Face of President Duterte on Rice Paddy Field, a Tourist Attraction in Nueva Ecija
A creative art design on a rice paddy field in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija became a local tourist attraction since the featured personality is no other than President Rodrigo Duterte. The national leader's face was carefully crafted on the field by a group of Filipino scientists. Aside from the President, the face of Vice President Leni Robredo was also curve next to him.
The paddy art of the two top officials at the Philippine Rice Institute (PhilRice) in Nueva Ecija is not one of its kind. A similar creation can also be seen at the Palayabangan Field along Biotech Road at the University of the Philippines Los Baños.
These concepts were created for one good reason-it's part of PhilRice's FutureRice farm program's paddy art called "Rice up Pilipinas".
Have a look on the fantastic art designs of the Filipino rice scientists.
There has been reports citing that many local social media users are debating the veracity of this story. Some are claiming that it's fake and rice researchers do not have ample technical skills to come up with such majestic outcome.
Some netizens are comparing this to the mysterious crop circle or crop formation where certain complex patterns are created on a wide area of rice fields which can only be done by alien life forms.
The debate, however, ended when an article from a large local news network cited a certain group of senior civil engineering students from the University of the Philippines-Los Banos who voluntarily helped to layout the proper geometric alignment of the image of President Duterte on the rice paddy field.
In addition, a video was also released on the internet showing some young students filming the art design. Here's the video.
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Early this year, faces of two famous on screen couple Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza were featured by PhilRice. In previous years, they also created the image of Dr. Jose Rizal.
These initiatives of our rice scientists are very helpful in promoting certain programs of the rice institute. It would also help to promote local tourism at the area.
History of Rice Paddy art
This concept design is part of Japanese culture which they call "Tanbo Art". Farmers and villagers regularly join the annual tanbo art festival at the Inakadate Village, Aomori Prefecture. The participants would create giant paddy arts by planting several kinds of rice with different colors to give a vibrant look.
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