1Do you still remember the iconic line of the late Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ) in the film Batas Sa Aking Kamay? Playing the role as a police officer, FPJ said, “Di ako kumakain ng bigas, Major. Sinasaing ko muna para maging kanin bago ko kainin.”

Three decades since the film’s release, Senator Grace Poe, FPJ’s daughter, found herself at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) to visit her iconic father featured on a rice paddy art, April 25.

Poe commended PhilRice for creating the rice paddy art as a symbol to raise the general public’s awareness on rice farming.

“This is a good advocacy in drawing people to support the agricultural sector. I hope we can raise the level of discourse as to how we can help improve the lives of our farmers,” she said.

She recalled that her father was very compassionate with the marginalized people, such as the farmers. FPJ played many movie roles protecting the poor and vulnerable people. Because of the rice paddy art, his father’ advocacy lives on.

Senator Poe was grateful to PhilRice for this initiative, and she promised that even if agriculture is not her assignment she is still willing to support and play the role that his father used to do to protect and advance the interest of the marginalized people, especially the farmers.

The rice paddy art is a project under the PhilRice FutureRice Program. It is open for public viewing until May 15.

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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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