Rafael Santos teaches Purposive Communication and Media and Information Literacy. He is a PhD candidate in English Studies: Language at the University of the Philippines Diliman. In a span of more than 20 years, he has worked as a managing editor, print journalist, broadcaster, broadcast programming director, public affairs program host (cable TV & radio) in a US territory, news editor, broadcast strategist for a global media organization, and executive director of a school.
Rafael received the ABS-CBN Bayaning Pilipino sa Asya-Pasipiko sa Taon ng Sentenaryo award for his advocacy work for overseas Filipino workers while employed as a journalist, and Ang Bagong Bayani Awards, both in 1999. Previously, he was conferred the Best All-Around Excellence in Reporting award by the US Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). While in the broadcast media in the Philippines, he was a member of the National Press Club and Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP).