Mr. Ocampo is successful in separating Rizal the Man from the Myth, thanks to the author’s painstaking research from the hero’s first-hand works and letters. While reading my Ocampo Book Haul, I can’t help but see Rizal as an ordinary man struggling with similar dreams and fears.
In the book Meaning & History, Mr. Ocampo explains this concept further.
|April Book Haul:
Rizal’s Teeth, Bonifacio’s Bones by Ambeth Ocampo
Ambeth Ocampo’s Meaning & History
Death by Garrote by Ambeth Ocampo
|A Candid Shot of National Artist F. Sionil Jose
During One of His Talks
On April 27, Mr. Jose posted his views on his Facebook Page with emphasis on the supposed “Duterte Phenomenon.”
|“Why Duterte” by F. Sionil Jose|
This was not the first time that the National Artist shared razor-sharp views on how the government should be run as seen in his now famous Open Letter to NoyNoy published in the Philippine Star on May 23, 2010.
He ended the letter with a passionate plea for the CHANGE he has longed to see but couldn’t for so many years.
“I am 85 and how I despair over how three generations of our leaders failed! Before I go, please let me see this unhappy country begin to be a much better place than the garbage dump our leaders and people have made it…”