Made-in-the-Philippines Banquet. Eleventh Annual Journalism Week. University of Missouri. May 7, 1920.
Made-in-the-Philippines Banquet. Eleventh Annual Journalism Week. University of Missouri. May 7, 1920.
[Philippines / Cookery]

Made-in-the-Philippines Banquet. Eleventh Annual Journalism Week. University of Missouri. May 7, 1920.

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[Columbus, Missouri]: [University of Missouri], 1920. 5-1/2 x 4 inches. Six leaves including wrappers, containing 6pp of text. White wrappers bound with a ribbon, to which has been attached a painted capiz, or windowpane oyster, shell. Minor soiling to wrappers; ends of binding ribbon slightly frayed. Very Good.

A souvenir menu and program from a Philippines-themed banquet held at the University of Missouri in 1920 for its eleventh annual Journalism Week, with a capiz shell attached to it onto which has been painted a watercolor scene of huts amid palm trees. The fare included coconut-bed pickles, tuna fish croquettes, lechon, and mimis rise. Several of the speakers were Filipino, including Arsenio N. Luz, the former editor of El Ideal, Manila and Jaime C. de Veyra, Philippine Resident Commissioner in the United States. A "general committee" made up politicians, civil servants and businessmen in the Philippines participated (presumably through correspondence only, rather than in person at the event).

According to a contemporary newspaper account in the Columbian Missourian, the capiz shell was only one kind of souvenir given out at the event: "paper weights mounted with mother-of-pearl cones; fans of different designs and coloring; napkin rings of 'nito,' rattan and bamboo; and swagger sticks of ebony and other Philippine hard wood" were also distributed. "But these will not be the chief attraction of the banquet, for, in just representation of the natural resources of the Philippines, there will be brought in Columbia exhibits of products which have made the Islands, in 20 years of American tutelage, a most prosperous country" (Monday Evening, January 26, 1920, "Editors to Get Odd Souvenirs ... Filipinos Expect to Correct Wrong Impressions and Interest Capital").

OCLC locates a 16pp "supplement" for the event, at Yale and Harvard, but no examples of this souvenir menu; we are unable to directly check the University of Missouri holdings due to password protections.


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