Looking Back

I discovered historian Ambeth Ocampo’s essays back in high school: we were taking up the Noli and El Fili in Panitikan (Literature, in Filipino) class and our teacher wanted us to compile newspaper clippings about Jose Rizal. We didn’t have a newspaper subscription, but I lived a few blocks away from the Inquirer office so I went to their library to get some clippings. The library lady handed me a whole folder of articles (pre-digitization; this was the late 90’s) — most of them were from Ambeth Ocampo’s newspaper column, and I remember being so engrossed reading them that the librarian had to walk over and nudge me to let me know they were closing for the afternoon.

As soon as I enrolled in Ateneo for college, I had my heart set on taking Ambeth Ocampo’s History 165 (Rizal and the Emergence of the Philippine Nation) class, and fortuitously, I got a good random number during reg that sem I was scheduled to take that subject so I was able to enlist in his class.

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Read-along with Matteo Guidicelli

A few months ago, I blogged about the book parade at my brother’s school (he teaches English and Religion), Tuloy sa Don Bosco Foundation, where they had a book parade to celebrate Book Month.

Last week the Tuloy Kids had a read-along with teen actor, champion racer and commercial model Matteo Guidicelli. I promised Enzo I’d blog about this, because this is his pet project and he’s worked so hard just to make this happen for the kids.

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