I couldn't think of any Filipino celebrity making a big name in the city of stars but Filipino designers made it in Hollywood.
Monique Lhuillier based in Los Angeles has conquered the fashion industry. Monique has designed gowns for famous celebrities like Britney Spears,Kristen Stewart, Kelly Clarkson, Heidi Montag, Hillary Duff and a lot more. Several of her efforts showed up on red carpet, award shows and typical runnway collections. She was also the most sought wedding dress designer for celebrities like Carrie Underwood. Monique a former model is a mixed of French, Spanish - Cebuana Descent.
And now a gentlemen also from Cebu made a blast in Hollywood. Kenneth Cobonpue showed his craftsmanship as a mighty power that famous celebrity like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie couldn't resist. Hollywood wowed his furniture crafts and make him a way in the furniture design industry, a luxury market around the world.
Kenneth Cobonpue furniture designs were displayed in leading hotels, establishment, and resorts in Paris, London and the Caribbean. He said ideas were based in nature and materials were locally sourced in Cebu. Handcrafted modern design furnitures were manufactured under his name. Several of his designs were featured in international yearbook design and won top prize in international exhibits in Hong Kong, Singapore and France.
Kenneth Cobonpue sets were used in Hollywood movies including the Oceans'11 franchise and the hit American Television series CSI.
He has long given up his american citizenship went back home and teaches at the local university and picks promising students to work at his shop and one of them already won an international award for his ceiling lamp made of recycled materials.
Kenneth Cobonpue wanted to impart his art to more Filipinos now owns a design academy. He is truly an inspiring Filipino, a true Filipino.