I discovered Ambeth Ocampo’s books. And I was really overwhelmed by the historical tidbits I read in these books.
I am a history-lover. I don’t care if it’s dry and dense. I can handle that. That’s how I love history. I enjoyed it more when I read Ocampo’s articles about Philippine History. He has an enjoyable way of approaching history and a very amusing perspective of it.
The problem with our history is that it is mostly fabricated to become legendary, to the point of reaching the levels of being biblically supernatural. With Ambeth Ocampo, our history becomes real and candid and even more interesting.
In his book “Rizal Without the Overcoat”, we see more of Rizal’s humanity and understand his way of thinking. What I particularly liked is how Ocampo narrated Rizal’s life as an expatriate. It felt so similar with the plight of most Filipino expatriates like me. It made me appreciate Rizal more than ever. And Makamisa is a must to read if you can't get enough of Noli and El Fili.
It’s approaching Philippine history with an attitude.