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10 Years of Hope, Dreams and Possibilities…

Cent4ral Philippine University

Ten years ago, I landed on the dusty tarmac of the old Siem Reap International Airport (it actually looked more like a dingy warehouse then) and arrived in this kingdom – a bright-eyed 27 year old who transplanted himself from the cacophony of Manila with two huge suitcases about to start life anew in a place he has only known through five hours worth of Google searches and Flickr feeds.

I have just gotten married at that time and immediately decided to chart new territories just because of an email I have answered from Sarah Moya and Rachelle Estabillo-Canones out of fun and curiosity about working as a graphic designer for Angkor Century Hotel – an email which was not originally intended for my inbox.

I started my journey with barely $100 in my pocket not knowing what lies ahead. I left my wife back in the Philippines with the original intention of using Cambodia as a stepping stone somewhere: probably Australia or the US, Canada or the UK… wherever, but not here.

But then the unthinkable happened. Cambodia opened its arms to me and I embraced it back. I looked beyond its tourist layer and discovered its people, its harsh realities and its bright potential. Here, nobody asked me if I can do it. The only question people ask here is “Are you willing to do it?”

After a year working in the hotel, I met Narisara Murray and John McDermott who became my first design clients for their new gallery. They then introduced me to Martin Dishman of Linga Bar who hosted my first solo exhibition. The team of the soon to be opened Hotel de la Paix found me and asked me for my first brand management design work.

That ultimately led to me quitting my job to put up Spoolworks Design Studio which gave me opportunities to work on projects with Raffles, the Aman Resorts, the Orient Express and even local hotels.

I was able to save up and bought my own DSLR camera and was given incredible opportunities to be a photographer for sheikhs, queens, princesses, presidents, prime ministers and Hollywood celebrities. I did my first full interior design work for apartments, hotels and restaurants. I was able to even explore further afield by doing a landscape and environment design work for Brad and Angelina’s Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation with my mom.

But the journey didn’t stop there. Here, I was able to also discover an entrepreneurial spirit that I never thought I had. I opened our first shop called The One Shop at the lobby of the One Hotel which eventually led me to open Poetry with our friend Don Protasio, ArtDeli with Jam Jam, the 1961 Gallery and Hotel, Artillery Café in Phnom Penh, ArtDeli 2, the Ministry of Art, Potions and Metaphors with Ciarán Dionco and Leon Franco Dionco and even the rebirth of 1961 as a Coworking and Art Space with Kurt Xu and Philippe Ceulen.

Then there were art exhibitions here and in Phnom Penh that paved way for shows in Beijing, New York and back home. We were able to put up a traveling art festival called the Angkor Art Explo and even the Northern Kingdoms Poetry Festival.

Now, I am working as a general manager for a gorgeous new boutique hotel, Mane – all of these because Cambodia opened these doors for someone like me. All I did was answer that email and all because I met some amazing people and friends who made this journey such a joy.

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Loven, Freedom, and Faith

Ten years later, I gaze back and imagine these incredible blessings. But more importantly, the most precious gift I ever have is having an amazing wife Faith Famoso Ramos, becoming the father of Freedom Ramos and coming home each day smothered with love by a pack of poodles and pugs. We don’t have much but we have enough of joy and happiness to make us stay and search for new beginnings on every bend.

So thank you Cambodia, for 10 amazing years of discoveries and dreams. They really ought to change your name to CAN-BODIA, because with you, everything is possible.

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Interview with Mr. Loven Ramos, Artist by Philippine President's Media Team

Loven Ramos says on Facebook (4 April 2012):

“I am missing the chance to meet President Aquino in Phnom Penh today because 1.) 11 professors from my university are staying with us today at the hotel 2.) I have way too much work for the opening of our new exhibition on Friday, Khmer Revelry, at 1961 and also the Woven Words Poetry Workshop with Luis Batchoy on Saturday. 3.) I am running seriously low on funds for all the traveling we’ve been doing to Phnom Penh!

So instead of sulking for the missed opportunity, I am thanking the heavens for a chance to be interviewed by the president’s media team as one of the featured Filipinos in Cambodia… (thanks Léon Franco for the link!)”

ABOUT LOVEN RAMOS

Loven Ramos is a Centralian visual poet who moved to Cambodia in 2005 as a graphic designer for a local hotel. Six months to his contract, he received calls from other hotels and institutions to help them with their design work as well. Realizing the potential of the business, he quit his job and opened his first venture in Cambodia – a design and photography studio called Spoolworks.

Now able to balance his commercial work with his passion for the arts, he was able to work on his series of artworks about Cambodian monks which led him to exhibitions all over Cambodia, the Philippines and Singapore. The same series of artworks also got him an invitation to represent the Philippines and Cambodia in the 2008 Beijing Olympics Global Art Exhibition.

His passion for the arts and design enabled him to open several businesses and projects like Poetry, ArtDeli, the One Shop, Hotel 1961 (all in Siem Reap) and recently, the ARTillery in Phnom Penh. The Phnom Penh Post recently called him one of the kingdom’s most dynamic, young “ART-repreneurs”, always bringing art to the core of his business endeavors.

Loven also does photographic tours and historical tours of Angkor on a regular basis, and he has led these tours to prominent celebrities and government officials like Senator Loren Legarda, Senator Piya Cayetano, and business tycoon Ben Chan.

Loven is still based in Siem Reap with his wife Faith, also a Centralian and his son Freedom.

