Dreams of Cake & Ice Cream: Coping with Hunger in World War II 

November 7, 2020

Free webinar by Filipinas Heritage Library tells the story of how private kitchens in a time of crisis became a source of public strength.

The talk, moderated by Desiree Benipayo, is the second of a webinar series forming part of Liberation: War and Hope. This project is in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the war. Manila Bulletin is the media partner.

Designed for the general audience, the webinar features the esteemed cultural historian Felice Prudente Sta. Maria, revisiting the transformations of Philippine food culture in the years leading up to the war and in the struggles of war-torn Manila.

Specifically, Sta. Maria tracks how Commonwealth educational systems and security policy shaped food-making during wartime. As war preparations linked food to public health, women with culinary know-how rose to prominence in the public sphere. They came to play key roles in the war itself, mitigating hunger as well as boosting public morale.

Sta. Maria grounds her historical account on a tale of two sisters. She reconstructs the lives of baking women, the Yulo sisters, to illuminate how home economics transformed traditional Filipino food. As a result, women’s knowledge softened the impact of scarcity on a whole range of people—from ordinary citizens and guerillas, to war prisoners as well as the Japanese military. Private kitchens in a time of crisis became a source of public strength.

Liberation Talks: The Aftermath of World War II (1945-1946)

August 15, 2020

A webinar on how Filipinos took up the challenges of living on in the face of ruin right after World War II.

Ayala Foundation, Inc., Filipinas Heritage Library, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines present James Scott, Rico Jose, and Cecilia Gaerlan in “Liberation Talks: The Aftermath of World War II (1945-1946),” with a Q&A moderated by Desiree Benipayo.

War and Children in Books: E- Storytelling and Creators Q&A

June 19, 2020