ha! seriously, i am with his book! it’s my must read before i go to bed… i can’t put down this book! bourdain never fails to amuse me! i wish i am the next one who would bring him back to the philippines for his no reservations show! or just take him back to the philippines period!
on chapter 12: “Go Ask Alice”, he talks about how (ignunt and arrogant) alice waters wrote to president obama shortly after he won the election. She proposed that she and her friends be brought aboard immediately to be his “kitchen cabinet” to help with the selection of a white house chef!!! the nerve!!! hello ignunt alice! our very own cristeta comerford is already in the house! and that is the white house for you white ignunt! Cristeta is the first Filipino chef to have served three US Presidents in the White House.
there is tina maristela ocampo too! who is she? she’s a filipina former model and owner-designer of accessories line Celestina Maynila-New York. She is featured in April’s issue of Town and Country magazine.
Ocampo has also made waves in Hollywood. Sandra Bullock wore a Celestina Ebun Clutch (shiny sterling silver in snake design with crystal clasps) at the Academy Awards where she won Best Actress for The Blind Side. At the Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 23 where she also won Best Actress, Bullock wore another Ocampo design, the Celestina Patricia Clutch (oxidized sterling silver wood design with lapiz lasuli clasps).
unfortunately, celestina clutches are too expensive for you and me but obviously not for sandra bullock! click here to see the clutch collections – they are beautiful and very elegant!
I love, love, love, love, love ! I think every Filipino should read this book – specially the young filipinos who have no clue who Rizal is.
I am so in love with Rizal since I was in high school and I am more in love with Rizal than ever!!! I want to buy and would buy all Ambeth Ocampo’s books.
And I love, love, love, love, love this great author, Ambeth Ocampo. Here’s a little info about him from wikipedia:
Ambeth R. Ocampo is a multi-awarded Filipino historian, academic, journalist, and author best known for his writings about Jose Rizal, and for his bi-weekly editorial page column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, “Looking Back.” He became the chair of the Philippines’ National Historical Institute in 2002 and of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in 2005.