Artist paints Duterte using local wine


( You're probably familiar with the image of an artist drinking wine while working on their paintings, but we bet you haven't seen anyone actually dip their paintbrushes into their drink. Dante Enage, an artist from Tacloban City, uses tuba (coconut wine) as his medium for painting. In time for the State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 25, he painted a portrait of President Rodrigo Duterte to showcase Waraynon culture.




Tuba, the bittersweet traditional wine popular in the provinces of Leyte and Samar, has been around even before the Spaniards came to the Philippines. It was first mentioned by chroniclers in the first half of the century along with the "Indian Nut." Tuba is made by extracting the sap of an unopened coconut bud and allowing the pale juice to trickle into bamboo containers. This is then fermented and distilled. In 2010, this native wine found its way to the international market via businessmen from China, India, and Singapore.


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For Enage, painting with tuba is his own contribution to the development of their cottage industry. "It's more than an art form. It's also my contribution to the local wine-making industry. When people see my painting, they also take a glimpse of our culture," he said in an interview with ABS-CBN News. So next time you take that sip, might as well make an art out of it!


Photos from Melanie Bingco, ABS-CBN News; Manila, and Inquirer

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