Guillermo “Ige” Ramos

Book designer, food writer, prolific cook and constant traveler

Ige meanders the lush and layered forest of the theater, museum and cultural work, graphic design, publishing, food, travel and creative writing. His legacy started simultaneously with the Museum Department of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and while still a student at the College of Architecture and Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas.

His pioneering efforts in the field of digital art earned him top honors in the International Designers’s Network (IdN Club, Philippines) in 1998. In 1999, his collection of digital art entitled, the Vanishing Myths was featured in the Adobe® Asia On-Line Gallery. In 2000, his digital artwork Ang Aking Ninuno was adjudged the best entry in the Digital Art Category when it was first instituted in the 53rd Art Association of the Philippines Annual.

He has designed dozens of books including Kulinarya, A Guide Book in Philippine Cuisine; Celebrations: The Roces Reyes Cookbook; Linamnam: Eating One’s Way Around the Philippines by Claude Tayag; The Alba Cookbook: Best-Loved Spanish Recipes & Practical Tips on Cooking and the Good Life.

A Pilgrim’s Diary by Angela Blardony Ureta and The Governor-General’s Kitchen by Felice Prudente Sta. Maria, and Ayala Museum’s Philippine Ancestral Gold by Dr. Florina H. Capistrano-Baker won him consecutive National Book Awards for Best Design in 2005, 2006 and 2012. In 2007 his design for The Governor-General’s Kitchen also won Best Design in the Philippines and Finalist in the Best Culinary History in the Gourmand World Cookbook Award-Best in the World.

He is the principal designer and editorial director of Ige Ramos Design Studio (IRDS), which handles the editorial and creative production of Rustan’s Supermarket’s SansRival Magalogue, which he is the editor-in-chief that earned the him and the magazine two Anvil Awards for Excellence in External Publication and Bronze Award for the Best PR tool of 2012.

He gives workshops, lectures and coaching on Editorial Design at the Philippine Center for Creative Imaging and will release his book on Cavite Cuisine this year.