Les Filles de Manille : Tondo

"You can never outrun a ghetto-trained athlete like Tondo Girl,
survival is what motivates her to run fast and not glory."


Les Filles de Manille : Divisoria

"It's all about being chic and cheap for Contessa Divisoria,
economic and practicality are her prime principles.
(Quality not guaranteed)."


Les Filles de Manille : Recto

"No need for long lines, Madame Recto understands the value of time."


Les Filles de Manille : Malate

Cheap beers and microphones for Ms. Malate.



Les Filles des Manille : Taguig

New year, new week! To get myself productive, I’m starting off an illustration series called, "Les Filles de Manille". I’ve been doing a lot of people watching and sketching but never get to clean up my sketches, so as part of New Year’s Resolution, let’s start with the sporty Taguig Girl. Have a productive week ahead!


Sunday Market

"Malaki at Mura"

Nothing like a good Sunday market
to get the freshest fruits in cheap prices!


"Too many cooks spoil the broth."

Design studies for a hotdog firm, a webisode about a hot dog spy-chef. The film was heavily influence  by the modern art of the late 50's / early 60's. The concept was great, the music gave us goosebumps, the entire team was in the mood to create a short stylish film with a nostalgic atmosphere!

In contrary of producing a short film, the pre-production stage went unexpectedly longer not only because of the constant changes in the character design but also the client wasn't able to decide which name is conservatively and market-ably appropriate for the main character to the consumers. As the production timeline drags, I kept on producing the same title card with different names.

Finally, the client have decided to close the project due to lack of production time to meet the deadline and the launch date.



Mood boards and visual development of an opening title for a local talk show.


Freedom and the Game of Chess

Here's a five-year old shelved project that I've worked with Hans Bacher for a local band's music video to release their new single. It is about the government's abuse of power that destroys little hopes blooming which can potentially grow into freedom and bear fruits of the future if sustained properly.

This metaphorical approach was inspired from Pink Floyd's "The Wall" (1982), carefully designed with powerful visuals along with the music to create a meaningful and honest film.

Unfortunately and as expected, the band's manager would prefer to feature the band in the music video for their marketing exposure rather than featuring the message of their music translated in a visual designed manner. Nevertheless, the efforts were not wasted. I've learned a lot in this game and enjoyed the progress in a creative aspect.

© Hans Bacher • Kenny Tai 2009


Brand Identity & Art Direction : Rise Overdose

Rice Overdose is a fusion-resto that fully respects the rich cultivation of rice, this simple grain with mild taste when merged to other dishes the result was an exquisite taste for one’s tongue. This restaurant serves various rice dishes for enthusiasts to gather and savor the famous staple. Rice Overdose believes that rice doesn’t only have to be served and enjoy on the table, but to enjoy rice even when a fellow rice-lover is on the go.

I was approached by the owners to create a brand identity and direction for their first restaurant, this made me excited to work with this project as I get to create beautiful photographic compositions with the festive colors and diverse shapes of food. I’m happy that they are satisfied as well.