Gino was a student and apprentice of Philippine National Artist, Salvador Bernal, who encouraged him to pursue further studies in Set and Costume Design. Gino attended the Masters of Fine Arts program in Theater Design at New York University with the aid of a Fulbright Scholarship and an Asian Cultural Council grant. He was also given the Meier and Seidman awards for excellence by NYU’s Department of Design.
He has designed sets and costumes for various theater productions in Manila, Singapore, Japan and New York. He was awarded the World Stage Design bronze medal for his set design for the Philippine Opera Company’s Spoliarium in Toronto, Canada in 2005.
AMIGO is his first period film.