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The author was born in Cebu City and grew up in the towns of San Francisco in Camotes Island, Moalboal, and in Bantayan, all in the province of Cebu, Philippines. In 1993, he finished Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the Visayas State College of Agriculture, now Visayas State University (VSU) in Baybay City, Leyte. In 1995, he took the Philippines’ Licensure Examination for Foresters where he garnered the 8th Place. His experiences include working as a community development worker, science research assistant, and as Lecturer in Forestry previously at the University of the Philippines-Tacloban College (UPTC), Eastern Samar State University (ESSU) and currently at VSU. The author was a recipient of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship for his Master of Science in Tropical and International Forestry degree which he finished in 2007 and PhD degree in Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology in 2014, both at the University of Göttingen, Germany.