BUSINESS VENTURES / PROJECTS:

SPOOLWORKS

CPU Blog

A photography and design studio established in 2005

  • As a designer, Loven has handled design and brand management for major companies in Cambodia and worldwide such as Raffles Hotels, Sofitel, Aman Resorts (Indonesia), Orient Express, Voyageurs sans Bagage (France), 2BU ad agency (Australia) and Xyclo (USA)
  • As a photographer, Loven has been the photographer to official state visits and events for the following leaders and celebrities: HRH Queen Sofia of Spain, President Ruth Dreyfuss of Switzerland, Princess Maha Chakri of Thailand, and pop star Ricky Martin.

POETRY

A clothing and lifestyle store opened in 2009

  • Featured in the Philippine Star and Garage Magazine

ARTDELI

cpu blog

An art gallery and cafe opened in 2010

  • Featured in publications like Travel+Leisure, DestinAsian,

 
 
 
HOTEL 1961

Central Philippine University Blog

An art hotel and gallery dedicated to the 1960’s opened in 2011

  • Featured in a short documentary on Canada’s Evasion TV Channel
  • Featured in a documentary on travel to Southeast Asia in GMA 7’s I-Witness Program
  • Featured in CNN’s Go.

ANGKOR ART EXPLO

The first bi-yearly art festival in Angkor and Battambang started in 2011, next one is in January 2013

  • Brought in 5 artists from the Philippines to co-exhibit with 30 other artists from Cambodia and all over the world
  • Established the “Art in the Countryside” program through a 200 km journey on art bicycles

ARTILLERY

A café, boutique and art gallery opened in 2012

 

Know more about Loven Ramos and his works at http://www.lovenramos.com/

Central Philippine University Blog is proud of you. Your works and achievements are inspiration to us. God bless you and your family!

Interview with Mr. Loven Ramos, Artist by Philippine President’s Media Team

Loven Ramos says on Facebook (4 April 2012):

“I am missing the chance to meet President Aquino in Phnom Penh today because 1.) 11 professors from my university are staying with us today at the hotel 2.) I have way too much work for the opening of our new exhibition on Friday, Khmer Revelry, at 1961 and also the Woven Words Poetry Workshop with Luis Batchoy on Saturday. 3.) I am running seriously low on funds for all the traveling we’ve been doing to Phnom Penh!

So instead of sulking for the missed opportunity, I am thanking the heavens for a chance to be interviewed by the president’s media team as one of the featured Filipinos in Cambodia… (thanks Léon Franco for the link!)”

ABOUT LOVEN RAMOS

Loven Ramos is a Centralian visual poet who moved to Cambodia in 2005 as a graphic designer for a local hotel. Six months to his contract, he received calls from other hotels and institutions to help them with their design work as well. Realizing the potential of the business, he quit his job and opened his first venture in Cambodia – a design and photography studio called Spoolworks.

Now able to balance his commercial work with his passion for the arts, he was able to work on his series of artworks about Cambodian monks which led him to exhibitions all over Cambodia, the Philippines and Singapore. The same series of artworks also got him an invitation to represent the Philippines and Cambodia in the 2008 Beijing Olympics Global Art Exhibition.

His passion for the arts and design enabled him to open several businesses and projects like Poetry, ArtDeli, the One Shop, Hotel 1961 (all in Siem Reap) and recently, the ARTillery in Phnom Penh. The Phnom Penh Post recently called him one of the kingdom’s most dynamic, young “ART-repreneurs”, always bringing art to the core of his business endeavors.

Loven also does photographic tours and historical tours of Angkor on a regular basis, and he has led these tours to prominent celebrities and government officials like Senator Loren Legarda, Senator Piya Cayetano, and business tycoon Ben Chan.

Loven is still based in Siem Reap with his wife Faith, also a Centralian and his son Freedom.

BUSINESS VENTURES / PROJECTS:

SPOOLWORKS

CPU Blog

A photography and design studio established in 2005

  • As a designer, Loven has handled design and brand management for major companies in Cambodia and worldwide such as Raffles Hotels, Sofitel, Aman Resorts (Indonesia), Orient Express, Voyageurs sans Bagage (France), 2BU ad agency (Australia) and Xyclo (USA)
  • As a photographer, Loven has been the photographer to official state visits and events for the following leaders and celebrities: HRH Queen Sofia of Spain, President Ruth Dreyfuss of Switzerland, Princess Maha Chakri of Thailand, and pop star Ricky Martin.

POETRY

A clothing and lifestyle store opened in 2009

  • Featured in the Philippine Star and Garage Magazine

ARTDELI

cpu blog

An art gallery and cafe opened in 2010

  • Featured in publications like Travel+Leisure, DestinAsian,

 
 
 
HOTEL 1961

Central Philippine University Blog

An art hotel and gallery dedicated to the 1960’s opened in 2011

  • Featured in a short documentary on Canada’s Evasion TV Channel
  • Featured in a documentary on travel to Southeast Asia in GMA 7’s I-Witness Program
  • Featured in CNN’s Go.

ANGKOR ART EXPLO

The first bi-yearly art festival in Angkor and Battambang started in 2011, next one is in January 2013

  • Brought in 5 artists from the Philippines to co-exhibit with 30 other artists from Cambodia and all over the world
  • Established the “Art in the Countryside” program through a 200 km journey on art bicycles

ARTILLERY

A café, boutique and art gallery opened in 2012

 

Know more about Loven Ramos and his works at http://www.lovenramos.com/

Central Philippine University Blog is proud of you. Your works and achievements are inspiration to us. God bless you and your family!