The world of animation is slowly opening up to the talents of the east. More and more Filipinos are being recognized for their work and are slowly building the Filipino animators community in Uncle Sam’s land. Here are a few notable Filipinos who are working to uplift the Filipino pride in the world of animation.
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Ruben Aquino was born in 1953, in Okinawa, Japan. Born to a Filipino father and Japanese mother, Ruben studied in Okinawa from Kindergarten to Highschool. He then later moved to the US to study Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Aquino started working for Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1982 where he would work on films such as The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Lion King (1994), Pocahontas (1995), Mulan (1998), Lilo and Stitch (2002), and the Princess and The Frog (2009)
Armand Serrano was born and raised in the Philippines. He studied Engineering at the University of Santo Tomas. His career started as an Assistant Animator at Fil-Cartoons; a Hanna Barbera studio in Manila. In the mid 90s, he moved to LA to to further study layouting and background design. In 1996, he joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in Florida where he worked as a layout journeyman. While working in Walt Disney, he’s worked on several films like Mulan (1998), Tarzan (1999), Lilo and Stitch (2002), Brother Bear (2003).
He then later joined Sony Pictures Animation in 2004 where he worked on movies like Surf’s Up, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Hotel Transylvania.
He would later move back to Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2013 where he worked on Big Hero 6 and Zootopia.
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Cesar Velasquez is a Filipino-American effects supervisor for Walt Disney Animation Studios since 1999. One of his notable work is Wreck It Ralph (2012) where he served as a visual supervisor. His other notable works are on films like Bolt (2008), Tangled (2010), Zootopia (2016) and the recent Moana (2016)
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Although having finished English Literature at the University of California in Los Angeles, Josie Trinidad proceeded to study at the California Institute of the Arts for her love of Animation. She later joined Disney Animation Studios in 2004 as a story apprentice. She’s been a story artist for the same company for 12 years now, with her notable works being the Princess and the Frog (2009), Tangled (2010), Wreck It Ralph (2012), Zootopia (2016).
Bobby Pontillas was born and raised in the Philippines; but later moved to the United Stated to study Art and Design at the Institute of Seattle. He has then worked on several films like Wreck It Ralph (2012), Frozen (2013), and Zootopia (2016).
Nelson Bohol is a Filipino-American animator for Pixar. He has worked on several films like Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), Ratatouille (2007), Wall-E (2009), Brave (2012), Monsters University (2013), and Inside Out (2015).
Ronnie del Carmen
Ronnie Del Carmen finished his degree in Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas. In 2000, upon moving to the states in 1989, he joined Pixar. Since then, he’s worked on films like Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up, Brave, and Monsters University. One of his recent work, Inside Out (2015), won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Screenplay where he worked alongside Pete Docter as Co-director.
Gini Cruz Santos
Virginia “Gini” Cruz Santos was born and raised in Pasay City, Philippines. She graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Advertising. She finished her master’s degree in Computer Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She worked on films such as Bug’s Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Finding Nemo (2003), Ratatouille (2007), Brave (2012), and the recent Finding Dory (2016).
It’s a wonderful feeling to know that Philippine talent is slowly being recognized in the west. This is proof of the emergence of new and fresh talents that is ready to be known to the world. We hope to see the rise and acknowledgement of a new generation of Filipino talent.