Tribute to Dr. Dante L. Ambrosio, Historian and Father of Philippine EthnoAstronomy
Dr. Dante Ambrosio, Philippine historian and Father of Ethnoastronomy passed away last June 4, 2011.
I am sad that I never met him in person but still thankful that I know him through his works and passion for Philippine astronomy. I will also never forget the day when I first learned about him.
Four years ago, I was doing my research for a Filipino subject at the College of Arts and Letters Library in U.P. Diliman. I saw this book containing collection of articles written in Filipino. I couldn’t remember the title of the book and the reason why it was published, but I only remembered Dr. Dante Ambrosio’s article. It caught my attention because I learned that early Filipinos have their own way of naming constellations. I was so excited reading his article and even photocopied it. I have my copy till now.
In 2009, Ethnoastronomy was one of the main themes in celebrating the International Year of Astronomy in the Philippines. This was the reason why I always see his name in Philippine Daily Inquirer. I kept a list of these news articles and you can read them here.
Last Tuesday, I went to the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice in U.P. Diliman to pay my respect and see Dr. Dante Ambrosio for the (first) last time. It was unfortunate that I failed to contact him before. I have plans to talk to him through email four years ago, but I was so shy then. I never had the chance.
Even so, I am glad that he is now with our God. I am sure he is enjoying the beauty of the stars in heaven.
Thank you and goodbye for now, Dr. Dante.
Note: You may read his book entitled “Balatik” at http://journals.upd.edu.ph/index.php/pssr/article/viewFile/1287/1833 or buy the hard copy at UP Diliman Press.