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E. Aguilar Cruz: The Writer as Painter

About the book:
Emilio Aguilar Cruz was a man of many talents: writer, art critic, painter, historian, diplomat, gourmand and raconteur, he was all these, and much more, to the young Ambeth R. Ocampo for whom he was both mentor and friend. As such this book is both the artist’s biography and a first-hand account of the painter’s work ethic and character, his style developing as he moved from writer to painter.

First published in 1986 and long out of print as “The Paintings of E. Aguilar Cruz” the book is reissued by RPD Publications under E. Aguilar Cruz: The Writer as Painter bringing back into circulation the prolific Dr. Ambeth R. Ocampo’s first book and the artist’s work in the forefront of the Philippine artistic landscape.

Publication Date: 2019
Language: English
Format: Hardcover
Extent: 129 pages
Size: 140 x 197 mm.
ISBN-13: 9786219583329

About the author:
Ambeth R. Ocampo is a public historian whose research covers the late 19th century Philippines: its art, culture, and the people who figure in the birth of the nation.

Dr. Ocampo is Associate Professor and former Chairman of the Department of History, Ateneo de Manila University. He served as Chairman, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (2005-2007) and Chairman, National Historical Commission of the Philippines (2002-2011), and President of the Philippine Historical Association.

His popularization of Philippine history and culture has been recognized through numerous awards that include: the Fukuoka Prize; three National Book Awards in the Essay, Bibliography and Literary History; Officier in the Ordre des Arts et Lettres (France); Encomienda de la Orden del Merito Civil (Spain); Order of Lakandula and the Presidential Medal of Merit (Philippines).

He has published over 35 books, writes a widely read Editorial Page column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and moderates a growing Facebook Fan Page.


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