About the book:
A Delicate Balance: Batanes Food, Ecology and Community is the first publication under the imprint of the Museo ng Kaalamang Katutubo. It is a new kind of food book: it explores the traditional food of the Batanes Islands from the perspective of those who live in the various micro-ecosystems existing in the three inhabited islands of the Batanes.
In examining the relationship between nature and culture, this book, the first in the Philippine Food Ecosystems Series, has brought together scientists and culture writers, and their collaboration represents another stage in food writing and ecological writing: the stage in which integration is vital.
The book is more than about food and the past. Food is only an access point into the Batanes human-in-biosphere ecosystem. Its keystone is ecosystem, and hopefully the book sets in place the attempt to grasp and convey a system of relations involving the making of culture in a place, Batanes, with extraordinary particulars.
Publisher: Museo ng Kaalamang Katutubo, Inc.
Publication Date: 2016
Size: 300 x 250mm
About the authors:
Corazon S. Alvina trained as an anthropologist. She was the director of the National Museum of the Philippines (2001-2010), and the director, then the president of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila (1990-2001). She has been appointed to the post of director of the Museo ng Kaalamang Katutubo. Previous to life as a museum worker, Alvina was the production manager of GCF Books (1973-1990), during which time she also began research and writing on, and photography of, Philippine food and food resources. Her articles and essays on food, art and artists, and museological praxis have been either presented or published in the Philippines and overseas. Archaeology in the Batanes was a key research area that she strongly supported during her tenure in the National Museum.
Marian Pastor Roces is an independent curator with an international practice, as well as an institutional critic. In 1990, Pastor Roces founded TAO Management Inc., the Philippines’ first, and thus far, only corporation exclusively engaged in curatorial work for museum and exhibition development, cultural analysis for urban planning, and publications. TAO INC is curating the establishment of the Museo ng Kaalamang Katutubo, with Pastor Roces as lead curator. She has a track record of more than thirty years of published critical writing and public lectures in global fora, focused on her enduring research interests in identity politics and urbanization playing out in different parts of the world. Her interest in the Batanes is part of the critic’s conversation with tourism as, to her, a fraught field.