For 15 years, I've been helping startups and multinational companies launch products and experiences.
I've led teams develop games, apps, websites and enterprise software using different technologies.
Aside from client projects, I also work on my own products. Two of my creations were recently acquired.
Toddler Animals • iOS App • 2015
Educational flashcards and quiz app for preschoolers that helps in vocabulary building. Launched to the App Store and sold for a couple of years. Recently released as open source project on GitHub under MIT license.
Shape Match Kids • iOS Game • 2015
Educational puzzle game for toddlers that improves visual perception and discrimination skills. Launched to the App Store and sold for a couple of years. Recently released as open source project on GitHub under MIT license.
Using C/C++ in iOS • Tutorial • 2016
A tutorial on how to develop C and C++ apps on iOS using Objective-C++. Published on SitePoint.
Using C/C++ in Android • Tutorial • 2016
A tutorial on how to develop C and C++ apps on Android using the NDK. Published on SitePoint.
KeynectUp • iOS App • 2016
Address book management app that automatically updates when a contact's info changes. Launched to the App Store and updated regularly during engagement with client. View screenshots.
Hot Damn! Slots • Facebook Game • 2013
Social casino slots game played with virtual coins that can be purchased with real money. Reached 200k+ Monthly Active Players during the peak of its popularity. Launched and live on Facebook.
Patak.me • Web App • 2009
Crowdfunding app where anyone can raise funds for group gifts, activities, charities and other purposes. Launched and updated regularly during my employment.
Dealer Portal • Web App • 2008
Enterprise e-commerce platform where dealers can submit and manage their bulk orders. Launched and updated regularly during my employment. View screenshots.
U-Design • Web App • 2006
Enables UPrinting.com customers to design business cards online. Includes dozens of professionally designed templates. Features custom fonts, image uploading and high resolution PDF drafts. Launched and updated regularly during my employment. View demo.
jTongits • Mobile Game • 2006
Mobile Java (J2ME) port of the Tong-Its game. Sold for a short period. Source code now released on GitHub.
“Rico's passion and dedication to his craft is an inspiration to our team. He offers a wide range of knowledge, interest and exposure in online technology. He is a hard worker and a very responsible employee. His strong desire for continuous growth on his skill set and knowledge is truly impressive.”
Kathleen Caray Santos, PMP
Director, Customer Experience at MG Technology SG Pte. Ltd.
“If I would describe Game Development in three words, those words would be: fun, inspiring and worthwhile. Fun, because you talk about games, how to make one and how to profit from it. What could be more fun than that? The course inspired me and my team to create a game that we could be proud of. And it was a worthwhile course. Never a dull moment.”
Kristoffer Ray Corral
IT Professional at JMH Microfinance Inc., Former Student at Bicol University
“As a nursing student, it is given that we have to memorize tons of critical information especially in preparation for the boards, for me it has always been a challenge and indeed time consuming but after the workshop, it all seemed quick and easy plus fun! Definitely I can use this in my future exams. Thank you Study Tactics!”
Cristina Danica Naño
BS Nursing Student at Bicol University
“Wow! I had fun answering the questions plus it's so C-O-O-L and really accessible cause it's on messenger.”
BS Accountancy Student at Bicol University
“Rico is an excellent colleague to have around. He keeps always positive and open minded and contributes substantially on discussions and meetings. He is never afraid of coming up with solutions bringing them up on a very direct and gently manner exposing his vast knowledge. He is surely an outstanding professional and person.”
Cognitive Technical Lead (AI) at IPsoft
“I worked with Rico for eighteen months. He has a blend of high level grasp of management, sound analytical ability and excellent communication skill. With these unique qualities along with his solid experience in software development, it truly complements his tenacity for work. But what I most admire about Rico are his keen sense to learn and update his professional skill and being a cool dude.”
Senior Solutions Analyst at Yondu
“It has quickly become a favorite app of Tommy’s, and would be a great addition to the app collection of any toddler or preschooler!”
Blogger at Make Learn Go
“This app would be great for all ages to learn animal vocabulary. The full screen photos are stunning, animal sounds, great voiceovers & intuitive interface.”
Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2
Speech-Language Pathologist at J.D. McCarty Center
“I really have to say that beyond the intuitive drag-and-drop interface, I loved playing with the AI. It was very challenging (though after several dozen rounds, I kinda got to know how the two other players cook their strategy that I’ve been able to predict when they will draw). But you guys have to try this. Props to Rico for a job well done.”
Country Manager at NuffNang & Editor-in-Chief at YugaTech
“Tongits is a really addicting card game. Tongits may seem hard to play as you read through this, but it is not hard to get the hang of. The game is a bit complicated to explain, but not complicated to play. I really liked it and kept playing round after round.”
Blogger at Casual Gamer Chick
Best Practices in Starting a Digital Business • Seminar • 2018
I conducted a seminar on Best Practices in Starting a Digital Business last March 8, 2018 at Forbes College for 1st to 4th year IT students.
