Fulbright visiting research scholar Ambeth Ocampo is named as this year’s awardee for the Fukuoka Prize in the academic category. His work and insights on the thoughts and actions of historical figures guaranteed his place alongside Indian composer for the film Slumdog Millionaire AR Rahman and Pakistani architect and humanitarian aid worker Yasmeen Lari.
After pursuing a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Philippine Studies at De La Salle University, he attended the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOA) in London University. He was awarded a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Fellowship in 2000. His host institutions were the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC; Field Museum in Chicago, IL; and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The title of his research was “American Pioneers in Philippine Archeology.”
Ambeth Ocampo used to serve as the chairman of the National Historical Institute and the chairman of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. He forged cultural agreements with North Korea, Vietnam and Pakistan, as well as organized cultural exchange programs with France, Mexico, and China. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the Department of History in Ateneo de Manila University and maintains a newspaper column called “Looking Back” in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Ocampo’s Fukuoka Prize citation reads: “For his achievement in reclaiming history as the property of ordinary citizens, for his contribution to promote an open-minded nationalism and global sensibility in the Philippines, and for his great service to international cultural exchange, Dr. Ambeth R. Ocampo is a truly worthy recipient of the Academic Prize of the Fukuoka Prize.”
He will receive ¥3,000,000 or about P1.26 million as cash prize and will be giving a public lecture on September 17-18 at ACROS Fukuoka, Japan.
The Fukuoka Prize is an award given by Fukuoka City and the Fukuoka City International Foundation to individuals or organizations in creating and preserving the unique and diverse cultures of Asia.