Monica immigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines with her family as a young child, then grew up in the Los Angeles area. She studied film and TV production at the prestigious School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, supplementing that degree with studies at Art Center of Pasadena and at the University of California, Los Angeles.
After graduation and a couple of years working at Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann (now part of ICM) and Paradigm talent agencies, she went back to her first love found during film school: Production Design.
Since returning to the Art Department life, Monica became a member of the Art Directors Guild / IATSE Local 800 union and the Local 871 union as well. She received her first Primetime Emmy nomination in 2017, followed by an Art Directors Guild Award nomination in 2018 for work on the television series, Drunk History.
Monica currently works and resides in Los Angeles, CA. At home she enjoys Japanese food and cooking, calligraphy, comedy writing, studying everything and spending as much time as possible with her husband, family, friends and cat, Selina.