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Preview — Looking Back by Ambeth R. Looking Back by Ambeth R. Ambeth is such a delight to read. His wit, humor, keen observations and insights on Philippine history never fail to keep us entertained and informed. History is the collective memory ameth a nation but it has to be constantly rewritten. It is t Ambeth is such a delight to read. It is the historian’s interpretation of,more often than not, questionable facts. A true historian must first get his facts from primary sources;second, be objectives; third, be interesting.
Ambeth Ocampo’s historical writings meet these three criteria. He is the historian to watch. Roces, National Artist for Literature HardcoverFirst Printingpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Looking Backplease sign up. See 2 questions about Looking Back…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Sep 07, Apokripos rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Published inLooking Back is the first published work by Ambeth Ocampo, renowned Philippine loking. This book is a collection of articles which first appeared in the author’s column with the same title published on the defunct Philippine Daily Globe.
As with my experience reading his award-winning and bestselling Rizal Without the OvercoatOcampo’s essay manages to make history fun, hip, with a slant towards the amusing and almost always an enlightening discussion of Philippine history Published inLooking Back is the first published work by Ambeth Ocampo, renowned Philippine historian. As with my experience reading his award-winning and bestselling Rizal Without the OvercoatOcampo’s essay manages to make history fun, hip, with a slant towards the amusing and almost always an enlightening discussion of Philippine history — may it be of our glorious past or the foibles of a not a few person or two — for unarguably this is the story of us, a nation, warts and all.
It’s a pity that this edition is now out of print, and to be honest about it, the “Mini Me” edition by the same baci publisher does not render it any justice as it only included a handful of essays from the former one. The admonition that a writer — more looikng that Ocampo is a journalist first lolking a historian second — is marked by his times or epoch, in that it can be seen in the first part of the book as the author sets the record straight in some of our misconceptions or rather what our school teachers failed to do about our former colonial masters where his articles serves as a foil to comment on the raging political debates of his time, mainly the American bases in the 90s.
This for me is one of the strokes of brilliance of Ocampo’s essays underscoring that history indeed repeats itself, that we all must first learn of the past before moving on forward to where we and our nation is heading.
Ambeth Ocampo in his works proves time and again that history isn’t just about successions of events that happened in the past — it is after all the paved road we all are treading.
He admonishes that history isn’t about dates, figures, stuff and “great” people cast or sculpted in stone, marble or bronze; it is more than just a subject we must get through to be able to make it on the next grade or level or to earn a diploma. History is living, it’s the air we breathe, it’s our identity. It just goes to show that what happened back then still has relevance now, and there’s always something “new” to learn from something that’s “old”.
Feb 23, Michael Gerald rated it liked it.
Why Filipinos Should Read: The ‘Looking Back’ Series by Ambeth Ocampo
This is the first of the books of Ambeth Ocampo that I read, and it set off my interest in his books. I have been interested in history before I read them, but Mr. Ocampo’s books just added to the fascination. They are well-researched and pleasing to read.
To date, I have read eight 8 of his books. Apr 19, Ron rated it it was amazing. Mr Ocampo writes history with warmth and humor, I wish his books were our text ocwmpo back in school.
I would’ve ocamoo more dates and places because the characters ‘lived and died’ and not just a stagnant and obsolete piece of fact. It was an energizing activity, reaching back to your origins and finding or not finding more than what we knew back then. His arduous research on details of the past leads to picture our admirable Filipinos with much more personality and life.
Less of Rizal, Boni Mr Ocampo writes history with warmth and humor, I wish his books were our text books back ambsth school. Less of Rizal, Bonifacio and Aguinaldo. Dec 12, Takipsilim rated it it was amazing. The book that got me deeply into Philippine history. May 22, Bookbed rated it liked it Shelves: History, after all, is a ovampo of stories, complete with characters, settings and plots.
More so if they bring meaning to them. Some of these stories can be found in the Looking Back series by Ambeth Ocampo.
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We also accept review requests. Aug 02, Mark Ching rated it liked it. Ambeth Ocampo’s Looking Back is a very short read, but every page is worth it. It reads like a gossip magazine–who knew Philippine history was this interesting? If only history is taught in school like how Ocampo has written about it, then we’d have smarter and more nationalistic Filipinos.
Since I don’t want to spoil the book, I’ll just give a couple of teasers. Do you know what is considered the most haunted Philippine painting Ambeth Ocampo’s Looking Back is a very short read, but every page is worth it. Do you know what is considered the most haunted Philippine painting? Did you know that there was a time when pictures of dead bodies all done up for burial were popularly printed in mainstream publications? Did you know that there was a king from Belgium who tried all means to buy the Philippines, but in vain?
Did you know that Andres Bonifacio sought funding for the revolution from Japan? Did you know that former President Quezon was a potty mouth? All these and more in Ambeth Ocampo’s Looking Back. Aug 11, Carlo Estadilla rated it it was amazing.
It has become amazing for me to know more about local history after I knew Ambeth Ocampo. He was my professor for PI Philippine Institution back in college. I remember the message he was most passionate about which was to instill motivation for us to read and enjoy history, outside of school context.
I say that he didn’t fail in giving that motivation to me.
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This is just the first. I shall read more of his books and other books on Philippine history! Sep 19, Abby Andrada rated it really liked it. It was a fresh way how Ambeth R. Ocampo was able to educate his readers. The contents of his masterpiece about the Philippines’ history and heroes are those that we occampo overlook.
Ambeth, was able to make our heroes seem more like real people. A great read for avid historians.
Ocampo proved that it’s not only the historic dates and happenings that mark a hero’s life but also the small yet intricate and ironic details of his life that make lookint human. Oloking our history books been written like how Mr. Ocampo wrote this one, I guess we’d have better appreciation for history and our national heroes in general. Feb 06, Matthew Lopez rated it really liked it.
This is the original version of the renowned Looking Back book but for me is the more insightful version as it tackles history that we can utilize in today’s context. For instance, the narration of American involvement in the Philippines is detailed heavily without whitewashing the events. Sep 08, Jerry rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This hy a piece of history book whom we can memorize the events that happened without batting an eyelash.
I had guffaws reading some ocamo and kind of sad in some chapters as we relegate our heroes as plain lcampo. Jul 26, William Barot added it. Oct 25, Carlo rated it really liked it Shelves: Historical events were told more of a chismis than as hard facts, or something like that. Sep 11, Rina Tabale marked it as to-read. May 09, LA rated it really liked it.
I never thought history can be written in such amusingly witty fashion! Nov 14, Grace rated it it was amazing.