Gaying, in her many years as a UP professor, has assumed many roles - she sat as coordinator of the UP Cebu Committee on Cebuano Language, the UP Cebu Sentro ng Wikang Filipino and the UP Cebu Arts and Culture Committee, and ,currently, a member of the Gender and Development Committee.


She is more known, however, as the artistic director, a post since 1983, of the University of the Philippines Students’ Theater Arts Guild for Education or UPSTAGE


Her artistic career started with the stage, either as a thespian, a director, or as a translator of plays into Cebuano. In 2008, she turned to film acting.


She has served the larger community by being a resource person and facilitator of trainings on the performing arts and a consultant in community theater groups, especially those that promote children and women empowerment.

Associate Professor 7, Creative Director of UPSTAGE

Contact Information

Courses Handled

Research Interest


Humanities 1, Literature 1, Literature 4, Theater 19

Cebuano Arts, Culture and Heritage; Theater for Social Transformation; Film as  Tool for Change; Women and Children Empowerment; Art Therapy; Environmental Awareness Through Art; Community Organizing


BSE Pilipino and English (University of San Carlos, 1979) Graduated Cum Laude


Master of Management in Educational Management (University of the Philippines Cebu, 1987)


Ph.D. in Education (candidate) (University of San Carlos, up to present)


Published/Creative Works

“Essence,” The Freeman column


Translator, English to Filipino, UP High School Science, Biology and Chemistry textbooks (a project of UP System-wide Sentro ng Wikang Filipino)


Translator, English to Cebuano, Brochure on Typhoon Haiyan Rehabilitation Project, World Vision Philippines


Translator, Filipino to Cebuano, Stage Plays

  • Leon Kilat
  • Ang Papeles
  • Sa Ngalan ng Ama
  • Propesor Tuko


Stage Director

  • Ang Taw
  • Sul-og sa Gugma
  • Ang Papeles
  • Sa Ngalan sa Amahan
  • Propesor Tuko
  • Asucena
  • Mga Dula sa Pagtuo: “Sila Nga Mitaliwan Na”
  • International Eucharistic Congress 2016 Opening Program

Film Actress

  • Miss Cebu 2016 Video Clip on The Cebuana
  • Puso 2, UP Cebu Promotional Advertisement
  • Swap by Remton Siega Suazola
  • Di Ingon Nato by Brandon Relucio and Ivan Zaldarriaga
  • Sanctissima by Kenneth Lim Dagatan
  • Tig-baid by Janice Perez
  • Lunch Box by Remton Siega Suazola
  • Igsuon by Christian Paolo Lat
  • Sa Tuong Kamot by Januar Yap
  • Mahiwaga by JP Gopez
  • Swing by Shilton Calamba
  • Too Old Too Fast by Jom Po


Awards and Recognitions

Arts Council of Cebu Foundation Incorporation


Kahayag Board of Directors

Best Actress, Sanctissima, 2015 Nabunturan Independent Film Exhibition (NABILFILMEX)


Best Actress, Sanctissima, 2015 UPelikula International Short Film Festival


Best Supporting Actress (Nominee), Lunch Box, 2016 Sinulog Short Film Festival