Starting off by cutting hair alongside the streets of Pasay, where he lived, now a member of the Filipino Club, President of the Filipino Hairdresser Group, and having worked with well-know personalities, Gilbert Lopecillo has accomplished a lot throughout his time in Bahrain.
Receiving his education in Computer Programming from the Philippine Christian University, Gilbert later took courses in Encoding and Hotel Restaurant Management. Following that he worked in various places such as the Philippine National Bank, Piano Bar, and Houseware Square before realising his true passion lay in styling and hairdressing. Initially, he started off by cutting the hair of people that lived in the same area as him, as they would go to his house and get their hair done. To further his career, Gilbert took the decision to train with L’Oreal Philippines as a colourist, which gave him an edge, and allowed him the opportunity to work in the Piandre Salon. In addition to hairdressing, he also started doing make-up for Woman Magazine, which was something he did part-time. Through that, he met his future employer who offered and brought him to Bahrain to work for his own salon, as a Senior Hairdresser in Hairanoia Salon located in Exhibition Road. Though there was an abundance of opportunities for him in the Philippines, Gilbert decided to travel abroad for work to expand his skills and knowledge in his field.
In 2005, Gilbert started to partake in competitions such as “Floral Competition” in the Philippine Embassy of Bahrain, in which he won as the Grand Champion and was awarded with a trophy and was featured on TFC TV for a month.
He expresses that research and practice of new techniques and trends are vital to help expand one’s knowledge, especially in the hairdressing and styling industry.
He also joined another competition, “The Bridal Hair and Make-Up Competition” by Fanny Serrano and earned him the title of Grand Champion in the Commercial category, and second runner up in the Fantasy category. As the Grand winner, he was awarded with a cash prize, trophy, and a trip to London to attend the TrendVision Award, a World Hairdressing Competition.
During his one-week stay, he met the owner of Style Salon, in Bahrain, located in Elite Seef Hotel and decided to come onboard and work. He also entered the Golden Hand Award in Dubai, under the Colour and Cutting category, and was once again invited to attend the TrendVision Award in Barcelona in 2007.
With all of his accomplishments, Gilbert has not forgotten to give back to the community and through the Filipino Hairdressing Group; they help the charity in the Philippine Embassy and the social welfare for the elderly. They also provide training for the kababayans who want to learn the art of hair cutting, blow-drying, and make-up. His willingness, passion, and bravery for taking risks in achieving his goals proves without doubt that he could achieve his dream of becoming a fashion stylist and photographer. As the owner of a men’s salon, Hair Creation, located in the Ferrari Centre in Adliya, he expresses that research and practice of new techniques and trends are vital to help expand one’s knowledge, especially in the hairdressing and styling industry.