Dr. Ramos was instrumental in founding both the Filipino and Ilocano programs at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She succeeded in proposing a BA in Filipino Language and Literature. The Filipino program is the biggest program anywhere outside the Philippines. There were only two courses when Dr. Ramos started teaching Filipino. The program evolved from two beginning courses to fifteen language courses, seven culture, and literature courses.

Dr. Ramos wrote the basic texts for beginning and intermediate Filipino. In addition to these, she wrote about twenty books on the teaching and analyses of Filipino. Among her well-known books are Conversational Tagalog, Intermediate Tagalog, Modern Tagalog, Handbook of Tagalog Verbs, and the Case-System of Tagalog Verbs. The first four books were published by the University of Hawaii press and the last one by Pacific Linguistics, Australian National University.

In 2005, Dr. Ramos was given the title Professor Emeritus for her dynamic and productive leadership in the field of Southeast Asian Languages as well as her development and promotion of the study and use of Filipino, an important symbol of her ethnic heritage. As President of the Consortium for the Advancement of Filipino, Dr. Ramos although retired, continues to promote, propagate, and advocate for the growth and spread of Filipino as a global language.

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