Ambeth Ocampo: Dirty Ice Cream, Banana Ketchup & Stinking Fish - Deliciously Filipino
Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 13:00-14:00
Simultaneous Translation: Filipino to English
Session No: 82
Food is such a fascinating aspect of culture. Not solely because of its flavours, scents and colours but also in the way it shapes people, and how people shape the food they eat.
The Philippines in particular features intriguing elements in its cuisine, long ingrained in local culture but never before unpacked. How is ‘dirty’ ice cream, made by the local sorbetero, distinguished from ‘clean’ store-bought ice cream? Where did banana ketchup come from? Why did the Spanish colonisers think Filipinos eat ‘rotten beef and stinking fish’?
Join popular Filipino historian Ambeth Ocampo, in conversation with Filipina writer and poet Danabelle Gutierrez, as he deconstructs the fascinating history behind the deliciously iconic foods of the Philippines.
Ambeth Ocampo is a public historian and independent curator whose research covers the late 19th century Philippines: its art, culture, and the people who figured in the birth of the nation. He is currently a professor at the Department of History in Ateneo de Manila University. Ocampo has published over 35 books, writes a widely read editorial page column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and moderates a growing Instagram and Facebook fan page.