Highly creative and prolific product designer who has worked in fourteen countries developing crafts, home accessories, seasonal décor, gifts, novelties, textiles, fashion accessories, toys, and furniture. Successfully introduced on-trend products in different markets for importers and retailers. High quality and detailed work efficiently meeting design and production challenges. EXPERTISE Product Design Hand Illustration and Artwork Packaging and Graphic Design Trends Research Material Development (Naturals) Trade Fair and Booth Design International Vendor Sourcing Small Enterprise Development Computer Software: Photoshop, CorelDraw, Illustrator, 3D Studio Max Handcrafting Skills: Handpainting and finishing, paper making, molding and casting, resin lamination, basic sculpting

Work Samples

  • Warmers and Home Accents

  • Seasonal Decorations

  • Toys

Work History

  • Sr. Product Designer

    • Scentsy
    • Meridian, ID
    • Sep 2015 - May 2017 (1 year 8 months)

    Developed home fragrance warmers, diffusers, and accessories made of ceramics, metal, wire, glass, and resin. Executed design decision details from colors, finish, patterns, materials, construction, and seasonal themes in conjunction with brand, trends, and manufacturing requirements. Gave input in sample development and assisted in international vendor sourcing and coordination. Undertaken conceptualization to finished product with vendor-ready design specifications in three and two-dimensions using 3D Studio Max, Coreldraw, Photoshop, Illustrator, hand illustrations, and 3D printed models.

  • Independent Designer

    • Freelance
    • Middlesex, NJ
    • Feb 2015 - Sep 2015 (7 months)

    Contract designer on a per project basis. Products covered: corporate premiums (for a leading consumer goods company), seasonal decorations (for a US wholesaler and manufacturer), and gifts and housewares (for a design consultancy company).


    Successful and award-winning designs of home decors and accessories, furniture, gifts, fashion accessories and seasonal decors bought by major US, European, and Asian retailers such as Pier 1, Target, Crate and Barrel, and Body Shop. Liaised with factory owners in Asia and buyers for product development and sourcing.

    Brainchild of bamboo-based snacks and candies that won the Grand Prize in the Shanghai 2010 World Expo. Established Filbamboo Exponents, Inc. which manufactured the winning products and expanded the line to coffee, pastries, and various native delicacies for the local market.


    • Galleria Crafts, Inc.
    • Manila, Philippines
    • May 1996 - Oct 2013 (17 years 5 months)

    Product development for gifts, decorative accessories, tabletops, and seasonal decors using recycled paper pulp, wire, polyresin, and various natural materials. Buyers include Raeder Wohnzubehoer, Drescher Gmbh, Artfleur, Haymann Kollektionen, Gisela Graham, Target, Crate and Barrel, Hobby Lobby, Pier 1, Myer, and Mindart.


    Spearheaded product development projects, entrepreneurship and skills trainings which commercially benefited more that 20 companies in nine countries in Asia. Developed competitiveness of companies to successfully penetrate mainstream markets in the US and Europe.


    • Frank and Schuster OHG
    • Aglasterhausen, Germany
    • Apr 1995 - May 1998 (3 years 1 month)

    Responsible for design development, costing, exhibition design and set-up in European fairs (Frankfurt, Cologne, Birmingham). Visited vendors to check samples and production in the Philippines, India, and Sri Lanka. Diversified product lines resulting in increased sales to the floral, hobby, and garden sectors in Germany and the United Kingdom to retailers such as IKEA and Body Shop.


  • Carl Duisberg Society (now GIZ: German Society for International Cooperation)

    • 1993 - 1994

    Completed an Advanced Training Program in Industrial Design under a scholarship grant from the Cari Duisberg Gesellschaft, e.V. in Germany. Course covered 15-months of design skills development, projects, seminars and workshops, visits to trade fairs, buyers, design studios, museums, and a 2-month practicum with two German manufacturers: Behr Moebel and Ursula Maier Werkstaetten.

  • University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines

    • BFA Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Industrial Design (Cum Laude)
    • 1984 - 1988



World Fair Trade Association -Asia (WFTO-Asia) International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (Inbar)


October 2013 BEST SELLING PRODUCT Manila FAME International October Edition (Philippines) Product: Loomwoven Water Hyacinth Bags and Purses September 2013 MOST INNOVATIVE PRODUCT (HOUSEWARES CATEGORY) Sikat Pinoy National Handicrafts Fair (Philippines) Product: Ferris Wheel Photo Frame Holder May 2012 BEST BUSINESS PLAN AND TRIPLE BOTTOMLINE AWARD Bamboo Shoot Snacks 5th Business in Development Challenge Philippines Oct. 2010 GRAND PRIZE FOOD CATEGORY: BAMSNACKS (Bamboo...
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