Paolo Nino Valdez is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Applied Linguistics, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines. He holds a PhD in linguistics from the Philippine Normal University, and his dissertation that delves into culture and code-switching was a finalist for the Christopher Brumfit Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2008. His research interests are in the areas of linguistic landscapes, teacher beliefs, and critical pedagogy. His publications have appeared in Discourse, Context and Media, Asia Pacific Education Researcher, Journal of AsiaTEFL, TESL-EJ and Reflective Practice. He currently serves as an editor of the Malaysian Journal of ELT research. In 2017, he was a visiting scholar at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He will be a Distinguished ARC Scholar for the Graduate Center at the City of University of New York in September 2022 and will proceed with his research fellowship under the Fulbright foundation at Hunter College, City University of New York from October 2022 to January 2023 where he will work on commodity registers and linguistic landscapes in the Philippine-American Community in New York. As an avid long-distance cyclist/bike commuter, he advocates for inclusive mobility.