For hundreds of years, the Eastern Visayas region has been among the top coconut producers in the country.

And deeply embedded in the festive and colorful heritage of the Waray culture is the magic of its local coconut wine concoction – tuba.

The best tuba producers of Eastern Visayas converged last Friday, October 14 for the year’s biggest tuba  festival – the 4th Oktubafest at the Leyte Park Hotel Gymnasium in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines.

The festival saw the participation of some 25 local government units showcasing their best tuba products from Tacloban City and the towns of Julita, La Paz, Dulag, Mayorga, Tanauan, Palo, Alangalang, Tunga, Carigara, Barugo, Babatngon and Burauen of Leyte province;  Hinabangan, Villareal, Calbiga, Lawaan, Basey, Sta. Rita of Samar province; Balangiga, Sulat, Guiuan and Oras of Eastern Samar, as well as from Limasawa Island of Southern Leyte.

Highlights of whole-day, fun-filled Oktubafest included competitions in Best Bahal, Best Bahalina, Best Kutil and the Best Tuba-infused Dishes.

Yes, the tuba, indeed, has come a long way!

The annual tuba festival is being held under the auspices of the AnWaray Partylist, the Leyte Provincial Government, the Department of Tourism Region 8 and the Philippine Coconut Authority.

Cheers to all!

Kutil – tuba concoction:

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An Waray Party-list once again produced this year’s tuba festival, aptly billed as the “3rd Oktubafest” last October 23 at the Leyte Park Convention Center, Tacloban City.

Hatched as part of the continuing efforts to promote the region’s cultural heritage and the coconut and the tuba industry in Eastern Visayas, the Octubafest showcased the local coconut wine, tuba.

The day-long affair also featured a photo essay contest, the on-the-spot kawit (tuba container) painting contest,  a tuba wine tasting contest, a cooking contest featuring tuba-infused dish and kotil and several other entertainment numbers.

The festival saw the participation of several municipalities from all over Eastern Visayas with their respective tuba exhibit booths.

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