This painting depicts the traditional process of harvesting coconut in my hometown, the city of San Pablo, Laguna. The main subject of the painting is a young guy (I’m the model) removing the husks from the coconut using a sharp pointed vertical husk peeler. Next to him is another man doing the same task. They are called “Magtatapas”. Between them is a young boy picking all the coconut from the ground and putting them in one place using a long rod with a pointed metal tip. He is called “Mag-iipon”. Further in the background is the man using a long pole with a sharp curved knife to pull the coconut from the palm trees. He is called “Magkakawit” (Model, Tiyo Ipe Biglete). The old man on a carabao cart collecting all the unhusked coconut to be delivered to the market is called “Magniniyog” (Model, Mamay Inte Ciolo). This is a common scene on the coconut plantation with a traditional nipa hut in the barrio as the artist remembers.
48” x 36”
Oil on canvas