Bahalina Tuba: The Best Coconut Wine of Leyte and Samar

Bahalina Tuba: The Best Coconut Wine of Leyte and Samar

Bahalina tuba is a locally made coconut wine that is popular in Leyte and Samar. Tuba wine is created from the sap of species of palm trees including coconut trees. Photo from Facebook/Wiki Commons/

Bahalina Tuba is a Filipino-made beverage and it is the best native wine that you can have in Leyte and Samar. It is a beloved drink by the Waray locals, Visayans, and Mindanaoans. Drinking tuba wine is a common staple in celebrations such as birthdays, fiestas, and other festivities in the said regions.

If you’re a foreign or tourist who will visit Leyte and Samar, you should not miss bahalina or tuba wine (also coconut red wine). It is sometimes partnered with a chaser or soft drinks such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi. Waraynons prefer to drink it with a tasty sumsuman or food such as sisig, pork chop or even lechon manok (roasted chicken).

Most tuba wines are created from the sap of various species of palm trees including coconut trees.  The method of making tuba wines has existed since pre-colonial times in the Philippines and it is part of social drinking which continues to be an important aspect of Filipino social interactions especially in the Waray-Waray region.

In Leyte, you can find the best tuba makers in the municipalities of Barugo, Jaro, and Dulag. There are also a lot of fine tuba makers in Samar which includes the municipality of Basey, a neighboring town of Tacloban City.

How to drink tuba wine?

If you want to drink tuba, you should buy one in a local store. It can be bought in small retail shops or Sari-Sari Store in barangays. You should ask for bahalina since it is the best type of tuba. 

After buying a tuba wine, don’t forget to have a sumsuman or food which you can eat while drinking tuba. You can just easily cook any type of food, you can even open canned goods such as corned beef or sardines.

If you will drink it during festivities, you can partner it with lechon, sisig, fried chicken, and adobo. Make sure to have a chaser (any soft drinks will do), you will only drink it after taking a shot of tuba wine.

When you're ready to drink your tuba, the tanggero or the drinking master will pour it into the center of a glass about an inch above the glass. After the tanggero pours the tuba, he or she will give it to you. You can drink it in small sips to savor the flavor and you should drink the chaser afterwards if available.

What will happen after you drink tuba?

It has the same effects as other wines but differs only in taste. There’s a satire post suggesting the “cycle of drinking tuba.” According to the satire post, in the first 30 minutes, tuba drinkers will talk first about love life or other common subjects. Later on, they will talk about other people or about their friends. 

A satire post depicting the effects of the locally made bahalina or tuba wine after drinking it.

After long hours of drinking tuba wine, the drinkers will change the subject from religion to politics and then back to love life again. Even though the said post is a satire, many people can relate to it since Filipinos love to talk about a lot of things, especially during social drinking.

But in reality, after drinking tuba wine, you will eventually get dizzy so make sure to drink it moderately.


Tuba wine originated in the Philippines and Filipinos should take this as an opportunity to not only promote it locally but also export it in other countries. Mexicans loved it until now after being introduced to tuba wine in the 16th and 17th centuries through the Manila Galleons to Acapulco.

If tuba wine remains popular in Mexico, how much more if we introduced it worldwide? Not only it can generate jobs, the Philippines, especially in the Waray Region, will also be known as the best tuba winemakers in the entire world. 

Additionally, tuba drink has a lot of medical benefits so it can be the best alternative to other wines out there. (AJ Yes)


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