Fueled by curiosity

photo of samplant, leaves

I’m a Manila-based product designer with a strong habit of learning, trying a lot of new things, and an itch to always do something with her time and never be stagnant.

I have 5 years of experience in design and development. I’ve worked with various clients from small startup to large corporations, with areas of focus ranging from esports, banking, law, healthcare, document management, and more, locally and abroad.

💖 for the community

From the early years of my career up to now, I try to give back to the design and tech community, who I owe my foundations to.

ManilaCSS

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I founded ManilaCSS: aiming to promote CSS best practices, discover what's new, and gather professional and amateur developers to talk about anything under the CSS umbrella.

ManilaCSS was born 2017, after me and my colleague, Rico Sta. Cruz had a chance to attend MelbCSS in Australia and we thought “why not have this in Manila as well?” especially with all the fun things that’s happening right now with CSS!

Right now I’m solely handling ManilaCSS (officially), from organizing, looking for sponsors and speakers, and social media management but I manage to go through them with the help of friends who are willing to lend a hand and do whatever they can every meetup.

Other affiliations

dribbble and elixir meetup attendees

I also used to be an admin for Dribbble Philippines: Manila, a design community under Dribbble.com that aims to start conversations and make friends in the creative community through meetups and activities.

Another community I used to work with is Alchemists PH: An Elixir and Erlang community. Founded by my friend and colleague Ria Cataquian, Alchemists PH focuses on promoting Elixir and Erlang in the country.

Technically, I’m on hiatus on both communities since I also need to focus on ManilaCSS, but will certainly help out once either of the communities become active.

Collaborating

community partners

If there’s something I truly love about community work, it’s being able to collaborate with other tech and design communities and bring unique meetup experiences to everyone. If you want to collaborate with ManilaCSS in the future, please feel free to reach out.

Public Speaking

public speaking

Part of how I contribute to the design and tech community besides organizing meetups, is to share my knowledge to other meetups and conferences.

Normally I would talk about interaction design, design systems, product design, CSS, SVG Animation, and some occasional career talks as well.

Where I spoke

  • Roots Podcast -- A Podcast on Filipino Designers. Listen to it on Spotify.

    Organized by Root Podcast by Alexis Collado

  • Junior Form Function and Class Conference 2019 @ De La Salle University

    Organized by Philippine Web Designers Organization

  • World IxD Day Manila 2018@ Kalibrr HQ

    Organized by Kalibrr

  • ManilaCSS Meetup 04 2018 @ Proudcloud HQ

    Organized by ManilaCSS

  • SOFTCON.ph 2017 @ SMX Convention Center

    Organized by The Philippines Software Industry Association

  • UXPH Conference 2017 @ Globe Tower

    Organized by User Experience Philippines

  • CSS 101 @ University of Santo Tomas

    Organized by SITE UST

  • UX University: Sixth Class @ Ateneo de Manila University

    Organized by UX Society Ateneo de Manila University

  • MiniFFC s2016e01 @ Bitspace

    Organized by Philippine Web Designers Organization

  • STI Career Talk @ STI Caloocan

    Organized by STI Caloocan

  • ...and a lot more that I can't remember.

Outside work life

my hobbies

I would refer myself as a person who never runs out of hobbies. Besides being passionate at work, I’m also passionate on the activities I do outside of work. I practice kendo (japanese fencing), draw, film photography with a Polaroid Spirit 600 and an Instax Mini 90, write articles, read books on design, philosophy, psychology, public speaking, etc.

If you want to connect outside of work, feel free to follow me on social media!