Melissa is the founder and executive director of social enterprise Got Heart Foundation, that aims to help indigenous farmers grow organic produce and creates opportunities to market produce. Melissa is also the founder of the Got Heart store, which aims to fairly sell quality products of communities, and founder of Earth Kitchen, a restaurant that serves dishes with fresh ingredients sourced from these communities.

Melissa graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in AB Development Studies and has a Masters in Entrepreneurship from the Asian Institute of Management.

Melissa is also a talented artist and had an art exhibit titled IndiGenius, held at the Art Elements Asian Gallery at SM Aura which featured 30 of her paintings that were inspired by her explorations among the indigenous communities in Philippines

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