Museums throughout the world have been established through private endeavor; private collections that have been made public. The same is true in the Philippines, it is the generosity of collectors that has allowed audiences access to some of the best artworks in the country; Ateneo Art Gallery, Lopez Museum, Ayala Museum, Vargas Museum and Pinto Museum. Dr. Ambeth R. Ocampo will speak about the scholarship, passion and spirit of stewardship that has driven collectors to acquire what they did and bequeath these to institutions.
Ambeth R. Ocampo is a historian, academic, journalist, former cultural administrator and author best known for his writings about Philippines’ national hero José Rizal and for Looking Back, his bi-weekly editorial page column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. He served as the Chairman of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (2002-2011) and concurrently Chairman of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in (2005-2007). He recently bequeathed his own collection to the Ateneo Art Gallery.