She was born in the Cordilleras of Northern Luzon in the Philippines. She joined professional artists’ circuits in Manila in the early to mid1990s where she engaged in more in-depth and prolific practice of the arts.  She experimented  using a range of various media often indulging herself in  art crafts which she incorporates into innovative and  mixed media art creations.

She debuted in the Philippines as featured artist at a university’s Golden Jubilee in 1996 (Gregorio Araneta University Foundation). She joined the Australian art circuit at the Adelaide International Fringe Festival in 1998. She has since been actively having solo and major joint exhibitions with other professional artists.  She  co-founded Adelaide’s 5EBI FM’s  'Art In Diversity', an annual art exhibition, with Scottish art master Jim Hay . She regularly joins gallery members'  art exhibitions in South Australia. Recently, a bulk of her art work was in Hawaii for exhibition.





She is the author of the 2004 book ‘A Journey in Antipodean Land- the Filipino Heritage in Australia’. She also co-authored two other books on Filipinos in South Australia - “30 Years of Radyo Pilipino” and “Guts, Grit and Dreams”. Norma writes regularly for the PCHN, Filipino community paper in NSW, and is a free-lance stringer for various print and web-based media.


"Metamorphosis takes a while.  You get born raw and totally at the mercy of everything around you.  It's a long learning and experimental experience.  This thing  called life. You crawl and get subjected to scratches, bruises, gashes - at best.  Worse, you fall and break a bone or two.  But you get up. Or you are forced to get up.  It's too boring feeling sorry for yourself or licking your wounds in angst and bitterness.  Besides, the scratches and the bruises heal.  And over them grow scabs that turn into scars of mementos.  The broken bones push you to do something about them.  They're too uncomfortable.  You look around and you see people  buzzing and bustling  around and about you.  All seemingly having fun.  It does not matter whether they are really having fun or not.  You get envious nonetheless.   And sooner or later, the self pity fades.  And suddenly you find yourself back  in the crowd.  You find yourself  sobered up.  You glide back into the element of living. Until you fall again. And you sulk and mope until you get over those hurt and pain. Again and again, the pattern is repeated.  And then one day you look at old pictures you've kept in storage  and reconnect with the old.  Old familiar places.  Strangely  heart-warming  faces.  And then there are funny hairdos.  Odd looking shoes.  And then you think, 'Strange, I did not know me that way!' or you go ha ha because the 'old you'  was such a funny fool - an odd character.  Ah,  for goodness sake, shamefully inane.  But if you should paint all  those portraits into a collage,  you'll  be amazed at how strangely beautiful the tapestry is.  And you realize, you are a tapestry. A lovely work of art.  A magnificent expression of life.  And with that, gratitude is in order.  Life is beautiful.  God, is indeed, good!

She is as deeply passionate about humanitarian causes as she is about art. She is devoted to causes through the Indigenous Nationals Development Integration Organization (INDIO) an indigenous-focused charity and humanitarian non-profit organization that she co-founded and chairs.

She dedicates her art and journalistic work to charity and humanitarian causes. (Link to Facebook page of INDIO)