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5 Must-Try Local Liquors: Cheers for the Holidays

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Dec 23, 2015

Wines, rums and other alcoholic beverages are perfect for special occasions like weddings, baptisms and, of course, during the holiday season. Your Christmas and New Year Celebration won’t be complete without popping a cold bottle of party drinks!

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Wines are alcoholic beverages made from fermented fruits while rums are distilled alcoholic beverages made from sugarcane. The most common produce in the Philippines is coconut wine or locally called as “tuba.” There are also wines made from bignay, pineapples and mangosteen to name a few. There’s even a wine made from rice.

Let’s support our local breweries and give a toast to 2015! Check our suggested list below arranged in no particular order. 


Bahalina Wine (Coconut Wine)

Bahalina Wine is a well-known tuba or coconut wine of Warays. Tuba is also one of the major products of Eastern Visayas that they even have a festival for it every October called Oktubafest to boost its coconut industry. The festival also encourages everyone to support and patronize local products made of coconut.

READ: Oktubafest: A Celebration of Tacloban's Great Tasting Wine

How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to "The Gateway to Eastern Visayas" -- Tacloban (estimated cost Php2,700++, round trip, 1 hour 15 minutes). 

 


Bundy Wine (Fruit Wine)

A product of Agusan del Sur, the Bundy Wine is a known fruit wine not only in Mindanao but is also distributed in international markets.

READ: From Fruits to Wine: Taste Agusan del Sur’s Sweet Produce

How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Davao City (estimated cost Php2900++ , round trip, 1 hour 45 minutes). From Davao City, hire a van or ride a bus going to Agusan del Sur (Php270++, one-way).

 


Tapuy (Rice Wine)

Tapuy is a Philippine rice wine that originated from the mountainous Cordillera region. The traditional tapuy rice wine is not sold commercially because it does not have a long shelf life.

READ: You Haven't Tasted Filipino Wine If You Haven't Savored Tapuy

How to Get There

From Manila, you can take the western route (via Baguio) or the eastern one (via Banaue and Bontoc). The western route is a bit more convenient, as there are dozens of buses going up to Baguio City every day.

 


Federico's Island Wine (Bignay Wine)

Federico’s Island Organic Wine is locally produced in Victorias City, Negros Occidental. The wine has 13% alcohol content through natural fermentation and has a rich, fruity flavor and aroma.

READ: Proudly Filipino: Wonder Wine from the Country's Sugar Capital

How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-100 per head), or a cab and ask to be dropped off at the nearest bus station (North Terminal) for Bacolod-Victorias.

 


Vino de Coco (Coconut Wine)

Vino de Coco is a popular coconut wine in Tacloban City, Leyte. Premium Tuba is harvested by local farmers and strict controls on how raw tuba is processed are implemented to ensure the freshest quality.

READ: Proudly Filipino: Great Tasting Coconut Wine for the Holidays

How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to "The Gateway to Eastern Visayas" -- Tacloban (estimated cost Php2,700++, round trip, 1 hour 15 minutes). 

 


Don Papa (Rum)

Don Papa is a rum made in Negros Occidental. It has already reached the wine shops and hotels of Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden and United Kingdom to name a few.

READ: This Global Award-Winning Rum is Made in the Philippines

How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-100 per head), or a cab (minimum of Php400) and ask to be dropped off at your destination.

 


Serve these proudly Pinoy drinks this holiday season. Do you also know another wine or rum that is made in the Philippines? Tell us about it! 

 

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