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In the age of alternative truths and where some of the persistently murkiest questions include who/what is a Filipino, the Cesar Legaspi Centennial stages
A Question of Heroes, a conversation with esteemed WWII specialist Ricardo Jose this May 13, 2:30pm at the Cultural Center of the Philippines MKP Hall. Both the memory of the late National Artist for Visual Arts Cesar Legaspi and the astute scholarship of Dr. Jose weighed in on the controversy surrounding the Marcos burial in Libingan ng mga Bayani in late 2016. Legaspi’s heirs had then decided to disinter his remains while Jose drew from his longtime research on the American colonial period to engage with attempts to vet Ferdinand Marcos’s war record.
A Question of Heroes is also done in homage to the 1981 work of Nick Joaquin, whose ten essays on such key historical figures as Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio offered deliberately humanizing accounts of the often mythified and venerated. Joaquin is one of several National Artists celebrating their centennial alongside Legaspi this 2017.
Dr. Jose is former Chair of the University of the Philippines Department of History and current Director of the UP Third World Studies Center. The event is open to the public, free admission.
A Question of Heroes is co-sponsored by Philippine Veterans Bank and is a paired activity with the ongoing exhibition
Lying in State, the opening event of the Cesar Legaspi birth centennial at the CCP Main Gallery and 2nd and 3rd floor hallways. Viewing hours are Tuesdays-Sundays 10am-6pm, with extended hours to 8pm during performance evenings at the CCP Main Theater.
For more information, contact the Visual Arts and Museum Division at (632) 832-1125 loc. 1504/1505 and 832-3702, mobile (0917) 6033809, email
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