In san juan, batangas,, drinking lambanog is usually a communal thing – men sit around in a circle and tagayan will ensue. The men take turns drinking shots from a cup placed in the middle of the group. Usually, there is also someone singing and playing the guitar to add to the festivities; he takes his turn at drinking too, so the music gets more interesting as the drinking goes on. It was made an export product in 2001 and has attracted foreign markets. To attract the youth and expand its marketing possibilities, it is now marketed and sold in different flavors such as cherry, jack fruit, apple, orange, four seasons, mint, etc.
The lambanog making process is inexpensive and coconut trees are abundant in the Philippines. This made the lambanog to be coined as a "poor man’s drink”. Aside from that, making lambanog, the process itself, is an artistic expression that is distinct to the Filipinos. It is a part of the tradition for centuries. The process of making lambanog starts with what was called the tree of life, the coconut tree. The flower from the tree, the space left by the flower is replaces by a tube made of bamboo. Daily, the people collect the nectars in the tube and it is being distilled to become lambanog. It seemed like the process of making lambanog is simple, but it is otherwise. A worker will climb up the tree about 30 feet high having a bamboo and sickle and getting the nectars from 35 coconut trees that was connected to each other by two long bamboo trunks. An expert can finish collecting nectars from 40 trees in 30 minutes. The nectars that were collected were put in a big plastic drum then when it is already full it will be transfered in a cooking pan and will be heated. The alcohol vapor is cooled and transfered into a large jar, and the lambanog is ready.
Pottery is the ceramic ware made by potters. It can also refer to the material of which the potteryware is made. Major types of pottery include earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. The places where such wares are made are called potteries. Pottery is one of the oldest human technologies and art-forms, and remains a major industry today. Ceramic art covers the art of pottery, whether in items made for use or purely for decoration.
Pottery is made by forming a clay body into objects of a required shape and heating them to high temperatures in a kiln to induce reactions that lead to permanent changes, including increasing their strength and hardening and setting their shape. There are wide regional variations in the properties of clays used by potters and this often helps to produce wares that are unique in character to a locality. It is common for clays and other minerals to be mixed to produce clay bodies suited to specific purposes.
Prior to some shaping processes, air trapped within the clay body needs to be removed. This is called de-airing and can be accomplished by a machine called a vacuum pug or manually by wedging. Wedging can also help to ensure an even moisture content throughout the body. Once a clay body has been de-aired or wedged, it is shaped by a variety of techniques. After shaping it is dried before firing. There are a number of stages in the drying process. Leather-hard refers to the stage when the clay object is approximately 75-85% dry. Clay bodies at this stage are very firm and only slightly pliable. Trimming and handle attachment often occurs at the leather-hard state.