About the book:
60 Years and Bon Vivant! Philippine-French Relations grew out of a symposium held at the Ateneo de Manila University on June 26, 2007 to mark the 60th Anniversary of the said establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The symposium covered four themes: France in Philippine history, France in Philippine culture, France in Philippine education, and Filipino families with French ancestry. The themes have hence been expanded to include business, and a folio of Filipino artists who lived, visited, or were touched by France.
This publication includes insightful articles by: H.E. Gerard Chesnel; H. E. Jose Abeto Zaide; Hon. Mayor Elionor ‘Ely’ I. Pillas; Olivier Dintinger; Deanna Ongpin-Recto; Sr. Maria Josefina Matias, RA; Sr. Antoninette Bengzon, SPC; Clemente Dreyfus del Castillo; Lourdes Gaston Dalupan; Felix ‘Nonon’ Guerrero Padilla; Louis Thevenin; Amparito Lhuillier; Felice Prudente Sta. Maria; Leovino Ma. Garcia, Ph.D.; Georges Gaston Feydeau; and Henri Ortiz. With excerpts from the writings of Brother Andrew Gonzales, FSC; Paul P. de la Gironiere, and Jose Rizal.
Publication Date: 2008
Size: 241 x 190mm
About the editor:
Ambeth R. Ocampo is a public historian with a research interest in 19th century Philippines – its art, culture, and those who figured in the birth of the nation. He is Chairman of the National Historical Institute; Associate Professor in the Department of History, Ateneo De Manila University; Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature, University of the Philippines (Diliman); and Regent of the Universidad de Manila. He served as a Chairman of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (2005-2007).
He has published 14 books and writes an Editorial Page column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
For his contributions as writer, scholar, cultural administrator, and the strengthening of the cultural relations between the Philippines and France he was conferred the rank of Officier, Orde des Arts et Lettres of the Republic of France in June 2008.