- An artist from Tacloban City painted a portrait of President Rodrigo Duterte using “tuba” or coconut wine
- Dante Enage said it’s his way of thanking Duterte for his good intentions for the government
- Enage also painted a tuba portrait of Pope Francis, who visited Tacloban in 2015
An artist from Tacloban City painted a portrait of President Rodrigo Duterte using “tuba” or coconut wine.
In an article written by Melanie Bingco of ABS-CBN News, it was disclosed that artist Dante Enage created the masterpiece as a way of thanking the president for his good intentions for the government. Enage said he painted the portrait on Monday, July 25, in time for the president’s first State of the Nation Address.
“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,” the arstist said, stressing that he chose tuba as his medium in order to showcase the Waraynon culture.
Enage is a mixed media artist from Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. He has had two one-man exhibits: Hiraya in 2009 and Katsirak in 2012.
The artist is well known for using the red lauan tan bark tree; the natural pigmenting agent of tuba, a local wine made from coconut juice or coconut toddy.
In 2012, he was the artist-in-residence at the Balay Kalamragan Art Residency in San Miguel, Leyte.
In 2013, his work “Paint not Bomb,” won first place in the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts 2013 Philippine Visual Arts Festival held in Pagadian City. His works were exhibited at the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia and in the Art Expo Malaysia.
In 2014, his works were showcased at two exhibits in Kuwait as part of the celebration of the 116th Philippine Independence Day.
Meanwhile, Enage has also painted a tuba portrait of Pope Francis, who visited Tacloban last year in 2015.