If you are a wine enthusiast then the idea of mango wine would completely blow you away. It's unheard of and the fact that we know mangoes are sweet but they surely could not compete with grapes in the wine business.
But as it turns out, someone from Cebu had actually done it and introduced the first mango wine called Conrad's Mango Wine! To know more about the genius who created the first mango wine, he is Conrad P. Montilla who’s spent most of his life abroad, serving in the United States military before finally ending his career as a naval officer. And wherever his work brought him (Europe or North America) he always identified himself with Cebu, referring to this little island in the Pacific as where his family’s roots “have always been.” This pride in being a Cebuano made him determined to try to push Cebu in whatever way he could to the world. A dinner experience with his mother two years ago during Mother’s Day gave him the idea how. He was surprised when he was told there was no "local wine" that he could order for the occasion and settled with a bottle of wine from Italy. At which moment, he did not know why that experience felt really awkward for him.
Feeling of missing out on a local experience where people showed city pride by their food and wine. So he took it upon himself to create a line of local wine, more importantly, one made out of the proudly local, yet internationally popular fruit our very own mango which we could say could only comes from Cebu, trying to elevate the image of its culture and heritage. Cebuanos identify with the fruit as part of our heritage since the country’s industry for mango products is here in Cebu. Thus, we now have another thing to be proud about being Cebuano knowing that we now have a new addition to the wide array of locally made specialty that can be considered world class.
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