Gigi Brake, AKA Luz Herminia Ramos, AKA Luz Ramos Brake. I was born in the Philippines, the youngest and 7th child in a middle class home. We were all university educated except for our sister Christine who had Down’s syndrome. My father was a commercial airline pilot which allowed us to travel to different parts of the world from a young age. I have loved art since I was little, and can still recall drawing horses with hats based on cartoons we watched on TV. I completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and majored in visual communication at the state university. I dabbled in animation, painting, and graphic design and had freelance jobs that ranged from painting murals to designing logos. My mother also commissioned me to make large paintings for display around the family home. Loved my mother for that! I worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, cartoonist and layout artist in the Philippines and as illustrator and infographic artist in Singapore before becoming a manager of a finance company when I took over from my father, who was one of the company’s board members and officer and who had suddenly taken ill. I had two children at a young age and now have two adorable grandchildren.