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Ambeth Ocampo


Ambeth Ocampo






Short Background








Ambeth R. Ocampo was born in Manila in 1961. He was educated at the Ateneo de Manila University through primary, secondary and tertiary levels and obtained a BA and an MA in Philippine Studies from De La Salle University. He has taught at the University of the Philippines (Diliman), San Beda College, and De La Salle University.

At present he is a columnist of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and is reading for the PhD in Philippine History at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He is also enrolled in the PhD program of the Department of Philosophy, De La Salle University.

His other books include: Looking Back and Rizal without the Overcoat (1990), Makamisa: The Search for Rizal's Third Novel (1992), Aguinaldo's Breakfast and Calendar of Rizaliana in the Vault of the Philippine National Library (1993), and Bonifacio's Bolo and Teodora Alonso (1995). He has won three National Book Awards and a Premio Manuel Bernabe. He was also elected National Fellow for Essay by the University of the Philippines Creative Writing Center (1995 - 1996).

In 1993, he entered the Benedictine Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat, Manila where he is now known as Dom. Ignacio Maria, OSB.