Noted Filipino scholar to discuss Marcos Diaries at East-West Center

Historian Ambeth Ocampo will present an assessment of personal diaries left behind by Ferdinand Marcos and his family when they fled the Philippines

Hawaii Independent Staff

Noted Filipino historian Prof. Ambeth Ocampo of Ateneo de Manila University will discuss the handwritten diaries of Ferdinand Marcos and his family in a free public seminar on Friday, Sept. 1, at the East-West Center. The diaries were left behind by Marcos and his family when they fled the presidential palace amid the “People Power” uprising in 1986.

Prof. Ocampo’s talk on “Interrogating Presidential Papers: The Ferdinand Marcos Diaries” will be from noon–1 p.m. in the East-West Center’s John A. Burns Hall, Rm. 4111 (1601 East-West Rd). The program is free of charge and open to the public, with limited seating available.

To RSVP or for more information, contact (808) 944-7111, or [email protected]. Paid parking is available in marked visitor parking on the UH campus.

When they fled the presidential palace in February 1986, Ferdinand Marcos and his family left behind handwritten diaries spanning the years 1969-1984. Since then, they have been in the custody of the Presidential Commission on Good Government. Prof. Ocampo is preparing the diaries for publication, collating from different manuscript sources, and annotating from newspapers and the Official Gazette. He will present an assessment of Marcos’ own view of events during the years chronicled by the diaries.

Ambeth Ocampo is a professor at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, Philippines. He is the Philippines’ top scholar on national hero José Rizal, about whom he has written several books. He writes a column on Philippine history for the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Co-sponsored by: the Filipino Association of University Women, Knights of Rizal, UH Manoa School of Pacific and Asian Studies, UH Manoa Center for Philippine Studies and Philippine Airlines.