Rice paddyScience City of Munoz – After featuring pop culture and political icons, PhilRice launched a new design of its rice paddy art baring two generations of Ang Probinsyano stars (Coco Martin and Fernando Poe Jr.), March 24.

The rice paddy art is a project under the PhilRice FutureRice Program. Using the 3D anamorphosis principle (an art technique used for a distorted artwork that will only appear normal when viewed from a certain angle), the paddy art project aims to increase awareness of netizens and ‘millennials’ on rice farming and agriculture.

The team used the Korean variety purple rice to emphasize its distinction from the regular green-leafed rice variety.

Images of national hero Jose Rizal, Aldub loveteam, President Rodrigo Duterte, and Vice President Leni Robredo were also featured during the 2015-2016 wet and dry cropping seasons.  Since then, the photos have gone viral online and attracted visitors to the farm located in the Institute’s central experiment station in Maligaya, Science City of Munoz.

On March 30-31, the PhilRice FutureRice farm will welcome more than 2,000 farmers during the Institute’s Lakbay Palay event. Aside from the rice paddy art, the 5-ha farm also showcases clean energy facilities, drone technology, advanced farm machines, and an experimental field that demonstrates hybrid, inbred, and traditional rice varieties.

The image is available for viewing until May 14. Interested visitors may contact the FutureRice farm at www.facebook.com/futurerice or thefuturericeprogram@gmail.com.

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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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