999
  • The Best of the Best Runner-Up Singing Contest (Female Category), Center for Arts Foundation, CEAP Theater, Quezon City, 27 September 1999
  • Dean’s List of Honor Students, Miriam College, 2nd semester of 1991–1992


  • Certificate of registration, freelance editor, issued by the Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue, 2009
  • Certificate of eligibility, career service professional, issued by the Philippine Civil Service Commission, 1998
  • Nonprofessional driver's license holder, Philippines, 1992–present


Basic knowledge: Carpentry, plumbing, upholstery; culinary; swimming


Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung | Forum: Qualitative Social Research, editorial team member, 2010present
The Research Cooperative, 2010present
Book Publishing Professionals (LinkedIn group), 20102011
Council of Science Editors (LinkedIn group), 20102011
Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), paid membership, 20092011
Filipino Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (FILSCAP), paid membership, 2002present
The Organization of Filipino Composers  or KATHA (e-group), 2001present