To a Radical Problem. . .
The Leyte-Samar area (Region 8) used to be second to Mindanao in coconut production. With the ravages of Super Typhoon Yolanda, however, the region is back to zero, and with it, the ancillary coconut wine industry for which Leyte and Samar are famous for. Davao and Cebu have their coconut wine, as well, but their product sours up in two days. And Leyte-Samar’s Bahalina has no peer, and the secret is in the tungog (chopped mangrove bark), which imparts the right tannin to the coconut wine and preserves it for good–that is, with the right racking and ageing.
Coconut farmers can replant utilizing the mature coconuts strewn about by Yolanda, and it will take another 10 years before coconuts can be harvested for copra and for them to be tapped for coconut wine production. In the interim, locals should concentrate on cash crops and…
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