Study Tactics • Seminar • 2018
I conducted a workshop on effective study techniques and improving memory last February 3, 2018 for grade 6-8 students.
Coding Bootcamp • Seminar • 2018
I conducted a Scratch Coding Bootcamp for kids aged 10 to 12 last January 6 & 7, 2018.
Bicol University Exemplar • Award • 2017
I received an award as the Most Distinguished Alumnus in Information and Communications Technology from my alma mater last September 22, 2017 during the Bicol University Exemplar Awards night.
Best Paper • Award • 2016
My advisees and students received the Best Paper Award for their thesis entitled, “Tactics: Tackled Theories Involving Child Sensitivity, A Gamified Android App” last March 11, 2016 during the 12th Bicol University Student R&D Forum.
INSTALL V2.0 Symposium • Seminar • 2015
I delivered a talk about the Business of Mobile App Development to students, educators and professionals last August 27, 2015 during the second International Symposium on Technology Advancement through Live Learning.
TV Patrol Bicol • Interview • 2015
I was featured on a local TV show last July 22, 2015 for the educational app I created. Watch the interview here (with English subtitles).
Game Development • Lectures • 2015
I taught a Game Development course for one semester at Bicol University from November 2014 to March 2015. I also taught IT fundamentals for another semester from June 2015 to October 2015.
Keynote Speaker • Talk • 2014
I was invited to deliver a Keynote speech on the theme, BUeños: Living up to the Ideals of Scholarship, Leadership, Character and Service during the Recognition Day of Bicol University College of Science last March 18, 2014.
Bicol IT Tech Talk 03 • Seminar • 2014
I gave a talk on Facebook Game Development during the Bicol IT Tech Talk 03 last February 1, 2014 at STI College Legazpi.
Flash Camp Manila • Seminar • 2011
I helped organize and delivered a talk on Facebook Game Development during the Adobe Flash Camp event last July 19, 2011 at De La Salle University, Manila.
Book Donations • Charity • 2014
I donated my collection of computer and business books to Bicol University during their 45th Founding Anniversary last September 2014.
I'm passionate about continuous learning and sharing knowledge to the community through seminars, lectures and tutorials.
I co-founded Bicol IT in 2013 and continue to organize, fund and promote technology seminars for our 4,600+ members.
Because of these contributions, I was recognized by my school as the Most Distinguished Alumnus in ICT.
Google I/O 15 • Seminar • 2015
Provided support to Google Developer Group Philippines in bringing the Google I/O 15 Extended Roadshow event to the Bicol Region. Held last July 25, 2015 at Bicol University.
Understanding the Modern Era • Seminar • 2017
A workshop organized by BU College of Science IT students with some support from our Bicol IT organization. Topics were Game Development and Game Marketing. Held last August 16, 2017 at Bicol University.
Bicolanas in Tech v2.0 • Seminar • 2017
Our second event catering to women in tech. Topics were Virtual Assistance, Animation, IT in Banking, Multicultural Environments, and Programming Ethics. Held last August 5, 2017 at Southern Luzon Technological College Foundation Inc.
Bicolanas in Tech • Seminar • 2016
A seminar catering to women in the tech industry. Topics were UX, Database Management, Project Management, Social Media Marketing, Tech Startups, and SEO. Held last December 22, 2016 at Bicol University.
Wordpress Workshop • Seminar • 2016
A half-day workshop on the basics of building websites using Wordpress with speaker Rolando Betara. Held last August 27, 2016 at STI College Legazpi.
Bicol IT Art Fest 01 • Seminar • 2016
Organized in cooperation with GFX Design Albay, BU College of Science, BU CIRCUITS and ACCESS orgs. Topics were Vector Graphics, Typography, Photo Manipulation, Layout Design, and Basics of Photoshop. Held last May 7, 2016 at Bicol University.
Android Code Camp • Seminar • 2016
Half-day event on the basics of developing Android apps with speaker Josh Henry Regondola. Organized in cooperation with STI Programmers Club and STI College Legazpi. Held last November 19, 2016 at STI College Legazpi.
Bicol IT Tech Talk 11 • Seminar • 2016
Our 11th flagship event. Organized in cooperation with Ligao City government. Topics were Video Editing using Adobe Premiere and Graphic Design using Adobe Photoshop. Held last March 16 & 17, 2016 at Ligao Information Technology Center.
Bicol IT Tech Talk 08 • Seminar • 2015
Organized in cooperation with Ligao City government. Topics were Adobe After Effects, User Experience, Joomla & Wordpress Content Management Systems. Held last August 29, 2015 at La Terraza Restaurant, Tuburan, Ligao City.
I can help you develop apps, games and other software for the web, desktop and mobile platforms.
Do you need to validate an idea? I can help create and launch a Minimum Viable Product quickly and cost-effectively.
Are you looking for a technical co-founder or CTO for your startup? I'm open to partnerships and collaborations.
Send me your requirements now and I'll get back with a detailed proposal.