Our Final Toast: Inspired by F. Sionil Jose’s Viajero

June 17, 2020

Maybe it’s the state of politics today, or maybe it’s us being proud of our roots. But lately, internet talk has been all about our prolific national heroes and artists. In a toast to our history, we decided to partner up with ABV and craft some cocktails in honor of a few of our famous figures, dreaming up what they might have been drinking if they were in the bars of today. Here’s the last in our series The Drinks of Great Men: Pen and Paper, a liquid version of controversial figure F. Sionil Jose’s iconic novel Viajero.


There may not be a lot of fans of F. Sionil José lately, but there’s no denying that the man and his bibliography, mostly on class struggles and Filipino society, are iconic. Instead of focusing on his life, ABV’s Lloyd Misagal chose one of his most famous works, Viajero, as the inspiration behind this cocktail.


The libation is based on the journey of Viajero’s protagonist, Salvador de La Raza, and his possible emotions on his epic voyage. For the bittersweet goodbye, a sugary bar spoon of lambanog, and orange bitters; for the sour, a clear pear brandy. And in an ode to the African-American head of the military in the novel, James Wack, a dose of Very Old Captain Rum.

Which of the libations in our “Drinks of Great Men” series did you enjoy the most? Who do you think deserved a feature, too? Tell us with a comment below!

Pamela Cortez Pamela Cortez

Pamela Cortez writes about food full-time, and has honed her craft while writing for publications such as Rogue, Town and Country, and The Philippine Star. She once rode on a mule for a mile just to eat mint tea and lamb in Morocco, and has eaten a block of Quickmelt in one sitting. Her attempt at food photography can be viewed online @meyarrr.

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One response to “Our Final Toast: Inspired by F. Sionil Jose’s Viajero”

  1. Volts Sanchez says:

    GomBurZa would drink mompo, just because 😉

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