Made in LA.
Born in Manila.
Creative Director:
Art & Design
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About Me
Born in Manila, made in LA, and perpetually longing for Tokyo, Michael is an award-winning Creative Director, Art Director, and Designer.
He believes that ads shouldn’t feel like ads, and that creative direction and good design are not mutually exclusive. His approach has led to over 14 years of successfully infusing culture, wit, and art into integrated campaigns for brands like Taco Bell, Reebok, adidas, ASICS, PlayStation, Sheraton and NBCUniversal.

In March 2021 (the same month Michael became a new father), he launched ContraBureau, a multidisciplinary creative studio that he co-founded that specializes in campaigns, brands, and spaces.
Resume
Experience
ContraBureau / Co-Founder & Creative Director
Los Angeles, CA (March 2021 - Present)
Freelance Creative Director
Anywhere (July 2020 - Present)
Argonaut / Freelance Design Director
San Francisco, CA (September 2020 - February 2021)
Deutsch / Associate Creative Director
Los Angeles, CA (March 2019 - July 2020)
VF Corporation / Freelance Creative Director
Alameda, CA (January 2019 - March 2019)
Saatchi & Saatchi / Associate Creative Director
Los Angeles, CA (February 2018 - December 2018)
72andSunny / Associate Creative Director
Los Angeles, CA (June 2017 - February 2018)
Argonaut / Freelance Senior Art Director
San Francisco, CA (March 2017 - June 2017)
Venables Bell & Partners / Senior Art Director
San Francisco, CA (June 2017 - March 2017)
Razorfish / Art Director
San Francisco, CA (February 2013 - November 2013)
Heat / Art Director
San Francisco, CA (February 2012 - February 2013)
WCG / Art Director + Designer
San Francisco, CA (March 2010 - January 2012)
Infectious / Lead Designer
San Francisco, CA (September 2008 - March 2010)
Lifted Research Group (LRG) / Designer
Irvine, CA (February 2008 - October 2008)
Logomark / Designer
Tustin, CA (January 2006 - February 2008)
Clients
Taco Bell, Reebok, Facebook, Postmates, adidas, Nike, VF Corporation (The North Face, JanSport, VF Digital Lab), Masterclass, ASICS, PlayStation, EA Sports, NBCUniversal, Sheraton, Expedia, Toyota, Kia Motors, Audi, Infiniti, The Walt Disney Company, Gap Inc., Cricket Wireless, Google, Sunrun
Lectures & Critiques
Miami Ad School
San Francisco, CA
California College of the Arts
San Francisco, CA
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
San Francisco, CA
Awards/Recognition
Cannes Lions
Silver | Reebok - Be More Human: Experience (Integrated)
Silver | Reebok - Be More Human: Experience (Craft/Design)
The One Show
Shortlist | Taco Bell - Chasing Gold (Film/Cinema Advertising)
Clios
Grand Prix | Reebok - Bacon (Design)
Gold | Reebok - Bacon Box (Non-Traditional Advertising)
Silver | Reebok - Perfect (Film)
Bronze | Reebok - Be More Human (Out of Home)
Bronze | Reebok - Bacon Box (Guerrilla Advertising)
British Arrows
Silver - Craft | ASICS - A Shot At The Title
Animation 2D Shortlist | ASICS - A Shot At The Title
Awwwards
Site Of The Month | Reebok - Be More Human: Experience
Site Of The Day | Reebok - Be More Human: Experience
FWA
Site Of The Day | Reebok - Be More Human: Experience
Mobile Site Of The Day | Reebok - Be More Human: Experience
Public Shortlist | Reebok - Be More Human: Experience
SF Addy
Gold | Reebok - Bacon Box (Non-Traditional Advertising)
Silver | Reebok - Be More Human: Experience (Interactive)
The Today Show
NBCUniversal - Creative We Stand
Creativity Online
Editor’s Pick | Taco Bell - Chasing Gold
Editor’s Pick | Sheraton - Go Beyond
Adweek
Ad Of The Day | Taco Bell - Supply & Demand
Ad Of The Day | Taco Bell - Chasing Gold
Ad Of The Day | Reebok - Perfect
Communication Arts
ASICS - Sole Of Kobe
The Drum
Taco Bell - Chasing Gold
Taco Bell - Big Show
ASICS - Sole of Kobe
Muse by Clio
Taco Bell - Supply & Demand
Venables Bell & Partners
Employee Of The Year
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