Christina Borromeo-Gaston

{ Creative Director }

In the lush forests of Negros Island are many sounds. The rustle of leaves, the whistle of the wind, the tweet of birds, the flutter of wings, the buzz of bugs, and that odd feeding call of the gecko. But what’s all the clicking about? That’s Christina, snapping shots of natural shapes to inspire an upcoming collection.

The artistry and passion for design of Christina Borromeo-Gaston was encouraged at the University of San Carlos in Cebu where she finished her bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Immediately thereafter, Christina left for the United States to join an architectural firm in Virginia. Her marriage to Joey Gaston brought her to Negros Island, where Hacienda Crafts was eventually organized. As the company’s Creative Director and Designer, Christina’s love for interior design naturally found a home.

Christina has contributed to the growth of the Philippine furniture and furnishing industry. She continues to be an active officer of the Association of Negros Producers and the Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation. The CFIF is the organization behind the staging of CebuNEXT, an annual international exhibition of furniture and home accessories. Christina was the Chairman of the CebuNEXT-ManilaNOW consolidated furniture show in 2012. She is currently the Overall-Chairman of the PHILIPPINES INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE SHOW.

Design Outreach

Christina organized the Kagikan Program of the CFIF in 2010. The program seeks to invite young Filipino designers living abroad, who trace roots to the Philippines, to return to the country and collaborate with Cebu designers, in the end creating furniture and home accessory designs that are meaningful to foreign markets. The December 2011 edition of Esquire Philippines magazine gave credit to Christina Borromeo-Gaston as instrumental in bringing these young designers together.

In 2010, five designers heeded the call to join the Kagikan Program. They came from New York, Singapore, Austria, London, and Tokyo. Their creations were exhibited in a special display at the March 2011 CebuNEXT and at the October 2011 Manila FAME. The designers have since decided to pool their talents, calling themselves EPOCH, and moving on to mentor local designers.

At Hacienda Crafts today, Christina continues to work with various designers and design students.