Hi, I'm CJ de Silva-Ong.
Some might recognize me as,
ah yes, the Promil Kid.
I love to paint and illustrate.
And advertising isn't just
a day job for me.
But nostalgia aside, I've been painting since I was five years old. I never took a formal painting class
but I was under the careful tutelage of my dad,
an artist by heart.
In November 1998, I had my first solo exhibit at The Ayala Museum, with so much help from many friends especially Monsie Guingona - David, the Bruckner family and Wyeth Philippines. After one year, I had another solo exhibit in the same venue. I was lucky enough to gain a number of loyal buyers through the years. In 2003, I had another solo exhibit at the Philam Life Theater Lobby.
Me and painting went on a long hiatus since I went to the College of Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines, Diliman. While attending university, I got to explore graphic design, illustration and digital design. When I was a Junior, I interned in TBWA\Santiago Mangada Puno, one of the top creative advertising agencies in Manila. Getting immersed in the advertising industry, I found my new passion.
So right after graduating, I worked as an Art Director in TBWA\Santiago Mangada Puno. Working as Art Director gave me the chance to be familiar with various media like film, print, digital, packaging, merchandising design and many more. In my third year with TBWA\Santiago Mangada Puno, I've transitioned from tri-media and below-the-line work to more digital, online and mobile work.
Advertising also allowed me to work with the most creative people, and eventually get to collaborate with some of them for side projects. I have done illustration and design work for young film directors Quark Henares, Borgy Torre, Bianca Catbagan, Jose Antonio De Rivera and Wincy Aquino Ong. I have also designed a few gig posters for Revolver Productions and GRRRL SCOUT MANILA, both are Manila-based indie music productions as well as the music bar Route 196.
I'm always open for illustration and design projects, and other collaborations.