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Catriona rises from rice paddy

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Miss Universe Catriona Gray has inspired so many people that many of them go to great lengths to express their appreciation for what she has achieved for the country.

(Benjamin Sotto via Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

(Benjamin Sotto via Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

You can now count the people behind the Philippine Rice Research Institute among them as they have created a rice paddy art depicting Queen Cat’s face on a rice field in Nueva Ecija.

A netizen, Benjamin Sotto posted a picture of the rice paddy art on Facebook which has now created quite a buzz online.

Pamela Carbungco, of the FutureRice Project, said that the larger than life depiction of the face of the 2018 Miss Universe with the words “Rice UP PH” is a combination of two varieties of rice that is grown in the country.

“We used two kinds of rice to form the image: the ordinary green-leafed rice varieties and what we call purple rice (its leaves turn into dark purple as the rice plant ages). We pixelated a two-tone image of Catriona according to the size of our rice paddy and rice planting distance,” Carbungco said in an interview over FB messenger for MB Online.

“We planted it on March 14 and since last week mas visible na yung image. The image will be visible until May before we harvest the rice,” she said explaining how they were able to form the image.

She also revealed that the idea of making rice paddy art started in 2015 and they have continued doing so since then.

Since 2015 she said they have already made depictions of AlDub, Ang Probinsyano, PRRD and VP Leni, KathNiel, rice ambassador Piolo Pascual, Manny Pacquiao, and even Jose Rizal.

Carbungco said that they started this project to make “non-farmers”, especially the youth more aware of rice farming and farm tourism as well as boost overall interest in farming.

She explained further that the paddy art is like cross-stitching but it will only last until May when they actually harvest the rice.

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