Igorot artist draws a solar portrait of Duterte

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Cordilleran artist Jordan Mang-osan makes solar drawing of Rodrigo Duterte.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — An Igorot artist is literally burning an image of Rodrigo Duterte and is aiming to finish the unique portrait on wood in time for the next president’s inauguration on June 30.

Jordan Mang-osan, from La Trinidad, Benguet, uses a magnifying lens to create his latest art work on a wooden board measuring four feet by three feet.

He said a Baguio businessman has already bought the portrait which he started working on two months ago. Duterte is portrayed in his signature pose — his right hand touching his right cheek.

Solar-art-CNNPH.jpg Mang-osan uses a magnifying glass to create burnt etchings on wood.  

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Duterte is not the first famous person whose likeness Mang-osan has rendered in a solar portrait. He has also “painted” Senator-elect Manny Pacquiao, Jerick "Carrot Man" Sigmaton, and Cordillera sceneries.

The technique, which is called solar pyrography, is like painting using a magnifying lens as a brush to apply the rays of the sun focused like a laser beam on a piece of wood to produce a monochromatic portrait.


Mang-osan said he hopes that Durterte takes notice of his portrait and that the President-elect continues to support local artists similar to how the National Commission for Culture and the Arts backs them.

Baguio-based journalist Karl Lapniten contributed to this story.