By: Ambeth R. Ocampo

Lamberto R. Ocampo , better known as   Ambeth R. Ocampo   (born 13 August 1961) is a   Filipino   historian, academic, journalist, cultural administrator and author best known for his writings about Philippines' national hero   Jose Rizal   and for   Looking Back , his bi-weekly editorial page column in the   Philippine Daily Inquirer . He has served as the   Chairman of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines   in 2002 and of the   National Commission for Culture and the Arts   in 2005 .
Ocampo was educated in the Jesuit-run   HYPERLINK "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ateneo_de_Manila_University" \o "Ateneo de Manila University" Ateneo de Manila University   from primary, secondary and tertiary levels. He subsequently attained his undergraduate and masteral degrees in Philippine Studies from   De La Salle University   in 1989 and 1991, respectively. He took graduate courses in the   University of the Philippines ( Diliman )   and later read for a DPhil in Southeast Asian History at the University of London   School of Oriental and African Studies   (SOAS). Ocampo began writing for Weekend Magazine of the Philippine Daily Express in 1985 and joined the staff soon after. His column, "Looking Back", first appeared in the Philippine Daily Globe in 1987. The compilation of material from these columns brought out his two bestselling books:   Looking Back   presently on its eleventh compilation and   Rizal Without the Overcoat . His widely-read bi-weekly column moved to the   Philippine Daily Inquirer   in 1990. Since 1986, Ocampo has published over twenty-nine books that included his essays and writings of Philippine arts and culture; biographies of prominent figures in history and the history of bilateral relations of the Philippines between   France   and   Japan .

Short Introduction
Rizal Without the Overcoat   is a book by Filipino writer   HYPERLINK "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambeth_Ocampo" \o "Ambeth Ocampo" Ambeth Ocampo , adapted from his Looking Back column in the   Philippine Daily Globe   from October 1987 to July 1990. These writi ngs were attempts to translate   Jose Rizal   and his historical context so that he could be better understood by a new generation—to present a new Rizal that had been obscured by school and myth .

Rizal Without the Overcoat uncovers the other side of the nationalistic icon, Dr. Jose Rizal. Mr. Ocampo has written down information concerning Rizal that is new to us, far-out from the high school instructions given to us back then. The former had presented facts from the original manuscripts and books that have long been kept in the libraries and hardly read by students, books that have been read only by Rizalists and some academic scholars. Mr. Ocampo aims to impart us these printed materials for us to look into our national hero as an ordinary man like us. It may be thought that the author is an anti - Rizal but then his real purpose is to reveal the truth and raise questions through his published works to provide us necessary background resources regarding Jose Rizal. The articles in the book do not intend to mislead us but rather to give us facts and then allowing us to decide on what things to believe in.

Between the covers of this book,   Jose Rizal   suddenly comes alive, r ediscovering our national hero, and in turn rediscovering our sense of being Filipino . You take a step back and remember that this is the man who influenced the course of our history and helped solidify our sense of nationhood . That's when you see t hat heroes are people who were just like us . And these people are more interesting to learn about and learn from, not the mythical heroes we hear about in school. You begin to relate to them, and wonder what was going through their heads and the e motions raging in their hearts.