The postcard shows a tuba gatherer climbing a coconut tree to extract sap used in making the tuba. Tuba, considered by Filipinos as a type of hard drink, is coconut toddy that has a stinging sweet and bittersweet taste. The process extracting the sap of an unopened coconut bud. The tip of the bud is lopped and the pale juice allowed trickles into bamboo containers (like the one carried by the man in the postcard). The fermenting process involves the sweetish liquid is stored for one to three days in earthen jars or bottles.
Tuba WikiPilipinas Entry