In all his works, he provides his readers with a clear insight into the actual thoughts and actions of the heroes and notables of history. By describing these luminaries as real people, with real feelings and emotions, and by effectively including into his writing the details of their lives, the atmosphere of the time and even a distinctive cultural fragrance, he presents history as a compelling narrative. This enables many people of all ages to feel history as something closer to them, and encourages them to maintain an interest in their country’s past. Indeed, Dr. Ocampo has made history common property among the citizens through his publications and his prominent media presence. He has also promoted an enhanced public awareness and global sensibility by showing the extent to which the activists and leaders, who shaped the history of the Philippines, worked in close contact and partnership with the West and neighbouring Asian countries.
Dr. Ocampo was born in Manila in 1961. He studied at De La Salle University and received an M.A. in Philippine Studies. In 1985, he began to write regular columns and essays on history and culture in newspapers and magazines, which he compiled into two best-selling books, (1990) and (1990). He then went to London to study at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University, before entering the Benedictine Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat in Manila. After leaving the monastery, he went back to lecturing, teaching and writing, and to date he has published more than 20 books.
Dr. Ambeth R. Ocampo is an outstanding historian and an intellectual who has contributed to academic, cultural and social progress in the Philippines, through his positions as an academic and a newspaper columnist, and through his service in executive and advisory roles in historical and cultural administration. By providing a clear explanation of the global context within which Philippine history has developed, he has played an important role in promoting an open-minded nationalism and international exchange.
As an outstanding historian and intellectual, Dr. Ambeth R. Ocampo has made a great contribution to academic, cultural and social progress in the Philippines, through his university teaching, his writing for newspapers and magazines, and his service in historic and cultural administration. His clear and accessible explanations of the wider global context in which the country developed during the period of the Spanish and American colonial regimes have helped promote a more open sense of nationalism, and facilitated the advancement of international exchanges both with Asia and with the West.
For his achievement in reclaiming history as the property of ordinary citizens, for his contribution to promote an open-minded nationalism and global sensibility in the Philippines, and for his great service to international cultural exchange, Dr. Ambeth R. Ocampo is a truly worthy recipient of the Academic Prize of the Fukuoka Prize.
One simple interpretation would be the painting showing the painter Juan Luna, his friend Ariston Bautista Lin, and the third guy who’s suspected to be Jose Rizal even without historical basis; looking at a woman who could’ve been a prostitute, a celebrity, or just an ordinary beautiful woman.
Public lecture will be held at Event Hall B2F, ACROS Fukuoka by inviting Mr. Ambeth R. OCAMPO, a laureate of the Academic Prize. Admission is free. We hope you will join us there.