"Ocampo effectively uses...the art of storytelling to school his audience about scrutinizing public memory as a responsibility of informed citizenship...Ocampo cites a wide range of primary sources to show his readers how to interrogate the past and to familiarize them with the problems of periodization, interpretation, and use of different types of texts and artifacts."
in The Journal of American History
"Extraordinarily popular and influential, widely read and appreciated, Ocampo has done more than any single author in recent years to inspire interest in and enthusiasm for Philippine history among a broad Filipino audience...Ocampo frequently calls attention to the political uses to which Philippine History has been subjected, even as he chips away at the fossilizing effects of an official nationalism that has domesticated the memory of its National Heroes."
Eva Lotta-Hedman and John T. Sidel
in Philippine Politics and Society in the Twentieth Century: Colonial Legacies, Post Colonial Trajectories