Rod is a 1st generation Filipino-American, born and raised in the South Bay Area. Rod is someone who has always expressed himself through his creativity. As a child, he drew and painted. When he reached high school he delved into the world of graffiti and digital art, while simultaneously expanding his expressions for creativity through producing music and DJ’ing. Eventually finding himself digging deeper into his Filipino heritage, after the passing of his mother, which became the catalyst for his passion of reinterpreting Filipino cuisine.