LOOK: Tacloban artist paints Duterte portrait using 'tuba'

Melanie Bingco, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 29 2016 12:28 AM

An artist in Tacloban City paid tribute to President Rodrigo Duterte by painting his portrait using "tuba" or coconut wine.

Dante Enage said this is his way of thanking the president for his good intentions for the government.

Enage said he painted the portrait on Monday, in time for the president's first State of the Nation Address.

He chose tuba as his medium in order to showcase the Waraynon culture.

"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," Enage said in the vernacular.

A supporter of the president, Enage said he is happy that there is already a change in the political climate in the country.

Asked about his thoughts on Duterte's SONA, he said he is glad that the president opened his speech by talking about reconciliation and moving forward.

"Instead of blaming the past, let's just focus on making the present better," he said in Winaray.

Enage, who survived the wrath of Super Typhoon Yolanda, hopes the President will not forget the storm victims.

He is hoping Duterte will check on the situation of survivors like him. "Whatever is still lacking, we hope he can help us out."

Enage has also painted a tuba portrait of Pope Francis, who visited Tacloban last year.

Meanwhile, his tuba portraits of American rock star Jimi Hendrix, pop icon John Lennon and People's champ Manny Pacquiao were painted before Yolanda hit Tacloban.

He is happy he was able to retrieve them.

Given the chance, Enage would like to present the portrait to President Duterte.