Antonio P. Gella Manuud took his MA at Marquette University and as the first Filipino graduate scholar of the British Council, studied at the Universities of Durham and Oxford. At Durham, he became a member of the Senior Common Room at Grey College. He is also a member of the American Honor Society for English Literature and the International Honor Society for Journalism. As chairman of the English Department, Ateneo de Manila University, he organized the Ateneo Institute of Philippine Literature in 1965.
From a series of lectures held in the Ateneo, Manuud edited the landmark anthologyBrown Heritage: Essays on Philippine Cultural Tradition and Literature ( AdMU, 1967), which has been reviewed as the book that "sparked the revolution in Philippine cultural studies."