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Holmes graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of the Philippines in 1973. She was one of only seven people to graduate magna cum laude among more than two thousand who graduated that year. Holmes was adjudged "Most Outstanding Graduate" for 1973 by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association.
Holmes was awarded a scholarship grant from the East West Center to study at the University of Hawaii in Manoa, where she received a Master of Public Health, major in International Family Planning, with special studies in Sex Therapy and Marriage Counselling.
Holmes has been a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of the Philippines, International School, San Carlos Seminary, Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University. She also served as a consultant in government and non-government organizations, notably the Population Center Foundation and the Department of Health. In addition to being a frequent lecturer and resource speaker to academic, corporate and socio-civic groups in the Philippines and overseas, she is also currently a professorial lecturer at the Graduate School of Psychology at the Pamantasan ng Lunsod ng Maynila.
Holmes created the first-ever Philippine-based show to deal with psychological issues, entitled No Nonsense with Dr. Holmes. She also hosted a segment, Magtanong Kay Dra. Holmes (Ask Dr. Holmes) which was broadcast twice weekly in Teysi ng Tahanan, a daytime talk-show primarily hosted by veteran comedian and impersonator Tessie Tomas.
Holmes is negotiating a cable show that will be broadcast in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Guam, Saipan, Honolulu and California.
Holmes is a regular columnist at Abante, a popular tabloid, Business Mirror and Opinyon, all in Metro Manila. She has published 21 books to date. As a pioneer, she has written the first books in the Philippines to tackle controversial issues on sex and relationships, homosexuality and clinical depression. Along with her husband, Jeremy Baer, she has co-authored two books: “Love Triangles” and “Imported Love”. They have a weekly column entitled “Two-Pronged” in www.rappler.com, aside from her own column, “Walang Bolahan” for the tabloid, Abante. Her books and columns have been reviewed in international periodicals, such as Newsweek, Time, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Associated Press, Agence France Press, Asiaweek, Asia Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- Passion, Power, Pleasure. Manila: Anvil Publications, 1991
- Magtanong Kay Dra Holmes. Manila: Anvil Publications, 1992
- Sexy Saucy Spicy. Manila: Anvil Publications, 1993
- Roles We Play in Family Life. Manila: Anvil Publications, 1993
- Magtanong Kay Dra. Holmes II. Manila: Anvil Publications, 1993
- A Different Love: Being Gay in the Philippines. Manila: Anvil Publications, 1994
- Buhay Babae. Manila: Anvil Publications, 1995
- Buhay Lalake. Manila: Anvil Publications, 1995
- Naiibang Pagibig: Ang Maging Bakla sa Pilipinas. Manila: Anvil Publications, 1996
- Buhay May Asawa. Manila: Anvil Publications, 1997
- Buhay Single. Manila: Anvil Publications, 1997
- Wild Wicked Wonderful. Manila: Anvil Publications, 2000
- Bad Bold Brazen. Manila: Anvil Publications, 2000
- Life Love Lust: Straightforward Answers to Provocative Questions. Manila: Anvil Publications, 2001
- Lalakeng Barako. Manila: Anvil Publications, 2001
- Babaeng Palaban. Manila: Anvil Publications, 2001
- Down to 1: Depression Stories. Manila: Anvil Publications, 2010
- Margie Holmes official biography
- East West Center at the University of Hawaii in Manoa
- University of the Philippines Diliman
- Ateneo de Manila University