out how Mabini's remains fit snuggly into a small coffin, and while he was
still alive, how he tried to learn how to dance with a chair as partner;
what happened on Bonifacio's last days and how much Aguinaldo spent while
traveling and many more.
this volume, Ocampo ponders the arrangement of Mabini's bones in his
tiny coffin, examines the curling irons for Luna's moustache, tracks
down the exact expletive General Mascardo used to goad General Luna to
fight him, gawks at the vaginal clamps used by Galiciano Apacible and
the "pickled appendix" of Aguinaldo, and much more interesting
historical vignettes as only Ocampo can write.
are essays, which present our heroes as more than concrete and stone, with
their grand moments in history and their own sets of
RIZAL WITHOUT AN OVERCOAT
The essays offer new insights and data on Rizal as unearthed by historian Ambeth Ocampo through photographs, correspondences, lists, and other miscellany obtained from his meticulous researches. Received the 1990 National Book award for the essay.
MAKAMISA: THE SEARCH FOR RIZAL’S THIRD NOVEL
Ocampo discovers the Tagalog draft and the Spanish borrador of Rizal’s third and unfinished novel. Received the 1992 National Book Award.
And more looking back essays
written from 1986 to 1989, these essays continue to delight as they bring
the reader to the past in exploration of food, haircuts, courtship,
cursing and even farting. Through the interviews and profiles we get to
know more about Teodoro Agoncillo, Dely Atay-atayan, Jose Ma. Sison and
others. Definitely not what history textbooks will teach you.
MEANING AND HISTORY: THE RIZAL
BONES OF CONTENTION: THE BONIFACIO LECTURES
volume to Meaning and History
Find out why Andres Bonifacio preferred his gun to his bolo and why he was not the "Great Unwashed" as myth would have him depicted as Ocampo continues to add interesting bits to other scrapbook of history
TALKING HISTORY: CONVERSATIONS WITH TEODORO A. AGONCILLO
In this collection of transcripts of free-wheeling, no-holds-barred conversations, Ambeth R. Ocampo paves the way towards a re-evaluation of National Scientist (1985) Teodoro A. Agoncillo's scholarship, by providing readers "insight into his working methods, his joys and struggles that shaped the particular, nationalist way he viewed and narrated Philippine history."
THE CENTENNIAL COUNTDOWN
don't know that Ambeth's stories are the best example of it, but I should
think that the concept of storytelling itself as an approach to history is
a vastly important one. It's a mistake to think that anything that is not
written in the turgid, analytical style of dissertations, or does not
argue aggressively for an interpretation, is not important or does not
strike the core of life. If anything, I would argue the opposite. Stories
are more important thatn analyses. Or so for the historical demands of our
time and place. Stories inspire, stories light fires. And they do offer
concepts and interpretations, without violently yanking the heads of
people and saying 'Look, this is the way it happened!'"