Myfel D. Paluga is an Associate Professor at the Department of Social Sciences in University of the Philippines-Mindanao. He has a BA in History (cum laude) from Mindanao State University and an MA in Anthropology from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He most recently edited a monograph on Philippine palms entitled Mapping Sago: Anthropological, Biophysical and Economic Aspects (University of the Philippines Mindanao, 2016) and co-authored (with Ramon Guillermo, Maricor Soriano, and Vernon Totanes) a book on ancient Philippine scripts entitled 3 Baybayin Studies (University of the Philippines, 2017).
He is presently doing a community-assisted collaborative work on indigenous knowledge and the Man-oloron and Tolalang epics of the highland Pantaron Manobos of southern Philippines. Prior to this, his main researches were on the ethology of Philippine macaques and human-macaque relations in a millenarian community on Mt. Apo (Philippines). Under the Asian Public Intellectuals fellowship of the Nippon Foundation (Japan), he has expanded this theme on human-animal relations in various sites of Thailand and Indonesia (2006) and also participated in the three-year, cross-country collaborative project on “Human-Ecological Balance in Asia” (2009-2012). He served as chairperson of the Department of Social Sciences (University of the Philippines in Mindanao) and has also taught at the Mindanao State University-General Santos City. He sits on the Board of Trustees of a Davao-based indigenous peoples school system, the Salugpungan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center.