Kumusta / Hello

Sooo, before you start poking around my website, there’s something you should probably know about me. I faked my way through pre-school, kindergarten and part of first grade. Little did I know that this experience would lay the groundwork for my design career and is the root of my high tolerance for ambiguity.

Headshot-ThenYou see, I was born in the Philippines and moved to San Diego, California when I was four years old. I didn’t speak English. I wasn’t much of a talker to begin with—hence the “I” in my Myers Briggs personality type—so the whole not knowing the language of the country I just immigrated to didn’t exactly encourage me to develop into a social butterfly.

It did, however, make me a better listener and observer. Because I literally had no means of verbal communication with the other kids or teachers, the only real way I was able to connect with people was through visual communication and play—and snacks.

Headshot-NowFast forward a few decades, with the exception of some language immersion (this was clutch), a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design, an MBA, and general life and work experiences, not much has changed. I’m still the quiet kid in the room who prefers to listen and observe people, places and things. I connect with others through making, breaking and reimagining (not necessarily in that order) products, experiences, services, spaces and systems. And I still love snacks.

Salamat sa pagbisita / Thanks for swinging by