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  • Writer's pictureHans Ethan Carbonilla

Get to Know the Cruise Line Operations Student Who is Winning Big on Kumu

Kumu streamer Karl Ramos (@karljosef.r) eagerly anticipates the arrival of summer every year, not only for its sunny skies and beach outings but also because it heralds the approach of his favorite day—his birthday on May 8th.

This year, fueled by a desire for personal growth and fulfillment, the Cruise Line Operations student has set a birthday wish for himself: to prioritize self-care and embrace new experiences. 

One such opportunity arose when he participated in the Kumu x Parcinq campaign and emerged victorious. From indulging in leisurely moments of solitude to diving headfirst into exciting opportunities, he aims to make the most of every moment. 

“This experience brought not just joy but also made me realize that everybody can really show something special about them, and everybody has the opportunity to showcase what they have, regardless of their differences,” he shares. 

The content creator finds himself drawn to experiences that push him out of his comfort zone. Having the chance to partake in a photoshoot with a group of talented individuals in Parcinq was one of the driving forces behind Karl’s decision to join the campaign.

He realized that each person possesses a unique spark within them, waiting to be ignited and shared with the world. 

Back in 2019, when Karl was just starting out on the blue platform, he confessed that he initially installed Kumu purely for entertainment purposes. Little did he know that this seemingly innocuous decision would lead him down a path that would make him a digital feature star. 

Reflecting on those early days, Karl recalls how the popularity of “Pinoy Big Brother” was at its peak, coinciding with the onset of the pandemic. At that time, the idea of becoming a streamer on Kumu hadn’t even crossed his mind. What began as a casual pastime soon evolved into a passion.

“Pinoy Big Brother was so popular that time, and that was pandemic, and I had no plans or idea of becoming a streamer on Kumu,” he remarks. “But now I have achieved a lot on this application, and as a bonus, I am earning money as well.”

And with money he earns in Kumu, Karl is also committed to giving back to his community through volunteering projects. As an ISR organization officer, he recognizes the power of collective action and the impact that small acts of kindness can have on the world around him. 

“I want to do some volunteering projects, and I guess being an ISR organization officer made it possible and made me try not just new things but it also brought things that can change my perspective and how I see things in life,” he quips.

Today, Karl looks back with pride on how far he has come since those humble beginnings. Through dedication, perseverance, and a genuine love for what he does, he has achieved success on Kumu, exceeding even his own expectations.

As he continues to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of live streaming, Karl remains grateful for the opportunities that Kumu has afforded him. What started as a simple desire for entertainment has blossomed into a fulfilling journey of self-discovery, growth, and accomplishment—an unexpected but welcome turn of events that has forever changed the course of his life.


Photography by Rxandy Capinpin

Art Direction by Joe Andy

Words and Interview by Hans Ethan Carbonilla

Styling by Dave Arden

Makeup by Nadynne Esquerra and Jhai Castillo

Hair by Vilma Legaspi

Produced in partnership with Kumu



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