Inscribing Histories

Inscribing Histories 
A Conversation with Profs. Ricardo T. Jose and Patrick D. Flores 
In line with the exhibition Aligning Histories: Purita Kalaw-Ledesma and Jorge B. Vargas
3 October, Thursday | 10-1130am
Third Floor North Wing Gallery
UP Vargas Museum

Inscribing Histories ​reflect​s on how histories are pieced together and written for present interpretation and understanding. ​It is a conversation to be led by historian Ricardo T. Jose and art historian Patrick D. Flores in response to Aligning Histories: Purita Kalaw-Ledesma and Jorge B. Vargas, an exhibit that attempts to recast narratives around the biographies of art collectors and patrons who built Filipiniana collections across various stages of post-war reconstruction and nation-building in the Philippines.

The event is free and open to the public but with limited seating. For more information, please contact the Vargas Museum at (+632) 981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunkline), (+632) 928-1925 (fax) or send an email to You may also check our website at, Facebook via and Twitter via @UPVargasMuseum for updates.

About the Speakers

Ricardo Trota Jose is a professor with the UP Department of History, where specializes in the Philippines during World War II and the Japanese Occupation, Philippine Military and Diplomatic History and Philippines-Japan Relations. His connections with UP are long and deep: his father, Regalado Jose, was a UP graduate who taught Piano and Conducting at the UP College of Music; all his siblings studied at the UP Elementary School (pre-UPIS) and graduated from college in UP Diliman. Prof. Jose obtained his BA and MA in History from UP, and his Ph.D. from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. He is the author of several books, monographs and book chapters published in the Philippines and abroad. He is a recipient of the 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Awards for Teachers.

Patrick D. Flores is professor at the Department of Art Studies, which he chaired from 1997 to 2003. Flores is also Artistic Director of Singapore Biennale 2019 and Curator of the Vargas Museum. He was one of the curators of Under Construction: New Dimensions in Asian Art (2000), the Gwangju Biennale (Position Papers) in 2008, and was the curator of the Philippine Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2015. Flores was a Visiting Fellow at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1999 and an Asian Public Intellectuals Fellow in 2004. Among his publications are Painting History: Revisions in Philippine Colonial Art (1999); Remarkable Collection: Art, History, and the National Museum (2006); and Past Peripheral: Curation in Southeast Asia (2008).

Posted: October 3, 2019 10:36